Rocky Point Union Free School District Schools | Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate


525 Route 25A | Rocky Point, NY 11778

Phone: (631) 744-1600 | Fax: (631) 744-4898
Principal: Mrs. Linda Greening
Assistant Principal: Mr. Benjamin Paquette
Hours: 8:15 AM - 2:35 PM

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April 2024


Dear JAE Families,

Crocuses and daffodils have begun to blossom, shedding the first colors of spring. The robins are back and the trees have a reddish tint to their branches as the buds get ready to bloom. Student energy levels are high. Spring has sprung!

April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2nd is World Autism Day. All students received an Autism Awareness bracelet thanks to Ms. Henry and SERC. Please encourage your child to wear their bracelet throughout the month of April and have your child wear rainbow/bright colors to show their support every Friday in April for Autism Awareness Month.

Although there are still three more months of school left, as soon as April begins, the days just seem to fly by. The next couple of months will go by quickly! Please be sure to check out JAE’s upcoming events for the months of April:


April 1st- Easter Monday- School Closed
April 4th- ENL Literacy Community Night- JAE Old Gym- 6pm
April 8th- Solar Eclipse (see information below) 
April 8th-PTA Meeting- Middle School Library- 7pm
April 9th- STEAM Celebration- High School- 6pm
April 9th & 10th- Grade 3 ELA Exams
April 10th- Shared Decision Making Meeting- Library- 2:45pm
April 11th & 12th- Grade 4 ELA Exams
April 15th & 16th- Grade 5 ELA Exams
April 16th- Board of Education Meeting- High School Auditorium- 7pm
April 17th- Field Day Shirt Order Forms DUE!
April 17th- Strategic Plan Advisory Night- DO Large Conf. Room- 4pm
April 17th- SERC Virtual Speaker 7-8pm 
April 22nd-26th- Spring Recess- SCHOOL CLOSED
April 30th- Placement Letters DUE!

Eagle POWER Students of the Month for February:

3rd Grade:

Ella Pizzo

Ryan Maraj

Annalee Tirman

Alexander Hanna

Emma Ascensio

Loralie Walter

Jaden Otero

Wesley Cupyrs

Ella Roerig Perez

Braelyn Butler

Ben Rothberg

 4th Grade:

Addison Voelker

Aubrey Barrett

Josue Ortiz-Peraza

Lily Dillon

Danna Lopez

Jacob Catalano

Ryan McLaughlin

Sadie Janke

Preston Ford

5th Grade:

Corrine Gabriel

Teresa Contes

Mairead Vu

Katelyn Mercurio

Sam Casoria

Ariya Wessel

Lily Gomez

Sonia Savino

Jacob Kirschbaum

Blaze Carlino

 Special Areas: 

Music- Christian Nunnaro

Technology – Mason Pina

Library – Caiden Barrett

Physical Education – Blaze Carlino, Henry Fiore

Art –Abigail Parisi

STEAM - Aengus Walsh

We would like to recognize our Artist of the Month as well: 

5th Grade: Jayden Castano

4th Grade: William Fishman, Ilaria Campanella

3rd Grade: Ella Polzella, Salvatore Triolo, Victoria Savage

Honorable Mention Runner Ups:
  5th Grade: Izzy Sclafani, Ryan Staples, Richie Olivo, Kayleigh Consolazio, Liliana Gomez
  4th Grade: Lily Polizzi, Emma Christensen, Ismael Lopez, Julianna Vecchione, Trevor
Kellenberger, Larry Hall, Aubrie Surdi
  3rd Grade: Braelyn Butler, Anthony Dursi, Carmella Nieves, Leia Luppino, Nate Tilton,
Carlie Kane, Jace Campanella, Arya Amirullah

Friendly Reminders:

Please be sure your child is bringing their Chromebook to school every day charged and ready for use. If your child has lost their charging cord please let us know so that it can be replaced. Thank you! 

Thank you for all you do for our community, and for making JAE such a wonderful place to be.


Mrs. Linda Greening, JAE Principal

Mr. Benjamin Paquette, JAE Assistant Principal

Rocky Point Celebrates ‘Music in Our Schools Month’

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March was a wonderfully active month for the students and faculty of the Rocky Point Music Department, and what better time to highlight the amazing music talent than to recognize “Music in Our Schools Month!”

For close to 40 years, March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music in Our Schools Month, the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children, and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. MIOSM is an opportunity for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community, and to display the benefits that school music brings to students of all ages. Music in Our Schools Month began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York on March 14, 1973, and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music beginning in 1985. This March, the students and music faculty of Rocky Point joined music educators and music students all across the nation to celebrate the music education theme “I See ME in Music Education.”

In addition to daily music classes and rehearsals, several activities and special performing opportunities took place throughout March. Some events that students participated in included:

March 1 and 2 – The production of the High School Musical “The Addams Family” was performed.

March, 2, 8, 9 and 10– Thirty-two students participated in Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s All-County Festivals.

March 4-6 – Twenty students ranging from grades 3-12 – Trent Birnstill, Julianna Byrnes, Sophia Byrnes, Olivia Carley, Jayna Cohn, Andrew DeTurris, Henry Fiore, Christos Giannakos, Chloe Gravinese, Lawrence Hall IV, Madelyn Ilardi, Alexander Lantigua-Mettrock, Lily Mayer, Antonio Morrow, Anna Norrby, Isabella St. Pierre, Paula Vergara, Aengus Walsh, Mallack Walsh and Nathan Watkis – participated in the New York State School Music Association Solo Evaluation Festival for Piano. These students include:

March 10 – Rocky Point High School Marching Band and Rocky Point Middle School 8th Grade Band performed and marched in the Miller Place-Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

March 15 – Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School’s 5th Grade Select Chorus “High Notes” performed at the annual JAE Senior Citizen St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast.

