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Next Up: Rocky Point High School!

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The Rocky Point Grade 8 Moving-Up Ceremony took place on June 23 and was a time for celebration. The students assembled before proud parents, teachers and district administrators to signal the start of the ceremony.

Many students were individually recognized and presented with departmental awards of recognition and certificates acknowledging their outstanding character traits and community service efforts. Each student was then called to the podium to receive their official moving-up day certificate.

Date Added: 6/24/2022

RPMS Legacy Continues

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Pride and camaraderie top the list for Rocky Point Middle School eighth graders. Last year, the inaugural Legacy Tile bulletin boards were unveiled with artwork and signatures of the students as they moved into Rocky Point High School. This year, as the 2022 Moving-Up Class readies for their future high school careers, they, too, decorated colorful tiles to brighten the hallways and welcome the incoming class to the school. “It is a great tradition that the students enjoy by showcasing their appreciation for the school and each other,” Assistant Principal Dawn Meyers said.

Date Added: 6/23/2022

Guitar Ensembles Shine in Year-End Performance

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The Rocky Point Middle School Guitar Club and High School Guitar Club, under the passionate direction of Mr. Dave Ventura, held their year-end concert on May 26. Both groups performed challenging selections with some well-known crowd pleasers that included pieces by Santana and Santo and Jonny. The evening also included solo performances by Renee Ortiz and Joseph Vassallo. Mr. Ventura and the students had a blast on stage, and the concert was received warmly by the audience.

A congratulatory message from Rocky Point music department chairpersons Mr. Craig Knapp and Ms. Amy Schecher read: “Congratulations to Mr. Ventura and the students in both the Middle School and High School Guitar Clubs. Thank you to Mr. Ventura for providing this opportunity for the guitar students in Rocky Point. We are very lucky to be one of the few Long Island public schools to offer a program for guitar students. We were impressed with the level of musicianship demonstrated at the performance. It was wonderful to see and hear the students explore and include a variety of musical genres in their concert. We are particularly impressed with how Mr. Ventura cultivated an inclusive environment of respect, acceptance and support within his Guitar Clubs, which are comprised of students with greatly varying levels of skill. Kudos to all involved.”

Date Added: 6/6/2022

Creativity Is Contagious!

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Rocky Point Middle School students were celebrated for their exemplary talents in this year’s Lois Lowry Literary and Art Contest.

The annual event honors students for written and artistic pieces. The 33 winners were celebrated with family and faculty by English teachers Mrs. Tricia Scott and Mrs. Sarah Schumacher at an ice cream social event on June 2. Their works were published in a beautiful keepsake commemorative book. Mrs. Scott also lauded Mrs. Schumacher for her organizing skills over the past decade and how the work has been incrementally elevated each year. Mrs. Schumacher used Albert Einstein’s famed adage that creativity is contagious and the students have and should continue to pass on their imaginative abilities.

The Rocky Point School District congratulates all the students who shared their creative talents. Sixth graders honored are Savannah Bullock, Sage Ciolino, Lana Contes Minnie Dluginski, Kassidy Dowling, Rachel Fernandez, Gwendolyn Graham, Lily Mayer, Madelynne McCarrick, Isabella Mollineaux, Jacob Pitre, Lily Rau, Samuel Staunton and Andrea Vergara. Seventh graders honored are Serena Cagna, Ian Dowling, Oliver Fiore, Annabel Parker, Audrey Record, Louisa Schwartz and Grayson Steigerwald. Eighth graders honored are Yuuki Donnelly, Ava Gianni, Ava Haeffner, Kayden Hurley, Sara Kunnecke, Patrick Panella, Gabriella Pannizzo, Emma Papik, Chloe Roth, Madison Smith, Olivia Smith and Jules Vieria.

Date Added: 6/3/2022

Superior Rating for Grade 8 Chorus at LI Music Festival

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The Rocky Point Middle School 8th Grade Chorus, under the direction of Miss Emily Lamia and accompanied by district pianist Betsy Infranco, received a Superior rating at the Long Island Music Festival, held at Suffolk Community College’s Michael J. Grant Campus. The Long Island Music Festival provided the Middle School 8th Grade Chorus with an exciting and fun educational opportunity. The goal of this event was to bring students and adjudicators together in a positive learning environment.

The festival day was comprised of a performance component paired with a recreational activity. First, the Rocky Point Middle School 8th Grade Chorus members performed for a panel of music professors from Hofstra University and Suffolk County Community Choir. These adjudicators provided Miss Lamia and the chorus members with written and verbal feedback based on their performance of “Crawdad Creek” by Mary Donnelly and George L.O. Strid and “Blessing” by Katie Moran Bart. Following their performance, the adjudicators then worked with Miss Lamia and the students in a clinic style workshop. During the workshop, both adjudicators spent time demonstrating ways in which to improve musical nuances and conducting/rehearsal strategies. This provided Miss Lamia with helpful professional development and offered the students a great deal of feedback on what they did well and areas to consider for further developing their skills. Miss Lamia and the students appreciated the immediate feedback that they received. Students commented that the feedback that was presented to them “helped us to become more confident” and also that it “helped to understand the music better.” Upon receiving the “Superior” rating, the chorus students were beaming with pride. They were eager to hear the judge’s written feedback and excited to watch their performance. Despite being a group of many different individuals, this event brought them together as a team striving for a particular goal, and they were elated to know that they had achieved it together.

One judge scored the choir a 97/100, commenting “choir enters beautifully. Well-trained. Very nice singing...” She then proceeded to work with them on phrasing and adding dynamics to make their sound more emotive. The students were extremely respectful and responsive during the entire workshop, prompting the adjudicator to add “nice work adding in the phrasing. Nice work, Miss Lamia. Amazing job for your first year.”

The second judge scored them a 96/100. During the clinic, she worked with the students on relaxing and smiling to both improve their sound and express the poetic intent of the song. She commented “good contrast between pieces,” complimenting their ability to sing both cheerful, upbeat songs, and slow, legato pieces with long phrases.

“I am very proud of the students’ hard work and dedication to success throughout the past several months,” chorus director Emily Lamia said. “Their growth since the beginning of the school year has been tremendous. Amidst many changes (the reintroduction of singing since March of 2020 and a new, unfamiliar chorus teacher), the students have shown courage and commitment each day, growing as a unified choir and a group of musical individuals who have developed an appreciation for music and the friendships that resulted from being part of a musical team. The students had a wonderful time, and I am excited to make this a tradition for 8th Grade Chorus students in the years to come.”

The students concluded the afternoon with recreation time at Adventureland, where they were one of the most incredibly well-behaved schools in the park! They were respectful of each other’s apprehension towards certain rides, stuck together as a group, followed the instructions of their chaperones and participated in innocent fun on the park’s many rides and roller coasters.

A congratulatory message from Rocky Point music department chairpersons Mr. Craig Knapp and Ms. Amy Schecher read: “We are very proud of Miss Lamia and the 8th Grade Chorus students that performed at the Long Island Music Festival. Thank you for representing the Rocky Point Music Program with dignity and congratulations on your Superior rating. We are extremely pleased with your success. We are especially grateful that we have Miss Lamia as part of our hardworking music department faculty, and we look forward to watching the choral program flourish in the Middle School. Thank you also to the families of these talented students for all of their support and encouragement.”

Date Added: 5/27/2022

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