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Rocky Point Union Free School District Schools | Rocky Point High School


82 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road | Rocky Point, NY 11778
Phone: (631) 744-1604 | Fax: (631) 591-0220
Principal: Jonathan Hart
Assistant Principals: Michael Gabriel, Lauren Neckin
School Hours: 7:15 AM - 1:22 PM
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November 2019

Dear Rocky Point Parents and Families,

October proved to be a very well-rounded month for our students and staff here at Rocky Point High School.  As we pushed into the middle of the 1st marking period, our school days were enriched with various academic challenges, social and emotional learning programs and extracurricular activities.  In the classroom, our teachers have been leading our students through creative and challenging lessons, while our club advisors and coaches have been making a positive impact on our students after school hours.

Built around the theme of celebrating National Bullying Prevention Month, the high school supported several programs to support mental health, school unity and improved decision-making.  During the week of October 6th-12th, our mental health team pushed into many classrooms in an effort to educate our students about mental illness in order to end the negative stigma attached to these common conditions.  Students were also introduced to our social workers and school psychologist.  Throughout the month, our Human Rights Club worked to unite our students in an effort to stop bullying in our school community while also raising over $150 to donate to Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center.  Additionally, our SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club led our students to embrace Red Ribbon Week.  Our student club members were able to rally their peers and staff to make a pledge to embrace positive life choices and to stay clear of dangerous decisions.  Finally, in the middle of the month, Mr. Ed Gerety visited our high school to make a powerful presentation centered around student connectedness, gratitude and positive decision-making.  

In addition to these unique events, many of our students have been immersed in music and athletics.  Our High School Marching Band did an outstanding job representing our school at the Newsday High School Marching Band Festival.  Our students showed great enthusiasm and discipline in their spirited performance at Mitchel Field.  Many of our students have been diligently rehearsing for the fall pocket theater production entitled We Will Be Famous.  We are looking forward to seeing the final product on the weekend of November 8th and 9th.  I also would like to congratulate our field hockey team and football team for earning playoff appearances.   Furthermore, all of our student athletes and coaches should be recognized for their dedication, hard work and commitment to their sport and our school throughout the fall season. 

Students from all grade levels along with their parents had the opportunity to participate in our new STEM Lecture series.  Dr. David Taylor, an Assistant Professor of Sustainability at Stony Brook University, recently visited Rocky Point High School and delivered a talk related to environmental stewardship, the connection between literature and conservation, and his own experiences in traveling the world to help support environmental initiatives.  I would like to thank Mr. Aaron Factor, Director of Mathematics, Science and Technology, for organizing this wonderful event.

I would like to inform you of some upcoming events at the high school:
College Financial Aid Night: Nov. 6th, @ 7 pm in the HS Auditorium
STEAM Exposition: Nov. 7th, @ 6pm-8pm  
Pocket Theater Performance of We Will Be Famous, Nov. 8th and 9th @ 7pm
First day for JV and Varsity sports, Nov. 12th 
Veterans Day Assembly and introduction of our new honorees on the Wall of Honor, Nov. 15th
Interact Club will host its annual blood drive, Nov. 18th - 8am to 2pm

The end of the first marking quarter is Friday, November 8th with report cards to be posted on the Portal on Friday, November 15th.  I encourage you to be actively involved in your child’s education by checking the parent portal and teachers’ e-Boards for current instructional information. The high school Virtual Backpack will be updated frequently with flyers and important information. For senior parents, the college application process is underway, and it is important that you actively be a part of this process.

I look forward to working collaboratively with you and would like to wish all of you a happy, healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

Best Regards,
Jonathan Hart
High School 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!

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