Wrestlers Capture County Champs!

Wrestlers Capture County Champs!
Rocky Point High School’s varsity wrestling team won their first-ever Suffolk County Tournament Championship at Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood; outperforming every other school in Suffolk County.
 
In addition to the team win, junior Anthony Sciotto earned the Suffolk County Individual title at 113 pounds after pinning all four of his opponents and winning the prestigious "Most Pins in Least Time" trophy. Furthermore, Anthony Cirillo placed second and will, along with Sciotto represent Suffolk County at the New York State Wrestling Championships in Albany in March.

Several other wrestlers earned All-County honors. These included senior Dylan Zabbara, who placed third at 160 pounds, senior Matt Capell, who placed fifth at 220 pounds, freshman Evan Matias, who placed fifth at 106 pounds, and freshman Logan Sciotto, who placed sixth at 106 pounds.

“This was a true team effort that only came to fruition through the efforts of all our county qualifiers, even those who fell short of becoming All County,” said coach Darren Goldstein. “Important matches were also won by senior Mike Laccasaglia, senior Bobby Casazza, sophomore Justin Amendola, junior Ryan Callahan and senior Leo Burke.”

Spring 2017 Community Education Offerings

Spring 2017 Community Education Offerings

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High School Musical--The Sound of Music

Rocky Point High School Presents

The Sound of Music



March 3rd & March 4th @ 7:30 PM
Rocky Point H. S. Auditorium
Tickets $10

H.S. Ticket Booth Hours
Monday – Friday (beginning 2/27/17)

7:00 AM - 7:14 AM
1:20 PM – 1:40 PM

And 1 Hour before each performance

The Sound of Music
Music by RICHARD RODGERS
Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Book by HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE
Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp
South Pacific is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnhtheatricals.com

Message from the Superintendent of Schools

February 2017

Dear Rocky Point Parents and Guardians:

As the time for administration of the NYS assessments draws near, a number of parents and guardians have requested information regarding how the district will address the issue of students not taking these tests, often referred to as “opting out.” Let me state that the district firmly supports parental engagement in the education of their children, including the important issue of the administration of the NYS assessments. As a district we will seek to honor requests regarding these assessments while complying with State Education Department (SED) regulations.

To address some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this matter, as well as reported changes to the assessments, below you will find responses to these important questions.

I know that there were a number of changes made to the grades 3-8 ELA and math assessments last year. Will there be additional changes to the assessments this year?

The New York State Education Department has reported that there will be no changes to the grades 3-8 ELA and math assessments in 2017 or 2018. Information regarding this topic may be viewed via the following link (copy and paste): http://www.nysed.gov/news/2016/nysed-no-changes-grades-3-8-ela-math-tests-2017-or-2018

If I don’t wish to have my child take the test(s), what should I do?

Parents and guardians who do not want their child to take the NYS assessment(s) may utilize the online form found by logging into the eSchool Parent Portal (copy and paste this link: https://parentportal.eschooldata.com/) or send a letter indicating this request to their child’s principal.

On the days of testing how will my request be honored?

If you have previously submitted a letter indicating your request to your child’s principal, on the days of NYS testing your child will be assigned to an appropriate location within his/her school. Although we are required to present each student in attendance on the testing days with an exam, upon refusal the exam will be removed and your child will be permitted to read quietly.

Does my decision to “opt out” negatively impact my child’s education at Rocky Point UFSD?

No, the district will ignore the absence of a NYS assessment score in determining advancement, placement or access to advanced courses (GATES, AP, honors, accelerated classes, etc.) and support services (AIS, ICARE, Summer SHARP, etc.).

Will my child’s education beyond Rocky Point UFSD be impacted if he/she does not participate in the assessments?

Although we cannot say how other public schools will handle the absence of an assessment score should you move to another school district, the NYS assessment scores are not part of documentation necessary for college and careers and will not be a factor for those aspects of your child’s future.

Since these are just several of the most common questions we have received, if you have additional questions please feel free to contact your child’s principal.

Sincerely,

Michael F. Ring, Ed.D.

Chosen for Artistic Showcase

Chosen for Artistic Showcase
Rocky Point Middle School sixth-grader Melissa Barrett and eighth-grader Sarah Mergott were selected to have their original art pieces showcased in the 2017 Colors of Long Island art exhibit at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook.

The students’ artwork will be on display from Feb. 24 through April 16. The exhibit will feature art from students in kindergarten through 12th grade from 179 participating schools.  

