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Rocky Point MS Earns Additional Accolade

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Rocky Point Middle School has been awarded the Silver Inviting School Fidelity Award in honor of the students’ and staff’s efforts to keep the spirit and practice of Invitational Education alive and well in the school. 

The Invitational Education program presents five prestigious Fidelity Awards every two years. Schools that have previously received the Inviting School Award are invited to apply for the Fidelity Award this year. The application includes documentation on what the school is doing to support an invitational climate and how it is continuing to extend those initiatives and support the ideals of the International Alliance for Invitational Education.

Rocky Point Middle School received the Inviting School Award last year. 

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Technology Helps Connect Debaters

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Rocky Point Middle School seventh-graders Greg Havranek’s class participated in a virtual debate about the Bill of Rights with students from Oldfield Middle School.

Teaming up with Mr. Havranek’s brother’s social studies classes, the students discussed with each other what parts of the Bill of Rights they agree or disagree with. The students were also able to create scenarios and quiz the other students to see which amendment was being discussed.  

At the end, the students were able to have fun and ask each other questions about the other person’s school. The students in both Mr. Havranek’s social studies classes were excited to make history come alive. 

Rocky Point High School Presents Monty Python’s Spamalot March 2 & 3



Donations Benefit Furry Friends in Need

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As a result of a multiyear effort, Rocky Point Middle School recently presented an overwhelming donation of $2,431 to representatives from Save-a-Pet, an animal shelter located in Port Jefferson Station. 

Spearheaded by school library media specialist Catherine O’Connell, students and staff members donated to the cause through a multitude of fundraising activities. 

Jumping for Heart Health at JAE

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In honor of American Heart Month, Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students and staff members participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart event this February.
During the after-school program, students had the chance to demonstrate their jump-roping skills to the beat of popular music, and through their participation collected donations for the worthy cause. Students participated in a “free jump” event before competing in grade-level challenges to determine who could jump rope the longest. 

Under the leadership of physical education teacher Maria Amoscato, the students helped to raise more than $11,672 for the American Heart Association. 

Jump Rope for Heart is an annual program sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise not only awareness of heart-health issues, but also funds for continued research.  

Winning Pin for Rocky Point Wrestling

Winning Pin for Rocky Point Wrestling
Rocky Point High School varsity wrestling has been named League VI champions for the 2017-18 season, a victory they captured during the event held in early February at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School. 

In addition to the team win, several students both won their individual weight class and qualified for the Suffolk County championships, which will be held Feb. 10-11. 

The Rocky Point School District commends the entire team and wishes the following students well as they compete in counties: 

Justin Amendola (second place @ 106) 
Ryan Callahan (league winner @ 138)
Corey Connolly (league winner @152)
Mickey Gold (third place @ 170) 
Donald Hammarth (third place @ 145)
Kris Ketchum (league winner @ 132)
Evan Matias (second place @ 120) 
Jake Pole (second place @ 285)
Anthony Sciotto (league winner @ 120)
Logan Sciotto (league winner @ 113)
Brian Smith (third place @ 160)

Rocky Point Bowlers “Strike” a Great Season

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Rocky Point High School’s varsity bowling team captured second place in the Small School championships and Wildcard Competition this winter, with a total pin count of 3,016 (201 per bowler average). As a result, the team competed in the Suffolk County championships at Bowlero in Sayville.  

In addition to the team’s overall success, several students qualified for post-season honors. 

With an average of 221.2 and ranked ninth overall in Suffolk County and second overall in League IV, tenth-grader Brandon Epp was named to the Suffolk County All-Star team. He will now compete on March 10 in Syracuse. Brandon was also named Second Team All-County and First Team All-League IV. 

Tenth-grader Robert Manginello averaged a score of 203.8 and is ranked fifth overall in League IV. He was named to the First Team All-League IV. Ninth-grader Sean Vogel averaged 196.2 points and was ranked 10th overall in League IV and named to Second Team All-League IV.

BOE Meeting -- March 19, 2018 -- 5 PM Call to Order; 7 PM Public Session

Board of Education Meeting – March 19, 2018
Call to Order 5 PM

7 PM Public Session
High School Auditorium

Building Strong Relationships With Reading

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Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students are working to develop a love of reading both in school and through activities that extend beyond the traditional school day, including the building’s annual Parents as Reading Partners initiative.

The program, which is supported by the school’s PTA, encourages students to take time each day to enjoy a piece of literature. Additionally, it reinforces the important correlation between a strong home-to-school connection and a student’s academic success. 

