High School  


82 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road | Rocky Point, NY 11778
Phone: (631) 744-1604 | Fax: (631) 591-0220
Principal: Susann Crossan
Assistant Principals: Michael Gabriel, Joseph Tapler
School Hours: 7:15 AM - 1:22 PM

February 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The start of February is the beginning of our third marking period and the beginning of new courses for some students. During these cold winter months students need encouragement to stay focused on their studies and stamina to achieve continued success. The start of the second semester is a perfect opportunity to have a conversation with your child about short and long term goals.

Our guidance department will be visiting classrooms this month to discuss the course guide and scheduling process for the 2017-2018 school year. The process of selecting courses should be one in which there is collaboration among the school, the student and the parents. It is important for students to select courses that match their needs, abilities, and interests. The administration, faculty, and guidance team welcome any questions you may have concerning the course selection and scheduling process. It is important for students to challenge themselves and work to achieve the most advance diploma possible.

I am happy to share that we will be hosting “Challenge Day” on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Challenge Day is a powerful, high-energy program in which student and adult participants are guided through a series of experiential learning processes. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self-esteem, to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support. The Challenge Day Program is designed to unite the members of the school and to empower them to carry the themes of the program back to the school population. I would like to thank the PTA for their generous support for this event.

Other upcoming events include:
Friday, February 3, 2017 2nd quarter report cards posted to the portal
February 20 – 24, 2017 Mid-Winter Recess

I would like to remind students to take advantage of the many excellent extra-curricular activities offered at the high school, it is a great time to join one of our many clubs or sports teams. I encourage students to attend extra-help on Wednesdays and Thursdays if they are having difficulty in any of their classes. It is important to be an active participant in the educational process. I hope you all stay warm and enjoy the mid-winter recess.

Susan Crossan, Principal

 Positive Attitude and Actions will make a difference!
“Better happens when nobody’s watching.”

Stay to the right: -when you walk in the halls, when you drive in your car, and when you make decisions,
Always remember to do what is RIGHT!

Be polite: -use words like please, thank-you, and excuse me
-practice good listening techniques and develop patience

Keep it clean: -have pride in our facility; keep the building, the cafeteria and your lockers clean
-use clean language; using inappropriate curse words reflect your character

Lock it don’t lose it:
-you are responsible to spin the dial and lock your locker after each use
-cell phones need to be turned off and out of sight during the school day

Watch your web: -college admissions, coaches/recruiters and employers all search and review social media
-be conscientious of what you post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
-inappropriate, hurtful posts on social media that disrupt our learning environment will
result in disciplinary action

Dress your best: -clothing that is too revealing or distasteful is not acceptable
-school is where you work and learning is your job; your dress should reflect this

Nothing but nice: -comments don’t have to be mean or hurtful
-if criticisms are not constructive, please keep them to yourself until you are able to restate
them in a positive way

Enhance your transcript and résumé each day:
-your transcript is a reflection of your ability and work ethic; work towards the most
advanced diploma possible
-your résumé summarizes your character and leadership qualities including
extra-curricular activities, volunteer work, and employment
-student engagement is essential for learning; be accountable for your future

Attendance counts:
-attendance is a reflection of your commitment and work ethic
-students are required to be present for 8 periods each day
-no more that 28 absences for full year course or 14 days for half-year course

Promote Rocky Point Pride:
-get involved and support each other through academics, clubs, music, theater, and sports!
- be kind and promote acceptance; the character of the student body dictates the culture of
our school. Do your part to make Rocky Point High School the best we can be!

“Every moment of our journey is leading to something bigger. It’s up to you to read each
situation, make every decision, and control the flow of the game…..and your life!”
Dream Big!

Budding Business 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.

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
Sharing College Experiences 2
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.  

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