Jefferson News

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Jefferson Principal Reflects and Looks Ahead

June 9, 2017
Jefferson April artists

Free Boys’ Soccer Clinic at Jefferson on Weds. June 14

June 9, 2017
Jefferson April artists

Jefferson School Still One of LI’s Finest

April 26, 2017
Jefferson Science Fair

Jefferson School Science Fair is Captivating

March 23, 2017
Jefferson Citizens

Jefferson Primary School Students Capture Awards

March 13, 2017
Jefferson Citizens

Jefferson School Bursting with Activities

February 10, 2017
Family STEM Night

Jefferson Primary School Winter Happenings

January 30, 2017

Beams of Light at Jefferson Primary School

January 25, 2017

Jefferson Showcases its Artists of the Month

December 9, 2016

Jefferson Students Find Sheriff’s Program GREAT

December 6, 2016
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Jefferson Recognizes November’s Citizens of the Month

November 30, 2016
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Lessons Galore at Jefferson School’s Harvest Fest

November 17, 2016
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Jefferson School Bustling with Fall Activity

November 17, 2016
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Jefferson School Faculty & Staff Eyes Goals

November 3, 2016
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Jefferson School Honors October’s Top Citizens

November 3, 2016
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Jefferson Honors Artists of the Month

October 26, 2016
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Jefferson Honors September’s Citizens of the Month

October 7, 2016

Important Documents

About Jefferson

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Jefferson Primary School

Jefferson Primary School’s faculty and support staff has made it their mission to educate students by effectively teaching an enriched body of knowledge through the active participation of all students, building upon their unique talents and abilities to produce creative, self-assured, responsible citizens who are capable of critical thought and action.

Jefferson currently educates more than 450 students from kindergarten through fourth grade. In addition to teaching the 3 R’s, all students enjoy experiences in art, music and physical education. Students also attend weekly story telling sessions in the library and make excellent use of the technology available to them in the library, classrooms and media center.

The staff, students and parents of Jefferson Primary School work together in creating a place of rich academic programs in a safe and positive environment. Faculty, staff and parents believe children learn what they live. Extensive efforts have been made to create a school environment where children have the opportunity to be happy and are treated with respect in school.

The Jefferson School community believes each student has the right to a safe, caring, secure school environment. In this environment children are taught to be responsible for their behavior and continually work on developing the skills necessary to grow academically and socially.

Jefferson Leadership

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Valerie Capitulo-Saide

Valerie Capitulo-Saide assumed the position of principal of Jefferson Primary School on August 1, 2012. She came to Huntington after serving three years as principal of PS 101Q-The School of the Gardens in Forest Hills, Queens. She worked earlier as that school's assistant principal for two years.

Ms. Capitulo-Saide earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative studies-dance at Hofstra University. She pursued graduate level studies at LIU-C.W. Post College, obtaining a Master of Science in elementary education and a certificate in education administration-school building leader.

Prior to embarking on an administrative career, Ms. Capitulo-Saide worked in Community School District 26 in Bayside for two years as a dance teacher in a "literacy through the arts" program for students ranging from pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. She then taught grades three, five and six in elementary classrooms at PS 173Q and PS 213 in Bayside from 2001 to 2005.

Ms. Capitulo-Saide was a math coach and academic intervention services team leader at PS 101Q in Community School District 28 in Forest Hills from 2005 to 2007. She has engaged in a wide variety of professional training and development activities, including the Principal's Institute, NYC leadership mentoring program, advanced leadership mentor program for assistant principals, City College of New York Mathematics Institute mentoring program, Marilyn Burns Math Solutions Institute, Columbia University-Teachers College summer institutes in reading and writing and various experiences with the Educational Leadership Institute.

