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Budget Passes

The 2019-2020 RP Schools Budget Vote was on Tuesday, May 21, 2019
   703 YES 213 NO

Susan Sullivan -- 3-year term

Jessica Ward -- 1-year unexpired term

Thank you to the community for your continued support!

BOE Meeting June 17, 2019--Exec Session 6 PM; 7 PM Public Session HS Aud

Board of Education Meeting
June 17, 2019 HS Auditorium

Executive Session 6 PM
Public Session 7 PM

Rocky Point Results:

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The Budget Has Passed. Thank You.
Yes- 703
No-213


Board Election (2): 
Susan Y. Sullivan – 618*
Michael Lisa – 410
Jessica Ward – 551* (one year term) 


*elected 



El presupuesto ha sido aprobado. Gracias.
Sí- 703
No- 213


ELECCIÓN DE LA JUNTA (2): 
Susan Y. Sullivan – 618*
Michael Lisa - 410
Jessica Ward – 551*


* elegidos 
 

Sixth Annual Science Research Symposium

Sixth Annual Science Research Symposium

HS & MS Art Show 2019

HS and MS Art Show

Wednesday, May 22
6 to 8 PM
HS Gym

 

Rocky Point Students Volunteer to Help Veterans

Rocky Point Students Volunteer to Help Veterans photo
Rocky Point Middle School’s service club has had the privilege of doing their volunteer work at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook throughout this school year. 

The seventh and eighth grade members have donated two hours of their time several Saturdays from November to June to help the residents of the home. 

Rocky Point High School ninth grader Quentin Palifka, who was a member of the club all three years in middle school, continued to be of service by joining the middle school club on each Saturday the club visited the facility.  

Varsity Athletic Banquet Form

Varsity Athletic Banquet
Monday, June 10th, 2019

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Linked Together in Kindness at FJC

Linked Together in Kindness at FJC photo

Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students have been going the extra mile this school year to demonstrate strong character traits.

Each time a student was “caught” being kind, they were invited to write their name on a slip of paper, which was attached to their classmates’ slips, making a chain of links. Each class had its own chain of kindness, and this spring the class links were connected together to create one long chain of kindness. In total, there were more than 1,802 links. 




Middle School Concert II Slideshow--May 16, 2019

Middle School Concert II Slideshow--May 16, 2019

Middle School Spring Concert Slideshow

Middle School Spring Concert Slideshow

UPK Lottery--Wednesday, May 29

The 2019-2020 UPK lottery will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 in the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School library at 10 a.m. Your attendance is not required at this meeting. If you are unable to attend, the lottery results will be shared with each family who applied via email or phone.

If your child has been accepted you will need to prove residency, date of birth of your child, and up-to-date immunizations. See registration requirements on the Rocky Point School District website.
All families will be scheduled for registration on June 17th or June 18th. Those selected at the lottery will be contacted with registration information prior to June 17th.

If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Kegel at 631-849-7071

Rocky Point Community Education Youth Summer Camps 2019

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FJC Spring Chorus Concert -- May 9, 2019

FJC Spring Chorus Concert -- May 9, 2019

Camp Invention -- Week-Long Summer Camp at the MS

Calling all parents! If you are searching for a fun, week-long summer program for your rising K-6th grader, you’re in luck!

Robots, high-tech farms, superhero gadgets and more! Invent the Future Today in Camp Invention®! Check out our new program, Supercharged™! This summer, campers will work with friends to build ships to cross the ocean, design high-tech farms and create wire circuits to bring exciting ideas to life!

We’re lucky enough to be hosting the program at Rocky Point Middle School during the week of July 8 for students entering grades K-6. Sign up by visiting invent.org/camp or calling 800-968-4332. You can also learn more about this year’s program by visiting youtube.com/NationalInventorsHallofFame_NIHF!

Invention

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Learning About Allergies

Learning About Allergies
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To help promote allergy awareness, Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students recently attended an assembly program with Kyle Dine. 

Mr. Dine grew up with multiple food allergies and flipped allergy awareness into a topic that engages students by using his authentic stories, songs and puppets. The show empowered children both with and without food allergies to take allergies seriously and do their part to maintain an allergy-safe school. JAE students were engaged in understanding about food allergies and how to support allergy awareness.

The school extends special thanks to the Giagios and the Villafan-Kaplan families, who generously provided for this program at the school.  

A Home Run for Baseball Volunteers

A Home Run for Baseball Volunteers photo
Rocky Point High School baseball teams continued their long-standing tradition of giving to others when they once again visited and volunteered at Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach center in Cutchogue this spring. 

Upon arrival at the center, the team members helped to tidy up the facility, cleaning the floors and setting up bedding and sleeping areas. Additionally, they readied the dining spaces, packed lunch bags and placed donations on the beds of those who would be visiting. As part of this effort, the teams provided food donations for the center, as well as toiletry items and gift cards to local restaurants for those who stay. 

The program has been conducting this outreach effort for the past seven years, beginning under the direction of now-retired coach Andrew Aschettino, who facilitated the effort twice a year. 