Following this year’s PARP theme of “Be a Reading Superhero,” students created superhero capes for their favorite reading hero and took part in theme days over the course of the two-week program. These included Sweat Day, when everyone came to school in sweats because reading “jogs” the mind, and  Spot Day, when everyone wore spots because readers can “spot” a good book.  

Furthermore, students and families gathered for the annual evening Milk and Cookies night. During the event, school administrators shared stories aloud, and the PTA provided chocolate chip cookies and milk. Lastly, the students enjoyed attending a lively music assembly featuring the famous Hip Pickles. 

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, 2018 due to the lawful expiration of the term of the current BOE trustees, for the term beginning 7/1/18 and ending 6/30/21, please contact Kelly White, District Clerk, at 631.849.7510. Packets will be available beginning on March 1, 2018. The deadline for submission of completed candidate petitions is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2018.

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2018-2019 High School Course Guide

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Budget Presentation - February 5, 2018


Eagles Fly to Post-Season Competitions

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Save the date and come cheer on the following Rocky Point High School teams as they compete in post-season play!

 Varsity Bowling Team – Suffolk County Championships this Saturday (2/3) at Bowlero in Sayville.  Start time is 9:00 a.m.  
Varsity Girls Indoor Track & Field Team – Small School Championships at Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood Campus.  Free admission. Game today (2/1) at 5 p.m.
Varsity Boys Indoor Track & Field Team – Small School Championships at Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood Campus.  Free admission. Game tomorrow (2/2) at 5 p.m.
Varsity Wrestling Team – League 6 Championships at Elwood/John Glenn High School, admission is $6. Match Saturday (2/3) at 9:30 a.m. 

Varsity Cheerleading Team –  Section XI Cheerleading Championships at Smithtown West High School, admission is $4.  The match will be this Saturday (2/3) at 11 a.m. This will be the teams last competition before competing in the National Championships in Orlando, Florida, which will be held the weekend of February 10. 

A Remarkable Pin for the Eagles

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Rocky Point High School’s varsity wrestling team won its third straight Suffolk County dual meet championship with a 37-33 victory over Brentwood this January. 

The Eagles will now compete in the New York State dual meet championships in Syracuse. 

Illustrator Inspires Rocky Point Students

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As part of the school’s WARM – We Are Reading More – initiative, Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students had the chance to learn about the work of a professional illustrator when Steven James Petruccio visited the school.

During the program, Mr. Petruccio spoke about the 85 books he has illustrated and how he had a love of drawing from a young age. Additionally, he showed the students the process for publishing a book – from the development of a manuscript and storyboards to the enlargement process and the role of an art director. He also demonstrated how to draw some of his favorite figures. 

Throughout the month of January, JAE students have been taking part in a series of activities designed to further promote a lifelong love of reading. They recorded the number of minutes they spend on independent reading for pleasure as well as took part in theme days such as “wear a shirt with words you can read” and an electronic blackout day. 

High Honors for Dedicated Volunteer

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Rocky Point School District is proud to congratulate Board of Education Vice President, district graduate and dedicated community volunteer Scott Reh for being recognized as the NYSPHSAA (NYS Public High School Athletic Association) Section XI Athletic Director of the Year. Each year, all 11 sections in New York State recognize a dedicated and committed professional with this honor. 

Mr. Reh is the current director of athletics, PE, health, nursing and grounds in the Mount Sinai School District and a Rocky Point Class of 1985 graduate. Previously, he was inducted into the Rocky Point, Adelphi and Suffolk County Sports Halls of Fame.

As a member of the district’s Board of Education, Mr. Reh continues to give back to his alma mater and dedicates his time in service to the community’s students. 

Continued Cheers for a Spirited Squad

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Rocky Point High School’s varsity cheerleading team continued its undefeated season by capturing a win during the recent Sachem East varsity competition.
Competing in the medium division, the Eagles captured its fourth straight win with a score of 89.8. If the team’s winning steak continues, the Eagles would be the first team to go undefeated since cheerleading became a sport on Long Island. 

“Being undefeated really shows how hard we work and how much time we put in,” said Ashley Bayard. “We know if we keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll end up on top,” added Julieanna Joy.

Robotics Team Advances

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Rocky Point Middle School’s two robotics teams recently competed in the FIRST Long Island Qualifying Tournament in Smithtown and both qualified for the championship tournament in Longwood on March 4 based on their performance.

During the Smithtown event, the students competed against 27 other teams and captured the first three awards. 

The Robo Eagles won the Alliance Award for scoring the highest point total on the Robot Table as a pair in the Alliance Round and the prestigious Judges Award for its unique efforts, performance or dynamics. 

