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Interact Service Club of Rocky Point High School Participated in the Spring Cleanup at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck

On Sunday, May 21, the Interact Service Club of Rocky Point High School, their club advisor, Margaret Messinetti, and Rocky Point Rotarian, Susan Wilson, participated in a spring cleanup at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. Everyone took part in painting benches, weeding flower beds, and general cleanup duties. Everyone worked hard, but they also managed to have fun.  They worked side-by-side with other Interact students from Port Jefferson and Longwood Schools.

Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a resident summer camp designed for young people ages 6-21 with special needs. Its mission is to help children and adults achieve equality, dignity, and maximum independence through a safe and quality program of camping, recreation, and education in a summer-time environment. Throughout the program, campers participate in typical summer camp activities, such as arts and crafts, talent shows, cook-outs, swimming and boating.


Special BOE Meeting May 30, 2017 6 PM; June 19, 2017 BOE Meeting 7 PM

BOE Meeting
May 30, 2017 – HS Auditorium
Call to Order 6 PM

BOE Meeting 6/19/17
Public Session – 7 PM
HS Auditorium

UPK Lottery Information

The 2017-2018 UPK lottery will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 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 19th or June 20th. Those selected at the lottery will be contacted with registration information prior to June 19.

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

Undefeated Season!

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Congratulations to the Rocky Point JV Baseball team for completing an undefeated 2017 season with 18 wins and 0 losses! The team, coached by Anthony Anzalone, is made up of exceptional athletes who are perfect examples of what it means to have good sportsmanship! Go Eagles!

A Memorable Visit

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Rocky Point High School Be A Nicer Neighbor Club members had the opportunity to learn about several landmarks and cultural sites during a recent visit to New York City.

During the event, the students walked the famous and historic Brooklyn Bridge, visited the Central Park Zoo, and enjoyed the Broadway production of Disney's "Aladdin."

Continuing a Legacy of Giving

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Rocky Point High School’s varsity baseball team recently held its fourth annual Live Like Susie scholarship fundraising game, which is played in memory of Rocky Point alumna Susie Facini.  

The team played the early May game against Mount Sinai after working for weeks under the direction of coach Andrew Aschettino gathering donations and creating commemorative T-shirts, all in support of the annual scholarship. This year, thanks to the generosity of both teams, Rocky Point baseball raised over $600 in a matter of hours for the worthy cause.

That same week was made even sweeter for Rocky Point baseball, as coach Aschettino reached a professional milestone – his 200th career game win. To help recognize the achievement, the team surprised him with a celebration during the Live Like Susie game, complete with a commemorative cake made by Mrs. Facini.

Business Students Capture Gold

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Rocky Point High School’s Virtual Enterprise firm, OmniStreem, received a gold award for salesmanship during the New York City Tradeshow held this spring.  

Of the more than 200 firms that attended, Virtual Enterprise chose 30 top firms to win the gold award, based on their sales pitch used during the tradeshow. Pitches were judged on the greeting, knowledge of the product, persuasiveness of the pitch, ability to close a sale, after sale procedures, ability to process paperwork, and overall professionalism.

Creating Memories, Encouraging Upstanding Behaviors

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As part of their mission to encourage safe and healthy behaviors, Rocky Point High School Students Against Destructive Decision club members recently visited Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School second-grade students in Christina Capaldi and Erin Glennon’s class to speak about being an upstanding member of society.

With the help of SADD club advisor, Serina Werthner, the high school students discussed ways to build friendships and cultivate positive outcomes and connections with all they encounter. At the end of the meeting, they worked collaboratively to complete a special craft outlining their hands to create a symbol of unity and friendship.

Honoring a Student Leader

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Rocky Point High School senior and Class of 2017 valedictorian Pooja Deshpande was named one of eight Suffolk County Principals Leadership award winners.

These awards are presented to extraordinary scholars in recognition of their outstanding leadership contributions to their schools. Pooja was honored for her character, leadership and service to Rocky Point High School.
“Pooja has boundless energy, which she funnels into many activities,” said Susann Crossan, Rocky Point High School principal. “She has earned the respect and admiration of both the students and will certainly be leaving a legacy of leadership for others to follow.”

Scholar-Athlete School Award of Distinction

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Rocky Point School District’s Athletic Program has been awarded the Scholar-Athlete School Award of Distinction from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.  

The award was presented to the district as all 23 Rocky Point varsity teams were recognized as NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete teams this school year. To receive the award, the team is required to have 75 percent or more of their members with a GPA above 90 percent.

