Southdown Primary School will welcome hundreds of students back to classrooms this week as the 2020/21 school year opens across Huntington UFSD.
Southdown Primary School has rolled out a fun and exciting new initiative for students. Southdown Stories is a YouTube channel created just for the youngsters. There are already several videos posted and more are coming soon.
While the country continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and Huntington UFSD finds itself in the midst of a distance learning program that the public health crisis has necessitated, the Southdown Primary School community has pulled together and risen to the many challenges that have emerged over the past month.
Southdown Primary School student council members are learning all about leading and serving the classmates they represent. It’s been a great experience for the youngsters.
Southdown Primary School is in the midst of a campaign to promote kindness within its walls and on its fields and playgrounds. It’s an ongoing effort to teach children what being kind means and how good it makes both the giver and recipient feel. How simple acts can really change the world.
Principal Scott Oshrin’s goal is for every Southdown Primary School student to develop a real love for reading. If they do, the youngsters will never have a dull day.
Southdown Primary School second grade teacher Valerie Murray was honored at the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies “Bright Lights” luncheon at Timber Point Country Club in Great River for her “extraordinary contributions to integrating technology in our schools.”
Southdown Primary School’s “makerspace” in the building’s library is promoting a growth mindset among students in a variety of ways. Principal Scott Oshrin is a big fan and steadfast supporter of the initiative.
Southdown Primary School is the midst of a kindness campaign. It’s an important initiative so care was taken introducing it to students during a recent Splash Award assembly in the gym.
Southdown Primary School recently held its monthly Splash Awards assembly in the gym. It was a fun experience for everyone, but it also contained a very important learning component.
There’s no fear of mathematics at Southdown Primary School, where students look at the academic discipline as a fun challenge. Sure there is a lot to learn and remember, but the youngsters have never backed down from a tough assignment.
Southdown Primary School is a place where children flourish in an academic environment of respect, encouragement and high expectations. The faculty and staff is extraordinary; comprised of early childhood specialists who value and encourage children to explore, create and make meaning from the world around them. Learning is child-centered and tailored to the unique needs of all students.
Southdown is proud of the many enhancements to its curricular program over the past several years. Every student has access to a Chromebook that is integrated throughout the school day as a means to enhance student engagement and further learning in the 21st century. A renovated library and “makerspace” provides all students with the opportunity build a foundation for exploration and creativity in ways that are truly remarkable.
Southdown’s faculty and staff members recognize the importance of providing children with the essential academic, social and emotional skills to help them succeed throughout their time in Huntington and beyond.
A wonderful PTA that plans interesting and enjoyable family events also supports the school. Some of those events include block parties, movie nights, bingo nights, family fitness events, talent shows and so much more.
Happy and energetic students fill Southdown’s classrooms. The school has been serving the community since 1954 and will continue to do so far into the future.
Scott Oshrin has been principal of Southdown Primary School since July 1, 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology at Ithaca College in December 2004 and a Master of Science in elementary education at Dowling College in August 2006. He obtained state certification as an administrator through Stony Brook University in August 2012.
Prior to coming to Huntington, Mr. Oshrin served as assistant principal of Birch Elementary School in the Merrick School District for three years. He spent five years as a classroom teacher and as a math and reading academic intervention services teacher at James H. Vernon Elementary School in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District.
Mr. Oshrin was the principal of the 2012 summer special education program at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School in Oyster Bay-East Norwich. He also served as the varsity tennis coach, JV boys’ basketball coach and seventh grade girls’ softball coach during his time in the district.
Early in his career, Mr. Oshrin worked as a second and sixth grade leave replacement teacher in Hauppauge at Pines Elementary School and Hauppauge Middle School.
Mr. Oshrin is vice president of the Suffolk County Elementary Principals Association and vice president of the District School Principals Association, the professional organization of Huntington’s administrative corps. He has served on numerous district personnel selection committees as well as an assortment of other building and district level committees. He is an active member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Mr. Oshrin has participated in the Columbia University Teacher’s College Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop, Model Schools Conference in Atlanta, Georgia and the Long Island Consortium for Excellence and Equity alongside various building and district level leaders. He regularly seeks out and attends professional development classes to continue learning.
Well known as an advocate for all students, Mr. Oshrin works hard to ensure that all children are provided with equal opportunities to maximize their potential socially, emotionally and academically. He is proud to be Southdown’s principal and believes the school has outstanding teachers and support staff, who he feels fortunate to lead and learn alongside each day.
