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Developing Resiliency at Rocky Point HS

Developing Resiliency at Rocky Point HS photo
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Rocky Point High School students worked to develop new skills and build inner strength during a recent assembly program with keynote speaker John Perricone.
During the event, this nationally sought-after speaker guided students through interactive exercises, storytelling, psychological insights and age-appropriate philosophical discussions, all geared toward awakening the power that each student has to shape their lives and forge their destinies. Students were encouraged to understand what motivates them personally, to accept that life will be difficult but that the stress and pressure one faces can help to make one stronger and more resilient. 

“Though we are a society that celebrates physical strength, we rarely, if ever, talk about the cultivation of inner strength – the strength that enables us to make sound decisions in the face of adversity, peer pressure, bullying, media influence, etc.,” Mr. Perricone said. 

In addition to the assembly programs with the entire student body, Mr. Perricone held a one-hour breakout session with student leaders, enabling them to further develop their skills and inspire their peers to do the same. 

Saluting Veterans in Rocky Point

Saluting Veterans in Rocky Point photo

Schools throughout the Rocky Point School District took time to pause, remember and give thanks to local servicemen and women this November by taking part in a number of Veterans Day events and activities.

At Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School, second-graders gathered in the school’s gymnasium to celebrate and honor local servicemen and women for their bravery and service. After the nation’s colors were presented by a member of the Rocky Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6249, the veterans in attendance were individually introduced and presented with a paper medal of honor. 

Each honored guest was invited to share about which branch of the armed forces they served and their personal connection to the school. Additionally, the students learned about the evolution of the trumpet and the part the bugle plays in the military from a member of Post 6249. The students performed a special song, giving thanks to all who served. 

Marching to a Perfect Performance

Marching to a Perfect Performance photo

The Rocky Point High School marching band took part in the 56th annual Newsday Marching Band Festival, showcasing its fine musicals skills, talents and pristine choreography. The event took place in Uniondale at the Mitchel Athletic Complex and brought together student marching bands from throughout Long Island.

JAE Veterans Day Assembly Slideshow

Inclement Weather Emergency Protocols

November 6, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians:

With the winter season rapidly approaching, it is important to remind all parents and legal guardians of our inclement weather emergency protocols. In the event of inclement weather causing an early dismissal, schools will dismiss in the same order as is customary for regular dismissal with the High School being dismissed first, followed by the Middle School, the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School, and, lastly, the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School.  

Please review with your children the emergency procedures you have arranged in the event of a delayed opening, early dismissal, or school closure.

When weather conditions necessitate a change from the regularly scheduled school day, the following protocol will be followed:

A review of road and weather conditions and forecasts will take place as early as possible. 
•Parents will be notified of the decision to delay, dismiss early or close school, via Connect Ed telephone, text and email messages. 
•Inclement weather bus stops will be utilized during any delayed opening or early dismissal due to weather. If inclement weather bus stops are used for pickup on a given morning, they will be used for afternoon drop-off also, unless parents and guardians are notified to the contrary. A list of current inclement weather stops can be accessed via the Parent Portal on eSchool. If your present bus stop is not listed, then the regular and inclement stops are the same. 

As you know, weather is often unpredictable and forecasts may be inaccurate from time to time. We will always make the best decision possible based on the available weather data. However, your patience and understanding are appreciated when the forecast is unclear and our decision does not align precisely with the weather outcome.

Please ensure that your emergency contact information on file with your child’s school is up to date and accurate. This information may be updated via the Parent Portal on eSchool or you may contact the main office of your child’s school to provide updated emergency contact information.

As is always the case, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and your cooperation and support is greatly appreciated when we are dealing with inclement weather and emergency closings/dismissals of any type. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact your child’s building principal.

Please accept my best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday season.

Michael F. Ring, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools



Spring 2019 Driver's Education Information

Students must attend 16 lectures and 16 driving classes. There will be one make up class allowed for lecture class. 

Preference will be taken into consideration and is not a guarantee. Assignments may be based on date of birth.  For additional information call 631-849-6168.

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Extreme Science Concepts Unveiled in Rocky Point

Extreme Science Concepts Unveiled in Rocky Point photo

Marvels and mysteries were unveiled at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School when students attended a highly visual assembly program called Extreme Science 2.0 with Hagerman the Magician.

During the event, the presenter showcased how magic is based in science as he completed a number of experiments. Students watched with awe as crystals caused water to “vanish,” and a liquid transformed a Styrofoam cup into a malleable substance that, before it hardened, was added to help shape the largest ball made of recycled Styrofoam. Students also learned about static electricity, gravity and electric properties using a series of other devices. 

Exploration of Colors

Exploration of Colors photo

As part of their art studies, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School first-graders recently expanded their knowledge of primary and secondary colors during a fall-themed project.