Perfect Results

Perfect Results
Rocky Point High School junior Jade Pinkenburg has accomplished something less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the exam have – a perfect score on the American College Test.

Jade earned the top mark of 36 on the December ACT exam, demonstrating his high level of knowledge in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science. This was the first time he has taken the exam, but not the first time he had earned high marks on the national level. Previously he earned a 1570 (out of 1600) composite score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, earning perfect marks on the math portion.

When asked what advice he would offer students who are preparing for either exam, Jade encouraged his peers to “trust your instincts, have faith in yourselves and take your time with it. Be sure to read all directions and sections carefully,” he said.
 
While he still has one more year of high school left, Jade is aspiring to go into the engineering field and has applied to take a summer engineering program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

At Rocky Point, Jade is an active member of several clubs and organizations, including robotics, spring track and the guitar club. He also volunteers at the North Shore Youth Council.

March 20, 2017--BOE Meeting 7 PM

March 20, 2017--BOE Meeting 7 PM

HS Auditorium

Public Notice: Board of Education Open Seats

Anyone interested in running for the two (2) seats on the Board of Education, which will become open effective July 1, 2017 due to the lawful expiration of the term of the current BOE trustees, for the term beginning 7/1/17 and ending 6/30/20, please contact Kelly White, District Clerk, at 631.849.7510.

Packets will be available beginning on March 1, 2017. The deadline for submission of completed candidate petitions is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017.

The Power of Symbols and Words

The Power of Symbols and Words
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Nearly 40 members of Rocky Point Middle School’s Friends of Rachel Club and the Natural Helpers Club, along with their advisors Sherin Shanahan and Joseph Settepani, joined together with students from 15 Long Island school districts to promote acceptance and understanding as they took part in a workshop called “The Power of Symbols and Words.”

The event, which took place at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, focused on the importance of understanding how words and symbols can hurt if used negatively. During the program, the students viewed a video called “Fear, Hatred, and Hope: The Power of Symbols,” listened to various speakers from different backgrounds, watched skit performances from high school drama clubs depicting acceptance and discussed sub-topics about differences and how words and symbols are very powerful.  

The field trip aimed to inspire students to bring back what they learned to their home schools and spread the awareness through club activities.
The event was sponsored by the Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity and Human Understanding, the Suffolk County Interfaith Anti-Bias Task Force and the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission.

Promoting Kindness

Promoting Kindness
Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fifth-graders in Dave Falcone’s class are cultivating kindness in the school and community as part of a multiyear initiative named “Got Kindness?”

As part of the project, the class has created bulletin boards highlighting the kind acts of school community members and student writing pieces. The students are also distributing "Seeds of Kindness" cards to help cultivate kind acts and have created a “No Bully Zone” display that features specific strategies for students to encourage fellow classmates to always be kind and helpful toward others.

The initiative is funded through a grant Mr. Falcone received from the ReesSpecht Life Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to remind people about the importance of community, compassion and respect.  The organization promotes the ideals of cultivating kindness through a memorial scholarship, teacher grants, and an awareness campaign featuring "Seeds of Kindness" and "Pay it Forward" cards.

Repeat County Champs

Repeat County Champs
Rocky Point High School’s varsity wrestling team has continued their successful season as they recently won the Suffolk County Dual Meet Championship and were named repeat Suffolk County Champions.

In the first round of the contest, the team defeated Center Moriches 54-18, in the quarterfinals scored 46-19 over Mount Sinai, outperformed Connetquot in the semifinal round with a score of 57-13, and was victorious over Hauppauge in the final championship round with a score of 37-31.

Earlier this season the team also won the North Babylon Invitational Competition, Center Moriches Duals Competition, and the Patchogue Medford Christmas Tournament. Additionally, they were named League Dual Meet champions for the fourth consecutive year and secured an undefeated 7-0 league record.

Cheering to First Place

Cheering to First Place
The Rocky Point varsity cheerleaders took home a first-place win and earned their highest score last weekend during the West Islip New York State Public High School Athletic Association invitational competition. This is Rocky Point's fourth first place victory this season.

The invitational competitions are the deciding factor in who attends the County Championship in late February and Rocky Point has improved its score each week. The team is led by captains Samantha Ferrara, Kristin Flatley, Jules Joy, Bailey Klein, Morganne Nofi, Brittany Reh and Lauren Utting and under the direction of coaches Arianna Scanlon and Anna Spallina.

