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Experience Guides New Board Member

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Rocky Point School District’s Board of Education has appointed Scott Reh to fill the trustee seat vacated by Joseph Coniglione earlier this school year.  

Mr. Reh, who was officially sworn in during the Board’s Jan. 14 meeting, will serve in this role until the conclusion of the trustee election to be conducted at the next Annual Meeting, which is scheduled to take place May 21. The trustee elected as a result of the community vote will be sworn in at that meeting. 

Mr. Reh is a familiar face on the Board of Education, having served as a trustee for eight years until June 2018. Four of those years, Mr. Reh served as the Board’s vice president. 

High School Course Selection Guide for 2019-2020 Now Available

High School Course Selection Guide 2019-2020

Budget Workshop & BOE Meeting February 4 , 2019--6 PM HS Library; 7 PM Public Session Aud

Monday, February 4, 2019 

Budget Workshop
HS Library 6 PM

Public Session 
HS Auditorium 7 PM

Celebrating Reading at JAE

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As a celebration of their dedication to becoming stronger readers, fourth-grade students in Debbie Vieira and Lisa Celentano’s class at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School participated in a special pajama reading celebration. 

During the special workshop, the students were encouraged to dress in festive pajamas and take part in silent reading, teacher read-alouds and partner reading projects. 

“The students know there’s something really special about cuddling up with a great book,” Ms. Vieira said. 

Learning To Use New Technology

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The season of giving came early for Rocky Point High School’s Tech Crew and the Sound Choice Music Club, as they had the chance to practice with the district’s new sound and lighting system just before the holiday break. 

Sound Choice members Hunter Hess, Max Jalajas, Ryan Magrane and Aiden Serviss jammed through the new Allen and Heath soundboard playing their rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock.” Additionally, Sam Moscoso and Kayla Pagano had the chance to experience how to work behind the board. 

Both clubs are advised by guidance counselor Mike Conlon and are open to all students. Anyone interested is encouraged to visit the high school guidance office for more information. 

Winter Of Special Interest Newsletter

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Inspiring Young Scientists in Rocky Point

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To further provide students with the opportunity to explore science research, Rocky Point High School has partnered with Stony Brook University and its Women in Science and Engineering program this year. 

A cohort of 13 10th-grade students has been visiting Stony Brook each week, where they are learning about the research of Ph.D. graduates. In late December, the group traveled to Brookhaven National Laboratory, where students were able to view nanoparticles with an electron microscope. The students previously created the particles at Stony Brook, using a technique they learned about from one of the graduate students. 

The school’s program will continue in the spring, and students will contribute to an end-of-year capstone symposium to share their work. 

Celebrating Human Rights

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Rocky Point High School’s Human Rights Club regularly works to spread the importance of human rights and freedoms, a message that they reinforced this December as the world honored the 70th anniversary of the development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

This document, created by the United Nations in 1948, contains 30 articles which guarantee that all humans are provided with equal rights regardless of race, religion or gender. To mark its anniversary, the Human Rights Club created a video highlighting the importance of the declaration, shared during the building’s English classes, and wrote an announcement that was read aloud. 

“It is the reason that we are able to stand up for injustices across the globe and proclaim our basic human rights,” the announcement read in part. “Please recognize the importance of Human Rights Day along with the Human Rights Club to honor the 70th anniversary of the UDHR being created. Stand up for someone’s rights today.” 

AP Exam Registration opens 1/21/19. If your child is enrolled in an AP course, please click here for additional information

Each Advanced Placement (AP) course culminates in an examination administered during the month of May. The standard fee for each exam is $94, with a reduced fee of $53 available for students who are either enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program (please be sure to fill out the appropriate areas on the online registration form so that eligibility may be verified).

This year registration will take place online only, beginning on Monday, Jan 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM and concluding on Monday, Feb 18, 2019 at 7:00 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, LLC
PO Box 398
Eldorado Springs, CO 80025


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

In order to register, please visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/334887  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. It is strongly recommended that parents and students complete online registration together in order to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.
Please note the following important dates for the registration process:

• Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM - registration begins
• Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7:00 AM - registration ends
• Monday, February 25, 2019 at 7:00 AM - registrations that have not been confirmed and paid will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered.

Exam dates and times are posted on the district calendar. These dates and times are also available on the College Board website: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Melinda Brooks, Director of Humanities at (631) 849-7566 or Aaron Factor Director of MST at (631) 849-7511.

A Spirited Playlist

A Spirited Playlist

Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School’s fifth-grade Select Chorus brought to life a comical tale of a lost musical playlist and the chaos that ensued during this year’s winter school musical, “Santa’s Holiday Playlist,” written by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson.

Under the direction of music teacher Craig B. Knapp, the students rehearsed for weeks to perfect their musical, acting and singing talents before opening night and two subsequent daytime performances for their peers. The show followed the lives of those at the North Pole and how they worked to help Santa cope with a missing list of his favorite classic holiday tunes. From dancing wooden soldiers to a snowflake that wanted to become the next Broadway star, the musical was funny, heartwarming and highly entertaining for all audiences. 

Spring SAT Prep Classes at Rocky Point High School

Spring SAT Prep Classes at Rocky Point High School

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Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year

Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year

Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year will begin in March. Children turning five years old on or before December 1, 2019 are eligible for kindergarten. Registrations are by appointment only.

If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten in September 2019, please complete the online form below by Friday, February 15, 2019.  Appointment times and registration forms will be mailed to your home. You must register even if you are already enrolled in a district pre-school program or UPK.

We appreciate your cooperation in preparing for the next school year. If you have any questions, please contact the Central Registration Office at 744-1600, Ext. 7244 between the hours of 9 AM and 12 PM daily.

CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

Warm and Cozy Holiday Wishes

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Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fourth-graders in Deborah Vieira and Lisa Celentano’s class put pencil to paper this winter to showcase their creativity in conjunction with a community service project. 

After researching fairytales and their written structure, the students developed their own fractured fairytale. Once completed, the pieces were bound together to create a class collection of original stories.  

Then, teaming with their peers from Kristie Jackson’s class, the class coordinated a pajama donation collection. The donated items – which were made by students and staff at JAE as well as Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School – were given to the Pajama Program, an initiative of Scholastic’s Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. This organization matches each donated pair of pajamas with a book, and in this case will match them with the class fairytale collection the students created. 

Singing in the Holidays

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The members of Rocky Point Middle School’s Select Chorus lent their voices to bring holiday cheer to area residents when they performed at the Shoreham Senior Center. During their visit, the students sang a number of holiday songs before inviting those in attendance to join them in a group singalong. The middle school Select Chorus is under the leadership of Sara Ruggiero.

Slam Dunk for Basketball Team

Slam Dunk for Basketball Team photo
The Rocky Point girls basketball team dominated the competition this year to win the Panther Classic Tournament – a two-day tournament involving four teams. 

The team competed against its peers from Babylon, Newfield and St. Dominics during the challenging event. The Rocky Point Eagles defeated St. Dominics in the first round 61 -24. Junior captain Madison Gennaro led the scoring with 16 points. Junior captain Clare Levy contributed 14 points. In the second-round championship game, Rocky Point was pitted against Babylon High School, which had defeated a tough Newfield team in its first-round game. 

Rocky Point played an outstanding team game that relied on defensive pressure created by a zone half-court press. The strong defense created steals and transition points for the Eagles the entire game. Each member of the team gave major contributions to this 44-27 win. Captain Clare Levy led the team in scoring and was named the tournament MVP. Captain Madison Gennaro and junior forward Autumn Kinderman received All-Tournament awards for their great play. 

Rocky Point’s tournament win is its second in two consecutive years, and it is looking for another invitation to go for the “three peat” next year.


In the Zone With Excellence

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Rocky Point High School students Alexander Bonacci and Delaney Vu have been named 2018 Suffolk Zone winners by the Suffolk Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

The pair was honored for being the top female and male senior physical education leaders in their school during the association’s annual awards dinner. The award criterion considered students’ leadership in physical education, scholarship, character, being a role model to their peers and academic excellence.

Dimes to Support Research

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In honor of November being designated National Diabetes Awareness Month, Rocky Point Middle School students and staff helped raise funds for one of the fastest-growing diseases around the world – type 1 juvenile diabetes.

Under the leadership of the Middle School Natural Helpers Club, students and staff at the Rocky Point Middle School hosted a Dimes for Diabetes contest to see which grade could collect the most dimes for diabetes. The students and staff wore blue to show support for diabetes awareness and donated spare change throughout the month. 

As a result of the school community’s generosity, Rocky Point donated $586.36 to JDRF, a nonprofit organization that works to find better treatments, preventions and, hopefully, a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications.

Hands-on Social Studies Experiences

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In recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday, fourth-grade students at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School recently held a Native American celebration.

As an additional activity to the grade level’s Native American social studies unit, students visited with several fourth-grade teachers. During the activity, the students enjoyed listening to Native American folktales, creating and decorating a craft, completing a scavenger hunt and playing an authentic Native American game.

Cheerleaders Capture Regional Title

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Rocky Point High School varsity cheerleaders captured their 14th Regional title at the UCA Empire Regional competition at Nassau Community College on Sunday, December 2, with an outstanding, stand out performance. Their medium varsity division was competitive and their performance was action packed, exciting to watch and on point.

“We are so proud of these girls – they are dedicated, determined and driven,” said Coach Anna Spallina.

Exploring the World of STEM

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Creativity and innovation abounded at Rocky Point High School as the district hosted its second annual STEM Exposition.

This event provided students with opportunities to meet and talk with representatives from academic institutions and industry. Representatives included private astronaut and Princeton University professor Dr. Gregory Olsen, Verizon Fios meteorologist Geoff Bansen and Dr. John Tanacredi, professor of earth and environmental studies at Molloy College. Adelphi University, Brookhaven National Laboratory and New York Institute of Technology also attended and provided students with information related to STEM majors and STEM careers. 

In addition to speaking with STEM representatives from a variety of organizations, attendees engaged in hands-on STEM challenges. Attendees constructed sturdy tables from masking tape and newspaper, created small-scale parachutes to safely transport materials, built bridges made of marshmallows and toothpicks, and assembled aluminum foil boats. These activities allowed participants to devise creative solutions to engineering problems.

The STEM Exposition also showcased Rocky Point students’ accomplishments. Rocky Point Middle School and High School robotics, High School math, High School cosmetology, High School computer science and High School technology groups all presented at the event.

“Rocky Point will seek to build on the enthusiasm generated from the STEM Exposition, continuing to create opportunities to promote STEM college and career opportunities,” said Aaron Factor, director of math, science and technology. 

Rocky Point Middle School Gains National Attention

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After a comprehensive application process, Rocky Point Middle School was proud to be the recipient of a site visit by the prestigious Schools to Watch Committee this November.
  
This is an organization that was started by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. The Schools to Watch Program examines four essential elements: academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational support. It is a distinct honor to be selected to have a site visit as part of this multistep process. 

The Schools to Watch Committee is comprised of current or retired educators or administrators from around New York State. They spent two days this November visiting classrooms, meeting with students, parents, teachers, building and district level administrators and Board of Education members to gain firsthand insight into the wonderful programs and activities at the middle school. 

There were only three middle schools recognized by New York State as new Schools to Watch in 2018, and the district hopes to join the 2019 listing.  

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