Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com Copyright 2020 Syntax Communications Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Executive Session October 19, 2020 @ 5:30 PM Audit Committee Meeting October 19, 2020 @ 6:30 PM BOEMeeting October 19, 2020 @ 7 PM HS Auditorium Full Agenda http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49581 Fri, 16 Oct 2020 11:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Students in Mrs. Iberger and Mrs. Fasano’s second grade class at FJC were not only treated to a book reading of a timeless fable, they are learning the importance of positive character traits to develop knowledge and life skills to enhance responsible behavior. The students listened to “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” with guidance counselor Ms. Jamie Adamski and talked about thinking before acting, how their decisions affect themselves and others, and positive and negative consequences. Ms. Adamski will push into the classrooms this year to teach character education, social skills development and positive decision-making, the building blocks used to develop positive and productive citizens. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px} .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px} .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px} .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px} http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122681 Fri, 16 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Fifthgraders in Mrs. O’Mahoney’s and Mrs. Larson’s class at JAE used mystery materials to create their own invention, describe it in the third person point of view, and then share it as part of a Museum Walk, all as part of the new literacy series ‘Inventors at Work.’ .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px} .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px} http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122635 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed October is a festive time for ghosts, goblins and the colorful monsters featured in Ed Emberley’s stories! Kindergarten students in Ms. Nicole Fisher and Ms. Stacie Zumpol’s class at FJC are studying authors, and Mr. Emberley and his fictional characters are their current subjects. The classroom walls have become a gallery display of their creative and vibrant works inspired by the Caldecott-winning author and illustrator. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px} .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px} .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px} http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122634 Wed, 14 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122582 Tue, 13 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed October 13, 2020 Dear Parents/Guardians The Rocky Point School District has partnered with the North Shore Public Library to sign your student up for a public library card. The North Shore Public Library has many useful resources to support your student’s academic pursuits as well as independent interests. Some of the free services your student will have access to with their library card include: • Access to Suffolk County’s vast print and in-hand collection • Access to Suffolk County’s digital library collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks • Access to free online tutoring, SAT prep, and skills building through Brainfuse • Ability to sign up for programs and events (in-person and virtual) • Live Streaming of movies and video content This partnership allows for students to borrow eBooks and eAudio books through the District’s newly established digital library collection, Sora by Overdrive. Through the use of their public library card your student is now only a few clicks away from thousands of resources, book titles, audiobooks, and so much more. The Library Department at Rocky Point Schools is excited to teach your student how to access these free resources to support their in-person and virtual learning. The North Shore Public Library will be mailing your student’s library card home. Please be sure to keep the library card in a safe place as the barcode number on the card is the gateway to these resources. Please also put your barcode in a Google Doc so that you can always find it for use with the Sora eBook platform in school. If you have any questions or would like more information please do not hesitate to reach out to the library media specialist in your student’s building. Thank you. Jessica Sciarrone, RPHS Catherine O’Connell, RPMS Monica DiGiovanni, JAE Bettina Tripp, FJC http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122602 Tue, 13 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Helping to promote the importance of healthy meals in a child’s school day and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom is the message behind National School Lunch Week. During this week, we thank Mrs. Maureen Branagan and our districtwide cafeteria staff who are responsible for the planning and preparation of nutritious meals for our students. Mrs. Branagan has encouraged students to recognize foods that are beneficial by sending coloring sheets to the FJC and JAE classrooms. For the older students at the middle and high school, a fun and wholesome word puzzle is theirs to solve, and the first one who completes it gets a special prize! .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px} .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom: 1px solid #fff;}.tb_button.hover {borer:2px outset #def; background-color: #f8f8f8 !important;}.ws_toolbar {z-index:100000} .ws_toolbar .ws_tb_btn {cursor:pointer;border:1px solid #555;padding:3px} .tb_highlight{background-color:yellow} .tb_hide {visibility:hidden} .ws_toolbar img {padding:2px;margin:0px} http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122617 Tue, 13 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Eagle Pride continues as Rocky Point High School was named a Recognition School by the New York State Education Department. It was identified as one of 582 schools across the state that are high achieving and high progress schools. Recognition Schools are considered high performing or rapidly improving schools. To be identified for the honor, schools must have high academic achievement and graduation rates in addition to performing well on other accountability indicators for all student groups. This year’s honor was based on the district’s 2018-19 data. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122519 Thu, 08 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed New York State’s diverse geography, climate, vegetation, state facts, symbols and abbreviations were included in a social studies lesson in Mrs. Theresa O’Brien and Mrs. Mara Lopez’s fourth grade class at JAE. Logging into their Google Classroom via Chromebooks, the students took part in a scavenger hunt and learned about the historic day that New York entered the new union as the 11th of the original 13 colonies, that New York City is its largest city, the state’s population and major industries. The students also examined and identified the state’s key physical features – mountains, rivers, and lakes, as well as the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122463 Wed, 07 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE students continue to broaden their understanding of mathematical concepts. Students in Ms. Donna Banigan’s fifth grade class are developing fluency in and comprehending examples of the distributive property, one of the most frequently used in arithmetic. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122462 Tue, 06 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Four Rocky Point High School seniors have been recognized in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Ashlynne Xavier and Alexander Zaslavsky have been named National Merit semifinalists and Ross McDonnell and Sarah Mergott have been named commended students. Each student has been recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated on their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. “With Rocky Point pride, we are so pleased with the achievements of these students,” Principal Jonathan Hart said. “This accomplishment will certainly help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122421 Mon, 05 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE fourth grade teacher Ms. Deborah Vieira was honored with a certificate of achievement from Epic!, a digital reading platform that offers more than 40,000 book selections for students. Ms. Vieira was recognized for encouraging curiosity and reading confidence in her students. Along with co-teacher Ms. Lisa Celentano, the acknowledgement brings excitement and optimism to the classroom, motivating an exploration of interests and passions in the students. Here, student Cody McDowell-Dorfman checks in on some exciting titles. Congratulations! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122436 Mon, 05 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed October 2, 2020 Dear Rocky Point Parents and Guardians, The Suffolk County Department of Health (SCDOH) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) have provided updates and revisions to school districts regarding procedures for COVID-19 testing. Students displaying COVID-19 symptoms at school will be referred to their health care provider (HCP) by the school health office. A note from the HCP indicating the test was negative or a copy of the negative COVID-19 test result is required to return to school for students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. The following exceptions are as per the NYSDOH: If your child’s HCP provides a diagnosis of a known chronic condition with unchanged symptoms, or a confirmed acute illness (examples: laboratory-confirmed influenza, strep-throat) AND COVID-19 is not suspected, then a note signed by their HCP explaining the alternate diagnosis is required before your child will be allowed to return to school. The child may return to school according to the usual guidelines for that diagnosis. Note: A signed HCP note documenting unconfirmed acute illnesses, such as viral upper respiratory illness (URI) or viral gastroenteritis will not suffice. An HCP may also provide a note that a student’s symptoms do not require a negative COVID-19 test after the health care provider’s evaluation. If your child is not evaluated by your HCP, your child must remain in isolation at home and is not able to go back to school until your local health department (SCDOH) has released them from isolation, which is typically: At least 10 days have passed since the date of first symptoms; AND The child’s symptoms are improving; AND The child is fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Attached is the latest NYSDOH Pre-K to Gr 12 COVID-19 Toolkit. We appreciate your cooperation, as our best chance to limit the spread of this virus is to work together and follow appropriate SCDOH and NYSDOH guidance. Thank you, Rocky Point Health Offices http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122391 Fri, 02 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122395 Fri, 02 Oct 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE Open School Night Presentations 6 PM Grade 3 6:30 PM Grade 4 7 PM Grade 5 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122184 Wed, 30 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE students are in the swing of reading, writing and arithmetic as well as embracing the protocols put in place for safe learning. Thanks to Principal Scott Bullis and fourth grade Logan Person for being role models in following guidelines and signage throughout the building and wearing their masks. With access to learning spaces and physical education classes outdoors, as well as an emphasis on character-building social emotional learning, the 3-5 grade students are geared up for a successful academic year! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122307 Tue, 29 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed While teachers and administrators throughout the district made returning to school a positive experience, first grade teachers put an additional fun and festive twist on being sure each student was comfortable about wearing a mask. Keeping their friends, classmates and teachers safe and reflecting on the approach and attitude of their families and teachers has resulted in an all-around optimistic return-to-school experience. “We thought it was a good idea to help the children be more comfortable coming back to school as masked superheroes,” teacher Mrs. Carrie Casswell said. “The kids felt confident that if a superhero can wear a mask, SO CAN I!” teacher Ms. Elizabeth Filippi added. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122258 Fri, 25 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Parents/Students: Unfortunately, due to the current health crisis, we are unable to host an in-person Financial Aid Night on October 15, 2020. We have collaborated with LIU Post this year to present virtually. LIU Post is offering a free College Financial Aid information session. The program takes place on Tuesday, September 29 at 6:00pm and will be presented via Zoom. You can register for the event by clicking Financial Aid Information Session.The Zoom link will be forwarded to you prior to the session. Questions regarding this virtual session, please email: david.seinfeld@liu.edu. Counselors will be meeting with 12th graders via google meet over the next few weeks to discuss the college application process. As always, if you need any assistance with the college application and financial aid process, please contact your child’s guidance counselor. Stay safe, Matthew Poole Guidance Facilitator Desafortunadamente, debido a la actual crisis de salud, no podemos organizar una Noche de Ayuda Financiera en persona el 15 de octubre de 2020. Hemos colaborado con LIU Post este año para presentar virtualmente. LIU Post ofrece una sesión gratuita de información sobre ayuda financiera universitaria. El programa se lleva a cabo el martes 29 de septiembre a las 6:00 pm y se presentará a través de Zoom. Puede registrarse para el evento haciendo clic en Sesión de información sobre ayuda financiera. El enlace de Zoom se le enviará antes de la sesión. http://apply.liu.edu/form/Inquiry.aspx?id=727 Si tiene preguntas sobre esta sesión virtual, envíe un correo electrónico a: david.seinfeld@liu.edu. Los consejeros se reunirán con los estudiantes del grado 12 a través de Google durante las próximas semanas para discutir el proceso de solicitud de ingreso a la universidad. Como siempre, si necesita ayuda con la solicitud para la universidad y el proceso de ayuda financiera, comuníquese con el consejero de orientación de su hijo. Mantenerse a salvo, Matthew Poole Facilitador de orientación http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122186 Wed, 23 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122153 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed ***AP Exam Registration Deadline: October 30, 2020, 9:00PM*** Each Advanced Placement (AP) course culminates in an examination administered during the month of May. The standard fee for each exam is $95, with a reduced fee of $53 available for students who are either enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program (please be sure to fill out the appropriate areas on the online registration form so that eligibility may be verified). This year registration will take place online only, beginning on Monday, Sep 21, 2020 at 7:00 AM and concluding on Friday, Oct 30, 2020 at 9:00 PM. The registration process should take just a few minutes and may be completed from any computer with internet access. Online payment is available using a credit or debit card. If opting to pay by check or money order, please follow the directions on the “Payment Stub” printed at the time of registration. Checks/money orders (payable to Total Registration, LLC) should be mailed with the “Payment Stub” to: Total Registration, LLC PO Box 398 Eldorado Springs, CO 80025 *There will be no in person registration or payment this year* In order to register, please visitwww.TotalRegistration.net/AP/334887and complete all of the required questions. Additionally, registration is not complete until a PDF version of the confirmation page provided at the end of the registration process is printed. It is strongly recommended that parents and students complete online registration together in order to ensure that the correct exams are ordered. Please note the following important dates for the registration process: Monday, September 21, 2020 at 7:00 AM - registration begins Friday, Oct 30, 2020 at 9:00 PM - Registration Ends (No registrations accepted after this date.) Friday, November 6, 2020 at 9:00 PM - registrations that have not been confirmed and paid will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered. Exam dates and times are posted on the district calendar. These dates and times are also available on the College Board website: http://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Melinda Brooks, Director of Humanities at (631) 849-7566 or Aaron Factor,Director of MST at (631) 849-7511. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122068 Fri, 18 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The USDA recently announced that all school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program could temporarily serve free meals to all students until December 31, 2020. Therefore, beginning Monday, September 21, 2020, breakfast and lunch will be available at no cost to any student wishing to receive these meals. This program also applies to students on remote and/or virtual learning days. As a reminder, remote pick-up locations and times are listed below. If there are any changes to the USDA’s free meal program or our pickup locations & times, an updated message will be sent out to our school community. Daily Pickup Time & Location of School Meals for Remote and/or Virtual Learning Days: FJC 10:00am -11:00am Back Cafeteria Door JAE 9:00am -10:00am Back Cafeteria Door MS 8:30am - 9:30am MS Main Entrance HS 8:30am - 9:30am HS Gym Entrance El USDA anunció recientemente que todos los distritos escolares que participan en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares podrían servir temporalmente comidas gratuitas a todos los estudiantes hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2020. Por lo tanto, a partir del lunes 21 de septiembre de 2020, el desayuno y el almuerzo estarán disponibles sin costo para cualquier estudiante que desee recibir estas comidas. Este programa también se aplica a los estudiantes en días de aprendizaje remoto y / o virtual. Como recordatorio, a continuación se enumeran los lugares y horarios de recogida remota. Si hay algún cambio en el programa de comidas gratuitas del USDA o en nuestros lugares y horarios de recogida, se enviará un mensaje actualizado a nuestra comunidad escolar. Hora de recogida diaria y ubicación de las comidas escolares para los días de aprendizaje virtual y / o remoto FJC 10:00am -11:00am Puerta trasera de la cafetería JAE 9:00am -10:00am Puerta trasera de la cafetería MS 8:30am - 9:30am MS Main Entrance HS 8:30am - 9:30am HS Gym Entrance http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122090 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=122053 Thu, 17 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In addition to welcoming three new administrators over the summer – Scott Bullis is the new principal at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School, Jason Westerlund is the new principal and Linda Greening is the new assistant principal at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School – the Rocky Point School District also welcomes the following new staff members to the school community: Jill Ackermann – Earth Science teacher, Rocky Point High School Melissa Hassildine – Special Education/English teacher substitute, Rocky Point High School Annika Johnsen – Living Environment teacher, Rocky Point High School Nicole Marte – ENL/English teacher at both Rocky Point Middle School and Rocky Point High School Jocelyn Martin – Speech teacher, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School Welcome to our Rocky Point school community! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121953 Fri, 11 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Please note, our dates have changed. Additional details and information will be provided to families from the building administration. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121933 Fri, 11 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Thanks to the Rocky Point Middle School PTA, students enjoyed a special first day treat of Kona Ices when they were welcomed back to school on opening day. Special thanks to the PTA for organizing this special event, it certainly made the first day back even sweeter as students were able to enjoy their ices while still remaining physically distant! <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} @font-face {font-family:"Times New Roman \(Body CS\)"; panose-1:2 2 6 3 5 4 5 2 3 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:auto; mso-font-signature:0 0 0 0 0 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;} span.EmailStyle15 {mso-style-type:personal; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-unhide:no; mso-ansi-font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman \(Body CS\)"; color:windowtext;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121948 Thu, 10 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point Union Free School District is offering a FREE program forresidents who will be 4 years of age on or before December 1, 2020.There are three (3) remaining openings. If you are interested in applying for the remaining openings in the UPK program for 20-21, please contact Lorraine Kegel at 631-849-7071. If your child is accepted to the program, you will need to prove residency, date of birth of your child, and provide up-to-date immunizations. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121691 Thu, 10 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed September 8, 2020 Dear Rocky Point Families, Today marked the official start of the 2020-21 school year and I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to see our buses pull in, our school doors open and feel the excitement in the air. While there were new procedures in place and our daily operations looked a little different, one thing remained constant – the pride we all share for our Rocky Point school community. On behalf of my administrative team, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our families, our students, our teachers and our staff for their collaborative efforts into making today a success. A lot of preparation went into our reopening plan, but its success was only possible because of all of your efforts. From our youngest students to our most seasoned staff members, you each played an important role today and I thank you for your support, cooperation and flexibility. As with any new beginning, today also helped us identify a few minor areas that we can improve upon and tweak to ensure the days ahead are even smoother. Please do not hesitate to reach out, should you have any questions or concerns. Together, we will make this a great year. Sincerely, Scott O’Brien, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121832 Wed, 09 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121869 Wed, 09 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://knitterditter.com/schools/rocky_point_high_school http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121809 Tue, 08 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Below please find the links to the re-opening videos for each building. We look forward to welcoming back our students, on September 8. FJC =http://youtu.be/-9NDg-ydkmI JAE =http://youtu.be/DsUW5CGUgHU MS Video=http://youtu.be/ExoIuyi_t1o HS Video =http://youtu.be/DLkud2zBeHo http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121710 Fri, 04 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed September 3, 2020 Dear Rocky Point Parents and Guardians, The first day of school for students will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020 and we are excited to see our students in person and virtually next week. Please visit the calendar section of the district website for an overview of the 2020 – 2021 school calendar. Recognizing that many of our events and operations – in particular, those activities our buildings would traditionally hold during the year – may need to be reimagined, postponed, or cancelled given current guidelines, the district will not be printing hard copies of the calendar this year. However, a PDF copy of the calendar, which includes placeholder dates for events our schools hope to conduct this year, is now posted on the district website. This document should be considered a reference guide for families this year, as it is largely subject to change or modification. To stay current on the events and activities planned, all are encouraged to review our electronic and interactive calendar, which will be updated on a consistent basis this year. Elementary students that have selected a 100% virtual option can access schedules for next week on assigned teacher’s Google Classrooms. Secondary students that have selected a 100% virtual option should visit assigned teacher’s eBoards through the District website to find information for accessing teacher’s Google Classrooms. Secondary in-person students can find access to teacher’s Google Classrooms by visiting assigned teacher’s eBoards. Finally, videos for each building have been created to provide students and their families with a visual orientation for can be expected next week when school reopens. These videos have been created to help transition our students and support a smooth transition back to school. Important dates to note: • Friday, September 4, 2020 o Schools closed for faculty and students • Monday, September 7, 2020 o Schools closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday • Tuesday, September 8, 2020 o 1st day of school for elementary students, K-5 o Kindergarten ½ day of school – Dismissal at 11:45 AM o 1st day of in-person school for secondary students, Group Rocky Point (A-L) • Wednesday, September 9, 2020 o 2nd day of school for elementary students, K-5 o Kindergarten ½ day of school – Dismissal at 11:45 AM o 1st day of virtual instruction for all 6-12 students  Group Rocky Point (A-L) and Group Eagles (M-Z) *More information from the Middle School and High School will be forthcoming. • Thursday, September 10, 2020 o 3rd day of school for elementary students, K-5 o Kindergarten ½ day of school – Dismissal at 11:45 AM o 1st day of in-person school for secondary students, Group Eagles (M-Z) • Friday, September 11, 2020 o 4th day of school for elementary students, K-5 o Kindergarten FULL day of school – Regular Dismissal o 2nd day of in-person school for secondary students, Group Eagles (M-Z) We are looking forward to welcoming our students in person and virtually next week for the new school year. Sincerely, Scott O’Brien, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121731 Thu, 03 Sep 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed August 31, 2020 Dear Parent/Guardian, Student schedules (6-12) and teacher placement (K-5) are now available on the eSchool Portal.If you need support accessing the portal account, click here. If you do not see your child's teacher name and/or schedule,please call the main office of your child's school. Students assigned to 100% virtual teachers (K-5) will see the word "virtual" in the class name. Prior to viewing the schedule and/or teacher placement, you will be prompted to add, delete, confirm and/or update your Emergency Contacts on the eSchool Parent Portal. Emergency Contacts must be verified on the eSchool Parent Portal each school year. When you log into the Parent Portal, if you are not prompted to update your emergency contacts,you can simply click on the "contact verification" button right below your child's photo on the left side of the screen. You must complete a form for each child. Be sure to click on each profile separately to ensure the emergency contacts are accurate. Thank you. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121652 Thu, 27 Aug 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed August 25, 2020 Dear Rocky Point Parents and Guardians, We would like to share some changes to the school calendar that were approved at the Board of Education meeting last evening. The first day of school for students will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The following changes to the school calendar were also approved last evening at the Board of Education meeting: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Superintendent Conference Day (No student attendance) Wednesday, September 2, 2020 Superintendent Conference Day (No student attendance) Thursday, September 3, 2020 Superintendent Conference Day (No student attendance) Friday, September 4, 2020 Schools closed for faculty and students Monday, September 7, 2020 Schools closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday Tuesday, September 8, 2020 1st day of school for elementary students, K-5 Kindergarten ½ day of school – Dismissal at 11:45 AM 1st day of in-person school for secondary students, Group Rocky Point (A-L) Wednesday, September 9, 2020 2nd day of school for elementary students, K-5 Kindergarten ½ day of school – Dismissal at 11:45 AM 1st day of virtual instruction for all 6-12 students Group Rocky Point (A-L) and Group Eagles (M-Z) *More information from the Middle School and High School will be forthcoming. Thursday, September 10, 2020 3rd day of school for elementary students, K-5 Kindergarten ½ day of school – Dismissal at 11:45 AM 1st day of in-person school for secondary students, Group Eagles (M-Z) Friday, September 11, 2020 4th day of school for elementary students, K-5 Kindergarten FULL day of school – Regular Dismissal 2nd day of in-person school for secondary students, Group Eagles (M-Z) The Rocky Point Parent Virtual Public Meetings were held the week of August 17 and are available for you to view on the Rocky Point School’sYouTube Channel by building. Dr. O'Brien, Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Crossan, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Van Cott, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Ms. White, Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Mrs. Wilson, Executive Director of Educational Services and other district and building-level administrators presented and answered questions regarding the reopening of schools. http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7xNYWOb0g39LbO4CAtqzXw We look forward to our students, teachers, and staff returning to school in September. Sincerely Dr. Scott O'Brien Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121537 Tue, 25 Aug 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121508 Fri, 21 Aug 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point School District is readying for a successful start to the 2020-21 academic year for our students. In support of the district’s hybrid instructional model, students in grades 6-12 were issued individual Chromebooks for use at home for remote learning and while in school. Families picked up the 1,700 school-issued laptops this week. As the district moves to a 1:1 technology model, access to technology is essential for every student to have the requisite materials when needed, both in the school buildings and while at home. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121494 Thu, 20 Aug 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Virtual Forum Live Questions This form will be open between 1 and 1:30 PM on Thursday, August 20, for any additional questions you may have during our live staff forum. ONLINE FORM If time permits, we will try to answer additional questions at the end of the forum. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121444 Wed, 19 Aug 2020 18:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Grade 6 Orientation Information http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121465 Wed, 19 Aug 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Grade 9 Orientation Information http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121466 Wed, 19 Aug 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Breakfast and lunch service is available to all students on their virtual and remote learning days at the locations and time frames listed below. Your child’s meals will only be available at the school they attend. Please note, prices for breakfast & lunch meals will be charged at the time meals are picked up (unless your family qualifies for free/ reduced price meals at no charge). We encourage you to use myschoolbucks.com to add funds to your child’s meal account for a nominal fee. You can also remit a personal check (payable to Rocky Point Child Nutrition) in an envelope with your child’s name, class and ID number. Any change from cash transactions will be deposited on your child’s meal account. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Branagan at 631-849-7550. Thank you. FYI: Meal Pickup Locations School Daily Pickup Time Location FJC students 10:00am – 11:00am Back Cafeteria Door JAE students 9:00am – 10:00am Back Cafeteria Door MS students 8:30am - 9:30am MS Main Entrance HS students 8:30am - 9:30am HS Gym Entrance http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121427 Tue, 18 Aug 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed August 16, 2020 Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in Grade 6-12 This is a friendly reminder that Chromebook distribution 6-12 will be held the week of August 17 as per the attached letter. If you have a printer and can print the Chromebook Agreement and have it completed prior to arriving (we will fill in the serial #), this will certainly help streamline the pickup up process. If you cannot print, it is not a problem. We will have copies available for you to fill out when you arrive. Also, note that the front loop of the HS parking lot nearest the building is in the process of being paved. Please use the loop closest to the road to travel safely in and out of the HS/MS parking lots. Thank you. Jonathan Hart, High School Principal James Moeller, Middle School Principal August 11, 2020 Dear Parents/Guardians of Students in Grades 6-12: We hope this letter finds you and your families enjoying the summer recess. During the week of August 17, the District will be distributing Chromebooks to all students in grades 6-12. This 1:1 initiative will support the Middle School and High School hybrid instructional model that was detailed in the District’s Reopening Plan. To maintain social distancing and ensure everyone’s safety, pick up will be at the Middle School (6-8) in the front loop and the HS (9-12) around back by the gym entrance between the hours of 9 AM and 1 PM. We ask that you stay in your car until you reach the distribution point. Masks must be worn at all times if exiting the car and social distancing cannot be maintained. Please bring a Photo ID. Devices will only be given to the parent/guardian on record in eSchool. If you have multiple students in each school you can pick up all devices when you come for the specific building pickup. (For example, if you have students in grades 6 and 8, you can pick up both at the same time at the MS. If you have students in grades 6 and 10, you can come on the same day and just stop by both pickup locations if that is more convenient.) High School Distribution: Back by Gym Entrance Time: Between 9 AM and 1 PM • Monday, August 17--Grade 9 • Tuesday, August 18--Grade10 • Wednesday, August 19—Grade 11 • Thursday, August 20—Grade 12 and make up day for all grades Middle School Distribution: Front of the MS Time: Between 9 AM and 1 PM • Monday, August 17--Grade 6 • Tuesday, August 18—Grade 7 • Wednesday, August 19—Grade 8 • Thursday, August 20—Make up day for all grades Parents/Guardians/Students should take a few minutes to review the information on the links below. http://knitterditter.com/parentsstudents/chromebook_information Sincerely, Jonathan Hart, High School Principal James Moeller, Middle School Principal http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121340 Tue, 11 Aug 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click here to visit the Reopening Page http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=121131 Thu, 30 Jul 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed July 24, 2020 Dear Rocky Point School Community, The New York State Education Department and Department of Health have provided guidance, outlining the safety measures that must be taken during and throughout the reopening process for schools. These documents are posted to the reopening section of our website, and detail various aspects of reopening schools from both a health and education perspective. The information from our surveys combined with input from our reopening committees, and requirements outlined in guidance from the Department of Health and New York State Education Department, will serve as the framework for how we plan to safely reopen for our students and staff for the 2020-2021 school year. The Rocky Point School District is working diligently to finalize our reopening plan. The completed plan will be posted to the website Friday, July 31st and submitted to the state for approval. The results from the community survey in addition to a question and answer document for families and staff will also be posted with our plan. As a reminder, the final determination of whether our district’s plan is approved will be made at the state level. It is expected that the Governor will announce his decision regarding the reopening of schools August 3rd – 7th. Thank you for your support as we continue to work together to plan for the reopening of our schools. Sincerely, Dr. Scott T. O'Brien Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118800 Fri, 24 Jul 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click the link below to read the newsletter! http://www.smore.com/wqn3j http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118558 Thu, 09 Jul 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed REOPENING INFORMATION Letter of 7/24/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Re-Opening Surveyhttp://tinyurl.com/rpparenthelp Update on Fall Athletics – July 16, 2020 NYSED Guidelines Announcement – July 16, 2020 NYSED Guidelines (Full Document) – July 16, 2020 Department of Health Reopening Guidelines – July 13, 2020 Letter of 7/8/2020 from the Superintendent Reopening Committee Members http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118531 Wed, 08 Jul 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed District Summer Hours--July/August 8 AM to 2 PM Monday through Thursday Closed Fridays Need Working Papers? Call HS Guidance at 631.849.7512 Need to Register Your Student? Registration by appointment only and limited to one person coming to register. Call Central Registration at 631.849.7244 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118475 Mon, 06 Jul 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click here for Social Emotional Resources http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113488 Wed, 01 Jul 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Sunny skies were a welcome backdrop for the five well-orchestrated commencement ceremonies on June 26 for the Rocky Point High School Class of 2020. The 46th commencement exercises began with a welcome from Principal Jonathan Hart, who thanked the Board of Education, administrators, staff and parents for making the event possible. Speeches from valedictorian Hope Lantz-Gefroh, salutatorian Molly Lambert and Exhortation Speaker Kiana Hammarth were peppered with memories, grateful words to teachers and family members, thoughts on overcoming obstacles and words of advice for their fellow graduates. The ceremony included a number of special presentations and words of inspiration, hope and faith from among others, Mr. Hart and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott O’Brien, who spoke of the students’ demonstrations of perseverance, strength, flexibility and resilience and most importantly how they responded to this unprecedented time in history. Congratulations to the Rocky Point High School Class of 2020! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118391 Mon, 29 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://rphs.mygrad.live http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118327 Fri, 26 Jun 2020 16:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Please take a moment to complete our survey: NYSED 3-8 Testing Participation Rate Survey http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118083 Fri, 26 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click here to view the 2020 RPMS Moving Up Ceremony http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118287 Thu, 25 Jun 2020 16:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click here to view the video http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118160 Tue, 23 Jun 2020 14:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118176 Tue, 23 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point School District welcomes three new administrators to the district. Mr. Scott Bullis is the new principal at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School. He takes over for Ms. Linda Murphy, who served in the position for eight years and retired in June. Mr. Jason Westerlund is the new principal and Ms. Linda Greening is the new assistant principal at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School. Mr. Westerlund replaces Dr. Virginia Gibbons, who served as principal for nine years. Ms. Greening will serve in the position vacated by Mrs. Vivien Leary, who served as interim assistant principal for five years. The trio will officially join the administrative team on July 1, 2020. Mr. Bullis comes to Rocky Point from his most recent position as principal at School 5 in Oceanside, and prior to that he served as principal at Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School in Amityville. He earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education from St. Joseph’s College and a Master of Arts in literacy/reading from Long Island University. He also earned administrative certifications in school building leadership, school district leadership and school administrator supervision from The College of Saint Rose. His extensive skills include student-focused educational leadership, teambuilding, curriculum and budget development, teaching, mentoring and school security and safety. Ms. Greening joins Rocky Point from her most recent leadership roles within the Center Moriches School District. She served as the assistant principal at Clayton Huey Elementary School before becoming the assistant principal at the middle school, while also serving as the K-12 director of guidance since 2017. She was a classroom teacher for 12 years. She began her teaching career at P.S. 23 in the Bronx, where she taught first grade. She then taught at Tamarac Elementary School in the Sachem Central School District, where she also filled various leadership roles as a teacher leader and principal’s aide. Ms. Greening holds a Bachelors of Arts and Master of Science degree from University of Mary Washington, and an advanced graduate certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University. Mr. Westerlund returns to the community after 18 years away. He graduated from Miller Place High School before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education and teaching from Wagner College, a Master of Science degree in elementary education from Walden University and an educational leadership advanced certificate from Stony Brook University. He taught at PS 101 for 14 years, where he served on the School Leadership Team as the data specialist and the math lead teacher. He was selected and served as a Senior Math Common Core Fellow for New York City, where he received intensive training and provided professional development to deepen teacher capacity across New York City. Mr. Westerlund then served as the assistant principal at PS 144 for four years, where he led professional development activities centered on targeted small-group instruction to raise the student level of reading across the school. He also led a series of professional development activities to support teachers in building a deeper knowledge of mathematics and best practices and helped to create and grow social-emotional curriculum for staff, students and families. Welcome new administrators! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118193 Tue, 23 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118118 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118120 Mon, 22 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Senior Delivery Day--Caps/Gowns & Yearbooks Friday, June 12, 2020 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=117777 Sat, 20 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118085 Fri, 19 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click here to view http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118069 Fri, 19 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Congratulations and best wishes to our dozen retirees who have collectively worked 194.5 years on behalf of the students of Rocky Point! FJC Lydia Avallone-Balfour Richard Robertson Vivien Leary Dr. Virginia Gibbons Rocky Point Middle School Linda Darcey Anna Spallina Frank Centrone Special Education Elizabeth Manger Rocky Point High School Nancy Hunter JoAnn Lizio Rosalia Rink http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118070 Fri, 19 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed June 17, 2020 Dear Rocky Point School Community, I am happy to report that our school budget and proposition were both passed in the recent budget vote. Thank you to the community for your continued support. In addition, congratulations to Mr. Sean Callahan and Ms. Jessica Ward on their re-election as Board of Education members. We thank you for your continued dedication to the Rocky Point school community. In a couple of days, we will bring a close to the end of the 2019 – 2020 school year – a year that will be remembered for many reasons. Although the year took a turn in March and we all experienced something very different than we had ever before, one thing was constant, the idea that Rocky Point Schools are the cornerstone of our community. Our schools not only helped to educate our students but served as a way to foster a sense of family throughout this difficult time. I am proud of the many ways in which our students, staff, and families came together to support each other over the past several months and throughout the entire school year. There have been numerous examples of charitable efforts for those on the frontline to stories of resiliency when school transitioned out of classrooms and to digital learning. Even while learning from home, our students continue to be recognized for their charitable efforts, talent, and accomplishments. This is what makes Rocky Point an outstanding school district and where Rocky Point pride is at the core. We look forward to celebrating our seniors and their accomplishments at our multiple graduation ceremonies that will take place outside on our turf field on Friday, June 26th. Our graduating seniors have faced these unprecedented times head-on and have left an indelible impression on our district and community. The traditional end of year activities that were missed provided new traditions and opportunities to celebrate your senior year. We look forward to watching you cross the stage and celebrate your graduation with members of your graduating class and family. Congratulations to the senior class of 2020! June also is a time to recognize additional accomplishments from our eighth graders moving up to High School, our fifth graders transitioning to Middle School, and our second graders moving on to JAE. We are so very proud of each and know that you will continue to thrive and achieve in the coming year. As per the updated order from Governor Cuomo, I am happy to announce that the North Shore Youth Council ‘Summer Buddies’ Program will be taking place. Additional information will be forthcoming from the coordinators of this program. Effective, June 17th, portions of our district facilities have begun to reopen. District tennis courts, playgrounds, and the track will be open from 6:30 AM through dusk. Additionally, please note that social distancing guidelines must be adhered to and families are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer. Finally, as we prepare to end this school year, we are focused on planning for the upcoming school year. To help guide this work, the district has created a task force comprised of staff, teachers, administrators, and parents, who will be working diligently in the coming days and weeks to review guidelines and the ever-changing requirements. This task force will assist in the planning for the reopening of school in the fall, so that careful consideration can be given to what plans we will need to have in place in order to do so successfully, and most importantly, safely. The district will share additional information with you as it becomes available. I wish all of you a very happy and healthy summer vacation filled with great memories for you and your family. We look forward to seeing you again, in the fall. Sincerely, Dr. Scott O’Brien Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=118010 Wed, 17 Jun 2020 21:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed AUDIO OF 4/24/2020 FROM DR. O'BRIEN VIDEO OF 4/17/2020 FROM DR. O'BRIEN VIDEO OF 4/10/2020 FROM DR. O'BRIEN VIDEO OF 4/3/2020 FROM DR. O'BRIEN VIDEO OF 3/27/2020 FROM DR. O'BRIEN LETTERS & INFORMATION Letter of 7/24/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Letter of 7/8/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Letter of 6/17/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Letter of 6/5/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Letter of 5/29/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Letter of 5/13/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Letter of 5/8/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Letter of 4/24/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Letter of 4/17/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Letter of 4/10/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Video of 4/3/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Letter of 4/3/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Video of 3/27/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Letter of 3/27/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Letter of 3/21/2020 from the Superintendent of Schools Letter of 3/21/2020 regarding AP Exams Letter of 3/19/2020 regarding Altice Internet Offer Letter of 3/19/2020 regarding SCOPE Emergency Extended Day Program Letter of 3/16/2020 from Superintendent of Schools Letter of 3/16/2020 from the Athletic Director http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113259 Wed, 17 Jun 2020 21:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Effective Wednesday, June 17, 2020 The following facilities are open for community use: Tennis Courts, Playgrounds, and Track Hours: Daily from 6:30 AM to Dusk (No fields are open at this time.) http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=117923 Wed, 17 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Great job on our High School’s 7th Annual Science Research Symposium, which this year went virtual! Check out research teacher Ms. Nancy Hunter’s opening remarks and the audio-narrated PowerPoint and Google Slides presentations from nine of our High School science research students: http://drive.google.com/open?id=1G4vFHhR_HeGVtAyLXxONMu_Cc_mooZ-a Please Note: Students used a variety of programs to create their audio-narrated presentations. Please be aware that some devices may not be able to play back the audio portion, depending on the file format. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=117941 Wed, 17 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Budget Passes and Proposition Passes Thank you to the community for your continued support! Budget Yes 1961 No 952 Proposition Yes 1998 No 893 Two board seats: Jessica Ward and Sean Callahan Congratulations to Mr. Callahan and Ms. Ward on their re-election. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=117944 Wed, 17 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Congratulations to members of Rocky Point High School’s “Be A Nicer Neighbor” club! Advisers Jenessa Eilers and Carly Tribby created this video to honor our “Live Like Susie” recipients. http://youtu.be/uPnBB_vXPO4 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=117936 Tue, 16 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=117823 Fri, 12 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed UPDATE 6/8/2020: Ballots for the 2020-2021 School Budget Vote* & Election Ballots for the 2020-2021 School Budget Vote & Election were mailed out to all registered voters within the Rocky Point School District on Thursday, May 28, 2020. You should be receiving your ballots by Monday, June 1st. If you have just recently registered to vote with the Board of Elections but did not receive a ballot, your ballot has not yet been mailed. We are expected to receive the list of recent registered voters shortly and plan to mail ballots to those on the list by Wednesday, June 3rd. Please note that in order for your ballot to be valid: You must date, sign and seal the oath envelope as the instructions state The ballot must be received by the District Clerk by 5pm on Tuesday, June 16th All ballots are to be mailed back in the return envelope that was provided along with your ballot. The envelope already includes the required postage. If for any reason you were unable to mail the completed ballot, there will be a ballot box located at the District Office entrance (90 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road) on Tuesday, June 9th only from 8am – 5pm. If you have any questions,please email the District Clerk, Kelly White. Please note* in-person ballots are not permitted to be accepted after 5pm on June 9th. Ballots for the 2020-2021 School Budget Vote & Election were mailed out to all registered voters within the Rocky Point School District on Thursday, May 28, 2020. You should be receiving your ballots by Monday, June 1st. If you have just recently registered to vote with the Board of Elections but did not receive a ballot, your ballot has not yet been mailed. We are expected to receive the list of recent registered voters shortly and plan to mail ballots to those on the list by Wednesday, June 3rd. Please note that in order for your ballot to be valid: - You must date, sign and seal the oath envelope as the instructions state - The ballot must be received by the District Clerk by 5pm on Tuesday, June 9th All ballots are to be mailed back in the return envelope that was provided along with your ballot. The envelope already includes the required postage. If for any reason you were unable to mail the completed ballot, there will be a ballot box located at the District Office entrance (90 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road) on Tuesday, June 9th only from 8am – 5pm. If you have any questions, please email the District Clerk, Kelly White. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=115093 Mon, 08 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed June 5, 2020 Dear Rocky Point Families, It should go without saying, these past several months have been challenging for so many in our community and nation. Recently, that level of hurt and distress was furthered by the news surrounding the untimely and tragic death of George Floyd. The media reports on this matter can be upsetting and concerning to us as adults and we know that they can often leave our youth with questions that can be difficult to answer. In Rocky Point, our district strives to teach students about the importance of acceptance, unity and kindness. Our strong and robust educational programs that are unitized in grades K-12 focus on the need to embrace anti-bullying behaviors, treat all people equally and be proud of one’s individuality. Furthermore, we are committed to ensuring that discrimination has no place in our schools and that all our students are empowered to help be the forces for positive change in our world. As educators, we are thankful for the strong home-to-school partnership that exists in our community – which helps to extend these messages of unity beyond the traditional walls of the classroom and transform the words in action into our daily lives. As we work to navigate through the news and events following this tragedy, please know that our staff is here to support you and your family. Do not hesitate to reach out to our social workers, guidance counselors or building principals for resources to help guide age-appropriate conversations with your children or tips for fielding their individual questions. In closing, please know that our district remains steadfast in our commitment to our past efforts on teaching students about acceptance, inclusion and kindness and will continue to develop new ways to enhance our past practices for when classes resume in-person. I am confident that together, as a community, we will continue to navigate these challenging times and work to forge a path toward a brighter future. Be well, stay safe. Sincerely, Dr. Scott O’Brien,Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=117507 Fri, 05 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Mr. Michael Bowler was named New York State Coach of the Year in boys lacrosse by the National Federation of High School sports. The award is presented to recipients who have made the greatest impact to student-athletes in their respective sport. It also recognizes a level of consistent excellence over a significant amount of time. A coach for more than four decades, Mr. Bowler passed away earlier this school year. “What a great honor for the Bowler family. Generations of players benefited from Coach Bowler's leadership, knowledge of the game and commitment to his student-athletes. It was a great honor working with him as a coach and conversing with him as a friend,” said Mr. Charles M. Delargy, Director of Health, Physical Education, Intramurals and Athletics. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=117536 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=117436 Wed, 03 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed BUDGET PRESENTATION OF JUNE 2, 2020 STEP 1: SAVE AND/OR OPEN THE BUDGET PRESENTATION STEP 2: LISTEN TO THE AUDIO RECORDING WHILE VIEWING THE PRESENTATION Questions? Please eMail the District Clerk, Kelly White OR Please eMail the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Scott O'Brien http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=115209 Tue, 02 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed June 1, 2020 Dear Rocky Point Elementary Parents/Guardians, We hope you are all doing well, and staying healthy under the circumstances. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our transition to virtual learning, we have had significant discussions regarding how best to address grading for our students. As students were in class for the majority of the second trimester, students earned report card grades as they typically would. Throughout this pandemic, Rocky Point UFSD has worked to ensure that our students are not harmed by these circumstances. In keeping with those efforts, and understanding that student learning took place virtually throughout the third trimester, students will not receive grades for the third trimester. Instead, students will receive report card comments that reflect their progress and efforts throughout the trimester. We hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during this time, and we thank you again for all you are doing as we work together to navigate this crisis. Thank you and be well, Melinda Brooks, Director of Humanities Aaron Factor, Director of MST http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=115129 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Senior Tribute Decision Day http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=115135 Mon, 01 Jun 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed May 29, 2020 Dear Rocky Point School Community, I hope this message finds you well and that all are staying healthy and safe. Recognizing that our schools remained opened and distance learning occurred remotely through our previously planned spring break and that emergency closure days were not used, the official last day of classes for the 2019-2020 school year will now be Friday, June 19. This date represents full compliance with the 180-day requirement set forth by the Governor and State Education Department. Our building principals and their teams have been finalizing their plans for the return of schoolbooks and the collection of personal belongings in lockers and classrooms. Information regarding the retrieval of these items will be provided by building principals. Alternative and special ways to recognize and memorialize events for our middle school and elementary schools are also being finalized. Families will be hearing from their respective school principals about the momentous ways these celebrations will be recognized shortly. As announced by our Governor, summer school programs at all schools have been canceled and will not take place as previously scheduled. Information, including summer programs and Driver’s Education through Community Education, will be forthcoming from the Director of Community Education. Finally, we will be communicating the Rocky Point High School’s plan for a reimagined graduation ceremony. This plan is being finalized with input from many stakeholders and with careful consideration of recent changes with New York State guidelines and the Governor’s Executive Order. We, as a district, believe it is especially important to hold a closing ceremony for our Class of 2020 that honors and acknowledges their time in our Rocky Point School District. Greater details about the graduation plan will be forthcoming. To all of our students, families, and staff be well and stay safe! Sincerely, Scott O’Brien, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=115090 Fri, 29 May 2020 21:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point Virtual Book Fair is now taking place! Please see the attached flyer for details. Rocky Point Reads! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=115077 Fri, 29 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed 2020-2021 BUDGET BOOK Budget Book 2020-2021 Parts 1-4|Budget Book 2020-2021Part 5A|Budget Book 2020-2021 Part 5B http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114972 Wed, 27 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear RP Community, COVID-19 has brought with it challenges never before seen in our lifetime. We have witnessed the health and emotional toll the virus has taken on this state. We have yet to see the full economic impact. Governor Cuomo has stated that without additional federal funding, state aid to education is at risk. That would be devastating for our district as well as districts across Long Island. We are asking you to join us as we encourage and support our Long Island congressional delegation and Kirsten Gillibrand in their fight tosecure additional federal funding for New York State. On behalf of our school district, I am asking you to add your name to the FEDERAL ASSISTANCE IS NEEDED NOW petition to our federal elected officials. The link to the petition is below. Together with community members all across Long Island, our voice will stand strong in helping our representatives in Washington successfully advocate for the federal funding critically needed for New York State. The petition can be found by going to this link. Thank you Dr. Scott O’Brien Superintendent http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114994 Wed, 27 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114967 Tue, 26 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School is proud to announce that seniors Hope Lantz-Gefroh and Molly Lambert have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Class of 2020. Hope’s diversified high school career includes president of the National Math Honor Society, member of the National Honor Society, a member of Compassion Without Borders, a math and science tutor, a regional team dancer and dance teacher and is employed at a formal wear boutique in Mount Sinai. Hope will join the freshman class at Texas Christian University where she will be on the pre-medical educational track. Molly’s list of achievements is comprehensive and includes being a member of the National Honor Society, the New York State Mathematics Honor Society, The National English Honor Society and the Thespian Society. She was selected to represent the Rocky Point School District at the New York State School Music Association’s All-County and All-State conferences as a senior, took part in the high school’s Pocket Theater Productions for three years and has been a leading character in numerous high school musical productions and took on the responsibility of assistant director on the school’s most recent show “Fiddler on the Roof.” Molly intends to major in biology and minor in English at Colgate University in the fall. “In addition to being at the top of their class, these two exceptional students are both well-rounded in their academics and interests,” Principal Mr. Jonathan Hart said. “Their ambitions and defined goals will lead them to greater achievements and we all look forward to hearing about their successes in the future.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114968 Tue, 26 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed CLICK FOR THE BIOGRAPHIES http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114931 Mon, 25 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114893 Fri, 22 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114919 Thu, 21 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s Mark Twain Literary & Art Contest is an annual competition designed to showcase the talents of students. For the past 42 years, the school held an awards dinner and ceremony and this year was a little different. Mark Twain Awards adviser Lauren Diament put together a comprehensive program and digital journal to recognize of all the entries. Have a look! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114831 Wed, 20 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed BOE MEETING PUBLIC SESSION MAY 19, 2020 AUDIO RECORDING BUDGET DOCUMENTS (see attachments) http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114804 Tue, 19 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point JAE and FJC Families, It’s a Parade at the JAE School for all students K-5! JAE and FJC would like to invite you to take part in this school-wide parade. We hope you can join us to wave hello to the many staff members who miss our students so very much. Here are the details: Both parades are scheduled at the JAE school on Thursday, May 21, 2020 JAE families to attend from 9-11 a.m. to wave to JAE staff FJC families to attend from 1-3 p.m. to wave to FJC staff Teachers and staff from each building will be parked along the curb of the JAE school and will wave holding signs and smiling as the parents and students drive past in their cars. Please remain in your car at all times and enjoy the parade. When you arrive, please enter the JAE main entrance and drive around the JAE school and exit by TFCU. Security will be on hand to direct the flow of traffic. We hope to see you on Thursday. Linda Murphy, JAE Principal Dr. Virginia Gibbons, FJC Principal http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114761 Mon, 18 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The 2020-2021 UPK lottery will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2020 virtually via Zoom at 11 a.m. Your virtual attendance is not required at this meeting. If you are unable to attend, the lottery results will be shared with each family who applied via email or phone. Details on how to attend the virtual Zoom drawing will be provided via email early during the week of June 8. If your child has been accepted you will need to prove residency, date of birth of your child, and up-to-date immunizations. See registration requirements on the Rocky Point School District website. All families will be scheduled for a virtual registration in late June 2020. Those selected at the lottery will be contacted with registration information prior to registration. If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Kegel at 631-849-7071. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114763 Mon, 18 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114795 Fri, 15 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114695 Fri, 15 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed May 13, 2020 Dear Rocky Point School Community, I hope this message finds you well and that all are staying healthy and safe. When we learned from the Governor that schools would remain closed for the remainder of this school year, we can all agree that this was not how we would have wanted to conclude this school year; however, we understand and recognize that the decision was made in the best interest of the health and safety of all of us. Even before the closure decision was finalized, our staff had started to work collaboratively to plan for the continuation of distance learning and what was to come of the events traditionally scheduled in the weeks and months ahead. We are fortunate that our students and staff have met this challenge and are finding different and inventive ways to adjust to this new way of learning. Our goal is not only to provide meaningful learning experiences but to also support the mental health of our students and staff. If needed, please reach out to your teachers or our support staff for guidance. We are all here to help support you on this journey. Additionally, information regarding grading was shared last week with parents in grades 6-12. Information regarding grading for grade K-5 will be provided by the building principals in the coming days. We encourage all of our students to do their best. We know you are working very hard and your efforts are and will be acknowledged. In the coming days, we will be communicating the Rocky Point High School’s plan for a reimagined graduation ceremony. This plan is being developed with input from many stakeholders and with careful consideration of New York State guidelines and the Governor’s Executive Order. We, as a district, believe it is especially important to hold a closing ceremony for our Class of 2020 that honors and acknowledges their time in our Rocky Point School District. Greater details about the graduation plan will be forthcoming. In addition to our seniors, our building principals and their teams are also planning alternative and special ways to recognize and memorialize events for our middle school and elementary schools. Families will be hearing from their respective school principals about the momentous ways these celebrations will be recognized in the coming weeks. Furthermore, we acknowledge that there are still many unanswered questions that exist with regard to the conclusion of the school year, return of schoolbooks and collection of personal belongings in lockers and classrooms, summer programs, and the future of the 2020-2021 school year. Please know, we are working to address these issues and concerns and will provide information in the upcoming days and weeks. I hope you have had the opportunity to view our Rocky Point Hometown Heroes through our Facebook and Instagram sites. Thank you for submitting your Rocky Point family and friends and helping to honor our frontline champions. We extend our gratitude to all of our essential workers for their tireless efforts and resolute devotion. You are the true heroes in this battle and we hope that you have enjoyed seeing this special tribute. On behalf of our school community, we thank you! To all of our students, families, and staff be well and stay safe! Sincerely, Scott O’Brien, Ed.D.,Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114658 Wed, 13 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed PARENT / STUDENT HELP--GOOGLE PASSWORD RESETS Parent Help Desk Online Form The live phone help line has now ended for the year. Have a great summer! You must be using the Google Chrome Browser to use Google Apps You cannot use Internet Explorer (PC) or Safari (MAC) Browsers for Google Apps http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113011 Wed, 13 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Union Free School District Universal Prekindergarten Program The Rocky Point Union Free School District is offering a FREE program for residents who will be 4 years of age on or before December 1, 2020 PRE-K LOTTERY FORM Apply on or before May 15, 2020 Lottery Date to be announced in late May 2020 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=60770 Wed, 13 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114622 Tue, 12 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114623 Tue, 12 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed May 8, 2020 Dear Rocky Point Parents/Guardians of Grade 6-12 Students: We hope you are all doing well and staying healthy under the circumstances. On April 6, 2020, the New York State Education Department canceled the June 2020 administration of the High School Regents Examination Program. In response, the District elected to cancel final exams for students in grades 6-12. Additionally, the District announced that final course grades would be calculated using the average of quarterly grades and eliminated the use of a final exam or Regents assessments as part of the final course grade. Throughout this state of emergency resulting in school closures for the remainder of the school year, Rocky Point UFSD has worked to create an alternative distance education plan that ensures continuity of learning and ensures student grades are not negatively impacted by the current educational circumstances. The District continues to encourage all students to engage in learning and submit assignments and assessments; however, we recognizethe challenges families are facing at home.District administration has worked together to finalize a plan for fourth-quartergrades and final course grades that keeps our students’ best interests in mind. Teachers will evaluate students based upon assignments and expectations during the fourth quarter. Full Year Courses: If a student’s 4th quarter grade is higher than the average of the student’s 1st, 2ndand 3rdquarter grades, the student will receive that numerical grade for the 4thquarter. In this instance, the final course grade calculation will include the average of all four quarters. If a student’s 4thquarter grade is lower than the average of the student’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rdquarter grades, the student will receive the notation, “COVID” for the 4thquarter. This notation means the student did not receive a numerical 4thquarter grade that was higher than the average of the first three quarters. In this instance, the final course grade calculation will be calculated using the first three quarters of the school year. Half Year Courses during Second Semester: If a student’s 4thquarter grade is higher than the student’s 3rdquarter grade, the student will receive that numerical grade for the 4thquarter. In this instance, the final course grade calculation will be the average of the 3rdand 4thquarter grades. If a student’s 4thquarter grade is lower than the student’s 3rdquarter grade, the student will receive the notation, “COVID” for the 4thquarter. This notation means the student did not receive a numerical 4thquarter grade that was higher than the 3rdquarter grade. In this instance, the final course grade calculation will be the student’s 3rdquarter grade. During this unprecedented time, this District plan strives to ensure that students have the opportunity to improve their final course grade with their fourth-quarter performance. At the same time, this plan does not negatively impact a student’s final course grade if the performance is not better than the first three quarters of the school year. Lastly, a reminder for studentscurrently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents Examination. You can only be exempt from the Regents examination if you have earned credit in such course of study by achieving a passing final course grade. Please continue to have your child engage in distance learning assignments and assessments. It is important that students continue to build and practice the skills that will support their success throughout the remainder of their education. We hope you and your families are staying safe and healthy during this time, and we thank you again for all you are doing as we work together to navigate this crisis. Thank you and be well, Melinda Brooks Director of Humanities Aaron Factor Director of MST http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114529 Fri, 08 May 2020 16:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School congratulates 49 juniors and seniors who became members of the Rocky Point High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. These new members met the scholarship requirements, demonstrated their leadership and character, and served their community in a variety of ways throughout their time at Rocky Point High School. This year’s applicants had the added challenge of adapting and persevering in order to submit their applications during the school closure due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Congratulations to our newly inducted members. Jessica Barrett Grace Benedetto Sean Bernhard Clayton Brandow Liana Brennan Amelia Callahan Kerriann Campo Jillian Carley James Carmody Elizabeth Carrera Sophia Cecere Karina Cooper Tristan Duenas Victoria Fisher Chloe Fish Benjamin Gansle Ashley Golden Ilana Greenstein Abigail Gunning Emmarose Hansen Thomas Haviland Lea Henke Katelyn Labuski Aidan Lasurdo Isabella Lehman Kelly Logue Jack Matzen Kieran McByrne Guinevere McCarrick Thomas McDonald Fiona McEvoy Maya Menon Benjamin Mergott Sarah Mergott Morgan Moroney Samuel Moscosco Kjersti Mygland Shreya Patel Nelly Perez-Castro Phoebe Rinn Jacey Ruisi Celine Singh Alexander Spallone Sydney Strohmayer Sophia Weik Julia Wheeler Kaleigh Wilgeroth Ashlynne Xavier Alexander Zaslavsky Kristen Zoll We would also like to celebrate our graduating senior members. We wish you the best of luck as you take the next steps on your path to greatness! Rex Alex Thomas Amalfitano MariAnn Bornemann Haley Brocato Michael Caggiano Megan Cheshire Zoe Clark Logan Cline Catherine Conti Ashley Coppola James Curley Annie Doall Jennifer Dwyer Victoria Pannizzo Nica Perrino William Platt Anna Raicovi Gary Russin JohnHenry Dyroff Brandon Epp Emily Farrell Summer Farriss Chase Fusaro Annabella Fusco Madison Gennaro Vito Giammarella Benjamin Giordano Daniela Grimard Judith Hammarth Ayva Hill Sydney Iannizzotto Matthew Stringer Cameron Taylor Jennie Vosilla Riley Watson Molly Infranco Julia Jacobelis Madison Jacobelis Emily Jaeger Tyler Kotarski Molly Lambert Hope Lantz-Gefroh Clare Levy Alexa McAdam Katie McDonald Jack Molinaro Ethan Nichols Taylor Olszewski Isabela Weihs Anna Zahradka Congratulations everyone! