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HS Senior Picnic 2019

HS Senior Picnic 2019

SUMMER CREDIT RECOVERY 2019

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SUMMER TEST PREP 2019

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BOE Meeting June 17, 2019--Exec Session 5 PM; 7 PM Public Session HS Aud

Board of Education Meeting
June 17, 2019 HS Auditorium

Executive Session 5 PM
Public Session 7 PM

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Varsity Sports Banquet--Majestic Gardens--June 10, 2019

Varsity Sports Banquet Slideshow
Majestic Gardens--June 10, 2019

Eagles Soar to the Top of the Class

Eagles Soar to the Top of the Class photo
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.  

Eagles Fly off With College Commitments

Eagles Fly off With College Commitments
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 


Rocky Point Sends Care Packages to Military Service Personnel

Rocky Point Sends Care Packages to Military Service Personnel photo

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.



Jumping to New Track Records

Jumping to New Track Records photo
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! 



Rocky Point Students Volunteer to Help Veterans

Rocky Point Students Volunteer to Help Veterans photo
Rocky Point Middle School’s service club has had the privilege of doing their volunteer work at the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook throughout this school year. 

The seventh and eighth grade members have donated two hours of their time several Saturdays from November to June to help the residents of the home. 

Rocky Point High School ninth grader Quentin Palifka, who was a member of the club all three years in middle school, continued to be of service by joining the middle school club on each Saturday the club visited the facility.  

Linked Together in Kindness at FJC

Linked Together in Kindness at FJC photo

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. 




Rocky Point Community Education Youth Summer Camps 2019

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Camp Invention -- Week-Long Summer Camp at the MS

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!

Invention

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Learning About Allergies

Learning About Allergies
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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.  

A Home Run for Baseball Volunteers

A Home Run for Baseball Volunteers photo
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. 

Cleaning Up Camp Paquatuck

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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. 
 

Lacrosse Star Scores 200th Point

Lacrosse Star Scores 200th Point photo
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. 

Honored for State Recognition

Honored for State Recognition photo
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.

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Rocky Point Taps Dr. Scott T. O’Brien as Next Superintendent

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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.

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