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Back to School: New Suffolk Elementary School Welcomes 18 Students

School restructures multi-age classrooms to reduce class size and curriculum scope.

Superintendent Bob Feger said his district started the 2011-12 school year on Wednesday with 18 students enrolled in the elementary school and 11 students attending three area high schools.

The district has made however, this year the district has made structural changes to their multi-age classroom set up.

Last year the students were broken down into primary and secondary classes. This year the grades are broken into pre-k through 2, 3 and 4 (middle level) and 5 and 6 (upper level). According to Feger this has reduced class sizes and the scope of the curriculum for each class.

is the receiving district for New Suffolk students. Feger said six students are enrolled in Southold, two are enrolled at , and an additional two students attend in Riverhead.

Feger said most of the students in the building know each other, which makes the first day of school more like a “family reunion” than the first day of school

“These kids are special,” Feger said, “they take care of each other and they teach each other.”

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