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In the Zone for Recognition

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Rocky Point High School seniors Abigail Bellport and Peter LaSalla have been named 2017 Suffolk Zone award winners by the New York State Association of 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 criteria considered students’ leadership in physical education, scholarship, character and being a role model to their peers.

Abigail has competed on four athletic teams throughout her educational career in Rocky Point, including basketball, cross-country, field hockey, and lacrosse, and is a three-sport scholar-athlete. She is a member of Athletes Helping Athletes, Big Buddy Little Buddy, Business Honor Society, Girl Scouts, History Honor Society, Leaders Club, and the National Honor Society, and volunteers through Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, she was named an All-County athlete in cross-country and has received an athletic scholarship for lacrosse. She will be attending Molloy College to major in business this fall. 

Peter is a two-sport scholar-athlete who has served as the captain of the Rocky Point football and lacrosse teams. He is president of the varsity club and was named an All-American in lacrosse. Additionally, he is a member of the National Honor Society and History Honor Society, and gives back to the community by coaching youth football and assisting in youth lacrosse clinics and tournaments. He was named the most outstanding midfielder in Division II lacrosse and has received an athletic scholarship for lacrosse. Peter will be studying mechanical engineering at the University of Virginia this fall. 


Kindergarten Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year

Kindergarten Registration for the 2018-2019 School Year

Kindergarten registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin in late February/early March. Children turning five years old on or before December 1, 2018 are eligible for kindergarten. Registrations are by appointment only.

If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten in September 2018, please complete the online form below by Friday, February 2, 2018.  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

Celebrating All Rights

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In honor of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Rocky Point High School’s Human Rights Club created several promotional items centered on the importance of the document. 

Club members Jenna Salzan and Ashley Mooring created an informational video on the topic, which was shown to all classes before the officially recognized day. Jenna Salzan created a charcoal poster and Daisy Julca made a canvas collage depicting the overall message. 

To view the students’ video, please click here.

The school club is advised by English teacher Heather Catandella.

Cheerleaders Heading to Nationals

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Rocky Point High School’s varsity cheerleading team took home the first-place title during this year’s Empire Regional championship at Nassau Community College this December.
 
This was the 13th regional championship title for Rocky Point, and the first-place win awarded them a bid to the National High School Cheerleading championship in Orlando, Florida, in early February. The Rocky Point School District congratulates all of the student-athletes and their coaches on this phenomenal accomplishment and wishes them well at nationals! 


Help Our District Win $3,000

Two Rocky Point High School events have been entered into this year’s Community Service Challenge and now our district is in the running to win up to $3,000! To help our district win, please click the link below and vote for our Dig Pink or Baseball gives back events. Voting will be open through Dec. 17th at 8 p.m.

https://www.teamup4community.org/li-holiday-sports-heroes-video-challenge-2017

BOE Meeting -- December 18, 2017 -- 5 PM Call to Order; 7 PM Public Session

Board of Education Meeting – December 18, 2017
Call to Order 5 PM
7 PM Public Session
High School Auditorium

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Science Unplugged at Rocky Point HS

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As part of the Science Unplugged program offered through Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Rocky Point High School students in Guy Reid’s Human Anatomy and Physiology classes learned about the influence of fat on stem cells and current schizophrenia research during guest lectures from Adrian Di Antonio and Ashleigh Lussenden, graduate researchers at Stony Brook University.
 
During the presentations, “Your Brain is So Fat” and “Shining a New Light on an Old Stigma,” students discussed the structure of stem cells and their ability to differentiate. Students and presenters also discussed possible pathways for developing therapeutic treatments for schizophrenia. These topics tie to class topics related to the brain and human nervous system.

The Science Unplugged program gives the students the opportunity to speak with professionals from the field, learn about their research and familiarize themselves with what it means to be a research scientist. 

Learning Comes Alive

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As an additional activity to their Native American social studies unit, Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fourth-graders had the chance to participate in a Native American celebration and workshop at the school this November.

During the event, the students were encouraged to dress appropriately in Native American attire as they visited several interactive stations. These included listening to Native American folktales, creating medicine satchels, decorating shields, making parfleches (carrying pouches) and playing an authentic Native American game.



Giving Thanks for Bus Drivers

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In appreciation for all that they do to transport students to and from school safely, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students and staff members hosted a special “Bus Driver Appreciation” breakfast just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

During the event, the members of the second-grade service squad presented the drivers with personalized thank-you notes created by students throughout the school and a poem placemat as an added keepsake. 



Author Visit Inspires Rocky Point Students

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Rocky Point School District K-5 students had the chance to learn about the work of a professional writer when famed children’s book author Julia Cook visited Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School and Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School this November. 
 
Ms. Cook conducted schoolwide assemblies at both buildings, speaking about her start as an author and the process she follows when developing books. She shared excerpts from some of her most beloved stories. 

At FJC, she also conducted two classroom workshops with second-graders to delve into the writing process more deeply. Brainstorming together, the groups learned how to approach story writing from a different angle – rather than putting pencil to paper and begin writing immediately, Ms. Cook encouraged them to first create a list of “takeaways,” or key facts that they wanted their readers to retain, and then work to incorporate those items into their written pieces. 

