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

ROCKY POINT HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)

82 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road | Rocky Point, NY 11778

Phone: (631) 744-1604 | Fax: (631) 591-0220

Principal: Mr. Moeller | Assistant Principals: Mr. Gabriel, Ms. Lawson

School Hours: 7:15 AM - 1:41 PM

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Principal's Message

April 2024

Dear RPHS Parents and Guardians:

We are entering the home stretch as we have begun the fourth and final marking period.  It is extremely important that our students remain focused on learning, as it is easy to become distracted with the nice weather and springtime activities.  Academic focus and consistent attendance should continue to be a top priority as students begin to prepare for their Regents Exams and final projects.  We encourage our students to stay after school with their teachers to receive additional academic support. If you have any questions/concerns regarding your child’s academic progress, please do not hesitate to reach out to their teachers, counselors or building administration. Remember, you can view your child’s progress by logging into the parent portal via the link: http://rockypointufsd.org/parentsstudents/eschool_parent_portal

Seniors should pay close attention to their progress towards graduation, as the end of the year is fast approaching! Be sure to check with your counselor to verify you are on track to graduate in June.  Seniors are encouraged to apply for as many scholarship opportunities as possible.  Scholarship information is available in the Guidance Department Google Classroom and Naviance.  Underclassmen should have already selected and verified their course requests for the 2024-25 school year.  Please be sure the selections are accurate and reach out to the counselors immediately if you have concerns/questions.  As a reminder, parents/guardians of current 11th grade students (incoming 12th grade) should contact their child’s counselor if they have questions regarding a student’s request for early dismissal for the 2024-25 school year.

Don’t miss out on our incredibly talented Pocket Theater’s production of Harvey by Mary Chase.  Performances are set for Friday, April 12 and Saturday April 13 at 7PM, as well as a Sunday matinee on April 14 at 1PM.  The Junior Prom will be held at the Water View at the Port Jefferson Country Club on Friday, May 3rd.  Tickets will be sold only in school from April 8th-12th.  The senior class is excited for the opportunity to travel to Hershey Park on June 7th.  Tickets will be sold in the building during the week of April 15-19th.  The cost of the tickets will be $180 each; we will email senior families additional information including permission slips in the near future.  

The spring athletics season is well underway.  Congratulations to several of our spring athletes for being named to the Newsday Top 100 in their specific sports:  Baseball- A.J. Aschettino and Jeremy Graham, Softball- Alexandra Pole, Boy’s Lacrosse- D.J. Xavier, Girl’s Lacrosse- Kylie Lamoureux, McKenzie Moeller, and Fiona Vu.  We wish the best of luck for successful seasons for all of our teams.

Upcoming Important Dates:

 World Autism Awareness Day: (wear blue) Tuesday, 4/2

 PTA Meeting: Monday, 4/8 @ 7PM in RPMS

 STEAM Celebration:  Tuesday, 4/9

Junior Prom Ticket Sale: Week of 4/8- 4/12

College Fair:  April 15 (Refer to Guidance Google Classroom for details)

Senior Trip to Hershey Ticket Sale: Week of 4/15--4/19 (Trip scheduled for 6/7)

School Closed: Week of 4/22-4/26 for Spring Recess

Jazz Night: Tuesday, 4/30 @ 7PM in HS Aud

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony: Thursday, 5/2 @ 7PM HS Aud

Junior Prom: Friday May 3 @ Waterview 7PM

AP Exams: Weeks of 5/6-5/17

  As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to administration with any questions via email or telephone at 631-744-1604. 

Sincerely,

Jim Moeller

Principal

 

 

 

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

Honors Students Recognized as Literary Observers

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When someone is looking for something new and exciting to read, it is often helpful to read some reviews on what they are interested in.

Rocky Point High School Honors English students in Mrs. Sarah Schumacher ‘s class chose a book to read independently and each wrote a book review. Sophomores Valentina Bruno, Olivia Carley, Jack Grable, Joanne Jaeger, Sara Kunnecke, Peter Lee, Ru-Jun True and D.J. Xavier met the assignment by analyzing and describing the books on content, style and quality. They were commended by having their works selected to be published on the Rocky Point High School library website!

Date Added: 4/9/2024

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

District Receives National Recognition for Music Education Support!

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The Rocky Point School District’s Music Department has been named a recipient of the prestigious Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 25th year, the designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement for providing music access and education to all students.

To qualify for the designation, Rocky Point Music Department chairpersons Craig Knapp and Amy Schecher, and Middle School orchestra director Meghan Walter, completed a rigorous application process and answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and community music-making programs.

“Music education is thriving in the Rocky Point School District,” said Mr. Knapp. “The impact that music experiences provide for our students and community are incalculable. The music faculty in Rocky Point are extremely hardworking and dedicated professionals. Students love participating in our music programs and our wonderful staff is to be commended for creating such joyful and memorable experiences for the children. We are honored to be the recipients of this designation and we hope it is met with great pride from the community and continues to help to raise awareness and support for our music program. Receiving this award is a distinguished accomplishment and this validates and supports how important and relevant the music program is in Rocky Point.”

Mrs. Walter, who contributed countless hours of research to help complete the NAMM application said, “What an absolute joy it is to be part of a community that truly values and supports music education! I am proud of our district for understanding the importance of how the performing arts helps shape the minds and hearts of our young ones. Here’s to more harmonious achievements and the sweet sound of our students’ success!”

Mr. Knapp and Ms. Schecher added, “We are very thankful for all of the time, effort and energy that Mrs. Walter contributed toward this application process. Her dedication to her students and to the overall vision of the music department is immeasurable. We would also like to acknowledge and thank all of the administrators and Board of Education in Rocky Point for their continued support of our music programs. Special thanks and appreciation to Dr. Factor and Mr. Van Cott for assisting us with some of the information required to finalize the application process. We are truly grateful to serve the students of this amazing community and to be part of such an incredible school district.”

ABOUT THE NAMM FOUNDATION

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 15,000 global member companies and individual professionals worldwide. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs.


WHY IS MUSIC EDUCATION IMPORTANT?

Research continues to demonstrate educational, cognitive and social benefits for children who are involved in music programs. Students involved in music programs display increased development of fine and gross motor skills, growth in language abilities, improvement of emotional progress, building of self-confidence, and contributes to success in collaborative settings. After two years of music education, studies found that participants showed substantial improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading ability. Listening skills are stronger in musically trained children than in those without music training.

Music classes/ensembles in the Rocky Point School District all have a natural and inherent connection to Social Emotional Learning. Classroom music and performing ensembles (band, chorus and orchestra) promote the building of community, discipline and respect. Neuroscience suggests that when people create music or move/dance together, pathways in their brain light up to mirror the emotions and behaviors that the other person is feeling. Creating, performing and moving to music offer Rocky Point students an opportunity to develop important skills that support positive social emotional health including the ability to name and identify their own feelings, think critically about the world around them, and practice self-regulation for positive behavior management. Students acquire important social skills through the various avenues of music offered in our schools. Our music education model requires the collective interaction of all students and the instructor. Our music teachers encourage students to establish their own musical goals, create an environment where students can formulate solutions for individual or group inaccuracies (as opposed to simply providing the answers) and nurture supportive pathways for students to navigate performance anxiety. Tolerance, helpfulness, patience and other cooperative attitudes are consciously cultivated. Other social benefits include conflict resolution, teamwork skills and methods for offering and receiving constructive criticism. The ensemble setting requires sensitivity to the total group and awareness of the role of each individual within it.

Date Added: 4/5/2024