Roanoke Avenue Elementary School principal Tom Payton greets a kindergartener on the first day of school last year. File photo: Denise Civiletti

It’s back to school tomorrow for students in the Riverhead Central School District.

Riverhead Schools Superintendent Dr. Aurelia Henriquez said she is looking forward to the start of a new and exciting year — her second at the helm in Riverhead.

“We’re rolling out a systematic cycle for increased student achievement,” the superintendent said.

In an email last week, Henriquez outlined 10 goals for the 2018-2019 academic year:

1. Create consistency/shared expectations, based on best practices, within each school and across the district. What are our shared expectations for formative assessment, literacy and math instruction?

2. Offer targeted instruction in literacy and math, before or after school, focus on subgroup performance.

3. Provide professional development and support for school-based data teams on data-driven instruction and formative assessment.

4. Create shared expectations for the bilingual and English-as-a-new language students, in an effort to increase student achievement.

5. Continue the “whole child approach”: Provide social and emotional support for all students.

6. Strengthen collaboration with the district’s universal pre-K providers. Align with the district’s literacy goals.

7. Pre-2 literacy – Establish a strong literacy foundation in the primary grades with aligned formative assessments to inform instruction.

8. Develop a district-wide common understanding of formative assessment. Identify a range of formative math assessments in grades 3-6

9. Instructional rounds will include intra-district visits and collegial conversations so that Riverhead can continuously improve.

10. Ms. Lisa Boerum, Eastern Suffolk BOCES staff developer, will visit all schools and work with teams of teachers on data-driven instruction and best practices. All schools will experience the same professional development, based on the goal.

Henriquez said she met with principals and administrators on Aug. 21 to discuss the goals.

“Leaders were asked to develop a progress monitoring system in their schools,” Henriquez said.

She also reviewed the goals for the Board of Education and the public at the Aug. 28 school board meeting.

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Denise Civiletti
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