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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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Park Avenue Assistant Principal is a Familiar Face

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The Board of Education appointed Melissa Wiederhold as assistant principal of Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, which serves the district’s fourth- through sixth-grade students, effective Jan. 11. 

Ms. Wiederhold joined the district in December 2015 as Park Avenue’s instructional coach. In that capacity, she has helped develop the building’s master schedule, supported the implementation of Teacher’s College Reading and Writing workshops, provided professional development opportunities for teachers, and helped organize events to encourage family and community participation. She has also compiled and analyzed student data, and met with teachers to support data-driven instruction.

She previously worked in Brooklyn as an elementary school teacher and data specialist, and as an assistant supervisor with SCOPE childcare services. Ms. Wiederhold has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology from Hofstra University, a master’s degree in literacy education from Touro College and certificate of advanced studies in building and district leadership from the College of Saint Rose. 

“Ms. Wiederhold knows our students, our faculty and our staff very well,” said Superintendent Dr. Mary T. Kelly. “She will do a wonderful job and we are very happy to welcome her to our administrative team.”

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. 
Monday, January 22, 2018