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 Jefferson students loved this year's turkey trot (1)

Turkey Trot Fun at Jefferson Primary School

November 21b, 2022
 Jefferson School opened in September 1962. (Darin Reed photo)

A Terrific Start to School Year at Jefferson

September 23, 2022
 Students cheered on participants in the walk

Jefferson’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s a Success

May 17, 2022

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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 350 students from kindergarten through third 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.

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Jefferson Principal Portrait
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.

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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.

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  • President: Jennifer Gregory 1-917-853-6110
  • Co-Vice-President: Jessica Buttafucco 1-516-502-5089
  • Co-Vice President: Cristina Marino 1-631-988-8992
  • Corresponding Secretary: Angela Ackerly 1-631-708-7331
  • Recording Secretary: Meghan LaCourte 1-631-935-3067
  • Treasurer: Erin Piersa 1-516-297-6402
  • Council Delegate: Jenna Campus 1-631-767-3260
  • Council Delegate: Joselin Dominguez 1-631-487-0320

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Last Name First Position Email
Capitulo-Saide Valerie Principal
Amorison Angela Cafe
Campagnoli Cristina DL
Castelli Kara teacher
Cortes Yesenia Teacher
Dooher Julie Library
Farkas John Head Custodian
Fazio Sofia ENL
Fischer Karen Physical Ed.
Gallo Wendy Teacher
Garris-Shade Julissa Psychologist
Garcia Jasmin Special Ed.
Genchi Marissa Teacher
Higgins Jenny Teacher
Hiscox Nicole Teacher
Kolinger Valerie Chair, Special Ed.
Kryoneris Kristen Teacher
Lopez Danielle Speech
Mallen-Ozimkowski Kathleen Psychologist
Mallow-Rizzo Karen Teacher
Marotta Luz Math
Milewski Jenna Speech
Moore Julia Teacher
Muradyan Allison Reading
Plesent Jackie Art
Russell Olivia Teacher
Schaeffer Catherine Teacher
Schappi Melissa Nurse
Sejarto Lisa Reading
Soto Giselle Social Worker
Wanser Colleen Teacher
Weider Sharon Teacher
Willet Teacher
Bifulco Emily Teacher
Garcia Renee Teacher
Salmeron Flor Teacher
Pfeiffer Janese Teacher
Jamaluddin Subia ENL
Berrell Ashley Music
Schaeffer Natalee PE
Kropp Natalie Math
Scudieri Alyssa Math
Lopez Danielle Speech
Durante Jennifer Principal Secretary
Kelly Alice Attendance Sectretary
Gooden Nehamiah Security

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First day of School at Jefferson

Opening Day at Jefferson

September 6, 2017. Credits: Darin Reed

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Jefferson Primary School

253 Oakwood Road, Huntington, NY 11743

Established: 1962

Grades: K-3

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.