Washington Primary School is motoring right along, not missing a beat in the 2021/22 school year. Principal Michelle Richards, teachers, support staff and parents are all striving to give students the best possible experience, despite the limitations necessitated by COVID-19.
Washington Primary School students need little reason to get excited or celebrate, but they had a good one nonetheless when Principal Michelle Richards combined STEAM Week with Spirit Week.
Three months of classes have passed quickly at Washington Primary School, which kicked off the new school last September with high hopes. Those expectations are being realized on a daily basis as teachers and students work closely together to make this a year to remember.
Washington Primary School students go about their daily routines with few complaints. The youngsters aren’t afraid to work hard or take on tough challenges. They’re flexible, too, and the enjoy helping each other or doing something special for their teachers.
The fall season officially kicked off at Washington Primary School with a two day harvest festival, an annual event that is eagerly anticipated by the 375 students spread across kindergarten through third grade.
As the school year races forward, Washington Primary School celebrated its first group of award recipients for 2021/22.
Every student counts in Huntington UFSD. They’re all important and they’re all cherished by their teachers, classmates, coaches and advisors. That’s certainly the case at Washington Primary School, where 375 students spread across kindergarten through third grade are doing their very best each day.
Washington Primary School’s 375 students are an intelligent, considerate and altogether hardworking and respectful bunch. They are already busy learning lessons that will serve them well as they move forward with their education and lives.
A new school year always brings with it excitement and that’s certainly the case at Washington Primary School, located on Whitson Road in Huntington Station.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Principal: Dr. Michelle Richards
1-631-673-2090 Main Office
School Hours: 9:20 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.