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Harley Avenue Primary School


Regular School Hours: 9:20 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Contact Information:

30 Harley Avenue
Elwood, NY 11731
Phone: (631) 266-5445
Health Office: (631) 266-5478
Please call school nurse with absences - Mrs. Schwartz: (631) 266-5478

Principal: Ms. Elissa Millan

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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. The use of big books, leveled readers, and original stories develop skills and elevate strategies for balanced literacy thus creating an authentic literacy experience for the students.

Our literacy program in kindergarten through second grade provides experiences in critical thinking and utilizes the best of children's literature. The Teacher's College Units of Study in Reading & Writing support student growth & love of reading and writing.

Our school day is from 9:20am-3:40pm and each day includes a special subject area: library, art, music, or physical education. The children also get to use our new science lab as well as the computer lab. English Language Learners in kindergarten, grades one and two will receive 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 manipulatives.

Science instruction and activities take place in class and in 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.

The district's technology initiative has provided for multiple chrome books and a Smart Board in each classroom. Beyond classroom Chromebooks, Harley features a computer lab that functions as a resource and instructional center. All classes are scheduled for 1 period a week in the lab. The district commitment strives to integrate technology as an instructional tool.

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 teachers and specialists is provided in reading and math. Two trained reading teachers instruct first grade and second grade students in a literacy lab setting in small groups for thirty minutes, multiple cycles throughout the year. We will also have a kindergarten intervention teacher, who will collaborate with classroom teachers and provide support in literacy and math within the classroom setting. This year we will implement an intervention period within our school day to ensure all students reading below grade level receive small group instruction by a classroom teacher five days a week. This program will begin in mid-October.

The goal of academic intervention is to assess need and to provide remediation so the student can perform successfully within the classroom.

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 caring school community. Keep an eye out for our Harley Knight of the Month pep rally dates. At Harley Avenue we promote excellent character and celebrate students who exhibit those traits. On these days we ask that all students wear their Elwood or Harley T-shirts (or Blue) to show school spirit.

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 population.