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

ROCKY POINT MIDDLE SCHOOL (6-8)

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

Phone: (631) 744-1603 | Fax: (631) 886-0000

Principal: Mrs. Meyers

Assistant Principal: Dr. Herbert

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

 

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Principal's Message

April 2024

Dear RPMS Parents and Guardians:

The month of March has finally come to an end and we have happily welcomed the arrival of spring and the month of April! As of April 2, we begin the last marking period of the year. Third quarter report cards will be posted on Friday, April 5th. Please remember to keep checking the parent portal to stay informed of your child’s academic progress. Do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teachers, counselors, or building administration for assistance related to their academic, social emotional wellbeing, or any other related concerns.

There are quite a few events taking place this month. To name a few, on April 4th, our PTA has sponsored a visit from Theater Three for our 8th Grade students who have been studying WWII. They will see “From the Fires: Voices from the Holocaust.” April 5th is our Spring Dance for the 6th and 7th grade students. Admission is $5 and tickets will be sold during the lunch periods prior to the event. On April 8th, all of our students will be given glasses and encouraged to view the spectacular solar eclipse after school. The NYS English exams will take place on April 9th and 10th and the Math exams are scheduled for April 30 and May 1st. These exams will be given through the Questar system on the students’ Chromebooks using the NYS platform for 3-8 testing. Students will test with their grade level peers in classrooms, or special setting by need. The application will be accessed through their Chromebook and the exam completed online. Should you have any concerns, questions, or refusal considerations regarding your student and the NYS 3-8 ELA and Math exams, please contact your child’s teacher(s).

We have just entered into our spring athletic season, which includes baseball, lacrosse, tennis, track and softball. We encourage students to attend athletic contests to cheer for their classmates, however, they are not permitted to enter the grounds earlier than 15 minutes before the start of the athletic contests, as we do not have supervision for them. Please understand that after dismissal, students are not permitted on school grounds unless they are attending a supervised extracurricular club/sport, and walking off school property to go to the local stores is no longer permitted. Most middle school contests begin at 4:30, therefore, the students will need to go home on their normal dismissal bus and return at 4:30.

Field Trip reminder: The various grade level field trips are as follows: the 6 th Grade trip to Medieval Times is on April 17th, the 7 th Grade Trip to Jones Beach “Wild Play” is on May 31st, and the 8 th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C. on May 20-22nd. Please be sure to reach out if you have not received information related to the grade level field trips.

Important Dates in April:

  • School Closed: April 1st – Easter Monday
  •  Third Quarter Grades Posted: April 5
  • Grade 6 & 7 Spring Dance: April 5th, 6th Grade from 2:30-4PM, 7th Grade from 4:30 – 6PM
  • ELA Exams Grades 6-8: April 9/10
  • STEAM Celebration: April 9 th – 6PM at the High School
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times: April 17
  • Spring Recess/Schools Closed: April 22-26
  • Math Assessment Exams: April 30th & May 1st

Please continue to check The RPMS “Virtual Book Bag” to view flyers and important information at the Middle School and in the community. Please visit our Virtual Book Bag site: http://rockypointufsd.org/schools/rocky_point_middle_school

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to administration with any questions via email or telephone at 631-744-1600.


Respectfully,

Dawn Meyers
Principal

 

Contact Information

Area of Concern Person to Contact Phone Number
To schedule a meeting with your child’s team of teachers Guidance Office 744-1600, ext. 7311/7312
Classwork Teacher 744-1603
Curriculum and Grading Teacher 744-1603
Student-Teacher Relationship Teacher, then Counselor 744-1603
Student Progress Teacher; then Counselor; then Administration 744-1603
School Policy Ms. Meyers, Principal 744-1600, ext. 7302/7203
School Program Ms. Meyers, Principal 744-1600, ext. 7302/7303
Absences or Tardiness, Homework Requests Absences can be called in to the attendance line 24 hours 744-1600, ext 7304
Student Behavior, School Bus Incidents Dr. Herbert, Assistant Principal 744-1600, ext. 7303
School Accident or Illness/ Health Office Mrs. Nash/Ms. Firrello, School Nurses 744-1600, ext 7334/7335

Mission Statement

To promote a middle school environment where the academic, social, emotional, and physical needs of all students are addressed through respect, pride, and a commitment to quality and excellence.

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

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

Middle School & High School Orchestral Ensembles Perform a “Night of Strings”

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The orchestra ensembles from Rocky Point Middle School and Rocky Point High School, under the direction of Mrs. Meghan Walter and Mr. Nicholas Butcher, performed in the annual “Night of Strings” concert at the Rocky Point High School auditorium on March 21. In what made for a captivating showcase of musical talent, student musicians in the various orchestra ensembles astounded family, faculty and administrators with a variety of musical selections during the annual event. This was a special night to highlight and celebrate the skills and accomplishments of the students involved in the Rocky Point Music Department’s string program.

The evening included performances by the Middle School Beginning Orchestra, 6th Grade Orchestra, 7th Grade Orchestra, 8th Grade Orchestra and High School Orchestra. The performance also included a selection with the combined 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade orchestral groups, as well as a finale to end the evening where the 8th Grade Orchestra joined forces with the High School Orchestra. Each ensemble had the opportunity to play at least two selections and the night displayed the increase in levels from one group to the next. This was a great way to feature the string program and show the advancement between ensembles. This also provided a wonderful opportunity for the 8th grade orchestra members to play with the High School musicians and get preview of what their High School experience will entail.

The concert kicked off with the Middle School Beginning Orchestra, under the direction of Mrs. Meghan Walter, playing a joyful selection of favorites including Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” A highlight from the Middle School portion of the program included combining all of the students in the 6th-8th grade ensembles for a performance of composer Brian Balmages’ “Momentus.” The High School Orchestra, which includes students in grades 9-12, then took the stage and began with a selection by Baroque composer Henry Purcell, “Adagio and Canzona from Ode for Saint Cecilia Day.” This piece featured the student trio of Evan DeRosa, Sofia Haviland and Sola Matsumoto. The concert concluded with a finale, “Greater Than,” directed by Mr. Nicholas Butcher, which included the 8th Grade Orchestra combining with the High School Orchestra. The night was truly magical and enjoyed by everyone who attended this special celebration of orchestral music.

“Congratulations to all the Rocky Point Orchestra students on a fantastic set of performances at the annual “Night of Strings” concert, Middle School Orchestra Director Meghan Walter said. “It is always a treat to work with all of our students in one night. It’s a wonderful opportunity to highlight the growth and the potential that our string program offers. Mr. Butcher and I are so proud of all of the string students. Thank you for being a valuable part of our music program!”

“Congratulations to the Middle School and High School orchestra groups on a wonderful “Night of Strings” concert,” a joint message from Rocky Point Music Department Chairpersons Mr. Craig Knapp and Ms. Amy Schecher read. “We are very thankful and proud of the work that both Mrs. Walter and Mr. Butcher do to provide worthwhile, musical experiences for their students. The music students continue to work extremely hard this year and we are lucky to have such dedicated and proficient student performers in Rocky Point. We hope the students and their families are as proud of the performances as the music faculty members are. We would like to thank the parents for supporting and encouraging their children’s interest in music. We would also like to thank the Rocky Point Administration and Board of Education for their continued support of our district’s music programs.”

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Date Added: 3/26/2024