“This award is a great honor for our district and congratulations go out to the student-athletes, coaches, teachers and parents on this incredible accomplishment,” said Charles Delargy, Rocky Point Director of Health, Physical Education, Intramurals and Athletics. “Thank you so much for your time, dedication and hard work in helping the students achieve this honor.”

In 2016, only 32 schools throughout the state received the honor, seven of which were in Suffolk County.

Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Rocky Point Community,

The Rocky Point School District is comprised of countless professionals who dedicate themselves both personally and professionally to ensuring our students receive the academic, social and emotional support they need to be successful.   

While we as an educational community celebrate the collective achievements of our staff throughout the year, this May, our district takes great pride in marking several nationally honored appreciation programs. As we move through May, I encourage all to join our district in marking National School Nutrition Employee Week (May 1-5), National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12), National Teacher Day (May 9) and National School Nurse Day (May 10).

Our teachers and principals are the keys that unlock inspiration and creativity in our students, while our school nutrition officers and nurses are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being on a daily basis. Each of these professionals plays an integral role in our school district, and our community would not be the same without their unwavering devotion.

Please join me in celebrating these individuals and all of our dedicated staff members, many of whom have spent their decades-long careers serving the families of Rocky Point.


Michael F. Ring
Superintendent of Schools

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Striking a Musical Chord

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Rocky Point High School’s guitar ensemble, under the direction of music teacher Dave Ventura, recently performed at the Long Island Guitar Festival at LIU Post.

The students were one out of five ensembles from around the country that were chosen to perform. Their program included a well-executed set of classical, jazz, blues and rock music.

Ensemble members included Kaileigh Blessing, Jen Bradley, Cassidy LoSasso, Kyle Markland, Lucas Morelli, DeAnna Pitcher, Jade Pinkenburg, Matthew Quinn and Aidan Vu, all of whom did a fantastic job. In addition, Aidan Vu performed with a sixty-piece classical guitar orchestra with students from all over the country. The day concluded with an amazing performance by world-renowned guitarist, Benjamin Verdery.

All-Long Island Athletes

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As a result of their outstanding athletic talents, four Rocky Point High School students have been named to the Newsday All-Long Island teams for this past winter season.

The district proudly congratulates Kristin Flatley (cheerleading), Brittany Reh (cheerleading), Anthony Cirillo (wrestling), and Christopher O'Shea (swimming) for receiving this honor.

Following each competition season, Newsday staff members select a number of students per sport to be recognized as Newsday All-Long Island team members.

Wrestling Program Pins Honors

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Rocky Point High School’s varsity wrestling program has traditionally maintained a superb reputation for success and, this spring, two premier accolades were bestowed upon the program and team members.
Junior Anthony Sciotto received a trophy for “Most Pins in the Least Amount of Time” in the Suffolk County Wrestling tournament. Anthony had four pins in 7 minutes 36 seconds on route to his Suffolk County Wrestling Championship. This was the fastest time out of all of the weight classes.  

Additionally, the Rocky Point wrestling coaching staff received the Division 1 Coaching Staff of the Year award from the Suffolk County Wrestling Coaches Association.

Supplies for Troops

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As part of an initiative spearheaded by the local chapter of Blue Star Moms, Rocky Point Middle School’s Fashion Club recently created care packages for military personnel.  

During a monthlong drive, the club collected hundreds of nonperishable food items, personal care items and supplies for deployed troops.

Blue Star Moms is a nonprofit organization that supports the military and their families. The organization collects materials that troops desperately need and quickly mails it to them.

Baseball Team Volunteers

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In the interest of giving back to their community, Rocky Point High School’s junior varsity and varsity baseball teams continued their tradition of volunteering at Maureen’s Haven Homeless Shelter in Cutchogue this spring.

During this visit, the team, team managers, and coaches helped over 30 individuals have a hot dinner, a clean bed, and an inviting environment for a safe night’s rest. The teammates set up the location, made beds, set the tables, prepared the kitchen, and packed lunch bags for them to leave with the next morning.

Additionally, the students collected many new items for the shelter visitors, including socks, rain ponchos, toiletries, homemade cookies, brownies, festive bags of holiday chocolates and bunnies. They also collected beef jerky, cheese crackers, peanut butter crackers, protein bars and water bottles that the individuals could eat on days when they have no food. Lastly, the team collected over 80 five-dollar gift cards for fast food.

The team has volunteered in a similar fashion at the shelter two times per year for the past four years.

