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Washington Primary School students were happy at last year's Field Day festivities

Washington School’s Family Atmosphere to Continue

August 13, 2018
Principal Marsha Neville with June's Washington Ways Award recipients

Washington Students Get Awards on Final Day

July 11, 2018

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Washington students are a tight knit group.

Since Washington Elementary School's doors first swung open in 1954, thousands of students have received an excellent academic education within its confines. The same tradition continues today for more than 350 youngsters enrolled in grades K-3.

Washington boasts a highly educated professional teaching staff, each with outstanding strengths, and a caring and knowledgeable group of aides, secretaries and support personnel. Faculty members participate in regular professional development activities to stay abreast of innovations in curriculum and classroom education.

Every student receives a comprehensive education, including an intensive program to develop strong reading, writing and arithmetic skills. Children also have regularly scheduled music, art, physical education and library classes.

Students receive instruction in the use of the computer as a teaching and learning tool. Each classroom, as well as the library, is equipped with computer stations. Children learn basic computer literacy and important skills concerning how to use computers to conduct research and organize a report.

Classroom teachers spend hours planning exciting lessons and special events to help make learning fun. Visits to local farms, scientific institutions, art galleries and historical sites provide an opportunity to hear from experts across a wide range of fields and backgrounds.

Washington's Parent Teacher Association is very active in the school and works closely with the principal and teachers to supplement and enhance the education offered to students at every grade level.

There is a place for every child at Washington regardless of their current level of academic achievement or knowledge. A complete range of educational services and a highly competent team of teachers help assure the academic and social development of each child.

The building is maintained in excellent condition and is kept spotless throughout the day. Faculty and staff strive to provide a safe and secure environment for each child, each day. Parents of Washington's students can rest assured their children are receiving the very finest education possible.

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Michelle Richards
1-631-673-2090
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Dr. Michelle J. Richards has been principal of Washington Primary School since July 1, 2018.

Dr. Richards obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at SUNY Albany and a Master of Science degree in childhood education at City University of New York-Lehman College. She earned a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration and supervision at St. John’s University. She studied for her state administrative certification at CUNY-Queens College.

At the time of her appointment in Huntington, Dr. Richards was an assistant principal in the Elmont School District since 2013 and an administrator there since 2009.

Dr. Richards began her career as a general education teacher in New York City. She worked at Public School 107x (2001-03) and Lewis H. Latimer School-PS 56K (2003-06). She later taught in Elmont at Gotham Avenue School from 2006-09.

In 2009, Dr. Richards moved into Elmont’s administrative ranks after being named assistant to the principal. She was the principal of Elmont’s summer enrichment program in 2009 and 2010. She also served as a district professional development facilitator, curriculum map developer for English Language Arts and as a district testing leader, creating the scoring schedule, selecting and training district scorers, facilitating the scoring process and ensuring testing documents are securely maintained.

