Southdown News

Southdown June Stars

Southdown Celebrates June’s Stars

July 3, 2017
Sweetbriar Nature Center

Southdown Youngsters Visit Sweetbriar Preserve

June 7, 2017
Southdown's spring stars

Southdown Honors its Spring Stars

June 2, 2017
Lynn Hefele

Southdown Assembly Mixes Important Lesson with Fun

April 4, 2017
Lynn Hefele

Southdown Science Fair Projects Impressive

March 14, 2017
Lynn Hefele

Lynn Hefele to be Honored at National Convention

March 9, 2017
Winter Stars

Southdown School Recognizes its Winter Stars

February 7, 2017

Southdown’s Family Fitness Night Gets Hearts Racing

January 25, 2017

Community Readers Descend Upon Southdown School

January 24, 2017

Capitalism on Display at Southdown’s Market Day

December 22, 2016

Southdown School Honors its Fall Stars

December 6, 2016
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Southdown’s Lynn Hefele Wins Teacher of the Year Honors

November 16, 2016
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Southdown School Keeps Focus on Students

November 4, 2016
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Fun & Games at Southdown School’s Math Night

October 24, 2016
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Southdown School Honors its September Stars

October 20, 2016
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Southdown School Embarks on Exciting Crusade

October 17, 2016
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Southdown Elects Student Council Executive Board

October 7, 2016

Important Documents

About Southdown

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Southdown Primary School

Southdown Primary School is a place where children flourish in an academic environment of respect, encouragement and high expectation.

Southdown's faculty 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 with differentiated instruction that meets the needs of all learners. From Reading Recovery, an intensive one-to-one remedial reading program for first graders, through the Reading Rockets and Quest, enrichment programs that challenge students with a focus on literacy and mathematics with problem solving, all children are presented with a rigorous and meaningful academic program.

Southdown School is delighted to offer a unique dual language program that is distinctive and comprised of equal amounts of native English and Spanish speaking students who together absorb the new language through rich vocabulary and content experiences. The outcome is confident bilingual and bi-literate students at the end of fifth grade.

Faculty and support staff members encourage and support a strong home-school partnership. The Southdown School community believes that children are most successful when parents and teachers work together in an atmosphere of respect and understanding.

Southdown's very active PTA chapter plans interesting and enjoyable events for the entire family, from Family Movie Night and the Fitness Challenge to the annual book fair events - children benefit from dedicated and enthusiastic PTA volunteers!

Happy and energetic students fill Southdown's classrooms. The school has been serving the community since 1955 and will continue to do so far into the future.

Southdown Leadership

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Scott Oshrin
1-631-673-2080
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Scott Oshrin became principal of Southdown Primary School on 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.

Earlier 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 a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He has participated in the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference in Washington, DC, Columbia University Teacher’s College Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop and the Long Island Technology Summit in Melville.

Mr. Oshrin said some of his key strengths include “strong leadership skills, the wisdom to guide the student population and the integrity necessary to work collaboratively with district administrators and the community.” He takes pride in his organizational, interpersonal and communication abilities, which have served as the foundation for his administrative career.

Southdown Policies

Attendance/ Absence

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.

Health Services

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.

Cafeteria

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.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

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.

School Closings/ Delays

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:

  • Each school will open one or two hours later than the regular opening time.
  • Buses will pick up students one or two hours later than their regular time.
  • Dismissal times will not be affected by delayed openings.

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.

Homework

The faculty of Southdown is firmly committed to assigning homework that enhances and extends the school learning experience. Homework:

  • Helps develop good study skills;
  • Reinforces skills learned during the school day;
  • Provides an extended learning experience beyond the classroom;
  • Helps to establish contact between the home and school;
  • Fosters a sense of responsibility for students.

Students’ Homework Responsibilities

  • To know their homework assignments and in the older grades to write down their homework;
  • Reinforces skills learned during the school day;
  • To ask questions if they do not understand assignments;
  • To bring home necessary materials;
  • To take pride in their work.

Parents’/ Guardians’ Responsibilities

  • To encourage their child to do their best and work independently;
  • To contact the teacher if their child is experiencing unnecessary difficulty with assignments;
  • To provide support.

Visitors and Parking

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.

Class Trips

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, Procedures, and Referrals

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:

  • Verbal warning
  • Loss of privilege
  • Time in office
  • Conference with principal
  • Parent contact
  • Individualized instruction
  • In-school suspension
  • Out of school suspension

The following factors will determine effective consequences:

  • Student’s age.
  • Nature of the situation and circumstances leading to the incident.
  • Student’s prior record.
  • Information from parents, teachers, and/or others, as appropriate.
  • Other extenuating circumstances.

Severe transgressions will be handled at the discretion of the principal.

Southdown PTA

  • Co-President: Kerri Brandine 1-631-923-0531
  • Co-President: Kimberley Steinberg 1-917-714-5459
  • Co-Vice President: Nicole Boeckmann 1-917-531-9511
  • Co-Vice President: Devon Perotti 1-631-427-0682
  • Corresponding Secretary: Jennifer Tullo 1-646-522-7469
  • Recording Secretary: Jen Gooch 1-917-445-3620
  • Treasurer: Michele Oliva 1-646-373-0938
  • Council Delegate: Kim Einmann 1-631-708-6682
  • Council Delegate: Janine Luca 1-516-972-5803

Southdown Staff Directory

Last Name First Position Email
Oshrin Scott Principal
Avilas Wanda Cafe
Barth Catherine Teacher
Castaneda Jessica Music
Cicio Joanne Teacher
Collura Heather Reading
Cournane Carlene Teacher
Dash Joan PT
Depetris Christine Teacher
Calderaro Tom Head Custodian
Doyno Kimberley Nurse
Droskowski Christina Reading
Duffy Theresa Teacher
Dugan Christopher Teacher
Fitzpatrick Lindsay Secretary
Garris-Shade Julissa Psychologist
Gonzalez-Buttler Claudia ENL
Graber Susan Music
Hartough Dana Teacher
Hefele Lynn Physical Education
Himmelman Megan Reading
Kelly Tiffanie Teacher
Kenny Meghan Teacher
Kidd Katie Health
Kotler Lauren ENL
Kohan Linda Social Worker
Leinwand Amy Teacher
Lynch Nicole Music
Macaluso Sarah Speech
Malloy Linda OT
Medina Rose Teacher
Monks Patrice Teacher
Morea Karen Art kmorea
Myers-Bender Kimberly Teacher
Osorio Amanda Teacher
Ortega Dimaris Teacher dortega
Plesent Jacqueline Art
Reinesch Denise Teacher
Renick Melody Psychologist
Rich Diana Spec. Ed. Coordinator
Robinette Marybeth Math Chair
Rosetti Leslie Secretary
Rubio Ivonne Teacher
Schwarting Pamela Teacher
Sherrard Adam Physical Education
Stockner Shelley Speech
Tietjen Cindy Librarian
Triessel Soraya Teacher
Velez Mary Teacher
Wesnofske Lauren Teacher
Winzer Stephanie Teacher

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Southdown Primary School

125 Browns Road, Huntington, NY 11743

Established: 1954

Grades: K-4

Mascot: Dolphins

Principal: Scott Oshrin

1-631-673-2080 Main Office

1-631-673-2142 Attendance

1-631-673-2142 Nurse

1-631 425-6258 FAX

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