Earlier this year the team qualified to compete at the United Cheerleading Association National Championship in Orlando, Florida.
 

February 6, 2017 - Budget Presentation

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Sharing Dreams

Sharing Dreams
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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Kelly Birnstein’s class at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School learned about Dr. King’s dream for a better world and spoke about their dreams for the world and what types of things they want to pursue when they are older.

The students created a cloud bulletin board to showcase the dreams they shared and a multisensory art project to celebrate diversity. The class invited members of the school community – both peers and faculty members – to join in the celebration by adding extra dream filled paper clouds to the bulletin board.

Swimmers Head to County Championship

Swimmers Head to County Championship
Rocky Point boys swimmers Christopher O'Shea and Andrew Spina have qualified for and will swim at the Suffolk County Championship Meet.  

Christopher, a senior, will participate in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Andrew, an eighth grader, qualified for and will swim the 100 fly at the meet.  

In addition to qualifying, Christopher has captured the best times for the 2016-17 season in the entire county for the 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 fly events.  

The Suffolk Championships are scheduled for Saturday, February 18th at Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood Campus. There is a $6 admission fee for spectators.

2017-2018 High School Course Guide

High School Course Offerings for 2017-2018

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“WARM”-ing up with a Good Book

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Students throughout Joseph Edgar Intermediate School celebrated their love of reading during a monthlong initiative called WARM (We Are Reading More).

Hoping to reach a schoolwide goal of 500,000 minutes, they were asked to read in school and at home for enjoyment, and also engaged in a number of literacy based activities.

Author Douglas Florian visited the students as part of the program and in preparation for his visit, teachers and students read his books and created dragons related to his poetry. Some classes held poetry slams and poetry parades in which they recited his published pieces, and other classes created posters and signs welcoming Mr. Florian to the school.  

In recognition of the school surpassing their goal of 500,000 minutes, students earned a number of raffle prizes. However, the biggest treat was being able to see their teachers take part in competitive yet silly  races, where they competed in various events from a ping-pong ball catch game to a toilet paper mummy wrapping.

Budding Business Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs
Juniors and seniors enrolled in Rocky Point High School’s Virtual Enterprises class are learning about the complex business world in a hands-on way, as they have conceptualized and designed a budding business from the ground up.

As part of the full year elective, the students created a multi-faceted business plan focused on a video game streaming company they called “OmniStreem – All Powerful Gaming” and assumed different managerial and associate positions within the organization. Working in small teams or business departments they devised a marketing plan, analyzed company profitability, reviewed current industry offerings and constructed a full financial report on the proposed company.
     
“Through all of these activities, VE students learn professionalism, business acumen, corporate knowledge, presentation skills and teamwork,” said teacher Dorothy Burns. “Students also develop hands-on knowledge of the expectations of both the workplace and the global economy as VE replicates all the functions of a real business.”

The students presented their completed project during this year’s Virtual Enterprises Long Island Trade Show and Business Plan Presentation at Farmingdale State College. Out of more than 40 firms represented at the event, Rocky Point won third place for “most creative firm.”

In addition to the entrepreneurial skills acquired, the students also learned valuable job market lessons, as they were required to complete a job application and recruitment process. Throughout the course they also gained valuable insight from a variety of professionals, including those serving on the Brookhaven Business Advisory Council.

VE is an in-school, live, global business simulation that places emphasis on project-based, collaborative learning and the development of entrepreneurial skills. This experiential learning model program is made up of a global network of student-run businesses in over 40 countries. It transforms high school students into business professionals and their classrooms into offices.


PRIVATE & PAROCHIAL SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

AS PER EDUCATION LAW THE DEADLINE IS APRIL 1, 2017
PRIVATE & PAROCHIAL SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

For the 2017-2018 School Year

Print out a PDF copy of our form.

In accordance with Chapter 3635 of the NYS Education Law, all requests for transportation to a private or parochial school for the 2017-2018 school year must be submitted in writing to the Transportation Office postmarked” before April 1, 2017. Transportation request forms are available at the Business Office in the District Office located at:

90 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road ~ Rocky Point, NY 11778
(North Portable)

Additional information can be obtained by calling:

District Transportation Office
744-1605

Penning A Winning Comic

Penning A Winning Comic
Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fifth-grader Evan Donovan has been named one of ten talented runner-ups in the Scholastic Reading Clubs’ “Big Nate EPIC Birthday Mishap Contest.”

