The first month of the new school year has gone smoothly at Southdown Primary School, where students quickly fell into sensational classroom routines. Principal Scott Oshrin and faculty and staff members recently honored some exceptional youngsters during a “splash” assembly in the gymnasium.
The new school year has brought several new faces to Southdown Primary School classrooms. Teachers and support staff have hit the ground running and the building’s 315 students have responded in their typically energetic manner.
Southdown Primary School is a place where children flourish in an academic environment of respect, encouragement and high expectation.
Southdown's faculty is extraordinary; comprised of early childhood specialists who value and encourage children to explore, create and make meaning from the world around them. Learning is child-centered with differentiated instruction that meets the needs of all learners. From Reading Recovery, an intensive one-to-one remedial reading program for first graders, through the Reading Rockets and Quest, enrichment programs that challenge students with a focus on literacy and mathematics with problem solving, all children are presented with a rigorous and meaningful academic program.
Southdown School is delighted to offer a unique dual language program that is distinctive and comprised of equal amounts of native English and Spanish speaking students who together absorb the new language through rich vocabulary and content experiences. The outcome is confident bilingual and bi-literate students at the end of fifth grade.
Faculty and support staff members encourage and support a strong home-school partnership. The Southdown School community believes that children are most successful when parents and teachers work together in an atmosphere of respect and understanding.
Southdown's very active PTA chapter plans interesting and enjoyable events for the entire family, from Family Movie Night and the Fitness Challenge to the annual book fair events - children benefit from dedicated and enthusiastic PTA volunteers!
Happy and energetic students fill Southdown's classrooms. The school has been serving the community since 1954 and will continue to do so far into the future.
Scott Oshrin has been principal of Southdown Primary School since July 1, 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology at Ithaca College in December 2004 and a Master of Science in elementary education at Dowling College in August 2006. He obtained state certification as an administrator through Stony Brook University in August 2012.
Prior to coming to Huntington, Mr. Oshrin served as assistant principal of Birch Elementary School in the Merrick School District for three years. He spent five years as a classroom teacher and as a math and reading academic intervention services teacher at James H. Vernon Elementary School in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District.
Mr. Oshrin was the principal of the 2012 summer special education program at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Oyster Bay-East Norwich. He also served as the varsity tennis coach, JV boys’ basketball coach and seventh grade girls’ softball coach during his time in the district.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Oshrin worked as a second and sixth grade leave replacement teacher in Hauppauge at Pines Elementary School and Hauppauge Middle School.
Mr. Oshrin is a member of the Suffolk County Elementary Principals Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He has participated in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Washington, DC, Columbia University Teacher’s College Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop and the Long Island Technology Summit in Melville.
Mr. Oshrin said some of his key strengths include “strong leadership skills, the wisdom to guide the student population and the integrity necessary to work collaboratively with district administrators and the community.” He takes pride in his organizational, interpersonal and communication abilities, which have served as the foundation for his administrative career.
Attendance is essential for successful learning. However, students should not come to school if they are sick. The school nurse will provide care to a student who becomes sick in school. The nurse’s function is not to diagnose children who come to school sick. So, please use good judgment when sending your child to school. Additionally, please remember to keep your emergency card updated so that you can be contacted in the case of an emergency.
If your child is going to be absent, please call 673-2142 in the morning to leave a message regarding the absence. Students must bring an absence note to school on the day that they return. Absences will be recorded as either legal or illegal.
Southdown’s Health Services are dedicated to promoting a healthy environment for all members of the school community. The health office is staffed by a registered nurse. The nurse conducts vision, hearing and health screenings. Each child has a cumulative record which lists all relevant medical history. The nurse is responsible for first aid when a child is injured or becomes ill at school. First aid is immediate treatment only. Any further care is the responsibility of the parent. If you have any questions or concerns, Nurse Diana Marlow can be reached in the Health Office at 673-2142.
Southdown’s cafeteria serves breakfast and lunch daily. Meal tickets can be purchased in cash or through a check (made out to Huntington Food and Nutrition) or by credit card. Please clearly mark payments with your child’s name, teacher’s name, and your telephone number. To purchase a meal card by credit card, please call 673-2107. Some students do qualify for free or reduced lunch. This is based on family income.
The school doors open at 9:15 a.m. Children should not arrive at school before this time, as there is no adult supervision. When dropping students off, please pull into the parking lot along the side of the building where students will be escorted by school personnel.
School starts at 9:20 a.m. It is essential that children come to school on time and stay in school the entire day, in order to learn all that is expected. If your child does arrive late, parents are required to come inside to sign them in at the front desk.
Walkers are dismissed at 3:30 p.m. Please be prompt when picking your child up. Walkers will be dismissed from the third grade door. Please remember to sign your child out at dismissal time. It helps to relieve congestion, both inside and outside of the building, if you quickly pick up your child and leave.
If a student who usually takes the bus needs to be picked up, please send in a note in the morning. This helps teachers get students ready to be dismissed and will ease dismissal procedures. Calling during the day should be a last resort. If a note from a parent or guardian is not received, the child will be put on his/her regular bus.
Inclement weather may affect the opening of schools. Under severe weather conditions, it may be necessary to close schools. At other times, rather than close schools for the entire day, the superintendent may decide to have a delayed opening. The operation of the delayed opening plan entails the following:
Whether schools are closed or openings are delayed due to inclement weather, the announcements will be made over News 12 TV channel, a Connect Ed message, the district’s website and Facebook page and radio stations WBLI/FM 106.1 and WALK/FM 97.5.
The faculty of Southdown is firmly committed to assigning homework that enhances and extends the school learning experience. Homework:
Please use the parking lot if you are visiting the school. Parking is never permitted in front of the school or in bus lanes. Parking in the circle can present a safety concern and blocks the fire lanes in the case of an emergency.
All visitors should report to the front desk to sign-in. Visitors are required to wear a visitor’s pass. Parents are a vital part of their child’s education and parents are encouraged to participate in school activities. When parents are visiting a class, they should prearrange it with their teacher. Showing up unannounced to a classroom is not allowed. Please remember to drop off all items for teachers and students at the front desk. Additionally, parents should arrange appointments to speak with teachers, as teachers are not always available for unscheduled conferences.
During the course of the year, classes may go on field trips, which are an integral part of the instructional program. Most trips usually require a fee. If you are unable to cover the cost of a trip, please call your child’s teacher or someone at the school you feel comfortable speaking with to discuss the issue.
Written permission is needed for students to go on trips. Verbal permission cannot be accepted. Parents/Guardians must sign and return the permission slip sent home. Students who do not bring in a permission slip will not be permitted to attend the trip. These students will remain in the school to do academic work.
Consequences are most effective when they deal directly with the problem at the time and place it occurs in a way that is fair, impartial, and uniform. School personnel who interact with students are expected to implement consequences only when necessary.
As a general rule, consequences will be progressive. For example:
The following factors will determine effective consequences:
Severe transgressions will be handled at the discretion of the principal.
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Principal: Scott Oshrin
1-631-673-2080 Main Office
School Hours: 9:20 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.