March 18 – Middle School and High School Jazz Ensembles participated and performed in an educational clinic at The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook, NY.

March 20 – Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School’s Family Folk Dance Night took place with over 150 students and their parents/guardians dancing and sharing music together.

March 21 – The Rocky Point Middle School and High School Orchestras combined to present the Night of Strings concert.

March 26 and 27 – The production of the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School’s 5th Grade Select Chorus “High Notes” Spring musical, “Johnny Appleseed: A Musical Play About a Great American Pioneer” was performed.

Throughout March, JAE and the Middle School incorporated various Music in Our Schools Month messages into their school’s daily morning announcements. Each day in March at JAE, Mr. Knapp, Miss Monastero, Mr. Ventura and various students read an “I See Me In Music Education” prompt along with a MIOSM message about a variety of music topics. During these morning announcements, all students were encouraged to visit Mr. Knapp’s Google Classroom to accomplish a daily task on a variety of special music topics. The Middle School celebrated by providing an “On This Date in Music” Fun Fact (with a song) each day on the morning and the afternoon announcements.

At FJC, music teacher Miss DeMelfi taught a variety of songs to each of her classes that connected to the Solar Eclipse theme. At JAE, all students in the building completed a brief writing assignment starting with the prompt, “We’re LUCKY to have music because…” All of the students’ work was posted on the walls in the music wing at JAE, creating a Music in Our Schools Month “Wall of Shamrocks.” At the Middle School, orchestra director Mrs. Walter created a bulletin board that displayed the musical backgrounds and/or tastes of teachers and staff in the building.

A message from Rocky Point Music Department Chairpersons Mr. Craig Knapp and Ms. Amy Schecher read, “Music is in schools because it has been an ageless passion of human beings for every culture in the world. There has never been a civilization on earth that has not found music to be intellectually and emotionally valuable. Children are innately responsive to music. Music allows children to express joy in the most natural way, both verbally and physically, through singing, movement and playing of instruments. Music completes the picture and helps reach the whole child, including the emotional component. We are very proud of our dedicated music faculty and incredibly thankful for the amazing children we teach every day. We continue to thank the Rocky Point Administration and Board of Education for supporting our music programs. Remember, “I See ME in Music Education!”

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Date Added: 4/16/2024

All the Places You Can Go!

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Rocky Point’s annual STEAM Celebration was a fun-filled evening of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics that brought out those seeking to learn, peak their curiosity and just have fun. The event was held on April 9 at Rocky Point High School.

Students and their families signed in and received a passport book, which they used to collect stickers from the various activities for a prize. Students from Rocky Point Middle School and Rocky Point High School shared information on the Robotics Clubs at both schools, there were makerspace activities, math and movement mats throughout the gym, drones, a recipe scavenger hunt, music composition, hoop gliders, engineering challenges, virtual reality adventures, coding opportunities with Ozobots and Cubelets and more.

“It was a great turn-out and a very engaging evening for learners of all ages,” District Director of Math, Science and Technology Jachan Watkis said. “The Rocky Point school community certainly embraces the technical disciplines of STEAM.”

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Date Added: 4/12/2024

Rocky Point Hosts ENL Family Literacy Night

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Smiles, pizza and some exciting and educational games were on the menu at Rocky Point’s annual ENL Family Literacy Night, held at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School on April 4. Hosted by the ENL Team and ENL/LOTE Department Chairperson K-12 James Williams, who is also a second grade ENL teacher, it was an opportunity for ENL teachers to share with family members the work the students are involved in during the school day.

Mr. Williams welcomed everyone while they worked together on a paper family portrait, with aspects of the family’s culture at the forefront. Mr. Williams and ENL teachers shared a brief presentation translated into Spanish by first grade ENL teacher Lindsey Estevez before students and their families broke out into grade level sessions to participate in some literacy and language games with their ENL teachers.

“It was a great night of fun that the families really enjoyed,” Mr. Williams said. “My colleagues and I are honored to host this event and work alongside our students and families.”

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Date Added: 4/10/2024

Educational Eclipse

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Three dancers there are -

Earth, Moon and Sun

When they line up, the eclipse has begun!

So began the Great North American Solar Eclipse excitement and Rocky Point educators marked the historic event with some unique learning experience for students.

FJC students took part in a story walk under the guidance of library media specialist Ms. Sarina Sicurella. The book, “Totality” by Jeffrey Bennett, is a guide that helped the young students understand the science behind a solar eclipse. At the end of the story walk, students went outside with solar eclipse viewing glasses to view the eclipse. (A special thanks to STEAM teacher Ms. Carrie Stueber for obtaining glasses for the entire school).

With solar eclipse viewing squad T-shirts and, of course, the specially designed viewing glasses, Rocky Point students and staff were out and about for an afternoon that was educational and memorable for all!

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Date Added: 4/9/2024

Autism Awareness at JAE: To Infinity and Beyond!

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Thanks to JAE fifth grade students for sharing the knowledge and understanding of people on the autism spectrum. Students in Leah Larson, Francine Jacobellis and Laura O’Mahoney’s classes are Superheroes that Spread Awareness 4 Autism!

Date Added: 4/5/2024