Harley Avenue Primary School
30 Harley Avenue
Elwood, NY 11731
Phone: (631) 266-5445
Health Office: (631) 266-5478
Principal: Elissa Toubin
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 learning.
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 curriculum.
Students are grouped heterogeneously generally with 25 students per class in first and second grades. Kindergarten this year is at approximately 20 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 manipulatives.
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.
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 21st century.
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 for 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 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 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 learning caring school community.
Students with special or related services may be found in every class. There are inclusion classes and multi-grade transition classes. 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 five days a week in the morning or afternoon. A certified teacher and teacher assistant(s) provide a delightful learning experience.
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.
Together, we ask you to join with our School Spirit, to provide excellent comprehensive learning for all children.