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114536 Fri, 08 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Governor Announces School Closures for Remainder of Academic Year Governor Cuomo has announced statewide school closures through the end of 2020 academic school year. Please stay home as much as you can and practice social distancing when you need to go out. Thank you and please stay safe and well. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114374 Fri, 01 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114386 Fri, 01 May 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed BOE Executive Session 4 30 2020 at 6 PM http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114320 Thu, 30 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Calling all Rocky Point High School Students! Lights! Camera! Action! 🎤🌟🎬 Rocky Point High School presents the very first Variety Show! This is open to ALL high school students. This is your opportunity to show off your talent whether it be musical, dancing, singing, art, tik toks, magic tricks, poetry slams or comedy, it’s all about creativity and special talent. All entries must be appropriate. If deemed inappropriate we will not use. Submissions should not be longer than 4 minutes. If you are interested please fill out the attached link below by May 8th or head to Mr. Conlon eboard to find the form. You will be asked to provide your name and details of your talent. Let’s Do This!http://forms.gle/FnZk5xJv8Jxs9xSL9 Click here for more information http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114287 Wed, 29 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114273 Tue, 28 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114247 Mon, 27 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed April 24, 2020 Dear Rocky Point School Community, I hope this message finds you and your family well and healthy. It is remarkable to think how much our lives have changed over the past month or so – the shift in our personal and professional lives has been unimaginable! However, due to the strength of our school community,we are continuing to forge through this together! For today’s message, I would like to begin by thanking our teachers and administrators for their dedication and effort over the past several weeks. Our instructional staff has spent countless hours immersed in virtual professional development to learn additional programs and techniques for providing our students with online feedback and direct instruction through audio-recorded videos. Teachers have kept learning consistent for our students since the first day of the closures. Our school buildings may be closed but our instructional staff has been working tirelessly to keep Rocky Point students learning virtually each and every day. Thank you to our teachers and administrators for keeping school very much open for our students. We appreciate all you are doing on a daily basis to connect with students and their families. At a time filled with so much uncertainty, you have remained a constant for our students. Please know, that this is a new method of education for all of us. I appreciate our teachers’ dedication as well as our community’s patience and feedback during this time. The input we have received from our families, students, and staff has helped us continue to fine-tune our efforts and enhance our instruction. Another group of individuals that have demonstrated a commitment to our community throughout this pandemic has been our first responders and essential workers. These members of our Rocky Point School Community are making sacrifices and we want to thank them for all they are doing on the front lines to keep us all safe. In an effort to recognize these members of our Rocky Point School community, we would like to share photos of our heroes on our website and social media pages. If you would like to nominate a first responder or essential worker for this feature, please email us their picture, name, and occupation to our dedicated email account: rpheroes2020@gmail.com. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to email your child’s teacher or principal. In addition, you can also use our website helpdesk or live phone help desk. The number is 631-982-4775. (The link to the online help desk form can be found on the school website on the home page or directly accessed by clickinghttp://tinyurl.com/rpparenthelp. The help desk will be open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to noon and from 2:00 PM to 7:30 PM.) Thank you for working together to support our students. We hope you and your families are well. Sincerely, Dr. Scott O’Brien, Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114223 Fri, 24 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114130 Wed, 22 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed After much discussion and consideration, the Athletic Council of Suffolk County has voted unanimously to cancel the spring sports season for 2020 at all levels. This decision was made in the best interest of the health and safety of all of our student athletes, staffs and communities. The decision was not an easy one to make, however in what the world is experiencing at this time, it is the most prudent decision to make. Thank you and stay safe. Tom Combs, Executive Director of Section XI, NYSPHSAA http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114132 Wed, 22 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed 4/17/2020 Video and Letter from the Superintendent of Schools Click for Video April 17, 2020 Dear Rocky Point School Community, Hello Rocky Point School Community! This is Scott O’Brien, Superintendent of Schools. For this weeks’ video I’m here at Rocky Point High School and I would like to start by speaking directly to our students. I know this time has brought on a number of challenges and I encourage you to continue to do your best, as I know you will. Reach out to your teachers, school counselors, and administrators should you need any help or support. We may not be in the same building right now, but we are still here for you. To the Rocky Point High School Class of 2020, senior year is a time for celebration and is meant to be a joyous year. I know you are filled with questions about the events planned for the remainder of the year and what the weeks ahead will look like. Please know we will take the time to enjoy those rights of passage together when the time is right. While no decision has been made about these future activities - graduation, prom, and awards ceremonies - just know that we remain committed to addressing these important celebrations! The New York State Education Department has cancelled Regents examinations for June 2020. Additionally, our district has decided to cancel all end of year final examinations in secondary courses. This means the work you are completing and submitting online will become your fourth quarter average and will be combined with quarters one through three for a final average. Please continue to submit your work online and reach out to your teachers with any questions. As announced yesterday, schools will remain closed through May 15th. Our teachers continue to increase interaction in our virtual learning delivery through Google classroom, Google forms and a number of other programs and platforms that provide feedback to our students. In addition, teachers will be providing direct instruction to all students through recorded audio lessons that will be posted to eBoards and Google Classrooms. (The eBoard link is on the school homepage and can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/rpeboard) These enhancements to our virtual learning program are designed to increase student and teacher connections and best learning practices. If you have any questions you can email your child’s teacher or principal. In addition, you can also use our website helpdesk or live phone help desk. The number is 631-982-4775. (The link to the online help desk form can be found on the school website on the home page or directly accessed by clicking http://tinyurl.com/rpparenthelp. The help desk will be open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to noon and from 2:00 PM to 7:30 PM.) Thank you for working together to support our students. We hope you and your families are well and we look forward to being back together as soon as possible. Sincerely, Dr. Scott O’Brien Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114057 Fri, 17 Apr 2020 21:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed All NYS Schools Closed Until May 15 by order of Governor Cuomo http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113071 Thu, 16 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Below you will find a press release from this afternoon regarding the June SAT & ACT and future 2020 SAT administrations. http://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates ACT to offer students summer test date options and ACT test online at home. Click the link below. http://leadershipblog.act.org/2020/04/act-to-offer-students-additional-summer.html?m=1 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=114012 Wed, 15 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed April 10, 2020 Dear Rocky Point School Community, LINK TO VIDEO Hello again Rocky Point School Community! This is Scott O’Brien, Superintendent of Schools. For this weeks’ video I’m here at the Rocky Point Middle School and we miss all of you, our students and staff and having everyone together at school. I hope you had a chance to view the video messages from our staff that has been posted on the homepage of the website. Special thanks to our PTA and Rocky Point staff for creating these encouraging messages for our students. As the Governor announced earlier this week, schools will be closed through April 29th. Schools will continue to provide virtual learning throughout this time and we ask that you please continue to check your teacher and class eBoards. (The eBoard link is on the school homepage and can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/rpeboard) Our administrators and teachers have been attending virtual professional development sessions and students will be expected to submit work to teachers in a variety of ways including Google Classroom assignments, Google forms, and through a number of other programs. These additional virtual experiences will provide our students and parents with feedback on their completed online work. If you have any questions please email your child’s teacher, principal, or use our website help desk or live phone helpdesk at 631-982-4775. (The link to the online help desk form can be found on the school website on the home page or directly accessed by clickinghttp://tinyurl.com/rpparenthelp. The help desk will be open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to noon and from 2:00 PM to 7:30 PM.) Thank you all for working together to support learning for our students throughout the past few weeks. From our dedicated staff that is committed to keeping learning continuous for our students, to our support staff, custodians, administrators, security guards, food service workers, who are all going above and beyond during these unprecedented times. Finally, thank you to our families for their continued patience and unwavering support. Our amazing school community continues to support each other and demonstrate Rocky Point PRIDE in countless ways. (Please remember that it is important to follow the CDC recommendations and practice social distancing. All school facilities have been closed.) We hope you and your families are well and we look forward to being back together as soon as possible. We wish all of our families and staff a Happy Passover and Happy Easter. Sincerely, Dr. Scott O’Brien,Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113925 Fri, 10 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113824 Wed, 08 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Message from The Rocky Point Athletic Boosters – Team Coaches Slideshow Video Video Message from Rocky Point High School Principal Video Message from the Superintendent of Schools Video Messages from Rocky Point Schools Video Message from JAE Click here to watch the Kindergarten Staff Video Click here to watch the First Grade Staff Video Click here to watch the Second Grade Staff Video Click here to watch the Third Grade Staff Video Click here to watch the Fourth Grade Staff Video Click here to watch the Fifth Grade Staff Video Click here to watch the Middle School Staff Video Click here to watch the Middle School Video #2 Click here to watch the High School Staff Video Rocky Point High School Video Messages RPHS Principal's Message #2 RPHS Principal's Message #3 RPMS A Message from Mr. Moeller - YouTube RPMS A Message from Mr. Moeller #2 Principal Message 5/22 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113834 Wed, 08 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff, Governor Cuomo has extended statewide school closures through April 29, 2020.Alsoat today's NewYorkStateBoard of Regents meeting, Chancellor Rosaannounced that theadministration of the June 2020NYS Regents Exams is canceled. Further guidance will be released in the coming days, and we will continue to share that information as we receive it. We will continue communicating with the Rocky Point school community on a regular basis. Please continue to check the website for details. Thank you and stay safe and well. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113751 Mon, 06 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click the link below to watch the message! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgtv6_Ez9mo http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113799 Mon, 06 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Rocky Point Community, In the best interest of the health and safety of our entire community, effective immediately, all outdoor school grounds will be closed untilfurther notice. The closed properties include allfields, courts, playgrounds, and track. Thank you for your cooperation. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113730 Sat, 04 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Hello Rocky Point Musicians We miss you and hope you are all doing well. We know many of you would like to pick up your instruments so the music department and the district are arranging a music instrument pick up day for Middle School and High School students on Wednesday, April 8 ONLY. This will be a curbside pick up only. The Middle School pick up will be from 12- 1 PM at the Middle School Main Entrance. The High School pick up will be from 1:15 – 2:15 PM at the High School Main Entrance. In order to coordinate this,you must fill out and submit the Instrument Request Pick Up form by the end of the day Monday. Please be very detailed in your response.http://tinyurl.com/rpinstrument For everyone’s safety, please remain in your car and your instrument will be brought to your car. You will receive an email confirmation when your form is received. If you have questions, please email your music teacher via eBoard. Rocky Point Music Department http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113731 Sat, 04 Apr 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed April 3, 2020 Dear Parent/Guardian, As you know, College Board has made significant changes to this year’s AP exams, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Earlier today, College Board provided additional details regarding AP exams: ● Exams will be administered from May 11 through May 22. The specific schedule for each subject area can be found by clicking the following link: http://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/educators/taking-the-exams/ap-exam-schedule This link also contains specific information related to exam content for each test. ● Makeup test dates will be available for each subject from June 1–5. ● Exams may be taken at home, or in schools, if schools reopen. ● For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, plus an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up. At this time, we strongly recommend that your child ensure he/she is able to log into his/her AP account. We do not have access to individual student account information, so you will need to reach out to College Board to address any log-in issues. The parent/student AP contact phone number is 888-225-5427. ● Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They'll be able to type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phones. ● College Board will be providing additional information for students in the coming weeks, to continue to help them prepare for exams, and the new exam format. We will continue to share updated AP exam information as we receive it. We appreciate your patience, as we all work to navigate through these unique circumstances. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. Sincerely, Melinda Brooks Director of Humanities Aaron Factor Director of Humanities http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113727 Sat, 04 Apr 2020 00:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed April 3, 2020 Dear Rocky Point School Community, VIDEO LINK:http://youtu.be/11rC6YP0dhg The following is from the video message sent to the community: Hello again Rocky Point School Community! This is Scott O’Brien, Superintendent of Schools. I’m here at the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School and it just isn’t the same without all of you here. As the Governor announced this week, schools will continue to provide virtual learning throughout our scheduled Spring Break vacation next week. Please continue to check your teacher and class eBoards all next week. (As per the Governor’s Order this week, all schools must continue to provide virtual learning throughout any upcoming scheduled vacations. Therefore, virtual learning through eBoard is expected to continue throughout next week’s originally scheduled vacation. I recognize that we anticipated having this vacation, as scheduled. At the same time, our students remain at home and the structure of our virtual learning could never be more important. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is expected to be at its worst over the next two weeks. Keeping virtual learning consistent throughout this period is our way as educators of supporting our community in the way we know best – through teaching, encouraging, supporting, and being a constant for our students.) Our teachers will be attending virtual professional development sessions and soon - students will begin submitting work to teachers in a variety of ways including Google Classroom assignments, Google forms, and through a number of other programs. These additional virtual experiences will provide students and parents with feedback on their completed online work. If you have any questions please email your child’s teacher, principal, or use our website help desk or live phone help desk at 631-982-4775. Thank you all for working together to keep learning continuous for our students during the closures due to COVID-19. (It is during unprecedented times as these that we come together as a school community and demonstrate Rocky Point pride in the best way possible.) We hope you and your families are well and we look forward to being back together as soon possible. Sincerely, Dr. Scott O’Brien Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113698 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 15:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Several of our baseball team's student-athletes, along with their coach, were recently highlighted on CBS news! Click the link below to see the feature! Go Eagles! Click here to watch the story! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113582 Tue, 31 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Any essential worker needing child care for children ages birth – 4 years old please call the Child Care Council of Suffolk (CCCS) hotline at 646-926-3784 to be connected with a referral specialist who will identify available programs that meet each parent’s needs. For your information there are currently 195 licensed and registered child care programs open and available to serve children under age 5 in Suffolk County. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113452 Fri, 27 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed March 27, 2020 Dear Rocky Point School Community, The following is from the video message sent to the community: CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO Hello Rocky Point School Community! This is Scott O’Brien, Superintendent of Schools. On behalf of our school community we miss all of you at the buildings, in our classrooms, and seeing you each and every day. We look forward to being back together as soon possible. We hope you and your families are well and we understand that this transition from school to home has been sudden for all of us and we want to thank you for working together to keep learning continuous for our students during the closures due to COVID-19. As the Governor announced today, schools will be closed through April 15th. We want to thank our dedicated staff that is working around the clock to shift learning from the traditional classroom into the homes. Thank you to all of our support staff, custodians, administrators, food service workers, everyone who is going above and beyond during these unprecedented times. Finally, thank you to our families for their patience and unwavering support. As a reminder our teachers continue to provide work in a variety of ways, including posting to eBoard. The eBoard link is on the school homepage and parents can contact their child’s teacher and/or building administrator by clicking on the envelope icon on the top left of each eBoard. There are resources on our website including a helpdesk for questions that you may have about virtual learning, passwords, the grab and go lunches at JAE, childcare and more. There also is a live phone help desk to support all families and staff during this time. The number is 631-982-4775. The help desk is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to noon and from 2:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Finally, a new Social and Emotional Page on the website has been added with resources for everyone impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including how to talk to your child about the Coronavirus. I want to thank our amazing school community who continue to rally together, help each other, and demonstrate Rocky Point PRIDE as a school community. I wish all of you the best, as always. Sincerely, Dr. Scott O’Brien,Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113486 Fri, 27 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed How will students in Drivers’ Education be impacted by the closure? We have been in contact with the State Department which oversees the Driver’s Education program in order to address concerns and to provide accurate information. The District completed a surveythat was sent to us indicating our questions and concerns which include potential make-up time, overlap sessions, potentially waived hours, and online lecture. We are working with the Department of Motor Vehicles, council’s office, and New York State Education Department (NYSED) administration to resolve these policy questions and provide you with the answers you need. As soon as we have information to share, we will let you know. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113383 Wed, 25 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed AP Exam Update 3.21.2020 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113249 Sat, 21 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed March 27, 2020 Dear Rocky Point School Community, The following is from the video message sent to the community: CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO Hello Rocky Point School Community! This is Scott O’Brien, Superintendent of Schools. On behalf of our school community we miss all of you at the buildings, in our classrooms, and seeing you each and every day. We look forward to being back together as soon possible. We hope you and your families are well and we understand that this transition from school to home has been sudden for all of us and we want to thank you for working together to keep learning continuous for our students during the closures due to COVID-19. As the Governor announced today, schools will be closed through April 15th. We want to thank our dedicated staff that is working around the clock to shift learning from the traditional classroom into the homes. Thank you to all of our support staff, custodians, administrators, food service workers, everyone who is going above and beyond during these unprecedented times. Finally, thank you to our families for their patience and unwavering support. As a reminder our teachers continue to provide work in a variety of ways, including posting to eBoard. The eBoard link is on the school homepage and parents can contact their child’s teacher and/or building administrator by clicking on the envelope icon on the top left of each eBoard. There are resources on our website including a help desk for questions that you may have about virtual learning, passwords, the grab and go lunches at JAE, childcare and more. There also is a live phone help desk to support all families and staff during this time. The number is 631-982-4775. The help desk is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to noon and from 2:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Finally, a new Social and Emotional Page on the website has been added with resources for everyone impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including how to talk to your child about the Coronavirus. I want to thank our amazing school community who continue to rally together, help each other, and demonstrate Rocky Point PRIDE as a school community. I wish all of you the best, as always. Sincerely, Dr. Scott O’Brien,Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113487 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed March 18, 2020 Dear Parents/Guardians SCOPE Education Services is providing emergency extended school-age child care during this difficult time for students ages 5-12, which typically are grades K-5. The program will be held at the Andrew Muller Primary School in the Miller Place School District. Registration is limited to parents/guardians in the Miller Place, Rocky Point, and Mount Sinai districts who are First Responders and/or Medical Personnel. Registration is also available to currently enrolled Miller Place SCOPE families. This is a five day a week program (3/23/2020 – 4/1/2020) and runs from 7 AM to 6 PM. The end date may change based on need. This program is dependent upon sufficient enrollment. Please see the attached document with registration instructions. Rocky Point Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113148 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Parents/Guardians, As we work together to navigate our mandated school closure, we are sharing the following information: FROM ALTICE/CABLEVISION: Recognizing that all families may not have equitable access to internet resources, Altice/Cablevision has announced that it will provide noncustomers with students in grades K-12 or college access to the internet free for the next 60 days. This is applicable to any new customer household within the Altice/Cablevision footprint coverage zone. If you would like to receive more information about this or to sign up free, please contact 866-200-9522. We thank Altice/Cablevision for this opportunity and hope that it further allows all our families to remain connected during these unprecedented times. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113184 Thu, 19 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed "Grab & Go" lunch service (for students who receive free or reduced-price meals) is now available on Mondays and Wednesdays between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the JAE school parking lot by the cafeteria. Families/Guardians will receive two bagged lunches on Monday and three on Wednesdays to provide 5-full days of lunches for each eligible student. Rocky Point Strong! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113091 Tue, 17 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed March 16, 2020 Budget Presentation http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113057 Mon, 16 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed March 16, 2020 Dear Rocky Point School Community In response to the County Executive’s mandate to close Suffolk County Schools until Friday, March 27, 2020, the Rocky Point School District is providing you with important information regarding student learning, communication, and free and reduced lunch services that will be provided throughout the closure. Please be assured that we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of the writing of this letter. In an effort to ensure continuity of student learning, our teachers will be providing work in a variety of ways, including posting to eBoard. The eBoard link is on the school homepage and can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/rpeboard. Communication with your child’s teacher and/or building administrator should be done through eBoard by clicking the envelope icon. In addition, a districtwide communication form will be available beginning Tuesday morning on the school homepage. Please do not leave voicemails for staff as no one will be in the buildings to access the messages. For families currently receiving free and reduced lunch, a “grab and go lunch” will be provided daily beginning Tuesday, March 17. Lunch distribution will be at the Joseph A. Edgar School by the cafeteria door between the hours of 11 AM and 12:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Please remember that it is important to follow the CDC recommendations and practice social distancing. Families should remind their children to avoid large gatherings. Additional communications will be sent as new information becomes available. We hope you and your families stay well through this ever-changing situation. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=112997 Mon, 16 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed March 16, 2020 Dear Parents and Guardians of students in grades 7 through 12, Section XI of NYSPHSAA (Suffolk County Athletics) has cancelled the remainder of the Middle School Winter II season, which is Middle School Girls Basketball and MS Wrestling. Suffolk County Athletics has also suspended all athletic contests, scrimmages and combined school practices through April 3rd. Suffolk County Athletics is not permitting team practices for Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity Spring sports teams until April 6th. This date may change to a later date pending school closures. Please remember, practices will not be permitted while school is closed. Because this is an evolving situation, we will continue to provide information and updates as they become available. Thank you, Charles M. Delargy Director of Health, Physical Education, Intramurals and Athletics http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=113006 Mon, 16 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Schools Closed for Two Weeks by order of County Executive Bellone March 15th, 2020 at 12:30pm: Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has ordered all Suffolk County schools closed for a period of two weeks beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. The Rocky Point School District will be communicating with our community and staff with an update regarding meals for people in our community who need them, interim instruction as well as further information later today and in the upcoming days. This is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to keep you informed throughout this situation. All staff will have a conference day on Monday, March 16, and all staff should report to their building at their regular time. Thank you. ------------------------------------------------ Escuelas cerradas por dos semanas por orden del Ejecutivo del Condado de Bellone 15 de marzo de 2020 a las 12:30 pm: El ejecutivo del condado de Suffolk, Steve Bellone, ordenó el cierre de todas las escuelas del condado de Suffolk por un período de dos semanas a partir del lunes 16 de marzo hasta el viernes 27 de marzo. El Distrito Escolar de Rocky Point se comunicará con nuestra comunidad y personal con una actualización sobre las comidas para las personas de nuestra comunidad que las necesitan, instrucción interina y más información hoy y en los próximos días. Esta es una situación que evoluciona rápidamente y continuaremos manteniéndolo informado durante toda esta situación. Gracias. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=112941 Sun, 15 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed March 13, 2020 Dear Rocky Point School Community, The district has been closely monitoring the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While there is no confirmed case of an individual with COVID19 in our area, there are cases within our surrounding communities and the overall numbers in the county continue to rise. Therefore, in an effort to be proactive in protecting the health and safety of our students and staff, the district has made the decision to close school for students on Monday, March 16, 2020. All staff will report to school to continue to prepare for the possibility of online learning should school remain closed for an extended period of time. Additionally, all after-school activities will be cancelled on Monday, March 16th, and Section XI has notified the district that it has suspended all athletic games and scrimmages in Suffolk County until April 3rd. During this closure, the district will perform a deep cleaning of all buildings, including all surfaces and spaces, while we await further guidance from health organizations and the New York State Education Department. While learning in our district primarily occurs inside classrooms with face-to-face teaching by certified instructors, please be assured that our district has been planning viable options should a long-term school closure be necessary. Students were asked to bring materials home or travel to and from school over the next several weeks with textbooks, workbooks, and work packets so that needed materials for online learning may be facilitated by our teachers should a long-term closure be necessary. Please know that this decision was not made lightly, and we recognize the impact such closure will have on our families. The district will continue to monitor this evolving situation and communicate any additional scheduling changes should they be warranted. I thank you all in advance for your understanding and cooperation during this time. I know that these are certainly unprecedented circumstances. Sincerely, Dr. Scott O’Brien Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=112849 Fri, 13 Mar 2020 17:57:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Parents and Guardians of Students in grades 7 through 12: Section XI of NYSPHSAA (Suffolk County Athletics) has cancelled the remainder of the Middle School Winter II season, which is Middle School Girls Basketball and MS Wrestling. Suffolk County Athletics has also suspended all athletic contests, scrimmages and combined school practices through April 3rd. Team practices for Junior Varsity and Varsity Spring sports teams are permitted by Suffolk County Athletics and will continue. Currently, tryouts for Middle School Spring sports are also permitted by Suffolk County Athletics and will take place the week of March 23rd. In the event of an emergency school closure, practices will not be permitted. Because this is an evolving situation, we will continue to provide information and updates as they become available. Thank you, Charles M. Delargy Director of Health, Physical Education, Intramurals and Athletics http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=112829 Fri, 13 Mar 2020 16:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Students in FJC celebrated National Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday in an educational and fun way. Ms. Jennifer Meschi’s first grade class took part in a number of STEM-based activities, inspired by Dr. Seuss stories. The students created parachutes using pipe cleaners and Styrofoam cups for the story “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” They also stacked red and white cups to build towers that resembled the striped hat in “The Cat in the Hat” and used connecting cubes to create a structure that would balance inspired by “Yertle the Turtle.” They then discussed with one another and Ms. Meschi their favorite activities, recorded their findings and talked about what they could do to modify or change their structures to make them more efficient or stronger. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=112918 Fri, 13 Mar 2020 15:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed High School junior Sarah Pitgano, and senior Michael Sabella had a collective vision that led to them to create a beautiful exhibit in one of the school’s hallways. A glass display case has several colorful prom dresses for any student who may like to have one to celebrate the right of passage for all seniors. The two artistic students, both looking to study the arts in the future, created the display on their lunch period, along with the guidance of office assistant Mrs. Jean Poveromo, who has been spearheading the project for more than five years. “Michael and Sarah were so excited be able to do the window display,” Mrs. Poveromo said. “It was a great way to involve them in the school aside from the academic aspect.” For students who would like more information on the program, please see Mrs. Poveromo in the main office. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=112920 Fri, 13 Mar 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed First graders read the children’s book “Stick and Stone” by Beth Ferry and discussed how to be kind to others. They then used sticks, stones, clay and paint to create a special gift of friendship. Teacher Ms. Jennifer Meschi had each student pick a classmate’s name out of a hat, keep it a secret and then make their craft into something they thought their friend would like. “It was so moving for me to watch them create something so special for a classmate,” Ms. Meschi said. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=112919 Thu, 12 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click here to visit the Corona Information Page http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=111857 Thu, 12 Mar 2020 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Fiddler on the Roof -- High School Musical http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=111636 Fri, 06 Mar 2020 01:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Thursdays have special meaning for numerous Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students. It is a day that the fifth grade Academic Leadership Team venture to Friends Kitchen at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocky Point to volunteer their time helping to serve meals to local residents in need. Under the leadership of teacher Mr. Mark Yashowitz, the students set tables, organize food, take out trash and assist with other details that help to create a warm and caring environment for the organization that has been serving meals for close to a quarter-century. “At times, fourth graders volunteer because they are interested in seeing what the Academic Leaders do,” Mr. Yashowitz said, as he encourages students and their siblings to take part in helping in the local community. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=111631 Thu, 05 Mar 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed To culminate their classroom lessons on penguins, first-grade students in Jennifer Meschi’s class at FJC performed a reader’s theater based on the Tacky the Penguin book series. Family members were invited into the classroom where the students shared their pet penguin stories and the research they conducted and organized on the aquatic birds, discussed the nonfiction penguin books they wrote and ended the project with a special penguin art project. To add to the festivities, the students collected 832 bottles for recycling and will dedicate the funds to “adopting” an endangered African penguin from the Georgia Aquarium. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=111502 Tue, 03 Mar 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Public Notice: Board of Education Open Seats Anyone interested in running for the two (2) seats on the Board of Education, which will become open effective July 1, 2020 due to the lawful expiration of the term of the current BOE trustees, for the term beginning 7/1/20 and ending 6/30/23, please contact Kelly White, District Clerk, at 631.849.7510. Packets will be available beginning on March 2, 2020. The deadline for submission of completed candidate petitions is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=111312 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 06:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Fourth graders in Debbie Vieira and Lisa Celentano’s class at JAE interacted with many materials in their STEM challenge stations on the 100th day of school. The goal was to build the largest tower at each station. “They worked together in groups and came up with some amazing towers,” Mrs. Vieira said. “They also were quite successful working collaboratively and sharing ideas. What a cool way to enjoy our 100th day!” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=111211 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Middle School science teacher Ms. Audra Hallock has added published author to her impressive teaching credentials. Ms. Hallock’s article “Forms of Energy Museum Walk” is featured in the February issue of Science Scope magazine, the National Science Teaching Association’s peer-reviewed journal for middle level and junior high school science teachers. Her article, which is in the Science on a Shoestring section, pinpoints the higher-order thinking skills involving analysis, evaluation and synthesis that students gain in engaging in gallery walks. The lesson she created and which is highlighted in the article involved helping students understand various forms of energy and energy transformations and featured a photo of two of the district’s current ninth graders, Alyssa Calderon and Sarah Zarzycki. Ms. Hallock, who is also the district’s first New York State STEM Master Teacher, created the step-by-step assignment with her eighth grade physical science classes last year as they worked in the lab. She also differentiated instruction for ELL students and those with special needs. “After doing this activity and reflecting on it, I was very happy with the results,” Ms. Hallock said of the students being highly engaged with the low-cost, simple science lesson. “The fact that it was so student-centered made this activity a keeper.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=111050 Mon, 24 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Great job to the Rocky Point High School varsity cheerleaders who won the National High School Cheerleading Championship! Great job to the team, Coach Anna Spallina and Assistant Coach Ariana Scanlon for bringing home the pride to Rocky Point! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=111189 Mon, 24 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Students throughout the district returned from winter vacation eager to learn and to celebrate the 100th day of school. With various activities based around the number 100, it was a fun way and an educational day to get back into their daily routines of learning. FJC first-graders in Ms. Elizabeth Filippi’s class engaged in multiple activities – they used 100 Legos to build, 100 pattern blocks to create designs, 100 cups to construct towers and even designed a gumball machine with 100 dots. The students also dressed as centenarians to share in the festivities! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=111208 Mon, 24 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point varsity bowling team made district history when it was named Suffolk County Small School champions and moved on to compete in the Suffolk County High School Bowling championships at Sayville Bowlero on Feb 8. The district congratulates the team – seniors Nick Calore, Justin Chitty, Brandon Epp and Robert Manginello, junior Sean Vogel, sophomores Olivia McDonnell, Hannah Schappert and Gianna Schmitt, freshmen Dakota Rosasco and Devin Delfox, seventh grader Meghan Delfox and coach Mr. Anthony Vertuccio for their efforts. Brandon also finished All-County first team and All-League first team. He is on the Section XI All-Stars team and will join them at the New York State championships in March in Syracuse, New York. Robert and Sean both finished All-League second team. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=111037 Thu, 20 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE held its first Kindness Week recently that showcased a host of ways the students are embracing a culture of kindness, unity and respect at school and beyond. The daily events included an assembly for students to explain the concept behind the initiative, as they set out to challenge themselves to do as many kind acts as they could during the week and beyond. The school started each day with a morning message and kindness quote, the students started a Kindness bingo game which they worked throughout the week to complete, and they set up a “Jump Aboard the Kindness Train” station where participants wrote kind words or acts of kindness on paper train cars that were connected throughout the cafeteria. They also hosted “Crazy for Kindness” and wore funky colored socks; some even sported crazy hair. An additional kindness station was set up in the cafeteria where students wrote and distributed more than 250 cards to show their appreciation to school staff members. During “Powered by Kindness” day, staff and students wore superhero T-shirts, classes made Kindness Chains, and students wore red to support the American Heart Association and participated in the Kids Heart Challenge. At the end of the festive week, it was “Team Kindness,” and everyone wore their favorite sports team or Rocky Point attire. “It was a great week and the kids really embraced being kind,” guidance counselor Mrs. Jean Costa said. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=111024 Tue, 18 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=110929 Fri, 14 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed When JAE third grade teacher Rebecca Pagnotta saw a television report about a veteran asking for Valentine’s Day cards, she set out on a mission. Starting with her own class of 24 students who created messages of thanks and appreciation, she and the students put a call out to other classes and received 500 cards. The cards have been mailed to U.S. Marine Corps Major Bill White, a 104-year-old man living in a senior citizen center in California, who requested as many Valentine’s Day cards as possible. The heartfelt gifts of kindness will be preserved with his lifetime scrapbooks of precious memories and items – including his Purple Heart. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109242 Thu, 13 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed FJC first grade teacher Mrs. Carrie Casswell was the recipient of the children’s nonfiction book “Radiant Ruth the Rhino Shines Bright,” a visionary story of possibilities and kindness. The gift was from her student Sonia Savino. Mrs. Casswell shared it with her entire class, and the students were so moved by the message that they wrote a letter and drew pictures for the author, AJ Sarcione, a motivational speaker who recently moved from New York to California. Mrs. Casswell checked his Instagram page, and there he was, holding their precious poster filled with kind messages! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109537 Tue, 11 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109482 Mon, 10 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Cheer Captures First Place at Nationals Rocky Point High School’s varsity cheerleading squad captured FIRST place at this year’s National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida. During the contest, hundreds of teams took to the mats to participate in the preliminary rounds, with only a select few making it through to compete in the finals. Rocky Point’s talent was evident from the start, as the team once again participated in the biggest and most competitive divisions. The District congratulates the entire team, as well as their coaches! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109472 Sat, 08 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Creating a culture of kindness For National Random Acts of Kindness Week, students in JAE created a visible reminder with their colorful “Be Kind” T-shirts. “They did such a great job,” special education teacher Gina Hale said. “They will wear the shirts to spread kindness this week.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109431 Fri, 07 Feb 2020 07:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.smore.com/tra0v http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109435 Fri, 07 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point High School varsity cheerleaders are headed to the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida this weekend. To cap off their successful competitive season, they will be competing in the preliminary round on Saturday, Feb. 8th at 11:59 a.m. in the ESPN Arena South. The performance will be live on www.varsitytv.com. The final round will be on Sunday morning starting at 9 a.m. in the ESPN HP Field House, our competition time is to be determined. Join us in wishing our varsity cheerleaders and coaches the best of luck! Go Eagles! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109243 Fri, 07 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE Jump Rope for Heart Slideshow February 6, 2020 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109395 Thu, 06 Feb 2020 22:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School Presents Fiddler On The Roof March 6, 2020 & March 7, 2020 7:00 PM Rocky Point H. S. Auditorium Tickets $10 H.S. Ticket Booth Hours Monday – Friday (beginning 3/2/20) 7:00 AM - 7:15 AM 1:20 PM – 1:40 PM And 1 Hour before each performance FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl Book by Music by Lyrics by JOSEPH STEIN JERRY BOCK SHELDON HARNICK Produced on the New York Stage by HAROLD PRINCE Original New York Stage Production Directed and Choreographed by JEROME ROBBINS FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109396 Thu, 06 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed FJC welcomed a special guest when an acclaimed author and illustrator of more than 30 children’s books visited to talk with the students about what it is like to be a writer. Sponsored by the school’s PTA, Dan Yaccarino shared his craft and read his stories to Ms. Liz Filippi’s first grade class as a kickoff to the school’s annual Parents as Reading Partners initiative. “His work really resonated with the students,” Ms. Filippi said. “As they continue to develop an appreciation for reading, his works had an additional layer of interest in the illustrations he created – a powerful motivator in reinforcing good reading habits.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109370 Thu, 06 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed When visitors enter FJC, they will likely notice many more happy faces and an increase in caring gestures. The school recently joined thousands of schools from around the country to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge. “We’re so excited to bring this event to FJC,” said guidance counselor Ms. Jamie Adamski, who coordinated the events throughout the week – morning announcements with kindness quotes and messages, and a bingo game, in which each class worked together to accomplish at least five acts of kindness from a checklist. As the students succeeded at bingo, their names were added to hearts surrounding a bulletin board carefully constructed in the main hallway. An “appreciation station” was set up near the cafeteria where students could write positive messages on Post-it notes. To encourage everyone to show their school pride, staff and students wore their FJC or Rocky Point shirts and school colors, and to culminate the week, the message “Be Kind” took over the building as staff members donned their colorful “Be Kind” T-shirts. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109385 Thu, 06 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Approved 2020-2021 School Calendar http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109268 Mon, 03 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School students have been practicing and applying cybersecurity knowledge and skills learned as part of a National Science Foundation grant for middle schoolers. Teacher Ms. Dorothy Burns developed a cybersecurity module in which students in her seventh grade Information Technology Literacy course work to encrypt and decrypt messages. They used Caesar ciphers to gain a deeper understanding of encryption. This type of cipher substitution forms the foundation of more complex encryption methods. Students have also used websites and online resources to explore and test password security and investigate the frequency of global cybersecurity attacks. “These learning experiences have provided insight into how computer encryption relates to malware, ransomware and various other cybersecurity threats,” the district’s director of math, science and technology, Mr. Aaron Factor, said. “Students are looking forward to continuing to build on these activities to develop additional 21st-century skills.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109241 Mon, 03 Feb 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Students in JAE took Super Bowl fever to another level with a Character Education initiative that will benefit people in the local community. Deborah Vieira and Lisa Celentano’s fourth grade class collected dozens of canned soups to be donated to the food pantry at St. Anthony’s Church. “Our class decided to help the community this month by collecting for our Souper Bowl as part of our Character Education program in class,” Mrs. Vieira said of the students who are continuing to learn beliefs and behaviors that are important for them to have as responsible citizens. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109095 Fri, 31 Jan 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point School District welcomed Dr. Aruna Balasubramanian, an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stony Brook University, to the STEAM Lecture Series. Her talk Computer Science Research and Opportunities in the 21st Century was geared toward middle and high school students. Dr. Balasubramanian discussed her research related to internet access in developing countries, privacy issues in data collection, and development of novel applications for smartphone users with visual impairments. She also shared information about Stony Brook’s computer science programs, as well as computer science career placement and salary data. After her talk, Dr. Balasubramanian spoke individually to a number of students and encouraged their pursuit of computer science interests. Of the approximately 20 attendees, inquiries particularly related to data and privacy concerns were the topics addressed. Coordinated by Director of Math, Science, and Technology Mr. Aaron Factor, the lecture series is designed to provide students and the community opportunities to interact with professionals in STEAM fields and to generate enthusiasm for pursuing STEAM-related career paths. The next STEAM lecture is slated for Tuesday, March 3. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109104 Thu, 30 Jan 2020 06:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109136 Thu, 30 Jan 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Middle School robotics teams recently competed in one of eight Long Island qualifying tournaments for the FIRST Lego League and brought back pride and two major awards. The Robo Eagles team members – Matthew Blaising, Matteo Gravinese, Alex Grundmann, Kristian Hald, Cooper Peterson and Jake Whitehouse – won the Project Research Award for their innovative idea of designing and building a handicap ramp allowing students with special needs to participate in all aspects of the robotics competitions. The Radical Robotix team – Christian Cordova, Sola Matsumoto, Iris Nakagawa, Allyson Opitz, Micah Santiago and Sofia Santos – won the Project Innovative Solution Award. The project idea is a backup rechargeable battery that will be recharged by generators hooked up to exercise bikes in the school’s weight room, which would create virtually free power. The idea stemmed from the loss of power at the middle school – a designated Suffolk County Evacuation Center – during Hurricane Sandy when backup emergency batteries for lights lasted for only eight hours during six days without power. The Robo Eagles team qualified for the Long Island Championship Tournament, which will be held on March 1 at Longwood High School. The district congratulates the students along with coach Mark Moorman and assistant coach Kelly O’Reilly. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=109075 Wed, 29 Jan 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed To recognize and understand the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., FJC second grade students read a minibiography and completed a graphic organizer titled “If I Met MLK.” Along with teachers Nicole Fernandez, Jennifer Golding, Nichole Schirtzer and Danielle Youngs, the students brainstormed ideas and statements of things they would tell, ask, thank or show Dr. King. In addition, the students took part in a directive drawing process, where they are directed to follow the instructions that resulted in their individual illustrations of Dr. King. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=108960 Fri, 24 Jan 2020 20:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Two students represented the district’s music program when they attended the Suffolk County Music Educators Association 15th Annual Day of Horn recently held at Northport High School. Jeremy Moriarty, a fifth grader at JAE and Valerie Dorr, a seventh grader at Rocky Point Middle School, were accompanied by Rocky Point band director Mr. Vincent Ragona. They had the opportunity to work alongside guest artist Dr. Heidi Lucas, a renowned musician and educator, active advocate for new music and associate professor of Horn at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she works with applied horn students. “This was an exceptional experience for these two students and opportunities like this help to continue motivating them in their musical skills,” Mr. Ragona said. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=108959 Fri, 24 Jan 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Congratulations to the Rocky Point Middle School cheer team who took first place recently at West Islip High School and finished the season undefeated. These athletes practiced for several hours each day and we applaud their determination and efforts. Thanks also to Coach Russo’s instruction and encouragement, which created a sense of family and pride. She challenged and inspired the team to be successful. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=108921 Thu, 23 Jan 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE students are celebrating their love of reading with WARM (We Are Reading More), and as part of the monthlong festivities they welcomed children’s book author Mr. Jeff Nathan for a day of learning literacy through humor and empowering alliterative creations. Through grade-specific assemblies and workshops, Mr. Nathan worked with students to reinforce the joys of reading. In an interactive workshop with third graders, together they created a story using alliteration as he described the function of the creative literary tool. Coordinated by librarian Mrs. Monica DiGiovanni, the schoolwide program encourages a goal of reading 500,000 minutes through the month of January. The students are tasked with reading in school and at home for enjoyment and are following a calendar filled with engaging, literacy-based activities. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=108823 Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=108762 Fri, 17 Jan 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed School Closed on Monday, January 20 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=108655 Wed, 15 Jan 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=108600 Mon, 13 Jan 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Budget Workshop Presentation of January 13, 2020 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=108614 Mon, 13 Jan 2020 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin in March. Children turningfive years oldon or before December 1, 2020 are eligible for kindergarten.Registrations are by appointment only. If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten in September 2020. please complete the online form below by Friday, February 14, 2020.Appointment times and registration forms will be mailed to your home or you can choose to have the forms sent via e-mail (10+ pages).You must register even if you are already enrolled in a district pre-school program or UPK. We appreciate your cooperation in preparing for the next school year. If you have any questions, please contact the Central Registration Office at 744-1600, Ext. 7244 between the hours of 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM daily. CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=31785 Tue, 31 Dec 2019 12:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Winter Recess--December 23 through January 3 Classes Resume January 6 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=101138 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed High School Winter Concert 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=101136 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 01:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed High Notes Winter Musical 2019 Slideshow http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=101101 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed FJC Singalong http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=101135 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The magical sounds of the low-pitched tuba were a celebration for thousands of spectators to hear and witness at The Rink at Rockefeller Center’s 46th annual Tuba Christmas this past weekend. Rocky Point High School freshmen Dan Curley and Andrew Trebilcock, sophomore Shaun Sander, junior Tristan Duenas and senior Riley Watson, along with assistant marching band director Mr. Vincent Ragona, were among the hundreds of baritone horn, baritone horn, euphonium, tuba and sousaphone players of all ages and abilities from around the country who joined together to perform holidays carols and other crowd favorites on their brass instruments. “We are so grateful for this real-world opportunity for our students, to use a public platform to share in the gift of music,” Principal Mr. Jonathan Hart said. “We also thank Mr. Ragona for leading and sharing in this memorable event.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=101034 Wed, 18 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point School District elementary students shared in the spirit of giving when they helped collect pajamas for the Pajama Program, an initiative organized through Scholastic’s Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. Spearheaded by Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fourth grade teacher Ms. Deborah Vieira several years ago, the annual fun and festive way to help others has spread to FJC and has resulted in more than 200 pairs of pajamas being donated this year. Ms. Vieira will deliver the pajamas to Little Flower in Wading River, where each pair will be matched with a bedtime book from Scholastic and distributed to children who live in the local community. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=101035 Wed, 18 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Students in Rocky Point High School’s cosmetology program recently visited the Atria Senior Living Facility in South Setauket to provide manicures and share in conversation with the residents. Accompanied by teachers Ms. Jean Stiastny and Ms. Rosalie Retus, the field trip was an opportunity to hone their technical skills in the two-year Career and Technical Education course while building self-confidence and pride in their work. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98859 Mon, 16 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed MS Winter Concert II Slideshow (Photo Credit Mr. Moorman, MS) http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98802 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Middle School Winter Concert I December 11, 2019 ' http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98759 Thu, 12 Dec 2019 01:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Ten Rocky Point High School students were selected to attend the Suffolk County High School Principals Association’s Compassion Without Borders leadership conference recently held at Smithtown High School East. Thomas Amalfitano, John Henry Dyroff, Tyler Fertig, Joan Hicks, Anthony LaBella, Samantha Leversen, Isadores Luce, Jade Mitchko, Annalisse Negron and Angelina Sessa, under the leadership of adviser Ms. Jennifer Zaffino, learned to develop their social and emotional leadership skills at the conference. They listened to powerful motivational speaker Mr. Ed Gerety and participated in workshops related to leadership skills and promoting programs in the Rocky Point school community. They brought back ways to pay it forward, which was the theme for the annual event that helps student leaders across Suffolk County advance a culture of acceptance, compassion and tolerance in their school community. They worked to spread kindness by posting inspirational quotes on lockers to encourage peers to also pay it forward. “Rocky Point High School’s Compassion Without Borders group is challenged to implement positive programs that enhance school pride, inclusiveness and tolerance,” Ms. Zaffino said. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98674 Wed, 11 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed High School seniors Clare Levy and Gary Russin were each named Suffolk Zone award winners by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. They were honored at a recent dinner ceremony at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. The award is presented annually to the top female and male senior physical education leaders in each Suffolk County high school. Clare and Gary were chosen for their outstanding character, leadership skills in schoolwide as well as physical education and health class activities, positive attitude toward instructional activities, scholastic achievements and being role models for their peers. Clare, a three-sport scholar-athlete – captain of the soccer team, basketball team and lacrosse team – is also an AP Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society. She has received athletic scholarship offers for lacrosse and has chosen to attend Stony Brook University, where she plans to major in history. She also has numerous clubs and activities on her high school résumé, including Athletes Helping Athletes, Leaders Club and Polar Plunge for Special Olympics. She has coached both youth soccer and lacrosse. Gary, a member of the football team, has an impressive list of accomplishments in addition to being an AP Scholar. He is the president of both the National Honor Society and History Honor Society, has been a recipient of several local awards and is involved in Athletes Helping Athletes, Compassion Without Borders and the Debate Club. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98673 Tue, 10 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE Winter Concert 2019 Slideshow http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98655 Tue, 10 Dec 2019 01:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As students in FJC continue to develop a deeper understanding of society and learn about people who are important in their school and neighborhoods, they came up with a thoughtful holiday message to thank those who help strengthen the larger community. Second graders in Ms. Nichole Schirtzer’s class participated in Cards for Cops and created holiday cards for the men and women in blue. All cards were submitted to the non-profit organization Beyond the Badge in Wantagh to be distributed to various police precincts across Long Island. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98625 Mon, 09 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Transporting Rocky Point students to and from school is an important assignment and we are grateful for our bus drivers who do it every day. Right before the Thanksgiving break, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School hosted a breakfast to thank them for their efforts and for being a valued part of the FJC community. They work very hard creating a community on their buses and keeping our students safe. Thank you also to Mrs. Wennerod, Mrs. Ladani, Mrs. Maggio and Mrs. Capaldi who worked with Dr. Gibbons and Mrs. Leary to organize and facilitate this third annual successful special event! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98587 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed 2019 Downtown Rocky Point Tree Lighting http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98596 Fri, 06 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Five High School student-artists have entered the New York State Office of Information Technology Services’ computer safety contest. The competition works to engage young people to think about cybersecurity through the creation of posters that will encourage their peers to use the internet safely and securely. Under the guidance of art teacher Katerina Kyriakakis, students Milayna Balthazar, Elizabeth Carrera, Alyssa Intini, Robert Manginello and Emmie Meyer will have their creative entries judged in early 2020. “We are grateful for the efforts of the students and the twofold mission of this contest: to build awareness and make a positive impact on their classmates on cybersecurity issues while also enabling them to harness their creativity and to take a unique approach to help develop solutions with their visions,” Principal Jonathan Hart said. “We wish them well in the final part of the competition and thank Ms. Kyriakakis for encouraging their self-expression.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98518 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School College Information Night Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7 PM Sharp In the High School Auditorium This program is a must for all 11th grade students and their parents. All 9th and 10th grade students and their parents are encouraged to attend, as this is a great opportunity to get a head start on the College Admissions and Application Process. We are very lucky to have with us, Bethany Multari, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions @ St. Josephs College. Some of the topics that will be covered are: What Colleges Are Really Looking for When Evaluating a Student? The areas that can really make a difference: Standardized Tests (SAT/ACT) The Transcript The Activity Sheet or Resume The College Essay The College Interview Special Talent http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98529 Thu, 05 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed FJC Winter Concert Slideshow December 3, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98465 Wed, 04 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed HS Wall of Honor Ceremony--November 15, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98375 Sun, 01 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed MS Veterans Day Assembly 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94618 Wed, 27 Nov 2019 18:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point High School’s National Art Honor Society, under the leadership of art teacher Mr. Seth Meier, reached out to the students and staff of the school to help raise more than $300 that will help feed families in need in our community on Thanksgiving. They sold feathers to help “Mr. Gobbles” keep warm (as seen in the background). The feathers represent the warmth and compassion the Rocky Point community has toward one another during this season of giving. