Harley Avenue Primary School
30 Harley Avenue
Elwood, NY 11731
Phone: (631) 266-5445
Health Office: (631) 266-5478
Interim Principal: Dr. Ellen Best-Laimit
The primary grades (K-2) at Harley Avenue Primary School provide an
enhanced language arts program, which reflects the district’s commitment
to early development of the key literacy basics of reading, writing,
listening, and speaking. Regular classroom instruction is augmented with
support personnel who push into the classroom to provide additional
instruction to students. The use of big books, paperbacks, leveled
readers, and original stories, develop skills and elevate strategies for
balanced literacy. Best practices identify strategies for teaching and
Our augmented program in kindergarten through second grade provides
experiences in critical thinking skills utilizing the best of children’s
literature. Props, costumes, visual and role-playing are used
frequently with related open-ended scenarios. Teacher created, as well
as commercial instructional materials are used to extend vocabulary,
provide for sound practice of skills and games that reinforce the
Students are grouped heterogeneously generally with 25 students per
class in first and second grades. Kindergarten this year is at
approximately 21 students per class.
The kindergarten students attend on a half day schedule, either from
9:20-11:50 a.m. or from 1:10-3:40 p.m. Grades 1 and 2 attend school from
9:20-3:40 and each day includes a special area subject; library, art,
music, or physical education. The children also get to use the science
lab as well as the computer lab. ESL students in kindergarten, grades
one and two have instruction according to their English proficiency.
The mathematics program is based on the constructivist theory with an
emphasis on concrete experiences. Basic skills are emphasized, with
stress placed on thinking and practical use of mathematics, such as
measuring, estimating, and probability utilizing a variety of
Science instruction and activities take place in class and at the
science lab. Students are actively involved with hands-on science
experiments. Science kits, microscopes and other scientific instruments
as well as reading materials add to the lab environment. A trained full
time teacher assistant is assigned to the lab.
Beyond the classroom and science lab is an outdoor learning site – the
courtyard where plants and trees reflect a Long Island landscape. The
outdoor learning lab was recently renovated by the district and a grant
from Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores Inc.
The district’s technology initiative has provided for multiple computers
and a Smart Board for each classroom. Laser printers auxiliary color
printers and large screen monitors and Smart Boards are utilized. Beyond
classroom computers, Harley features a computer lab that functions as a
resource and instructional center. The district commitment strives to
integrate technology as an instructional tool modeling a vision of the
Instructional support in academics as well as related services is
provided by trained personnel in reading, speech, social work and
psychology. Academic intervention by the teacher and specialists is
given in first and second grade for reading and math. Two trained
reading teachers instruct first grade and second grade students in a
literacy lab setting in small groups spanning twenty weeks if needed.
The goal of academic intervention is to assess need and to provide
remediation so the student can perform successfully within the
Each child has the opportunity to learn at the primary school. Not only
are support services available, but also each professional is
responsible for creating, a learning caring school community.
Students with special or related services may be found in every class.
There is not only an inclusion class on each grade level but also a
multi-grade transition class. The inclusion class has both a regular and
special education co-teacher with a teaching assistant for specific
times throughout the school day.
The Elwood pre-kindergarten program implemented by SCOPE is at Harley.
The program is four days a week in the morning or afternoon. A
certified teacher and teacher assistant(s) provide a delightful learning
The Harley Avenue faculty members are highly trained, certified
educators, coming from diverse backgrounds to work together to provide
an outstanding early childhood program to our district’s youngest
Together, we ask you to join with our School Spirit, to provide excellent comprehensive learning for all children.