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BANN Members Unite for A Cause

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Thank you to Rocky Point High School’s Be A Nice Neighbor club members who took the time to cook some hearty foods for Pax Christi Hospitality Center in Port Jefferson.

Students Abby Barnett, Megan Curtin, Sophia Failla, Ella Gernhart, Andraya Giagios, Jaya Jones, Mary Koski, Karen Otero, Angelica Smiech, Jules Vieira, Riley Weil, under the leadership of Carly Tribby Annika Rhinehart and Jill Ackermann, cooked dinner for more than 40 people at the center that provides food, shelter, counseling, advocacy and networking opportunities for people in need.

“The kids did an amazing job, we are so proud of them,” Ms. Tribby said of the students who know that they can make a positive difference in the community. The student-driven club stress the “find a way, make a way” philosophy and develop ways to make things nicer in the local community.

Date Added: 12/4/2023

Rocky Point Represented at NYSCAME Festival

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Thirteen Rocky Point High School students were selected to the Suffolk Chapter of the New York State Council of Administrators of Music Education High School All-County Festival. To be selected for NYSCAME All-County, juniors and seniors must receive the highest ratings in Suffolk County at the New York State School Music Association Evaluation Festival. Once selected, students then participated in three intensive rehearsal sessions, culminating with a concert at Northport High School on Nov. 17.

The following students were selected: Band: Allyson Opitz, Alto Saxophone (Grade 11); Treble Chorus: Simone Carmody (Grade 12), Angelina DeRosa (Grade 11), Maya MacCarthy (Grade 11), Emma Maher (Grade 12), Renee Ortiz (Grade 12), Katie Romano (Grade 11); and Mixed Chorus: Maya Alexander (Grade 11), Derek Bergmann (Grade 11), Sebastian Garske (Grade 11), Cheyenne Morgan (Grade 12), Elyse Nadeau (Grade 12), Emmanuel Watkis (Grade 12).

All-County students are selected in September and have the challenging task of learning and preparing 30-45 minutes of music prior to attending their ensemble rehearsals in November. They prepared the music with their music teachers Ms. Jessica Spitz and Ms. Amy Schecher.

I am so proud of these students,” Ms. Spitz said. “They all worked so hard on their NYSSMA solos last spring, and they dived enthusiastically into their challenging All-County music this fall. I was so impressed with how well they represented Rocky Point at their rehearsals, and they all remarked to me what an amazing experience it was to work with their conductors and the top music students from the other school districts. What a truly unforgettable experience for all of them!”

Rocky Point Music Department chairpersons Mr. Craig Knapp and Ms. Schecher added:

“We are very proud of these students and their accomplishments. The level of commitment our students possess toward the arts is astounding. We are so pleased and grateful for their hard work and success. Acceptance into the NYSMCAME Suffolk All-County festival is one of the highest honors bestowed upon a student musician in grades 11 and 12. The achievements of these students are to be celebrated.”

Date Added: 11/27/2023

Duo Honored for Exceptional Performance

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Rocky Point High School students Liam Duenas and Stephen Hlatky earned the title Employee of the Month in their CTE programs at Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology’s Gary D. Bixhorn Technical Center. Liam is a student in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition program and Stephen is a student in the TV, Video and Digital Film Production

The title Employee of the Month was established to recognize those students whom their instructors would want to hire, who show professionalism and have the desire to be trained. Being selected as the Employee of the Month is an honor, and these students are role models among their peers.

Congratulations Liam and Stephen!

Date Added: 11/21/2023

May Peace Prevail on Earth

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Rocky Point High School’s Interact Club and adviser Mrs. Margaret Messinetti and The Human Rights Club and adviser Mrs. Rachel Hludzinski collaborated on an event in hopes of bringing people together to inspire, awaken and uplift human consciousness all over the world.

The District hosted a Peace Pole Dedication Ceremony on Nov. 13. Gifted from the Rocky Point Rotary Club, the Peace Pole is an internationally recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth.

The pole was installed at the shared Rocky Point High School and Rocky Point Middle School outdoor classroom with dozens of students, staff members, Rotary Club members and community residents in attendance.

Principal Mr. James Moeller welcomed the attendees, student Katie Romano sang the national anthem and Human Rights Club members Sofia Haviland, Isabella Kelly, Erin Lynch and Samantha Rozza shared the history and meaning of the Peace Pole. Rocky Point Rotary Club President Mr. Kevin Mann also spoke about the Peace Pole Project’s global movement in spreading the universal message of peace prevailing on Earth and the message written in different languages on each of its sides. There are more than 250,000 Peace Poles around the world dedicated as monuments to peace.

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Date Added: 11/15/2023

College Commitments!

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The Rocky Point School District congratulates eight seniors who each signed a national letter of intent to play a sport in college on Nov. 14.

They are:

Ariana Amato, Acrobatics and Tumbling, Felician University
A.J. Aschettino, Baseball, Northeastern University
Jonathon Bohlman, Baseball, College of Staten Island
Jack Fredriksen, Lacrosse, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Ryan Meyers, Lacrosse, Binghamton University
McKenzie Moeller, Lacrosse, Wofford College
Alexandra Pole, Softball, University of North Dakota
Anna Wood, Lacrosse, University of South Florida

The District’s Director of Health, Physical Education, Intramurals and Athletics Jonathon Rufa spoke of each student’s high school athletic highlights and noted their gratitude to parents and coaches who helped them achieve their academic and athletic goals.


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Date Added: 11/15/2023