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98330 Wed, 27 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Members of the varsity, junior varsity and middle school baseball teams recently volunteered at Maureen’s Haven, a shelter for people in need in Riverhead. This annual event had student-athletes working together, along with coaches Mr. Anthony Anzalone and Mr. Eric Strovink, setting up beds, stocking the pantry, setting dinner tables, and packing lunches and snacks. When they finished setting up the location, they presented the director with 50 fast-food restaurant gift cards to give out to the people at the facility. Additionally, the students collected and donated food items, packaged snacks, rain ponchos, gloves, winter hats, toothbrushes, lip balm and so much more so each person at the shelter can benefit from the kindness for weeks to come. On behalf of the Rocky Point School District, thank you to these students who demonstrated their hard work and compassion with this heartwarming gesture. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98294 Tue, 26 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Goodwill, leadership and personal integrity top the list for our 12 High School students who participated in a fall cleanup at Camp Paquatuck, a summer camp and year-round respite care center for people with disabilities that is supported by many Rotary Clubs on Long Island. The students – members of the school’s Interact Club –helped prepare the grounds and buildings at the Center Moriches campground for the upcoming season by raking leaves and cleaning cabins. They will return in the spring to prepare the camp for the summer camp season. On behalf of the school district, a special thanks to students Nicole Bergamini, Emily Bono, Liana Brennan, Megan Buchler, Alexandra Carley, Madeline Carney Schmidt, Andrea Castillo, Karina Cooper, Annesch Deshpande, Brenna Kiernan, Jackson Normadin and Gianna Uliano, who along with club adviser and special education teacher Margaret Messinetti, continue to make Rocky Point proud by demonstrating responsibility, hard work, respect for others and goodwill. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98141 Wed, 20 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98056 Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School is proud to announce that 17 students have been inducted into the National Art Honor Society. They join nine other students from the school who are current members of the distinguished national organization that inspires and recognizes students who have shown an outstanding ability in art. “This is such an honor for these students as they continue to pursue their artistic ability in all areas of art,” Principal Mr. Jonathan Hart said. “We also commend our art teachers Mr. Gregory Armine, Ms. Katerina Kyriakakis and Mr. Seth Meier for their work in fostering the excellence expected as members of this prestigious organization and for bringing the arts to our larger community.” The school district congratulates new members of the National Art Honor Society: Milyana Balthazar, Autumn Bongiorno, Elizabeth Carrera, Jadon Hess, Isabella Lehman, Kayla MacKay, Amelia Matthews, Kieran McByrne, Samuel Moscoso, Rosario Orantes, Gianna Rizzo, Kaitlyn Sandusky, Hailey Stelzel, Brianna Superti, Andrew Wilson, Alannah Weeks and Kristen Zoll. The district also commends current members Gabrielle Bush, Megan Cheshire, Kiana Hammarth, Cassidy Sander, Kaitie Strovink, Madisonanne Tanza, Juliette Titone, Jennie Vossila and Riley Watson for their dedicated spirit in the pursuit of art. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=98078 Tue, 19 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94967 Mon, 18 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Superintendent’s Conference Day in the Rocky Point School District was a day for staff to participate in numerous wellness workshops geared toward mindful practices to coincide with the district’s ongoing approach to meeting the social, emotional and academic needs of its students. Following a powerful keynote address by inspirational speaker John Perricone, educators and support staff took part in yoga, mindfulness, healthy eating, country line dancing, the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy and numerous other wellness offerings. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94959 Fri, 15 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94731 Tue, 12 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s Virtual Enterprise class, GeoMerch Inc., attended the annual Virtual Enterprises International Business and Entrepreneurship Leadership Conference, recently held at Long Island University. They were accompanied by business teacher Dorothy Burns. The conference enabled students to network with and hear from industry experts and successful entrepreneurs, including Marie Moody, founder and CEO of Stella & Chewy’s, and Helen Avery, editor of Euromoney magazine. Students had the opportunity to participate in informative and exciting breakout sessions that discussed important business concepts such as social media marketing and secrets to fundraising success. As a culmination to the event, students delivered an elevator-pitch about GeoMerch Inc., which was judged by business professionals. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94740 Tue, 12 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE Veterans Assembly 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94675 Sat, 09 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed STEAM EXHIBITION SLIDESHOW -- NOVEMBER 7, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94632 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 23:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed A hidden place full of mischief and adventures is the setting that Mrs. Amy Henkin used for her published chapter book, “Poppy’s Farm,” a story for children of all ages to enjoy. “Every child reads at their own pace,” she said of the story that has several interactive pages at the end of some of the chapters. “The messages that I am hoping to send to my readers are that you should always follow your heart’s wishes even if it doesn’t seem possible.” Before becoming a teacher aide at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School in 2016, Mrs. Henkin taught preschool and pre-K for 20 years at various schools. She is a 1991 graduate of Rocky Point High School as is her husband, Kipp Henkin, who graduated in 1990, and son Kipp Jr., who is a 2013 graduate. Her daughter Avary is a junior at the high school and daughter Ellise is in third grade at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School. “I inspire students by encouraging them to always try their best even if the task given is not their favorite,” Mrs. Henkin said. To her surprise, she was recently presented with “Happy Birthday,” a book that was written and illustrated by students at FJC, adding to her hope that she can encourage children to get creative. She is excited about the positive responses she has been receiving and the possibilities of highlighting her book at signings/author readings for children’s parties as well as various local preschools and daycare centers. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94607 Thu, 07 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In an effort organized by high school social studies teacher Mr. Rich Acritelli, 50 additional names will be added to the Rocky Point High School’s Veterans Wall of Honor. Mr. Acritelli sold more than 160 T-shirts to raise funds for the additional names of staff and students who have served our country in the Armed Forces. The names will be unveiled at the school’s Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 15 where members of the VFW and other honored guests will be in attendance. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94567 Tue, 05 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed November 1, 2019 Dear Parents and Guardians: With the winter season rapidly approaching, it is important to remind all parents and legal guardians of our inclement weather emergency protocols. In the event of inclement weather causing an early dismissal, schools will dismiss in the same order as is customary for regular dismissal with the High School being dismissed first, followed by the Middle School, the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School, and, lastly, the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School. Please review with your children the emergency procedures you have arranged in the event of a delayed opening, early dismissal, or school closure. When weather conditions necessitate a change from the regularly scheduled school day, the following protocol will be followed: • A review of road and weather conditions and forecasts will take place as early as possible. • Parents will be notified of the decision to delay, dismiss early or close school, via Connect Ed telephone, text and email messages. • Inclement weather bus stops will be utilized during any delayed opening or early dismissal due to weather. If inclement weather bus stops are used for pickup on a given morning, they will be used for afternoon drop-off also, unless parents and guardians are notified to the contrary. A list of current inclement weather stops can be accessed via the Parent Portal on eSchool. If your present bus stop is not listed, then the regular and inclement stops are the same. As you know, weather is often unpredictable and forecasts may be inaccurate from time to time. We will always make the best decision possible based on the available weather data. However, your patience and understanding are appreciated when the forecast is unclear and our decision does not align precisely with the weather outcome. Please ensure that your emergency contact information on file with your child’s school is up to date and accurate. This information may be updated via the Parent Portal on eSchool. As is always the case, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and your cooperation and support is greatly appreciated when we are dealing with inclement weather and emergency closings/dismissals of any type. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact your child’s building principal. Please accept my best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday season. Sincerely, Scott O’Brien, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94518 Mon, 04 Nov 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed FJC Harvest Day Parade Slide November 1, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94427 Fri, 01 Nov 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Guidance Department will be hosting our annual Financial Aid Night on Wednesday November 6th at 7 PM. Mr. Scott Ahrens from HESC will be joining us for an informative presentation on all aspects of college financial aid. He will include a review of the 2020-21 FAFSA form. We look forward to seeing you on November 6th at 7 PM in the High School Auditorium. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94429 Fri, 01 Nov 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE’s Family Folk Dance Night was an opportunity for students to bring their parents to school, where together they participated in several folk dances that the students learned in general music classes under the instruction of music teacher Mr. Craig Knapp. This multigenerational experience built an appreciation of the process of music making - parents dancing with their children and all involved in the sharing of wonderful community spirit. "It’s a real community event and it is the together that matters, said Mr. Knapp. “Parents and school are partners and when we can play together, we build the trust needed to work together." http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94116 Fri, 01 Nov 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94385 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dr. David Taylor, an Assistant Professor of Sustainability at Stony Brook University, recently visited Rocky Point High School and delivered a talk related to environmental stewardship, the connection between literature and conservation, and his own experiences in traveling the world to help support environmental initiatives. In this first of a four-part Rocky Point School District STEAM Lecture Series, Dr. Taylor shared stories about traveling with environmental theater groups in Cuba and the impact storytelling can have on environmental conservation efforts. He also discussed the development of Nassau and Suffolk counties, and how environmental spaces have been preserved. Middle School and High School students had an opportunity to speak with Dr. Taylor after his presentation to discuss Stony Brook University and its role in sustainability. “The series is designed to provide students and the community opportunities to interact with professionals in STEAM fields and to generate enthusiasm for pursuing STEAM-related career paths,” said Mr. Aaron Factor, Rocky Point School District’s Director of Math, Science, and Technology. The next STEAM lecture is slated for Thursday, Jan. 23. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94314 Tue, 29 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students welcomed Mr. Ed Gerety, a professional youth speaker and leadership trainer who has presented to over three million students in all 50 states with his inspiring messages. Widely known for his powerful ability to connect with students, he spoke to compassion, respect and goal setting in an interactive assembly program. “He was an outstanding speaker and made a real positive impact on our students and staff alike,” Principal Mr. Jonathan Hart said. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94196 Mon, 28 Oct 2019 14:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Second graders at FJC were introduced to new Chromebooks to aid in their reading proficiency and academic success. According to ENL teacher Dr. Nicole Fernandez, who co-teaches with Mrs. Danielle Youngs, the students were excited to work in teams, learn educational games, enhance their phonics skills and gain the literacy skills needed to be successful students. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=94190 Fri, 25 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point School District honored retiring employee Mary Leckie at the Oct. 21 Board of Education meeting. Mrs. Leckie, a teacher aide, was lauded by FJC Principal Dr. Virginia Gibbons for the special bonds she created with students and her positive attitude in her 13 years of service to the school district. Dr. Gibbons also recognized Mrs. Leckie’s efforts in getting to know each student and for becoming an integral member of a classroom, exhibiting dependability and flexibility in meeting the needs of the many children she worked with over the years. The entire school community applauds Mrs. Leckie for being a valued staff member and wishes her well in her new endeavors. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92936 Tue, 22 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point School District has among its faculty a newly published author. Mr. Peter Costa, a reading teacher at JAE since 2010, wrote the book, “Jack and the Magic Soccer Ball,” as an inspirational story that helps to transform its main character from a struggling player on the team to a standout participant in the sport. Mr. Costa said that the book was something he has always wanted to accomplish and his many years of coaching soccer – as an assistant coach for Suffolk Community College for five years, the Long Island Junior Soccer League for Rocky Point Youth Soccer Club since 2007, the Rocky Point Middle School team for three years and the past five years as the girls varsity soccer coach – was only part of numerous reasons to complete it. His children, Peter (Rocky Point High School Class of 2014), Emma (Class of 2015), and Jack (Class of 2018), niece Vanessa (Class of 2017), nephew Joseph (Class of 2019) are all represented in the book. He coached each of them on the Rocky Point teams and found his inspiration for the story during the times they spent on the soccer field together, citing them as great experiences in bonding as well as learning some life lessons. He also sent photos of them to the publisher who used the likenesses as the illustrated characters in the story. Niece Stephanie-Lynn, nephews Christopher and Ryan and his wife Jean, who just started at JAE as a counselor in September also served as motivating factors in the finished picture book. “As a reading teacher I have to encourage struggling readers to do the one thing they don’t want to do, read,” Mr. Costa said. “I do my best to make the students want to read with me. I hope that by creating a safe and fun environment that students will take chances and are encouraged and inspired to learn.” Mr. Costa is excited about the attention the book is getting and is planning a few events to promote it – perhaps a signing in the near future and a possible author talk for students in JAE to review the process of having a book published. “I do want readers to think about the story and come to a conclusion about the message…that hard work and practice can be the difference in achieving your goals,” Mr. Costa said. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92871 Mon, 21 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Kindergarten students in Ms. Nicole Fisher and Ms. Stacie Zumpol’s class at FJC welcomed a special visitor when Mr. David Vale, a local resident and parent to one of the students visited to talk about his career. A member of the federal law enforcement’s Special Response Team, Mr. Vale tailored his talk to the young students who peppered him with questions and shared their curiosities with the specialized equipment – his helmet with light attachments, binoculars, safety vests, a remote-controlled robot used to navigate small or dangerous spots, and glow sticks that he gifted to each child. The investigations and missions that Mr. Vale has been involved in take him all over the nation and in addition to the tactical skills and excitement of his career, he takes pride in being a part of helping to keep our country safe. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92804 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92834 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed For all students taking AP examinations, the deadline to register is Friday, October 25 at 9:00 p.m. Please make sure to sign up for your exams as soon as possible. Students should refer to the letter they received, click on the Important Information Regarding AP Exam Registration under the district website’s Announcements section or contact Mr. Factor or Ms. Brooks for more information. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92843 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed National Junior Honor Society Slideshow 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92621 Thu, 10 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The PTA meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 10/8, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 10/22. The meeting is in the MS Library at 7 PM. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92501 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Congratulations to seniors Molly Lambert and Gabrielle Bush who were selected as a Soprano II and an Alto II alternate, respectively, in the New York State School Music Association All-State Winter Conference in Rochester, NY from Dec. 5-8. The rigorous process for selecting an All-State musician includes teacher recommendations, audition scores at the NYSSMA solo evaluation festival during the prior spring and participation in other performing organizations. “Congratulations to Molly and Gabrielle for their ongoing dedication and for being ambassadors for our music program,” High School Music Chair Ms. Amy Schecher said. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92456 Mon, 07 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Thank you to JAE Academic Leadership Team members – fourth grader Brody Weisman, sixth graders Brian Abran, Brogan Heinlein and Raylee Weisman. Seventh grader Caellum Heinlein and Rocky Point High School sophomore Ryan McDonald – and Mr. Yashowitz for your volunteer efforts at Trinity Lutheran Church’s “Friends Kitchen.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92477 Fri, 04 Oct 2019 09:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed For its recognition as a 2018-19 Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction recipient by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Rocky Point High School was commended at the Section XI Athletic Directors meeting recently held in Holbrook. Charles Delargy, the district’s director of health, physical education, athletics and intramurals accepted a plaque at the ceremony on behalf of the school’s third consecutive achievement as one of only eight Section XI schools in Suffolk County and 35 schools statewide to receive the distinction of having 100 percent of its varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award during their respective sports seasons. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92410 Fri, 04 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point School District has formed a Literacy Forum as part of a review of literacy instruction and achievement districtwide. Representatives from K-6 schools were selected from volunteers across the district. The first forum was held this past June and a survey was created that was administered to all K-6 staff. The results of the survey were presented to the reading forum members at a follow-up meeting on Sept. 24. This presentation of results was used to design a K-6 Literacy Initiative with both horizontal and vertical alignment. The Literacy Forum again meet in October to further review literacy programs, resources, and approaches that will best meet the needs of our Rocky Point students. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92409 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School Student Government members Hope Lantz-Gefroh and Jack Meyers, along with Principal Jonathan Hart and teacher Carl Scalfani, were on hand at the recent grand opening and ribbon cutting of a new 7-Eleven store in Rocky Point. The school graciously accepted a donation of $711 from representatives of the convenience store to benefit upcoming projects and events of the student government. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92391 Wed, 02 Oct 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Families were welcomed to FJC’s Grade 2 Open School Night by our eager teachers who look forward to a year of academic achievements! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92229 Wed, 25 Sep 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point School District sends a heartfelt thanks to The East End Retired Teachers’ Association for their gracious donation. Representing the EERTA, Mr. Robert Svoboda presented a check for $125 to Rocky Point High School Principal Mr. Jonathan Hart and guidance facilitator Mr. Matthew Poole to benefit a local family in need. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92212 Wed, 25 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point community was filled with Eagle Pride as students, parents, faculty and community members filled the bleachers to cheer for the Rocky Point football team to its victory over Amityville on Sept. 21. A pre-game parade that began at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School served as the kickoff to the day’s activities which also offered food, drinks, face painting and other fun games. The annual event also welcomed alumni who marched along in the parade and showcased the award-winning cheerleading teams and celebrated marching band. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92181 Mon, 23 Sep 2019 09:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Homecoming Football Game Slideshow 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92123 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 20:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Homecoming Parade Slideshow 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92122 Sat, 21 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Homecoming MS and HS Pep Rallies--Slideshow September 20, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92115 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92108 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed First grade families were warmly welcomed at FJC’s Open School Night on Wednesday. Our teachers and staff look forward to an exciting educational year of learning, sharing, reading and caring ….together! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92107 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Come on out and support our teams! Friday, September 20th 2:45 pm Varsity Volleyball vs. Mt. Sinai (scrim) 4:00 pm Varsity Girls Tennis vs. Mt. Sinai 4:30 pm Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Elwood/John Glenn 6:30 pm Varsity Field Hockey vs. Southampton Saturday, September 21st 10:00 am JV Girls Soccer vs. Sayville – lower turf 10:00 am Varsity Boys Soccer vs. West Babylon 12:30 pm Homecoming Parade starts at FJC 2:00 pm Varsity Football vs. Amityville 6:00 pm Powder Puff – Juniors vs. Seniors http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92060 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed After 33 years in the Rocky Point School District, special education teacher Mrs. Cheryl Fusco was recognized for her service and dedication to the students and community at the Sept. 16 Board of Education meeting. “Mrs. Fusco was a leader in the building, sharing her expertise as a Wilson Fundations coach and special education mentor to teachers for over 20 years,” Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School Principal Dr. Virginia Gibbons said. “Our students have benefited greatly under her guidance and compassion. Mrs. Fusco’s legacy will be evident long after she retires.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92037 Thu, 19 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed FJC’s kindergarten teachers and staff welcomed families to Open School Night where they were introduced to a safe, caring and nurturing school environment that teaches students the skills necessary to become independent thinkers and learners. Off to a successful school career in the Rocky Point Schools! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=92036 Wed, 18 Sep 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90855 Wed, 18 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School held its annual memorial ceremony that honored the victims and heroes of 9/11 on Sept. 13, including four Rocky Point High School graduates. The assembly program featured guest speakers and recollections of the day that changed the course of American history. Organized by social studies teacher Rich Acritelli, high school students and staff members listened intently as honored guests – Lila Nordstrom, an advocate for affordable health care for young adults affected by 9/11, New York City Police Officers and first responders Anthony Flammia and Tom Wilson and Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. – shared comprehensive and personal accounts of heroism as well as the physical and emotional after-effects of that tragic day. The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard presented the colors at the ceremony and members of Post 6249 Rocky Point Veterans of Foreign Wars were in attendance. Senior Tyler Kotarsky, president of the high school’s Varsity Club, also addressed the audience and honored guests. “Boatlift,” a short documentary about people who risked their own lives helping to rescue more than 500,00 by sea immediately following the World Trade Center attacks highlighted American’s strong determination and inclination to help one another. The touching tribute ended with songwriter Alan Jackson’s emotional song “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning.” “It is extremely important that we recall the moment that our nation was attacked and remember our four lost graduates,” said Mr. Acritelli. “I would like to thank high school administration for supporting and helping this assembly become a very strong program for our students.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=91988 Tue, 17 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=91989 Tue, 17 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90854 Mon, 16 Sep 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point School District is pleased to welcome Christopher Van Cott as assistant superintendent of business and Lauren Neckin as assistant principal at Rocky Point High School. They were appointed at the Aug. 26 Board of Education meeting. Mr. Van Cott officially begins his role on Sept. 25 and Ms. Neckin on Sept. 27. Mr. Van Cott brings more than a decade of professional experience to this position, most recently in the Oceanside School District as assistant superintendent for business/treasurer. He earned advanced certification in school district business leadership from Stony Brook University, a master’s degree in banking and finance from Dowling College and an undergraduate degree in business management from Five Towns College. He is a member of the Association of School Business Officials International, Nassau County Association of School Business Officials, New York State Association of Business Officials and the Stony Brook University chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. Ms. Neckin holds a Master of Science in educational leadership from American College of Education in Indianapolis. She also earned two master’s degrees in early childhood/special education and family and consumer sciences education from Touro College and City University of New York at Queens College, respectively. Her undergraduate degree is in speech communications with a minor in human relations, which she earned at St. Joseph’s College. Ms. Neckin spent much of her career in the Great Neck Public Schools, where she both taught and gained leadership skills, most recently as the department head of family and consumer sciences. She holds New York State certifications in school building leadership, students with disabilities at all grade levels, and K-12 family and consumer science. She also has coaching experience in girls soccer and girls basketball and is professionally affiliated with several educational associations. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90844 Mon, 16 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed AP Exam Registration opens 9/16/19. If your child is enrolled in an AP course, please click here for additional information http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90735 Wed, 11 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90689 Tue, 10 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Students in the Rocky Point School District headed back to school with smiles and an eagerness to meet their new teachers and old friends. The first day of classes districtwide was a seamless transition from summer vacation to school. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90642 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point School District welcomed 13 new educators to its schools at a new teacher workshop held before the start of classes in September. The comprehensive introduction to the district and community was an opportunity to meet one another and district administrators, learn about the district’s mission and goals, and understand its policies and procedures. The teachers also took a tour of the buildings and navigated the district’s four schools. Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School welcomes Jamie Adamski, counselor; Joelle Battelli, art; Rachel Dwyer, special education; Kelly McNeill, special education; Amanda Miller, elementary education; Alexa Bennett-Rosman, teaching assistant; Jaclyn Stockholm, teaching assistant; and Karen Trapani, reading. Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School welcomes Jean Costa as a counselor, Joseph Aquila will join Rocky Point Middle School as an ELA teacher, and at Rocky Point High School Kaitlin Grady will teach as a leave replacement for social studies and Thomas Walsh has been hired as a health teacher. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90511 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point School District’s top two administrators – Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott O’Brien and Assistant Superintendent Susann Crossan – welcomed former Superintendent of Schools James Gerardi to the district over the summer. Gerardi, who retired in 2005 from the post, congratulated the duo on their new leadership positions and wished them success on their continued commitment to providing Rocky Point students with an outstanding education. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90494 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90505 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90477 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed FJC Kindergarten Orientation and Social August 28, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90455 Wed, 28 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed First day of school for staff--September 3 First day of school for students--September 4 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90456 Wed, 28 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90423 Tue, 27 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Below is the official announcement from Dr. O’Brien! Dear Rocky Point Families and Staff, I hope that you are finding time to enjoy the summer months with family and friends. The start of school is right around the corner and we are eager to welcome our students and staff back on the first day of school – Wednesday, September 4! As part of our ongoing commitment to increase communication and strengthen the home-to-school connection, I am proud to announce that the district has expanded its social media presence for the 2019-2020 school year. Important information, news and notes will now be shared using the district’s official Instagram page, @rockypointufsd. This platform will be used as an extension of our robust website and official Facebook page @RockyPointUFSD. Please be sure to follow us to receive information, news and snapshots from events and activities throughout the year. Sincerely, Dr. Scott O’Brien Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90380 Fri, 23 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed High School Grade 9 Orientation Slideshow http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90362 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed MS Welcomes Grade 6 Students Wednesday, August 21 Thank you to the Rocky Point PTA!!! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90345 Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Board of Education Meeting August 26, 2019 HS Auditorium Executive Session 6 PM Public Session 7 PM http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=90320 Thu, 15 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Copies of the District calendar will be mailed home to residents this August. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=89092 Wed, 07 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=89086 Tue, 06 Aug 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=86942 Tue, 30 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School has been recognized as a 2018-19 Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction recipient by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. It is one of only eight Section XI schools in Suffolk County and 35 schools statewide to achieve the honor. The purpose of the School of Distinction awards are to unite varsity coaches in challenging their teams to achieve a statewide honor. Rocky Point was recognized for having 100 percent of its varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete team award during their respective sports seasons. “To be honored in this capacity points to the commitment of our coaches and students who understand the importance of excellence in academics as well as in athletics,” Charles Delargy, the district’s director of health, physical education, athletics and intramurals said. “We thank them all for their teamwork and dedication to their studies and their sport. Additionally, as a district, we are very proud to have received this honor for the past three years.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=86898 Wed, 24 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Rocky Point Community, It gives me great pride to announce that Jonathan Hart has been selected to serve as the new principal of Rocky Point High School, effective immediately. Mr. Hart replaces Susann Crossan, who was announced as the district’s new assistant superintendent earlier this summer. Since the spring of 2018, Mr. Hart has been a valued member of our leadership team, serving as an assistant principal at the high school. Prior to his work in the district, Mr. Hart worked in the Connetquot Central School District as a teacher and in various leadership capacities. During his time in Rocky Point, he has been an integral part of the operations at the secondary level and has overseen a number of district initiatives, including spearheading a task force to enhance school safety and coordinating the socially and emotionally driven Challenge Day event. Additionally, he serves on several building and district committees as part of the district’s commitment to reach long-range strategic planning goals. Throughout his work in the district, Mr. Hart has strived to make a positive impact on both students and staff members, building and sustaining robust relationships. We are confident that his solid leadership skills, passion for cultivating a positive school culture and many years of experience in education will be strong assets to our schools, students, staff and community. Mr. Hart holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of New Hampshire and an advanced graduate certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University. Please join me in congratulating Mr. Hart on this much-deserved appointment and wishing him well in his new professional venture. Sincerely, Dr. Scott O’Brien Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=86163 Thu, 18 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed BOE Meeting Tuesday, July 17 Time 4:45 PM Anticipated Exec Session HS Room 121 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=85289 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School celebrated the eighth-grade class during a special moving-up ceremony this past June. In celebration of their accomplishments, students were presented with more than 20 academic and character awards, including the New York State Comptroller’s Achievement Award, the Triple “C” Award, and the Presidential Outstanding Academic Achievement and Academic Excellence awards as well as department and awards. Then, each student was called to the podium to receive their official promotion certificates. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=85274 Wed, 03 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point High School Class of 2019 began the next stage of their lives on Friday, June 28, as they officially celebrated their successes at the district’s annual Commencement Ceremony. The ceremony was laced with a number of special presentations to the graduates, as well as a number of poignant speeches. In his final address to the graduates before retiring, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Ring said, “Now is the time to step up and step out. Do the things you felt insecure doing in the past, and get out of your comfort zone, for if you spend your life inside your comfort zone, you will miss so very much. Outside of your comfort zone is where you will be more likely to attempt to achieve things you are certain you cannot.” Valedictorian Bryant Liu, Salutatorian Joshua Vogel and Exhortation Speaker Michael Gunning each had an opportunity to address their peers, sharing words of remembrance from their time in spent in Rocky Point, as well as encouragement for the graduates’ new journey ahead. A number of awards and scholarships were presented to members of the senior class before Rocky Point High School Principal Susann Crossan officially presented the candidates for graduation to all those in attendance. The members of the Class of 2019 proudly crossed the graduation stage and received their diplomas, officially becoming alumni of the Rocky Point School District. The district extends its best wishes to the graduating seniors and wishes them much success in the years ahead. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=85221 Mon, 01 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=85222 Mon, 01 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Rocky Point Community, As we have now officially commenced the 2019-2020 school year, I am pleased to announce the district has finalized the appointment of several key administrative roles. Susann Crossan, who has served as high school building principal since 2015, has been named the district’s new assistant superintendent, filling the position that I held this previous school year. Since starting in the district nearly two decades ago, Mrs. Crossan has worked diligently to foster strong relationships with students, staff and parents as she worked steadfastly as a champion advocate for all educational programs. Her leadership has also brought great distinction to our schools, including earning the high school several honors and helping to elevate students’ academic performance to an all-time high. Her commitment to our district is evident to all who know her and served as a standout quality early in our interview process for this position. The district will be conducting a thorough interview process in the coming weeks to identify a candidate to fill Mrs. Crossan’s prior position as high school principal. Kristen White, who has held the position of special education coordinator and director of support services, has been appointed the district’s new executive director of pupil personnel services. A member of the administrative team since 2014, Ms. White has consistently demonstrated a commitment to ensuring that all students are provided with a high level of education and support services. As such, we are confident that her dedication to supporting staff and students will continue to enhance districtwide initiatives in this new role. Having spent the last school year as Rocky Point Middle School’s interim principal and interim assistant principal, respectively, the district is proud to appoint James Moeller as the building’s new probationary principal and Dawn Meyers as the probationary assistant principal. Mr. Moeller is a long-standing district professional, having begun his career as a teacher at the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School, and has worked at the middle school since 2007. As a consummate professional, Mr. Moeller has helped to create an open line of communication for parents and students at the building as well as aided in the implementation of numerous new initiatives. I am confident that his years of experience will continue to help our district bolster its middle school initiatives. Ms. Meyers has been a professional in the district since 2001, working as a seventh grade mathematics teacher and in-service administrator in various capacities. She has been a valued member of our educational team, having participated in several planning committees, as well as helping to develop curricula through writing projects and strengthened community outreach. Her approachable and friendly demeanor is certain to be a continued asset to our middle school’s leadership team. Please join me in congratulating each of these individuals on their appointment and wishing them well in these new and continuing roles. Sincerely, Dr. Scott O’Brien Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=85233 Mon, 01 Jul 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Congratulations to the Rocky Point High School Class of 2019! Check back on Monday for a full slideshow of photos. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=85188 Sat, 29 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fifth-graders celebrated their promotion to middle school during a special ceremony at the end of June. During the event, members of the Select Chorus “High Notes” performed several songs and each student was called to the stage to receive their moving up certificates. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=85165 Fri, 28 Jun 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Surrounded by proud family members, teachers and friends, this year’s Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School second-grade class marked an impressive milestone this June and stepped up to third-grade. During the moving-up ceremony, several students shared their ‘moving up day’ essays and members of the second-grade service squad were commended for their dedication. Then, one by one each student processed to the front of the celebration to receive their moving up day sashes and a dictionary courtesy of the Rocky Point Rotary Club. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=85164 Fri, 28 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Report Cards K-12 are now posted on the eSchool Parent Portal. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=85100 Wed, 26 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School’s fifth grade Select Chorus "High Notes" wowed judges when they participated in the NYSSMA Major Organization Evaluation Festival earlier this June. The talented group of singers performed a Level 2 program as they sang three songs and were evaluated by two certified NYSSMA Major Organization adjudicators. The students were evaluated on eight categories, including tone, intonation, balance, technique, accuracy/execution, diction, interpretation and influencing factors. The adjudicators provided written and oral feedback on these categories, informing the chorus what they did well and offered a few tips for improving their performance. Based on their performance, the group received a “Gold” rating. A "Gold Rating" is defined by NYSSMA as, "will be awarded to organizations that have demonstrated an outstanding level of technical and artistic skill in each of the evaluative categories, including tone, intonation, balance, technique, accuracy/execution, diction, interpretation and influencing factors, for all three song selections.” The NYSSMA Major Organization Evaluation Festival is the culmination of the music learning process as well as the hard work, dedication, commitment, process and progress the students have made and exhibited throughout the school year. The students performed extremely difficult music for their age level and I'm very proud of their accomplishments. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84917 Fri, 21 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Parents and Guardians of Fifth Grade Students: Due to the weather forecast for tomorrow, along with the anticipated field conditions at JAE from today’s rain, tomorrow’s 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony is being relocated to the Rocky Point High School auditorium. Grade 5 students will be bused from the JAE school to the High School for the ceremony. Due to the limited number of seats in the high school auditorium, parents and guardians are reminded that only two guests per student can be accommodated. Please be certain to bring your admittance tickets with you to the ceremony as no guests will be admitted without a ticket. Additionally, since we anticipate nearly every seat in the auditorium being utilized, please move toward the center of the row of seats you select in order to allow for full utilization of all seats in every row. Upon arrival at the high school, you will find limited parking available in the front parking lot only. Additional parking may be found in the large FJC parking lot adjacent to the stadium. Please park in marked spots only. Entrance to the ceremony will be through the main front entrance of the high school. Please be aware that Regents testing is taking place throughout the building and your consideration of the need for minimal noise and other distractions throughout the building is appreciated. We apologize for any inconvenience this change of venue may create for our JAE families and are grateful for your cooperation and understanding. Regards, Ms. Linda Murphy Principal Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84841 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 15:20:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of exceptional performance, Rocky Point High School has been identified by the New York State Education Department as a Recognition School. Only 562 schools from 211 districts across New York State have received this honor. Recognition Schools are considered high-performing or rapidly improving schools. To be recognized, high schools must have high academic achievement and graduation rates. The school must also perform well on other accountability indicators for all student groups and not be at risk of identification as a Targeted Support and Improvement school for the performance of any subgroup. This year’s honor was based on the district’s 2017-18 data. In celebration of this honor, the Rocky Point High School received a special certificate of recognition from New York State Commissioner of Education Mary Ellen Elia. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84797 Wed, 19 Jun 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School varsity baseball team once again hosted its annual Live Like Susie Scholarship fundraiser earlier this spring, an event that has become tradition since 2014. During a game against Mount Sinai, both baseball teams not only competed on the field, but in true sportsmanship manner dedicated the game to support the scholarship for a graduating Rocky Point student. This year’s event raised over $1,200 for the Live Like Susie Scholarship and Mr. and Mrs. Facini, and Andrew Facini were present at the game played in honor of their Susie. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84766 Wed, 19 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84793 Wed, 19 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Only a few more days left in the school year and some of our first graders recently talked about their plans with News 12! Click here to check out the piece. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84714 Tue, 18 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed HS Senior Picnic 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84640 Mon, 17 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84535 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84536 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Varsity Sports Banquet Slideshow Majestic Gardens--June 10, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84432 Mon, 10 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of 13 years of hard work, determination and scholastic commitment, Rocky Point High School seniors Bryant Liu and Josh Vogel have been named the Class of 2019 valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively. Bryant is an exceptional student whose character, leadership and service experiences set him apart from his peers. He has taken 11 Advanced Placement courses and was recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction as well as named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program for exceptional academic promise. Bryant is an accomplished, talented musician and has received many honors. He plays bass clarinet and trombone, is a section leader in the marching band and is a talented NYSSMA Level 6 pianist and the first student from Rocky Point to be named an All-State Pianist, one of only 12 in the state during his sophomore year. He received the National Piano Guild Supreme Pupil Award, placed second at the American Fine Arts Festival at Carnegie Hall and received honorable mention at the American Protégé International Competition of Romantic Music. In his free time, he also served as the accompanist for the seventh grade chorus, participated in the Steinway Performers Showcase and represented Steinway & Sons at the Smith Haven Mall. In addition, he participated in the pit orchestra for the high school musical. Bryant finds time to balance his studies with many additional extracurricular activities. He is a member of the Math Honor Society, Math Team, National Honor Society and Robotics Team. He also participated on the varsity tennis and winter track teams. Outside of school, Bryant worked as an intern at Brookhaven National Laboratory and participated in the Summer Research Program at Stony Brook University. He also works at the Center for Chinese Learning at Stony Brook, where he teaches language and culture to younger students. Bryant will graduate with a weighted average of 104.69 and is bound for the University of Southern California, where he will pursue a career in economics and mathematics. Josh is a dedicated scholar, athlete, actor and a very talented musician. He was named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program and an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors, and will be graduating with a grade point average of 104.51. A gifted singer, Josh has been acknowledged with many honors and awards throughout his four years of high school, including being invited to perform at the SCMEA All-County Music Festival in the Mixed Chorus, the NYSCAME All-County Music Festival, Mixed Chorus and the NYSSMA All-State Conference, Mixed Chorus. This year Josh was selected to participate in NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir that took place in Orlando, Florida, making Rocky Point history as the first district student to participate at this level. Josh was the co-section leader of the French horns and bass clarinets in the marching band and participated in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and the Suffolk Symphonic Choir. He has also held a number of leadership roles in the school community, including serving as the president of his class for three years and as a member in our Athletes Helping Athletes, Compassion Without Borders and Human Rights clubs, as well as the National Honor Society and Thespian Honor Society. Josh will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall, where he will be studying government. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84297 Fri, 07 Jun 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE Spring Concert II Slideshow http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84021 Thu, 30 May 2019 11:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School varsity athletes have experienced a winning season this year, and for 25 seniors that athletic journey will continue this fall at some of the nation’s top colleges. During a special recognition ceremony, the district honored those students who have made the commitment to compete on the collegiate level. Each student was honored individually, as Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics and Intramurals Charles Delargy read prepared remarks about their accomplishments both on and off the athletic field. Theodore Accardi Lacrosse Air Force Academy Justin Amendola Wrestling Nassau Community College Alexander Bonacci Baseball SUNY Polytechnic Institute Kyle Bonesteel Lacrosse SUNY Plattsburgh Lucas Brown Track & Field Suffolk Community College Kimberley Casey Cheer Hofstra University Corey Connolly Wrestling Rider University Joseph Costa Soccer Wilkes University Ethan Curreri Lacrosse Sage College of Albany Emma DeMottie Diving Stony Brook University Sabrina Duenas Track & Field SUNY Cortland Samantha Ferrara Cheer Hofstra University Austin Garske Track & Field Suffolk Community College Christian Gordon Football Hartwick College Michael Gunning Baseball Lafayette College Kristopher Ketchum Wrestling Ohio State University Trey Miller Baseball Herkimer County Community College Hayley Nofi Cheer Villanova University Domenick Nunberg Lacrosse St. Leo University Gina Odierno Cheer LIU Post William Smith Lacrosse Western Connecticut Zachary Steets Lacrosse Trinity College Nicole Trude Soccer & Basketball St. Joseph’s College Delaney Vu Lacrosse Yale University http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84016 Thu, 30 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed BOE Executive Session -- 5:30 PM -- HS Room 121 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83970 Wed, 29 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School second grade students in Stacy Iberger’s class helped to show gratitude for the troops serving overseas in honor of Memorial Day and Military Appreciation Month this May. Through the generosity of the class’s families, the students collected hundreds of toiletry items, snacks and a variety of games and used those donations to create care packages for soldiers. With the help of local veterans, Councilwoman Jane Bonner, district administrators and volunteers, the students made enough care packages to fill 22 large boxes of packages. Each package included a mixture of the donated items as well as a hand-written thank-you letter from the students. The care packages were sent to the soldiers in honor of Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa, who was killed in action several years ago and is the father of a current student in Ms. Iberger’s class. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84014 Wed, 29 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School track and field teams have earned much success during this year’s competition season, and recently two students set new school records. Alexandra Kelly broke the girls triple jump record with a 39-foot jump, and Gavin DaVanzo broke the boys long jump record with a jump of 22 feet 1/2 inch. Congratulations to both student-athletes on reaching these new personal and school milestones! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=84015 Wed, 29 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The 2019-2020 RP Schools Budget Vote was on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 703 YES213 NO Susan Sullivan -- 3-year term Jessica Ward -- 1-year unexpired term Thank you to the community for your continued support! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83735 Wed, 22 May 2019 01:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Budget Has Passed. Thank You. Yes- 703 No-213 Board Election (2): Susan Y. Sullivan – 618* Michael Lisa – 410 Jessica Ward – 551* (one year term) *elected El presupuesto ha sido aprobado. Gracias. Sí- 703 No- 213 ELECCIÓN DE LA JUNTA (2): Susan Y. Sullivan – 618* Michael Lisa - 410 Jessica Ward – 551* * elegidos http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83738 Tue, 21 May 2019 06:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed HS and MS Art Show Wednesday, May 22 6 to 8 PM HS Gym http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83671 Tue, 21 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Sixth Annual Science Research Symposium http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83724 Tue, 21 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed ROCKY POINT College Commitment Day May 20, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83662 Mon, 20 May 2019 20:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Varsity Athletic Banquet Monday, June 10th, 2019 Click for Flyer http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83605 Mon, 20 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students have been going the extra mile this school year to demonstrate strong character traits. Each time a student was “caught” being kind, they were invited to write their name on a slip of paper, which was attached to their classmates’ slips, making a chain of links. Each class had its own chain of kindness, and this spring the class links were connected together to create one long chain of kindness. In total, there were more than 1,802 links. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83635 Mon, 20 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Middle School Concert II Slideshow--May 16, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83564 Thu, 16 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Middle School Spring Concert Slideshow http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83513 Wed, 15 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83365 Mon, 13 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83370 Mon, 13 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The 2019-2020 UPK lottery will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 in the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School library at 10 a.m. Your attendance is not required at this meeting. If you are unable to attend, the lottery results will be shared with each family who applied via email or phone. If your child has been accepted you will need to prove residency, date of birth of your child, and up-to-date immunizations. See registration requirements on the Rocky Point School District website. All families will be scheduled for registration on June 17th or June 18th. Those selected at the lottery will be contacted with registration information prior to June 17th. If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Kegel at 631-849-7071 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83399 Mon, 13 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed FJC Spring Chorus Concert -- May 9, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83304 Thu, 09 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE Spring Concert May 8, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83260 Wed, 08 May 2019 07:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83207 Wed, 08 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Calling all parents! If you are searching for a fun, week-long summer program for your rising K-6th grader, you’re in luck! Robots, high-tech farms, superhero gadgets and more! Invent the Future Today in Camp Invention®! Check out our new program, Supercharged™! This summer, campers will work with friends to build ships to cross the ocean, design high-tech farms and create wire circuits to bring exciting ideas to life! We’re lucky enough to be hosting the program at Rocky Point Middle School during the week of July 8 for students entering grades K-6. Sign up by visiting invent.org/camp or calling 800-968-4332. You can also learn more about this year’s program by visiting youtube.com/NationalInventorsHallofFame_NIHF! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83209 Wed, 08 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, the district extends its deepest thanks to the members of our faculty and staff who work tireless each day to ensure that our students are provided with an excellent education and receive the supports needed to lead healthy and successful lives. Your work today is helping to shape the world’s leaders of tomorrow. On behalf of all of our students and families, we say Thank You! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83171 Tue, 07 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed To help promote allergy awareness, Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students recently attended an assembly program with Kyle Dine. Mr. Dine grew up with multiple food allergies and flipped allergy awareness into a topic that engages students by using his authentic stories, songs and puppets. The show empowered children both with and without food allergies to take allergies seriously and do their part to maintain an allergy-safe school. JAE students were engaged in understanding about food allergies and how to support allergy awareness. The school extends special thanks to the Giagios and the Villafan-Kaplan families, who generously provided for this program at the school. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=83196 Tue, 07 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School baseball teams continued their long-standing tradition of giving to others when they once again visited and volunteered at Maureen’s Haven Homeless Outreach center in Cutchogue this spring. Upon arrival at the center, the team members helped to tidy up the facility, cleaning the floors and setting up bedding and sleeping areas. Additionally, they readied the dining spaces, packed lunch bags and placed donations on the beds of those who would be visiting. As part of this effort, the teams provided food donations for the center, as well as toiletry items and gift cards to local restaurants for those who stay. The program has been conducting this outreach effort for the past seven years, beginning under the direction of now-retired coach Andrew Aschettino, who facilitated the effort twice a year. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82967 Fri, 03 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s Interact Club participated in the Camp Paquatuck Spring Spruce Up event in early April. During the event, the students helped prepare the grounds and buildings of Camp Paquatuck for the upcoming summer camp season, raking leaves and cleaning the cabins. Camp Paquatuck is a summer camp and year-round respite care center for children with disabilities created by the Rotary Club of Moriches and supported by many Rotary Clubs on Long Island. Rotary International is the parent organization of Interact. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82966 Thu, 02 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed 2019 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony May 1, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82982 Wed, 01 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School senior Brianna Lamaroureux has amassed an impressive lacrosse career playing varsity since the seventh grade, and this April she scored her 200th point during a match in Long Beach. Brianna, who was an All-County player last year, will be playing lacrosse for the University of Maryland next year. She is also a dedicated scholar, member of the school’s National Honor Society and member of the Rocky Point High School field hockey team, for which her talents earned her recognition as an All-State player. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82965 Wed, 01 May 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School and district staff were recently honored by Brookhaven Town Board and Councilwoman Jane Bonner for being designated an Essential Elements: School to Watch school by the New York State Middle School Association and the New York State Education Department. Earlier this winter, the school received this recognition based on a rigorous application and on-site review process, led by a team comprised of Rocky Point Middle School stakeholders. Throughout the process, it was evidenced that Rocky Point Middle School possesses a culture focused on continuous improvement and excels in the following four domains: academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structure. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82920 Tue, 30 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Voter Registration 5.14.19 9 am - 9 pm HS Lobby http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82935 Tue, 30 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82847 Mon, 29 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82857 Mon, 29 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed HS Variety Show Slideshow http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82843 Sun, 28 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82601 Wed, 17 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Following a comprehensive search process, the Rocky Point School District Board of Education has selected Dr. Scott T. O’Brien to serve as the next superintendent of schools. Dr. O’Brien succeeds Dr. Michael F. Ring, who is set to retire this summer after 11 years of service to the Rocky Point Union Free School District, the last nine years as Superintendent of Schools. “During the application process, it became evident that the candidate best suited and qualified to lead our schools into the future was already part of our administrative team,” said Board President Susan Y. Sullivan. “In his many years working in our district, Dr. O’Brien has cultivated strong connections with parents, students and residents alike. This, combined with his passion for education, convinced the Board that he will continue to serve our district well in this new role.” Dr. O’Brien, who currently serves as the district’s interim assistant superintendent, has nearly two decades of educational experience in the Rocky Point School District alone. He served as a principal in the district prior to his current administrative position, most recently for Rocky Point Middle School and previously for Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School. The district amassed a number of accomplishments and honors under his leadership in both schools. “Rocky Point has always felt like home away from home for me, and I am honored and humbled to begin this new professional journey here,” said Dr. O’Brien. “This district is well-regarded for the robust educational offerings we provide to students at all levels, and it possesses an educational philosophy that is aligned with my professional beliefs. I look forward to working collaboratively with the staff, students and community to take our district to the next level of excellence.” Dr. O’Brien earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Accountability at St. John’s University, Professional Diploma in Educational Administration at SUNY Stony Brook, Masters in Literacy from Dowling College, and Bachelor of Science in psychology and special education from LeMoyne College. @font-face { font-family: "Cambria Math"; }@font-face { font-family: Calibri; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Calibri", sans-serif; }.MsoChpDefault { font-family: "Calibri", sans-serif; }div.WordSection1 { } http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82590 Tue, 16 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Jazz Concert Slideshow April 15, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82533 Tue, 16 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click here to read an exciting article about the Rocky Point High School baseball program! http://www.axcessbaseball.com/2019/04/05/rocky-point-baseball-blood-is-thicker-than-water/ http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82491 Mon, 15 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Public Notice: Board of Education Open Seats Anyone interested in running for the two (2) seats on the Board of Education, which will become open effective July 1, 2019 please contact Kelly White, District Clerk, at 631.849.7510. . The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will fill a seat for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2019 and expiring on June 30, 2022. The candidate with the second highest number of votes will fill a seat with a term commencing July 1, 2019 and expiring on June 30, 2020. Packets will be available beginning on March 1, 2019. The deadline for submission of completed candidate petitions is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 22, 2019. Aviso público: Consejo de educación abierta asientos Cualquier persona interesada en el funcionamiento de los dos 2 asientos en la Junta de educación, que será abierto efectivo 01 de julio de 2019, póngase en contacto con Kelly White, Secretario del distrito, en 631.849.7510. . El candidato que reciba el mayor número de votos llenará un asiento por un período de tres años comenzando el 01 de julio de 2019 y que expira el 30 de junio de 2022. El candidato con el segundo mayor número de votos llenará de un asiento un término comienza 01 de julio de 2019 y que expira el 30 de junio de 2020. Paquetes estará disponible a partir de 01 de marzo de 2019. El plazo para la presentación de peticiones de candidatos completa es 17:00 en lunes, 22 de abril de 2019. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44636 Sat, 13 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School senior Haley Kline had one of her original photographs selected for showcase in the annual Parrish Student Exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum. The exhibit featured the work of more than 1,000 students from schools on eastern Long Island. Haley created her exhibit-worthy piece as part of her participation in the professional photography program through BOCES. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82348 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed HS Spring Pocket Theater Production Slideshow April 11, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82423 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point UFSD Elementary STEM Celebration April 11, 2019 Fun with Fairy Tales http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82424 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Drug-Free and Mental Health Forum Slideshow April 10, 2019 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82368 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 03:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s 2018 yearbook cover received recognition on an international level this spring, as it was selected to be featured in Jostens’ “Look Book” competition. The annual competition is said to highlight the “best of the best” student work from across the nation in its publication. This year, a team of experts selected 385 yearbooks from over 2,000 submissions for consideration. Copies of the full Look Book will be provided to 13,000 high schools to inspire students throughout the United States, Canada and international schools. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82347 Wed, 10 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82222 Mon, 08 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Senior Citizen Prom 2019 Slideshow http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82162 Thu, 04 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As part of the Science Unplugged program offered through Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Rocky Point High School students in Guy Reid’s Human Anatomy and Physiology classes learned about the connection between electricity and brain function during a guest lecture from Julia Tomasello, a graduate researcher at Stony Brook University. During Ms. Tomasello’s presentation, “Your Brain: It’s Electric,” students discussed the structure of stem cells and how electrical transmission problems relate to neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. Students also discussed current and future possible treatments for these conditions. These discussions tied to class topics related to the brain and human nervous system. Ms. Tomasello also shared information about life as a university student and as a researcher. The Science Unplugged program allows students to speak with professionals from the field, ask them about their research and familiarize themselves with what it means to be a research scientist. Rocky Point High School looks forward to continuing to schedule additional speaking opportunities with the university. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=80542 Thu, 04 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=82083 Wed, 03 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School girls basketball program recently received recognition by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for their fundraising efforts. The varsity and JV teams raised $1,400 during their campaign, which concluded on the last game of the year and the team’s senior night. Each member of the team had supporters donate money and sign their pink fundraising T-shirts, which were worn as warmups at the last game. A bake sale with goods made by team members also brought in funds during halftime. This was the largest amount of money raised in the seven years Rocky Point basketball has participated. Junior captains of the varsity team Clare Levy and Madison Gennaro helped organize fundraising efforts, and JV player Kerry Campo raised the most money of any team member. “Rocky Point girls basketball’s commitment to this important cause shows the kind of character and integrity that makes up the entire program and pulses through each and every student-athlete,” coach Scott Lindsay said. