1599 Park Avenue.
North Merrick, NY 11566
Tel: (516) 992-3117
Fax: (516) 992-3274
Principal: Ms. Eileen Speidel
Park Avenue is one of five elementary schools in the North Bellmore UFSD, which serves students in kindergarten through grade 6. When students complete sixth grade, they move onto the Bellmore-Merrick CHSD for grades 7-12.
Our highly-qualified, dedicated faculty and staff; supportive district administration; strong parent community and deeply committed Board of Education collaborate to realize our district’s mission to “inspire all students to be confident, passionate learners who live their lives with integrity while contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion.”
At Park Avenue, we are focused on providing our scholars with a rigorous academic program and diverse learning experiences that will enable them to meet the increased demands of the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards. These standards create clear expectations for what students at each grade level need to know, and do, in order to be successful in elementary school and beyond.
In addition to developing strong academic skills in our students, we are deeply committed to nurturing good character. The Park Avenue faculty and staff collaborated and created a blueprint for positive behavior called P.A.R.K., which focuses on three core behavioral expectations: Having a Positive Attitude, and always being Respectful and Kind. It is our hope that our scholars, and the entire Park Avenue community, will consistently meet and exceed these expectations.
Each day, during morning announcements, the entire school community recites the Scholar’s Pledge to reinforce our P.A.R.K. ideals.
Park Avenue School Scholar’s Pledge
As a citizen of Park Avenue School …
I will strive to maintain a positive attitude
I will be respectful and kind in all that I do
I will focus my brain, my body, my mind
I will invest in my best and always choose kind
Additionally, we believe that grit and growth mindset are a winning combination for a happy and successful future. Our scholars are taught that having a growth mindset means knowing that they can develop their skills and talents through effort, persistence and hard work. Grit means having passion and perseverance for a very long term goal. It means having a goal that you care so much about that it gives meaning to almost everything you do, and drives you to do your best. It means having stamina and keeping your eye on your goal, day in and day out. Grit means working hard … and showing a lot of effort … it means not giving up even when you fall down or your progress is slow. It means sticking to something even when it’s difficult. It means not quitting.
A Park Avenue Scholars shows grit by…
Trying … because every accomplishment starts with the decision to try
Taking a risk…even if when you don’t think you’re good at something
Accepting challenges, staying strong and overcoming the challenges until you reach success
Persevering and not giving up… especially when the task is hard, disliked or dull
Current research on grit tells us that a student’s ability to work hard, to endure struggle, to fail, and then try again is critical to one’s long-term success and overall happiness. Therefore, scholars at Park Avenue need to work hard. They need to persevere. They need grit. And the faculty and staff stand ready to support the scholars as they develop their grit and growth mindset, and as they invest in their best as students, and people of good character.
Park Avenue’s high expectations for student achievement and good character, coupled with a dedicated faculty, positive and strong parental involvement, make our school a warm, nurturing and challenging place to learn!
We’ll see you along the way!