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 Washington's cereal challenge resulted in the donation of 129 boxes.
February 15, 2024

Washington Celebrates 100th Day of School

Washington Primary School injected a dose of fun into the lives of students with a 100th Day of School celebration, which carried with it an athletic theme this year. The festivities included dressing in favorite jerseys or even full uniforms covering a variety of sports and even cheerleading.

 Washington's Family Engagement Night was a fun time for everyone
February 12, 2024

Fun Activities at Washington Family Engagement Night

Washington Primary School families recently enjoyed an engaging evening of interactive activities during February Family Engagement Night. It was fun for everyone as students took the lead and left their parents to marvel.

 Washington School students participated in a videoconference project
January 29, 2024

Making Learning Fun at Washington Primary School

Washington Primary School teacher Lauren Whitney’s first grade class recently participated in the Mitten Videoconference Project 2024, which is being facilitated by the New York State Distance Learning Consortium.

 A new math center has Washington School kindergarteners excited
January 26, 2024

Feed Wolfie Math Center Excites Washington Students

There’s always something knew to excite the students at Washington Primary School. Kindergarten teacher Kristen Thatcher’s class was recently introduced to a new math center called “Feed Wolfie.”

 Word Up Wednesdays are coming to Washington School in February.
January 24, 2024

Word Up Wednesday Coming to Washington School

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

 Washington students at the Martin Luther King Jr. mural.
January 22, 2024

Washington Celebrates Life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King

The Washington Primary School community recently celebrated the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a series of lessons and activities. The initiative was timed to coincide with the national holiday recognizing the civil rights giant’s birthday.

 December's Washington Winners show off their certificates.
January 11, 2024

Washington School Celebrates December’s Winners

Washington Primary School is continuing to celebrate December’s top students. The youngsters were presented with certificates and assembled for a commemorative photo. The monthly honorees are referred to as Washington Winners and they are happy to have earned the designation and the recognition that comes with it.

 Washington School second graders at Sweet Briar Nature Center in Smithtown
January 3, 2024

Washington Second Graders Visit Sweet Briar Nature Center

Washington Primary School second graders were thrilled to embark on a field trip to Sweet Briar Nature Center in Smithtown. The youngsters engaged in learning activities specifically focused on two habitats they recently studied in science.

 Reading buddies was a fun experience for Washington Primary School students.
December 21, 2023

Reading Buddies at Washington Keeps Books Fun

Washington Primary School teacher Emily Meyers likes to give her kindergarten students the best classroom experience possible so she keeps the atmosphere lively. The youngsters recently participated in a collaborative video conference project with a kindergarten class in East Aurora outside of Buffalo.

 Washington School kindergarteners discussed a book with a class in East Aurora outside of Buffalo
December 18, 2023

Washington Kindergarteners Collaborate to Discuss Book

Washington Primary School teacher Emily Meyers likes to give her kindergarten students the best classroom experience possible so she keeps the atmosphere lively. The youngsters recently participated in a collaborative video conference project with a kindergarten class in East Aurora outside of Buffalo.

 Washington Primary School's student award recipients for November 2023.
December 12, 2023

Washington School Recognizes November’s Finest

Washington Primary School Principal Michelle Richards was excited to read off the names of November’s Washington Ways Award winners. Once each youngster heard their name ring out over the building’s public address system, recipients headed down to the main office to receive a certificate commemorating their achievement.

 Washington third graders led the way with balloons parade
November 27, 2023

Student Fun at Balloons Over Washington Parade

Never to be outdone by anyone or anything, Washington Primary School third graders hosted the annual Balloons Over Washington Parade in the run-up to Thanksgiving Day.

 The ceremony in the Washington School gym drew a crowd.
November 15, 2023

Washington School Celebrates America’s Veterans

Washington Primary School hosted its annual Salute to Veterans Celebration late last week as family members and friends of students, faculty and staff members who served or are currently active in the United States Armed Forces turned out for the festivities.

 Burlington has donated $5,000 to Washington Primary School as part of new store opening celebration.
November 9, 2023

Burlington Stores Donates to Huntington UFSD Kids

To help celebrate the opening of its new store in the Big H shopping Center, Burlington has donated $5,000 to Washington Primary School through its corporate partner, Adopt A Classroom. Huntington School Board members accepted the donation at its recent public meeting.

 The smiles tell the story for October's Washington Ways Award recipients.
November 18, 2023

Washington School’s November Honorees are Impressive

Washington Primary School is in the midst of fall fun. There’s all sorts of special events happening, that kind of which have students looking forward to coming to school. Principal Michelle Richards tries to keep life around the building thoroughly enjoyable for the youngsters.

 Washington School science and technology night
October 18, 2023

Fun and Games at Washington Science & Technology Night

Washington Primary School’s Science & Technology Family Engagement Night lived up to its billing as parents and students came together for a special evening designed to whet the intellectual appetites of every participant.

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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.

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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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