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Rocky Point Union Free School District

Educators Represent at National Recognition

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Rocky Point Middle School’s designation in the Schools to Watch Program spotlights the academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational support for its students.

Assistant Principal Dawn Meyers and math teacher Nicole Gabrinowitz attended the annual conference in Washington, D.C., this past week to receive the Schools to Watch award given by The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

“It was a great opportunity for collaboration and to be among educators working together to gain additional ideas and strategies being used to help all middle school students succeed,” Mrs. Meyers said.

Date Added: 6/28/2022

Flower Power at FJC!

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Frank J. Carasiti Elementary School will be blossoming with seasonal flowers during the summer months, courtesy of Girl Scout Troop 2631. The troop donated hand-created planter boxes to Ms. Karen Trapani’s Garden Club at the school. The Garden Club members were excited to plant summer flowering seeds in them and display the planters at the entrance of the school for all to enjoy!

Date Added: 6/28/2022

Soaring High: Celebrating Eagle Pride

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“Pomp and Circumstance” was in full effect on June 24, as Rocky Point High School celebrated Commencement for the Class of 2022.

Each student marched out onto the football field in their cap and gown as visiting family and friends cheered them on. “The Star-Spangled Banner” was performed by graduating Rocky Point High School senior Brenna Kiernan. Principal Jonathan Hart welcomed everyone and explained that the first student speaker would be presented in a rather unconventional way. Exhortation Speaker Victor Hough’s speech was presented as a recording, because he had already reported to his duties at the United States Air Force Academy.

“Don’t worry, the administration is lying to you. I am just under the stage and not allowed out,” Hough joked, before addressing his classmates and their accomplishments. “Over the years, we have experienced many situations…both good and bad. As individuals, and as a class, we have learned for the better. We lived through a pandemic, but we still managed to continue and succeed in all we do.”

Principal Hart returned to the stage next to address the students, stressing the importance of remembering where they came from and who’s helped them on this educational journey.

“A high school graduation certainly is a landmark event,” Mr. Hart said. “It’s important to reflect on how you got here and who helped you get to this very spot. Think of the teachers, staff members, coaches and administrators, your friends, and certainly family members who helped you get to where you currently sit. I encourage you this summer to express your gratitude, either through words or a simple letter.”

Following the principal’s address, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott O’Brien spoke to the graduating Class of 2022, specifically addressing the school’s unofficial mascot, the groundhog, and how a family thought the softball field was a perfect place to build one of their burrows, which actually led to a game being delayed.

“There’s always a lesson to be learned from any experience,” Dr. O’Brien said. “That burrow built on a softball field represents being thoughtful with where your life takes you. Know that every decision won’t be the right one, and that with some authentic trial and error, you will not only find a place and people that make sense, but that fit just right for you. Don’t be discouraged when that doesn’t happen right away for you. That perfect burrow is waiting for you…just get out there and find it.”

Next, it was back to the student-speaking portion of graduation, as Salutatorian Sean Hamilton and Valedictorian Jackson Normandin addressed their classmates, respectively.

“We’re here to celebrate all the years of hard work and dedication to get where we are today…the hours of studying, countless after-school extra help sessions and all the times we stayed up late to do the project due the next day, which the teacher ‘definitely didn’t’ give to us three weeks ago,” Hamilton said. “All of our efforts are now being rewarded with a fancy piece of paper that has our name on it and a nice handshake.”

“Congratulations to the Class of 2022!” Jackson added. “We finally graduated. It feels good to say it out loud. It finally validates the time, dedication and effort we all have put into the past 13 years. I’m sure that everyone among us has achieved personal victories over the past four years. We made the most of our time here, and we also overcame many challenges. Whether it be playing a sport, studying for a test or anything else, we all strived for excellence, and ultimately achieved it.”

Once the student speeches were complete, Principal Hart presented the Class of 2022 to the Board of Education, and they were officially declared graduates. The presentation of diplomas and certificates followed, as students crossed the stage and received their well-deserved accolades. Once complete, the graduates tossed their caps in the air as they looked onward to the future, excited for what awaits them next.

Date Added: 6/27/2022

Next Up: Rocky Point High School!

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The Rocky Point Grade 8 Moving-Up Ceremony took place on June 23 and was a time for celebration. The students assembled before proud parents, teachers and district administrators to signal the start of the ceremony.

Many students were individually recognized and presented with departmental awards of recognition and certificates acknowledging their outstanding character traits and community service efforts. Each student was then called to the podium to receive their official moving-up day certificate.

Date Added: 6/24/2022

RPMS Legacy Continues

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Pride and camaraderie top the list for Rocky Point Middle School eighth graders. Last year, the inaugural Legacy Tile bulletin boards were unveiled with artwork and signatures of the students as they moved into Rocky Point High School. This year, as the 2022 Moving-Up Class readies for their future high school careers, they, too, decorated colorful tiles to brighten the hallways and welcome the incoming class to the school. “It is a great tradition that the students enjoy by showcasing their appreciation for the school and each other,” Assistant Principal Dawn Meyers said.

Date Added: 6/23/2022
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