Cleaning Up Camp Paquatuck

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Rocky Point High School’s Interact Club participated in the Camp Paquatuck Spring Spruce Up event in early April. 

During the event, the students helped prepare the grounds and buildings of Camp Paquatuck for the upcoming summer camp season, raking leaves and cleaning the cabins. Camp Paquatuck is a summer camp and year-round respite care center for children with disabilities created by the Rotary Club of Moriches and supported by many Rotary Clubs on Long Island. 

Rotary International is the parent organization of Interact. 
 

Lacrosse Star Scores 200th Point

Lacrosse Star Scores 200th Point photo
Rocky Point High School senior Brianna Lamaroureux has amassed an impressive lacrosse career playing varsity since the seventh grade, and this April she scored her 200th point during a match in Long Beach. 

Brianna, who was an All-County player last year, will be playing lacrosse for the University of Maryland next year. She is also a dedicated scholar, member of the school’s National Honor Society and member of the Rocky Point High School field hockey team, for which her talents earned her recognition as an All-State player. 

Honored for State Recognition

Honored for State Recognition photo
Rocky Point Middle School and district staff were recently honored by Brookhaven Town Board and Councilwoman Jane Bonner for being designated an Essential Elements: School to Watch school by the New York State Middle School Association and the New York State Education Department.

Earlier this winter, the school received this recognition based on a rigorous application and on-site review process, led by a team comprised of Rocky Point Middle School stakeholders. Throughout the process, it was evidenced that Rocky Point Middle School possesses a culture focused on continuous improvement and excels in the following four domains: academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structure.

Drivers Education Application & Calendar

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Rocky Point Taps Dr. Scott T. O’Brien as Next Superintendent

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Following a comprehensive search process, the Rocky Point School District Board of Education has selected Dr. Scott T. O’Brien to serve as the next superintendent of schools. Dr. O’Brien succeeds Dr. Michael F. Ring, who is set to retire this summer after 11 years of service to the Rocky Point Union Free School District, the last nine years as Superintendent of Schools.

“During the application process, it became evident that the candidate best suited and qualified to lead our schools into the future was already part of our administrative team,” said Board President Susan Y. Sullivan. “In his many years working in our district, Dr. O’Brien has cultivated strong connections with parents, students and residents alike. This, combined with his passion for education, convinced the Board that he will continue to serve our district well in this new role.”

Dr. O’Brien, who currently serves as the district’s interim assistant superintendent, has nearly two decades of educational experience in the Rocky Point School District alone. He served as a principal in the district prior to his current administrative position, most recently for Rocky Point Middle School and previously for Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School. The district amassed a number of accomplishments and honors under his leadership in both schools.

“Rocky Point has always felt like home away from home for me, and I am honored and humbled to begin this new professional journey here,” said Dr. O’Brien. “This district is well-regarded for the robust educational offerings we provide to students at all levels, and it possesses an educational philosophy that is aligned with my professional beliefs. I look forward to working collaboratively with the staff, students and community to take our district to the next level of excellence.”

Dr. O’Brien earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Accountability at St. John’s University, Professional Diploma in Educational Administration at SUNY Stony Brook, Masters in Literacy from Dowling College, and Bachelor of Science in psychology and special education from LeMoyne College.

Spotlighting Baseball Program

Click here to read an exciting article about the Rocky Point High School baseball program!
https://www.axcessbaseball.com/2019/04/05/rocky-point-baseball-blood-is-thicker-than-water/

Elementary STEM Celebration -- April 11, 2019

Rocky Point UFSD Elementary STEM Celebration
April 11, 2019
Fun with Fairy Tales

 

 

Picture Perfect Photo

Picture Perfect Photo
Rocky Point High School senior Haley Kline had one of her original photographs selected for showcase in the annual Parrish Student Exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum.

The exhibit featured the work of more than 1,000 students from schools on eastern Long Island. Haley created her exhibit-worthy piece as part of her participation in the professional photography program through BOCES. 

Rocky Point’s Book of Memories Honored

Rocky Point’s Book of Memories Honored photo
Rocky Point High School’s 2018 yearbook cover received recognition on an international level this spring, as it was selected to be featured in Jostens’ “Look Book” competition. 

The annual competition is said to highlight the “best of the best” student work from across the nation in its publication. This year, a team of experts selected 385 yearbooks from over 2,000 submissions for consideration. Copies of the full Look Book will be provided to 13,000 high schools to inspire students throughout the United States, Canada and international schools. 

Science Unplugged at Rocky Point

Science Unplugged at Rocky Point
As part of the Science Unplugged program offered through Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Rocky Point High School students in Guy Reid’s Human Anatomy and Physiology classes learned about the connection between electricity and brain function during a guest lecture from Julia Tomasello, a graduate researcher at Stony Brook University. 

During Ms. Tomasello’s presentation, “Your Brain: It’s Electric,” students discussed the structure of stem cells and how electrical transmission problems relate to neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. Students also discussed current and future possible treatments for these conditions. These discussions tied to class topics related to the brain and human nervous system. Ms. Tomasello also shared information about life as a university student and as a researcher.

