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 Southdown is the Home of the Dolphins

Southdown Splash Star Student Awards Presented

November 3, 2022
 Southdown Primary School on Browns Road in Huntington. (Darin Reed photo.)

Southdown’s Glittering September Stars Honored

October 4, 2022
 Southdown Primary School students are excited to start a new year. (Darin Reed photo (5)

Southdown School Excited to Start New Year

August 24, 2022

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Southdown Primary students
Southdown Primary School

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.

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Southdown Principal portrait
Jill Amott-Erwig

Jill Amott-Erwig has been Southdown Primary School’s principal since August 2021.

At the time of her appointment, Ms. Amott-Erwig had been serving as principal of PS 250 in Brooklyn. She was previously an assistant principal and lead teacher at PS 201 in Queens for five years.

Ms. Amott-Erwig earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Long Island University-CW Post in 2004 and 2006, respectively. She also obtained her state administrative certification through studies at LIU-CW Post.

Southdown’s principal has worked as a third grade special education teacher, fifth grade general education teacher and K-5 elementary science teacher all at PS 305 in Brooklyn. She was a summer program supervisor and year-round recreation aide at the Town of Islip’s Sayville Community Center for 13 years.

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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.


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.


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.

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  • President: Sheena K. Fallon 1-646-522-2497
  • Co-Vice President: Kathryn O’Dwyer1-631-786-7994
  • Co-Vice President Secretary: Katie Golden 1-631-806-9118
  • Corresponding Secretary: Jessica Caporuscio 1-
  • Recording Secretary: Mary Reilly Halder 1-631-896-1372
  • Treasurer: Anina Monte Savatta 1-917-509-6740
  • Council Delegate: Jennifer McAleavey 1-
  • Council Delegate: Kimberly Summers 1-

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Last Name First Position Email
Amott-Erwig Jill Principal
Avilas Wanda Cafe
Batool Lubna Nurse
Berrell Ashley Music
Cardinale RJ Head Custodian
Clementi Carly Math
Collura Heather Reading
Cournane Carlene Teacher
DePetris Christine Teacher
Dima Christine ENL
Duffy Theresa Teacher
Flaherty Heather Teacher
Garris-Shade Julissa Psychologist
Gonzalez Wanda Secretary
Hartough Dana Teacher
Herbert Lorna ENL
Hernandez Karen Secretary
Karivalis Doreen Reading dkarivalis
Kelly Stephanie PT
Kenny Meghan Teacher
Kohan Linda Social Worker
Kolinger Valerie Spec. Ed. Coord.
Leinwand Amy Teacher
Lindemann Cindy UPK
LoTurco Donna Secretary
Macaluso Sarah Speech
Malloy Linda OT
Marmo Dawn Teacher
Medina Rose Teacher
Murray Valerie Teacher vmurray
Ortega Dimaris Teacher dortega
Perline Amitai ENL aperline
Plesent Jacqueline Art
Reinesch Denise Teacher
Renick Melody Psychologist
Romano John Physical Education
Rubio Ivonne Teacher
Schaeffer Natalee PE
Schwarting Pamela Teacher
Scudieri Alyssa Math
Simko Colleen Teacher csimko
Treco Amanda Speech atreco
Velez Mary Teacher
Ventura Yanira Dual Language yventura
Wesnofske Lauren Teacher
Winzer Stephanie Teacher

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Southdown Primary School

125 Browns Road, Huntington, NY 11743

Established: 1954

Grades: K-3

Mascot: Dolphins

Principal: Jill Amott-Erwig

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.