With the help of art teacher Laura Goelz, the students worked to mix together the primary colors – red, yellow and blue –to create exquisite hues of the secondary colors – purple, orange and green. Once they perfected each shade, the students used them to paint fall-themed items such as pumpkins and leaves. 

A Parade of Literary Treasures

A Parade of Literary Treasures photo

Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students in grades K-2 took part this October in one of the school’s most treasured events, the annual Harvest Day Parade.

During this memorable event, each student, dressed as his or her favorite storybook character, marched around the high school track to the cheers of parents and onlookers. Among the favorites portrayed were Alice in Wonderland, the Cat in the Hat, Charlie Brown, Harry Potter and Pete the Cat. 

The Rocky Point High School marching band was also on hand to perform some popular tunes for the students and their adoring fans.

Rocky Point Unites to Combat Bullying

Rocky Point Unites to Combat Bullying photo
In an effort organized by the school’s Human Rights Club, Rocky Point High School students and staff celebrated Unity Day this October by wearing orange and making monetary donations to Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Orange is the color associated with bully prevention. 

Unity Day is an event when individuals come together – in schools, communities and online – to send one large orange message of support, hope and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. At the high school, participating students and staff received an orange ribbon for a small donation. 

Dig Pink for Fundraising Efforts

Dig Pink for Fundraising Efforts photo

Rocky Point High School junior varsity and varsity girls volleyball teams recently hosted their 10th annual Dig Pink Breast Cancer fundraiser.

The entire district contributed to the success of this event, and the community has embraced this event as one that defines the quality of their character – a giving, selfless, uplifting, supportive, strong team of individuals. The young women of the volleyball program and their parents continue, year in and year out, to exceed expectations. In an era when news about cancer permeates the airways, Rocky Point’s athletic community and beyond regularly stands united to honor those who have fallen, stand with those who are fighting and admire those who have survived. 

In 2018 alone, the Rocky Point School District raised more than $4,500 for the cause, bringing their 10-year total to over $65,000. Special thanks to visiting teams from Longwood and Amityville high schools who joined the district’s event and to all those who played a vital role in the success of the program, including parent volunteer Laura Wheeler and teachers Kelly Calamita and Maria Amoscato. The teams are coached by Conor Sussillo (varsity) and Kevin Parker (JV).  

Stepping Into Folk Dancing

Stepping Into Folk Dancing photo

Music, rhythm and fun reverberated throughout Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School as students, family and staff came together to participate in a fun-filled evening of family folk dancing this October.

The annual event provided the opportunity for students to bring their parents to school, where together they participated in several folk dances led by school music teacher Craig Knapp. This multigenerational experience builds appreciation of the process of music making and community spirit.

Traditional folk dancing promotes building of community, teamwork, discipline, respect and following instructions. Folk dance has links with many other subjects, including history, literacy, art, music and physical education. The students enjoyed the event, learning valuable social skills as well as improving coordination and confidence. 

Special BOE Meeting November 15, 2018 – 5 PM Executive Session; BOE Meeting November 19, 2018--6 PM Exec Session; 7 PM Public Session

 Special BOE Meeting – November 15th
Executive Session – 5pm

BOE Meeting – November 19th
Executive Session – 6pm
Public Session – 7pm

Rocky Point Teacher Makes District History

Rocky Point Teacher Makes District History photo
Rocky Point Middle School science teacher Audra Hallock has been selected as a New York State Master Teacher, the first in the school district. 

The NYS STEM Master Teacher program is a competitive program and only selects veteran educators who demonstrate a commitment to student achievement, promote STEM inside and outside the classroom, seek out professional development opportunities and work with colleagues to improve STEM instruction. As a STEM Master Teacher, Audra will create, design, facilitate and participate in STEM professional development for the next four years at Stony Brook University. 

“Being selected as a New York State Master Teacher in STEM is truly quite an honor, and I am excited to begin working with and learning from other master teachers from the region and state,” Ms. Hallock said. “Learning truly is a lifelong process and I am eager to continue my own learning at this level and to then be able to bring new ideas and techniques into the classroom.”

There are approximately 980 STEM Master Teachers statewide, and Audra is one of only 93 STEM Master Teachers on Long Island.

“We are very proud of Ms. Hallock being selected as Rocky Point’s first-ever NYS STEM Master Teacher, and we are looking forward to her sharing new, meaningful strategies and resources with her colleagues, in support of Rocky Point students,” said Aaron Factor, director of math, science and technology.