Dr. Richards maintains memberships in the International Literacy Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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  1. Arrival - School begins at 9:20 a.m. Please do not drop children before 9:10 a.m. There are no arrangements to supervise children prior to this. Students who eat breakfast at school will be allowed to go to the cafeteria beginning at 9:10 a.m. Students who ride a bus will be escorted from their bus to the cafeteria.
  2. Parking is not permitted in the bus circle while school is in session. Please do not drive through the bus circle during arrival or dismissal or whenever there are buses in the circle. Parents visiting during school hours are asked to park in the parking lot or on the street where parking is permitted. Please note the No Parking signs on the street in front of the building. Parking in these areas not only risks tickets from the police department but makes arrival and dismissal unsafe for your children, yourselves, and interferes with the safe and quick arrival and departure of school buses. Don’t walk through the bus circle, especially when buses are in the circle. Please use the sidewalks.
  3. Dismissal – Children who are picked up at dismissal will be called down to the cafeteria at 3:30 p.m. Parents or authorized adults must be prepared to show their photo ID and then sign children out with the dismissal teacher and aides! We must assure student’s safety by knowing that they are leaving with the proper person. Bus dismissal begins at 3:35 p.m.. Children are called to their assigned bus rooms and then escorted to their bus by their bus teacher.
  4. The school attendance number is 673-2143. Please call the school when your child is absent. A 24-hour answering machine will take the message. An absence will be listed as an illegal absence if we do not hear from you by phone or note. For all other school business please call 673-2090.
  5. It is best for children to be in school for a full day. When children come to school late or leave early they miss important parts of their school experience. We want to encourage you to make every effort to enable your child to arrive at school on time and stay until dismissal. Any child coming to school late must be brought inside and signed in at the main desk. If you must pick your child up before the end of the school day, you must sign him/her out at the main desk. Please avoid picking your child up between 2:30 p.m. and 2:55 p.m. This is a very busy time of day in the Main Office, as well as in the classroom. A parent wishing to have another adult pick a child up at school must prearranged this with the request accompanied by written consent clearly identifying the authorized adult. Picture identification will be requested at the time the child is picked up. This is for the safety of your children.
  6. When visiting during school hours visitors must sign in at the main desk. Visitors will be asked to show photo ID. All school visitors must wear a visitor's pass while in the building. We encourage parents to visit our school, but visitations to classrooms and conferences with teachers must be prearranged. Feel free to write notes to teachers or call to request a conference.
  7. Children's birthdays are special events. Please be sure to check with your child’s teacher in regards to birthdays. Do NOT send cupcakes or food of any type in for birthday celebrations.
  8. Each class will have class parents who will help teachers as needed. The PTA assigns class parents at the beginning of the school year. Interested parents are encouraged to volunteer for this, as well as other class and school activities.
  9. Please check your child's back pack each day for announcements, notes, and homework. Checking every day is a good practice.
  10. Homework - Homework may be assigned on a daily basis. We strive to ensure that homework is related to the daily activities and curriculum and is developmentally appropriate for your child.
  11. Report Cards are completed quarterly by teachers. The first one is shared with parents at the November conference. Please make sure that you sign up for a conference appointment time at Meet the Teacher Night. The other report cards will be sent home with the children in January, April, and June.
  12. Children should come with an appropriate snack. Breakfast and lunch may be purchased in our school cafeteria. Breakfast costs $1.75 and lunch costs $2.50. Multiple meal cards can be purchased through the cafeteria.
  13. Please be sure to keep your child’s Health Emergency Card up to date! Please hand it in as soon as possible in the beginning of the year. It is also important to let us know of any changes. This enables us to reach you or a designated alternate in case your child becomes ill or is injured during the school day. In an emergency situation in which we are unable to reach a parent, your child will be transported, by ambulance, to the Emergency Room of Huntington Hospital accompanied by a school representative. You will be instructed to go directly to the Emergency Room.
  14. Medication Administration - In the event your child should require medication during school hours, New York State Law and the Huntington School District require:
    1. A medication administration form must be completed and signed by parent and completed and signed by a doctor.
    2. The date, directions, and doctor's name and phone number must be clearly printed on the form.
    3. The doctor-prescribed or over-the-counter medication must be brought to the school nurse by the parent in the original pharmacy container, fully labeled and dated.
    4. A new form must be fill out for each change of medication or dose and renewed each school year.
    5. STUDENTS ARE NEVER ALLOWED TO CARRY MEDICATION OF ANY KIND OR TAKE MEDICATION WITHOUT OFFICIAL WRITTEN DIRECTIONS FROM THE DOCTOR AND PARENT.
    6. STUDENTS CAN NEVER TAKE MEDICATION WITHOUT SUPERVISION!
  15. Behavior - Our school is committed to providing a safe school environment, where students are entitled to receive quality educational services without disruption or interference. Every effort will be made to develop in the students the concept of self-responsibility for their behavior and a desire to treat each other with respect. Please refer to the district’s Code of Conduct for further information.
  16. Bus Behavior - Proper behavior on school buses is required. The cooperation of both the parent and student is necessary in maintaining the proper conduct at bus stops as well as on the bus. Please refer to the Transportation Guide & General Information bulletin that was sent to your home late this summer.
  17. Kindergartners must be met at the bus stop by a parent or other adult authorized by the parents. If no authorized adult is at the bus stop, the drivers have been directed to bring the student back to the school. To avoid this situation, which can be distressing for young children, please be at the bus stop on time to meet your child.
  18. Bus Passes - If you wish your child to take a different bus home to join a formal activity or visit a classmate, please write a note to the school stating the bus number, the other student's name, and the bus stop. The office will issue a bus pass to your child that will enable him/her to board a different bus for that day and inform the driver of the change. Passes are issued only if space is available on that day.
  19. If transportation problems arise after school hours, please call the district transportation office at 673-2032.
  20. The following items should be left at home and not brought to school: Any type of toy in general; specifically any electronic device (DS, iPOD, cell phone, etc.), trading cards, and Heely’s (sneakers with wheels). Children do NOT need to bring balls for recess. Recess equipment will be provided.

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  • President: Danielle Falk 1-516-317-0719
  • Co-Vice President: Suzanne Hepworth 1-516-286-5175
  • Co-Vice President: Heather Martin 1-917-414-0680
  • Corresponding Secretary: Donna Alberico 1-646-554-6966
  • Treasurer: Jessica Taylor 1-757-344-6028
  • Council Delegate: Leslie Laycock 1-312-560-9053
  • Council Delegate: Fidelia Zivkovic 1-347-239-4885

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Last Name First Position Email
Richards Michelle Principal
Adams Katherine Music
Alfano Peristera Special Ed.
Apelsinov Jacqueline Cafe Manager
Balducci Tina Special Education
Caras Janine Librarian
Catrini Suzanne Teacher
Connors Margaret Speech
Creighton Victoria Teacher
Dicker Jeffrey Reading
DiGregorio Eileen Attendance Secretary
Dinehart Suzanne Teacher
Engle Miriam Teacher
Garris-Shade Julissa Psychologist
Gonzalez Melissa Teacher
Graber Susan Vocal Music
Grever Mary Teacher
Hoops James Physical Education
Kalkau Katie Teacher
Kelly Stephanie PT
Kohan Linda Social Worker
Lodato Eva Marie Secretary
Lofaro Chris Math Education
Lynch Nicole Music
Monte Nicole Teacher
Malle Mitchell Instrumental Music
Malloy Linda OT
Marsh Jennifer ENL
Martino Chrissy Psychologist
Masear Claude Instrumental Music
Mazzalonga Melissa Teacher
Mazzola Maria Art
Meagher Lauren Nurse
Mininni Eric Physical Education
Oshaughnessy Donnamarie Teacher
Paterakis Shari ENL
Quiles Debbie Teacher
Power Matt Head Custodian
Ramos Sandy Speech
Robinette Marybeth Elem. Math Coordinator
Rossetti Leslie PPS Secretary
Salmon Kelly Teacher
Soskil Carol Reading
Stucchio Jennifer Special Education
Studdert Melissa Special Education
Thatcher Kristen Teacher
Tures Joanne Teacher
Ulloa Vanessa Teacher
Winberry Kerry Teacher

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Washington Primary School

78 Whitson Road, Huntington, NY 11746

Established: 1954

Grades: K-3

Mascot: Wolverines

Principal: Dr. Michelle Richards

1-631-673-2090 Main Office

1-631-673-2143 Attendance

1-631-673-2143 Nurse

1-631-425-6259 FAX

School Hours: 9:20 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.

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