New school year begins in Amityville

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Nearly 3,200 students filled the hallways and classrooms of Amityville’s five schools on Sept. 6, marking the start of the 2016-17 school year. As students arrived on foot and by bus, they sported new backpacks and toted bags filled with school supplies.

The Amityville Union Free School District begins the new year with the theme “Achieving Excellence Together.” That spirit was obvious as teachers warmly welcomed their students and reviewed the expectations that will lead to a prosperous year.

Ninth-grader Trey Fulton enthusiastically talked about the year ahead, saying he hopes to make high honor roll at Edmund W. Miles Middle School all four quarters while playing on the junior varsity football and baseball teams. He also recognized his role in his last year of middle school. “I just want to have a good year and stay focused,” he said. “I’m trying to set a good example for the seventh-graders.”

At Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, new principal Robyn Shockley-Santiago greeted arriving students for the first time as one bus after another rolled into the driveway. Northeast Elementary School Principal Pauline Collins welcomed the approximately 180 kindergartners who will form Amityville Memorial High School’s class of 2029. She shared her excitement for the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshops that have been introduced in the district to improve student achievement in literacy.

“The teachers have been working all summer and their rooms are ready,” Collins said. “We’re ready to go and we’re excited about having another great year.”