Attendance is essential for successful learning. However, students should not come to school if they are sick. The school nurse will provide care to a student who becomes sick in school. The nurse’s function is not to diagnose children who come to school sick. So, please use good judgment when sending your child to school. Additionally, please remember to keep your emergency card updated so that you can be contacted in the case of an emergency.
If your child is going to be absent, please call 673-2142 in the morning to leave a message regarding the absence. Students must bring an absence note to school on the day that they return. Absences will be recorded as either legal or illegal.
Southdown’s Health Services are dedicated to promoting a healthy environment for all members of the school community. The health office is staffed by a registered nurse. The nurse conducts vision, hearing and health screenings. Each child has a cumulative record which lists all relevant medical history. The nurse is responsible for first aid when a child is injured or becomes ill at school. First aid is immediate treatment only. Any further care is the responsibility of the parent. If you have any questions or concerns, Nurse Diana Marlow can be reached in the Health Office at 673-2142.
Southdown’s cafeteria serves breakfast and lunch daily. Meal tickets can be purchased in cash or through a check (made out to Huntington Food and Nutrition) or by credit card. Please clearly mark payments with your child’s name, teacher’s name, and your telephone number. To purchase a meal card by credit card, please call 673-2107. Some students do qualify for free or reduced lunch. This is based on family income.
The school doors open at 9:15 a.m. Children should not arrive at school before this time, as there is no adult supervision. When dropping students off, please pull into the parking lot along the side of the building where students will be escorted by school personnel.
School starts at 9:20 a.m. It is essential that children come to school on time and stay in school the entire day, in order to learn all that is expected. If your child does arrive late, parents are required to come inside to sign them in at the front desk.
Walkers are dismissed at 3:30 p.m. Please be prompt when picking your child up. Walkers will be dismissed from the third grade door. Please remember to sign your child out at dismissal time. It helps to relieve congestion, both inside and outside of the building, if you quickly pick up your child and leave.
If a student who usually takes the bus needs to be picked up, please send in a note in the morning. This helps teachers get students ready to be dismissed and will ease dismissal procedures. Calling during the day should be a last resort. If a note from a parent or guardian is not received, the child will be put on his/her regular bus.
Inclement weather may affect the opening of schools. Under severe weather conditions, it may be necessary to close schools. At other times, rather than close schools for the entire day, the superintendent may decide to have a delayed opening. The operation of the delayed opening plan entails the following:
Whether schools are closed or openings are delayed due to inclement weather, the announcements will be made over News 12 TV channel, a Connect Ed message, the district’s website and Facebook page and radio stations WBLI/FM 106.1 and WALK/FM 97.5.
The faculty of Southdown is firmly committed to assigning homework that enhances and extends the school learning experience. Homework:
Please use the parking lot if you are visiting the school. Parking is never permitted in front of the school or in bus lanes. Parking in the circle can present a safety concern and blocks the fire lanes in the case of an emergency.
All visitors should report to the front desk to sign-in. Visitors are required to wear a visitor’s pass. Parents are a vital part of their child’s education and parents are encouraged to participate in school activities. When parents are visiting a class, they should prearrange it with their teacher. Showing up unannounced to a classroom is not allowed. Please remember to drop off all items for teachers and students at the front desk. Additionally, parents should arrange appointments to speak with teachers, as teachers are not always available for unscheduled conferences.
During the course of the year, classes may go on field trips, which are an integral part of the instructional program. Most trips usually require a fee. If you are unable to cover the cost of a trip, please call your child’s teacher or someone at the school you feel comfortable speaking with to discuss the issue.
Written permission is needed for students to go on trips. Verbal permission cannot be accepted. Parents/Guardians must sign and return the permission slip sent home. Students who do not bring in a permission slip will not be permitted to attend the trip. These students will remain in the school to do academic work.
Consequences are most effective when they deal directly with the problem at the time and place it occurs in a way that is fair, impartial, and uniform. School personnel who interact with students are expected to implement consequences only when necessary.
As a general rule, consequences will be progressive. For example:
The following factors will determine effective consequences:
Severe transgressions will be handled at the discretion of the principal.
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Principal: Scott Oshrin
1-631-673-2080 Main Office
School Hours: 9:20 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.