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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 Wiederhold


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Speaker Brings Black History Alive at Park Avenue

Speaker Brings Black History Alive at Park Avenue photo

NY1 news anchor Cheryl Wills inspired students at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary to learn more about their family histories.

Ms. Wills, a Long Island resident who speaks at schools across the country, visited Park Avenue on Feb. 26 for Black History Month. She shared the tale of her great-great-great-grandfather Sandy Wills who was a slave in Tennessee and later became a freedom fighter as a member of the United States Army in the Civil War. The story inspired her two books, “The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills” and “Emancipated: My Family’s Fight for Freedom.” She provided signed copies of each for the school library. 

“The best education is knowing who you are,” Ms. Wills told the students. “We all have incredible stories.”

With nonfiction writing a major component of literacy instruction at Park Avenue, Ms. Wills spoke to students about using primary sources of information when they research a topic. She explained how she used census data and other records to learn about her family history. Ms. Wills encouraged the children to take full advantage of their educational opportunities and asked them to salute their teachers with a round of applause. 

Her visit was coordinated by librarian Timothy Quinn with support from the Amityville Parent-Teacher Council. Mr. Quinn said the presentation supported Black History Month lessons that have taken place at the school throughout February.

Classroom teachers focused on significant yet lesser-known African-American figures in American history. In art, students made Kente cloth designs, African mask scratch art and African necklaces. Music classes featured lessons on how escaping slaves used music as code on the Underground Railroad. 


Thinking Like a Team at Park Avenue

Thinking Like a Team at Park Avenue photo
Thinking Like a Team at Park Avenue photo 2
Teamwork was the focus of an assembly hosted by the New York Islanders hockey team at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School on Feb. 16.

Program host Dina Tsiorvas, who was joined by Islanders mascot Sparky the Dragon, spoke to sixth-graders about the importance of teamwork and how working together, as either a class or a school, can accomplish more than doing something alone. To demonstrate this point, one student and one staff members had a race to dress in goalie equipment. The student had the assistance of his classmates, while the staff member — Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Health Evan Farkas — tried to accomplish the task solo. 

Students were also encouraged to register for the “Blades for Grades” program, in which earning good grades could score them two tickets to a future Islanders game.

Principal Robyn Santiago said that the program was offered to sixth-graders to help them develop their interpersonal skills as they prepare to enter middle school. She added that as they get older and have access to more opportunities such as clubs and sports, teamwork takes on a greater importance.  

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. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018