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


82 Rocky Point-Yaphank Road | Rocky Point, NY 11778
Phone: (631) 744-1604 | Fax: (631) 591-0220
Interim Principal: Mr. Moeller
Assistant Principals: Mr. Gabriel, Ms. Lawson
School Hours: 7:15 AM - 1:22 PM
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January 2023

Dear RPHS Parents and Families,

I hope you enjoyed the holiday season with family and friends and are looking forward to the start of the new year.  I ask parents to remind their children to stay focused on learning as the end of the second marking quarter is quickly approaching.  The semester ends on January 20, 2023.  You may find your son/daughter’s report card on the PARENT PORTAL on Friday 1/27/23.  This is an opportune time to set goals for ourselves and establish positive routines to achieve these goals. 

Throughout this month, our guidance staff will visit with students in their English classes to begin the 2023-2024 scheduling process.  With the expansion to a nine period day next school year, there will be expanded course options for all of our students.  It is important to review the 2023-2024 RPHS Course Guide with your student to view the many course options potentially offered at the high school.  During this upcoming scheduling process, parents of our juniors will receive an email invitation regarding scheduling a junior conference with their child’s guidance counselor.  This is an excellent time not only to discuss graduation requirements but to ask questions about the college application process as well.

During the week of January 24th through January 27th, select students will take the NYS Regents Exams.  If you have questions regarding the January administration of the Regents Exams or the college application process, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

Popular research shows regular attendance is a vital part of school success.  It is important for parents and students to pay attention to the attendance notices that you may receive in the mail regarding absences.  These letters state specific thresholds that indicate absences are accumulating and may lead to students exceeding the maximum allowable days.  This would result in a class audit.  Students will be denied credit in a course if they are in audit. Details of our attendance policy can be found in our 2022-2023 Attendance Letter sent out at the start of the school year.  Should your child be in audit, it is important for parents to contact their child’s guidance counselor and pursue a potential appeal.  Official documentation should be provided to justify student absences.

In closing, this will be my final letter, as I will be starting a new administrative position in my home district.  It has been an honor and a privilege serving as the principal of Rocky Point High School.  I cannot thank you enough for putting your trust and faith in my administrative team to prevail through the challenges presented over the past few years.  This is a special school community and it will always hold a place in my heart.

Sincerely yours,

Jonathan Hart

High School Principal

Eagle Pride!

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Congratulations to Rocky Point Eagles Ava Capogna and Alexandra Viera on claiming All-State honors while competing in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's inaugural New York State Girls Wrestling Invitational held on January 27 in Syracuse. The two student-athletes were selected to participate out of more than 500 female wrestlers from across New York State in the event that took place at the SRC Arena. Both girls did not disappoint as Ava reached All-State status with a 4th place finish at 120 lbs. and Alexandra pinned her way to a New York State Championship, becoming Rocky Point’s seventh State Wrestling Champion in the process.

Congratulations on both of these amazing and historic accomplishments!

Date Added: 1/30/2023

Student-Musicians Dazzle Audiences at RPHS Winter Concerts

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Rocky Point High School held its series of Winter Concerts on Dec. 22. Congratulations to Ms. Jessica Spitz and the High School Select Choir and High School Chorus; Mr. Vincent Ragona and the Grade 9 and 10 Band and High School Brass Ensemble; Mr. Nicholas Butcher and the High School Orchestra; and Ms. Amy Schecher and the Grade 11 and 12 Band. The groups all performed very entertaining and challenging selections that included holiday classics that the students enjoyed. The concerts were received fabulously by the parents and community members.

Mr. Butcher’s orchestra kicked off the performance with a challenging program of six selections that included solos by Camila Figueroa on harp and Mia Johnson on the violin. Mr. Ragona’s Grade 9 and 10 Band included several holiday favorites and featured trumpet soloists Paul Shackelford and Olivia Carley, as well as the baritone horn and tuba sections, led by section leaders Justin Moriarty and Braden Barnes, respectively. Ms. Spitz’s Select Choir spread holiday cheer with pop selections that featured Nathan Watkis and Matteo Gravinese accompanying the choir on the piano. Soloists Jordan Chirivas and Leora Derenze wowed the audience during “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” The full High School Chorus, also under the direction of Ms. Spitz, performed a difficult program in a variety of languages and featured soloists Devin Siefert and Ava Sivillo on the song, “Snow Globe.” Ms. Schecher’s 11th-12th Grade Band performed a terrific selection of demanding musical numbers that were highlighted by soloists Nicholas O’Shea (trumpet), Matthew Liselli (saxophone), and Vivian Dorr (trombone) on the piece, “Blues for Santa.” Also highlighted on this piece was a spoken solo and narration by percussionist Emmanuel Watkis. During the performance, trombonist Vivian Dorr was acknowledged for being selected to both the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) All-State Band and the NAfME (National Association for Music Education) All-Eastern Band. Vivian is the first Rocky Point student to be named to a NAfME All-Eastern ensemble in the 21st century.

The High School Winter Concert culminated with the famous “Hallelujah Chorus” from “The Messiah” by George Frederick Handel. This piece was performed by the combined Grade 11 and 12 Band and the High School Chorus, co-directed by Ms. Schecher and Ms. Spitz. During this piece, Rocky Point alumni were invited to join the students on stage and sing in the chorus. This was a very special way to conclude what has been an incredible Rocky Point concert season!

A congratulatory message from Rocky Point Music Department chairpersons Mr. Craig Knapp and Ms. Schecher read, “The continued development of our student musicians since their concerts last spring is extraordinary. The music students have worked remarkably hard this year, and we are fortunate to have such dedicated and accomplished student performers here in Rocky Point. We are very proud of these amazing students and the incredibly hardworking and devoted music faculty at the Rocky Point High School. We are so happy to see such active and eager students coming together to form a wonderful community of music makers. We hope the students and their families are as proud of the performances as the music faculty members are.”

High School Principal Jonathan Hart added, “Each group was outstanding! It was a true pleasure to watch our students shine on the stage and to be able to see the proud look on the faces of so many parents and family members in the audience. Each of the ensemble directors spoke so eloquently to the community and were so gracious to put the spotlight on their students. We are so lucky to have such passionate and dedicated music teachers in this school! A job truly well done!

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Date Added: 12/23/2022

Advanced Placement Scholars

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As a result of their exceptional academic achievement and promise, eight 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. The students were given the title of AP Scholar after receiving scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. Congratulations to Olivia Alabi, Alexis Berg, Analiese Bruno, Lucy Clarke, Isabella Galvan, Chloe Graham, Edenilson Guevara Castro and Leila Riedl.

Date Added: 12/9/2022
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