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Advancing a Culture of Kindness

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Ten Rocky Point High School students were selected to attend the Suffolk County High School Principals Association’s Compassion Without Borders leadership conference recently held at Smithtown High School East.

Thomas Amalfitano, John Henry Dyroff, Tyler Fertig, Joan Hicks, Anthony LaBella, Samantha Leversen, Isadores Luce, Jade Mitchko, Annalisse Negron and Angelina Sessa, under the leadership of adviser Ms. Jennifer Zaffino, learned to develop their social and emotional leadership skills at the conference. They listened to powerful motivational speaker Mr. Ed Gerety and participated in workshops related to leadership skills and promoting programs in the Rocky Point school community.

They brought back ways to pay it forward, which was the theme for the annual event that helps student leaders across Suffolk County advance a culture of acceptance, compassion and tolerance in their school community. They worked to spread kindness by posting inspirational quotes on lockers to encourage peers to also pay it forward.

“Rocky Point High School’s Compassion Without Borders group is challenged to implement positive programs that enhance school pride, inclusiveness and tolerance,” Ms. Zaffino said.

Rocky Point Role Models Honored!

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High School seniors Clare Levy and Gary Russin were each named Suffolk Zone award winners by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. They were honored at a recent dinner ceremony at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. The award is presented annually to the top female and male senior physical education leaders in each Suffolk County high school. Clare and Gary were chosen for their outstanding character, leadership skills in schoolwide as well as physical education and health class activities, positive attitude toward instructional activities, scholastic achievements and being role models for their peers.

Clare, a three-sport scholar-athlete – captain of the soccer team, basketball team and lacrosse team – is also an AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. She has received athletic scholarship offers for lacrosse and has chosen to attend Stony Brook University, where she plans to major in history. She also has numerous clubs and activities on her high school résumé, including Athletes Helping Athletes, Leaders Club and Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. She has coached both youth soccer and lacrosse.

Gary, a member of the football team, has an impressive list of accomplishments in addition to being an AP Scholar. He is the president of both the National Honor Society and History Honor Society, has been a recipient of several local awards and is involved in Athletes Helping Athletes, Compassion Without Borders and the Debate Club.

JAE Winter Concert 2019

JAE Winter Concert 2019 Slideshow


Second Graders Create Holiday Cards for Police Officers

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As students in FJC continue to develop a deeper understanding of society and learn about people who are important in their school and neighborhoods, they came up with a thoughtful holiday message to thank those who help strengthen the larger community. Second graders in Ms. Nichole Schirtzer’s class participated in Cards for Cops and created holiday cards for the men and women in blue. All cards were submitted to the non-profit organization Beyond the Badge in Wantagh to be distributed to various police precincts across Long Island.

2019 Downtown Rocky Point Tree Lighting

2019 Downtown Rocky Point Tree Lighting

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