The Science Unplugged program allows students to speak with professionals from the field, ask them about their research and familiarize themselves with what it means to be a research scientist. Rocky Point High School looks forward to continuing to schedule additional speaking opportunities with the university.  

Scoring Points for Fundraising Efforts

Scoring Points for Fundraising Efforts photo
Rocky Point High School girls basketball program recently received recognition by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for their fundraising efforts. 

The varsity and JV teams raised $1,400 during their campaign, which concluded on the last game of the year and the team’s senior night. Each member of the team had supporters donate money and sign their pink fundraising T-shirts, which were worn as warmups at the last game. A bake sale with goods made by team members also brought in funds during halftime.

This was the largest amount of money raised in the seven years Rocky Point basketball has participated. Junior captains of the varsity team Clare Levy and Madison Gennaro helped organize fundraising efforts, and JV player Kerry Campo raised the most money of any team member. 

“Rocky Point girls basketball’s commitment to this important cause shows the kind of character and integrity that makes up the entire program and pulses through each and every student-athlete,” coach Scott Lindsay said.

Robotics Team Earns Design Award

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Rocky Point Middle School Robo Eagles Robotics Team earned the prestigious Mechanical Design Award for their robot design during a recent FIRST Lego League Long Island competition. 

With over 200 registered teams on Long Island and competing against the top 40 teams at the championships, the team received this award in recognition of their design and development of a mechanically sound robot that is durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenging missions.

Congratulations to the entire team: Zach Accetta, Neyo Alabi, Kristian Hald, Caellum Heinlein, Felicity Monaghan, Cooper Peterson, Leala Riedl and Misha Zaslavsky.

Rocky Point Artist Wins Recognition

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Rocky Point High School senior Michele Costanzo received an honorable mention in the 12th annual Art League of Long Island’s “GO APE” exhibit for her dynamic rendering of her father in colored pencil. 

This event celebrated the exceptional artwork of Advanced Placement art students in Long Island schools. Michele created the project as part of her studies in the high school’s AP Studio Art class. 

Lessons on Energy

Lessons on Energy
Rocky Point Middle School students learned about the importance of energy conservation during an interactive and entertaining assembly program provided by PSEG Long Island in partnership with the National Theatre for Children. 

Through informative comedy, the program focused on what energy is, the use of energy, how energy is wasted and ways to conserve energy. 
 
 

Making Memories for Children Through Art

Making Memories for Children Through Art
A group of Rocky Point High School juniors and seniors in Greg Armine’s Drawing and Painting class lent their talents to create beautiful artwork for children across the country as part of this year’s Memory Project. 

The Memory Project, a Wisconsin-based organization, asks young artists from around the world to create portraits for children who are living in impoverished areas of the world. The children’s joy as they receive their portraits is a wonderful thing to watch, as can be seen in a video produced by The Memory Project staff.

This year’s students created portraits for a group of Rohingya refugee children who were forced to flee their homes because of violent persecution.  

Engineering Newton Scooters

Engineering Newton Scooters photo

Rocky Point Middle School students in Elicia Katsapis’ science classes put their innovation skills to the test, as they designed and built Newton scooters using simple materials.

The students worked independently or in groups to create a scooter that operated on Newton’s third law of motion and was able to travel 1.5 meters without the use of traditional sources of power, such as batteries, motors and fuel. Instead, these scooters were designed using a variety of materials, including rubber bands, balloons and springs. 

Once completed, the students tested their creations during a friendly class competition. They each had three tries to launch their scooter across a race track on the floor and, for an increased challenge, several added weight to their scooter using an egg to see if the distance it could travel would vary. 

Students were honored with a series of awards based on their creation’s performance. Below are the results for the two classes. 

Period 6:
Farthest: Jordan Chirivas and Felicity Monaghan 
Best Name: Angie Flores-Hernandez, Christian Pasqua and Orlin Velasquez
Most Unique Design: Riley Brown
Fastest: Jessica Downer
Most Creative Design: Joey Cecere, Ryan Negus and John Schnaars 

Period 8:
Farthest: Bella Kern, Leanna Pavlicko and Alyssa Rubinetti 
Best Name: Rebecca Rando and Havin Catalbas 
Most Unique Design: Bryanna Klunder 
Fastest: John Skula and Corinne McElroy 
Farthest with the Egg: John Skula and Corinne McElroy




Fun Creative Outlet at FJC

Fun Creative Outlet at FJC photo
As a result of a parent fundraising project, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students will soon have a fun and creative way to spend their time during indoor recess, as the school will be installing new sensory activity floor paths. 

Within a designated setting, these paths – which are formed using sticker decals – offer students the chance to engage in movement and sensory input on days when they are unable to go outside for recess. Additionally, they provide sensory breaks for those that can benefit from a little extra movement and input multiple times during the day. 

The decals will be installed in the coming weeks, and the students will have the chance to enjoy them shortly thereafter. 

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