Students from across the country submitted original multi-frame comics about a child’s birthday party in a similar fashion to the famous Big Nate comics. Evan’s piece showed a comical encounter between a young boy and a bear who just awoke from hibernation.

Evan describes himself as a comic enthusiast, having penned hundreds of original strips in his life. “Making comics is a fun thing to do and helps to relieve stress,” he said. “I really like using the pictures to tell stories and have made one, two and three panel comics in my free time.”

As a contest runner-up, Evan received a Big Nate library collection and a class set of the newest Big Nate book, “Thunka, Thunka, Thunka” was gifted to JAE.

Math Lessons Launched in the Air

Math Lessons Launched in the Air

Rocky Point High School students in Janece Guerra’s Algebra II classes learned about parabolic arcs in a very visual and hands-on way this winter.

The students were challenged to build an army man launcher using their original design in a 20-minute time frame and use only a select number of simple supplies. These included a paper cup, a spoon, two feet of string, two feet of tape, two rubber bands, six popsicle sticks and a plastic army man figurine.

Once completed, the students tested their creations to see which one would launch the plastic man the furthest. This exercise was designed to model parabolic arcs, as the pathway of the launched figurine was in the shape of a parabolic arc.

The farthest one launched was over 15 yards!

Sharing College Experiences

Sharing College Experiences
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Rocky Point High School seniors had an opportunity to look inside the world that awaits them after graduation during a recent college readiness program held this winter.

During the event, recent Rocky Point graduates returned to the school to speak with current seniors about their first semester college experience. The alumni spoke about the degree of difficulty in courses, the importance of time management and the difference between going away to college versus attending a school close to home. Additionally, the graduates stressed the importance of working ahead on assignments, gaining a deep understanding of the process for writing and citing sources on research papers as well as utilizing support services available on the campus. The students also spoke about balancing their academic commitments with social activities and the need to get involved in campus organizations pertaining to their major.

To help further spark conversations about the diverse number of colleges available, staff members and students were asked to wear meaningful college attire on the day of the event.  


2017-2018 Budget Workshop Presentation

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Learning To Fly

Learning To Fly

Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fifth-grade select chorus High Notes took the stage this winter to perform the comedic musical “How to Train Your Reindeer (To Fly).”

The musical, which incorporated historical information about the rise of American aviation, included five original songs focused on a group of cadet reindeer learning the way to fly. Throughout the story, a number of famous North Pole residents graced the stage to offer input and feedback as the ambitious young reindeer attended the magical training.

The students worked to perfect their performance for weeks under the direction of teach Craig Knapp.



History Comes to Life

History Comes to Life

As an extension of their social studies curriculum, fourth-graders at Joseph Edgar Intermediate School learned about the great Mohawk nation during a recent visit from the father of a current student.

During the program, Jay Levenson spoke about his family’s Mohawk roots and shared different cultural aspects of the nation dating back to the 18th century. He shared information such as why silver jewelry is worn, how shells were used to create a story or message on belts, and how gourds were transformed to create canteens or water jugs. He also spoke about the tribes who live in each region of New York, taught the students several Mohawk words and a few of the legends and common misunderstandings of the Native American tribe.

At the end of the event, the students learned how to sing and perform a traditional Mohawk lullaby.

Conducting Hands-On Research

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Students in Eric Matwey’s Science Research 9-10 class at Rocky Point High School applied what they are learning in the classroom to the real world in a hands-on research project at Sunken Meadow State Park.

To prepare for the visit, the students met with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation representatives Cassandra Bauer and Victoria O’Neill to review and discuss the environmental testing procedures they would follow.

At Sunken Meadow, they conducted water quality tests to sample specific sites for a variety of plant and animal life. They were able to seine for organisms, including Asian shore crabs, and took readings of water temperature, turbidity, salinity, pH, nitrogen and dissolved oxygen. They then recorded the information about the collected data for further analysis in the classroom.
     
The visit was part of a program sponsored by the Long Island Sound Study, which seeks to collect valuable data about the body of water at various locations. The students’ work will provide important information about Sunken Meadow State Park and allow researchers to identify and describe how ecosystems change and how they can be impacted by weather events such as Superstorm Sandy.

Inclement Weather Emergency Protocols

December 5, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians:

With the winter season rapidly approaching, it is necessary to update inclement weather emergency protocols for this school year. 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.
• 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 also be used for afternoon drop-off unless parents and guardians are notified to the contrary. A list of current inclement weather stops may also 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.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s building principal for any further information. The safety of the 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.

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


Sincerely,


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

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