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=80540 Wed, 03 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School Robo Eagles Robotics Team earned the prestigious Mechanical Design Award for their robot design during a recent FIRST Lego League Long Island competition. With over 200 registered teams on Long Island and competing against the top 40 teams at the championships, the team received this award in recognition of their design and development of a mechanically sound robot that is durable, efficient and highly capable of performing challenging missions. Congratulations to the entire team: Zach Accetta, Neyo Alabi, Kristian Hald, Caellum Heinlein, Felicity Monaghan, Cooper Peterson, Leala Riedl and Misha Zaslavsky. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=80538 Tue, 02 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School senior Michele Costanzo received an honorable mention in the 12th annual Art League of Long Island’s “GO APE” exhibit for her dynamic rendering of her father in colored pencil. This event celebrated the exceptional artwork of Advanced Placement art students in Long Island schools. Michele created the project as part of her studies in the high school’s AP Studio Art class. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=80490 Mon, 01 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School Presents: Variety Show Friday, April 5 @ 7 PM High School Auditorium http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=80457 Sun, 31 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Middle School Musical--Madagascar Slideshow http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=80413 Fri, 29 Mar 2019 20:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School students learned about the importance of energy conservation during an interactive and entertaining assembly program provided by PSEG Long Island in partnership with the National Theatre for Children. Through informative comedy, the program focused on what energy is, the use of energy, how energy is wasted and ways to conserve energy. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=80386 Fri, 29 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed A group of Rocky Point High School juniors and seniors in Greg Armine’s Drawing and Painting class lent their talents to create beautiful artwork for children across the country as part of this year’s Memory Project. The Memory Project, a Wisconsin-based organization, asks young artists from around the world to create portraits for children who are living in impoverished areas of the world. The children’s joy as they receive their portraits is a wonderful thing to watch, as can be seen in a video produced by The Memory Project staff. This year’s students created portraits for a group of Rohingya refugee children who were forced to flee their homes because of violent persecution. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=80385 Thu, 28 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School students in Elicia Katsapis’ science classes put their innovation skills to the test, as they designed and built Newton scooters using simple materials. The students worked independently or in groups to create a scooter that operated on Newton’s third law of motion and was able to travel 1.5 meters without the use of traditional sources of power, such as batteries, motors and fuel. Instead, these scooters were designed using a variety of materials, including rubber bands, balloons and springs. Once completed, the students tested their creations during a friendly class competition. They each had three tries to launch their scooter across a race track on the floor and, for an increased challenge, several added weight to their scooter using an egg to see if the distance it could travel would vary. Students were honored with a series of awards based on their creation’s performance. Below are the results for the two classes. Period 6: Farthest: Jordan Chirivas and Felicity Monaghan Best Name: Angie Flores-Hernandez, Christian Pasqua and Orlin Velasquez Most Unique Design: Riley Brown Fastest: Jessica Downer Most Creative Design: Joey Cecere, Ryan Negus and John Schnaars Period 8: Farthest: Bella Kern, Leanna Pavlicko and Alyssa Rubinetti Best Name: Rebecca Rando and Havin Catalbas Most Unique Design: Bryanna Klunder Fastest: John Skula and Corinne McElroy Farthest with the Egg: John Skula and Corinne McElroy http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=80337 Wed, 27 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of a parent fundraising project, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students will soon have a fun and creative way to spend their time during indoor recess, as the school will be installing new sensory activity floor paths. Within a designated setting, these paths – which are formed using sticker decals – offer students the chance to engage in movement and sensory input on days when they are unable to go outside for recess. Additionally, they provide sensory breaks for those that can benefit from a little extra movement and input multiple times during the day. The decals will be installed in the coming weeks, and the students will have the chance to enjoy them shortly thereafter. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=80338 Wed, 27 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a conclusion to their study of penguins, first-grade students in Jennifer Meschi’s class at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School participated in a special reader’s theater celebration. During the event, family and friends were invited to the classroom to listen to the students read their fiction Pet Penguin stories, share details from their research charts, discuss nonfiction penguin books and reveal the lifesized penguins they drew. Wearing black and white, the students also enjoyed making a handprint craft and singing songs and were pleasantly surprised when Ms. Meschi transformed into a penguin costume. A special part of this year’s celebration was focused on a community service project. Students and families collected recyclable bottles to raise money to “adopt” an endangered African penguin from the Georgia aquarium. In total, the class collected 1,082 bottles, which were exchanged for the monetary donation for the aquarium. For their efforts, the class received a special adoption kit, including an adoption certificate, fact sheet and plush replica African penguin. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=79078 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of the mathematical constant 3.14, better known as Pi, students throughout the Rocky Point School District participated in a number of creative activities. Fourth-grade students in Kristie Jackson’s, and Deborah Vieira and LisaCelentano’s classes at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School participated in a number of hands-on activities. From measuring circular snacks to creating pizza pie circles, these students ate their way to learning how to measure the circumference of a circle. As a culminating activity the children developed Pi Day booklets to display all the knowledge they learned throughout the day. Furthermore, Christian Flemming was challenged by his teacher to memorize the mathematical constant for Pi, and he was able to recite 46 digits after the irrational number 3.14. The Rocky Point High School Math team organized a fundraiser in honor of the day to benefit the Madagascar Ankizy Fund, an organization committed to improving the lives of Malagasy children. Students and teachers donated funds to pie their favorite teacher in the face with whipped cream pies.More than $250 was raised during the event, which was donated to aid a school in Madagascar supported over the years by district students and dubbed “The Rocky Point School.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=79077 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Creativity and outstanding writing talents have allowed fourth-grade students in Patricia Alberti’s class at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School to become published authors in an upcoming edition of Newsday’s Kidsday. For the past several weeks the students have been working with editor Pat Mullooly to draft feature articles, surveys, and puzzles, in collaboration and independently. In addition to their work in the classroom, four students were invited to The Paramount theater in Huntington to interview “America’s Got Talent” sensation We Three. “The students prepared well-researched questions, as all good journalists do,” Ms. Alberti said. “They were treated to free seats at the concert that night!” The class’ completed works will be published in Newsday from July 13-19. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=79076 Wed, 20 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click here to view the calendar http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=79025 Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point School District Board of Education and administration proudly celebrated the members of the Rocky Point High School New York State Champion Varsity Cheerleading team during a recent meeting. The district proudly congratulated the student-athletes and their coaches on this remarkable accomplishment and for their unwavering dedication to the sport. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=79026 Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The traditional Read Across America initiative was celebrated in a fun and unique way in Jennifer Meschi’s first-grade class at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School as students took part in a number of STEM activities, including reading and writing. Making it a spirit week, which commenced the week after Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the students wore different coordinating outfits to match with one of the class’ favorite Dr. Seuss books. In addition, they completed several STEM-based activities based on those stories, including building parachutes for “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” and building cup towers to resemble the famous red and white striped hat in “The Cat in the Hat.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=79027 Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=79043 Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=78937 Mon, 18 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE St. Patrick's Day Senior Citizen Breakfast Slideshow http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=78890 Fri, 15 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed At the March 14th Town of Brookhaven board meeting, Supervisor Ed Romaine, Councilperson Jane Bonner, and the Brookhaven Town Board members honored our New York State Champion Rocky Point Varsity Cheerleaders. Congratulations to our NYS Championship team! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=78852 Thu, 14 Mar 2019 23:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In an effort to proactively support students’ social, emotional and health needs, the Rocky Point Union Free School District will host an informative Substance Abuse and Mental Health Community Forum on Wednesday, April 10, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Rocky Point High School auditorium. The event will provide the results of a recent survey taken by Rocky Point students and provide perspective on how those self-reported answers compare to what their peers are experiencing nationwide. Additionally, attendees will hear from representatives from RESPONSE about mental health awareness and the Suffolk County Sherriff’s Department regarding the use of vaping, opioids and other substances. To support the effort, several groups will be on hand to provide reading materials and informative resources to take home. The district encourages all parents with children in grades K-12 and students in grades 6-12 to attend this program to learn more about this topic and what is being reported about this subject matter. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=78821 Thu, 14 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Teams of teachers and staff members took to the court this winter as Rocky Point High School hosted a fun-filled event called Swoopen’ N Hoopen’. Benefiting the local wounded warriors and the Be A Nicer Neighbor Club, the fundraising event was organized by teacher Brooke Bonomi and raised thousands of dollars for the organizations. During the event, attendees cheered on some of their favorite teachers as they competed in the game, as well as took chances to win countless baskets of assorted prizes collected by various clubs at the school. The teams of teachers were coached by students who had selected players during an in-school “draft day” event. Fifty-two teachers, faculty members and staff participated in the event as members of the four 13-player basketball teams, each with creative and unique names. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=78780 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Astronauts, professional athletes and many other important figures from throughout history were on display at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School as third-grade students in Nicole Anderson and Patricia Nesbitt’s class hosted a Living History Museum. During the event, students dressed up as the person they had chosen to research and learn about. They shared important facts about their selected person with special guests, who circulated in the classroom to hear about the students’ research. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=77549 Fri, 08 Mar 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=77602 Thu, 07 Mar 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students and staff came together to help cultivate a climate of positivity as they took part in Challenge Day this winter. Approximately 140 students and staff members took part in this powerful, high-energy program which guided participants through a series of experiential learning processes. The overall goals of the program are to increase personal power and self-esteem; to shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support; and to eliminate the acceptability of teasing, violence, and all forms of oppression. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=77548 Thu, 07 Mar 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School has been designated an Essential Elements: School to Watch (EE:STW) school by the New York State Middle School Association and the New York State Education Department. Through a rigorous application and on-site review process, led by a team comprised of Rocky Point Middle School stakeholders, it was evidenced that Rocky Point Middle School possesses a culture focused on continuous improvement and excels in the following four domains: academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structure. “While we know how outstanding all of our schools, staff and students are, recognition at this level is nonetheless welcome and uplifting,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael F. Ring. “Congratulations to all at the Rocky Point Middle School for your outstanding efforts to continually improve outcomes for all of our students.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=77546 Wed, 06 Mar 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students demonstrated what it means to proactively embrace a healthy lifestyle as they took part in the Kids Heart Challenge. Formally known as Jump Rope for Heart, the annual event aims to raise funds to support the American Heart Association. Coordinated by physical education teacher Maria Amoscato, students participate in the after-school event by jumping rope in return for monetary pledges from family and friends. Over the last 16 years, the building has raised a total of $150,564. This year alone, they raised a record $15,190.49, with fifth-grader Aidan Todaro named the highest fundraiser with his contribution of $625. In addition to the fundraising aspect, several students were named jump-off winners for jumping rope the longest during the event. Congratulations to third-grade winners Cole Grable and Sadie Hess and runners-up Joe Reda and Lily Rau; fourth-grade winners Patrick Fish and Abby Zarella and runners-up Jaden Bilicki and Halle Rau; fifth-grade winners Yuuki Donnelly and Lillian Wood and runners-up Jack Grable and Ireland Protosow; adult winners, teacher Lisa Celentano and runner-up, parent Diana Blaising. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=77547 Wed, 06 Mar 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Congratulations to our varsity cheerleaders, who were named the 2019 State Champions! Way to go Eagles!!! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=77494 Tue, 05 Mar 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed My Fair Lady Slideshow February 28, March 1, and March 2 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=77356 Thu, 28 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a culmination to their study on Native Americans, Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fourth-graders in Patricia Alberti’s class put their knowledge to the test as they constructed either a longhouse or wigwam using simple materials. The students began the project by gathering natural materials, such as sticks, clay, bark, and leaves, just as Iroquois and Algonquian children did while helping their families. In addition to creating realistic homes, many students also included scenery that depicted early farming societies. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=77202 Tue, 26 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In celebration of Say Hello Week, students and staff at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School took part in a number of engaging activities designed to open the lines of communication. As part of the initiative, daily activities promoted the notions of being a good friend and cultivating a culture of positivity within the school and community. For example, students created gratitude jars with slips of paper noting what they are most thankful for in life and others wrote kind descriptions about their classmates on colorful boards with their names inscribed. The message of the week was reinforced during an assembly with singer/song- writer Jared Campbell. During the event, Mr. Campbell performed several original songs and shared stories of encouragement dealing with matters individuals encounter on a daily basis. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=77203 Tue, 26 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Community Education Updated Spring 2019 Flyer Attached http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=77231 Mon, 25 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of their exceptional talents, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students Caliope O’Rourke and John Tringone had their artwork selected for this year’s Colors of Long Island Art Show at The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. Caliope’s piece was a fall landscape refection. Within her art class, she had learned that a landscape is a picture of land and that reflection is symmetrical. They studied Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings of Lake George, in particular her use of warm and cool colors, which were the inspiration for Caliope’s landscape. John’s artwork was a watercolor still life. In preparation for the project, John learned about the concept of perspective in a drawing and how objects overlap in a space. The students studied famous artist Paul Cézanne and how he achieved the idea of perspective in his works. Both students created their submissions with the help of school art teacher Laura Goelz. Their pieces will be on exhibit for public view in the museum’s visitors center from Feb. 22-April 7. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=77201 Mon, 25 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed “Celebrating Poetry" The 8th Annual Middle School Poetry Slam In recognition of the beautiful genre of poetry, Rocky Point Middle School students celebrated the written word this February during its annual after school event, The Poetry Slam. This event has now become a middle school tradition, which takes place every school year around Valentine’s Day, either the Wednesday or Thursday before winter recess. During this event, more than eighteen students shared their love of poetry by reading an original poem or a favorite poem by a famous poet. With more than twenty-six students in attendance in the audience, students responded, after each reading, in the tradition of snapping rather than clapping. The beauty of this event is that is gives inspiring poets and admirers of poetry a chance to share a favorite poem, or to read an original piece of writing in a non-competitive, relaxed environment. Overall, this event was created to ignite a spark of passion for the written word and love of poetry in our students, and we look forward to celebrating our students, their talent, and their love of poetry in the future. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=76003 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 01:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Updos and haircuts are the specialty of four Rocky Point High School cosmetology students who have been selected to compete in this year’s Regional Skills USA competition at Suffolk County Community College this March. Juniors Mariann Bornemann and Kayley Negus along with seniors Katarina Caselli and Sarah Levonick will work to showcase their talents and technical skills as they compete against approximately 30 other students. During the contest, the students will have 35 minutes to complete a haircut as well as 35 minutes to complete a hair updo on mannequins. The students will be judged on their products as well as their approach to the tasks, and awards will be presented to winners the day following the competition at the Crest Hollow Country Club. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=75886 Thu, 14 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School kindergarten students in Nicole Fisher and Stacie Zumpol’s class learned that man’s best friend is more than a loving companion for families but can also provide service and therapy to individuals in times of need. With the help of kindergartener Lailah Martone’s aunt, Carol Goulding, and her adorable pup Charlie, the students learned about the work of the Pet Therapy Program at Bideawee. During the visit, Aunt Carol, as the students fondly called her, spoke about the work of a service dog and how they not only help individuals with tasks but also help to calm them during stressful times. To show appreciation for the visit, each student drew a colorful picture of Charlie and proudly presented it to him during the event. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=75885 Wed, 13 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Carrying on their strong tradition of success, two Rocky Point Middle School robotics teams have earned the chance to compete in the School-Business Partnerships of Long Island First Lego League Championship Tournament, which will be held at Longwood High School on Sunday, March 3. The teams earned their chance to compete after earning success during one of six qualifying tournaments for the Long Island region. During that event, the teams were challenged to compete against 26 other teams, with only the top six qualifying for the championships from the tournament. In addition to the team honors, both Rocky Point teams earned individual honors. Robo Eagles team won the Project Presentation Award. Team members include: Zach Accetta Neyo Alabi Kristian Hald Caellum Heinlein Felicity Monaghan Cooper Peterson Leila Riedl Misha Zaslavsky Radical Robotix team won the Robot Design, Strategy and Innovation Award. Team members include: David Almeida Aidan Barry Eve Hald Maddy Knopfke Sola Matsumoto CJ McMillen Allyson Opitz Nick O’Shea http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=75884 Tue, 12 Feb 2019 06:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School Presents LERNER AND LOEWE’S MY FAIR LADY March 1st & March 2nd 7:00 PM Rocky Point H. S. Auditorium Tickets $10 H.S. Ticket Booth Hours Monday – Friday (beginning 2/25/19) 7:00 AM - 7:15 AM 1:20 PM – 1:40 PM And 1 Hour before each performance Free Performance for Senior Citizens Thursday, February 28th at 3:30 PM Doors Open at 3 PM - No Tickets Necessary LERNER AND LOEWE’S MY FAIR LADY Book and Lyrics by Music by ALAN JAY LERNER FREDERICK LOEWE Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Play and Gabriel Pascal’s Motion Picture “PYGMALION” Original Production Directed by Moss Hart LERNER AND LOEWE’S MY FAIR LADY Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=75874 Tue, 12 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed AP EXAM REMINDER: WINDOW CLOSING 2/18 at 7 AM Each Advanced Placement (AP) course culminates in an examination administered during the month of May. The standard fee for each exam is $94, with a reduced fee of $53 available for students who are either enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program (please be sure to fill out the appropriate areas on the online registration form so that eligibility may be verified). This year registration will take place online only, beginning on Monday, Jan 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM and concluding on Monday, Feb 18, 2019 at 7:00 AM. The registration process should take just a few minutes and may be completed from any computer with internet access. Online payment is available using a credit or debit card. If opting to pay by check or money order, please follow the directions on the “Payment Stub” printed at the time of registration. Checks/money orders (payable to Total Registration, LLC) should be mailed with the “Payment Stub” to: Total Registration, LLC PO Box 398 Eldorado Springs, CO 80025 *There will be no in person registration or payment this year.* In order to register, please visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/334887and complete all of the required questions. Additionally, registration is not complete until a PDF version of the confirmation page provided at the end of the registration process is printed. It is strongly recommended that parents and students complete online registration together in order to ensure that the correct exams are ordered. Please note the following important dates for the registration process: • Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7:00 AM - registration begins • Monday, February 18, 2019 at 7:00 AM - registration ends • Monday, February 25, 2019 at 7:00 AM - registrations that have not been confirmed and paid will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered. Exam dates and times are posted on the district calendar. These dates and times are also available on the College Board website: http://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Melinda Brooks, Director of Humanities at (631) 849-7566 or Aaron Factor Director of MST at (631) 849-7511. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73202 Mon, 11 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed On Thursday, January 24, and Thursday, February 11, Mr. Yashowitz's JAE Academic Leadership Team volunteered at Friends Kitchen settingup for dinner andserving meals to local residents.Friends Kitchen is held at the Lutheran Trinity Evangelical Church in Rocky Point (The Fish Church) and has been serving nutritious hot meals tothe needy for more than 23 years. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73817 Fri, 08 Feb 2019 06:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students proved that they have a love for reading, as they read more than 649,600 minutes this January during this year’s We Are Reading More initiative. Throughout the monthlong program, students read independently at home and at school, keeping a log of their efforts, and participated in a number of activities and days. Keeping with this year’s theme of Reading is Sweet, students decorated paper candies with their favorite book titles and authors and created paper cupcakes with nonfiction facts, which were displayed in the building. They pledged to stay device-free on an electronic blackout day, wore their favorite team shirts on team day and shared their favorite Time for Kids articles and writing pieces with family and friends. Renowned author Peter Catalanotto also visited the school and shared his personal life story and words of encouragement for overcoming obstacles. Mr. Catalanotto spoke about the desire to always be an artist and the evolution into becoming a writer, as well as the personal struggles he faced throughout that process. Students earned rewards throughout the month, including raffle tickets to win various prizes to entertainment establishments and stores in the area. Winners of the raffles were announced during the culminating WARM activity. Teachers donned silly outfits and went head to head in grade-level races to celebrate all of the students’ efforts and accomplishments. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=75637 Wed, 06 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed On Sunday, February 3 two Middle School Robotics teams participated in one of six Qualifying Tournaments for the Long Island Region striving for a stop at the Championships in March to be held at Longwood High School. The two MS Robotics teams competed against 26 other teams with only the top 6 qualifying for the championships from this tournament. Through the hard work and dedication, both MS Robotics teams qualified. Congratulations to our MS Robotics Teams! Robo Eagles Team won the Project Presentation Award Team members: Zach Accetta Leila Reidl Felicity Monaghan Misha Zaslavsky Cooper Peterson Neyo Alabi Caellum Heinlein Kristian Hald Radical Robotix Team won the Robot Design, Strategy & Innovation Award Team members: Eve Hald CJ McMillen Nick O'Shea Sola Matsumoto Allyson Opitz Aidan Barry David Almeida Maddy Knopfke http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=75601 Tue, 05 Feb 2019 22:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School helped to shine a light on a large cause for concern this January as the building recognized Human Trafficking Awareness Day. According to the Department of State, the top three states in the United States with the most human trafficking activity are California, Texas and New York. The 2018 Global Slavery Index estimates that on any given day in 2016, there were 403,000 people living in conditions of modern slavery in the United States. In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Day, Rocky Point’s Human Rights Club spread awareness of this cause by placing small blue hearts (blue being the color that symbolizes human trafficking awareness) on the doors and doorways of the high school building to show shocking facts and statistics around the school. With the knowledge students gained from the blue hearts, it was the club’s hope to have students want to show their support by signing their pledge to help end human trafficking on a large blue heart before and after school. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73937 Wed, 30 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73993 Wed, 30 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School Advanced Placement art students Lea Miller and Grace Fantau had their artwork on display in LIU Post’s “Advanced Visions 15: High School Artists of Excellence” art show this winter. The art department of LIU Post sponsors this open-call exhibition that demonstrates the remarkable abilities of the highest-level art students in the New York area. The exceptional work of over 60 students represents Advanced Placement art, International Baccalaureate and Portfolio Preparation programs from over 30 different high schools throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73936 Tue, 29 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click for Budget Presentation http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73860 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point School District’s Board of Education has appointed Scott Reh to fill the trustee seat vacated by Joseph Coniglione earlier this school year. Mr. Reh, who was officially sworn in during the Board’s Jan. 14 meeting, will serve in this role until the conclusion of the trustee election to be conducted at the next Annual Meeting, which is scheduled to take place May 21. The trustee elected as a result of the community vote will be sworn in at that meeting. Mr. Reh is a familiar face on the Board of Education, having served as a trustee for eight years until June 2018. Four of those years, Mr. Reh served as the Board’s vice president. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73515 Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed High School Course Selection Guide 2019-2020 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73460 Tue, 15 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click here to view the flyer http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73300 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 06:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73301 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a celebration of their dedication to becoming stronger readers, fourth-grade students in Debbie Vieira and Lisa Celentano’s class at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School participated in a special pajama reading celebration. During the special workshop, the students were encouraged to dress in festive pajamas and take part in silent reading, teacher read-alouds and partner reading projects. “The students know there’s something really special about cuddling up with a great book,” Ms. Vieira said. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73246 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The season of giving came early for Rocky Point High School’s Tech Crew and the Sound Choice Music Club, as they had the chance to practice with the district’s new sound and lighting system just before the holiday break. Sound Choice members Hunter Hess, Max Jalajas, Ryan Magrane and Aiden Serviss jammed through the new Allen and Heath soundboard playing their rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock.” Additionally, Sam Moscoso and Kayla Pagano had the chance to experience how to work behind the board. Both clubs are advised by guidance counselor Mike Conlon and are open to all students. Anyone interested is encouraged to visit the high school guidance office for more information. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73247 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed To further provide students with the opportunity to explore science research, Rocky Point High School has partnered with Stony Brook University and its Women in Science and Engineering program this year. A cohort of 13 10th-grade students has been visiting Stony Brook each week, where they are learning about the research of Ph.D. graduates. In late December, the group traveled to Brookhaven National Laboratory, where students were able to view nanoparticles with an electron microscope. The students previously created the particles at Stony Brook, using a technique they learned about from one of the graduate students. The school’s program will continue in the spring, and students will contribute to an end-of-year capstone symposium to share their work. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73244 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s Human Rights Club regularly works to spread the importance of human rights and freedoms, a message that they reinforced this December as the world honored the 70th anniversary of the development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document, created by the United Nations in 1948, contains 30 articles which guarantee that all humans are provided with equal rights regardless of race, religion or gender. To mark its anniversary, the Human Rights Club created a video highlighting the importance of the declaration, shared during the building’s English classes, and wrote an announcement that was read aloud. “It is the reason that we are able to stand up for injustices across the globe and proclaim our basic human rights,” the announcement read in part. “Please recognize the importance of Human Rights Day along with the Human Rights Club to honor the 70th anniversary of the UDHR being created. Stand up for someone’s rights today.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73245 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School’s fifth-grade Select Chorus brought to life a comical tale of a lost musical playlist and the chaos that ensued during this year’s winter school musical, “Santa’s Holiday Playlist,” written by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson. Under the direction of music teacher Craig B. Knapp, the students rehearsed for weeks to perfect their musical, acting and singing talents before opening night and two subsequent daytime performances for their peers. The show followed the lives of those at the North Pole and how they worked to help Santa cope with a missing list of his favorite classic holiday tunes. From dancing wooden soldiers to a snowflake that wanted to become the next Broadway star, the musical was funny, heartwarming and highly entertaining for all audiences. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73211 Fri, 04 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Spring SAT Prep Classes at Rocky Point High School http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=73147 Wed, 02 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed 2018 High School Winter Concert Slideshow December 20, 2018 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72997 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fourth-graders in Deborah Vieira and Lisa Celentano’s class put pencil to paper this winter to showcase their creativity in conjunction with a community service project. After researching fairytales and their written structure, the students developed their own fractured fairytale. Once completed, the pieces were bound together to create a class collection of original stories. Then, teaming with their peers from Kristie Jackson’s class, the class coordinated a pajama donation collection. The donated items – which were made by students and staff at JAE as well as Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School – were given to the Pajama Program, an initiative of Scholastic’s Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. This organization matches each donated pair of pajamas with a book, and in this case will match them with the class fairytale collection the students created. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72877 Wed, 19 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE High Notes Winter Musical Slideshow 2018 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72946 Wed, 19 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The members of Rocky Point Middle School’s Select Chorus lent their voices to bring holiday cheer to area residents when they performed at the Shoreham Senior Center. During their visit, the students sang a number of holiday songs before inviting those in attendance to join them in a group singalong. The middle school Select Chorus is under the leadership of Sara Ruggiero. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72875 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point girls basketball team dominated the competition this year to win the Panther Classic Tournament – a two-day tournament involving four teams. The team competed against its peers from Babylon, Newfield and St. Dominics during the challenging event. The Rocky Point Eagles defeated St. Dominics in the first round 61 -24. Junior captain Madison Gennaro led the scoring with 16 points. Junior captain Clare Levy contributed 14 points. In the second-round championship game, Rocky Point was pitted against Babylon High School, which had defeated a tough Newfield team in its first-round game. Rocky Point played an outstanding team game that relied on defensive pressure created by a zone half-court press. The strong defense created steals and transition points for the Eagles the entire game. Each member of the team gave major contributions to this 44-27 win. Captain Clare Levy led the team in scoring and was named the tournament MVP. Captain Madison Gennaro and junior forward Autumn Kinderman received All-Tournament awards for their great play. Rocky Point’s tournament win is its second in two consecutive years, and it is looking for another invitation to go for the “three peat” next year. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72876 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Middle School Concert Slideshow December 13, 2018 Performance http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72747 Thu, 13 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Middle School Concert Slideshow December 12, 2018 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72694 Wed, 12 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed JAE WINTER CONCERT SLIDESHOW December 11, 2018 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72647 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students Alexander Bonacci and Delaney Vu have been named 2018 Suffolk Zone winners by the Suffolk Chapter of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The pair was honored for being the top female and male senior physical education leaders in their school during the association’s annual awards dinner. The award criterion considered students’ leadership in physical education, scholarship, character, being a role model to their peers and academic excellence. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72562 Mon, 10 Dec 2018 06:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of November being designated National Diabetes Awareness Month, Rocky Point Middle School students and staff helped raise funds for one of the fastest-growing diseases around the world – type 1 juvenile diabetes. Under the leadership of the Middle School Natural Helpers Club, students and staff at the Rocky Point Middle School hosted a Dimes for Diabetes contest to see which grade could collect the most dimes for diabetes. The students and staff wore blue to show support for diabetes awareness and donated spare change throughout the month. As a result of the school community’s generosity, Rocky Point donated $586.36 to JDRF, a nonprofit organization that works to find better treatments, preventions and, hopefully, a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72563 Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday, fourth-grade students at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School recently held a Native American celebration. As an additional activity to the grade level’s Native American social studies unit, students visited with several fourth-grade teachers. During the activity, the students enjoyed listening to Native American folktales, creating and decorating a craft, completing a scavenger hunt and playing an authentic Native American game. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72418 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School varsity cheerleaders captured their 14th Regional title at the UCA Empire Regional competition at Nassau Community College on Sunday, December 2, with an outstanding, stand out performance. Their medium varsity division was competitive and their performance was action packed, exciting to watch and on point. “We are so proud of these girls – they are dedicated, determined and driven,” said Coach Anna Spallina. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72467 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed FJC Holiday Concert Slideshow December 4, 2018 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72436 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Creativity and innovation abounded at Rocky Point High School as the district hosted its second annual STEM Exposition. This event provided students with opportunities to meet and talk with representatives from academic institutions and industry. Representatives included private astronaut and Princeton University professor Dr. Gregory Olsen, Verizon Fios meteorologist Geoff Bansen and Dr. John Tanacredi, professor of earth and environmental studies at Molloy College. Adelphi University, Brookhaven National Laboratory and New York Institute of Technology also attended and provided students with information related to STEM majors and STEM careers. In addition to speaking with STEM representatives from a variety of organizations, attendees engaged in hands-on STEM challenges. Attendees constructed sturdy tables from masking tape and newspaper, created small-scale parachutes to safely transport materials, built bridges made of marshmallows and toothpicks, and assembled aluminum foil boats. These activities allowed participants to devise creative solutions to engineering problems. The STEM Exposition also showcased Rocky Point students’ accomplishments. Rocky Point Middle School and High School robotics, High School math, High School cosmetology, High School computer science and High School technology groups all presented at the event. “Rocky Point will seek to build on the enthusiasm generated from the STEM Exposition, continuing to create opportunities to promote STEM college and career opportunities,” said Aaron Factor, director of math, science and technology. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72417 Tue, 04 Dec 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Executive session – December 3rd– 6 pm http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72261 Wed, 28 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed After a comprehensive application process, Rocky Point Middle School was proud to be the recipient of a site visit by the prestigious Schools to Watch Committee this November. This is an organization that was started by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. The Schools to Watch Program examines four essential elements: academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational support. It is a distinct honor to be selected to have a site visit as part of this multistep process. The Schools to Watch Committee is comprised of current or retired educators or administrators from around New York State. They spent two days this November visiting classrooms, meeting with students, parents, teachers, building and district level administrators and Board of Education members to gain firsthand insight into the wonderful programs and activities at the middle school. There were only three middle schools recognized by New York State as new Schools to Watch in 2018, and the district hopes to join the 2019 listing. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72046 Tue, 27 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School students and staff, through the building’s advisory program, have been promoting kindness through positive messages and uplifting quotes by participating in the Kindness Rock Project. As part of the initiative, each student created a colorful rock inscribed with a powerful message of hope and kindness for the kindness garden in the school’s courtyard. When visiting the garden, individuals looking for inspiration are invited to take a kindness rock and create a replacement, which will serve as a source of hope and inspiration for someone in the future. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72045 Mon, 26 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students and staff worked to give to those in need by hosting a unique food drive focused solely on snacks. The initiative, coordinated by the school’s Holiday Help Committee, ran for a week in November. Throughout the drive, individuals donated their favorite snack items, hoping to fill a large-wheeled bin to the brim. At the end of the drive, the school’s second-grade service squad helped to sort the donations into food categories and prepared them for distribution to local families in need of assistance. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72043 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 06:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School students and staff are working to ensure others in the community have a joyous holiday by participating in a fun-filled food drive. To draw excitement for the event, eighth-grade teacher John Mauceri dressed in a turkey costume and visited the students’ lunch periods to kick off the food drive. During the days leading up to the big day, individuals made donations of nonperishable food items in bins outside the cafeteria. On Wednesday before break, students and staff took part in a turkey trot around the track led by the turkey. All students who donated an item of food for the needy will get a “Ticket to Trot” with the turkey. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72044 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students, staff and community recently came together to honor and celebrate approximately 70 members of the school community who have volunteered to serve the country as part of the armed forces. In an effort organized by teacher Rich Acritelli, students and honored guests began the day gathered in the school’s auditorium for a moving Veterans Day assembly program. During the event, Mr. Acritelli, along with History Honor Society and History Club members, paid tribute to graduates who served our country in the armed forces. Individuals’ names were announced and their photos and credentials were displayed on a large screen on stage. Those in attendance were also invited to speak with the crowd. Many members of the local VFW Post 6249 were also on hand to part take in the event, as well as be celebrated for their unwavering support of the school and community. Following the assembly, the building’s newly created Veterans Wall of Honor was ceremoniously unveiled. Located in the main lobby of the school, the wall features plaques inscribed with the names and images of those honored and are surrounded by beautiful emblems from each of the different branches of the military. Veterans in attendance had the chance to officially unveil their plaque, and all collectively applauded them for their service and commitment. “We are grateful for the many organizations who helped make this tribute possible, and thanks to Mr. Acritelli for the countless hours he spent to make this Wall of Honor possible,” Principal Susann Crossan said. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=72042 Wed, 21 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s Interact Club members recently volunteered their time to participate in the Camp Paquatuck fall cleanup event. Students helped prepare the grounds and buildings of Camp Paquatuck for winter season. They helped rake leaves, paint the barn and clean the cabins. Camp Paquatuck is a summer camp and year-round respite care center for children with disabilities, created by the Rotary Club of Moriches and supported by many Rotary Clubs on Long Island. Rotary International is the parent organization of Interact. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71882 Fri, 16 Nov 2018 07:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Crafty Cooks Club at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School provides students with an outlet to express their creativity and passion in a fun-filled environment. Open to third-grade students, this after-school club is advised by special education teachers Gina Hale and Kim O’Connor. During their meetings, students have the chance to make seasonal crafts in a social environment, which promotes new friendships and teamwork. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71881 Fri, 16 Nov 2018 06:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Surrounded by proud family members, coaches and district administrators, four Rocky Point High School seniors put pen to paper this November as they took part in 2018 NCAA Signing Day. After countless hours on the athletic fields and arenas, these student-athletes were selected to not only attend some of the nation’s top colleges but also compete as part of their premier athletic programs. The Rocky Point School District is proud to congratulate the following seniors on this distinction and wishes them well in their future academic and athletic endeavors. Jacqueline Bauer - Lacrosse - Mercy College Megan Greco - Lacrosse - Wagner College Brianna Lamoureux - Lacrosse - University of Maryland Robert Milopsky - Baseball - Hillsborough Community Colle http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71880 Fri, 16 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students worked to develop new skills and build inner strength during a recent assembly program with keynote speaker John Perricone. During the event, this nationally sought-after speaker guided students through interactive exercises, storytelling, psychological insights and age-appropriate philosophical discussions, all geared toward awakening the power that each student has to shape their lives and forge their destinies. Students were encouraged to understand what motivates them personally, to accept that life will be difficult but that the stress and pressure one faces can help to make one stronger and more resilient. “Though we are a society that celebrates physical strength, we rarely, if ever, talk about the cultivation of inner strength – the strength that enables us to make sound decisions in the face of adversity, peer pressure, bullying, media influence, etc.,” Mr. Perricone said. In addition to the assembly programs with the entire student body, Mr. Perricone held a one-hour breakout session with student leaders, enabling them to further develop their skills and inspire their peers to do the same. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71708 Wed, 14 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Schools throughout the Rocky Point School District took time to pause, remember and give thanks to local servicemen and women this November by taking part in a number of Veterans Day events and activities. At Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School, second-graders gathered in the school’s gymnasium to celebrate and honor local servicemen and women for their bravery and service. After the nation’s colors were presented by a member of the Rocky Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6249, the veterans in attendance were individually introduced and presented with a paper medal of honor. Each honored guest was invited to share about which branch of the armed forces they served and their personal connection to the school. Additionally, the students learned about the evolution of the trumpet and the part the bugle plays in the military from a member of Post 6249. The students performed a special song, giving thanks to all who served. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71706 Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point High School marching band took part in the 56th annual Newsday Marching Band Festival, showcasing its fine musicals skills, talents and pristine choreography. The event took place in Uniondale at the Mitchel Athletic Complex and brought together student marching bands from throughout Long Island. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71707 Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71668 Fri, 09 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed November 6, 2018 Dear Parents and Guardians: With the winter season rapidly approaching, it is important to remind all parents and legal guardians of our inclement weather emergency protocols. In the event of inclement weather causing an early dismissal, schools will dismiss in the same order as is customary for regular dismissal with the High School being dismissed first, followed by the Middle School, the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School, and, lastly, the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School. Please review with your children the emergency procedures you have arranged in the event of a delayed opening, early dismissal, or school closure. When weather conditions necessitate a change from the regularly scheduled school day, the following protocol will be followed: A review of road and weather conditions and forecasts will take place as early as possible. •Parents will be notified of the decision to delay, dismiss early or close school, via Connect Ed telephone, text and email messages. •Inclement weather bus stops will be utilized during any delayed opening or early dismissal due to weather. If inclement weather bus stops are used for pickup on a given morning, they will be used for afternoon drop-off also, unless parents and guardians are notified to the contrary. A list of current inclement weather stops can be accessed via the Parent Portal on eSchool. If your present bus stop is not listed, then the regular and inclement stops are the same. As you know, weather is often unpredictable and forecasts may be inaccurate from time to time. We will always make the best decision possible based on the available weather data. However, your patience and understanding are appreciated when the forecast is unclear and our decision does not align precisely with the weather outcome. Please ensure that your emergency contact information on file with your child’s school is up to date and accurate. This information may be updated via the Parent Portal on eSchool or you may contact the main office of your child’s school to provide updated emergency contact information. As is always the case, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and your cooperation and support is greatly appreciated when we are dealing with inclement weather and emergency closings/dismissals of any type. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact your child’s building principal. Please accept my best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday season. Sincerely, Michael F. Ring, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71537 Tue, 06 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Marvels and mysteries were unveiled at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School when students attended a highly visual assembly program called Extreme Science 2.0 with Hagerman the Magician. During the event, the presenter showcased how magic is based in science as he completed a number of experiments. Students watched with awe as crystals caused water to “vanish,” and a liquid transformed a Styrofoam cup into a malleable substance that, before it hardened, was added to help shape the largest ball made of recycled Styrofoam. Students also learned about static electricity, gravity and electric properties using a series of other devices. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71434 Mon, 05 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Students must attend 16 lectures and 16 driving classes. There will be one make up class allowed for lecture class. Preference will be taken into consideration and is not a guarantee. Assignments may be based on date ofbirth. For additional information call 631-849-6168. Download the Application Download the Calendar http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71468 Mon, 05 Nov 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As part of their art studies, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School first-graders recently expanded their knowledge of primary and secondary colors during a fall-themed project. With the help of art teacher Laura Goelz, the students worked to mix together the primary colors – red, yellow and blue –to create exquisite hues of the secondary colors – purple, orange and green. Once they perfected each shade, the students used them to paint fall-themed items such as pumpkins and leaves. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71432 Fri, 02 Nov 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students in grades K-2 took part this October in one of the school’s most treasured events, the annual Harvest Day Parade. During this memorable event, each student, dressed as his or her favorite storybook character, marched around the high school track to the cheers of parents and onlookers. Among the favorites portrayed were Alice in Wonderland, the Cat in the Hat, Charlie Brown, Harry Potter and Pete the Cat. The Rocky Point High School marching band was also on hand to perform some popular tunes for the students and their adoring fans. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71433 Fri, 02 Nov 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed FJC Harvest Day Parade Slideshow http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71305 Wed, 31 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71239 Tue, 30 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In an effort organized by the school’s Human Rights Club, Rocky Point High School students and staff celebrated Unity Day this October by wearing orange and making monetary donations to Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Orange is the color associated with bully prevention. Unity Day is an event when individuals come together – in schools, communities and online – to send one large orange message of support, hope and unity to show that we are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. At the high school, participating students and staff received an orange ribbon for a small donation. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71158 Mon, 29 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71199 Mon, 29 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School junior varsity and varsity girls volleyball teams recently hosted their 10th annual Dig Pink Breast Cancer fundraiser. The entire district contributed to the success of this event, and the community has embraced this event as one that defines the quality of their character – a giving, selfless, uplifting, supportive, strong team of individuals. The young women of the volleyball program and their parents continue, year in and year out, to exceed expectations. In an era when news about cancer permeates the airways, Rocky Point’s athletic community and beyond regularly stands united to honor those who have fallen, stand with those who are fighting and admire those who have survived. In 2018 alone, the Rocky Point School District raised more than $4,500 for the cause, bringing their 10-year total to over $65,000. Special thanks to visiting teams from Longwood and Amityville high schools who joined the district’s event and to all those who played a vital role in the success of the program, including parent volunteer Laura Wheeler and teachers Kelly Calamita and Maria Amoscato. The teams are coached by Conor Sussillo (varsity) and Kevin Parker (JV). http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71156 Fri, 26 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Music, rhythm and fun reverberated throughout Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School as students, family and staff came together to participate in a fun-filled evening of family folk dancing this October. The annual event provided the opportunity for students to bring their parents to school, where together they participated in several folk dances led by school music teacher Craig Knapp. This multigenerational experience builds appreciation of the process of music making and community spirit. Traditional folk dancing promotes building of community, teamwork, discipline, respect and following instructions. Folk dance has links with many other subjects, including history, literacy, art, music and physical education. The students enjoyed the event, learning valuable social skills as well as improving coordination and confidence. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=71157 Fri, 26 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School science teacher Audra Hallock has been selected as a New York State Master Teacher, the first in the school district. The NYS STEM Master Teacher program is a competitive program and only selects veteran educators who demonstrate a commitment to student achievement, promote STEM inside and outside the classroom, seek out professional development opportunities and work with colleagues to improve STEM instruction. As a STEM Master Teacher, Audra will create, design, facilitate and participate in STEM professional development for the next four years at Stony Brook University. “Being selected as a New York State Master Teacher in STEM is truly quite an honor, and I am excited to begin working with and learning from other master teachers from the region and state,” Ms. Hallock said. “Learning truly is a lifelong process and I am eager to continue my own learning at this level and to then be able to bring new ideas and techniques into the classroom.” There are approximately 980 STEM Master Teachers statewide, and Audra is one of only 93 STEM Master Teachers on Long Island. “We are very proud of Ms. Hallock being selected as Rocky Point’s first-ever NYS STEM Master Teacher, and we are looking forward to her sharing new, meaningful strategies and resources with her colleagues, in support of Rocky Point students,” said Aaron Factor, director of math, science and technology. Prior to being selected as a STEM Master Teacher, Ms. Hallock had to go through an exhaustive application and interview process, including a demonstration lesson. She also shared information about her work with sixth-grade GATES students and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Through a partnership with the lab, Ms. Hallock has facilitated students’ exploration of plant and animal populations on Rocky Point School grounds. Specifically, she has helped students examine specific changes to Allegheny mound ant populations and the effect of those changes on surrounding flora. “Education is the cornerstone to success, and it is the brilliant, dedicated teachers in New York who make a difference in countless lives and inspire the leaders of tomorrow,” Governor Cuomo said. “Congratulations to the 275 newest members of the Master Teacher program, who will join the ranks of the top educators in the state as they work to further their skills and their impact on students in every corner of this great state.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=70975 Tue, 23 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Please note, the follow revised schedule for the Board of Education meeting and Audit Committee meeting scheduled for Oct. 22. BOE meeting call to order at 5pm, anticipated executive session to follow Audit Committee meeting will begin at 6 pm HS Room 121 Public Session will commence at 7 pm HS Auditorium http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=70891 Mon, 22 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School recently praised the academic accomplishments of 51 students and proudly inducted them into the building’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. During the commemorative ceremony, Isadora Luce began with opening remarks, followed by the Pledge of Allegience, led by Gianna Imeidopf and Amber Sanchez, and a performance of the national anthem, sung by Ella Botticelli, Brenna Kiernan, Samantha Leversen and Erin Ward. To describe the mission of the honor society, Madeline Carney- Schmidt explained the candle lighting ceremony and five students explained its five pillars. Jackson Normandin explained scholarship, Eva Edery spoke about service, Isadora Luce addressed leadership, Aneesh Deshpande noted the importance of citizenship and Lilly Resciniti spoke about character. The new inductees were then guided to the stage by current ninth-grade members and led through the official induction ceremony. Avery Gennaro spoke about the faculty member receiving honorary status this year, eighth-grade math teacher Nicole Gabrinowitz. Honorary members are chosen by current ninth-graders based on the honor society’s pillars. “The current ninth-grade members did a superb job of welcoming in and being role models for our new eighth-grade inductees,” said Dawn Callahan, the honor society’s adviser. “I am hopeful that our new inductees will live up to the same level as our ninth-grade members.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=70802 Wed, 17 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=70748 Tue, 16 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School seniors Bryant Liu and Joshua Vogel have been recognized for exceptional academic promise by being named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. They placed among the top 50,000 scorers out of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for special scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=70553 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School students and staff got a spirited start to the fall season as they celebrated their Eagle pride with a philanthropic twist. School colors blanketed the building during events including a pep rally and theatrical skits focused on the themes of the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program. The day’s events ended with a “lemon” pie eating relay race that called for teams of teachers representing all grade levels to race across the gymnasium to be the first to consume whipped cream pies. Attendees donated hundreds of dollars during the event to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization that supports childhood cancer research. In a fun way to cap off the program, one student from those who donated to the cause was selected at random to pie Interim Principal James Moeller in the face. The lucky winner was sixth-grader Heidi Lanze. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=70522 Tue, 09 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point School District came together under particularly sunny skies to celebrate homecoming 2018 during the last weekend in September. Eagle fans of all ages lined the sidewalk in front of Rocky Point High School to cheer on those marching in the annual homecoming parade, which began at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. This year’s event was led by Rocky Point alumni, who were celebrating their 40th anniversary, and featured members of the marching band and cheerleading teams. The parade contained colorful banners created by Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School and Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students and homecoming floats fashioned by each high school grade level. The floats and banners followed this year’s theme of “Rocky Point Honors Our Armed Forces.” Throughout homecoming weekend, members of the high school varsity and junior varsity teams competed in challenging games against some of the region’s top high schools. The celebratory event was capped off with the traditional juniors versus seniors powder puff game, which collected donations for organizations committed to fighting children’s cancer. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=70278 Mon, 01 Oct 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Homecoming Parade 2018 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=70233 Sat, 29 Sep 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Along with other talented music students across the United States and overseas in military base schools, Rocky Point High School senior Joshua Vogel has been working diligently on his musical craft, practicing with dedication to gain a chair or part in local, district and state music honor ensembles. This fall, that dedication paid off on a national level. Joshua has now been selected to join the “best of the best” for the National Association for Music Education’s 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles on Nov. 25-28 at Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. He will perform along with the National Honor Choir. The All-National Honor Ensembles performers represent collaboration and creativity in its highest musical form. Students were selected through an audition process. Eligible students have qualified for their state-level honor ensemble program and competed against top students for a spot in these national honor ensembles. Joshua, along with his fellow choir members, will be rehearsing a challenging repertoire in preparation for performing under the baton of the most prominent conductors in the United States. The Rocky Point School District wishes him well as he represents the school community this November. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=70200 Fri, 28 Sep 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Years of practice and perfection have earned six Rocky Point High School student-musicians the chance to participate in this year’s New York State School Music Association’s All-County Music Festival. Selection into this coveted musical event is based on students’ scores at last spring’s NYSSMA solo and ensemble festival, as well as teacher recommendations. The district proudly congratulates the following students and commends their teachers and families for supporting their musical journey. Molly Infranco – Orchestra (oboe) – 11th Grade Briana O’Connor – Mixed Chorus – 12th Grade Joshua Vogel – Mixed Chorus – 12th Grade Daniella Grimard – Treble Chorus – 11th Grade Heather Kuhn – Treble Chorus – 12th Grade Maria Roman – Treble Chorus – 12th Grade http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=70188 Thu, 27 Sep 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=70189 Thu, 27 Sep 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of their exceptional academic achievement and promise, 27 Rocky Point High School seniors have been named Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board. This honor is bestowed upon students based on their performance on Advanced Placement exams. Twenty scholars were given the title of AP Scholar after receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. These include Maxwell Alkon, Casey Badal, Camaryn Banfi, Allison Bernhard, Sydney Burke, Kimberly Casey, Julius Condemi, Sabrina Duenas, Alyssa Figarsky, Michael Gunning, Jack Hamilton, Hunter Hess, Paul Leheste, Amanda Levix, Eric Maier, Donald Marotta, Caitlin Migliore, Briana O’Connor, Julia Salino and Delaney Vu. Five were named AP Scholars with Honor after receiving scores of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These include Jennifer Bradley, Jale Caneli, Hayley Nofi, Joshua Vogel and Alexander Weik. Additionally, two students – Ethan Brown and Bryant Liu – were given the high honor of AP Scholar with Distinction. These students earned this title after receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=70145 Wed, 26 Sep 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=70100 Tue, 25 Sep 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The ReportIt app, a confidential and anonymous tool, is a new addition to the Rocky Point UFSD safety and security program. In order to access this new tool, you can visit and bookmark the link below. The app is also available for download on your phone from the Apple Store or Google Play. http://desktop.reportit.com/#/home http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65627 Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=67931 Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point Union Free School District is seeking community members to serve on district committees. Interested individuals should complete and submit the online form below by Friday, September 28, 2018. For meeting dates/times, please refer to the school calendar on the district website at http://knitterditter.com/district/rocky_point_ufsd_committees. LINK TO FORM Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=67866 Fri, 14 Sep 2018 20:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65910 Wed, 12 Sep 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School ninth-grader Quentin Palifka has earned a reputation for service and commitment during his years in the district – a dedication that began in the third grade, when he became a member of the Student Council. That level of service and commitment was celebrated this summer on a national level that earned Quentin a special opportunity. At a young age, Quentin expressed an interest in giving back in service and has expanded his level of dedication over the years. His community service résumé includes staying active in the student government, becoming a member and eventual president of the community service club at the middle school and working tirelessly to raise more than $10,400 for St. Baldrick’s Foundation in just two years. This September he took on a new role, as he was elected to serve as this year’s ninth-grade class president. “Taking on a leadership role as the incoming president of the ninth-grade Student Council is a great honor,” he said. “I am grateful and thank my fellow classmates for having the confidence to vote me into this position that I will take very seriously.” In addition to his supportive home life, Quentin credits the teachers who encouraged him throughout the years as contributing to his yearning to serve. “The driving force behind all of this is simply to want to give back to the community and make a positive difference in the lives of others, whether I know them or not,” he said. “Each day we can all provide a path for a better future and make a difference in our community and the world.” In honor of his years of dedication to his school community, Quentin was invited by Congressman Lee Zeldin to be a greeter on the tarmac at Francis S. Gabreski Airport in Westhampton Beach to welcome President Donald J. Trump and ride in the presidential motorcade during his recent visit to Long Island. