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Clayton Huey Elementary School

An International Baccalaureate World School

511 Main Street
Center Moriches, NY 11934

(Grades K-5)
Phone: (631) 878-9780
Fax: (631) 878-0238
School Hours for students: 9 am – 3:15 pm



Dennis Ricci, Principal
Danielle Jackson, Assistant Principal
Avery Jayne, Registered Nurse
Katharine Cunningham, Psychologist
Lauren Richard, Social Worker


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Center Moriches Welcomes Ride for Life

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The ALS Ride for Life stopped in Center Moriches on May 18 as part of its major advocacy event. Patients who have ALS led the ride that first stopped at the middle and high schools, and then made its way to Clayton Huey Elementary School. The Ride for Life was welcomed by elementary school students holding handmade signs and posters with messages of hope.

Throughout the month of May, or ALS Awareness Month, the Center Moriches school community raised money for the cause through several fundraisers and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. At the Ride for Life ceremony, the district presented the organization with a $4,000 check to support patient services. Additionally, Center Moriches High School student Romina Lopez-Flores gave a powerful speech about how ALS has affected her family and the importance of continuing the fight.

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Date Added: 5/22/2023

Cultures Around the World

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The Center Moriches School District held its Cultures Around the World event on May 16 and invited students and their families to experience the traditions of several countries. Classrooms throughout Clayton Huey Elementary School each represented a different nation. Once inside, students could experience music of that country and complete an art activity. Students stamped their passports as they ventured through the halls, or across the globe.

Additionally, several performance groups took the stage. Elementary performers, the secondary jazz band, Poospatuck Reservation cultural dancers and drama club performers all stepped in front of an audience to share songs and dances. The event brought the Center Moriches community together while celebrating diversity.

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Date Added: 5/17/2023

Student-Scientists Explore Microparticles

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Third grade student-scientists at Clayton Huey Elementary School stepped behind the microscope to observe microparticles in salt water. Students were taught how to make slides for the microscopes and observed several different specimens including eel grass and green algae.

The third graders worked with partners and made observations of the particles. They then drew pictures and wrote descriptions of what they saw.

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Date Added: 4/25/2023

Fifth Grader Shares Passion for History with Peers

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Giselle Umana, a fifth grade student at Clayton Huey Elementary School in Center Moriches, has a passion for history and took the steps to share it with her classmates. Last year, Giselle brought up the idea of starting a history group and this year put her plans into action. Giselle worked with the school psychologist, Katharine Cunningham, to share her idea with other fifth graders. The pair went into fifth grade classrooms to share information about the group and ended up recruiting a total of 12 students to join.

During the course of six weeks, the history group met to discuss different historical events and time periods including the Great Depression, Ancient Rome and the American Revolution. They also learned about historical figures such as King Tut and Julius Caesar. The experience has allowed students to share and expand their knowledge of history outside of the typical classroom setting.

Additionally, the group aligns with Clayton Huey Elementary School’s IB Primary Years Programme.

“This group strongly ties into ‘student agency,’ which is when our students take ownership of their own learning and action that comes from learning,” said Ms. Cunningham. “Agency helps students to become more active participants in their educational experiences.”

Date Added: 4/19/2023

Clayton Huey Drama Club Performance

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Fourth and fifth graders in Clayton Huey Elementary School’s drama club took the stage to perform the short musical, “Summer Camp.” The audience was brought to Camp Runamok for a fun-filled story of a sleepaway summer camp that spread a message of belonging. Students put on several shows in front of their friends and families.

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Date Added: 4/6/2023