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 Word Up Wednesdays kicked off this week (1)
February 2, 2023

Word Up Wednesday’s at Washington School

Washington Primary School is set to host Word Up Wednesday throughout the month of February. On those days, students, faculty and staff members are being encouraged to wear clothing with words that everyone can read.

 Washington School first graders participation in a videoconference with a class from Rochester.
January 30, 2023

Washington First Graders Collaborate with Rochester Class

Washington Primary School students practiced their reading, writing, speaking and researching skills during an interactive videoconference project facilitated by members of the New York State Distance Learning Consortium.

 This is the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac.  (1)
January 27, 2023

Keeping Kids Inspired with an Author Visit at Washington

Keeping kids inspired to embrace learning new things every day they step into a classroom is a challenge that Washington Primary School faculty and step take seriously.

 This is the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac.  (1)
January 23, 2023

Washington First Graders Learn Geometry

Washington Primary School first grade teachers and school library media specialist Rebecca Kraus recently collaborated on an activity integrating technology with math and the Lunar New Year.

 Washington first graders used shapes to learn geometry
January 19, 2023

Washington First Graders Learn Geometry

Washington Primary School first grade teacher Lauren Whitney’s class recently used a kinesthetic approach to learn geometry. Using Reveal math’s activity based exploration, students were able to explore on their own and use 2D shapes to create composite shapes.

 Washington School opened on Whitson Road  in September 1954. (Darin Reed photo.)
January 10, 2023

Washington School is Ready to Soar in 2023

Washington Primary School students and staff are enjoying the first full school week of 2023. The group hit the ground running last Tuesday when they returned from the winter vacation. It didn’t take long for everyone to get back into their daily routines.

 Washington Ways Award recipients for December 2023.
January 3, 2023

Washington Celebrates Student Award Recipients

It’s a brand new year, but the hundreds of students attending Washington Primary School are picking up where they left off before the holidays and vacation. The youngsters resumed school with a spring in their step and the same enthusiasm they always display regardless of the subject area.

 Teacher Katie Kalkau with her third graders and Hudson, the polar bear.
December 20, 2022

Washington Class Embraces and Protects Polar Bears

Third graders in Washington Primary School teacher Katie Kalkau’s class have fallen in love with polar bears this winter. In fact, the youngsters adopted one as a class pet and named him Hudson.

 November Honorees
December 19, 2022

Ozobots Are a Hit at Washington Primary School

Computer coding instruction and activities continue at Washington Primary School’s library school media center, much to the delight of students. The youngsters are making good use of Ozobot Evo classroom kits.

 November Honorees
December 2, 2022

Washington School’s November Honorees on Fire

Three months into the school year, Washington Primary School students are doing a great job in and out of their classrooms as they go about their daily routines around the building.

December 1, 2022

Washington Celebrates Native American History Month

Washington Primary School has been celebrating Native American Heritage Month in its makerspace. Using an activity and resources created by the Museum of the American Indian, second grade students crafted a necklace honoring a major contribution made by the Native Peoples of North America; corn.

November 2, 2022

Washington’s Energetic Students Honored

Washington Primary School Principal Michelle Richards and her colleagues are continually reinforcing the Washington Way for good behavior, hard work, cooperation with others and respect all the way around. A monthly awards program contributes to the initiative.

October 24, 2022

Washington First Graders Embrace School Makerspace

Washington Primary School’s makerspace is a happening place. Just ask the youngsters studying in the building this year.

 Math Magic
September 20, 2022

Math Magic for Washington Kindergarteners

How’s this for a spin on words: Washington Primary School teacher Kristen Thatcher kindergarten class is off to a “mathe-magical” start to the new school year.

 Hispanic Heritage month
September 19, 2022

Washington Celebrates Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

In Huntington UFSD every student counts in Huntington UFSD. Every one of them important and they’re all cherished by their teachers, classmates, coaches and advisors. There’s no doubt that’s the case at Washington Primary School, where more than 360 students spread across kindergarten through third grade are doing their very best each day.

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About Washington Primary

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Seven Decades of Excellence

Since Washington Elementary School's doors first swung open in 1954, thousands of students have received an excellent academic education within its confines. The same tradition continues today for more than 350 youngsters enrolled in grades K-3.

Professional and Caring Staff

Washington boasts a highly educated professional teaching staff, each with outstanding strengths, and a caring and knowledgeable group of aides, secretaries and support personnel. Faculty members participate in regular professional development activities to stay abreast of innovations in curriculum and classroom education.

Comprehensive and Intensive Learning

Every student receives a comprehensive education, including an intensive program to develop strong reading, writing and arithmetic skills. Children also have regularly scheduled music, art, physical education and library classes.

Latest Technology

Students receive instruction in the use of the computer as a teaching and learning tool. Each classroom, as well as the library, is equipped with computer stations. Children learn basic computer literacy and important skills concerning how to use computers to conduct research and organize a report.

Enrichment with Local Resources

Classroom teachers spend hours planning exciting lessons and special events to help make learning fun. Visits to local farms, scientific institutions, art galleries and historical sites provide an opportunity to hear from experts across a wide range of fields and backgrounds.

PTA and Support Services

Washington's Parent Teacher Association is very active in the school and works closely with the principal and teachers to supplement and enhance the education offered to students at every grade level. There is a place for every child at Washington regardless of their current level of academic achievement or knowledge. A complete range of educational services and a highly competent team of teachers help assure the academic and social development of each child.

Only the Best at Washington

The building is maintained in excellent condition and is kept spotless throughout the day. Faculty and staff strive to provide a safe and secure environment for each child, each day. Parents of Washington's students can rest assured their children are receiving the very finest education possible.

Washington Primary School students are enjoying a great year.

Washington Leadership

Dr. Michelle Richards

Dr. Michelle J. Richards


Dr. Michelle J. Richards has been principal of Washington Primary School since July 1, 2018.

Dr. Richards obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology at SUNY Albany and a Master of Science degree in childhood education at City University of New York-Lehman College. She earned a Doctor of Education degree in educational administration and supervision at St. John’s University. She studied for her state administrative certification at CUNY-Queens College.

At the time of her appointment in Huntington, Dr. Richards was an assistant principal in the Elmont School District since 2013 and an administrator there since 2009.

Dr. Richards began her career as a general education teacher in New York City. She worked at Public School 107x (2001-03) and Lewis H. Latimer School-PS 56K (2003-06). She later taught in Elmont at Gotham Avenue School from 2006-09.

In 2009, Dr. Richards moved into Elmont’s administrative ranks after being named assistant to the principal. She was the principal of Elmont’s summer enrichment program in 2009 and 2010. She also served as a district professional development facilitator, curriculum map developer for English Language Arts and as a district testing leader, creating the scoring schedule, selecting and training district scorers, facilitating the scoring process and ensuring testing documents are securely maintained.

Dr. Richards maintains memberships in the International Literacy Association, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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HHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

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HHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2021

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