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Of Special Interest Newsletter - Summer 2018


District Committees

The Rocky Point Union Free School District is seeking community members to serve on district committees. Interested individuals should complete and submit the online form below by Friday, September 28, 2018.  For meeting dates/times, please refer to the school calendar on the district website at


Rocky Point UFSD

Rocky Point Community Education - Fall 2018


Student Leader and Community-Minded Scholar

Student Leader and Community-Minded Scholar photo
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Rocky Point High School ninth-grader Quentin Palifka has earned a reputation for service and commitment during his years in the district – a dedication that began in the third grade, when he became a member of the Student Council. That level of service and commitment was celebrated this summer on a national level that earned Quentin a special opportunity.  

At a young age, Quentin expressed an interest in giving back in service and has expanded his level of dedication over the years. His community service résumé includes staying active in the student government, becoming a member and eventual president of the community service club at the middle school and working tirelessly to raise more than $10,400 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation in just two years. This September he took on a new role, as he was elected to serve as this year’s ninth-grade class president. 

“Taking on a leadership role as the incoming president of the ninth-grade Student Council is a great honor,” he said. “I am grateful and thank my fellow classmates for having the confidence to vote me into this position that I will take very seriously.”

In addition to his supportive home life, Quentin credits the teachers who encouraged him throughout the years as contributing to his yearning to serve.

“The driving force behind all of this is simply to want to give back to the community and make a positive difference in the lives of others, whether I know them or not,” he said. “Each day we can all provide a path for a better future and make a difference in our community and the world.” 

In honor of his years of dedication to his school community, Quentin was invited by Congressman Lee Zeldin to be a greeter on the tarmac at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach to welcome President Donald J. Trump and ride in the presidential motorcade during his recent visit to Long Island.  

Welcome Back Rocky Point!


The district welcomed students to the start of the 2018-19 school year on Sept. 5 under sunny skies. Teachers and administrators proudly welcomed the smiling students as they arrived at their respective buildings and all were eager to begin the opening day of school. Please be sure to check back for additional photos from the start of the year!

Welcome Students

Dear Parents and Legal Guardians,

Please be reminded that Wednesday, September 5, 2018 is the first day of classes for all Rocky Point schools. Our teachers, staff, and administrators look forward to greeting all of our students, for what I am certain will be another exciting and successful school year.

As you prepare for the new school year, you may wish to refer to the district website at, or the district calendar, for information on school hours and other important matters.

I hope you enjoy the remaining days of summer recess and, once again, we look forward to seeing all of our new and returning students on September 5.


Michael F. Ring, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Rocky Point Union Free School District

Welcoming New Staff in Rocky Point

Welcoming New Staff in Rocky Point photo
To provide new instructional staff with a comprehensive introduction to the school district, Rocky Point hosted a new teacher orientation program in late August.

The enthusiastic new faculty members, who will be teaching a variety of subjects and grade levels as well as offer support services at the district’s four schools, spent the day learning the ins and outs of the school district. Central administrators facilitated the orientation program, which was designed to help the new instructional staff members receive an extensive overview of Rocky Point’s curriculum, special education program, educational technology resources and policies. 

At the end of the program, the new staff had the chance to meet with their building principals and take a tour of their new respective buildings. 

PSAT Information for HS Students

Dear Parent/Guardian,

On Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:30 a.m., we will administer the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Scholarship Qualification Test (PSAT) to all interested students. The examination will serve three purposes

  • -to give tenth & eleventh-grade students experience in college testing;
  • -to provide the counselor, parent/guardian and student with test scores that have a high correlation with the SAT;
  • -to provide an opportunity for eleventh grade-students to compete for National Merit Scholarships;

The cost to take the exam is $20.00. Students who are either enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program will have their fee waived (please be sure to fill out the appropriate areas on the online registration form so that eligibility may be verified).

Students with disabilities must have their testing accommodations approved by SSD. If you have not been previously approved, you may take the 2018 PSAT but will not receive testing accommodations. If you have questions, please contact Matthew Poole, Guidance Facilitator @ 631-849-7577.

This year registration will take place online only, beginning on Friday August 31, 2018 at 12:00 am and concluding on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12 am. The registration process should take just a few minutes and may be completed from any computer with internet access. Online payment is available using a credit or debit card. If opting to pay by check or money order, please follow the directions on the “Payment Stub” printed at the time of registration. Checks/money orders (payable to Total Registration, LLC) should be mailed with the“Payment Stub” to:

Total Registration
Box 398
Eldorado Springs, CO 80025

*There will be no in person registration or payment this year.

