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Middle School Building Tour for Fifth Graders

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Visits to classrooms, the main office, the library, the cafeteria, nurse’s office, gymnasium, FACS rooms and more were on the itinerary for Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fifth graders when they visited Rocky Point Middle School for the start of the traditional transition to the sixth grade on May 16.

Members of Rocky Point Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society led the small tour groups and encouraged questions from the younger students. The fifth graders started the day with an assembly and greetings from Principal Dawn Meyers before their trek around the school.

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Date Added: 5/17/2024

Time Capsule Teddy Bear!

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Students in Mrs. Jennifer Gordon’s sixth grade Family and Consumer Science class at Rocky Point Middle School were selected to create a handsewn Teddy Bear to include in the time capsule that will be presented at Rocky Point Day on May 21. The number 30 on the bears’ jersey represents the year 2030, the year these students will graduate from high school. Students who helped with the project are Lauralai Brown, Sofia Fedurina, Elliana Harz, Layla Lambert, Brenden O’Brien and Kelsey Smith.

“These bears allow students to express themselves freely while grasping the concept of a lifelong skill,” said Mrs. Gordon.

Date Added: 5/16/2024

RPMS Legacy Tiles!

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Rocky Point Middle School eighth graders continue with an annual tradition started three years ago. On May 14, students worked in their advisories creating individual pieces of colorful artwork for the Legacy Tile bulletin boards. The projects showcase their talents and likes including courses, sports, music, favorites characters, shows and more. Each student signed their tile to signify their final year in Rocky Point Middle School before moving up to the High School.

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Date Added: 5/15/2024

Rocky Point Students Visit Police Exhibits

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Rocky Point Middle School students visited the Suffolk County Police Department headquarters in Yaphank for its annual Police Week demonstrations and exhibits on May 2.

The students joined police officers at various exhibits and demonstrations that included emergency equipment displays, a tour of the Police Museum and a motorcycle demonstration. They also had an opportunity to meet the K-9 and crime scene teams and check out the helicopter and marine bureau exhibits.

Date Added: 5/3/2024

Guitar Ensembles, Varsity Select Choir & Jazz Bands Shine at Annual Jazz Night

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The Rocky Point music department’s annual Jazz Night took place on April 30. The Rocky Point Middle School and Rocky Point High School Guitar Ensembles, High School Varsity Select Choir, and the Middle School and High School Jazz Ensembles each performed upbeat, entertaining and demanding sets of music.

The Middle School Guitar Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Dave Ventura, opened the show with a wonderful performance. The students, all with varying degrees of experience, played very well together as a group. Their set included well-known selections “Green Onions” and “Seven Nation Army.” The High School Guitar Ensemble, also under the direction of Mr. Dave Ventura, performed challenging selections with some well-known crowd pleasers and an original arrangement composed by Mr. Ventura. Mr. Ventura and the students had fun on stage and the groups sounded terrific.

The Middle School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Vincent Ragona, played a delightful collection of diverse selections and standards. Their set was highlighted by their closing number, Dizzy Gillespie’s, “A Night in Tunisia.” The Middle School Jazz Ensemble featured solos by Brielle Merlo on baritone saxophone, Jeremy Moriarty on trumpet, Alicia Santos on alto saxophone, Colin Singh on tenor saxophone and Nathan Watkis on trombone.

The High School Varsity Select Choir, under the direction of Miss Jessica Spitz, performed a set of pop music favorites, including songs made famous by the bands ABBA and Queen. High School students Nathan Watkis and Matteo Gravinese accompanied the choir on piano. Soloists included Maya Alexander, Olivia Carley, Madaleine Grattan, Isabella Kelly, Maya MacCarthy and Alexa Vassallo. The High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ms. Kyra Kenwood, performed a program of jazz and rock selections that included crowd favorites “My Favorite Things” and “Carry On Wayward Son.” Soloists included Olivia Carley on trumpet, Jacob Donovan on trombone, Oliver Fiore on tenor saxophone, Jeremy Moriarty on trumpet, Allyson Opitz on alto saxophone, Jake Scheffer on clarinet, Grayson Steigerwald on upright acoustic bass, Emmanuel Watkis on electric guitar and Nathan Watkis on trombone and piano.

A congratulatory message from Rocky Point music department chairpersons Mr. Craig Knapp and Ms. Amy Schecher read: “Congratulations to all of the students in the guitar, vocal and jazz ensembles who worked so hard for the many months leading into Jazz Night. Many of your rehearsals were in the evenings, and you are to be acknowledged for juggling your busy schedules in order to participate. Your dedication to each other and to the music department is inspiring! Thank you to Mr. Ventura for providing the opportunity for the guitar students to prosper in Rocky Point. We are very lucky to be one of the few Long Island public schools to offer a program for guitar students. Thank you to Mr. Ragona for cultivating an environment where all instrumentalists are welcome and where our younger Middle School students can work with older students and still feel successful. Thank you to Miss Spitz for providing an avenue for vocal students to work on and explore music not typically performed in the traditional High School choral setting. Also, thank you to Miss Spitz for creating a performance opportunity where our wonderful High School piano students are featured. Thank you and congratulations to Ms. Kenwood and her students on a wonderful performance. Ms. Kenwood is in her first year as High School Jazz Ensemble director and she has done an amazing job. Jazz music is a huge passion for Ms. Kenwood and it is great to see how much the group has increased in size during her first year as director. It was a terrific evening of music and we were very impressed with the level of talent and musicianship demonstrated at the Jazz Night performance. It was fabulous to see and hear the students explore and perform a variety of musical genres in their concert. We are particularly pleased with how Mr. Ventura, Mr. Ragona, Miss Spitz and Ms. Kenwood create and encourage an inclusive environment of respect, acceptance and support within their respective ensembles, which are comprised of students with varied levels of skill. We are extremely proud of all of the students involved. Thank you to the families of these talented students for all of their support and encouragement. Thank you to all of the administrators and Board of Education members in Rocky Point for their continued support of our music programs. Thank you to all involved in making Jazz Night a fun-filled evening of music!”

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Date Added: 5/2/2024