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140 Park Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone Number: 631-565-6300
Grades: 4-6
School Hours: 8:10 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.

Principal: Ms. Robyn Shockley-Santiago

Assistant Principal: Ms. Melissa Weiderhold


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Students Tapped for Local Music Festivals

Students Tapped for Local Music Festivals photo

A dozen students were selected to represent the district at a pair of music festivals.

Eleven students will participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County festival in March. Choral students Shacquan Swaby and Jordan Tobin were chosen from Amityville Memorial High School. Performers from Edmund W. Miles Middle School will include vocalists Jeff Cruz and Keiry Martinez, and violinist Kayla Marrero. 

From Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, band students Donovan Graham Martinez (bass clarinet) and Tatiana Martinez (oboe) were selected. Alanna Gayle will play the violin with the All-County orchestra, and Cherice Quintyne-Best, Katya Ramos Rojas and Madeline Shingleton will join the chorus. 

Kayla and Madeline, as well as Edmund W. Miles Middle School ninth-grader Alex Diaz, all participated in the Long Island Strings Festival in January. Alex played the viola with the secondary school orchestra, Kayla played the violin with the seventh- and eighth-grade orchestra, and Madeline was a cellist with the sixth-grade orchestra. 

“We congratulate these fine young musicians, along with their parents and music teachers, on being selected to participate and perform in these prestigious festivals,” said Director of Fine Arts Dr. Fran Fernandez. 

Park Avenue Assistant Principal is a Familiar Face

Park Avenue Assistant Principal is a Familiar Face photo
The Board of Education appointed Melissa Wiederhold as assistant principal of Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, which serves the district’s fourth- through sixth-grade students, effective Jan. 11. 

Ms. Wiederhold joined the district in December 2015 as Park Avenue’s instructional coach. In that capacity, she has helped develop the building’s master schedule, supported the implementation of Teacher’s College Reading and Writing workshops, provided professional development opportunities for teachers, and helped organize events to encourage family and community participation. She has also compiled and analyzed student data, and met with teachers to support data-driven instruction.

She previously worked in Brooklyn as an elementary school teacher and data specialist, and as an assistant supervisor with SCOPE childcare services. Ms. Wiederhold has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology from Hofstra University, a master’s degree in literacy education from Touro College and certificate of advanced studies in building and district leadership from the College of Saint Rose. 

“Ms. Wiederhold knows our students, our faculty and our staff very well,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly. “She will do a wonderful job and we are very happy to welcome her to our administrative team.”

After School an Enriching Time at Park Avenue

After School an Enriching Time at Park Avenue photo
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When the day ends at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, many students decide to stick around for an extra hour or two. A new after-school program, which began in November, is full of exciting courses that allow students in grades 4-6 to enrich their minds.

Classes are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and Principal Robyn Santiago estimates that at least half of Park Avenue students are taking part in at least one course. The program includes robotics, French, martial arts, dance, art club and character education. There is also a math enrichment program. 

In the robotics class with fifth-grade teachers Paul Grasso and James Replak, students can use Lego robotics kits to build their own creations or explore computer programming by making simple video games using the Scratch coding language. The district’s French teacher, Brooke Prestano, is giving students an introduction to another spoken language, teaching them greetings, numbers, colors, animals and basic conversational phrases. 

Park Avenue has partnered with the United North Amityville Youth Organization to offer taekwondo, as well as character education and anti-bullying classes. The after-school program will continue until the end of the school year.  

“We are pleased at how popular our new after-school program has quickly become,” Ms. Santiago said. “The courses were created with student interests in mind and both the children and instructors have shown great enthusiasm. We hope this is only the beginning.”    
Thursday, February 22, 2018