Jefferson Policies

Students' Bill of Rights

  1. I have the right to feel safe and secure in my school.
  2. I have the right to be treated with respect which means no one should hurt my feelings on purpose.
  3. I have the right to hear and be heard in school.
  4. I have the right to expect my property will be safe in school.
  5. I have a right to be myself in this school. This means that no one should treat me unfairly because I am black or white, fat or thin, boy or girl, tall or short, adult or child, handicapped or because of my religious beliefs.
  6. I have the right to travel to and from school in a safe environment.
  7. I have the right to feel safe on the playground at all times.
  8. I have the right to eat my lunch in a pleasant, orderly and clean atmosphere.
  9. I have the right to attend school without being abused by my classmates. This means that no one should be permitted to hit me, pinch me, kick me, threaten me, push me, or hurt me.
  10. I have the responsibility to respect the rights of others. This means I will not hit, kick, threaten, push or hurt anyone.
  11. I have the responsibility to treat others with respect which means I will not tease or try to hurt the feelings of others.
  12. I have the responsibility to help keep the school calm and quiet. This means I will not yell, make loud noises or disturb others.
  13. I have the responsibility not to take or destroy the property of others.
  14. I have the responsibility to respect others as individuals and not to treat others unfairly because they are black or white, fat or thin, boy or girl, tall or short, adult or child, handicapped or because of their religious beliefs.
  15. I have the responsibility to sit and stay in my seat and listen to the bus driver.
  16. I have the responsibility to use the playground area and equipment in the correct way and obey all safety rules.
  17. I have the responsibility to eat my lunch and clean up in an orderly manner.
  18. I have the responsibility to make the school safe by not hitting anyone, pinching anyone, kicking anyone, threatening anyone, pushing anyone, or hurting anyone.

Jefferson PTA

  • President: Jen Biancardo 1-631-793-8344
  • Co-President: Kelly Donovan 1-917-545-2628
  • Co-Vice President: Wendy Naborre 1-631-807-8948
  • Corresponding Secretary: Stacey Fiore 1-631-678-6916
  • Treasurer: Ken Guandique 1-917-232-2342
  • Council Delegate: Jennifer Carrillo 1-516-697-0408
  • Council Delegate: Jasmin Garcia 1-516-697-7695

Jefferson Staff Directory

Last Name First Position Email
Capitulo-Saide Valerie Principal
Allegretti Angela Speech
Amorison Angela Cafe
Aurilia joan ENL
Bifulco Emily Teacher
Braun Adrienne Teacher
Cantillo Cristina Teacher
Casteneda Jessica Music
Coffey Carol Teacher
Cortes Yesenia Teacher
Cronin Karen Music
D'Andraia Evelyn Special Ed.
Droskowski Christina Reading
Farkas John Head Custodian
Fischer Karen Physical Ed.
Foster Brian ENL
Fryc Toby Teacher
Gallo Wendy Teacher
Garris-Shade Julissa Psychologist
Garcia Renee Special Ed.
Ginsberg Wendy OT
Hecht Julie Secretary
Higgins Jenny Teacher
Hiscox Nicole Teacher
Irigoyan Mariana Teacher
Jurak Chris PT
Kadin Ilona Nurse
Kraus Kathleen Teacher
Lanoue Rosita Teacher
Lynch Nicole Music
Mallen-Ozimkowski Kathleen Psychologist
Mallow-Rizzo Karen Teacher
Marotta Luz Math
Masear Claude Music
Mazzola Maria Art
Milewski Jenna Speech
Muradyan Allison Reading
Musante Madeline Secretary, Spec. Ed
Rich Diana Chair, Special Ed.
Robinette Marybeth Chair, Elementary Math
Schaeffer Natalee PE/ Health
Soto Giselle Social Worker
Sugrue Loiuse Reading
Sweeney Patricia Special Education
Taormina Joanne Special Education
Tietjen Cindy Librarian
Wallace Eileen Teacher
Warren Kristene Secretary
Weider Sharon Teacher
Wilcox Lori Teacher

Galleries and Videos

Jefferson Vitals

Jefferson Primary School

253 Oakwood Road, Huntington, NY 11743

Established: 1962

Grades: K-4

Mascot: Jaguars

Principal: Valerie Capitulo-Saide

1-631-673-2070 Main Office

1-631-673-2070 Attendance

1-631-673-2141 Nurse

1-631 425-6257 FAX

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