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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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After School an Enriching Time at Park Avenue

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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.”    
 

A History Exploration at Park Avenue

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After studying famous explorers, fourth-graders at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School made life-size versions of these historical figures.

Students in Kelly Darling and Alexia Nyholm’s class learned about European explorers including Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, Henry Hudson, Giovanni de Verrazzano and Samuel de Champlain. They split into groups, with each responsible for depicting one of those five explorers. Materials included construction paper, tin foil and yarn. 

Each group also had to create a manifest that included the explorer’s sponsoring country, planned destination and actual destination, along with a map of their route. Students learned about landmarks or natural features in the United States named for those pioneers. 

Park Avenue Musicians Make an Impression

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Young musicians from Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School recently took part in a pair of events hosted by the Suffolk County Music Educators Association.

Three fourth-grade students participated in SCMEA’s PEAK Music Festival at Northport High School. Krystal Gomez, Deanna Murray and Madisyn Parachico were chosen based on the recommendation of their music teacher, Megan Ashe. They were able to take part in various music learning experiences such as world drumming, chorus, folk dancing, recorder, musical theater and ukulele throughout the day with their parents. 

Sixth-grader Katya Ramos-Rojas attended the SCMEA Day of Tuba and Euphonium at Central Islip High School. She was selected for the performance, in which she played the baritone tuba, by her band teacher, Jolene Maccarone. 

“Congratulations to all of these students and their music teachers on these outstanding achievements,” said Dr. Fran Fernandez, director of fine arts. 
Wednesday, January 17, 2018