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Carle Place, New York 11514

Principal: Mrs. Catherine Silletti

Main Office: (516) 622-6421

Fax Phone#: (516) 622-6588

 To Report Student Absences, call the Nurse's office at (516) 622-6423.




1/30/24  Notes from Community Forum regarding Outdoor Education

12/6/23 Intergenerational Concert 1:00 PM

12/6/23 Rushmore Grade 3 Winter Concert Livestream 7:00 PM

12/6/23 Rushmore Grade 4 Winter Concert Livestream 7:45 PM

     12/13/23 Rushmore Grade 5 & 6 Winter Concert Livestream 7:00 PM


Mission Statement

Rushmore Avenue School’s mission is to instill a love of learning in all children.  In partnership with families and community, we will provide each and every student with the guidance and support to be reflective learners and to reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally enabling them to become productive members of the twenty-first century.  


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Current News

Rushmore Third Graders Head to Safety Town

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Third grade students had a blast on their recent trip to Safety Town at Eisenhower Park! Safety Town is designed to offer children instruction in traffic safety, as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety. Nassau County’s Safety Town is a replica of a miniature village with an indoor educational facility. Third graders received classroom instruction, followed by hands-on experience using bicycles and miniature electric vehicles.


Date Added: 2/17/2024

Students Spread Love to Local Veterans

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Rushmore Avenue fourth graders in Jacqueline Gardiner’s class recently participated in a Valentines for Veterans service project. Students brainstormed words to describe America’s military and drafted valentine letters to thank veterans for their service. Each student then revised and edited their letters before rewriting final copies. The letters were delivered to the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Garden City to distribute to local veterans for Valentine’s Day. 

Date Added: 2/16/2024


Fourth Grader Pens Winning Letter

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Rushmore Avenue fourth grader Jacqueline Scarpa was selected as a Storyworks writing contest winner for September 2023. Storyworks is a magazine published by Scholastic which helps students with key reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

Jacqueline's winning entry was submitted by her teacher, Ms. Alyssa Marshak, for the writing prompt, “The Apple: The Great American Fruit.” In her entry, Jacqueline wrote a letter to the President of the United States Joe Biden. She explained why the apple should be our national fruit and shared some health benefits such as “apples can protect your heart and the vitamins in apples help to keep your bones strong.” In addition, Jacqueline included an argument in favor of the designation because of the popular saying “as American as apple pie.”

According to Storyworks Senior Editor Ms. Tricia Culligan, the publisher receives hundreds of entries each month for its fiction and non-fiction story contests. These contests, open to students in grades 2-8, challenge young writers to demonstrate their critical reading skills and to apply their thinking to a rigorous authentic writing activity.

“Jacqueline’s entry demonstrated a solid understanding of the task along with the skills needed for an appropriate and engaging response,” said Ms. Marshak when she notified Rushmore Avenue School’s principal, Catherine Siletti, of the honor. Scholastic recognized Jacqueline's achievement with a prize and the hope that she would continue her great work and hopefully be published one day.

Congratulations, Jacqueline!

Date Added: 1/24/2024

Designing for Weather at Rushmore Avenue School

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Sixth graders from Rushmore Avenue School recently participated in an engaging engineering project during science class. Led by teachers Ms. Julie Santoro and Ms. Nicole Mulhearn, the students applied their scientific knowledge and creativity to construct hurricane-proof houses using various materials.

The objective of this engaging experiment was to not only showcase the students’ innovative ideas, problem-solving skills and teamwork, but to also reinforce their understanding of severe weather and their causes. The students were encouraged to think critically, experiment with different materials and collaborate with their peers to enhance the resilience of their structures.

On the final day of the project, Ms. Santoro and Ms. Mulhearn surprised their students with a “hurricane” to see if the projects could withstand the high winds. Using a leaf blower, the teachers targeted each structure and students excitedly watched as their creation either stood tall or fell from the wind. The project was a great way for students to work together and harness their problem-solving skills to tackle a real-world problem.

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Date Added: 1/19/2024

Rushmore Avenue Holds Assembly for ALS Ride for Life

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Members of the Rushmore Avenue School Student Council prepared for and welcomed guests from the ALS organization on January 12. The assembly was a kickoff to the school’s fundraising events for the annual ALS Ride for Life.

Date Added: 1/18/2024