*In order to register, please visit and complete all of the required questions. Additionally, registration is not complete until a PDF version of the confirmation page provided at the end of the registration process is printed.

Please utilize for detailed test information.

Students must bring (2) #2 pencils and a calculator to the exam.If you should have any further questions, please call the Guidance Office (744-1604 option #4).


Matthew Poole
Guidance Facilitator


ReportIt app is now available

The ReportIt app, a confidential and anonymous tool, is a new addition to the Rocky Point UFSD safety and security program. In order to access this new tool, you can visit and bookmark the link below. 

The app is also available for download on your phone from the Apple Store or Google Play. 

Report It


Important Message from the Suffolk County Police Department


September 24, 2018--BOE Meeting--6 PM Call to Order; 7 PM Public Session

BOE Meeting –  September 24, 2018
Call to Order – 6 pm
Public Session – 7 pm
HS Auditorium

Click here to view the full agenda



Rocky Point Expands Safety Measures

As part of the District’s ongoing commitment to ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors, the Rocky Point School District has implemented the use of three enhanced, proactive electronic security resources and is expanding its security and mental health support staff. 

Earlier this summer, at no expense to the District, Suffolk County provided the District with access to a limited number of Rave Panic Button app licenses, which have already been activated districtwide.  Additionally, on July 23, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced that additional Rave apps would be made available, at no cost, to all Suffolk County school districts.  Through this expanded program the District will be able to vastly increase the number of users with direct access to this app, which enables users to immediately contact first responders through the 911 dispatch system, with just the click of a button. 

The Rave app has separate buttons for various types of emergencies, including fire and medical, to ensure the proper type of responders are notified. Once a report is made through the system, all school personnel with the app will be notified of the threat or emergency situation. The District plans to make the newly provided apps available to all personnel throughout each school, once the licenses are received from the County. 

“As a district we are continually examining ways to enhance our school infrastructure and practices in order to best safeguard our students and staff against dangers,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael F. Ring said. “We are extremely grateful to receive this added resource from Suffolk County and believe it will be a true asset to our multileveled approach to school safety. In an emergency situation every second matters, and this new app could help make a significant difference.” 

In addition, all schools in the District have been equipped with the electronic SMART911Facility at no cost from Suffolk County.  

SMART911Facility is a secure and convenient way to share critical information about the school buildings with 911 and other responders during an emergency, significantly improving emergency response. The web-based SMART911Facility Profile management portal allows the District to upload and manage information and people related to its school facilities. The information contained within the Facility Profile is what becomes available to 911 call takers and first responders when either 911 is dialed from the site (wireless or landline calls) or when someone associated with the campus activates the Rave Panic Button system.

Furthermore, this month the District implemented the ReportIt app. This anonymous reporting system allows school personnel, students, parents and other community members to instantly engage with administration and security partners, all from a single app. Users are able to report incidents of bullying, social media observations, security or suspicious activity concerns both anonymously and confidentially. To download the app and to make a report, please visit  

“As a school community, the information we receive from all stakeholders is crucial to our mission of creating a safe, secure and productive learning environment,” Dr. Ring said. “This electronic resource will further our work to encourage all individuals that if they see something, say something.”

Upon the recommendation of the District’s Health and Safety Committee, the Board of Education has approved the hiring of additional mental health professionals to support the social and emotional needs of students.  These two additional social workers will be deployed to enhance the District’s existing staff of mental health professionals.

Additionally, in order to augment the District’s existing security staff, the Board of Education has approved the hiring of two additional full-time and two additional part-time security guards.  These guards will be used to provide additional coverage during the school day as well as afterschool, when buildings are used for co-curricular and community activities.  

As the District continues to examine ways to enhance its security protocols, the District has submitted an application to the Suffolk County Police Department indicating the District’s desire to participate in the 2018 COPS Office STOP School Violence Prevention Grant program. While only an application at the current time, if selected, the proposed project would allow the Suffolk County Police Department to purchase and install a Virtual Private Network (VPN) router to establish an independent and secure network connection between our schools and the Suffolk County Police Department for the purpose of accessing the District’s security system, including but not limited to cameras and access controls, in the event of an emergency situation.

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