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65871 Mon, 10 Sep 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The district welcomed students to the start of the 2018-19 school year on Sept. 5 under sunny skies. Teachers and administrators proudly welcomed the smiling students as they arrived at their respective buildings and all were eager to begin the opening day of school. Please be sure to check back for additional photos from the start of the year! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65739 Wed, 05 Sep 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Parents and Legal Guardians, Please be reminded that Wednesday, September 5, 2018 is the first day of classes for all Rocky Point schools. Our teachers, staff, and administrators look forward to greeting all of our students, for what I am certain will be another exciting and successful school year. As you prepare for the new school year, you may wish to refer to the district website at rockypointschools.org, or the district calendar, for information on school hours and other important matters. I hope you enjoy the remaining days of summer recess and, once again, we look forward to seeing all of our new and returning students on September 5. Sincerely, Michael F. Ring, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools Rocky Point Union Free School District http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65628 Fri, 31 Aug 2018 20:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed To provide new instructional staff with a comprehensive introduction to the school district, Rocky Point hosted a new teacher orientation program in late August. The enthusiastic new faculty members, who will be teaching a variety of subjects and grade levels as well as offer support services at the district’s four schools, spent the day learning the ins and outs of the school district. Central administrators facilitated the orientation program, which was designed to help the new instructional staff members receive an extensive overview of Rocky Point’s curriculum, special education program, educational technology resources and policies. At the end of the program, the new staff had the chance to meet with their building principals and take a tour of their new respective buildings. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65671 Fri, 31 Aug 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Administrators, teachers, and support staff at Frank J. Carasiti School (FJC) in the Rocky Point School District welcomed kindergarten students and their parents during the Kindergarten Orientation Day and gave the District’s newest students a first-hand glimpse of their new school surroundings and the opportunity to meet staff and classmates prior to the official first day of school. During the orientation program, parents congregated in the cafeteria, while students participated in classroom activities. Principal Dr. Virginia Gibbons assured parents that their children will have a positive experience at FJC and that the staff will partner with parents to foster success in the students. In an effort to foster confidence in navigating the school building and boarding the bus, the FJC staff took the kindergarten students on their first bus ride. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65652 Thu, 30 Aug 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Parent/Guardian, On Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 7:30 a.m., we will administer the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude/National Merit Scholarship Qualification Test (PSAT) to all interested students. The examination will serve three purposes -to give tenth & eleventh-grade students experience in college testing; -to provide the counselor, parent/guardian and student with test scores that have a high correlation with the SAT; -to provide an opportunity for eleventh grade-students to compete for National Merit Scholarships; The cost to take the exam is $20.00. Students who are either enrolled in or eligible to participate in the Federal Free or Reduced-Price Lunch Program will have their fee waived (please be sure to fill out the appropriate areas on the online registration form so that eligibility may be verified). Students with disabilities must have their testing accommodations approved by SSD.If you have not been previously approved, you may take the 2018 PSAT but will not receive testing accommodations. If you have questions, please contact Matthew Poole, Guidance Facilitator @ 631-849-7577. This year registration will take place online only, beginning on Friday August 31, 2018 at 12:00 am and concluding on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 12 am. The registration process should take just a few minutes and may be completed from any computer with internet access. Online payment is available using a credit or debit card. If opting to pay by check or money order, please follow the directions on the “Payment Stub” printed at the time of registration. Checks/money orders (payable to Total Registration, LLC) should be mailed with the“Payment Stub” to: Total Registration LLCPO Box 398 Eldorado Springs, CO 80025 *There will be no in person registration or payment this year. *In order to register, please visit http://user.totalregistration.net/PSAT/334887 and complete all of the required questions. Additionally, registration is not complete until a PDF version of the confirmation page provided at the end of the registration process is printed. Please utilize http://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice for detailed test information. Students must bring (2) #2 pencils and a calculator to the exam.If you should have any further questions, please call the Guidance Office (744-1604 option #4). Sincerely, Matthew Poole Guidance Facilitator http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65653 Thu, 30 Aug 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65615 Wed, 29 Aug 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65436 Tue, 14 Aug 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65334 Thu, 02 Aug 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As part of the District’s ongoing commitment to ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors, the Rocky Point School District has implemented the use of three enhanced, proactive electronic security resources and is expanding its security and mental health support staff. Earlier this summer, at no expense to the District, Suffolk County provided the District with access to a limited number of Rave Panic Button app licenses, which have already been activated districtwide. Additionally, on July 23, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced that additional Rave apps would be made available, at no cost, to all Suffolk County school districts. Through this expanded program the District will be able to vastly increase the number of users with direct access to this app, which enables users to immediately contact first responders through the 911 dispatch system, with just the click of a button. The Rave app has separate buttons for various types of emergencies, including fire and medical, to ensure the proper type of responders are notified. Once a report is made through the system, all school personnel with the app will be notified of the threat or emergency situation. The District plans to make the newly provided apps available to all personnel throughout each school, once the licenses are received from the County. “As a district we are continually examining ways to enhance our school infrastructure and practices in order to best safeguard our students and staff against dangers,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael F. Ring said. “We are extremely grateful to receive this added resource from Suffolk County and believe it will be a true asset to our multileveled approach to school safety. In an emergency situation every second matters, and this new app could help make a significant difference.” In addition, all schools in the District have been equipped with the electronic SMART911Facility at no cost from Suffolk County. SMART911Facility is a secure and convenient way to share critical information about the school buildings with 911 and other responders during an emergency, significantly improving emergency response. The web-based SMART911Facility Profile management portal allows the District to upload and manage information and people related to its school facilities. The information contained within the Facility Profile is what becomes available to 911 call takers and first responders when either 911 is dialed from the site (wireless or landline calls) or when someone associated with the campus activates the Rave Panic Button system. Furthermore, this month the District implemented the ReportIt app. This anonymous reporting system allows school personnel, students, parents and other community members to instantly engage with administration and security partners, all from a single app. Users are able to report incidents of bullying, social media observations, security or suspicious activity concerns both anonymously and confidentially. To download the app and to make a report, please visit http://reportit.com/. “As a school community, the information we receive from all stakeholders is crucial to our mission of creating a safe, secure and productive learning environment,” Dr. Ring said. “This electronic resource will further our work to encourage all individuals that if they see something, say something.” Upon the recommendation of the District’s Health and Safety Committee, the Board of Education has approved the hiring of additional mental health professionals to support the social and emotional needs of students. These two additional social workers will be deployed to enhance the District’s existing staff of mental health professionals. Additionally, in order to augment the District’s existing security staff, the Board of Education has approved the hiring of two additional full-time and two additional part-time security guards. These guards will be used to provide additional coverage during the school day as well as afterschool, when buildings are used for co-curricular and community activities. As the District continues to examine ways to enhance its security protocols, the District has submitted an application to the Suffolk County Police Department indicating the District’s desire to participate in the 2018 COPS Office STOP School Violence Prevention Grant program. While only an application at the current time, if selected, the proposed project would allow the Suffolk County Police Department to purchase and install a Virtual Private Network (VPN) router to establish an independent and secure network connection between our schools and the Suffolk County Police Department for the purpose of accessing the District’s security system, including but not limited to cameras and access controls, in the event of an emergency situation. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65243 Tue, 24 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65244 Tue, 24 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point School District commenced the 2018-19 school year during its annual reorganizational meeting on July 12. During the meeting, Mrs. Susan Sullivan was re-elected to serve as president for the fifth consecutive year and Mr. Sean Callahan was elected to become the Board’s new vice president. Mr. Callahan succeeds Mr. Scott Reh, who, after serving for eight years, did not seek re-election to the Board. He previously served as vice president of the Board for the past four years. In addition, Mr. Gregory Amendola was sworn in as a newly elected member of the Board and Mr. Edward Casswell was sworn in for his second term as a Board trustee. The district thanks all members for their dedicated service to the schools, students and community. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=65180 Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed This coming school year will bring new responsibilities for two long-time district professionals, as Rocky Point Middle School Principal Dr. Scott O’Brien has been appointed the new interim assistant superintendent and current Assistant Principal James Moeller has been named the new interim principal at the middle school. Both will begin work in their new positions on July 1. Dr. O’Brien has worked in the district for nearly two decades, having started as an elementary teacher in the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School, before being appointed as assistant principal and then principal at FJC. In 2009, Dr. O’Brien assumed his current role, as principal of the Rocky Point Middle School. Under his guidance, the middle school has earned several distinguished honors and students’ academic performance has risen to an all-time high. This appointment will fill the vacancy of Dr. Deborah De Luca, who is retiring on June 30. Mr. Moeller is a long-standing district professional, having begun his career as a teacher at the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School. He has worked at the middle school since 2007. As a consummate professional, Mr. Moeller has helped to create an open line of communication for parents and students at the building as well as aided in the implementation of numerous new initiatives. The district congratulates both Dr. O’Brien and Mr. Moeller on their appointments and wishes them well in these new roles. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64900 Tue, 26 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64841 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed FJC End of Year Slideshow http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64776 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64709 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64756 Thu, 21 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed 2018 JAE Moving Up Ceremony June 19, 2018 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64655 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School eighth-grade students in Robert Ciaccio’s Technology Solutions class put their creativity to the test during their final unit of study by devising several new inventions. Throughout the 20-week program, the students studied seven different problems and worked creatively to develop solutions to overcome those obstacles. Initially they worked to build structures to support weights, then moved on to competing in a car race and brainstorming ways to have a car travel up an angled track during a unit on energy. During the final unit, students had the chance to identify a problem and work in small groups to create solutions. Using a multistep process, one similar to the scientific method, the students brainstormed ideas, making note of various designs and steps needed to make them in their classroom notebooks. Ultimately, the students used the various technology tools in the classroom to create prototypes of their solutions. Inspired by the topic of school security, one team created a mechanism to further secure locked doors. The device would prevent locked door handles from moving during a lockout and would be attached to the molding in a doorframe. Looking to help individuals stay warm in the colder months, another group invented heatable gloves using pouches of rice that would warm in the microwave. Another group invented a light-up purse, which was designed to help individuals locate items easily in the dark or a poorly lit area. Based on a recent heartbreak suffered by a local family, a team conceptualized an electrical dog door that would be activated and unlocked in the case of an emergency, such as a fire in the house. In addition to designing solutions to global problems, students were afforded the chance to create intricate puzzles to demonstrate their proficiency using the tools in the classroom. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64569 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School kindergarten students in Karen Nicholson’s class brought some famous and beloved children’s storybook characters to life when they took part in this year’s original class play, “Knuffle Bunny Is Lost,” a production penned by Ms. Nicholson. Based on the books by children’s author Mo Willems, the play followed two young girls as they tried to find a lost stuffed animal. Throughout the play, the leading actresses encountered several of Mr. Willems’ iconic characters, including Elephant and Piggie, as well as the Bus Driver and the sneaky Pigeon. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64568 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Smart Schools Presentation Public Comment Period--June 18, 2018 through July 18, 2018 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64635 Sun, 17 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Surrounded by proud family members, teachers and friends, this year’s Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School second-grade class marked an impressive milestone this June and stepped up to third grade. During the moving up ceremony, several students shared their “moving up day” essays, and members of the second-grade service squad were commended for their dedication. Then, one by one each student processed to the front of the celebration to receive their moving up day sashes and a dictionary, courtesy of the Rotary Club of Rocky Point. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64491 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed To broaden their understanding of economic concepts, the students in Donna Trapani’s fifth-grade class at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School were assigned a project for which they had to create a business and design a product to sell to their classmates. Students engaged in market research, submitted business plans with expense reports, went into production and developed marketing plans. The culmination of the project was the simulation of a marketplace during “Market Day.” Their ultimate goal was to make the largest profit possible. Students were really invested in this hands-on activity and utilized their “business smarts” to beat out their competition. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64212 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students senior Jenna Salzan and junior Heather Kuhn recently participated in the nationwide Congressional Art Competition. This contest is presented by congressmen from each district and places student work on display at the Artspace, a gallery in Patchogue Village. Winners of the competition have their artwork sent to the U.S. Capitol, where the work will be on view for one year. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64213 Mon, 11 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fifth-grade select chorus High Notes participated in the NYSSMA Major Organization Evaluation Festival this May at Five Towns College, where they performed a Level I program. The group, under the direction of Craig Knapp, performed three songs and were evaluated by two certified NYSSMA Major Organization adjudicators in eight categories. The adjudicators provided written and oral feedback on these categories, informing the chorus what they did well and what they can do to improve. As a result of their performance, the group was awarded Gold with Distinction. A Gold rating, as defined by NYSSMA “will be awarded to organizations that have demonstrated an outstanding level of technical and artistic skill in each of the evaluative categories, including tone, intonation, balance, technique, accuracy/execution, diction, interpretation and influencing factors, for all three song selections. Any weakness in the musical performance will have been minimal. Recommendations will be given to further enhance their music performance skills.” A Gold with Distinction rating, as defined by NYSSMA, “will be awarded to those organizations that qualify for a Gold rating, while having achieved a standard of performance deemed exceptional in all three selections.” Gold with Distinction is the highest level of achievement presented at the NYSSMA Majors Organization Evaluation Festival. The festival is the culmination of the music learning process as well as the hard work, dedication, commitment, process and progress the students have made throughout the school year. “The students performed extremely difficult music for their age level and I’m very proud of their accomplishments,” Mr. Knapp said. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64210 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of their exemplary talents, close to 70 students at Rocky Point Middle School were named winners in this year’s Lois Lowry Literary and Art Contest. The event, which was started in the middle school in 2003, honors students for written and artistic pieces. Those winners were celebrated at an ice cream social event on May 31 and had their work published in a commemorative book. “This event just keeps getting better and better,” said English Department Chairperson Joseph Settepani. “The incredible talent of our students, the stunning commemorative book compiled by facilitators Sarah Schumacher and Patricia Scott, as well as the support of wonderful parents, administration and our teaching staff, makes this truly an unforgettable community event each year.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64211 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64164 Thu, 07 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Regional Alternative High School End of Year Ceremony 2018 Slideshow June 5, 2018 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=64067 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Thirteen Rocky Point High School seniors were recognized for the next chapter of their academic and athletic careers during a College Commitment Day ceremony recently held at the school. Hosted by Charles Delargy, the district’s director of health, physical education, athletics and intramurals, the event brought family members, coaches, administrators and the students together to celebrate their achievements. The Rocky Point School community congratulates the following students for their dedication to the pursuit of higher education and a continuation of a healthy lifestyle while engaging in college sports. Ashley Bayard - Cheer - Mount Saint Mary’s College Jack Costa - Soccer - Springfield College Ashley Drews - Cheer - SUNY Oneonta Sean Flinter - Lacrosse - Anna Maria College Zachary Gill - Lacrosse - SUNY Plattsburgh AJ Golik - Lacrosse - SUNY Purchase Julieanna Joy - Cheer - St. John’s University Allison Kaspar - Softball - St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn Jennifer Manzanares - Track - Sacred Heart University Megan O’Neill - Soccer - St. Joseph’s College Jake Pohl - Football - Nassau Community College Matthew Trypaluk - Lacrosse - SUNY Plattsburgh Elizabeth Weiner - Field hockey - Molloy College http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63983 Mon, 04 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Varsity Awards Dinner Slideshow June 4, 2018 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63997 Mon, 04 Jun 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students senior Jenna Salzan and junior Heather Kuhn recently participated in the nationwide Congressional Art Competition. This contest is presented by congressmen from each district and places student work on display at the Artspace, a gallery in Patchogue Village. Winners of the competition have their artwork sent to the U.S. Capitol, where the work will be on view for one year. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63810 Thu, 31 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fourth-graders in Joanne Craig’s and Jessica Stalters’ class took a look inside the STEM field during a visit with Peter Maritato, Mrs. Craig’s brother and academic chair and professor of engineering science and electrical engineering at Suffolk Community College. During the visit, the students viewed items created using a 3D printer and learned how the device can be used to print just about anything. Additionally, the students saw two of Mr. Maritato’s robots perform various tasks and activities, including dancing. Throughout his presentation, Mr. Maritato encouraged the students to always use their imagination and stressed the importance of studying STEM subjects. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63809 Wed, 30 May 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School varsity baseball team won the County Championship! They will play against Wantagh on Saturday at 4PM at St. Joseph's College. There is a $7 admission fee. This is the First Suffolk County title in the Baseball program's history! Go Eagles! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63776 Wed, 30 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point UFSD Elementary STEM Celebration Tuesday, May 29, 2018 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Rocky Point High School http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63614 Thu, 24 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Fifth Annual Science Research Symposium Slideshow Thursday, May 24, 2018 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63638 Thu, 24 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed This is a reminder that school will be in session on Friday, May 25, due to the use of emergency closing days. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63525 Wed, 23 May 2018 21:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The intersection of Route 25A and Hallock Landing Road/CR 21 has been re-opened. Buses are back on their normal routes but there may be residual delays. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63554 Wed, 23 May 2018 18:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed There is an ongoing police investigation into a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 25A and Hallock Landing Road/County Road 21. Buses may need to be rerouted and there may be delays. At this time the police have indicated the closure of all lanes in all directions for up to three hours. Thank you for yourpatience and understanding. Rocky Point Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63544 Wed, 23 May 2018 17:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed There is an ongoing police investigation into a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Route 25A and Hallock Landing Road/County Road 21. Buses may need to be rerouted and there may be delays. At this time the police have indicated the closure of all lanes in all directions for up to three hours. Thank you for yourpatience and understanding. Rocky Point Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63545 Wed, 23 May 2018 17:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed This is an important message from the Rocky Point School District. Earlier this morning a power outage impacted all district schools. In addition to the brief loss of power, the fire alarm at the JAE school was triggered and the school was evacuated until all were cleared to return by the Rocky Point Fire Department. Another power outage was experienced at approximately 9:40 AM, once again impacting all schools. Due to this second power interruption, the JAE fire alarm, which was in the process of being reset, was once again triggered. Shortly thereafter all power was restored and, at the JAE school, students and staff once again returned to the building. We have been informed by PSEGLI that as they work to repair the damaged line, which was the cause of these interruptions, the District may experience sporadic power outages throughout the day. These outages may impact our phone and email systems. Your patience and understanding are appreciated. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63489 Tue, 22 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed This is an important update for the parents/guardians of students in grades 6-12. The Rocky Point Fire Department has issued an all clear and the middle school and high school students and staff have safely returned to their buildings. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63426 Mon, 21 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed This is an important update for the parents/guardians of students in grades 6-12. The Rocky Point Fire Department has issued an all clear and the middle school and high school students and staff have safely returned to their buildings. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63427 Mon, 21 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:30pm in the HS Library Please join us to discuss and celebrate the scientific research efforts of our middle and high school students. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63459 Mon, 21 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s 2018 Varsity Baseball Team captured the League Championship this May, finishing the regular season 15-4 (14-4 League 6). The team will take on East Islip in the first round of the play offs. Congratulations to the entire team and their coaches! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63311 Thu, 17 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Budget Passes! Yes – 499 No – 226 Candidates: Gregory Amendola – 571 Ed Casswell – 551 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63232 Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63253 Tue, 15 May 2018 17:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Three students from Rocky Point High School have been recognized as first-place winners in the SkillsUSA Area VI competitions recently held at Suffolk County Community College. Seniors Brianna Davanzo andEmily Wojnowski teamed up with two other top-achieving students from their nurse assistant class at Eastern Suffolk BOCES for the Health Knowledge Bowl. The “Jeopardy”-like competition posed questions about academic achievements and safety precautions. The competition also reinforced both students’ future goals of attending nursing school – Brianna will head to St. Joseph’s College and Emily will attend Adelphi University in the fall. Mickey Gold, a junior, placed first in the Pin Design competition for a piece he created that highlighted the event. His work featured “SkillsUSA Area VI Long Island ’18” embossed over an outline of Long Island with the Montauk Lighthouse prominently featured. He also placed third in the Advertising Design competition for his thumbnail versions of a logo, business cards and marketing materials for a fictional plumbing company. “This honor is evident of the hard work these students put into their career aspirations and serves as a foundation for their future successes,” Principal Susann Crossan said. “We are all proud of their collective expertise and achievements.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63151 Tue, 15 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed During this spring sports season, two Rocky Point School District students helped to make history as they set new records in track and field competitions. After trying to triple jump for the first time, Rocky Point Middle School eighth-grader Alexandra Kelly broke the school record, which had been set in 2002. Alexandra broke the record by 7 inches, recording a 34-foot, 8-inch jump, and then set another new record a week later with a 35-foot, 9-inch jump. She also is a new record holder in the long jump with a 17-foot, 4.5-inch jump. Additionally, Rocky Point High School senior Jake Pohl broke a 34-year-old varsity track and field score in the discus. The previous record was set in 1984 at a distance of 138 feet, 6 inches. Jake crushed that throw with his own personal best and new school record of 141 feet, 10 inches and is now ranked fifth in the county as a discus thrower. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63150 Tue, 15 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Camp Invention takes summer fun and transforms it from ordinary to extraordinary! In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Rocky Point Middle School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades K-6. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on July 16, 2018. Here is how young innovators will be spending their time: • Dreaming up and designing their very own futuristic smart home filled with gadgets, LEDs, technology and innovation • Using tools to take apart robotic dogs and compare their inner mechanics to the anatomy and physiology of a real dog • Designing tracks for their Optibots to follow while exploring different modes of transportation • Exploring chemistry, non-Newtonian fluids and magnetism as they investigate magnetic slime All activities give participants the opportunity to explore, discover and achieve while having fun! Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63203 Tue, 15 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The 2018-2019 UPKlottery will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018 in the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School library at 10 a.m. Your attendance is not required at this meeting. If you are unable to attend, the lottery results will be shared with each family who applied via email or phone. If your child has been accepted you will need to prove residency, date of birth of your child, and up-to-date immunizations. See registration requirements on the Rocky Point School District website. All families will be scheduled for registration on June 18th or June 19th. Those selected at the lotterywill be contacted with registration information prior to June 18th. If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Kegel at 631-849-7071 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63156 Mon, 14 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point High School varsity spring season is coming to an end and a number of district teams made it to the playoffs. Below is a list of their opening games, locations and start times. Please come out and support the teams! To see the entire playoff bracket in the various team sports, please visitwww.sectionxi.organd click on the link PLAYOFF BRACKETS located on the top right hand side of the website banner. Rocky Point Boys Lacrosse won 9-8 in overtime at their May 17 playoff game! The team will now play Harborfields, on Wed. May 23rd at 4 p.m. There is a $6 admission fee. ***UPDATED 5/18*** BOYS TENNIS Monday, May 21st, 4 p.m. @ East Islip (HS Tennis Courts) BASEBALL Friday, May 18th , 4 p.m. Home vs. the winner of East Islip/Harborfields BOYS LACROSSE Thursday,May 17th, 4 p.m. @ Eastport – South Manor (High School Field) GIRLS LACROSSE Friday,May 18th, 4 p.m. @ Shoreham-Wading River (High School Field) GIRLS TRACK & FIELD Mon., May 21stand Wed., May 23rd, 3 p.m. Division Meet @ Connetquot High School BOYS TRACK & FIELD Tues., May 22ndand Thurs., May 24th, 3 p.m. Division Meet @ Hampton Bays High School BOYS LACROSSE Wed., 23rd at 4 p.m. ($6 Admission) @ Harborfields http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63189 Mon, 14 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School students culminated a sewing project with a tasty cooking lesson. The seventh-grade Home and Careers students in Agnes Ntiri and Laurel Janson’s classes handstitched colorful aprons and celebrated by rolling out dough to make cinnamon rolls. The sewing unit taught them the techniques to sew a square corner, curved seams and edge stitches at the end of their seams. It also expanded their knowledge and built upon their previous experience and skills from their sixth-grade lessons. “I made mine pink so I can give it to my mom for Mother’s Day,” said student John Skula. According to teacher Agnes Ntiri, the students were proud of their finished products. “They had fun making them and were excited to be able to actually use them in class,” she said. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=63149 Mon, 14 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62966 Wed, 09 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The district is proud to celebrate its talented and dedicated staff throughout the year and gives extra appreciation this week – May 7-11 – in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week. Please join the district in giving thanks to those individuals who tirelessly help to support our nation’s future leaders. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62940 Tue, 08 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62738 Thu, 03 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School varsity wrestling and cheerleading teams were recently honored by the Town of Brookhaven during a recent Board meeting. The wrestling team was commended for being named this year’s Suffolk County Large School champions and the cheerleading team was congratulated for being named Suffolk County cheerleading champions for Medium Varsity Teams Division 1. Students from both teams were presented with certificates of congratulations. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62634 Thu, 03 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed A group of juniors in Gregory Armine’s drawing and painting class at Rocky Point High School, joined by seniors from Seth Meier’s Advanced Placement Studio Art class, created very special portraits for Syrian children living in refugee camps. The Memory Project, a Wisconsin-based organization, asks young artists from around the world to create portraits for children who are living in impoverished areas of the world. Videos produced by The Memory Project staff record the joy these children show as they receive their portraits and is a wonderful thing to watch. “This is something that the junior students of the art department have been doing for the last three years,” Mr. Armine said. “The current senior class that participated last year enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to do it again this year. We look forward to making this a Rocky Point tradition, teaching our students how their talents can bring joy to others in the world.” To learn more about the students’ work, please view the following video: http://memoryproject.app.box.com/v/GregArmine/file/283732529813. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62638 Wed, 02 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School wresting coach Darren Goldstein was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame on Friday, April 20. Mr. Goldstein, a former All-League wrester, one of the most winning athletes in the Empire State Games and member of the 1985 Port Jefferson State Cup champion team, began his coaching career in the district as the junior varsity coach. It was here that he started the North Shore Wrestling Club on a federally funded grant, creating a club that opened its doors to anyone who wanted to attend. Before being appointed as the varsity coach in Rocky Point, Mr. Goldstein served as a coach in the Longwood, Mt. Sinai and Shoreham-Wading River school districts. To date, Mr. Goldstein has amassed 232 dual meet wins, five dual meet league championships, several league tournament championships, two Suffolk County dual meet championships, a Suffolk County tournament championship and a 2010 New York State championship. He has coached 55 All-County wrestlers, including 12 Suffolk County champions. Additionally, he has coached one Olympian – Brandon Escobar – and a female world team member and national champion – Jenna Burkett. “The wrestling room is just another classroom, so like my classroom students I want the wrestlers to learn lessons of life that go beyond the four walls of the classroom/wrestling room,” Mr. Goldstein said. “Being inducted into the Hall of Fame was a tremendous honor.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62639 Wed, 02 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62651 Tue, 01 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point High School Math Team placed second in its division during this year’s Suffolk County Mathematics Teachers’ Association league competition. The team earned the honor based on its overall league rank of 16 out of 84. Additionally, senior Jade Pinkenburg was named an overall top scorer for the 2017-2018 year. “I am very proud of my team. They worked so hard this year and absolutely deserve this recognition,” said Math Team adviser Janece Guerra. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62636 Tue, 01 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of their academic successes, 69 Rocky Point High School juniors and seniors were recently inducted into the building’s chapter of the National Honor Society in front of an audience of family and friends. Guest speaker James McCormick started the evening addressing the students and their guests. Attendees heard from student officers of the chapter who spoke about the pillars of the organization: scholarship, service, leadership and character. After the traditional candle lighting ceremony, inductees were individually escorted to the stage by the current membership and chapter president Allen Liu. He lead the current members and inductees in reciting the National Honor Society pledge to formally induct the new members. “The National Honor Society induction ceremony allows us to recognize the dedication and character of student leaders who are positively impacting the entire Rocky Point community through their service to others,” said adviser Jessica Schnall. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62637 Tue, 01 May 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Five students from Rocky Point High School have been recognized for their outstanding athletic accomplishments by being named to Newsday’s All-Long Island teams for this past winter sports season. Rocky Point wrestlers – brothers Anthony Sciotto, a senior, and Logan Sciotto, a sophomore – were named to Newsday’s All-Long Island Second team. Samantha Ferrara, a junior, was named Suffolk Cheerleader of the Year and a member of the All-Long Island team. Julia Buckley was named to the All-Long Island Second team. Brandon Epp was also recognized as a member of the Section XI State Champion team. Cheerleading coach Anna Spallina was named Suffolk County Coach of the Year. Following each competition season, Newsday staff members select Long Island high school students from each sport to be recognized as All-Long Island team members. “It’s an amazing honor,” Samantha said. “It proves if you work hard all the time, it will work out in the end.” In addition to the honors from Newsday, the Suffolk County Wrestling Coaches Association named Darren Goldstein the Suffolk County Division I Coach of the Year and on April 20, Darren was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62409 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 17:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Curiosity about robots at a young age led Rocky Point High School senior Kyle Markland to save money for his first robotics kit, and from there a spark was ignited – a spark that lead to Kyle joining the district’s robotics teams and, most recently, pen a book about the topic. “Building Smart LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robots,” published in April, was an opportunity to put together all his knowledge in a comprehensive guide that covers building and programming techniques used by professional engineers. Kyle highlights six projects – an object-tracking tank, a box-climbing robot, an interactive robotic shark, a quirky bipedal robot, a speedy remote-control race car and a GPS-navigating robot – and explains the features that enable them to make intelligent decisions. “With all the accomplishments that Kyle has in so many areas, it is incredible that he was able to achieve this goal as well,” said Rocky Point High School Principal Susan Crossan. Passionate and enthusiastic about his work, Kyle said, “I hope to inspire others to embrace this robotics platform and gain the skills to build and program a smart robot.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62408 Thu, 26 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fourth-grade students in Allison Licata’s class recently transformed commonly discarded items into creative inventions. Seeking inspiration from the YouTube video, “Caine’s Arcade,” the students applied what they have been learning in science about simple machines to create an arcade game using recycled cardboard boxes. The students worked in teams to create working simple machines – and some even created complex machines. “It was very impressive, what they accomplished,” Ms. Licata said. “The students did an outstanding job and we had a lot of fun.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62407 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School is pleased to announce the top three students of the Class of 2018 – Valedictorian Connor Middleton, Salutatorian Kyle Markland and Exhortation Speaker Jade Pinkenburg. All three students are noted for their exceptional commitment to academics, extracurricular activities, community involvement and the pursuit of greatness in their higher education and beyond. Connor has had an impressive list of achievements throughout his academic career at Rocky Point, including receiving a perfect score of 800 on his SAT II U.S. History test, taking 22 honors and AP classes, and being vice president of the Human Rights Club. He is a member of the New York State Math Honor Society and History Honor Society and has been nominated for the National Youth Leadership Forum on Engineering and Technology and the Global Young Leaders Conference. His studies took him to Spain as part of a student-exchange program, which he documented in his personal blog. Connor is a varsity lacrosse player and has a black belt in martial arts. He will attend Williams College to study economics and philosophy with a concentration in global studies. He would like to combine what he learned in the school’s Human Rights Club to be a change agent in the world and focus on human rights abuses, trafficking and helping those affected by natural disasters. “It’s important to me to do everything with passion,” Connor said. His words of wisdom to others are to “take pride in everything you do, from homework to college applications; be proud of your accomplishments.” Kyle, who states that everything is an opportunity to learn, has already put a mark on the world with his formidable high school résumé. He has been a member of the cross-country team and the track and field team. He has played double bass in the school’s pit orchestra and jazz band and has been in the guitar ensemble for all four years of high school. He has his own YouTube channel where he posts tutorials on robotics and has published a book on robotics. His musical accomplishments include being the first Rocky Point student to perform at the state level, and he will be going to Carnegie Hall to perform with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. Kyle focuses on the inspiring words of his cousin in many aspects of his life: “There’s nothing more powerful than one who plans his work and works his plans.” He will attend MIT for mechanical engineering with a concentration in computer science. As the Exhortation Speaker, Jade Pinkenburg also has a comprehensive list of accomplishments. He is gifted in science and research and pursued a rigorous course of study while in high school. His LEGO League Robotics team placed fifth at an international competition and he is the captain of Long Island's only community based FIRST Robotics Competition team. Beyond the classroom, he is a musician, an athlete and a tutor. He has not decided on where he will attend college but has narrowed it down to Cornell or Stony Brook University, where he would like to pursue the study of biomedical engineering with a focus on nanotechnological applications. “I encourage others to go for it,” Jade said. Whatever it is they want to pursue, “don’t let obstacles get in your way; do what you feel is right.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62406 Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62333 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed PTA Movie Night HS Auditorium 7 PM The Incredibles http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=62368 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Middle School and High School report cards are now posted to the eSchool Parent Portal. The eSchool Parent Portal is a great resource that allows parents to access records for their students. Through this website, parents have the ability to view current grades, live attendance, and report cards. If you already have an eSchool Parent Portal account, simply log in through the district home page athttp://www.rockypointschools.org. IfyouneedadditionaleSchoolParentPortalassistance,callMs. Suzanne Gruenbergat 631.849.7241. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=61225 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Community Education Announces the SUMMER 2018 YOUTH PROGRAMS The Rocky Point Community Education Summer Youth Program offers more than twenty camps for all ages. There are classes in science, sports, crafts, technology, and fine arts. All classes are held in our schools and are taught by professional staff members. This is an exciting time for students to try something new and innovative. For more information, contact Lori Kuhn, Community Education Director, at communityed@rockypoint.k12.ny.us or 631-849-6168. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=61159 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Senior Citizen Prom 2018 Slideshow http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=61194 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed See attached http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=60955 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=60784 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Town of Brookhaven is co-sponsoring the Second Annual WAR on Addiction Rally at the Pennysaver Amphitheatre in Farmingville on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:30am to 12pm. All money raised will go to Father Frank Pizzarelli, who runs Hope House Ministries. Click here for additional information: http://waronaddictionrally.com/ http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58436 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School varsity wrestling team capped off the 2018 season with remarkable high notes. The team earned its seventh straight league championship, won its third straight Suffolk County Dual Meet Championship and placed third overall in New York State. Additionally, they won the Suffolk County Tournament Title for the second year in a row and take home the "Mill Knapp" trophy, which was awarded to the best team in Suffolk County. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58357 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed March 26, 2018 Dear Parent/Guardian: The courses your child has selected for the 2018-2019academic year are now available on theeSchool Parent Portal. Please review the list of courseswith your child for accuracy. If course selections are correct,no action is required on your part. If selections are incorrect, please make any necessary changes bycompleting our online course change form. All changes must be submitted electronicallyby Friday, March 30,2018. The Master Schedule is created based upon course requests. On occasion, a course may not be offered or sections limited due to restrictions imposed by the physical plant, budgeting, staffing, or class enrollment. If it is necessary to cancel a course (HS only), all students concerned will be notified and placed in an alternative course.Changes made to course requestsafter March 30, 2018,may not be possible. Students who fail a course, do not meet the requirements of a course (HS only), or receiveAUD (HSonly)for auditing a class, will have their schedule changed during the summer. Final schedules with teachers/room assignments will be posted to theeSchool Parent Portalin late August 2018. We thank you for your participation and cooperation in this important matter and ask that you call the MS or HS Guidance Office if you need any assistance at 744-1600 and select the appropriate guidance department extension between the hours of 7:15 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. daily. Sincerely, Susann Crossan,High School Principal Scott O'Brien,Middle School Principal http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58255 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed To the Parents/Guardians of students who attend our BOCES programs: As previously announced, due to the numerous inclement weather closings this year, school will be in session on Friday, April 6, 2018 for all students and staff. However, Eastern SuffolkBOCESwill notbe in session on Friday, April 6, 2018. Therefore, students who attendthe afternoon BOCES technical programs will be dismissed at 11:05 AM and bus transportation home will be provided at 11:15 AM. The Career Center BOCES students will dismissed at 10:30 AM and transportation home will be provided. Rocky Point High School http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58303 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Parents/Guardians: FJC and JAE second trimester report cards are now posted to the eSchool Parent Portal. Additionally, since two conference days were cancelled due to inclement weather and the third trimester started on March 19, the days will not be rescheduled. However, parents who wish to have their conference rescheduled may contact their child’s teacher and a date and time will be arranged for the conference. If you already have an eSchool Parent Portal account, simply log in through the district home page at http://www.rockypointschools.org. If you need additional eSchool Parent Portal assistance, call Ms. Suzanne Gruenberg at 631.849.7241. Very truly yours, Dr. Virginia Gibbons, FJC Principal Linda Murphy, JAE Principal http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58217 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School student-actors took to the stage this March to perform the comical musical “Spamalot.” Adopted from the 1975 film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” the parody musical featured a hilarious cast of characters that entertained audiences during its multinight run. Songs were performed by a talented student-pit orchestra and many other students worked behind the scenes to make the show picture perfect! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58191 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School senior Kyle Markland has amassed a number of accolades in the field of science research during his academic journey in the Rocky Point School District, and this winter he added three more titles to his already impressive résumé. Kyle was named a winner at the regional level of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium and will advance to the national competition in Hunt Valley, Maryland from May 2-5. In addition, he was one of 14 winners of the New York State Science and Engineering Fair and will now advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair, held in Pittsburg in late May. Lastly, Kyle received the Intel Award for Excellence in Computer Science at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. Along with receiving the Intel Award, he was presented with a $200 scholarship. Kyle’s project, “A Novel Kalman Filter Latent State Estimator for GPS/INS Reference Point Acquisition,” was to design and test software to improve the accuracy of GPS units, like those used in cars. Kyle wrote a software program that was designed to help factor out uncertain measurements using a Kalman Filter (software built into the program). He focused primarily on getting a more accurate initial reference point for the GPS. He tested the program using a robotic system that he designed and built, and found that he could obtain a more accurate initial reference point using the Kalman Filter. “Obtaining accurate, real-time position information is essential to realizing autonomous vehicle technology in everyday life,” Kyle said. “GPS currently does not meet the accuracy needs of autonomous vehicles, as its accuracy diminishes in urban environments. An inertial navigation system [INS] can provide more accurate position than GPS and is not adversely affected by environmental conditions. The objective of this engineering project was to create a software program that incorporated a Kalman Filter that processed GPS measurements to create an accurate GPS reference point for an INS.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58148 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed March 22, 2018 Due to the recent school closures please note the following changes for the weeks of March 26 and April 2: Teachers & Administrators Only Thursday, March 29 Superintendent’s Conference Day for administrators and instructional staff only. All Staff & Students: Friday, April 6 School will be in session for all staff and students. This will be a normal school day. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58177 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed IMPORTANT REMINDER K-5 Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Friday, March 23. The JAE school will dismiss at 10:45 AM; the FJC school will dismiss at 11:45 AM. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58178 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School marching band students had the chance to showcase their musical talents when they took part in this year’s Rocky Point St. Patrick’s Day Parade. More than 200 students in grades 8-12 took part in the parade and were led by drum majors Paige Fishon, Michael Gohn and Molly Searight. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58146 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed School will be closed on Thursday, March 22. This includes out of district and BOCES students. Additionally, there will be no transportation for private and parochial schools. All extracurricular activities and building use are canceled . http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58142 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fourth-grade students in Debbie Vieira and Lisa Celentano’s and Kristie Jackson’s classes celebrated the number Pi, 3.14 –the first three digits in the much-longer mathematical constant – on March 14. In honor of the day, the teachers put together math and reading/writing workshop lessons for the students. As part of the day, the students worked with Pi and learned that the ratio of the circumference (the distance all the way around) to the diameter (the distance across) of a circle always equal the same number. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58147 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed There will be a two-hour delayed opening on Thursday morning, March 22, for all buildings. This also includes private, parochial, AM BOCES and full-day BOCES students. Inclement weather bus stops will be used and in effect for both morning and afternoon bus runs and can be found by logging into the eSchool parent portal. In addition, FJC and JAE Parent-Teacher conferences are cancelled for March 22 and students in K-5 will be dismissed at their regular times—JAE at 2:50 PM and FJC at 3:50 PM. Additionally, the District will continue to monitor the weather situation to determine if any additional action is necessary. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58132 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed March 21, 2018 (9:30 AM Update) There will be an early dismissal today for all schools and that K-5 parent-teacher conferences are canceled. Please note the slight change from what was previously reported early this morning in release times for JAE and FJC and order of dismissal sequence, which is in different Joseph A. Edgar at 10:30 a.m. (new time) Frank J. Carasiti School at 11:30 a.m. (new time) Rocky Point High School at 12:15 p.m. Middle School at 1:00 p.m. All after school extracurricular activities and building use including the Alternate High School, Alternate Learning Center, and the North Shore Youth Council After Care are canceled. We appreciate your understanding as buses may arrive early or late to stops based on road conditions. You can find the inclement weather stops available for download on the eSchool Parent Portal. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58099 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:30:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed School will be opening at regular time today, March 21. Parent-teacher conferences will be canceled for this afternoon and the FJC and JAE schools will dismiss as previously planned at 10:45 for JAE and 11:45 AM for FJC. Regular bus stops will be utilized for arrival; inclement stops at dismissal. The district will monitor the weather situation for possible early dismissal at the Middle School and the High School. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=58095 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed March 2018 Dear Rocky Point Parents and Guardians: ONLINE FORM As the time for administration of the NYS assessments draws near, a number of parents and guardians have requested information regarding how the district will address the issue of students not taking these tests, often referred to as “opting out.” Let me state that the district firmly supports parental engagement in the education of their children, including the important issue of the administration of the NYS assessments. As a district we will seek to honor requests regarding these assessments while complying with State Education Department (SED) regulations. To address some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this matter, as well as reported changes to the assessments,below you will find responses to these important questions. I know that there were a number of changes made to the grades 3-8 ELA and math assessments in the past. Will there be additional changes to the assessments this year? The New York State Education Department has changed the number of days of administration for each of these assessments from three to two. However, the State has maintained the previously scheduled three-day window for administration of the exams and allowed each school district to decide on which dates to administer the assessments. The Rocky Point UFSD will be administering the grades 3-8 ELA assessments on April 11 and April 12; the grades 3-8 math assessments on May 1 and May 2. If I don’t wish to have my child take the test(s), what should I do? Parents and guardians who do not want their child to take the NYS assessment(s) may utilize the online form found by logging into the eSchool Parent Portal (copy and paste this link: http://parentportal.eschooldata.com/) or send a letter indicating this request to their child’s principal. On the days of testing how will my request be honored? If you have previously submitted a letter indicating your request to your child’s principal, on the days of NYS testing your child will be assigned to an appropriate location within his/her school. Although we are required to present each student in attendance on the testing days with an exam, upon refusal the exam will be removed and your child will be permitted to read quietly. Does my decision to “opt out” negatively impact my child’s education at Rocky Point UFSD? Neither participating in the exam nor refusing to do so will be a determining factor for the district in determining advancement, placement or access to advanced courses (GATES, AP, honors, accelerated classes, etc.) and certain support services (ICARE, Summer SHARP, etc.). Will my child’s education beyond Rocky Point UFSD be impacted if he/she does not participate in the assessments? Although we cannot say how other public schools will handle the absence of an assessment score should you move to another school district, the NYS assessment scores are not part of documentation necessary for college and careers and, as such, should not be a factor in those aspects of your child’s future. Since these are just several of the most common questions we have received, if you have additional questions please feel free to contact your child’s principal. Sincerely, Michael F. Ring, Ed.D. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56701 Sun, 18 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed When Rocky Point Middle School Principal Dr. Scott O’Brien asked the hundreds of people gathered in the auditorium to raise a hand if they knew someone affected by cancer, more than half of them did. The serious moment of awareness was a fitting start to the school’s annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation head-shaving event. Coordinated by social studies teacher Erica Alemaghides, professional bagpipers and an Irish step dancer encouraged the cheers from the crowd as the 18 brave students and staff members took their seats in the barber’s chairs to have their heads shaved by Rocky Point High School cosmetology students. “This annual assembly serves as a way for our school community to come together in solidarity with children living with cancer,” Principal Dr. Scott O’Brien said. Money was pledged by donors to support the shavees’ efforts, all of which will be donated to help support people with cancer. With abundant support from both school and community, the fundraising goal was surpassed and $11,000 was raised. Eighth-grader Quentin Palifka was named the top individual fundraiser, having collected $6,018. Quentin said he has been raising money for a number of years, to honor a neighbor’s child who died several years ago. “It was a nice way to honor him,” he said of a child he never got to meet. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56917 Sat, 17 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed March 16. 2018 Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff, As a result of the closing of schools this week due to inclement weather, Thursday, March 29, 2018, will be a Superintendent's Conference Day with no students in attendance. Please note that school buildings will not be accessible to parents/guardians/students on March 29 as staff will be attending meetings. Additionally staff will not be available in the main office to receive phone calls although voicemail will remain active. There are no other changes to the 2017-18 school calendar due to our previous closings at this time. Any additional emergency closings due to inclement weather, or other reasons, may necessitate further changes to the 2017-18 school year calendar. Should future changes to the calendar be required, parents, guardians and staff will be notified of these changes as soon as possible. Dr. Michael Ring Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56875 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 14:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56888 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56845 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed School will be closed on Tuesday, March 13 This includes out-of-district and BOCES students. Additionally, there will be no transportation for private and parochial schools. All extracurricular activities and building use are canceled . http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56727 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School eighth-grader Quentin Palifka has earned the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Certificate of Excellence, a national program that honors youth volunteers nationwide for outstanding volunteer service. This honor is presented to the top 10 percent of all applicants from the state in recognition of their volunteer activities and leadership commitments. The certificate is given on behalf of Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56593 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Health and Safety Committee, along withDr. Michael Ring, Superintendent of Schools, and members of the Board of Education,invite you to attend a special meeting of the Committee on Wednesday, March 14, at 6 PM in the HS Library. The purpose of this special meeting is for the Committee to hear the ideas and concerns of the community regarding school safety and security. This event was previously scheduled to take place at the March 7 PTA meeting, which was canceled due to inclement weather. We hope you can attend and look forward to seeing you at 6 PM on March 14 in the HS Library. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56601 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 23:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As an extension of their classroom lessons, Rocky Point High School students in Rich Acritelli’s and Brooke Bonomi’s Government, and U.S. History and Government classes recently had the chance to meet with Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon. During the workshop, the newly sworn-in sheriff spoke about his life and professional career before opening up the floor to questions from the students. Sheriff Toulon spoke about the moments that he felt best defined and helped to shape his life – including being a two-time cancer survivor and previous work in law enforcement as well as in the County Executive’s office. He also urged the students to never take things for granted, to embrace their schooling. “I really enjoyed kicking off my high school listening tour with the students in Rocky Point and fielding questions about my career in law enforcement,” Sheriff Toulon stated. “As county sheriff, I want to have a positive impact on the next generation. I want young people know that their voice matters – and that elected officials really care about what they have to say.” Following the meeting with the two classes, a small group of students participated in a proactive discussion about substance abuse and prevention as part of the sheriff’s “Get to them before they get to me” initiative. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56592 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed There will be a two-hour delayed opening on Thursday morning, March 8, for all buildings. This also includes private, parochial, AM BOCES and full-day BOCES students. Inclement weather bus stops will be used and in effect for both morning and afternoon bus runs and can be found by logging into the eSchool parent portal. In addition, the District may re-evaluate the conditions in the morning and notify you via ConnectEd if any change is necessary. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56516 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 23:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed There will be an early dismissal today, March 7, using inclement weather bus stops. The release times are as follows: • Rocky Point High School at 12:15 p.m. • Middle School at 1 p.m. • Joseph A. Edgar at 1:45 p.m. • Frank J. Carasiti School at 2:30 p.m. All after school extracurricular activities including the Alternative High School, Alternate Learning Center, St. Anthony's buses for religion, North Shore Youth Council After Care, and tonight's PTA meeting are canceled. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56495 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed A project that started with some ideas to transform a basement storage room into a sports team room came to fruition at Rocky Point High School this winter thanks to several dedicated volunteers. The completed project was unveiled at a special celebration in late February. More than 25 people attended the ceremony that showcased the clean, state-of-the-art room, complete with a 4K HD projector and video screen for team members to view breakdown videos of their performances, stadium seating and strip lights on the four step-down levels. Framed inspirational quotes and artwork depicting the school’s eagle mascot adorn the walls. The brainstorming that put the project into action was spearheaded by Dan Spallina, Rocky Point physical education teacher and girls lacrosse team head coach, who put a simple word out for assistance and was met with enthusiastic parents who worked tirelessly to help create a designated space for collaboration and camaraderie. Charles Delargy, the district’s director of health, physical education, intramurals and athletics, presented opening remarks that recognized the volunteers who brought the project to fruition. He was followed by Mr. Spallina, who presented a PowerPoint on the transformation and personally thanked the girls lacrosse players, their parents, and the many teachers, school personnel and administrators who supported the project. “The room symbolizes so much more than just some steps and four walls,” Mr. Spallina said. “The volunteer work and dedication in this community is second to none.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56463 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 06:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students in Dave Falcone’s fifth-grade class had the chance to learn about some of the latest technologies during a recent workshop with Jussi Kajala and Paul Nix of 3D Bear. During the workshop, the students learned about 3-D models, 3-D printing and augmented reality. Then, they had the chance to employ their newfound knowledge by completing a hands-on challenge. The students worked in small groups to research a dinosaur and create an environment or park-type area for it to survive based specifically on its characteristics. Once completed, the students presented their findings and AR creations to the class on the smartboard. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56464 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56448 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=56418 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed PTA MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7 HS AUDITORIUM 7 PM (Note the new location) Superintendent Dr. Michael Ring and members of the Health & Safety Committee will be in attendance to listen to the ideas and concerns of our community regarding school safety & security. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55757 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 18:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55511 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 17:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point School District takes great pride in celebrating and honoring many national special recognition days throughout the year. These events give our school community the opportunity to come together, increase awareness of important topics and continue to cultivate an environment of kindness and acceptance. Below are several disability awareness recognitions days that will be nationally recognized this March: Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month March 1- International Wheelchair Day March 20- Brain Injury Awareness Day March 21- World Down Syndrome Day March 26- Purple Day for Epilepsy http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55871 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55770 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students and staff helped to spread kindness and compassion this February as part of the “Start with Hello” initiative sponsored by the nonprofit organization Sandy Hook Promise. During the weeklong activity, students and staff sported nametags to encourage conversations between new friends, placed sticky notes on their classroom doors to share thoughts of kindness, learned how to say hello in different languages and made a commitment to a conscious act of kindness. Additionally, they wore green – the official color of the program – to support the initiative and made posters to display throughout the building. According to the organization, Start with Hello teaches students in grades 2-12 the skills they need to reach out to and include those who maybe be dealing with loneliness and create a culture of inclusion and connectedness within their school. