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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.









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

Elementary Schools Transform to Support Student Success

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Improving our buildings to enhance student learning has remained a priority here in the Carle Place School District as we follow a five-year capital projects plan. As we slowly approach the end of 2022, let’s look back at the amazing renovations that both Cherry Lane School and Rushmore Avenue School have undergone this year.

At Cherry Lane School, construction occurred during the summer months to complete the third and final phase of the school’s reconstruction project. This last phase included the replacement of the old office and corridor windows and the transformation of part of the building’s exterior. Crews worked tirelessly on the reconstruction and building façade replacement for nine classrooms and one resource room. With the final phase now completed, all the classrooms at Cherry Lane School are refurbished from floor to ceiling. Both students and staff are enjoying their fresh new learning environments.

At Rushmore Avenue School, phase six of construction also took place during the summer. Three classrooms received makeovers and are now updated spaces for students to learn and grow in. They feature fresh new paint on the walls, new flooring and more. The school also had two small classrooms added, using space from Rushmore Avenue’s existing computer lab. This has helped maximize instructional space for our students.

Construction did not stop there. The school’s main stairwell at the center of the building was renovated, and more improvement projects were completed on the second floor. The second-floor student restrooms were completely updated and now feature new wall tiles in our Carle Place colors. Part of the second-floor corridor was also updated.

The district plans to continue improving its buildings to not only benefit current students, but future students as well. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, a special vote will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Carle Place Middle/High School, asking the community to vote on an expenditure from the district’s capital reserve fund to continue making basic infrastructure improvements. This money has already been set aside; as such, there is no tax impact associated with using these funds.

If approved, future projects would include the phase seven abatement and reconstruction at Rushmore Avenue School, consisting of second floor classrooms, resource room and related corridor and stairwell areas. Additional improvement projects would include the first-phase replacement of HVAC unit ventilators at Carle Place Middle/High School and several projects at Cherry Lane School – the replacement of the gymnasium roof, ceiling and lighting, along with the replacement of the school’s corridor ceiling and lighting.

Please click here to view more information about the Dec. 7 vote, and please enjoy the slideshow below to see how our buildings have transformed this year.

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Date Added: 11/21/2022

Planting Knowledge at Rushmore Avenue School

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Rushmore Avenue fourth graders in Susan Finnell’s class recently used the scientific method to test their hypothesis about what bean plants need to germinate. In addition, they learned about internal and external plant parts and their functions.

Not only have the students enjoyed watching their bean seed sprout, but they have also enjoyed taking care of their growing plants each day.

Date Added: 11/7/2022

Games Galore at Rushmore Avenue School

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Third graders from Rushmore Avenue School were invited to Welcome to Rushmore Games Day on Sept. 30. Students engaged in fun games and activities together throughout the afternoon and had a great time!

Date Added: 10/5/2022

Fifth Grader Wows Board of Education with Musical Talents

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During the Carle Place School District’s board of education meeting on Sept. 29, Rushmore Avenue student and talented pianist Calla Jin was honored for being named one of only 10 student-musicians in the state to perform in the New York State School Music Association’s upcoming piano showcase. The piano showcase is part of the 2022 All-State Winter Conference which will be held from Dec. 1-4 in Rochester.

The talented fifth grader performed a level 6 piece from Felix Mendelssohn entitled “Spinning Song” at the start of the board meeting and received a standing ovation from board members. This was the same music piece that Calla performed during her All-State audition last spring where she received a perfect score. Level 6 pieces are typically performed by high school juniors and seniors, but Calla embraced the challenge and had an exceptional audition as a fourth grader.

Calla’s music teacher Lora Elsirgany shared with the board members how gifted the young pianist is as she listed her many accolades. Calla has been playing the piano since she was four and a half years old and has already performed internationally. She is also a student at the Manhattan School of Music.

Rushmore Avenue principal Catherine Silletti presented Calla with flowers and a certificate from the board during the meeting to celebrate her outstanding achievement.

Date Added: 10/3/2022