The Radical Robotix team was awarded the Project Research Award for “their diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they have identified.” This year’s competition theme is hydrodynamics. The research project chosen by the team is a “Desalination Aviation Life Vest.”

Congratulations to this year’s team members: 

Robo Eagles: Zach Accetta, Felicity Monaghan, Oskar Chorzepa, Leila Riedl, Alex Rosenberg, Marco Tanza and Misha Zaslavsky 

Radical Robotix: Jake Bazata,  Eve Hald, Maddy Knopfke, Sola Matsumoto, C.J. McMillen and Nick O’Shea.

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Teaming Up to Solve Mathematical Clues

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Mathematical concepts and critical thinking skills intersected at Rocky Point High School as students enrolled in Daniel Capell’s geometry classes worked to complete a Breakout box activity.  

Breakout is a series of resettable locks, boxes and times that are customized to a specific subject area to challenge participants to solve clues used to unlock the devices. 

Within the geometry classes, the students were asked to answer questions revolving around the topics covered in their class so far this year. Each of the questions corresponded with something to help crack the code. The classes raced against each other and time to retrieve the prize inside. 

Robotics Team Recognized as Motivators

Robotics Team Recognized as Motivators photo
Rocky Point High School robotics team received the prestigious “Motivate Award” at the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition this January, sponsored by Lynbrook Public Schools. 

This award is given to a team that embraces the culture of FIRST and clearly shows what it means to be a team. This judged award celebrates the team that represents the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through team building, team spirit and displayed enthusiasm. Furthermore, it recognizes a team that makes a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community, and sparks others to embrace the culture of FIRST. 

Rocky Point was selected for its honor based on its community outreach work, namely its efforts through the team’s YouTube channel, Snapchat presence, annual district robotics fair for younger students, participation in the first annual district STEM fair and its continued support of the two middle school FLL robotics teams. 

Sinking a Tournament Win

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The Rocky Point High School girls varsity basketball team captured a big win over the holiday break – being named the victors of the Panther Classic basketball tournament. 

The Eagles defeated Connetquot 35-18 in the first game of the tournament by applying tremendous full-court pressure and balanced scoring over four quarters. Rocky Point then faced the host team, Babylon, in the championship game two days later. The hard-fought game highlighted Rocky Point’s speed fed transition game and fueled the highest-scoring output of the year to date. 

The Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter and defeated Babylon 54-39. Seniors Abby Bellport and Christina Bellissimo showed their leadership throughout the two games, and both were awarded all-tournament honors. Sophomore Clare Levy, who had 12 points in the first game, erupted for 18 points, five assists and three steals in the second game to capture the tournament MVP award.
“The entire team’s hard work and dedication has been validated by this tournament victory and will hopefully act as a springboard to continued success for the Rocky Point girls basketball program,” said coach Scott Lindsay. 

Cheer Continues to Impress

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Congratulations to the Rocky Point varsity cheerleading team who took first place at the Smithtown East Section XI competition this past weekend. 
"As we move on from week to week teams are getting stronger,” said coach Anna Spallina. "We are working to make our routine more consistent as we are four weeks out from Nationals. We are finding ourselves on the top of our division every week beating teams by 10 or more points.”

The district wishes the team good luck as they compete this Saturday at Sachem East High School, where we hope to continue their winning streak with an even higher score.

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Budget Workshop Presentation – Jan. 8


Collecting to Compete for a Cause

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Rocky Point Middle School seventh-grade students in Greg Havranek’s eighth-period class recently won a school Box Tops for Education drive – collecting more than 1,000 Box Tops. 

The school has been collecting Box Tops – small squares located on certain everyday products – since September. The Box Tops are then turned in to the company in exchange for special funding for the school. These funds can then be used to improve the building. In the past, the middle school has used Box Tops funds to support the arcade room in the cafeteria and the garden in the courtyard. 

As the winning class, Mr. Havranek’s students received a special treat from Wendy’s. 

Telling the Tale of Jingle Bell Hill

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Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School’s fifth-grade select chorus High Notes helped to set the holiday spirit when it performed “The Lights of Jingle Bell Hill” during two daytime and one evening performance just before the December break. 

The students rehearsed under the leadership of director Craig Knapp to bring the story of how an annual holiday contest that historically has gone wrong suddenly goes perfectly well. The students each portrayed a series of comedic characters, including Santa’s reindeer, elves and many others, as they delivered their lines flawlessly and sang perfectly in tune.  

Message from the Superintendent of Schools--Inclement Weather Emergency Protocols

November 13, 2017

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 may 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.

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

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