The inspirational author, who is also considered a parenting expert and inspirational speaker, also conducted a special evening parent workshop in collaboration with the schools’ PTA. During this session, Ms. Cook discussed many topics explored in her books, including video game/screen time, balancing the parenting act, kids’ personal safety and techniques for teaching social skills. 

Athletes Commit to College

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After 13 years of hard work, dedication and sportsmanship, 11 Rocky Point High School seniors have been selected to continue their athletic journeys next fall at some of the top colleges and universities in the country. 

While surrounded by proud family members and friends, 10 students made their commitments to the chosen schools final by putting pen to paper this November and signing National Letters of Intent. One student memorialized his future plans with a commitment to the United States Naval Academy. 

The district extends its best wishes and congratulations to the following student-athletes and their families: 

Lawrence Bastianelli – Lacrosse, Franklin Pierce University
Christina Bellissimo – Lacrosse, Stony Brook University
Abbie Bellport – Lacrosse, Molloy College
Sara Giammarella – Lacrosse, NYIT
Joseph Grillo – Baseball, University of Bridgeport
Peter LaSalla – Lacrosse, University of Virginia
Shannon Maroney – Lacrosse, Canisius College
Madison Sanchez – Lacrosse, University of Maryland
Amanda Schultz – Lacrosse, Pace University
Anthony Sciotto – Wrestling, United States Naval Academy
Jake Wandle – Lacrosse, Stony Brook University

Baseball Teams Give Back

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Continuing what has become a Rocky Point tradition, members of the Rocky Point School District baseball teams volunteered at Maureen’s Haven homeless shelter this November.

Lead by team coaches Anthony Anzalone, Andrew Aschettino and Eric Strovink, the middle school and high school students worked together to set up the location; stock the pantries; provide breakfast, lunch and dinner; and supply toiletries, homemade baked goods, backpacks and even gift cards for meals to a fast food restaurant for future dates. Additionally, the students donated enough socks to give a new pair to each homeless person for weeks to come. 

Reflecting Upon Traditions

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Second-grade students in Christina Capaldi and Erin Glennon’s class at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School have been reflecting upon the meaning of symbolism and their family traditions as part of an author study and connected writing project.

After reading the book “The Keeping Quilt” by Patricia Polacco, students discussed the book’s theme and how a simple piece of cloth had been passed down from generation to generation, each time taking on a new purpose before eventually becoming a quilt that remained a symbol of the family’s love and devotion. Throughout the study, students discussed different symbols found in their classroom and throughout the world, each of which carry great meaning. 

The class discussed what iconic symbols like the Statue of Liberty and the American flag mean to them, as well as ones of personal significance to their families. 

The students then drew an item that was passed down in their families on small squares of paper, which were joined together to make one large class quilt. Students created pictures about such things as stuffed animals that previously belonged to their parents and a family riddle book, then reflected upon their drawings. They created short written explanations as to what their item symbolized and why it had great importance to their family. 




Celebrating Veterans

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In honor of Veterans Day, schools throughout the Rocky Point School District took time to celebrate and recognize local servicemen and women this November for their bravery and service to the country.

Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School second-grade students gathered in the school’s gymnasium to host a special Veterans Day celebration for the special veterans in the students’ lives. After the nations’ colors were presented by a member of the Rocky Point VFW Post 6249, the veterans in attendance were individually introduced and presented with a paper medal of honor. Additionally, students learned about the evolution of the trumpet and the part the bugle plays in the military from a member of Post 6249. 

Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School and Rocky Point High School also each hosted moving Veterans Day assembly programs. At JAE, members of the fifth-grade select chorus High Notes sang several patriotic songs, and student representatives read original essays and presented the attendees with tokens of their appreciation.  

At Rocky Point High School, the assembly featured four servicemen and a presentation of the colors by Post 6249. Richard Kitson, president of the Suffolk County Chapter of Vietnam Veterans, spoke about his service as a mortarman within the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and his instrumental efforts to build the Vietnam War Memorial on Bald Hill. 

Dr. Frank Lunati was a young doctor when he was drafted into the Army because of its need for medical staff at the beginning of the Vietnam War. He spoke about his service during the 1965 Battle of la Drang, depicted in the Mel Gibson film “We Were Soldiers,” as well as Lunati’s book “Time Never Heals.” 

John Fernandez is a 1996 graduate of Rocky Point High School, the West Point Prep School, and was a member of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He spoke about his service as a captain of the Army Black Knights football team of West Point and how he was wounded in Iraq. This led to Fernandez’s prominent work with the Wounded Warriors, in particular his advocacy for the needs of all service members who have been hurt since 9/11. Additionally, John, whose name is displayed on the road that is next to VFW Post 6249, presented his combat patch to the high school, which will be hung in the window cases next to his picture and story.

Gabriel “Buddy” Gengler, a graduate of Shoreham-Wading River who also attended and became an officer at West Point, spoke about his service, how poor the civilians were overseas and his support of Wounded Warriors and all of our nation’s veterans. Lastly, Tommy Sullivan, a treasure of the school’s annual ceremony who has played in the West Point Army Band and for Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, performed several beautiful songs.  