Driver Education Summer 2017

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Summer 2017 Driver Education


Light It Up Blue

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On behalf of the organization Autism Speaks, Rocky Point Middle School worked to ‘Light it up Blue’ during the week of April 3.

Students and staff members wore a sticker or pin, created puzzle pieces to hang on lockers, learned important facts and helped to increase awareness of autism by hanging up a puzzle piece with their name proudly displayed on it. Additionally, on World Autism Day many at the school wore their best and brightest shades of blue.

Reading to Support A Worldly Cause

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Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students read thousands of pages as they took part in a read-a-thon to raise funds for the Madagascar Ankizy Fund this spring.

Throughout the initiative, students were encouraged to secure sponsors to pledge a penny for each page of a book read. This tradition began in 1999 and, since its inception, students have raised enough money to build a school in Madagascar called Manobo. Annually, JAE works to raise $1,000, which is enough money to cover the salaries of the two teachers at the school. This year, JAE raised more than $1,600.

To kick off the event, the students were visited by two dental students, Rita O’Dwyer and Sarah Lukeman, as they discussed their work in Madagascar and shared pictures. At the conclusion of the read-a-thon, the school was visited by Eric Callendar from Erik’s Reptile Edventures.  Mr. Callendar showcased several reptiles and spoke about the importance of conservation and his work in Madagascar.

According to their website, the goals of the Madagascar Ankizy Fund (ankizy means children in the Malagasy language) are to build schools and hold clinics in remote areas of Madagascar. They also support basic health and hygiene by providing training, digging clean water wells, distributing mosquito nets and installing latrines. The Madagascar Ankizy Fund was founded in 1998 by paleontologist Dr. David W. Krause, a professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University. Dr. Krause, as well as various colleagues and students involved in paleontological research in Madagascar, are committed to improving the lives of Malagasy children.

Learning From the Past

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As part of a study on historical information, a group of second-graders at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School had the opportunity to step back in time and take a look at an original type of technology. 

With the help of speech language therapist Kelly Goelz, the students read a newspaper article about typewriters and learned how an article provides information for who, what, where, why and when. They also discussed the similarities and differences between modern day computers and old-fashioned typewriters.

JAE Earns Top Music Award

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The district’s music department at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School has been recognized as a “Suffolk Elementary School of Excellence” by the Suffolk County Music Educators Association. 

This award is given to Suffolk County elementary schools that have robust music programs for their youngest students. In order to receive this honor the school music department must have band, chorus and orchestra performing ensembles (appropriate to grade level), host school concerts, a school musical and have had students participate in SCMEA. Furthermore, the school must offer co-curricular/club activities, take part in local performances that benefit the community and provide interdisciplinary grade level activities.

The Rocky Point School District proudly congratulates the JAE music department, including teachers Craig Knapp, Vincent Ragona and David Ventura, on receiving this honor. 

JAE will receive a SCMEA Elementary School of Musical Excellence banner to proudly display in the school.  

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Shrek The Musical, Jr.

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Rocky Point Middle School’s talented student-actors took to the stage to perform the comical Broadway musical, “Shrek The Musical Jr.”

The students rehearsed for months leading up to the two-night showing in March to bring the familiar characters to life. In addition to the students who performed on stage, middle school and high school students worked behind the scenes as part of the stage crew. 

Promoting Peaceful Buses

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As part of the district’s ongoing commitment to character education, students at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School have engaged in a new initiative this spring called the “Peaceful Bus Program.” 

This schoolwide program is designed to promote the importance of good behavior, create a climate of respect and cooperation, and change the social dynamics on a school bus by building strong relationships among students and the bus driver. The aim is to develop a positive and safe environment for all students and to increase their sense of responsibility for what happens on the school bus.

The program was organized by JAE assistant principal Dr. Courtney Herbert with the help of the school’s bus drivers. Teachers and bus drivers met with students to enhance their bus community through a character education activity.  Additionally, the school created a bulletin board of all of the bus route groups to serve as an ongoing reminder of these relationships.  

Wearing “Lots of Socks” to Raise Awareness

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Students and staff members throughout the district sported “Lots of Socks” on March 21 in support of World Down Syndrome Day. This day is internationally recognized as a day to organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness for issues affecting individuals with Down syndrome.

The recognize the day, individuals wore colorful socks to create a conversation about advocating for the well-being of people with Down Syndrome. In addition to wearing the colorful footwear, participants also donated funds to support the Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation. 



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