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DuffHelen B. Duffield Elementary School

600 First Street
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-6304
Principal: Lisa Farrell

SCHOOL HOURS – 9:05 am – 3:35 pm

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Attendance/Ms. Endlekofer Dial 2
Nurse Walters Dial 3
Psychologist/Dr. Ramonetti
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YFS/Ms. Gugliuzzo
Dial 5
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Principal’s Secretary/Ms. Muuss
Dial 7

Current News

Connetquot Civic Organization Holds Thanksgiving Read Aloud

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Connetquot High School’s Connetquot Civic organization members took a trip to Helen B. Duffield Elementary School to hold a Thanksgiving read aloud. Under the direction of advisers Michelle Goodwin and Gina Senft, the high school students who are also graduates of Helen B. Duffield Elementary, gave back to the community by discussing the expectations parents have for Thanksgiving Day, such as respectfulness, cleanliness and looking nice for this special occasion.

To make their point, Ms. Goodwin first read Mo Willems’ “The Pigeon Needs a Bath!,” and discussed how to get ready for the holiday. The high school and elementary school students then collaborated on a holiday project and got to know each other better.

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Date Added: 11/22/2022

Connetquot Elementary Students Learn Fire Safety

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Connetquot Central School District elementary students were visited by their respective fire departments during the month of October in recognition of Fire Prevention Week. The bright red fire trucks parked in the schools’ parking lots served as a classroom where students learned the essentials of fire safety.

The First Responders explained the importance of fire detectors, discussed the importance of a safety plan, explained their equipment and asked that the students never hide from a fireman.

The highlight of the fire departments’ visits, however, was the students’ invitation to explore the fire trucks and to climb out of the window of a smoke house.

Date Added: 11/2/2022

Vending Machine Provides Book Choices for Duffield Students

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Most individuals have stuck a dollar into a vending machine to choose a drink or snack, but Helen B. Duffield Elementary School students now have the opportunity to choose a book. On Sept. 30, members of the Rotary Club of Ronkonkoma, Helen B. Duffield Elementary School Principal Lisa Farrell, Connetquot Central School District administrators and board of education trustees, teachers and select students were on hand to cut the ribbon celebrating the operation of the new Duffield Book Vending Machine.

The vending machine, designed by Taylor Quaranta, was a joint effort between the school and the Ronkonkoma Rotary, whose mission is to partner with schools on literacy. Each month, Ms. Farrell will choose a student who meets criteria to become student of the month. In all, 18 students a month will receive a gold coin to place in the vending machine to choose a book. Books will be supplemented by the Ronkonkoma Rotary.

Reading teacher April Oquendo said that putting a new book in a child’s hand is so exciting. “This is a partnership that will continue a love of reading,” Ms. Oquendo said.

Date Added: 10/18/2022