Prior to being selected as a STEM Master Teacher, Ms. Hallock had to go through an exhaustive application and interview process, including a demonstration lesson. She also shared information about her work with sixth-grade GATES students and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Through a partnership with the lab, Ms. Hallock has facilitated students’ exploration of plant and animal populations on Rocky Point School grounds. Specifically, she has helped students examine specific changes to Allegheny mound ant populations and the effect of those changes on surrounding flora.
“Education is the cornerstone to success, and it is the brilliant, dedicated teachers in New York who make a difference in countless lives and inspire the leaders of tomorrow,” Governor Cuomo said. “Congratulations to the 275 newest members of the Master Teacher program, who will join the ranks of the top educators in the state as they work to further their skills and their impact on students in every corner of this great state.”

Scholars Commended for Academic Promise

Rocky Point High School seniors Bryant Liu and Joshua Vogel have been recognized for exceptional academic promise by being named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. They placed among the top 50,000 scorers out of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Pied for a Cause

Pied for a Cause photo

Rocky Point Middle School students and staff got a spirited start to the fall season as they celebrated their Eagle pride with a philanthropic twist.

School colors blanketed the building during events including a pep rally and theatrical skits focused on the themes of the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program. The day’s events ended with a “lemon” pie eating relay race that called for teams of teachers representing all grade levels to race across the gymnasium to be the first to consume whipped cream pies. Attendees donated hundreds of dollars during the event to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization that supports childhood cancer research. 

In a fun way to cap off the program, one student from those who donated to the cause was selected at random to pie Interim Principal James Moeller in the face. The lucky winner was sixth-grader Heidi Lanze. 

Rocky Point Celebrates Homecoming 2018

Rocky Point Celebrates Homecoming 2018 photo

The Rocky Point School District came together under particularly sunny skies to celebrate homecoming 2018 during the last weekend in September.

Eagle fans of all ages lined the sidewalk in front of Rocky Point High School to cheer on those marching in the annual homecoming parade, which began at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. This year’s event was led by Rocky Point alumni, who were celebrating their 40th anniversary, and featured members of the marching band and cheerleading teams. The parade contained colorful banners created by Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School and Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students and homecoming floats fashioned by each high school grade level. The floats and banners followed this year’s theme of “Rocky Point Honors Our Armed Forces.”  

Throughout homecoming weekend, members of the high school varsity and junior varsity teams competed in challenging games against some of the region’s top high schools. The celebratory event was capped off with the traditional juniors versus seniors powder puff game, which collected donations for organizations committed to fighting children’s cancer. 

Student Sings on a National Stage

Student Sings on a National Stage photo
Along with other talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Rocky Point High School senior Joshua Vogel has been working diligently on his musical craft, practicing with dedication to gain a chair or part in local, district and state music honor ensembles. This fall, that dedication paid off on a national level.

Joshua has now been selected to join the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education’s 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles on Nov. 25-28 at Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. He will perform along with the National Honor Choir.
The All-National Honor Ensembles performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. Students were selected through an audition process. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles.

Joshua, along with his fellow choir members, will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of the most prominent conductors in the United States. The Rocky Point School District wishes him well as he represents the school community this November. 

All-County Honors for Rocky Point Musicians

All-County Honors for Rocky Point Musicians photo
Years of practice and perfection have earned six Rocky Point High School student-musicians the chance to participate in this year’s New York State School Music Association’s All-County Music Festival. 

Selection into this coveted musical event is based on students’ scores at last spring’s NYSSMA solo and ensemble festival, as well as teacher recommendations. The district proudly congratulates the following students and commends their teachers and families for supporting their musical journey.
Molly Infranco – Orchestra (oboe) – 11th Grade
Briana O’Connor – Mixed Chorus – 12th Grade
Joshua Vogel – Mixed Chorus – 12th Grade
Daniella Grimard – Treble Chorus – 11th Grade
Heather Kuhn – Treble Chorus – 12th Grade
Maria Roman – Treble Chorus – 12th Grade

Advanced Placement Scholars in Rocky Point

Advanced Placement Scholars in Rocky Point photo
As a result of their exceptional academic achievement and promise, 27 Rocky Point High School seniors have been named Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board. This honor is bestowed upon students based on their performance on Advanced Placement exams. 

Twenty scholars were given the title of AP Scholar after receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. These include Maxwell Alkon, Casey Badal, Camaryn Banfi, Allison Bernhard, Sydney Burke, Kimberly Casey, Julius Condemi, Sabrina Duenas, Alyssa Figarsky, Michael Gunning, Jack Hamilton, Hunter Hess, Paul Leheste, Amanda Levix, Eric Maier, Donald Marotta, Caitlin Migliore, Briana O’Connor, Julia Salino and Delaney Vu. 

Five were named AP Scholars with Honor after receiving scores of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These include Jennifer Bradley, Jale Caneli, Hayley Nofi, Joshua Vogel and Alexander Weik. 

Additionally, two students – Ethan Brown and Bryant Liu – were given the high honor of AP Scholar with Distinction. These students earned this title after receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. 

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