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55675 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed February 25, 2018 Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff, As a result of the closing of schools due to inclement weather, school will be in session for all students and staff on Friday, May 25, 2018. There are no other changes to the 2017-18 school calendar due to our previous closings. Any additional emergency closings due to inclement weather, or other reasons, may necessitate further changes to the 2017-18 school year calendar. Should future changes to the calendar be required, parents, guardians and staff will be notified of these changes as soon as possible. Dr. Michael Ring,Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55703 Sun, 25 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School has been awarded the Silver Inviting School Fidelity Award in honor of the students’ and staff’s efforts to keep the spirit and practice of Invitational Education alive and well in the school. The Invitational Education program presents five prestigious Fidelity Awards every two years. Schools that have previously received the Inviting School Award are invited to apply for the Fidelity Award this year. The application includes documentation on what the school is doing to support an invitational climate and how it is continuing to extend those initiatives and support the ideals of the International Alliance for Invitational Education. Rocky Point Middle School received the Inviting School Award last year. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55674 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55524 Sat, 17 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School seventh-graders Greg Havranek’s class participated in a virtual debate about the Bill of Rights with students from Oldfield Middle School. Teaming up with Mr. Havranek’s brother’s social studies classes, the students discussed with each other what parts of the Bill of Rights they agree or disagree with. The students were also able to create scenarios and quiz the other students to see which amendment was being discussed. At the end, the students were able to have fun and ask each other questions about the other person’s school. The students in both Mr. Havranek’s social studies classes were excited to make history come alive. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55357 Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55370 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of a multiyear effort, Rocky Point Middle School recently presented an overwhelming donation of $2,431 to representatives from Save-a-Pet, an animal shelter located in Port Jefferson Station. Spearheaded by school library media specialist Catherine O’Connell, students and staff members donated to the cause through a multitude of fundraising activities. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55356 Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of American Heart Month, Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students and staff members participated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart event this February. During the after-school program, students had the chance to demonstrate their jump-roping skills to the beat of popular music, and through their participation collected donations for the worthy cause. Students participated in a “free jump” event before competing in grade-level challenges to determine who could jump rope the longest. Under the leadership of physical education teacher Maria Amoscato, the students helped to raise more than $11,672 for the American Heart Association. Jump Rope for Heart is an annual program sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise not only awareness of heart-health issues, but also funds for continued research. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55338 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School varsity wrestling has been named League VI champions for the 2017-18 season, a victory they captured during the event held in early February at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School. In addition to the team win, several students both won their individual weight class and qualified for the Suffolk County championships, which will be held Feb. 10-11. The Rocky Point School District commends the entire team and wishes the following students well as they compete in counties: Justin Amendola (second place @ 106) Ryan Callahan (league winner @ 138) Corey Connolly (league winner @152) Mickey Gold (third place @ 170) Donald Hammarth (third place @ 145) Kris Ketchum (league winner @ 132) Evan Matias (second place @ 120) Jake Pole (second place @ 285) Anthony Sciotto (league winner @ 120) Logan Sciotto (league winner @ 113) Brian Smith (third place @ 160) http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55258 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s varsity bowling team captured second place in the Small School championships and Wildcard Competition this winter, with a total pin count of 3,016 (201 per bowler average). As a result, the team competed in the Suffolk County championships at Bowlero in Sayville. In addition to the team’s overall success, several students qualified for post-season honors. With an average of 221.2 and ranked ninth overall in Suffolk County and second overall in League IV, tenth-grader Brandon Epp was named to the Suffolk County All-Star team. He will now compete on March 10 in Syracuse. Brandon was also named Second Team All-County and First Team All-League IV. Tenth-grader Robert Manginello averaged a score of 203.8 and is ranked fifth overall in League IV. He was named to the First Team All-League IV. Ninth-grader Sean Vogel averaged 196.2 points and was ranked 10th overall in League IV and named to Second Team All-League IV. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55259 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students are working to develop a love of reading both in school and through activities that extend beyond the traditional school day, including the building’s annual Parents as Reading Partners initiative. The program, which is supported by the school’s PTA, encourages students to take time each day to enjoy a piece of literature. Additionally, it reinforces the important correlation between a strong home-to-school connection and a student’s academic success. Following this year’s PARP theme of “Be a Reading Superhero,” students created superhero capes for their favorite reading hero and took part in theme days over the course of the two-week program. These included Sweat Day, when everyone came to school in sweats because reading “jogs” the mind, and Spot Day, when everyone wore spots because readers can “spot” a good book. Furthermore, students and families gathered for the annual evening Milk and Cookies night. During the event, school administrators shared stories aloud, and the PTA provided chocolate chip cookies and milk. Lastly, the students enjoyed attending a lively music assembly featuring the famous Hip Pickles. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55143 Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55048 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click here for the 2018-2019 HS Course Guide http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=55062 Tue, 06 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Middle School and High School report cards are now posted to the eSchool Parent Portal. The eSchool Parent Portal is a great resource that allows parents to access records for their students. Through this website, parents have the ability to view current grades, live attendance, and report cards. If you already have an eSchool Parent Portal account, simply log in through the district home page athttp://www.rockypointschools.org. IfyouneedadditionaleSchoolParentPortalassistance,callMs. Suzanne Gruenbergat 631.849.7241. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54918 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Save the date and come cheer on the following Rocky Point High School teams as they compete in post-season play! Varsity Bowling Team – Suffolk County Championships this Saturday (2/3) at Bowlero in Sayville. Start time is 9:00 a.m. Varsity Girls Indoor Track & Field Team – Small School Championships at Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood Campus. Free admission. Game today (2/1) at 5 p.m. Varsity Boys Indoor Track & Field Team – Small School Championships at Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood Campus. Free admission. Game tomorrow (2/2) at 5 p.m. Varsity Wrestling Team – League 6 Championships at Elwood/John Glenn High School, admission is $6. Match Saturday (2/3) at 9:30 a.m. Varsity Cheerleading Team – Section XI Cheerleading Championships at Smithtown West High School, admission is $4. The match will be this Saturday (2/3) at 11 a.m. This will be the teams last competition before competing in the National Championships in Orlando, Florida, which will be held the weekend of February 10. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54885 Thu, 01 Feb 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Due to the conditions of local roads, school will be closed on Tuesday, January 30. This includes out-of-district and BOCES students. Additionally, there will be no transportation for private and parochial schools and all extracurricular activities and building use are canceled for the day. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54762 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Due to the conditions of local roads, school will be closed on Tuesday, January 30. This includes out-of-district and BOCES students. Additionally, there will be no transportation for private and parochial schools and all extracurricular activities and building use are canceled for the day. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54777 Tue, 30 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s varsity wrestling team won its third straight Suffolk County dual meet championship with a 37-33 victory over Brentwood this January. The Eagles will now compete in the New York State dual meet championships in Syracuse. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54679 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As part of the school’s WARM – We Are Reading More – initiative, Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students had the chance to learn about the work of a professional illustrator when Steven James Petruccio visited the school. During the program, Mr. Petruccio spoke about the 85 books he has illustrated and how he had a love of drawing from a young age. Additionally, he showed the students the process for publishing a book – from the development of a manuscript and storyboards to the enlargement process and the role of an art director. He also demonstrated how to draw some of his favorite figures. Throughout the month of January, JAE students have been taking part in a series of activities designed to further promote a lifelong love of reading. They recorded the number of minutes they spend on independent reading for pleasure as well as took part in theme days such as “wear a shirt with words you can read” and an electronic blackout day. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54601 Thu, 25 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point School District is proud to congratulate Board of Education Vice President, district graduate and dedicated community volunteer Scott Reh for being recognized as the NYSPHSAA (NYS Public High School Athletic Association) Section XI Athletic Director of the Year. Each year, all 11 sections in New York State recognize a dedicated and committed professional with this honor. Mr. Reh is the current director of athletics, PE, health, nursing and grounds in the Mount Sinai School District and a Rocky Point Class of 1985 graduate. Previously, he was inducted into the Rocky Point, Adelphi and Suffolk County Sports Halls of Fame. As a member of the district’s Board of Education, Mr. Reh continues to give back to his alma mater and dedicates his time in service to the community’s students. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54610 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:10:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s varsity cheerleading team continued its undefeated season by capturing a win during the recent Sachem East varsity competition. Competing in the medium division, the Eagles captured its fourth straight win with a score of 89.8. If the team’s winning steak continues, the Eagles would be the first team to go undefeated since cheerleading became a sport on Long Island. “Being undefeated really shows how hard we work and how much time we put in,” said Ashley Bayard. “We know if we keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll end up on top,” added Julieanna Joy. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54598 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School’s two robotics teams recently competed in the FIRST Long Island Qualifying Tournament in Smithtown and both qualified for the championship tournament in Longwood on March 4 based on their performance. During the Smithtown event, the students competed against 27 other teams and captured the first three awards. The Robo Eagles won the Alliance Award for scoring the highest point total on the Robot Table as a pair in the Alliance Round and the prestigious Judges Award for its unique efforts, performance or dynamics. The Radical Robotix team was awarded the Project Research Award for “their diverse resources to formulate an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the problem they have identified.” This year’s competition theme is hydrodynamics. The research project chosen by the team is a “Desalination Aviation Life Vest.” Congratulations to this year’s team members: Robo Eagles: Zach Accetta, Felicity Monaghan, Oskar Chorzepa, Leila Riedl, Alex Rosenberg, Marco Tanza and Misha Zaslavsky Radical Robotix: Jake Bazata, Eve Hald, Maddy Knopfke, Sola Matsumoto, C.J. McMillen and Nick O’Shea. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54597 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed AP Exam Registration opens 1/29/18. If your child is enrolled in an AP course, please click here for additional information. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54491 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Mathematical concepts and critical thinking skills intersected at Rocky Point High School as students enrolled in Daniel Capell’s geometry classes worked to complete a Breakout box activity. Breakout is a series of resettable locks, boxes and times that are customized to a specific subject area to challenge participants to solve clues used to unlock the devices. Within the geometry classes, the students were asked to answer questions revolving around the topics covered in their class so far this year. Each of the questions corresponded with something to help crack the code. The classes raced against each other and time to retrieve the prize inside. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54237 Tue, 16 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School robotics team received the prestigious “Motivate Award” at the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition this January, sponsored by Lynbrook Public Schools. This award is given to a team that embraces the culture of FIRST and clearly shows what it means to be a team. This judged award celebrates the team that represents the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through team building, team spirit and displayed enthusiasm. Furthermore, it recognizes a team that makes a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community, and sparks others to embrace the culture of FIRST. Rocky Point was selected for its honor based on its community outreach work, namely its efforts through the team’s YouTube channel, Snapchat presence, annual district robotics fair for younger students, participation in the first annual district STEM fair and its continued support of the two middle school FLL robotics teams. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54234 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point High School girls varsity basketball team captured a big win over the holiday break – being named the victors of the Panther Classic basketball tournament. The Eagles defeated Connetquot 35-18 in the first game of the tournament by applying tremendous full-court pressure and balanced scoring over four quarters. Rocky Point then faced the host team, Babylon, in the championship game two days later. The hard-fought game highlighted Rocky Point’s speed fed transition game and fueled the highest-scoring output of the year to date. The Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter and defeated Babylon 54-39. Seniors Abby Bellport and Christina Bellissimo showed their leadership throughout the two games, and both were awarded all-tournament honors. Sophomore Clare Levy, who had 12 points in the first game, erupted for 18 points, five assists and three steals in the second game to capture the tournament MVP award. “The entire team’s hard work and dedication has been validated by this tournament victory and will hopefully act as a springboard to continued success for the Rocky Point girls basketball program,” said coach Scott Lindsay. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54235 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Congratulations to the Rocky Point varsity cheerleading team who took first place at the Smithtown East Section XI competition this past weekend. "As we move on from week to week teams are getting stronger,” said coach Anna Spallina. "We are working to make our routine more consistent as we are four weeks out from Nationals. We are finding ourselves on the top of our division every week beating teams by 10 or more points.” The district wishes the team good luck as they compete this Saturday at Sachem East High School, where we hope to continue their winning streak with an even higher score. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54236 Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54207 Wed, 10 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed January 9, 2018 Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff, As a result of the closing of schools last week due to inclement weather, schools will be in session for all students and staff on Friday, May 25, 2018. There are no other changes to the 2017-18 school calendar due to last week’s closings. Any additional emergency closings due to inclement weather, or other reasons, may necessitate further changes to the 2017-18 school year calendar. Should future changes to the calendar be required, parents, guardians and staff will be notified of these changes as soon as possible. Dr. Michael Ring Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54162 Tue, 09 Jan 2018 22:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54120 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School seventh-grade students in Greg Havranek’s eighth-period class recently won a school Box Tops for Education drive – collecting more than 1,000 Box Tops. The school has been collecting Box Tops – small squares located on certain everyday products – since September. The Box Tops are then turned in to the company in exchange for special funding for the school. These funds can then be used to improve the building. In the past, the middle school has used Box Tops funds to support the arcade room in the cafeteria and the garden in the courtyard. As the winning class, Mr. Havranek’s students received a special treat from Wendy’s. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54081 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 18:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School’s fifth-grade select chorus High Notes helped to set the holiday spirit when it performed “The Lights of Jingle Bell Hill” during two daytime and one evening performance just before the December break. The students rehearsed under the leadership of director Craig Knapp to bring the story of how an annual holiday contest that historically has gone wrong suddenly goes perfectly well. The students each portrayed a series of comedic characters, including Santa’s reindeer, elves and many others, as they delivered their lines flawlessly and sang perfectly in tune. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54080 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed School will be closed on Friday, January 5. This includes out of district and BOCES students. Additionally, there will be no transportation for private and parochial schools. All extracurricular activities and building use are canceled for the day. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=54057 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 22:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed School will be closed on Friday, January 5. This includes out of district and BOCES students. Additionally, there will be no transportation for private and parochial schools. All extracurricular activities and building use are canceled for the day. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44739 Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point School District students in grades K-5 helped to ensure that children in need had a warm holiday by collecting 150 pajamas for the Pajama Program, an initiative organized through Scholastic’s Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. Recognizing that Scholastic matches the donation of pajamas with a book, the fourth-grade students in Kristie Jackson’s, Deborah Vieira’s and Lisa Celentano’s classes wanted to add a special touch to their donations. Students from these classes created their own collection of fairy tales to add to the donation. The students researched fairy tales and the structure of the written pieces before proceeding through the writing process to develop their own fractured fairy tales. The completed stories were bound together to give each recipient a copy of the students’ Fairy Tales Collection. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=53704 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students got into the holiday spirit by creating original versions of traditional decorations. After reading the book “Gingerbread Friends,” by Jan Brett, first-grade students drew two-dimensional gingerbread houses. With the help of art teacher Laura Goelz, the students incorporated the lessons they had learned on patterns and basic architecture to design their own individual structures. They embellished the drawings with a variety of details before adding a dusting of “snow.” Additionally, kindergarten classes created candy canes full of sparkle, and second-graders designed colorful holiday lights. All of the students’ artwork lined the corridors in the building just before the holiday break. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=53702 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Concepts and topics rooted in STEM education were on full display this fall during Rocky Point School District’s first-ever STEM Exposition. The event showcased STEM opportunities at the university level and in the workforce. Middle and high school students had opportunities to interact with scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, and to discuss career information related to STEM fields. During the evening, several keynote speakers delivered STEM-focused presentations, including Dr. Abhay Deshpande from Brookhaven National Laboratory and his daughter and Rocky Point Class of 2017 graduate Pooja Deshpande, Marc Alessi from the Tesla Science Center, Mark Walker from Sartorius Corp. and Dr. Michael Caplan, Suffolk County chief medical examiner. Representatives from Adelphi University, Applied DNA Sciences, the Long Island Science Center, Stony Brook University and numerous other STEM organizations also attended. The STEM Exposition also showcased Rocky Point students’ STEM accomplishments, as Rocky Point middle school and high school robotics teams attended the event. During the event, students also had the opportunity to participate in STEM challenges. Attendees designed and constructed straw towers, marshmallow catapults, “lunar landers” and popsicle-stick bridges. Attendees also engaged in the engineering design process multiple times, revising their designs to continuously improve them. Rocky Point will look to build on the enthusiasm generated from the STEM Exposition, continuing to seek opportunities to promote STEM and to share college and career information related to STEM careers. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=53703 Wed, 20 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click here to read the Newsletter http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=53637 Tue, 19 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=53543 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School seniors Abigail Bellport and Peter LaSalla have been named 2017 Suffolk Zone award winners by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The pair was honored for being the top female and male senior physical education leaders in their school during the association’s annual awards dinner. The award criteria considered students’ leadership in physical education, scholarship, character and being a role model to their peers. Abigail has competed on four athletic teams throughout her educational career in Rocky Point, including basketball, cross-country, field hockey, and lacrosse, and is a three-sport scholar-athlete. She is a member of Athletes Helping Athletes, Big Buddy Little Buddy, Business Honor Society, Girl Scouts, History Honor Society, Leaders Club, and the National Honor Society, and volunteers through Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, she was named an All-County athlete in cross-country and has received an athletic scholarship for lacrosse. She will be attending Molloy College to major in business this fall. Peter is a two-sport scholar-athlete who has served as the captain of the Rocky Point football and lacrosse teams. He is president of the varsity club and was named an All-American in lacrosse. Additionally, he is a member of the National Honor Society and History Honor Society, and gives back to the community by coaching youth football and assisting in youth lacrosse clinics and tournaments. He was named the most outstanding midfielder in Division II lacrosse and has received an athletic scholarship for lacrosse. Peter will be studying mechanical engineering at the University of Virginia this fall. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=53363 Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Rocky Point High School’s Human Rights Club created several promotional items centered on the importance of the document. Club members Jenna Salzan and Ashley Mooring created an informational video on the topic, which was shown to all classes before the officially recognized day. Jenna Salzan created a charcoal poster and Daisy Julca made a canvas collage depicting the overall message. To view the students’ video, please click here. The school club is advised by English teacher Heather Catandella. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=53361 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s varsity cheerleading team took home the first-place title during this year’s Empire Regional championship at Nassau Community College this December. This was the 13th regional championship title for Rocky Point, and the first-place win awarded them a bid to the National High School Cheerleading championship in Orlando, Florida, in early February. The Rocky Point School District congratulates all of the student-athletes and their coaches on this phenomenal accomplishment and wishes them well at nationals! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=53362 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Two Rocky Point High School events have been entered into this year’s Community Service Challenge and now our district is in the running to win up to $3,000! To help our district win, please click the link below and vote for our Dig Pink or Baseball gives back events. Voting will be open through Dec. 17th at 8 p.m. http://www.teamup4community.org/li-holiday-sports-heroes-video-challenge-2017 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=53336 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As part of the Science Unplugged program offered through Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Rocky Point High School students in Guy Reid’s Human Anatomy and Physiology classes learned about the influence of fat on stem cells and current schizophrenia research during guest lectures from Adrian Di Antonio and Ashleigh Lussenden, graduate researchers at Stony Brook University. During the presentations, “Your Brain is So Fat” and “Shining a New Light on an Old Stigma,” students discussed the structure of stem cells and their ability to differentiate. Students and presenters also discussed possible pathways for developing therapeutic treatments for schizophrenia. These topics tie to class topics related to the brain and human nervous system. The Science Unplugged program gives the students the opportunity to speak with professionals from the field, learn about their research and familiarize themselves with what it means to be a research scientist. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=53187 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As an additional activity to their Native American social studies unit, Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fourth-graders had the chance to participate in a Native American celebration and workshop at the school this November. During the event, the students were encouraged to dress appropriately in Native American attire as they visited several interactive stations. These included listening to Native American folktales, creating medicine satchels, decorating shields, making parfleches (carrying pouches) and playing an authentic Native American game. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=53186 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of their academic dedication, 58 Rocky Point Middle School eighth-graders were recently inducted into the school’s National Junior Honor Society. The students were selected for this prestigious honor based on their excellence in scholarship, service, character and leadership. To be considered for induction, each student must possess an average of 93 or higher in their academic courses. Additionally, they were required to show character, community service, leadership and citizenship within an application that consisted of a recommendation from someone outside of the middle school family, resume showing the other standards with signatures and an essay where they discuss how they demonstrate all these qualities. During the ceremony, they were celebrated by the school’s administration and advisor Dawn Callahan, as current members described the mission of the NJHS and helped to administer the membership oath. “To achieve this honor shows all the qualities asked for by the ideal student,” said Ms. Callahan. "Students are pulled in so many directions today, that to attain all that is needed to be accepted into the local chapter of National Junior Honor Society is a true testament to their dedication to excelling in their education in every capacity. “ In addition to the new members, the ninth-grade NJHS members, who were inducted last year, worked with Mrs. Callahan to vote for a special teacher inductee. Teachers who cared deeply about their students, encouraging and motivating them to learn, were nominated for the honor. This year’s honoree was veteran technology teacher Robert Ciaccio. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52948 Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In appreciation for all that they do to transport students to and from school safely, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students and staff members hosted a special “Bus Driver Appreciation” breakfast just before the Thanksgiving holiday. During the event, the members of the second-grade service squad presented the drivers with personalized thank-you notes created by students throughout the school and a poem placemat as an added keepsake. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52757 Mon, 27 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point School District K-5 students had the chance to learn about the work of a professional writer when famed children’s book author Julia Cook visited Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School and Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School this November. Ms. Cook conducted schoolwide assemblies at both buildings, speaking about her start as an author and the process she follows when developing books. She shared excerpts from some of her most beloved stories. At FJC, she also conducted two classroom workshops with second-graders to delve into the writing process more deeply. Brainstorming together, the groups learned how to approach story writing from a different angle – rather than putting pencil to paper and begin writing immediately, Ms. Cook encouraged them to first create a list of “takeaways,” or key facts that they wanted their readers to retain, and then work to incorporate those items into their written pieces. The inspirational author, who is also considered a parenting expert and inspirational speaker, also conducted a special evening parent workshop in collaboration with the schools’ PTA. During this session, Ms. Cook discussed many topics explored in her books, including video game/screen time, balancing the parenting act, kids’ personal safety and techniques for teaching social skills. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52756 Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52550 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed After 13 years of hard work, dedication and sportsmanship, 11 Rocky Point High School seniors have been selected to continue their athletic journeys next fall at some of the top colleges and universities in the country. While surrounded by proud family members and friends, 10 students made their commitments to the chosen schools final by putting pen to paper this November and signing National Letters of Intent. One student memorialized his future plans with a commitment to the United States Naval Academy. The district extends its best wishes and congratulations to the following student-athletes and their families: Lawrence Bastianelli – Lacrosse, Franklin Pierce University Christina Bellissimo – Lacrosse, Stony Brook University Abbie Bellport – Lacrosse, Molloy College Sara Giammarella – Lacrosse, NYIT Joseph Grillo – Baseball, University of Bridgeport Peter LaSalla – Lacrosse, University of Virginia Shannon Maroney – Lacrosse, Canisius College Madison Sanchez – Lacrosse, University of Maryland Amanda Schultz – Lacrosse, Pace University Anthony Sciotto – Wrestling, United States Naval Academy Jake Wandle – Lacrosse, Stony Brook University http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52447 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Continuing what has become a Rocky Point tradition, members of the Rocky Point School District baseball teams volunteered at Maureen’s Haven homeless shelter this November. Lead by team coaches Anthony Anzalone, Andrew Aschettino and Eric Strovink, the middle school and high school students worked together to set up the location; stock the pantries; provide breakfast, lunch and dinner; and supply toiletries, homemade baked goods, backpacks and even gift cards for meals to a fast food restaurant for future dates. Additionally, the students donated enough socks to give a new pair to each homeless person for weeks to come. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52449 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Second-grade students in Christina Capaldi and Erin Glennon’s class at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School have been reflecting upon the meaning of symbolism and their family traditions as part of an author study and connected writing project. After reading the book “The Keeping Quilt” by Patricia Polacco, students discussed the book’s theme and how a simple piece of cloth had been passed down from generation to generation, each time taking on a new purpose before eventually becoming a quilt that remained a symbol of the family’s love and devotion. Throughout the study, students discussed different symbols found in their classroom and throughout the world, each of which carry great meaning. The class discussed what iconic symbols like the Statue of Liberty and the American flag mean to them, as well as ones of personal significance to their families. The students then drew an item that was passed down in their families on small squares of paper, which were joined together to make one large class quilt. Students created pictures about such things as stuffed animals that previously belonged to their parents and a family riddle book, then reflected upon their drawings. They created short written explanations as to what their item symbolized and why it had great importance to their family. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52446 Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of Veterans Day, schools throughout the Rocky Point School District took time to celebrate and recognize local servicemen and women this November for their bravery and service to the country. Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School second-grade students gathered in the school’s gymnasium to host a special Veterans Day celebration for the special veterans in the students’ lives. After the nations’ colors were presented by a member of the Rocky Point VFW Post 6249, the veterans in attendance were individually introduced and presented with a paper medal of honor. Additionally, students learned about the evolution of the trumpet and the part the bugle plays in the military from a member of Post 6249. Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School and Rocky Point High School also each hosted moving Veterans Day assembly programs. At JAE, members of the fifth-grade select chorus High Notes sang several patriotic songs, and student representatives read original essays and presented the attendees with tokens of their appreciation. At Rocky Point High School, the assembly featured four servicemen and a presentation of the colors by Post 6249. Richard Kitson, president of the Suffolk County Chapter of Vietnam Veterans, spoke about his service as a mortarman within the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and his instrumental efforts to build the Vietnam War Memorial on Bald Hill. Dr. Frank Lunati was a young doctor when he was drafted into the Army because of its need for medical staff at the beginning of the Vietnam War. He spoke about his service during the 1965 Battle of la Drang, depicted in the Mel Gibson film “We Were Soldiers,” as well as Lunati’s book “Time Never Heals.” John Fernandez is a 1996 graduate of Rocky Point High School, the West Point Prep School, and was a member of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He spoke about his service as a captain of the Army Black Knights football team of West Point and how he was wounded in Iraq. This led to Fernandez’s prominent work with the Wounded Warriors, in particular his advocacy for the needs of all service members who have been hurt since 9/11. Additionally, John, whose name is displayed on the road that is next to VFW Post 6249, presented his combat patch to the high school, which will be hung in the window cases next to his picture and story. Gabriel “Buddy” Gengler, a graduate of Shoreham-Wading River who also attended and became an officer at West Point, spoke about his service, how poor the civilians were overseas and his support of Wounded Warriors and all of our nation’s veterans. Lastly, Tommy Sullivan, a treasure of the school’s annual ceremony who has played in the West Point Army Band and for Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, performed several beautiful songs. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52440 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As an extension of their science curriculum, third-grade students at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School had their classroom lessons come to life during a recent assembly program provided by the Long Island Science Center in Rocky Point. During the event, titled “All About Air,” the students investigated the properties of air using balls, balloons, bags and even a hair dryer. Through visual demonstrations, they learned that air takes up space, has weight and exerts pressure. They also participated in a discussion of Bernoulli’s principle and Pascal’s law. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52339 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed November 13, 2017 Dear Parents and Guardians: With the winter season rapidly approaching, it is important to remind all parents and legal guardians of our inclement weather emergency protocols. In the event of inclement weather causing an early dismissal, schools will dismiss in the same order as is customary for regular dismissal with the High School being dismissed first, followed by the Middle School, the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School, and, lastly, the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School. Please review with your children the emergency procedures you have arranged in the event of a delayed opening, early dismissal, or school closure. When weather conditions necessitate a change from the regularly scheduled school day, the following protocol will be followed: * A review of road and weather conditions and forecasts will take place as early as possible. * Parents will be notified of the decision to delay, dismiss early or close school, via Connect Ed telephone, text and email messages. * Inclement weather bus stops will be utilized during any delayed opening or early dismissal due to weather. If inclement weather bus stops are used for pickup on a given morning, they will be used for afternoon drop-off also, unless parents and guardians are notified to the contrary.A list of current inclement weather stops may be accessed via the Parent Portal on eSchool. If your present bus stop is not listed, then the regular and inclement stops are the same. As you know, weather is often unpredictable and forecasts may be inaccurate from time to time. We will always make the best decision possible based on the available weather data. However, your patience and understanding are appreciated when the forecast is unclear and our decision does not align precisely with the weather outcome. Please ensure that your emergency contact information on file with your child’s school is up to date and accurate. This information may be updated via the Parent Portal on eSchool. As is always the case, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority and your cooperation and support is greatly appreciated when we are dealing with inclement weather and emergency closings/dismissals of any type. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact your child’s building principal. Please accept my best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday season. Sincerely, Michael F. Ring, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52378 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 22:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of Veterans Day, students at Rocky Point Middle School and Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School penned messages of thanks, appreciation and gratitude to the nation’s veterans. As part of the initiative, students were invited to write letters to those who have served the country, create poems using the word “veteran” and otherwise express their praise for the volunteers. The completed pieces were compiled and delivered to those living at the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University and those residing at Fort Bragg. The project was led by seventh-grade special education teacher John Mauceri and English Language Arts grades 6-12 chairperson Joseph Settepani with collaboration from JAE educator Gloria Meyer. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52338 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Each year the students at theJoseph A. Edgar (JAE) Intermediate School celebrate a day to show their appreciation for those men and women who have served in various branches of the military to protect our freedoms. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52360 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed On November 12th, Rocky Point High School Interact Service Club members together with their advisor, Mrs. Messinetti, participated in a fall cleanup at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. Everyone took part in raking leaves and general cleanup duties. They worked hard, but they also managed to have fun. They were assisted by members of the Middle Island Rotary, Port Jefferson Rotary and local Interact Clubs. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18, sponsored by individual Rotary clubs which provide encouragement and guidance, but are self-governing and self-supporting. The Interact chapter at Rocky Point High School is sponsored by the Rocky Point Rotary Club. In addition to successfully executing its own fundraising and community service projects, Interact has often joined the Rocky Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the campgrounds at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a resident summer camp designed for young people ages 6-21 with special needs. Its mission is to help children and adults achieve equality, dignity, and maximum independence through a safe and quality program of camping, recreation, and education in a summer-time environment. Throughout the program, campers participate in typical summer camp activities, such as arts and crafts, talent shows, cook-outs, swimming and boating. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52362 Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School seniors had the chance to gain valuable feedback on their college essays during a recent “speed read” event hosted in the school’s library. Organized by business teacher Dorothy Burns and members of the school’s English department, the event enabled students to meet with representatives from four different colleges and receive input on their essays after having a two to two and a half minute read through. Representatives from Keiser University, SUNY Oswego, University of Massachusetts Lowell and Utica College were among those who took part in this event. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52214 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, the Rocky Point High School Human Rights Club promoted Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center and Unity Day this October. According to www.pacer.org, on Unity Day people come together — in schools, communities and online — to send a message of support, hope and unity to show that they are united against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. As a result of Rocky Point’s Unity Day fundraising, the Human Rights Club raised $226 for Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52213 Thu, 09 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students, family and staff came together this October to participate in a fun-filled evening of family folk dancing. This annual event provided the opportunity for children to bring their parents to school, where together they participated in several folk dances led by school music teacher Craig Knapp. This multigenerational experience builds appreciation of the process of music making and community spirit. Traditional folk dancing promotes building of community, teamwork, discipline, respect and following instructions. Folk dance has links with many other subjects, including history, literacy, art, music and physical education. The students enjoyed the event, learning valuable social skills as well as improving coordination and confidence. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52212 Wed, 08 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s Virtual Enterprise class recently took part in the LIU Entrepreneurship and Leadership Conference held at LIU Post this October. During this conference, students had the opportunity to deliver an elevator pitch for their VE company, network with and hear from industry experts, and participate in informative breakout sessions. One highlight from the conference was keynote speaker Al Kahn, CEO of CraneKahn LLC, and a leading figure in the licensing industry. Students learned about how he grew his licensing empire to include some of the biggest names in the industry, including Cabbage Patch Kids, Pokemon and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52211 Tue, 07 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52113 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Tuesday, November 14th the PTA proudly presents… National award-winning children’s author, parenting expert & inspirational speaker, JULIA COOK All parents are invited to meet the author at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Library Julia will be discussing many topics including video game/screen time, balancing the parenting act, kid’s personal safety and teaching social skills. Light refreshments provided by Brooklyn Bagels. *Babysitting service will be available* Book order forms will go home with the children after her visit. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52133 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed DRIVER EDUCATION--Spring 2018 Registration is on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the High School Main Office. Students must attend 16 lectures and 16 driving classes. There will be one make up class allowed for lecture class. Preference will be taken into consideration and is not a guarantee. Assignments may be based on date ofbirth. For additional information call 631-849-6168. Download the application Once the program begins, no refunds will be issued. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=52167 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=51971 Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=51890 Tue, 31 Oct 2017 12:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=51835 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Through a series of events, Rocky Point Union Free School District helped to raise $3,400 this October in support of those fighting breast cancer. Over the past several years, Rocky Point has been a large supporter of the Side-Out Foundation, an organization established to unite volleyball players and coaches as they work toward the common goal of furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services. Each year, the school dedicates one fall volleyball game to the cause through an event called Dig Pink. Athletes wear pink uniforms and volunteer to raise funds through bake sales, donations and silent auctions. This year’s fundraising also included a denim day for staff. Both events were coordinated by the volleyball teams as well as the members of the Rocky Point High School Leaders Club. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=51866 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed A huge congratulations to our Varsity Field Hockey team for winning the Class B Suffolk County Championship today by a score of 4-0 over Miller Place! The team will play on November 1 at 6:30pm against the Nassau County Champion. Great job Eagles, Head Coach Katie Bittner and Assistant Coach Reagan Lynch! Game highlights: Bella Fusco – 2 goals Sara Giammarella – 1 goal, 1 assist Hannah Luchsinger – 1 goal Emily Molinaro – 1 assist Jen Greene – 3 saves on goal "We are extremely excited about this win and hope this is just the beginning of our post season run," said Coach Bittner. "This team has been lead by 10 seniors who play with a tremendous amount of heart. We are thankful for a supportive community and hope to see lots of fans on Wednesday at 6:30pm at Newfield High School for the Long Island Championship!" http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=51811 Sat, 28 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=51731 Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Jennifer Meschi’s first-grade class at Frank Carasiti Elementary School in the Rocky Point School District had a fruitful celebration during New York Apple Crunch Day on Oct. 19. Along with apple-related songs, a science experiment, reading apple-themed books, and parent volunteers who worked on apple crafts with them, they were part of a large effort to raise awareness for local farmers. The students joined thousands of New York residents in taking a bite out of an apple at lunchtime for the New York food and farm industries. “We were registered participants to help support the cause of bringing more access to fresh fruits and vegetables into our communities,” said Meschi. “We wanted to be a part of this initiative so people understand the importance of eating healthy foods and supporting our farmers.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=51719 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point STEM Exposition Rocky Point HS Wednesday, November 8, 2017 6:00 pm-8:00 pm http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=51728 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of their musical talents and promise, four Rocky Point High School students have earned recognition on the regional and state level this fall. Seniors Grace Donofrio (Mixed Choir), Kyle Markland (Symphony Orchestra, Double Bass) and junior Josh Vogel (Mixed Choir) have been selected to perform at this year’s NYSSMA All-State Winter Conference Music Festival in Rochester, New York, from Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Kyle is the first Rocky Point student to be selected for an All-State orchestral ensemble. In addition, these students, along with senior Allen Liu (Orchestra, Violin), have been chosen as All-County student-musicians and will perform along the best in Suffolk County during the NYSCAME/SCMEA All-County Music Festival this November at Hauppauge High School. Selection for these prestigious festivals is based on students’ NYSSMA scores from the previous spring as well as teacher recommendations. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=51238 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Four Rocky Point High School seniors have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program – Kyle Markland and Jade Pinkenburg have been named 2018 Semifinalists and Patrick Farrell and Connor Middleton have been named Commended Students. The students qualified for these honors by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of the approximate 1.6 million entrants each year. Annually, approximately 16,000 students, or roughly one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as semifinalists and are invited to continue in the competition for the chance to be named finalists and National Merit Scholarship award winners. Approximately 34,000 of the approximately 50,000 highest scorers were named Commended Students and, although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, some Commended Students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=51237 Fri, 13 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In recognition of their outstanding performance within the Advanced Placement program and related examinations, 70 Rocky Point High School students have earned the honor of being named an Advanced Placement Scholar. This total – the most recent data available – includes current students and members of the Class of 2017. These awards are bestowed upon students in a number of categories, each differing based on the number of exams taken and the students’ scores on those exams. Thirty-seven students were named AP Scholars for receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Fifteen were named AP Scholars with Honor for receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Nineteen students were named AP Scholars with Distinction for receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Six students were named National AP Scholars, an honor granted to students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. Class of 2017 graduate Maggie Dowd earned an AP International Diploma, as she received scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP exams in three or more subject areas. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=51223 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s Peer Networking Group worked with school social worker Jennifer Zaffino this fall to design an initiative aimed at promoting kindness and compassion within and beyond the walls of the school this year. Returning group members met in early September to create and promote an Up-Stander Declaration that speaks to behavior that the students wish to see in their lives – both at school and in the community. The pledge, which is mirrored after the “Day 1 Pledge,” focuses on treating others with respect, kindness and empathy. Members of the entire student body had the chance to learn about the initiative during a special morning announcement shared by group members and were invited to join the cause by becoming kindness ambassadors and signing a copy of the declaration this fall. “Our goal was for our school to come together and create a community of up-standers who say something when they see others being treated unfairly or reach out to help someone who may be struggling,” said senior Michael Sirico. “We felt this pledge was something that helped to set the tone for the year and was something that blinds the gray of negativity in the world and shows others that the number of people willing to help outweigh all the others,” added senior Elizabeth Castellucci. The school plans to celebrate those who display “up-standing” behaviors on the building’s new “Up-Standers Tree” completed last year by the life skills students who are enrolled in Robert Ciaccio’s technology course and the students in John Schumacher's Principals of Engineering class. The wooden sculpture features a number of leaves, which will each bear the names of those “caught being good.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=51224 Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students had the chance to learn about the sport of fencing during a recent workshop with the owners and representatives from Mission Fencing, a Rocky Point-based fencing facility. During their physical education classes, the students learned about the evolution of the sport and the different types of swords used during duels, as well as their early connections to self-defense. In addition, using pool noodles, the students had the chance to practice a few basic steps and competition moves. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50936 Mon, 02 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School students and staff are promoting kindness through positive messages and uplifting quotes by participating in the Kindness Rock Project. As part of the initiative, each student created a colorful rock inscribed with a powerful message of hope and kindness for the new Kindness Garden in the school’s courtyard. When visiting the garden, individuals looking for inspiration will be invited to take a kindness rock and create a replacement, which will serve as a source of hope and inspiration for someone in the future. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50773 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students in Jason Rand’s calculus class had the chance to put their mathematical skills to practical use during a recent outdoor lesson on slope. Working in groups, the students brainstormed ways to measure the slope of the hill in the back “pit” field section and then used various supplies to complete the task. While each group’s approach to the problem was different, many began by finding either the rise and run of the hill or the angle formed by a line from the top to the bottom, and then using basic trigonometry skills to determine the other angle. From there, they were able to successfully find the slope. After each group completed their measurements, Mr. Rand demonstrated how surveyors use a tripod and scope to complete the same task and provided the students with the chance to test this method. The reinforcement of these mathematical skills will aid the students when they need to find the slope of a line on any curve. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50765 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point School District’s athletics program has garnered two impressive honors this fall, each recognizing the students’ and district’s commitment on and off the field. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association named Rocky Point a Scholar-Athlete School of Distinction. This honor was given in recognition of the district having 100 percent of its varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete Team award during their respective sports seasons in the 2016-2017 school year. Scholar-Athlete Teams require that 75 percent of the team roster’s grade point average be 90 percent or above. Additionally, the athletic program was presented with the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship Promotion Program Award during the September meeting of the Suffolk County Athletic Directors. This award is the highest Sportsmanship Promotion award presented by the organization and signifies exemplary sportsmanship exhibited by the athletes, coaches, parents and spectators. “Our district is extremely proud to be recognized with the highest honors given out by [NYSPHSAA] in both academics and sportsmanship,” said Charles Delargy, director of health, physical education, athletics and intramurals. “This marks a first for our school district in each of these areas and reflects our students’ commitment in the classroom and on the athletic field.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50652 Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed To aid those struggling after the recent hurricanes, Rocky Point Middle School students and staff continued their tradition of giving by hosting a tug-of-war fundraiser this September. The event, which also helped culminate this year’s School Spirit Week, was held in the school’s gymnasium and in only two days raised $1,000 to aid the victims. Students and staff participated during the event, working in teams and each vying for the chance to be crowned champions. Attendees encouraged the players, and as the eighth-grade team took the championship title, the crowd erupted into loud cheers. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50611 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Homecoming Slideshow 2017 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50526 Sat, 16 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50438 Wed, 13 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor and remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, students and staff from throughout the district took time to pause and remember the tragic events of that day during individual ceremonies, activities and moments of silence. Thanks to an anonymous donor, a new tradition was created in the district this year. In advance of the 16th anniversary of 9/11, the sidewalk in front of Rocky Point High School was lined with many large American flags. The breathtaking display served as a symbol of the importance of patriotism and was noted by many in the community to be a beautiful tribute to the lives lost. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50413 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The 2017-18 school year commenced on Sept. 5 and all returning students were full of smiles! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50210 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50179 Sun, 03 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50146 Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Parents/Guardians, On Friday, September 1, staff will return for the 2017-18 school year. Please note that school buildings will not be accessible to parents/guardians/students between the hours of 7:30 AM and 12:30 PM as staff will be attending meetings. Buildings will be open after12:30 PM for limited activities. However, during this portion of the day there will be no access to classrooms. As always, please remember to sign in at the front desk. Thank you, Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50114 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Incoming sixth-graders at Rocky Point Middle School recently had a chance to get acquainted to their new surroundings during a two-day orientation program. On the first day of the program, students gathered in the school cafeteria for a fun-filled welcome picnic before taking a tour of the school, stopping in each classroom and special area room. Then, joined by the school’s upperclassmen, sixth-graders returned the next day to set up their lockers and take a second walkthrough of their class schedule. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50133 Thu, 31 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed DRIVER EDUCATION FALL 2017 REGISTRATION INFORMATION Thursday, September 7, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the High School Main Office Fee is $400.00 per student (CHECK OR MONEY ORDER, NO CASH, made payable to ROCKY POINT SCHOOLS) Must bring a copy of Drivers Permit & registration form Once the program begins, NO REFUND WILL BE ISSUED For additional information, contact Lori Kuhn at 631-849-6168 or communityed@rockypoint,k12.ny.us http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49799 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click here to view updated information and pictures. http://knitterditter.com/district/capital_projects_update http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49466 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click for the updated Driver Education lecture and driving schedule. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=50054 Mon, 28 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Several Rocky Point High School students had the chance to participate in cutting-edge science research this summer as part of Brookhaven National Laboratory's High School Research Program. Students were selected to participate in this competitive six-week summer program after completing an application and securing recommendations. They each spent the summer doing research under the direction of a mentor at the lab, and presented their work at a poster session held in mid-August. Funding for the program comes from the U.S. Department of Energy. The following students took part in this premier program: Allen Liu and Bryant Liu Mentor: Shinjae Yoo “Drug Effect Discovery on Brain Imaging Data” Kyle Markland Mentor: John Biemer “Improving the Power Usage Effectiveness of BNL's Scientific Data and Computing Center” Jade Pinkenburg Mentor: Martin Purschke “Evaluation of the Neutron and Antineutron Measurement Capabilities of the sPHENIX Calorimeter System” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49996 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed August 2017 Dear Parents/Guardians: Your child’s schedule for the 2017-2018 school year will be available on the eSchool parent portal after 3 PM on August 17th. On the first day of school, your child should report to first period as indicated on his/her schedule. A final copy of the schedule will be given to each student at this time. Please note the grade level of your child. Students move to the next grade level based on the number of credits earned. If your child remained on the same grade level as last year, there is strong reason for concern. This does not necessarily mean that your child cannot graduate with his/her class. It simply means that he/she did not have enough credits to be “moved up” to the next grade level. The schedule of any student who attended summer school will be adjusted when the grades are received. Due to increased enrollment and state mandated programs, there is very little flexibility for class changes. The only reason to meet with a counselor is to correct an error on the schedule (ie. wrong class, wrong level). Corrections will be made on a first-come, first-served basis as follows: Monday, August 21st for 12th grade students (8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.) Tuesday, August 22nd for 11th grade students (8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.) Wednesday, August 23rd for 10th grade students (8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.) Thursday, August 24th for 9th grade students (Following 9th grade orientation) Regarding Changes: Counselors are NOT permitted to make TEACHER changes or LUNCH period changes. I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer and I look forward to seeing your children in September. Sincerely, Susann Crossan Principal http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49948 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:40:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Parent/Guardian, Important Note: Please use Internet Explorer when accessing the portal Student schedules (6-12) and teacher placement (K-5) are now available on the eSchool Portal.If you need support accessing the portal account, click here. If you do not see your child's teacher name and/or schedule,please call the main office of your child's schoolthe week ofAugust 21, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM, Monday through Thursday. Prior to viewing the schedule and/or teacher placement, you will be prompted to add, delete, confirm and/or update your Emergency Contacts on the eSchool Parent Portal. Emergency Contacts must be verified on the eSchool Parent Portal each school year. When you log into the Parent Portal, you will be prompted to verify all contact information OR you can simply click on the "contact verification" button right below your child's photo on the left side of the screen. You must complete a form for each child. Be sure to click on each profile separately to ensure the emergency contacts are accurate. Remember to use Internet Explorer when accessing the portal. Thank you. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49951 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49911 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Due to the inclement weather, Community Education field hockey is cancelled tonight (Monday, 8/7) http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49842 Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49809 Wed, 02 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49794 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed UPDATE 7/26/17 NEW LOCATIONS FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES Jump Bunch- FJC Field Coed Soccer- FJC Field http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48077 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click here for more information about the Free and Reduced Price School Meals for 2017-2018 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49587 Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Special Meeting – July 26th @ 4pm Location - TBD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=42181 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49332 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49343 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49267 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Due to weather conditions that remain uncertain for the time of our commencement exercises this evening, out of an abundance of caution for the safety of all who will be in attendance, this evening’s graduation ceremony will be held indoors. We apologize for any inconvenience you may experience due to this change. At the time of our graduation rehearsal, each senior was issued two yellow tickets for guests to view the ceremony in the gymnasium and two green tickets for guests to view a live video stream of the event in the auditorium. Please remember to bring these tickets with you this evening and be aware that guests will be able to enter the two locations starting at 5:00 pm. We would like to congratulate our graduates and their families and we look forward to a very successful ceremony. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49277 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed With the sun shining brightly, Rocky Point Middle School eighth-grade students marched past proud parents, friends and district administrators to take their prominent seats across the back lawn of the school and signal the start of this year’s moving-up ceremony. During the event, many students were individually recognized as they were presented with departmental awards of recognition, state honors from the Comptroller’s and Attorney General’s office as well as certificates acknowledging their outstanding character traits and community service efforts. Graduating eighth-grader Maya Menon was selected as this year’s moving-up day speaker and, in her address, shared memories from the students’ middle school years and a hope for a prosperous future. Before celebrating their accomplishments at the eighth-grade picnic and yearbook distribution ceremony, each student was called to the front of the podium to receive their official moving up day certificates. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49229 Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School is proud to announce that Pooja Deshpande, Nicholas LoCastro and Natalie Bazata have been named the Class of 2017 valedictorian, salutatorian and exhortation speaker, respectfully. Following graduation, Pooja is bound for the Stony Brook Honors College, where she plans to major in neuroscience/biology with a minor in mathematics. Nicholas will study chemical engineering at the University of Southern California. Natalie is headed to Georgetown University, where she plans to major in Italian and linguistics. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49143 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students in JoAnna Fasano’s class completed an end-of-the-year rainforest project. During the study, each student picked a rainforest animal and presented on its features, habitat, diet and an interesting fact they researched. The entire classroom was transformed into a rainforest for the presentation. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49144 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School second-graders celebrated their academic achievements during a commemorative moving-up ceremony this June. After a warm welcome from Principal Dr. Virginia Gibbons, several students shared their ‘moving up day’ essays before members of the second-grade service squad were commended for their dedication. Then each student received their moving-up day sashes and a dictionary courtesy of the Rocky Point Rotary Club. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49044 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49095 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School seventh-grade students in John Mauceri’s social studies class put their knowledge of the Civil War on display by creating Civil War dioramas and accompanying informative notecards. The students’ dioramas focused on a specific battle scene during the Civil War, including pictures and other artifacts representing the battle, while the notecards provided a written summary of the scene they recreated. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=49121 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Historical lessons came to life before the eyes of Rocky Point Middle School seventh-grade students in Gregory Havranek’s social studies class as they performed a Civil War re-enactment on the battle of Pickett's Charge. During the activity, students dressed up in the colors for their sides; those representing the North wore blue and the South wore grey or white. The southern students marched across the battlefield toward the northern line where they demonstrated the proper way of marching in the Civil War while the confederate soldiers recreated the "Rebel Yell" to intimidate the north. The students realized how difficult it would have been for 15,000 confederate soldiers to march with no protection to the northern line and how the failure at Pickett's Charge was a turning point in the Civil War. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48699 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School music teacher Craig Knapp is sharing his educational practices and talents as part of a new book he co-authored with four other national educators. The book, “First Steps in Music with Orff Schulwerk – Sing, Say, Dance, Play,” is full of strategies and activities that link the Orff Schulwerk approach to John M. Feierabend’s “First Steps in Music” methodology. The book includes activities pertaining to the eight parts of the approach as well as 12 complete lesson plans, supplemental repertoire and a dedication section on Arioso. Mr. Knapp has been teaching general music and chorus at JAE since 1998. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48698 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School life skills students who are enrolled in Robert Ciaccio’s technology course collaborated with the students in John Schumacher's Principals of Engineering class to construct a lasting legacy for the school. Working together, they created a wooden “Up-Standers Tree” completed with 50 leaves that will bear the names of students who are “caught” being good. The students were responsible for many aspects of creating the project, including the design, layout and construction, such as sawing, sanding and painting. Beginning next school year, teachers and staff members will be asked to recommend students at the high school who exhibit positive behaviors and go above and beyond what is expected to help others and to help foster a positive school environment. The names of these individuals will be added to the leaves of the tree and remain on display for all to see and celebrate. Congratulations to the following students are creating such a meaningful and lasting project: Christian Avant Kyle Cantone Gabriella D’Andrea Travis Ferrie Kathleen Johannesen Nicholas Martin Valerie Morton Joseph Ramos Tyler Struss Jeyson Zambrano http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48697 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School eighth-grade general music classes learned about classic rock and roll artists and the history of the genre as part of their comprehensive curriculum. Following the unit on great guitarists, students were assigned a "Guitar Hero" to study and write a paper on. They then created, using various art media, a replica of their selected artist's guitar and conducted a presentation for their classmates on their artist. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48696 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School kindergarten students in Karen Nicholson’s class put a new spin on a few familiar stories when they performed the original play “Wolf and the Little Red Hen.” The play, which was written by Ms. Nicholson, followed the Big Bad Wolf as he journeyed through Fairy Tale Land and met several iconic children’s storybook characters, including the Three Little Pigs, Peter and Little Red Riding Hood. The play’s song and comedic dialogue followed the Wolf’s journey through his quest from being “big and bad” to kind and helpful. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48695 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Regional Alternative High School at Rocky Point High School End of Year Celebration June 8, 2017 Congratulations to the following students who are completing the Alternative High School Program in June 2017 Imani Avent Deasia Baxter Kyle Fiore Amanda Giacalone Benjhamin Obas Henry Pineda Gregory Vassallo http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48712 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 21:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed This spring, the literary and artistic talents of Rocky Point High School and Rocky Point Middle School were celebrated and honored during two annual competitions. Nearly 40 high school students earned high praise during this year’s Mark Twain Contest in the category of writing or art. For writing, students are awarded by grade level and in the categories of prose and poetry. For art, students are also awarded by grade level as well as in the categories of photography and digital imaging. Students who are selected as winners were invited to the awards ceremony at the Meadow Club and received a medal as well as a booklet published with all of the winning entries. At the middle school, close to 70 students were named winners in the Lois Lowry literary and art contest. The event, which was started in the middle school in 2003, is similar to the Mark Twain literary and art contest in the high school as students are honored for written and artistic pieces. Those winners were honored at an ice cream social event in June and had their work published in a commemorative book. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48659 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School’s sixth-grade GATES students were honored by Brookhaven National Laboratory for their participation in the Open Space Stewardship Program. Throughout the year, the students worked on various projects relating to the Rocky Point Pine Barrens, including gathering weather data, collecting and analyzing soil samples and collecting plant specimens and sequencing their DNA. Additionally, they learned about how Long Island was formed, about its geology and aquifers, and even built their own “aquifers in a cup.” They also modeled how kettle holes form when glaciers melt. Before sequencing the DNA of the plants they collected, the students learned how DNA replicates itself and how Polymerase Chain Reaction works to amplify DNA for analysis. They learned the proper micropipetting technique and completed their own procedures to prepare their specimens for sequencing. The techniques and equipment used are truly cutting edge and these students were exceptional at learning and utilizing these difficult procedures. The students collaboratively presented their work during a celebration this spring at BNL, where they detailed their results using a poster they had created. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48658 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 13:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Fourth Annual Science Research Symposium Rocky Point High School Research Students Pooja Deshpande Characterizing Recovery of Functional Motor Behaviors After Rostral and Caudal Spinal Cord Injuries in Adult Rats Long Island Science and Engineering Fair Long Island Science Congress : High Honors The Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Plant Seeds Junior Science and Humanities Symposium: Semifinalist Mary Noto How Effectively Do Ryegrass Plants Absorb Added Nitrogen Fertilizer? Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, JV Level Long Island Science Congress: Honorable Mention Christina Andrews The Effect of Different Lighting on Two Yeast Strains Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, JV Level Elizabeth Castellucci The Effects of pH Alteration on Iris Bulbs Long Island Science Congress: Meritorious Jen Greene The Effect of Electrolytes on Cells Long Island Science Congress: Honorable Mention Kyle Markland Improving GPS Accuracy Through Integration of an IMU and Novel Software Junior Science and Humanities Symposium: Finalist , 1st place Long Island Science and Engineering Fair: Finalist , 3rd place Long Island Science Congress : High Honors Grace Nolan The Effect of Caffeine on Daphnia Magna Heart Rate Long Island Science Congress: Honorable Mention Molly Searight The Effect of Caffeine on Daphnia Magna Heart Rate Long Island Science Congress: Honorable Mention Freshmen Thomas Amalfitano, MariAnn Bornemann, Ashley Coppola, Benjamin Giordano, Daniela Grimard, Julia Jacobellis, Madison Jacobellis, Hope Lantz-Gefroh, Cole Markland, Alexander Samuilov, Cole Swensen Rocky Point Middle School Research Students EIGHTH GRADERS Ceren Batmaz Autumn Bongiorno Long Island Science and Engineering Fair 2nd place, eligible for Broadcom Masters Competition Sophia Cecere Chloe Fish Long Island Science and Engineering Fair 2nd place, eligible for Broadcom Masters Competition Katelyn Labuski Ross McDonnell Fiona McEvoy Long Island Science and Engineering Fair: Honorable Mention Sarah Mergott Samuel Moscoso Long Island Science and Engineering Fair: Honorable Mention Vincent Robinson Jacey Ruisi Aidan Serviss Ashlynne Xavier Long Island Science and Engineering Fair: Honorable Mention Alexander (Sasha) Zaslavsky Long Island Science and Engineering Fair: Honorable Mention http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48663 Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 2 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48618 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School science research students recently took part in an exploration lab at Brookhaven National Laboratory thanks to a field trip grant provided by Target and secured by teacher Nancy Hunter. During the visit, the students learned about the history of the lab and the research being conducted at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and the National Synchrotron Light Source II, and heard about summer research opportunities for students. Additionally, the students were able to model a BNL developed non-toxic technique for removal of toxic metals from soil. In preparation for the experiment, they learned how spectrophotometers work and some of the issues around heavy metal contamination in soil. They examined iron content in soils used to illustrate how metals might be removed from a soil sample. The technique used citric acid, a non-toxic substance, to chemically bind with the metal, and the combination can then be washed out of the soil and recovered. Students used soil samples that had previously been collected from behind the high school, and learned how to calculate the amount of iron in the samples. They prepared samples with known amounts of iron and produced a standard curve using a spectrophotometer, which shines light of a given wavelength through samples and reads both the amount of light absorbed and/or transmitted, allowing the concentration of a substance to be quantified. They could then quantify the amount of iron in soil samples before and after removing the iron. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48656 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School third-graders in Becky Pagnotta’s class had their lessons on biographies come to life as they took part in an interactive human wax museum. Leading up to the event, the students spent four weeks studying an individual of their choosing, constructing costumes and composing original biographical reports based on their research. On the day of the museum, the students dressed as their chosen figure and delivered a brief history of the individual and explained why they are important icons. The class’ wax museum featured such iconic figures as founding father George Washington, pop sensation Taylor Swift, Yankee’s baseball player Derek Jeter, Elvis Presley and accomplished scientist Madame Curie. The cross-curricular project enriched the students’ study of the subject matter with impressive public speaking, research and report composition skills. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48657 Wed, 07 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48552 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School Class of 2017 valedictorian, Pooja Deshpande,was honored during the annual Suffolk County School Superintendents Association Valedictorians Luncheon, held at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge on June 1, 2017. During the luncheon, Pooja and the other valedictorians in attendance were honored for their achievements, dedication and commitment. Also honored at the luncheon was High School senior, Jennifer Wheeler, who was the recipient of a $500 college scholarship from CORE BTS, Inc. Both students were joined by their parents, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Ring, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Deborah De Luca, Executive Director for Educational Services Susan Wilson, Principal Susann Crossan and guidance counselor James Jordan. John Kanas, former North Fork Bank president, was also in attendance to serve as keynote speaker and extend his congratulations to the soon-to-be graduates. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48455 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 6:30pm in the HS Library Please join us to discuss and celebrate the scientific research efforts of our middle and high school students. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48471 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of Military Appreciation Month, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School first-graders in Stacy Iberger’s class helped to bring the comforts of home to those serving the nation. The students created 20 shipping boxes full of care packages for soldiers serving oversees – including the son of a school employee serving in South Korea and the sister of a student who is serving stateside. Surrounded by local veterans, family members and officials, the students penned original messages of thanks before filling colorfully decorated brown paper lunch bags with non-perishable food items, personal care packages and playing cards. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48435 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School senior Bridgette Meruelo was named the first place winner in the Fashion Design category at this spring’s statewide Skills USA competition. For the event, Bridgette was required to design and create three clothing items based on the theme of recycled material. For the project, Bridgette had to hand make patterns and turn those patterns into sample garments. She used unconventional materials – including plastic vinyl, part of sneakers and blue prints – to create two dresses and a cape. Bridgette plans to continue to further her design skills at the Fashion Institute of Technology in the fall, where she will major in female fashion design. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48140 Wed, 31 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School senior Brittany Reh has won one of four National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s Scholarships provided to Suffolk County athletes. Brittany is described by her coaches and peers as an exceptional talent, amazing student-athlete with an incredible work ethic and a true leader with an inspiring “need to succeed” attitude. Brittany is a five-year varsity cheerleader named captain for the last two years and has been recognized twice by Newsday with All-Long Island honors. During those five years, her team has won two county championships and a UCA national championship title. Brittany has a 97 GPA and scored a 29 on the ACT. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a math tutor, a volunteer for the Suffolk County Cheering for Charity group, helps out with various Rocky Point Kiddie Cheer Clinics and recently received the Officials Scholarship Award. Brittany will be attending and cheering at Adelphi University this fall majoring in Elementary Education. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48182 Tue, 30 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed PTA meeting for this Thursday, June 1 at 7 PM in the Middle School http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48358 Tue, 30 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fourth-graders in Joanne Craig’s and Jessica Stalters’ class took a look inside the STEM field during a visit with Peter Maritato, Mrs. Craig’s brother and academic chair and professor of engineering science and electrical engineering at Suffolk Community College. During the visit, the students had the chance to view a 3-D printer and learn how the device can be used to print just about anything, including replica food items, medical supplies and even part of a house. Additionally, the students listened as Mr. Maritato’s robot “Tyler” read “The Night before Christmas,” altering its voice based on the characters in the story. Throughout his presentation, Mr. Maritato encouraged the students to always use their imagination and stressed the importance of studying the STEM subjects. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48139 Wed, 24 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed This is a reminder that school will be in session on Thursday, May 25, and Friday, May 26, due to the use of emergency closing days. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48183 Tue, 23 May 2017 22:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of their scholastic commitments and leadership skills, 68 Rocky Point High School students were recently inducted into the Rocky Point Chapter of the National Honor Society. During the ceremony, English teacher James Parker served as the evening’s guest speaker and the Honor Society President Nicholas Volpe, Vice President Brianna Distler, Treasurer Briana Florio, and Co-secretaries Cailey McBryne and Kayleigh Keane spoke about the four pillars of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service and character. Nicholas also led the current members as well as the new inductees in reciting the National Honor Society Pledge, formally inducting them into the chapter. The Honor Society Induction Ceremony is a time-honored tradition that allows the district to recognize the dedication and character of student leaders who are positively impacting the entire Rocky Point community through their service to others. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48121 Tue, 23 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Surrounded by proud family members, friends and coaches, 18 Rocky Point High School student-athletes recently put pen to paper and celebrated their college commitments during a commemorative ceremony at the school. Rocky Point Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics, and Intramurals Charles Delargy spoke eloquently about each of the students, providing information about their athletic careers and their post-graduation plans before inviting them to sign a pledge to continue to be stellar representatives of the school community. Additionally, each of the students’ coaches provided some parting words of advice for them and their best wishes for continued success in college. The district takes great pride in congratulating the following students: Vanessa Costa – Rhode Island College, Soccer Justin Curreri – Hartwick College, Lacrosse Victor Davila – St. Joseph’s College, Soccer Kristin Flatley – Adelphi University, Cheer Jessica Friedman – Molloy College, Cross Country Robert Grady – Roger Williams University, Lacrosse Meagan Haviland – St. Joseph’s College, Track and Field Brendan Heggers – Georgian Court University, Lacrosse Bailey Klein – Misericordia University, Cheer Anthony Lucia – St. John’s University, Lacrosse Jaime Maggio – Sacred Heart University, Track and Field Morganne Nofi – Villanova University, Cheer Brittany Reh – Adelphi University, Cheer Alexandra Salamone – St. Mary’s College, Soccer William Smith – Suffolk Community College, Lacrosse Kamdyn Steets – Delaware Valley University, Volleyball Dylan Trude – St. Joseph’s College, Soccer Christopher Valleau – Ursinus College, Track and Field http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48138 Tue, 23 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed On Sunday, May 21, the Interact Service Club of Rocky Point High School, their club advisor, Margaret Messinetti, and Rocky Point Rotarian, Susan Wilson, participated in a spring cleanup at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. Everyone took part inpainting benches, weeding flower beds, and general cleanup duties. Everyone worked hard, but they also managed to have fun. They worked side-by-side with other Interact students from Port Jefferson and Longwood Schools. Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a resident summer camp designed for young people ages 6-21 with special needs. Its mission is to help children and adults achieve equality, dignity, and maximum independence through a safe and quality program of camping, recreation, and education in a summer-time environment. Throughout the program, campers participate in typical summer camp activities, such as arts and crafts, talent shows, cook-outs, swimming and boating. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=48072 Sat, 20 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47920 Wed, 17 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The 2017-2018 UPK lottery will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2017 in the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School library at 10 a.m. Your attendance is not required at this meeting. If you are unable to attend, the lottery results will be shared with each family who applied via email or phone. If your child has been accepted you will need to prove residency, date of birth of your child, and up-to-date immunizations. See registration requirements on the Rocky Point School District website. All families will be scheduled for registration on June 19th or June 20th. Those selected at the lottery will be contacted with registration information prior to June 19. If you have any questions, please contact Lorraine Kegel at 631-849-7071 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47954 Wed, 17 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Budget Results: Yes – 663 No – 246 Proposition # 2– Capital Reserve Yes – 600 No – 312 Board Election Results: (Both elected) Sean P. Callahan – 713 Joseph Coniglione – 641 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47887 Tue, 16 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Congratulations to the Rocky Point JV Baseball team for completing an undefeated 2017 season with 18 wins and 0 losses! The team, coached by Anthony Anzalone, is made up of exceptional athletes who are perfect examples of what it means to have good sportsmanship! Go Eagles! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47753 Fri, 12 May 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School Be A Nicer Neighbor Club members had the opportunity to learn about several landmarks and cultural sites during a recent visit to New York City. During the event, the students walked the famous and historic Brooklyn Bridge, visited the Central Park Zoo, and enjoyed the Broadway production of Disney's "Aladdin." http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47643 Fri, 12 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s varsity baseball team recently held its fourth annual Live Like Susie scholarship fundraising game, which is played in memory of Rocky Point alumna Susie Facini. The team played the early May game against Mount Sinai after working for weeks under the direction of coach Andrew Aschettino gathering donations and creating commemorative T-shirts, all in support of the annual scholarship. This year, thanks to the generosity of both teams, Rocky Point baseball raised over $600 in a matter of hours for the worthy cause. That same week was made even sweeter for Rocky Point baseball, as coach Aschettino reached a professional milestone – his 200th career game win. To help recognize the achievement, the team surprised him with a celebration during the Live Like Susie game, complete with a commemorative cake made by Mrs. Facini. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47736 Fri, 12 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s Virtual Enterprise firm, OmniStreem, received a gold award for salesmanship during the New York City Tradeshow held this spring. Of the more than 200 firms that attended, Virtual Enterprise chose 30 top firms to win the gold award, based on their sales pitch used during the tradeshow. Pitches were judged on the greeting, knowledge of the product, persuasiveness of the pitch, ability to close a sale, after sale procedures, ability to process paperwork, and overall professionalism. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47642 Thu, 11 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As part of their mission to encourage safe and healthy behaviors, Rocky Point High School Students Against Destructive Decision club members recently visited Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School second-grade students in Christina Capaldi and Erin Glennon’s class to speak about being an upstanding member of society. With the help of SADD club advisor, Serina Werthner, the high school students discussed ways to build friendships and cultivate positive outcomes and connections with all they encounter. At the end of the meeting, they worked collaboratively to complete a special craft outlining their hands to create a symbol of unity and friendship. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47641 Wed, 10 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School senior and Class of 2017 valedictorian Pooja Deshpande was named one of eight Suffolk County Principals Leadership award winners. These awards are presented to extraordinary scholars in recognition of their outstanding leadership contributions to their schools. Pooja was honored for her character, leadership and service to Rocky Point High School. “Pooja has boundless energy, which she funnels into many activities,” said Susann Crossan, Rocky Point High School principal. “She has earned the respect and admiration of both the students and will certainly be leaving a legacy of leadership for others to follow.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47626 Tue, 09 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Rocky Point Community, The Rocky Point School District is comprised of countless professionals who dedicate themselves both personally and professionally to ensuring our students receive the academic, social and emotional support they need to be successful. While we as an educational community celebrate the collective achievements of our staff throughout the year, this May, our district takes great pride in marking several nationally honored appreciation programs. As we move through May, I encourage all to join our district in marking National School Nutrition Employee Week (May 1-5), National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8-12), National Teacher Day (May 9) and National School Nurse Day (May 10). Our teachers and principals are the keys that unlock inspiration and creativity in our students, while our school nutrition officers and nurses are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being on a daily basis. Each of these professionals plays an integral role in our school district, and our community would not be the same without their unwavering devotion. Please join me in celebrating these individuals and all of our dedicated staff members, many of whom have spent their decades-long careers serving the families of Rocky Point. Sincerely, Michael F. Ring Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47424 Thu, 04 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point School District’s Athletic Program has been awarded the Scholar-Athlete School Award of Distinction from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The award was presented to the district as all 23 Rocky Point varsity teams were recognized as NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete teams this school year. To receive the award, the team is required to have 75 percent or more of their members with a GPA above 90 percent. “This award is a great honor for our district and congratulations go out to the student-athletes, coaches, teachers and parents on this incredible accomplishment,” said Charles Delargy, Rocky Point Director of Health, Physical Education, Intramurals and Athletics. “Thank you so much for your time, dedication and hard work in helping the students achieve this honor.” In 2016, only 32 schools throughout the state received the honor, seven of which were in Suffolk County. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47450 Thu, 04 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47353 Wed, 03 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47361 Wed, 03 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47341 Tue, 02 May 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s guitar ensemble, under the direction of music teacher Dave Ventura, recently performed at the Long Island Guitar Festival at LIU Post. The students were one out of five ensembles from around the country that were chosen to perform. Their program included a well-executed set of classical, jazz, blues and rock music. Ensemble members included Kaileigh Blessing, Jen Bradley, Cassidy LoSasso, Kyle Markland, Lucas Morelli, DeAnna Pitcher, Jade Pinkenburg, Matthew Quinn and Aidan Vu, all of whom did a fantastic job. In addition, Aidan Vu performed with a sixty-piece classical guitar orchestra with students from all over the country. The day concluded with an amazing performance by world-renowned guitarist, Benjamin Verdery. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47139 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s varsity wrestling program has traditionally maintained a superb reputation for success and, this spring, two premier accolades were bestowed upon the program and team members. Junior Anthony Sciotto received a trophy for “Most Pins in the Least Amount of Time” in the Suffolk County Wrestling tournament. Anthony had four pins in 7 minutes 36 seconds on route to his Suffolk County Wrestling Championship. This was the fastest time out of all of the weight classes. Additionally, the Rocky Point wrestling coaching staff received the Division 1 Coaching Staff of the Year award from the Suffolk County Wrestling Coaches Association. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47160 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of their outstanding athletic talents, four Rocky Point High School students have been named to the Newsday All-Long Island teams for this past winter season. The district proudly congratulates Kristin Flatley (cheerleading), Brittany Reh (cheerleading), Anthony Cirillo (wrestling), and Christopher O'Shea (swimming) for receiving this honor. Following each competition season, Newsday staff members select a number of students per sport to be recognized as Newsday All-Long Island team members. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=47138 Wed, 26 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Middle School and High School report cards are now posted to the eSchool Parent Portal. The eSchool Parent Portal is a great resource that allows parents to access records for their students. Through this website, parents have the ability to view current grades, live attendance, and report cards. If you already have an eSchool Parent Portal account, simply log in through the district home page athttp://www.rockypointschools.org. IfyouneedadditionaleSchoolParentPortalassistance,callMs. Suzanne Gruenbergat849.7241. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46972 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As part of an initiative spearheaded by the local chapter of Blue Star Moms, Rocky Point Middle School’s Fashion Club recently created care packages for military personnel. During a monthlong drive, the club collected hundreds of nonperishable food items, personal care items and supplies for deployed troops. Blue Star Moms is a nonprofit organization that supports the military and their families. The organization collects materials that troops desperately need and quickly mails it to them. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46814 Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46845 Tue, 18 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In the interest of giving back to their community, Rocky Point High School’s junior varsity and varsity baseball teams continued their tradition of volunteering at Maureen’s Haven Homeless Shelter in Cutchogue this spring. During this visit, the team, team managers, and coaches helped over 30 individuals have a hot dinner, a clean bed, and an inviting environment for a safe night’s rest. The teammates set up the location, made beds, set the tables, prepared the kitchen, and packed lunch bags for them to leave with the next morning. Additionally, the students collected many new items for the shelter visitors, including socks, rain ponchos, toiletries, homemade cookies, brownies, festive bags of holiday chocolates and bunnies. They also collected beef jerky, cheese crackers, peanut butter crackers, protein bars and water bottles that the individuals could eat on days when they have no food. Lastly, the team collected over 80 five-dollar gift cards for fast food. The team has volunteered in a similar fashion at the shelter two times per year for the past four years. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46813 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click for Application Summer 2017 Driver Education http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46828 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed On behalf of the organization Autism Speaks, Rocky Point Middle School worked to ‘Light it up Blue’ during the week of April 3. Students and staff members wore a sticker or pin, created puzzle pieces to hang on lockers, learned important facts and helped to increase awareness of autism by hanging up a puzzle piece with their name proudly displayed on it. Additionally, on World Autism Day many at the school wore their best and brightest shades of blue. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46657 Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students read thousands of pages as they took part in a read-a-thon to raise funds for the Madagascar Ankizy Fund this spring. Throughout the initiative, students were encouraged to secure sponsors to pledge a penny for each page of a book read. This tradition began in 1999 and, since its inception, students have raised enough money to build a school in Madagascar called Manobo. Annually, JAE works to raise $1,000, which is enough money to cover the salaries of the two teachers at the school. This year, JAE raised more than $1,600. To kick off the event, the students were visited by two dental students, Rita O’Dwyer and Sarah Lukeman, as they discussed their work in Madagascar and shared pictures. At the conclusion of the read-a-thon, the school was visited by Eric Callendar from Erik’s Reptile Edventures. Mr. Callendar showcased several reptiles and spoke about the importance of conservation and his work in Madagascar. According to their website, the goals of the Madagascar Ankizy Fund (ankizy means children in the Malagasy language) are to build schools and hold clinics in remote areas of Madagascar. They also support basic health and hygiene by providing training, digging clean water wells, distributing mosquito nets and installing latrines. The Madagascar Ankizy Fund was founded in 1998 by paleontologist Dr. David W. Krause, a professor in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University. Dr. Krause, as well as various colleagues and students involved in paleontological research in Madagascar, are committed to improving the lives of Malagasy children. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46658 Fri, 07 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Senior Citizen Prom 2017 Slideshow http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46617 Thu, 06 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As part of a study on historical information, a group of second-graders at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School had the opportunity to step back in time and take a look at an original type of technology. With the help of speech language therapist Kelly Goelz, the students read a newspaper article about typewriters and learned how an article provides information for who, what, where, why and when. They also discussed the similarities and differences between modern day computers and old-fashioned typewriters. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46300 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Union Free School District Universal Prekindergarten Program The Rocky Point Union Free School District is offering a FREE program for residents who will be 4 years of age on or before December 1, 2017 PRE-K LOTTERY FORM Apply on or before May 12, 2017 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=25429 Sat, 01 Apr 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The district’s music department at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School has been recognized as a “Suffolk Elementary School of Excellence” by the Suffolk County Music Educators Association. This award is given to Suffolk County elementary schools that have robust music programs for their youngest students. In order to receive this honor the school music department must have band, chorus and orchestra performing ensembles (appropriate to grade level), host school concerts, a school musical and have had students participate in SCMEA. Furthermore, the school must offer co-curricular/club activities, take part in local performances that benefit the community and provide interdisciplinary grade level activities. The Rocky Point School District proudly congratulates the JAE music department, including teachers Craig Knapp, Vincent Ragona and David Ventura, on receiving this honor. JAE will receive a SCMEA Elementary School of Musical Excellence banner to proudly display in the school. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46298 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School’s talented student-actors took to the stage to perform the comical Broadway musical, “Shrek The Musical Jr.” The students rehearsed for months leading up to the two-night showing in March to bring the familiar characters to life. In addition to the students who performed on stage, middle school and high school students worked behind the scenes as part of the stage crew. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46297 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46170 Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As part of the district’s ongoing commitment to character education, students at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School have engaged in a new initiative this spring called the “Peaceful Bus Program.” This schoolwide program is designed to promote the importance of good behavior, create a climate of respect and cooperation, and change the social dynamics on a school bus by building strong relationships among students and the bus driver. The aim is to develop a positive and safe environment for all students and to increase their sense of responsibility for what happens on the school bus. The program was organized by JAE assistant principal Dr. Courtney Herbert with the help of the school’s bus drivers. Teachers and bus drivers met with students to enhance their bus community through a character education activity. Additionally, the school created a bulletin board of all of the bus route groups to serve as an ongoing reminder of these relationships. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46172 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Mark Twain Contest! The winners for literature are: 9th Grade Prose 1st Honors – Cassidy Sander 2nd Honors – Molly Lambert Honorable Mention – Samantha Curran 9th Grade Poetry 1st Honors – Ayva Hill 2nd Honors – Alexander Samuilov Honorable Mention – Emily Farrell Honorable Mention – Megan Cheshire 10th Grade Prose 1st Honors – Jack Hamilton 2nd Honors – Allison Bernhard 10th Grade Poetry 1st Honors – Ethan Brown 2nd Honors – Jenna Vatter 11th Grade Prose 1st Honors – Fiona Lambert 2nd Honors – Jade Pinkenburg Honorable Mention – Georgia Grudier 11th Grade Poetry 1st Honors – Elizabeth Castellucci 2nd Honors – Alexandria Kenny Honorable Mention – Alexis Jann Honorable Mention – Elizabeth Castellucci 12th Grade Prose 1st Honors – Hunter Gill 2nd Honors – Matt Rivera Honorable Mention – Sam Giacoia Honorable Mention – Sam Giacoia 12th Grade Poetry 1st Honors – Nina Brown 2nd Honors – Nina Brown Honorable Mention – Samantha Napoli Honorable Mention – Joseph Wilson The winners for art are: 9th Grade 1st Honors - Kiana Hammarth 2nd Honors - Ava Reichle Honorable Mention - Cassidy Sander 10th Grade 1st Honors - Heather Kuhn 2nd Honors - Sabrina Duenas Honorable Mention - Lea Miller 11th Grade 1st Honors - Lauren Curley 2nd Honors - Olivia Bush Honorable Mention - Alex Kenny 12th Grade 1st Honors - Miranda Valleau 2nd Honors - Brianna Florio Honorable Mention - Kovan Joell Digital Imaging - Vector Based 1st Honors - Nicole Washington 2nd Honors - Prima Mandolfo Digital Imaging- Rastar Based 1st Honors - Kelly Phillips 2nd Honors - Jenna Salzan Honorable Mention - KT Sullivan Photography 1st Honors - Bernard Sanchez 2nd Honors - Miranda Valleau Honorable Mention - Kateryna Lyashenko http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46190 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Town of Brookhaven, along with Hope House Ministries, will host a community “Hope Walk for Addiction” on April 22 beginning at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held along the Town’s Cedar Beach Nature Walk in Mount Sinai. The walk is designed to generate awareness and raise funds to help fight drug and alcohol addiction and save lives. All proceeds will benefit Hope House Ministries and their work to help fight addiction and care for those trapped by drug and alcohol abuse. The organizers believe that no one is too young or too old to make a difference in the lives of others in need. For more information about the event, please see the attached flyer or visit www.hopewalkforaddiction.org or www.brookhavenny.gov. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46191 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46174 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Students and staff members throughout the district sported “Lots of Socks” on March 21 in support of World Down Syndrome Day. This day is internationally recognized as a day to organize and participate in activities and events to raise public awareness for issues affecting individuals with Down syndrome. The recognize the day, individuals wore colorful socks to create a conversation about advocating for the well-being of people with Down Syndrome. In addition to wearing the colorful footwear, participants also donated funds to support the Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46171 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Community members of all ages came together at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School to celebrate the building’s annual Senior Citizen St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast. Served by the fifth-grade Student Council, the attending seniors enjoyed a complimentary breakfast, warm beverages and an entertaining performance by the fifth-grade select chorus “High Notes.” From beloved songs such as “Danny Boy” and “An Irish Lullaby” to fun pieces such as “Green, Green, Green,” the crowd was impressed with the students’ collective musical talents. As part of the High Notes performances, several students showcased their individual vocal talents by singing solos and even serving as student conductors. In addition to the musical performances, audience members also enjoyed a few dance performances by local student-Irish step dancers. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45993 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed March 21, 2017 Dear Parents, Legal Guardians and District Staff, As a result of the emergency school closings due to inclement weather experienced to date, school will now be in session on both Thursday, May 25, 2017 and Friday, May 26, 2017. There are no other changes to the 2016-2017 school calendar at this time.However, in the event of additional school closing(s) due to inclement weather or other reasons, the District may need toreevaluatethe days of session for the remainder of the year. If this occurs, I will notify you at that time of any changes. Sincerely, Michael F. Ring, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=46038 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School students and staff members blanketed the school’s gymnasium in a sea of green as they rallied together to raise funds to combat childhood cancers during this year’s St. Baldrick’s event. Surrounded by Irish step dancers and professional bag pipers, more than 25 individuals took part in the main portion of the event by bravely shave their heads to show support for those living with cancer. The haircuts were provided free of charge with the help of the stylists in the high school’s cosmetology program. Donors pledged funds to support the shavees’ efforts, all of which will benefit local charities that help support people with cancer. Last year the school raised more than $8,000 for the cause and this year they surpassed that amount and have raised more than $13,000 to date. While many students, staff members and community residents contributed to the overall fundraising efforts, student Quentin Palifka was named the top fundraiser, having individually collected $4,000. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45990 Tue, 21 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45935 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As part of their multi-week study, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School first-graders in Jennifer Meschi’s class showcased their knowledge of penguins through written and visual forms. Throughout the lesson, the students learned about the 17 types of penguins and wrote nonfiction books about a specific type. They used various sources to complete their research and shared information about how they move, their size and what they look like. Additionally, the students observed penguins via a live webcam. The students’ Parade of Penguins, including life-size drawings of penguins, was displayed outside of their classroom and the class enjoyed celebrating their achievements by dressing like penguins on “Penguin Day.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45845 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Messages of positivity and kindness resounded off the auditorium walls when Rocky Point Middle School students attended an assembly program with award-winning singer and songwriter Jared Campbell. During the program, called the Blue Project, Mr. Campbell weaved messages about creating an environment of acceptance and positive character through thought-provoking songs and personal stories. The students left the program inspired to be the change they want to see in the world and to thank those who make a difference in their lives. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45844 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The K-5 parent-teacher conferences have been rescheduled to Friday, March 24th and Monday, March 27th.There will be early dismissal on both days. JAE dismissal will be 10:45 AM; FJC dismissal will be 11:45 AM. Additional information will be sent home at the building level. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45901 Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s AP Physics class taught by Jack Nielsen took an up-close look at some of the concepts they are learning during a recent trip to Adelphi University. During their visit, the students took a tour through the physics department and met with current Adelphi physics students and professors. The hosting professionals gave various demonstrations related to physics, such as experimentally determining the speed of light, exploring the effects of polarization and presentations of research in laser technology. The trip was a great opportunity for students to see the application of physics and how they can further expand on their knowledge of the science after high school. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45846 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Working in conjunction with the Memory Project, Rocky Point High School’s drawing and painting class students created artistic keepsakes for 20 children in war-torn Syria. Under the guidance of teacher Greg Armine, the students drew individual lifelike portraits for this special group of children who are currently living in orphanages and refugee camps. The students based their work on photos of the children provided by the organization. According to a letter from Memory Project Director Ben Schumaker, “For these children, receiving the portraits you create will be a very special, fun and meaningful event – not only adding color to the monotony of the camp, but also helping to show that people far away care about their well-being.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45843 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed School will operate on a two-hour delayed opening schedule utilizing inclement weather bus stops for both morning and afternoon bus runs on Wednesday, March 15. The inclement weather stops can be found by logging into the parent portal. In addition, there will be no early dismissal for students in grades K-5and parent-teacher conferences scheduled for Wednesday will be rescheduled and information will be provided once a date has been selected. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45775 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Spring Intramural FREE Soccer Player Skills Clinic Rocky Point is proud to announce a FREE Intramural Soccer Player Skills Clinic. The RP Skills Clinic is a free training session designed for both boys and girls attending school in the Rocky Point School District in Kindergarten through 5th grade. The clinic is run by the Rocky Point High School Boys and Girls Varsity soccer coaches--Coach Camarda and Coach Costa. The RP Skills Clinic focuses on individual skills, ball mastery, and movement education for the young player. Players must bring a ball, water, soccer cleats, athletic clothing, and a desire to play soccer! Rocky Point Skills Clinic Information Saturday, March 25, 2017 Location: FJC Elementary School 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM All students must register by March 23rd All registration forms must be handed into Mr. Costa and Mr. Camarda at JAE or FJC or mail to: OFFICE OF COMMUNITY EDUCATION ROCKY POINT HIGH SCHOOL 82 ROCKY POINT–YAPHANK RD. ROCKY POINT, NY 11778 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45766 Tue, 14 Mar 2017 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed School will be closed on Tuesday, March 14. This includes out-of-district and BOCES students. Additionally, there will be no transportation for private and parochial schools. All extracurricular activities and building use are canceled for the day. Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, will be rescheduled and information will be provided once a date has been selected. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44716 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed All afternoon and evening extracurricular activities and scheduled events are canceled for today, Friday, March 10. After-school care, provided by the North Shore Youth Council, will operate on a normal schedule. Also, we are utilizing inclement weather bus stops (available on the eSchool Parent Portal) for both morning and afternoon bus runs on Friday, March 10. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45643 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School’s Radical Robotix robotic team has taken on this year’s competition season with much success and most recently earned high honors at the Long Island Championships held at Longwood High School in March. Going up against 40 of the best FIRST Lego League Robotics teams from across Long Island, Rocky Point’s Radical Robotix team won the prestigious "Innovative Solution Award" for their project design of a "Pet Rescue Door." This project design is one that would automatically open a door when triggered by a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector. The team built a working prototype based on their inspiration from the tragic events of a local family who suffered the loss of a pet during a home fire. In addition, the project was so well received and the students’ presentation was found to be exceptional that the judges also presented them with the "Global Innovation Award.” This award in essence nominates the team to submit their project for further recognition and for the chance to compete in the national competition held in Washington D.C. The district congratulates the following team members along with their coach Mark Moorman and assistant coach Dorothy Burns. James Carmody Oskar Chorzepa Eve Hald Madelyn Knopfke Nick O'Shea Leila Reidl Marco Tanza Misha Zaslavsky Sasha Zaslavsky http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45594 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Original pieces of art created by Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students Kaylee Muller and Josiah Ramos were selected for showcase during this year’s Colors of Long Island Art Show at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. The students’ pieces will be on exhibit at the museum through April 16. The exhibit features art from students in kindergarten through 12th grade from 179 participating schools from across Nassau and Suffolk Counties. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45595 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School student-actors and musicians took to the stage to bring the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” to life. The students dazzled audiences of all ages with their talents as they eloquently told the familiar story of Captain von Trapp, his large family of children and their witty governess living in Austria before the Anschluss. From the familiar tunes of “The Hills are Alive” to “My Favorite Things,” the students’ well choreographed dance routines and vocal performances entertained audiences during their multi-night run, including a free performance for local senior citizens. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45593 Thu, 09 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed First-grade students in Jennifer Meschi’s class at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School in the Rocky Point School District participated in a number of hands-on educational activities in honor of Dr. Seuss’ March 2 birthday and the National Read Across America Day initiative. As part of the celebration, special guest readers visited the class to share their favorite Dr. Seuss book with the students. Additionally, the students created colorful Cat in the Hat headwear and enjoyed reading some of their favorite stories throughout the day. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45591 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School senior Chris O'Shea won the 100-meter fly event at this year’s New York State Swimming and Diving Championships. Chris’ time of 48.76 in the event also earned him All-American status. Throughout his swimming career, Chris has amassed numerous accolades. During this year’s State Championship he also placed second in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 49.26 and was recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association as an All-State Scholar Athlete. The Rocky Point School District congratulates Chris on his countless accomplishments and wishes him the best of luck as he continues his athletic journey at Eastern Michigan University, where he plans to major in Exercise Science/Athletic Training in addition to taking part in the school’s swimming program. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45592 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45308 Mon, 06 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School’s library was filled to capacity as more than 20 students and staff members celebrated original works of literature and took to the microphone during this year’s afterschool poetry slam. Throughout the program, readers shared original poems, pieces by famous poets and spoke about their interest in each of the selections. Once their readings were finished, the audience generated positive feedback in the form of snaps. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45091 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School senior Pooja Deshpande and juniors Kyle Markland and Jade Pinkenburg recently earned top honors for their original research projects during two prestigious competitions. The students were selected to present at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium after submitting papers describing their research and each were named semifinalists. As a result of their presentations, Jade received third place in the biology division and Kyle received first place in the math and computer science division, which advances him to the next round of competition. In addition to this contest, both Pooja and Kyle presented their research at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair and Kyle was selected to advance to the next round of that competition as well. Project Overviews: Pooja Deshpande: (Two Projects) Project Title: (JSHS) The Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Plant Seeds Pooja explored seeds that had been exposed to ionizing radiation at a tandem accelerator at Brookhaven National Laboratory. They were grown in order to assess the effects of the radiation on survival and growth of seeds. This has potential applications to the problem of growing food in space. Project Title: (LISEF) Characterizing recovery of functional motor behaviors after rostral and caudal cervical spinal cord injuries in adult rats. Pooja worked over the summer in a lab at Stony Brook University where she monitored the recovery of rats after they were surgically injured in order to better understand how injuries to the nervous system can be treated. Kyle Markland: Project Title: Improving GPS Accuracy through Integration of an IMU and Novel Software Kyle wrote software to integrate an IMU (inertial measurement unit) into a GPS system in order to see if the accuracy of the GPS could be improved. GPS accuracy will need to be improved to successfully navigate self-driving cars. Jade Pinkenburg: Project Title: Interspecies Gene Transfer Jade's experiment looked at whether genes could be exchanged between bacteria and several other species of protists and fungi in a process known as horizontal gene transfer. This has implications in better understanding how genetic diversity has arisen in species. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45172 Thu, 02 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed MS Incoming Grade 6 Parent Orientation 6:30 PM HS Auditorium http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45324 Wed, 01 Mar 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School students learned about swordsmanship, a sport and recreational activity with deep roots in history when owners of Mission Fencing visited and conducted in-class workshops for them. During their physical education classes, the students learned about the evolution of the sport and the different types of swords used during duels and their early connections to self-defense. In addition, using pool noodles, the students practiced a few basic steps and competition moves. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45090 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Nearly 110 Rocky Point High School students and 25 staff members came together this winter to become ambassadors for change as they took part in the building’s Challenge Day program. The event focused on ways the participants could help to create a world where everyone feels safe, loved and celebrated. Throughout the day, attendees participated in a series of activities designed to promote connections, including lighthearted bonding activities to a powerful “Crossing the Line” activity that provided a visual look at how oppression has affected many in the room and provided comfort to them knowing they were not alone. In the hopes of paying the lessons of the day forward, Principal Susann Crossan noted that, “The idea is for the students who participated in Challenge Day to share what they have learned to promote kindness and to help build a positive school culture.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45088 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of Black History Month, seventh-grade students in Grant Connelly’s classes at Rocky Point Middle School helped to blanket the school with information about some of the most influential African-Americans. As part of a research project, the students chose an individual from throughout American history and spent several class periods in the library learning about them. From their research, they created informative posters highlighting the societal and worldly contributions of their selected person. The students shared these completed projects, which featured such individuals as Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Duke Ellington, with their classmates before displaying the visual information boards around the building for all to enjoy and learn from. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45089 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Congratulations to the Rocky Point High School Varsity Cheerleading team for winning the Suffolk County Championship this past weekend! The team will now compete for the New York State Championship next Saturday in Syracuse. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45190 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School Blood Drive Monday, March 13th, 2017 2:00 PM -8:00 PM 76 Rocky Point-Yaphank Rd Rocky Point http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45221 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s varsity wrestling team won their first-ever Suffolk County Tournament Championship at Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood; outperforming every other school in Suffolk County. In addition to the team win, junior Anthony Sciotto earned the Suffolk County Individual title at 113 pounds after pinning all four of his opponents and winning the prestigious "Most Pins in Least Time" trophy. Furthermore, Anthony Cirillo placed second and will, along with Sciotto represent Suffolk County at the New York State Wrestling Championships in Albany in March. Several other wrestlers earned All-County honors. These included senior Dylan Zabbara, who placed third at 160 pounds, senior Matt Capell, who placed fifth at 220 pounds, freshman Evan Matias, who placed fifth at 106 pounds, and freshman Logan Sciotto, who placed sixth at 106 pounds. “This was a true team effort that only came to fruition through the efforts of all our county qualifiers, even those who fell short of becoming All County,” said coach Darren Goldstein. “Important matches were also won by senior Mike Laccasaglia, senior Bobby Casazza, sophomore Justin Amendola, junior Ryan Callahan and senior Leo Burke.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=45087 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Spring 2017 Community Education Offerings http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44054 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School Presents The Sound of Music March 3rd & March 4th @ 7:30 PM Rocky Point H. S. Auditorium Tickets $10 H.S. Ticket Booth Hours Monday – Friday (beginning 2/27/17) 7:00 AM - 7:14 AM 1:20 PM – 1:40 PM And 1 Hour before each performance The Sound of Music Music by RICHARD RODGERS Lyrics by OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II Book by HOWARD LINDSAY and RUSSEL CROUSE Suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp South Pacific is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnhtheatricals.com http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44901 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School sixth-grader Melissa Barrett and eighth-grader Sarah Mergott were selected to have their original art pieces showcased in the 2017 Colors of Long Island art exhibit at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. The students’ artwork will be on display from Feb. 24 through April 16. The exhibit will feature art from students in kindergarten through 12th grade from 179 participating schools. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44767 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed February 2017 Dear Rocky Point Parents and Guardians: As the time for administration of the NYS assessments draws near, a number of parents and guardians have requested information regarding how the district will address the issue of students not taking these tests, often referred to as “opting out.” Let me state that the district firmly supports parental engagement in the education of their children, including the important issue of the administration of the NYS assessments. As a district we will seek to honor requests regarding these assessments while complying with State Education Department (SED) regulations. To address some of the most frequently asked questions regarding this matter, as well as reported changes to the assessments, below you will find responses to these important questions. I know that there were a number of changes made to the grades 3-8 ELA and math assessments last year. Will there be additional changes to the assessments this year? The New York State Education Department has reported that there will be no changes to the grades 3-8 ELA and math assessments in 2017 or 2018. Information regarding this topic may be viewed via the following link (copy and paste): http://www.nysed.gov/news/2016/nysed-no-changes-grades-3-8-ela-math-tests-2017-or-2018 If I don’t wish to have my child take the test(s), what should I do? Parents and guardians who do not want their child to take the NYS assessment(s) may utilize the online form found by logging into the eSchool Parent Portal (copy and paste this link: http://parentportal.eschooldata.com/) or send a letter indicating this request to their child’s principal. On the days of testing how will my request be honored? If you have previously submitted a letter indicating your request to your child’s principal, on the days of NYS testing your child will be assigned to an appropriate location within his/her school. Although we are required to present each student in attendance on the testing days with an exam, upon refusal the exam will be removed and your child will be permitted to read quietly. Does my decision to “opt out” negatively impact my child’s education at Rocky Point UFSD? No, the district will ignore the absence of a NYS assessment score in determining advancement, placement or access to advanced courses (GATES, AP, honors, accelerated classes, etc.) and support services (AIS, ICARE, Summer SHARP, etc.). Will my child’s education beyond Rocky Point UFSD be impacted if he/she does not participate in the assessments? Although we cannot say how other public schools will handle the absence of an assessment score should you move to another school district, the NYS assessment scores are not part of documentation necessary for college and careers and will not be a factor for those aspects of your child’s future. Since these are just several of the most common questions we have received, if you have additional questions please feel free to contact your child’s principal. Sincerely, Michael F. Ring, Ed.D. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44821 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School junior Jade Pinkenburg has accomplished something less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the exam have – a perfect score on the American College Test. Jade earned the top mark of 36 on the December ACT exam, demonstrating his high level of knowledge in the areas of English, mathematics, reading and science. This was the first time he has taken the exam, but not the first time he had earned high marks on the national level. Previously he earned a 1570 (out of 1600) composite score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, earning perfect marks on the math portion. When asked what advice he would offer students who are preparing for either exam, Jade encouraged his peers to “trust your instincts, have faith in yourselves and take your time with it. Be sure to read all directions and sections carefully,” he said. While he still has one more year of high school left, Jade is aspiring to go into the engineering field and has applied to take a summer engineering program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At Rocky Point, Jade is an active member of several clubs and organizations, including robotics, spring track and the guitar club. He also volunteers at the North Shore Youth Council. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44766 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Nearly 40 members of Rocky Point Middle School’s Friends of Rachel Club and the Natural Helpers Club, along with their advisors Sherin Shanahan and Joseph Settepani, joined together with students from 15 Long Island school districts to promote acceptance and understanding as they took part in a workshop called “The Power of Symbols and Words.” The event, which took place at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, focused on the importance of understanding how words and symbols can hurt if used negatively. During the program, the students viewed a video called “Fear, Hatred, and Hope: The Power of Symbols,” listened to various speakers from different backgrounds, watched skit performances from high school drama clubs depicting acceptance and discussed sub-topics about differences and how words and symbols are very powerful. The field trip aimed to inspire students to bring back what they learned to their home schools and spread the awareness through club activities. The event was sponsored by the Suffolk Center on the Holocaust, Diversity and Human Understanding, the Suffolk County Interfaith Anti-Bias Task Force and the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44495 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s varsity wrestling team has continued their successful season as they recently won the Suffolk County Dual Meet Championship and were named repeat Suffolk County Champions. In the first round of the contest, the team defeated Center Moriches 54-18, in the quarterfinals scored 46-19 over Mount Sinai, outperformed Connetquot in the semifinal round with a score of 57-13, and was victorious over Hauppauge in the final championship round with a score of 37-31. Earlier this season the team also won the North Babylon Invitational Competition, Center Moriches Duals Competition, and the Patchogue Medford Christmas Tournament. Additionally, they were named League Dual Meet champions for the fourth consecutive year and secured an undefeated 7-0 league record. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44544 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point varsity cheerleaders took home a first-place win and earned their highest score last weekend during the West Islip New York State Public High School Athletic Association invitational competition. This is Rocky Point's fourth first place victory this season. The invitational competitions are the deciding factor in who attends the County Championship in late February and Rocky Point has improved its score each week. The team is led by captains Samantha Ferrara, Kristin Flatley, Jules Joy, Bailey Klein, Morganne Nofi, Brittany Reh and Lauren Utting and under the direction of coaches Arianna Scanlon and Anna Spallina. Earlier this year the team qualified to compete at the United Cheerleading Association National Championship in Orlando, Florida. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44546 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44553 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fifth-graders in Dave Falcone’s class are cultivating kindness in the school and community as part of a multiyear initiative named “Got Kindness?” As part of the project, the class has created bulletin boards highlighting the kind acts of school community members and student writing pieces. The students are also distributing "Seeds of Kindness" cards to help cultivate kind acts and have created a “No Bully Zone” display that features specific strategies for students to encourage fellow classmates to always be kind and helpful toward others. The initiative is funded through a grant Mr. Falcone received from the ReesSpecht Life Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to remind people about the importance of community, compassion and respect. The organization promotes the ideals of cultivating kindness through a memorial scholarship, teacher grants, and an awareness campaign featuring "Seeds of Kindness" and "Pay it Forward" cards. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44494 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Kelly Birnstein’s class at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School learned about Dr. King’s dream for a better world and spoke about their dreams for the world and what types of things they want to pursue when they are older. The students created a cloud bulletin board to showcase the dreams they shared and a multisensory art project to celebrate diversity. The class invited members of the school community – both peers and faculty members – to join in the celebration by adding extra dream filled paper clouds to the bulletin board. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44492 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point boys swimmers Christopher O'Shea and Andrew Spina have qualified for and will swim at the Suffolk County Championship Meet. Christopher, a senior, will participate in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke. Andrew, an eighth grader, qualified for and will swim the 100 fly at the meet. In addition to qualifying, Christopher has captured the best times for the 2016-17 season in the entire county for the 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 fly events. The Suffolk Championships are scheduled for Saturday, February 18th at Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood Campus. There is a $6 admission fee for spectators. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44493 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed High School Course Offerings for 2017-2018 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44256 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Students throughout Joseph Edgar Intermediate School celebrated their love of reading during a monthlong initiative called WARM (We Are Reading More). Hoping to reach a schoolwide goal of 500,000 minutes, they were asked to read in school and at home for enjoyment, and also engaged in a number of literacy based activities. Author Douglas Florian visited the students as part of the program and in preparation for his visit, teachers and students read his books and created dragons related to his poetry. Some classes held poetry slams and poetry parades in which they recited his published pieces, and other classes created posters and signs welcoming Mr. Florian to the school. In recognition of the school surpassing their goal of 500,000 minutes, students earned a number of raffle prizes. However, the biggest treat was being able to see their teachers take part in competitive yet silly races, where they competed in various events from a ping-pong ball catch game to a toilet paper mummy wrapping. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44264 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Juniors and seniors enrolled in Rocky Point High School’s Virtual Enterprises class are learning about the complex business world in a hands-on way, as they have conceptualized and designed a budding business from the ground up. As part of the full year elective, the students created a multi-faceted business plan focused on a video game streaming company they called “OmniStreem – All Powerful Gaming” and assumed different managerial and associate positions within the organization. Working in small teams or business departments they devised a marketing plan, analyzed company profitability, reviewed current industry offerings and constructed a full financial report on the proposed company. “Through all of these activities, VE students learn professionalism, business acumen, corporate knowledge, presentation skills and teamwork,” said teacher Dorothy Burns. “Students also develop hands-on knowledge of the expectations of both the workplace and the global economy as VE replicates all the functions of a real business.” The students presented their completed project during this year’s Virtual Enterprises Long Island Trade Show and Business Plan Presentation at Farmingdale State College. Out of more than 40 firms represented at the event, Rocky Point won third place for “most creative firm.” In addition to the entrepreneurial skills acquired, the students also learned valuable job market lessons, as they were required to complete a job application and recruitment process. Throughout the course they also gained valuable insight from a variety of professionals, including those serving on the Brookhaven Business Advisory Council. VE is an in-school, live, global business simulation that places emphasis on project-based, collaborative learning and the development of entrepreneurial skills. This experiential learning model program is made up of a global network of student-run businesses in over 40 countries. It transforms high school students into business professionals and their classrooms into offices. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44215 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed AS PER EDUCATION LAW THE DEADLINE IS APRIL 1, 2017 PRIVATE & PAROCHIAL SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION For the 2017-2018 School Year Print out a PDF copy of our form. In accordance with Chapter 3635 of the NYS Education Law, all requests for transportation to a private or parochial school for the 2017-2018 school year must be submitted in writing to the Transportation Office“postmarked” before April 1, 2017.Transportation request forms are available at the Business Office in the District Office located at: 90 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road ~ Rocky Point, NY 11778 (North Portable) Additional information can be obtained by calling: District Transportation Office 744-1605 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44223 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Due to anticipated weather conditions, all activities and building use will be canceled beginning at 6 PM on Monday, January 23. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=44145 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed RPMS 2017 Yearbook Order Form $45.00 -- Order by April 7, 2017 Here’s what you get: 120 color pages Hard cover bound Awesome layouts Special effects Team sports & club photos More candid/action photos http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=42388 Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students had the chance to participate in the Athletics for All bowling program on January 12th atthe Shirley Bowling Lanes. Athletics for All is a Section XI-sanctioned sports program designed to provide safe, nurturing and supportive athletic events for student athletes' varying levels of athletic ability. Participating school teams travel to a different high school every month and compete in sporting events such as basketball, softball, cross country, bowling, and track. Students practice the skills necessary to compete in the particular sport featured on “sports day” during team practices and physical education classes. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=42284 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fifth-grader Evan Donovan has been named one of ten talented runner-ups in the Scholastic Reading Clubs’ “Big Nate EPIC Birthday Mishap Contest.” Students from across the country submitted original multi-frame comics about a child’s birthday party in a similar fashion to the famous Big Nate comics. Evan’s piece showed a comical encounter between a young boy and a bear who just awoke from hibernation. Evan describes himself as a comic enthusiast, having penned hundreds of original strips in his life. “Making comics is a fun thing to do and helps to relieve stress,” he said. “I really like using the pictures to tell stories and have made one, two and three panel comics in my free time.” As a contest runner-up, Evan received a Big Nate library collection and a class set of the newest Big Nate book, “Thunka, Thunka, Thunka” was gifted to JAE. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=42166 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students in Janece Guerra’s Algebra II classes learned about parabolic arcs in a very visual and hands-on way this winter. The students were challenged to build an army man launcher using their original design in a 20-minute time frame and use only a select number of simple supplies. These included a paper cup, a spoon, two feet of string, two feet of tape, two rubber bands, six popsicle sticks and a plastic army man figurine. Once completed, the students tested their creations to see which one would launch the plastic man the furthest. This exercise was designed to model parabolic arcs, as the pathway of the launched figurine was in the shape of a parabolic arc. The farthest one launched was over 15 yards! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=42165 Tue, 10 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School seniors had an opportunity to look inside the world that awaits them after graduation during a recent college readiness program held this winter. During the event, recent Rocky Point graduates returned to the school to speak with current seniors about their first semester college experience. The alumni spoke about the degree of difficulty in courses, the importance of time management and the difference between going away to college versus attending a school close to home. Additionally, the graduates stressed the importance of working ahead on assignments, gaining a deep understanding of the process for writing and citing sources on research papers as well as utilizing support services available on the campus. The students also spoke about balancing their academic commitments with social activities and the need to get involved in campus organizations pertaining to their major. To help further spark conversations about the diverse number of colleges available, staff members and students were asked to wear meaningful college attire on the day of the event. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=42086 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed School will operate on a regular school schedule utilizing inclement weather bus stops (available on the eSchool Parent Portal) for both morning and afternoon bus runs on Monday, January 9. In addition, the District will continue to monitor the road conditions for the remainder of the week to determine if there is a need to continue to utilize inclement weather bus stops. If inclement weather bus stops are to be utilized beyond Monday, January 9, parents and guardians will be notified via ConnectEd and the district website. Thank you, Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=42147 Sun, 08 Jan 2017 21:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Saturday, January 7--Session 2 and Session 3 of today’s cheerleading competition have been canceled due to the snow. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=42146 Sat, 07 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=42126 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=42132 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed School will operate on a regular school schedule utilizing inclement weather bus stops (available on the eSchool Parent Portal) for both morning and afternoon bus runs on Friday, January 6. In addition, the District will re-evaluate the conditions in the morning and notify you via ConnectEd and the district website if any change is necessary. Thank you, Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=42108 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fifth-grade select chorus High Notes took the stage this winter to perform the comedic musical “How to Train Your Reindeer (To Fly).” The musical, which incorporated historical information about the rise of American aviation, included five original songs focused on a group of cadet reindeer learning the way to fly. Throughout the story, a number of famous North Pole residents graced the stage to offer input and feedback as the ambitious young reindeer attended the magical training. The students worked to perfect their performance for weeks under the direction of teach Craig Knapp. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=42085 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41971 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Smart Schools Bond Act was passed in the 2014-15 Enacted Budget and approved by the voters in a statewide referendum held during the 2014 General Election on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA) authorized the issuance of $2 billion of general obligation bonds to finance improved educational technology and infrastructure to improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the State. The SSBA requires that a Review Board review and approve districts’ Smart Schools Investment Plans before any funds may be made available for the program. The bond finances improved educational technology and infrastructure to help improve learning and opportunity for students throughout the state. New York State determined the allocation for each district. Rocky Point UFSD was allocated $2,450,155. Smart Schools1/9/17 BOE Presentation -- Updated Preliminary Investment Plan NY State Smart Schools Link http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38954 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As an extension of their social studies curriculum, fourth-graders at Joseph Edgar Intermediate School learned about the great Mohawk nation during a recent visit from the father of a current student. During the program, Jay Levenson spoke about his family’s Mohawk roots and shared different cultural aspects of the nation dating back to the 18th century. He shared information such as why silver jewelry is worn, how shells were used to create a story or message on belts, and how gourds were transformed to create canteens or water jugs. He also spoke about the tribes who live in each region of New York, taught the students several Mohawk words and a few of the legends and common misunderstandings of the Native American tribe. At the end of the event, the students learned how to sing and perform a traditional Mohawk lullaby. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41763 Fri, 23 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students in Robert Ciaccio’s Life Skills class teamed up with the students in John Schumacher’s Principals of Engineering class to complete a one-of-a-kind holiday project. The students worked together over the course of two weeks to design and create personal holiday presents for someone special. The handcrafted gifts, which included such things as a small jewelry box, a centerpiece candleholder and personalized Christmas tree ornaments, were each individually designed and crafted by them. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41762 Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Innovation was in the air at Rocky Point Middle School when eighth-grade students in Robert Ciaccio’s Technology Solutions course created cars powered by alternative sources of energy. As part of a multifaceted unit of study, the students learned to use various tools in the classroom as they designed and built wooden cars. The vehicles were required to follow a specific theme, meet certain specifications and be constructed in a way that could be mass-produced. After assembling the cars, the students modified them to travel down a ramp at different speeds. Following the experiment, the students researched alternative sources of energy and developed solutions to move the car from the bottom to the top of the same ramp. Once they perfected their solutions, they tested them and rated each project based on the assignment requirements. “The focus of the course is problem-solving and studying the technology behind the technology we know today,” said Mr. Ciaccio. “Within the program, I challenge the students to think outside the box and develop new ways to meet problems and obstacles. They are not just creating something tangible, but developing skills that can be applied to everyday events.” Throughout the project, the students learned about the patent process and had the opportunity to mock patent their designs and alternative energy solutions, protecting their work from others. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41764 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 07:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41767 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Congratulations to Administrative Assistant and District Clerk,Patricia Jones, on her retirement from the Rocky Point UFSD after 30 years of service. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41728 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of their commitment to their academics, every Rocky Point High School fall varsity team has received the prestigious New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Team Award. This year, the state increased the requirements for a team to earn this honor by mandating that 75 percent of the team members maintain an average of 90 or above when previously only a specific number of players were required to reach that benchmark. The district is proud to congratulate the following 2016 NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete fall teams: Varsity Boys Cross-Country Varsity Boys Golf Varsity Boys Soccer Varsity Field Hockey Varsity Football Varsity Girls Cross-Country Varsity Girls Soccer Varsity Girls Tennis Varsity Girls Volleyball http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41761 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41669 Sun, 18 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph Edgar Intermediate School fifth-graders in Dave Falcone’s class learned about the ever-changing world of the New York Stock Exchange and achieved high success in this fall’s Stock Market Game. During the multiweek contest, the students were given a hypothetical $100,000 to invest in an online portfolio. They learned about the fundamentals of investing and how properly researching a company can prove helpful when selecting investment opportunities. The stocks chosen by the class varied from such things as restaurants, beverage companies and department stores. As a result of their efforts, two teams from the school placed in the Top 20 out of 114 teams across Long Island. The team comprised of Madison Healy, Samantha Manning and Cheyenne Morgan placed 12th and the team made up by Lea Celentano, Elyse Nadeau and Angelina Schmidt finished in 19th place. The Stock Market Game is a program of the SIFMA Foundation (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association). http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41521 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School second-graders in Christina Capaldi and Erin Glennon class learned about their family history through a series of hands-on projects. In school, the class discussed the meaning of such concepts as rituals, traditions, culture, community and the different holidays that are celebrated around the world. With the help of their families, the students each created poster boards visually displaying their family’s traditions and culture. Connecting with the grade’s English Language Arts curriculum, the students penned original books about their families. Using the lessons they learned in class, their books included dedication pages, information on the author as well as details about what the term ‘family’ means to them. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41520 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41512 Tue, 13 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The district takes great pride in commending the following students who received high postseason honors in fall sports. Also, congratulations to girls soccer coach Peter Costa for being named League V Coach of the Year. All-State Haley Clark – Field Hockey All-County Christina Bellissimo – Field Hockey Brianna Distler – Girls Soccer Jen Greene – Field Hockey Peter LaSalla – Football Sean McGovern – Football All-County Honorable Mention Sara Giammarella – Field Hockey Madison Sanchez – Field Hockey Nicki Taveras – Field Hockey All-Conference Jack Costa – Boys Soccer Xavier Guey-Mock – Boys Soccer Lizzie Weiner – Field Hockey All-League Vanessa Costa – Girls Soccer Justin Curreri – Boys Soccer Christina Ferrara – Girls Soccer Nicole Galluzzo ¬– Girls Tennis Rebecca Hibbard – Girls Tennis Dylan Trude – Boys Soccer Jennifer Wheeler – Girls Volleyball Unsung Hero Award in Field Hockey Kayleigh Keane Suffolk Zone Award Winners Brianna Distler Nicholas Volpe http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41459 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Students in Eric Matwey’s Science Research 9-10 class at Rocky Point High School applied what they are learning in the classroom to the real world in a hands-on research project at Sunken Meadow State Park. To prepare for the visit, the students met with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation representatives Cassandra Bauer and Victoria O’Neill to review and discuss the environmental testing procedures they would follow. At Sunken Meadow, they conducted water quality tests to sample specific sites for a variety of plant and animal life. They were able to seine for organisms, including Asian shore crabs, and took readings of water temperature, turbidity, salinity, pH, nitrogen and dissolved oxygen. They then recorded the information about the collected data for further analysis in the classroom. The visit was part of a program sponsored by the Long Island Sound Study, which seeks to collect valuable data about the body of water at various locations. The students’ work will provide important information about Sunken Meadow State Park and allow researchers to identify and describe how ecosystems change and how they can be impacted by weather events such as Superstorm Sandy. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41302 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41318 Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Cast your ballots and help our district win this year’s Holiday Community Service Challenge sponsored by Team UP 4 Community! Voting is open now through Monday, Dec. 12. Please vote for our baseball team who volunteered at Maureen’s Haven and our girls volleyball team's Dig Pink event. Click here to vote: http://teamup4community.org/2016-li-holiday-sports-heroes-video-challenge-open http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41239 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41185 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed December 5, 2016 Dear Parents and Guardians: With the winter season rapidly approaching, it is necessary to update inclement weather emergency protocols for this school year. In the event of inclement weather causing an early dismissal, schools will dismiss in the same order as is customary for regular dismissal with the High School being dismissed first, followed by the Middle School, the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School, and, lastly, the Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School. Please review with your children the emergency procedures you have arranged in the event of a delayed opening, early dismissal, or school closure. When weather conditions necessitate a change from the regularly scheduled school day, the following protocol will be followed: • A review of road and weather conditions and forecasts will take place as early as possible. • Parents will be notified of the decision to delay, dismiss early or close school, via Connect Ed. • Inclement weather bus stops will be utilized during any delayed opening or early dismissal due to weather. If inclement weather bus stops are used for pickup on a given morning, they will also be used for afternoon drop-off unless parents and guardians are notified to the contrary. A list of current inclement weather stops may also be accessed via the Parent Portal on eSchool. If your present bus stop is not listed then the regular and inclement stops are the same. As you know, weather is often unpredictable and forecasts may be inaccurate from time to time. We will always make the best decision possible, based on the available weather data. However, your patience and understanding are appreciated when the forecast is unclear and our decision does not align precisely with the weather outcome. Please ensure that your emergency contact information on file with your child’s school is up to date and accurate. This information may be updated via the Parent Portal on eSchool or you may contact the main office of your child’s school to provide updated emergency contact information. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s building principal for any further information. The safety of the students and staff is our number one priority and your cooperation and support is greatly appreciated when we are dealing with inclement weather and emergency closings/dismissals of any type. Please accept my best wishes for a safe and relaxing holiday season. Sincerely, Michael F. Ring, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41230 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School’s new gardening club has been working hard this fall in their efforts to become expert horticulturalists. They’ve harvested giant sunflower seeds and conducted exciting experiments with heirloom tomato seeds. The club’s members recently completed a fall bulb planting project and are looking forward to the bloom in the spring. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41063 Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed BOE Special Meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 @ 6:30 PM HS Auditorium http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41166 Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of their academic dedication, 60 Rocky Point Middle School eighth-graders were recently inducted into the school’s National Junior Honor Society. The students were selected for this prestigious honor based on their excellence in scholarship, service, character and leadership. During the ceremony, they were celebrated by the school’s administration and advisor Catherine O'Connell, as current members described the mission of the NJHS and helped to administer the membership oath. In addition to the new members, the ninth-grade NJHS members, who were inducted last year, worked with Ms. O’Connell to vote for a special teacher inductee. Teachers who cared deeply about their students, encouraging and motivating them to learn, were nominated for the honor. This year’s honoree was teacher Joseph Settepani. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=41061 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students and staff worked to make the season a bright one for local families by hosting a special kind of food drive – a snack drive. The initiative, coordinated by the school’s Holiday Help Committee, ran for a week and a half in November. Throughout the drive, individuals donated their favorite snack items and worked to fill a large wheeled bin to the brim. At the end of the drive, the school’s Second-Grade Service Squad helped to sort the donations into food categories and prepared them for distribution to local families in need of assistance. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40898 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As Rocky Point Middle School eighth-graders Maya Menon and Sophia Weik have a strong passion for community service and giving to others, the pair worked to coordinate a school food drive for the less fortunate members of their community in November. Over the course of the drive, students and staff members donated hundreds of nonperishable food items. To ensure that the donations met all of the recipients’ needs, the students asked that each grade level focus on a different meal. Sixth-graders were asked to donate breakfast items, seventh-graders donated lunch items and eighth-graders focused on dinner items. Maya and Sophia not only coordinated the drive, but also collected all of the donations from throughout the building during their lunch periods. The donations will be delivered to the food banks at St. Louis de Montfort Church in Sound Beach and St. Anthony’s Church in Rocky Point. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40897 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School Eagle pride soared this November when eight graduating seniors put pen to paper and committed to compete on the collegiate level. During the school’s National Collegiate Athletic Association signing day, the talented students were surrounded by proud parents, teachers and coaches as they took a step toward their future and each signed a National Letter of Intent. “These students are models of hard work, perseverance, determination and incredible character,” said Charles Delargy, director of health, physical education, athletics and intramurals. The Rocky Point School District congratulates the following students and wishes them the best of luck on the next level: Brianna Distler – SUNY Binghamton, lacrosse, pre-dental major Christina Ferrara – Adelphi University, lacrosse, nursing major Brian Forbes – Herkimer Community College, baseball, business major Brittany Iamele – Florida Southern College, lacrosse, sports business management major Sean McGovern – Adelphi University, lacrosse, undecided major Alyssa Moscatiello – University of New Haven, lacrosse, undecided major Christopher O’Shea – Eastern Michigan University, swimming, exercise science/athletic training major Sarah Schaefer – Belmont Abbey College, lacrosse, education major http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40724 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School’s community service club rolled up their sleeves and put their baking skills to the test this November as they created more than 90 loaves of pumpkin bread for St. Anthony Church’s Thanksgiving baskets. The tasty treats are sure to help to bring holiday cheer to those in need this season. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40578 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s baseball teams continued their tradition of giving to others during a recent community service project at Maureen's Haven homeless shelter in Riverhead. Under the leadership of coaches Andrew Aschettino and Eric Strovink, the students prepared for their visit by collecting food items, socks, homemade goodies and fast food gift cards valued at more than $600. During their visit, they presented the shelter director with their donations and set up the location for an upcoming meal. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40723 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In honor of Veterans Day, students and staff throughout the Rocky Point School District paid tribute to the individuals who have dedicated their lives in service to our country. Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School students in Nicole Fisher and Stacie Zumpol’s kindergarten class discussed the meaning of the holiday, the important job of veterans and reasons to be grateful for their service. They also learned about one veteran’s service when Rocky Point alumnus and kindergarten parent Eric Burke visited. A graduate of West Point before serving in the Army, Mr. Burke spoke about the different uniforms he has worn, the platoon he worked with and the types of jobs in the Army. Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School and Rocky Point High School each hosted Veterans Day assembly programs. At JAE, members of the fifth-grade select chorus, High Notes, sang several patriotic songs, student representatives read original essays, and members of the Technology Club explained the significance of the POW/MIA remembrance table they set up, as well as why individuals wear poppies. Each of the dozen veterans in attendance were introduced and presented with letters of appreciation and poppy pins. To watch a copy of the video created by the Technology Club, click here. During their school’s program, Rocky Point High School students heard from Vietnam Veteran Butch Langhorn, who spoke about his experiences in Vietnam and working at the New York Air National Guard. Additionally, the Vietnam Veterans of Suffolk County spoke about their experiences and what they were doing before they were drafted or enlisted into this war. Lastly, Mike Percerno, the director of Calverton National Cemetery, spoke about the role of this cemetery to meet the needs of our veterans. Rocky Point Middle School once again organized a Veterans Day letter writing campaign, in which hundreds of students penned messages of thanks and praise to those living at the Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook University. The effort was conceptualized by seventh-grade teacher John Mauceri and supported by the school’s English teachers. Elementary and intermediate school students also wrote letters as part of an effort coordinated by Gloria Meyer at JAE and Dave Crawford at FJC. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40577 Tue, 15 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As part of the “Science Unplugged” program offered through Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Rocky Point High School students in Jack Nielsen’s astronomy class learned about the mysteries of space during a guest lecture with Ahmad Malik, a solar system ambassador for NASA and Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. During the presentation, “Black Holes: Time and Space,” the students discussed matters such as how black holes are created, the differences between white dwarf and neutron stars, and the theories of relativity. The program provided a considerable introduction to the topic, which the class will be studying in depth in the months ahead. “We’re excited to be participating in the program,” said Aaron Factor, Rocky Point’s director of math, science and technology. “It gives the students the opportunity to speak with professionals from the field, ask them about their research, and familiarize themselves with what it means to be a research scientist.” The school plans to conduct additional speaking lectures with the university in the near future. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40333 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed On November 13th, Rocky Point High School Interact Service Club members together with their advisor, Mrs. Messinetti, and Rocky Point Rotarians, Susan Wilson and Greg Hilton, participated in a fall cleanup at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. Everyone took part in raking leaves, moving picnic tables, and general cleanup duties. They worked hard, but they also managed to have fun. They were assisted by members of the Middle Island Rotary, Port Jefferson Rotary andlocalInteract Clubs. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18, sponsored by individual Rotary clubs which provide encouragement and guidance, but are self-governing and self-supporting. The Interact chapter at Rocky Point High School is sponsored by the Rocky Point Rotary Club. In addition to successfully executing its own fundraising and community service projects, Interact has often joined the Rocky Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the campgrounds at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a resident summer camp designed for young people ages 6-21 with special needs. Its mission is to help children and adults achieve equality, dignity, and maximum independence through a safe and quality program of camping, recreation, and education in a summer-time environment. Throughout the program, campers participate in typical summer camp activities, such as arts and crafts, talent shows, cook-outs, swimming and boating. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40489 Sun, 13 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Each year the students at theJoseph A. Edgar (JAE) Intermediate School celebrate a day to show their appreciation for those men and women who have served in various branches of the military to protect our freedoms. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40490 Sun, 13 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Democracy was in action this November as eighth-grade students in Dawn Callahan’s class at Rocky Point Middle School took an in-depth look at the presidential candidates running for election as well as the overall campaign process. After selecting which individual they personally supported, the students conducted a thorough research project on that person’s individual platform and stance on a certain issue. They documented their research using the NoodleTools online resource and then practiced their public speaking skills by defending their choice in a mock debate. During the debate, each side worked to convince their peers that their candidate was best suited for the presidency based on their view of matters such as foreign trade, terrorism, education, immigration and women’s rights. As a conclusion to the project, the students formalized their opinions in a persuasive essay and participated in a mock vote to select the winning candidate. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40331 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Dear Rocky Point Community, Everyday, through their small gestures and grand actions, the Rocky Point staff demonstrates their commitment to the academic, social and emotional well-being of our district’s young learners. It is through these acts that our students are able to achieve and succeed at record high levels and successfully prepare for the future that awaits. In honor of the dedicated service provided by our school related professionals, the Rocky Point School District is pleased to celebrate New York State United Teachers’ designated 2016 School-Related Professionals Recognition Day. SRPs are a dedicated network of professionals who serve as an integral part of our school community. In Rocky Point, the term applies to, but is not limited to, the secretaries who support our buildings’ daily operations; the teaching aides, monitors and paraprofessionals who work side by side with our students to ensure their academic success and safety; the nurses and other health care staff who tend to our students’ and staff’s well-being; the cafeteria workers who prepare and disseminate hundreds of healthy and nutritious meals each day; and our custodians, maintenance and security staff who ensure smooth operations. In short, these employees are ones who provide essential support to all facets of our school system. Please join the district in paying tribute to these devoted employees this November 15 and thank them for their many years of service to the Rocky Point community. On behalf of the district, I express my gratitude for their unwavering commitment. Sincerely, Dr. Michael F. Ring Superintendent of Schools http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40332 Thu, 10 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Approximately 500 students and staff members at Rocky Point Middle School dropped and did as many push-ups as possible to raise money for the RWB Veterans Organization, a group that enriches the lives of America’s veterans. Students were dressed up in red (sixth-graders), white (seventh-graders) and blue (eighth-graders) as they showed their push-up skills on the high school turf field. More than $2,500 was raised for the cause. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40308 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar fourth-grade students showcased their creativity this fall as they fashioned baby scarecrows and raised more than $1,400 for the Rocky Point Teachers’ Association Kids in Need Fund. During the week before halloween, each student constructed individual scarecrows using colorful decorations and embellishments. The completed works of art were then placed on display in the hall outside the classrooms and the entire student body was invited to visit the scarecrow patch and vote for their favorite one by depositing coins in its corresponding donation box. This project has been a long-standing tradition at JAE, dating back to 1999 when it was first introduced by former teacher Sandy Finn Grunner. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40309 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 05:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed PTA Holiday Boutique on Saturday, December 3, 2016 9 AM to 3 PM Rocky Point Middle School http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40166 Thu, 03 Nov 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students and staff joined together this October to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research during several successful initiatives. During a pink hair extension fundraiser, students enrolled in the building’s cosmetology program attached long, colorful extensions to contributing volunteers’ hair. The extensions came in a variety of pink hues and were on sale for $10 a piece. As a result of the school’s generosity, the classes raised nearly $200 for the Walk for Beauty. The building’s student-athletes also got in on the cause. The junior varsity and varsity girls’ soccer teams hosted Kick for Cancer games in mid-October. During the games, the team wore special shirts, played with pink soccer balls and displayed banners honoring and remembering people affected by cancer. The program made a donation of $750 to support breast cancer research. The girls’ volleyball team once again hosted a Dig Pink fundraiser, which featured raffles and prizes collected and donated by local businesses and families. The entire gym was blanketed in pink decorations and many volunteers helped to sell raffle tickets and tasty treats. The teams collected a total of $5,000 donations to support the cause. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40064 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In celebration of New York State School Board Recognition Week, the Rocky Point School District took time during its October meeting to honor the volunteers who serve on the district’s board of education. Before presenting each member with a token of appreciation, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael F. Ring thanked the individuals for their unwavering dedication and support of Rocky Point’s schools and students. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=40065 Tue, 01 Nov 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39992 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39919 Fri, 28 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39827 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Click for Spring 2017 Driver Ed Application Driver Education registration will be held on Tuesday, December 6, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the High School Main Office. The Driver Education Fee is $400. You may pay by check or money order made payable to Rocky Point Schools. Once the program begins, no refunds will be issued. Please bring a photo copy of your permit when registering. Classroom Lecture begins in Room 115 in the Middle School on Wednesday, February 1st from 3:30-5:00 or 5:00-6:30 PM. Driving classes begin Tuesday, January 31st at 1:45-3:15 and 3:15-4:45. Thursday driving begins February 2nd at 1:45-3:15 and 3:15-4:45. Saturday driving begins February 4th 7:30-9:00, 9:00-10:30, 10:30-12:00, or 12:00-1:30. Cars will meet in front of the high school. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39853 Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Fourth-graders in Patricia Alberti’s class at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School are learning firsthand about the world of journalism as part of their work for an upcoming issue of Newsday’s Kidsday. For their piece, which will run the week of Feb. 11, the entire class is developing feature articles, product and book reviews, and surveys. Four students recently traveled to New York City to interview Kongos, a rock band, and enjoyed skating at Rockefeller Center. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39733 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed 10/25 @ 2:30pmHF Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Rocky Point - Suffolk 'A' Quarterfinals http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39776 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39579 Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In preparation for the upcoming election, Rocky Point High School’s Participation in Government classes recently had the opportunity to better understand the bipartisan stance of two House of Representatives candidates during in-school workshops. Republican incumbent Lee Zeldin and Democratic challenger Anna Throne-Holst each provided a brief introduction to their political platforms before answering questions posed by the students. In advance of the programs, students prepared questions related to matters of foreign policy, economics and domestic social issues. Among the topics discussed were relations with China, taxes on big businesses and issues on world terrorism. “Many students are focused on the presidential election, so this in-person Town Hall experience served as a reminder of the other officials seeking office this November,” said teacher Brooke Bonomi. “The program enabled the students to become more involved and engaged in the politics impacting their local community.” http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39465 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students had the chance to participate in the Athletics for All cross country program on October 13th at Shoreham-Wading River High School, an event for which they spent about a week preparing. During the event, students had the chance to run or walk one mile in their team uniforms at the neighboring school while supporters cheered along. After the timed event, each student received a ribbon to wear around their neck and left looking forward to the next Athletics for All event - a soccer contest at Brentwood High School on November3rd. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39432 Thu, 13 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of their scholastic capabilities, 69 Rocky Point High School students have been named Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board. These honorees include current seniors and members of the Rocky Point High School Class of 2016. Students earned these awards in various categories based on the number of AP exams taken and their scores on those exams. The distinction of National AP Scholar, which honors students in the United States who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams, was given to Matthew Brewer, James Gohn and Louis Herman, all members of the Class of 2016. Fifteen students were named AP Scholars with Distinction, as they received an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. With average scores of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams, 15 students were named AP Scholars with Honor. Having earned scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams, 36 students were named AP Scholars. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39238 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Special BOE Meeting – 10/17/16 – 6 PM - HS Anticipated Executive Session http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39340 Tue, 11 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s cosmetology program will open the doors of its salon on Oct. 14 for the 2016-17 season. In preparation for their launch, students enrolled in the program have created a website to help promote the services offered. As part of the program, the students learn all aspects of hair care, including cutting, styling, coloring and more. They also learn skin and nail care, enabling them to become estheticians or nail technicians. In the second year of the program, students expand their skill set and work in the classroom’s fully operational salon, which is open to the community and fellow students. The district’s cosmetology program is a Career and Technical Education course approved by the New York State Education Department. Students who complete the two-year program graduate with the skills and qualifications needed to be licensed cosmetologists. For more information about the program, or to request an appointment, please visit http://rpcosmetology.wixsite.com/welovehair. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39237 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 18:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed To help earn their Bronze Award, Rocky Point Middle School sixth-graders and Girl Scout Troop 2289 members Samantha Amalfitano, Lilyanna Astarita, Felicity Monaghan and Rachel Versheck crafted a student bench for their school building. Using nearly $200 that they raised by collecting and exchanging recyclable bottles, the students labored throughout the summer to complete the project. They worked collaboratively as they learned how to use power tools, sand, stain and varnish the wood. The bench and several decorative flowerpots were placed outside the cafeteria at the end of September. The students hope that the completed project will provide their peers, especially those on medical restrictions, with a comfortable place to sit outside during lunchtime and inspire others to give back to the community. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39236 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School seniors Maggie Dowd and Nicholas LoCastro have been named semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s website, approximately 1.6 million students entered this year’s competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, and only about 16,000 students earned the status of semifinalist. With this honor, these students will continue in the competition and compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39168 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In recognition of his outstanding musical talents, Rocky Point High School 10th-grader Bryant Liu has been selected to perform in the New York State School Music Association All-State Piano Showcase at the NYSSMA 81st Annual Winter Conference this December. Bryant is one of only 12 students from the state chosen to perform in the showcase. He was granted this honor based on the score he received on his Level 6 NYSSMA solo last spring and a performance recording. At the conference, Bryant will play “Witches’ Dance” by Edward MacDowell. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39166 Tue, 04 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In recognition of their musical talents, five Rocky Point High School students have been selected to perform at the Suffolk County Music Educators Association All-County Music Festival. Based on their outstanding scores at last year’s New York State School Music Association solo and ensemble festival, along with teacher recommendations, Pooja Deshpande (women’s choir), Grace Donofrio (women’s choir), Samantha Giacoia (mixed choir and band), Allyson Grenstein (women’s choir) and Nicholas LoCastro (mixed choir) will represent the school district as they perform alongside the top student-musicians from Suffolk County. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=39167 Tue, 04 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The Rocky Point Union Free School District is seeking community members to serve on district committees. Interested individuals should complete and submit an online form by September 30th. For meeting dates/times, please refer to the committee page at http://knitterditter.com/district/rocky_point_ufsd_committees. To sign up for a committee, please click here. If you are interested in serving on more than one committee, please complete a separate form for each committee requested. Please note that if you wish to serve on a building level Shared Decision Team, you will need to submit a letter to the PTA in addition to completing this form. Rocky Point UFSD http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=28855 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 21:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38788 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38762 Sat, 17 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Schools throughout the district honored the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with engaging classroom lessons, remembrance ceremonies and moments of silence. Rocky Point Middle School eighth-graders in Erica Alemaghides’ and Danielle Manley’s social studies classes created an artistic exhibit to showcase various artifacts found in the aftermath of the events of that day. The students began the multi-day project by studying the timeline of events that transpired on 9/11 and discussed the courageous actions of the first responders, the victims and how the country worked to move forward after the attacks. Following these conversations, the students put themselves in the shoes of a future archaeologist who uncovers an artifact from the terror attacks many years later. They used these pieces as inspiration to draw a museum exhibit, which included a description of the artifact and why it is important in understanding 9/11. The completed pieces were displayed in the classroom and the adjacent hallway. Silence blanketed the auditorium at Rocky Point High School as the school community hosted a 9/11 remembrance ceremony for the building’s 11th- and 12th-grade students. The program began with the Rocky Point Veterans of Foreign Wars presenting the nation’s colors. Throughout the ceremony, students heard from two keynote speakers – Anthony Flammia and Owen McCaffery – who shared their personal 9/11 stories. Mr. Flammia spoke on behalf of the FeelGood Foundation about his experiences as a first responder on 9/11, the illness he continues to fight as a result of his work at Ground Zero and the health care lobbying efforts he has supported for 9/11 responders. Mr. McCaffery shared his experience as a police officer and spoke about Rocky Point graduate Michael Curtin, who lost his life on 9/11. The two keynote speakers weaved messages of patriotism into their addresses and encouraged the students to never forget the events of that historic day. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38757 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38648 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38603 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The district’s schools opened its doors on Sept. 7, commencing the 2016-17 school year. Students arrived at their respective schools eager to begin the year and embark upon new educational experiences. This year’s secondary school students will have the chance to take part in an expanded science research program, which now encompasses grades 8-11, as well as two new courses that foster STEM skills. Continuing with the district’s mission to support and encourage all learners, this year also brings the introduction of two new Advanced Placement courses and math labs designed to support students in Algebra II and specific Algebra I classes. Scholars in elementary through high school will continue to benefit from a well-rounded educational program that includes innovative practices inside the classroom as well as enriching after-school clubs and activities. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38577 Thu, 08 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38548 Thu, 08 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38443 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 21:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a result of a comprehensive application process and a successful on-site visit from international education leaders, Rocky Point Middle School has been selected to receive the 2016 Inviting School Award from the International Alliance for Invitational Education. Only two other middle schools and two other high schools in New York earned this distinction for 2016. The award is presented to schools that have created environments in which all students and staff can realize their full potential and have aligned their practices with the principles of the IAIE. Award-winning applicants are recognized for being intentionally optimistic, respectful, trustworthy, and promoting caring through the people, places, policies, programs and processes of the school. “You are to be commended for the outstanding learning climate produced for students, parents, staff and community,” the Inviting School Award Committee noted in their announced letter. “The efforts expended in telling your story were clearly evident and the knowledge of Invitational Education and implementation of IE learning have made the school a better place for all stakeholders.” “I am so proud of Rocky Point Middle School for being named a 2016 Inviting School Award recipient by the IAIE,” said RPMS Principal Dr. Scott O’Brien. “RPMS was noted for the high levels of inviting practices that have been created in the school as demonstrated by the portfolio submission and multiple school visits. Respect, trust, care, optimism and intentionality are qualities that the awards committee and school assessors found consistently among people and practices at our school.” School representatives will be presented with the official award during the IAIE world conference in Lexington, Kentucky, in November. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38461 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In an effort to provide new teachers and teaching assistants with a comprehensive introduction to the school district, Rocky Point hosted a new teacher orientation program in late August. The enthusiastic new faculty members, who will be teaching a variety of subjects and grade levels at the district’s four schools, spent the day learning the ins and outs of the school district. Central administrators facilitated the orientation program, which was designed to help the new instructional staff members receive an extensive overview of Rocky Point’s curriculum, special education program, educational technology resources and policies. Among those welcomed to the 2016-2017 school year were: Toniann Altebrando MS Teaching Assistant Daniel Capell MS/HS Math Teacher Yang Chen MS Teaching Assistant Melissa Domenchello HS Science Teacher Jenessa Donovan HS Math Teacher Gina Grillo HS Math Teacher Elif Kolayli MS/HS ESL Teacher Elizabeth Laviola JAE Teaching Assistant Jamie McCue FJC Special Education Teacher Ryan McGovern JAE Teaching Assistant Neil Murtha FJC Physical Education Teacher Jennifer Silverman MS Special Education Teacher Meghan Walter MS Music Teacher http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38462 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School incoming freshman class recently reunited with classmates and learned about their new school during a summer orientation program. Following a bagel breakfast, the group met with members of the school’s administrative team and guidance staff to review graduation requirements, the attendance policy, the code of conduct and discuss the clubs and activities offered at the school. Students also had the opportunity to try out their lockers and locate the classrooms according to their individual schedules. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38364 Tue, 30 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38350 Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Driver Education registration will be held on Thursday, September 8, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the High School Main Office. The Driver Education Fee is $400. You may pay by check or money order made payable to Rocky Point Schools. Once the program begins, no refunds will be issued. Please bring a photo copy of your permit when registering. Classroom Lecture* begins in Room 106 in the Middle School on Wednesday, September 14th from 3:30-5:00 or 5:00-6:30PM. Driving classes begin Tuesday, September 13th at 1:45-3:15 and 3:15-4:45. Thursday driving begins September 15th at 1:45-3:15 and 3:15-4:45. Saturday driving begins September 17th at 7:30, 9:00, 9:00-10:30, 10:30-12:00, or 12:00-1:30. Cars will meet in front of the high school. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38009 Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38303 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38307 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38295 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38263 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed 2016-2017 School Year Immunization NYS Mandated Requirement for Meningococcal Vaccine Dear Parent/Guardian, Beginning September 1, 2016, all 7th and 12th grade students MUST HAVE proof of having been given Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY or MCV4, brand names Menactra or Menveo) (SerogroupB meningococcal vaccine is NOT required and cannot be used to satisfy the school entrance requirement) in order to attend school. Please hand in proof of immunization as soon as possible, but prior to September 1, 2016. DO NOT wait until the first day of school, as paperwork must be processed. What is needed: Students entering Grade 7 in 2016 must have 1 dose of meningococcal vaccine. They will be required to get a booster at age 16. Students entering Grade 12 in 2016 must have either: 2 doses of meningococcal vaccine with the booster dose given on or after age 16; 1 dose if your child’s first dose was given on or after age 16 New York State law will require parents/ guardians to give the school an immunization (shot) record prior to September 1, 2016 that shows their child has received, or has appointment(s) to receive the required vaccine(s) (shots) in order to attend school on September 7, 2016. This record may be from a health care provider, health department, or an official immunization record from the child's former school. The record must include: Name of the vaccine Date vaccine given Who gave it, along with their title; or where it was given if at a clinic Please contact your health care provider to make sure your child has what they need to attend school this fall. If you have questions or concerns about immunizations, please contact the school health staff. 7th Graders and 12th Graders will NOT be allowed to attend school on September 7, 2016 until these requirements have been satisfied. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38145 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38099 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 20:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Grade K | Grade 1| Grade 2| Grade 3| Grade 4| Grade 5| Grades 6-8 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=38045 Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Under sunny skies, Rocky Point High School celebrated the Class of 2016 with a graduation ceremony on June 24. Seniors Daniel Infranco, Breanna Garske, Thomas Loomis and Mary Rose Romano led the audience in a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” before Daniel delivered his exhortation speech. Additional student speakers included valedictorian James Gohn and salutatorian Matthew Brewer, both of whom shared words of advice for their fellow graduates to embrace while working toward their personal and professional goals. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Ring and Principal Susann Crossan also addressed the class, wishing them well in their future endeavors. Each scholar was called to the podium to receive his or her diploma from Board of Education President Susan Sullivan, and the crowd applauded as the impressive list of scholarships awarded to the graduates was announced. The newest alumni then ceremonially turned their graduation tassels from one side of their caps to the other, officially marking the start of their next life journey. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=37615 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Leaving on a School Bus! Enjoy the Summer! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=37581 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point Middle School celebrated the eighth-grade class during a moving up ceremony on June 23 on the backfield of the school. With the help of eighth-grade choral members, the program commenced with the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” and an address by eighth-grade speaker Alexander Samuilov, who shared a reflection on his time in middle school and the hopes he has for the class’s future. Principal Scott Dr. O’Brien also reflected on his work with the students, as both their middle school and elementary principal. He encouraged them to always reach for their dreams and bestowed a few sage words of advice that had been submitted by the student’s parents. As a testament to their myriad of accomplishments, students were presented with more than 20 academic and character awards, including the New York State Comptroller’s Achievement Award, the Triple “C” Award, and the Presidential Outstanding Academic Achievement and Academic Excellence awards as well as department and awards. Before each moving up candidate was presented with their official promotion certificates, the school honored a four-legged member of the class – Eileen, a retired service dog who has been an integral member of the school’s doggy reading program. Over the past three years, select eighth-graders were invited to read aloud to Eileen in order to enhance their oral language skills, build reading confidence and fluency. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=37536 Thu, 23 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School life skills and technology students from Mr. Ciaccio’s and Mr. Schamcher’s classes, respectively teamed up to create several hands-on end-of-year projects and help each other learn new skills. Valerie Morton, Destiny Gabb and Kathleen Johannesen created a block game for young kids to learn organization skills. Nicholas Martin and Travis Ferrie created a wooden safe lock. Angelo Mazzarone and Joseph Ramos made a fishing pole storage rack to make the most of available storage space. Kyle Cantone and Steven Trapani created a checker/chess board. These projects helped the students learn to look past the first or second failure and keep trying. Students were inspired to envision a project and then figure out a way to create it. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=37487 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed June 21, 2016 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=37439 Tue, 21 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Earlier this June, school superintendents, administrators and parents collectively praised Rocky Point High School senior James Gohn for his scholastic promise and academic dedication during the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association’s 22nd annual Valedictorian Luncheon, held at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch Hotel in Hauppauge. The program included a keynote address from Josephine Pucci, a 2014 Olympic silver medalist, 2011 Team USA World Champion and former Harvard University women’s hockey team captain. During her speech, Pucci encouraged James and his fellow valedictorians to adopt a “growth mindset” that thrives on challenges and sees failure as a springboard for growth. At the end of the program, each valedictorian present was called to the stage and individually presented with a certificate and gift of recognition from the association. The district wishes James well as he enrolls in Stony Brook University this fall to major in mechanical engineering. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=37313 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Surrounded by proud family and friends, Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School second-graders participated in a ceremonial moving up event this June. After a welcoming address from Principal Virginia Gibbons, the moving up day authors shared reflections on their time at FJC and hopes for what lies ahead in third-grade. The members of the second-grade service squad were also commended for the countless hours they dedicated throughout the year and several special awards were presented to select members. With the help of the Rocky Point Rotary Club members, each second-grader proudly proceeded to the front of the ceremony to receive their official moving up sash, certificate and complementary dictionary. The class then joined together in song to conclude the program. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=37332 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School’s Interact Service Club regularly work to give back to their school and community and this spring extended that service to help beautify the grounds at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck. With the help of their advisor Margaret Messinetti and several district administrators, the club members helped rake leaves, weed flowerbeds, lay down mulch, paint and general cleanup duties. Everyone worked hard and also managed to have fun. Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck is a resident summer camp designed for young people ages 6-21 with special needs. Its mission is to help children and adults achieve equality, dignity and maximum independence through a safe and quality program of camping, recreation and education in a summer-time environment. Throughout the program, campers participate in typical summer camp activities, such as arts and crafts, talent shows, cook-outs, swimming and boating. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=37310 Thu, 16 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed As a conclusion to a month-long study on mammals, second-grade students in Maria Liantonio and Elisa DiGennaro’s class at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School shared comprehensive research projects with peers and family members. As part of the study, the students selected a mammal to research and used various informative texts to learn about all aspects of that creature, including its habitat, physical characteristics, diet and various interesting facts. Using the skills they learned in English language arts, the second-graders used their findings to create visual posters displaying their research. They organized facts into concise bulleted items, wrote paragraphs describing features and incorporated nonfiction text features, such as pictures, graphs and captions, into the completed poster. Throughout the ending celebration, the students took turns presenting their research projects. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=37154 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Kindergarten students in Karen Nicholson’s class at Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School brought several literary characters from a treasured children’s author to life when they presented the original play “Rooster Travels to the World of Eric Carle.” Characters such as the “Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Brown Bear” were among those portrayed by the young actors during the show, which concluded an author study on Carle. The play was created by Ms. Nicholson and marks her ninth original creation. The show enabled the students to not only enhance their reading skills but also work to strengthen their public speaking, fluency and ability to read with emotion. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=37153 Tue, 14 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=37127 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School Advanced Placement Physics students in John Nielsen’s class applied the lessons learned in the classroom to design and build roller coasters using only simple materials. Working in groups, the students fashioned designs using templates, cardstock and tape. Deploying the physics concepts they had learned throughout the year, as well as principles of engineering and design, they built paper roller coasters for a marble that maximized concepts such as velocity, acceleration and energy. During the project some students even built themed roller coasters, including one modeled after Space Mountain in Disney World, a Candy Land-themed roller coaster and a New York Yankees-themed roller coaster. “The students had a great time working collaboratively to build these roller coasters, and were further able to use their knowledge of physics and apply it to real world concepts,” said Mr. Nielsen. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=36966 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed The historic medieval time period came to life for Rocky Point Middle School sixth-grade students as they participated in an interactive, themed week as part of their grade-level unit of study. With the help of their teachers, the students learned about the Middle Ages in each of their core subject areas and completed hands-on projects to reinforce the topics. Throughout the study, they visited the Medieval Times show in New Jersey, helped to construct decorative exterior castle walls outside classrooms and even fashioned personal shields reflecting their interests. Additionally, they researched and created information sheets, which they displayed throughout the school, to showcase lesser known facts about the time period. Connecting the subject to all curricular areas, teachers discussed such things as the spread of the bubonic plague during health classes and worked to construct catapults during science. The weeklong initiative capped off with a jester performance, which focused on the comical routines famous during the time period. The project was coordinated by teacher David Murphy and a committee of teachers. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=36965 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Alternative High School Graduation 2016 Slideshow Congratulations to our graduates! http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=36952 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 18:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed To All Fourth Grade Parents/Guardians, The morning Field Day activities will take place on Wednesday, June 8, as planned. However, due to the threat of inclement weather tomorrow afternoon, the afternoon Field Day activities will take place on Friday, June 10 from 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM. Parents may attend the afternoon session on Friday, June 10. Students should wear their T-Shirts both days. Thank you, Fourth Grade Teachers http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=36937 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed In recognition of their outstanding leadership and strong character traits, Rocky Point Middle School eighth-grade students Jason Staudte and Clare Levy have been named Suffolk Zone Leadership Award winners by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The students were honored by the association and the Rocky Point School District Board of Education this spring. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=36811 Tue, 07 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed VarsityAthletic Banquet Slideshow of June 6, 2016 http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=36909 Mon, 06 Jun 2016 23:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point middle and high school students learned about the history of the acoustic guitar during a recent workshop featuring district music teacher Dave Ventura and college music professor James Smith. During the after-school lecture, the two educators spoke about nylon and steel string acoustic guitars and performed several musical pieces that showcased the evolution of the instrument. The students learned about the different variations from the 16th century Renaissance lute to the 20th century Martin dreadnought guitar. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=36808 Mon, 06 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School third-graders in Becky Pagnotta’s class showcased their research skills during an interactive wax museum event this spring. Dressed in costume, the students posed as though they were part of a wax museum and then delivered oral biographies of a researched individual after walking down a red carpet. The class worked for weeks to study their selected person and prepared a speech highlighting their life’s achievements. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=36809 Mon, 06 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School seniors James Gohn, Matthew Brewer and Daniel Infranco have been named the Class of 2016 valedictorian, salutatorian and exhortation speaker, respectively. All three scholars have amassed countless honors and accolades during their academic careers to earn them the top three spots in their graduating class. James is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, member of the National Honor Society, New York State Mathematics Honor Society and has been named to the Principal’s List since 2012. Outside of the classroom, he performs with the school’s orchestra, is the captain of the varsity soccer team and a member of the varsity lacrosse team. James is a dedicated volunteer, serving as a math and chemistry tutor, altar server and dedicates many hours to several other charitable organizations. He will be attending Stony Brook University this fall to major in mechanical engineering. Matthew is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, member of the National Honor Society, New York State Math Honor Society and president of the Class of 2016. He is also a member of the high school’s Mock Trial team, Math team, secretary of the school’s science club and participated in the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge in 2015. Additionally, he is the team manager for both the varsity wresting and baseball teams. Matthew has worked as a senior counselor for the North Shore Youth Council Summer Buddies Program since 2014 and previously as a junior counselor. He will be attending Fordham University in the fall to major in economics. Daniel is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honors and is a talented student-musician, who was cast as the lead in the high school’s musical, and named the principal French Horn player in Suffolk County. He is a member of the National Honor Society, president of the Math Honor Society and vice president of the Student Council. Daniel is also a member of the high school’s varsity track and field, cross-country and swimming programs. He will be attending SUNY Geneseo to major in biology. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=36806 Fri, 03 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed Rocky Point High School students and staff came together to celebrate Red Nose Day this May, a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty. The initiative is a special day to have fun, come together and work collaboratively to make a difference for children who are in need of help. The project is supported by the public charity Comic Relief Inc. and has raised more than $1 billion globally in the past 25 years. Rocky Point students and faculty donated close to $800 for this worthy cause and wore red noses and red shirts one day to show their support. http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=36807 Fri, 03 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT Rocky Point Union Free School District - News Feed http://www.knitterditter.com/News/Story.aspx?id=36756 Thu, 02 Jun 2016 04:00:00 GMT