450 County Line Road, Amityville, NY 11701
Phone Number: 631-565-6500
Grades: 1-3

Principal: Kathleen Hyland

Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.





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Northwest Students Show Love for Veterans

Northwest Students Show Love for Veterans

More than 400 veterans will have a happy Valentine’s Day, thanks to students at Northwest Elementary School. New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre recently picked up a box of cards created by children for the Valentines for Veterans program.

First- through third-graders wrote custom messages for veterans to thank them for their service to the United States. The assemblywoman noted how important it was for them to share love and kind words with people they don’t even know.

During her visit, Ms. Jean-Pierre read “Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood” to Olimpia Karounos’ second-grade class. She was joined by Navy veteran Charlie Martin, commander of the Amityville American Legion, who held a question and answer session with students about his military service.

Suffolk Police Officer Visits Northwest

Suffolk County Police Officer Sabrina Pitch in the Amityville Union Free School District during the week of Jan. 23, speaking to students in first- through third-grade about the role of the police in the community.

Officer Pitch reviewed with students the different parts of her uniform and turned on her radio to let students hear a live call. She also discussed what constitutes and emergency for calling 911, and gave stranger danger tips. With third-graders, she also led a discussion on bullying.

The goal of the program was to teach students how to make good choices and give them a positive interaction with a police officer at a young age. Officer Pitch, a member of the Community Relations Bureau, said the idea for the presentation at Northwest was made by Amityville Memorial High School students following a recent community forum.

“We hope that the students feel more comfortable with the police and know that we are here to help them and keep them safe,” she said.

Children’s Author Visits Northwest Students

Children’s Author Visits Northwest Students

Barbara Garriel, a Long Island children’s author, visited Northwest Elementary School on Jan. 18 and 19 to talk to students about the importance of reading and writing.

Garriel, who has published more than a dozen books, read “I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello” to the children. She discussed the ways she comes up with ideas for stories, the editing and revision process, and working with an illustrator.

Her visit supported the district’s new Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop initiative, an approach that creates more personalized instruction for students through the use of reading and writing conferences, mentor texts and leveled libraries. Garriel, a former elementary school teacher, spoke about the literary devices she uses in her own writing such as rhyming and creating imagery with action words.

“Students are now seeing themselves as readers and writers,” said instructional coach Lorie Beard. “We felt it was important to bring someone in who does this for a living, so they can see the connection. We’re trying to really foster a genuine, authentic love for reading and writing.”

Kathleen Hyland named Northwest principal

Kathleen Hyland
The Amityville Union Free School District has named Kathleen Hyland as the new principal of Northwest Elementary School, which serves the district’s first, second and third graders. She has been the assistant principal since August.

Ms. Hyland, of Bay Shore, has been with the district since 2004, serving as a math and science teacher at Edmund W. Miles Middle School and Park Avenue Elementary School. She has held several leadership positions including as a site coordinator for the 21st Century BEST Program at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School and a site coordinator for the Summer Enrichment Academy at Northwest. She has also served as a grade-level subject leader and mentor for other teachers.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hofstra University, and a master’s degree and advanced certificate in school and building leadership from Dowling College.

“Ms. Hyland has been a dedicated, child-centered educator in Amityville for the past 13 years, and she has quickly proven herself to be a capable school leader,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary T. Kelly. “I am confident that Ms. Hyland will be successful in her new role as principal of the Northwest Elementary School.”
Monday, February 27, 2017