Learning All About Air

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As an extension of their science curriculum, third-grade students at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School had their classroom lessons come to life during a recent assembly program provided by the Long Island Science Center in Rocky Point.

During the event, titled “All About Air,” the students investigated the properties of air using balls, balloons, bags and even a hair dryer. Through visual demonstrations, they learned that air takes up space, has weight and exerts pressure. They also participated in a discussion of Bernoulli’s principle and Pascal’s law. 

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.

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

Giving Thanks to Veterans

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In honor of Veterans Day, students at Rocky Point Middle School and Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School penned messages of thanks, appreciation and gratitude to the nation’s veterans. 

As part of the initiative, students were invited to write letters to those who have served the country, create poems using the word “veteran” and otherwise express their praise for the volunteers. The completed pieces were compiled and delivered to those living at the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University and those residing at Fort Bragg. 

The project was led by seventh-grade special education teacher John Mauceri and English Language Arts grades 6-12 chairperson Joseph Settepani with collaboration from JAE educator Gloria Meyer.  

Enhancing the College Essay

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Rocky Point High School seniors had the chance to gain valuable feedback on their college essays during a recent “speed read” event hosted in the school’s library.

Organized by business teacher Dorothy Burns and members of the school’s English department, the event enabled students to meet with representatives from four different colleges and receive input on their essays after having a two to two and a half minute read through. 

Representatives from Keiser University, SUNY Oswego, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Utica College were among those who took part in this event. 




Promoting Unity in Rocky Point

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In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, the Rocky Point High School Human Rights Club promoted Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center and Unity Day this October. 

According to www.pacer.org, on Unity Day people come together — in schools, communities and online — to send a message of support, hope and unity to show that they are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. 

As a result of Rocky Point’s Unity Day fundraising, the Human Rights Club raised $226 for Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Folk Dancing Fun at JAE

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

This annual event provided the opportunity for children 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. 



Learning From Industry Experts

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Rocky Point High School’s Virtual Enterprise class recently took part in the LIU Entrepreneurship and Leadership Conference held at LIU Post this October. 

During this conference, students had the opportunity to deliver an elevator pitch for their VE company, network with and hear from industry experts, and participate in informative breakout sessions. 
 
One highlight from the conference was keynote speaker Al Kahn, CEO of CraneKahn LLC, and a leading figure in the licensing industry. Students learned about how he grew his licensing empire to include some of the biggest names in the industry, including Cabbage Patch Kids, Pokemon and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

DRIVER EDUCATION--Spring 2018

DRIVER EDUCATION--Spring 2018


 

Registration is on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the High School Main Office.

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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 Once the program begins, no refunds will be issued.

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Fall Newsletter Now Available

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Students' Scarecrows Help a Worthy Cause

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Rocky Point Paints the Court Pink

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Through a series of events, Rocky Point Union Free School District helped to raise $3,400 this October in support of those fighting breast cancer.

Over the past several years, Rocky Point has been a large supporter of the Side-Out Foundation, an organization established to unite volleyball players and coaches as they work toward the common goal of furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services. Each year, the school dedicates one fall volleyball game to the cause through an event called Dig Pink. Athletes wear pink uniforms and volunteer to raise funds through bake sales, donations and silent auctions. 

This year’s fundraising also included a denim day for staff. Both events were coordinated by the volleyball teams as well as the members of the Rocky Point High School Leaders Club. 

Field Hockey Wins!

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A huge congratulations to our Varsity Field Hockey team for winning the Class B Suffolk County Championship today by a score of 4-0 over Miller Place! The team will play on November 1 at 6:30pm against the Nassau County Champion. Great job Eagles, Head Coach Katie Bittner and Assistant Coach Reagan Lynch!

Game highlights:
Bella Fusco – 2 goals
Sara Giammarella – 1 goal, 1 assist
Hannah Luchsinger – 1 goal
Emily Molinaro – 1 assist
Jen Greene – 3 saves on goal

"We are extremely excited about this win and hope this is just the beginning of our post season run," said Coach Bittner. "This team has been lead by 10 seniors who play with a tremendous amount of heart. We are thankful for a supportive community and hope to see lots of fans on Wednesday at 6:30pm at Newfield High School for the Long Island Championship!"

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Celebrating New York Apple Crunch Day

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Jennifer Meschi’s first-grade class at Frank Carasiti Elementary School in the Rocky Point School District had a fruitful celebration during New York Apple Crunch Day on Oct. 19.

Along with apple-related songs, a science experiment, reading apple-themed books, and parent volunteers who worked on apple crafts with them, they were part of a large effort to raise awareness for local farmers. The students joined thousands of New York residents in taking a bite out of an apple at lunchtime for the New York food and farm industries.

“We were registered participants to help support the cause of bringing more access to fresh fruits and vegetables into our communities,” said Meschi. “We wanted to be a part of this initiative so people understand the importance of eating healthy foods and supporting our farmers.” 



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