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140 Park Avenue, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone Number: 631-565-6300
Grades: 4-6
School Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Principal: Robyn Shockley-Santiago
Assistant Principal: Dennis Ricci


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Park Avenue Students are Reading a Latte


Reading has been the focal point at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, which is celebrated Parents as Reading Partners month in March. The theme is “Let’s Read a Latte.”

Guest readers have visited classrooms including parents, community members, district administrators and board of education trustees. During her visit to a sixth-grade class, Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly said that reading is a way for people to use their imagination and also to learn about the world.

The PARP program began on what would have been the 113th birthday of popular children’s author Dr. Seuss. Students were encouraged to wear pajamas to school to make reading synonymous with comfort. Mystery Mondays featured schoolwide announcements in which students had to guess either a mystery reader or the message of a mystery poem. Parents and their children came together on PARP Reading Night for various literacy activities, such as writing the ending to a story and drawing pictures based on their favorite books.

Students throughout the school are keeping track of their independent reading time at home. Each week, the children with the most minutes receive prizes such as books, bookmarks and pencils. Principal Robyn Santiago said that the books being given away were based on student input so they would receive titles that they enjoy. She also said that in classes, teachers are matching students with books that fit their interests.

“If you enjoy something, you’re going to do more of it and you’re going to do better,” she said of the school’s effort to build a reading community. “We hope that PARP instills a love of reading in the students.”

At the end of the month, the grade with the most combined reading minutes wins a hot chocolate party, and the top student in the school receives two tickets to a Brooklyn Nets basketball game.

Black History Comes Alive at Park Avenue

Black History Comes Alive at Park Avenue

African-American athletes, musicians and scientists were portrayed by students at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School on Feb. 27. The 21st Century B.E.S.T. Program hosted its Black History Month celebration, “Our History Comes Alive.”

Students Dimarion Donaldson and Imani McPhaul played the parts of Barack Obama and Michelle Obama while introducing each skit. Sophia Hernandez Morency and Natalyah Smith sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” also known as the Black American national anthem.

Singer and storyteller April Armstrong was the special guest and performed traditional African songs. With the help of students, she told the story of Stagecoach Mary, the first African-American woman to serve as a star route mail carrier.

The students portrayed African-American icons such as Arthur Ashe, Venus Williams and Serena Williams, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole, as well as some “hidden figures” like Dorothy Vaughan, a leading mathematician, and Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker water gun. They did their own research and wrote speeches.

Sixth-grade teacher Denise Graham, site coordinator of the 21st Century program, said the purpose of the event was to teach students about the various contributions that African-Americans have made in society, and inspire them to work hard. She also noted that Park Avenue has a diverse population and that children of all cultures enthusiastically came together to celebrate.

“The students did a wonderful job in capturing the essence of the people they portrayed,” said Ms. Graham. “There was a lot of work that went into it, and they put on a great performance.”

Thursday, April 27, 2017