Rocky Point Union Free School District

Students Perform at NYSSMA Solo Evaluation Festival

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The Rocky Point School District had close to 150 students perform in the New York State School Music Association Solo/Ensemble Evaluation Festival on May 19 and 20. The purpose of the NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival is to provide the students the opportunity to perform for a certified music educator/adjudicator so they may receive an objective evaluation of their musical proficiency and aptitude. This evaluation not only reinforces the positive aspects of a student’s performance, but also offers helpful suggestions for improvement. Students receive an evaluation sheet that includes written comments and an assessment on their performance. Students are evaluated on several categories including accuracy of notes/rhythms, tone, technique, intonation, scales and sight singing. Students learn what they did well and also what they can do to further their musical growth and development.

Students prepared solo and small ensemble pieces of music from the NYSSMA-approved manual of repertoire in difficulty levels I-VI, where VI is the most advanced. Additionally, 14 students prepared a Level VI All-State solo, with the hopes of being invited to participate with one of the NYSSMA All-State performing ensembles next December. Levels I-IV are evaluated on a rating scale of 1-28 and Levels V-VI are evaluated on a scale of 1-100.

The evaluation categories for NYSSMA Levels I-IV are:
26-28 Outstanding; 21-25 Excellent; 16-20 Good; 11-15 Satisfactory. An Outstanding Rating is given only to a performer who displays a distinguished level of accomplishment.

The evaluation categories for NYSSMA Levels V-VI are:
A+ 97-100, A 93-96, A- 90-92, B+ 87-89, B 83-86, B- 80-82
The Rocky Point music department is proud to announce that 69 students received an “Outstanding” rating and 30 students received an “Excellent” rating for Levels I-IV, while 28 students received an “A+” rating and three students received an “A” rating for Levels V-VI. This includes 32 perfect scores!

A congratulatory message from Rocky Point music department chairpersons Mr. Craig Knapp and Ms. Amy Schecher read: “We are very proud of all of the students that performed at the NYSSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival. Your hard work, ability and dedication help contribute to the wonderful music program we have in Rocky Point. We are extraordinarily proud of you! We would also like to thank our incredibly conscientious, hardworking and devoted music faculty for helping to prepare the students for this special event. Thank you also to the families of these talented students for all of their support and encouragement. Thank you to all involved. Our performing arts programs could not be a success without you. The students are to be applauded and congratulated for their amazing achievements!”

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Date Added: 5/26/2023

Science Honors!

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Bravo to all the FJC students for their wonderful efforts at the school’s Science Fair.

The winners are:

1st Place Sullivan Ford
2nd Place Carter Gambino
3rd Place Scarlett Biehl

First Grade
1st Place Erios Pikramenos
2nd Place Ronan Merle
3rd Place Brayden Solano

Second Grade
1st Place Isabell Guldi
2nd Place Emilia Russo
3rd Place Landon Ryan

The students were applauded for their award-winning projects at the May 16 Board of Education meeting by Principal Jason Westerlund. Those in attendance received a certificate of appreciation from Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker.

Date Added: 5/25/2023

Successful Spring Concerts for Rocky Point Middle School!

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Rocky Point Middle School held its series of Spring Concerts on May 17 and 18. Congratulations to Ms. Emily Lamia and the 6th Grade Chorus, 8th Grade Chorus and Middle School Select Chorus; Ms. Jessica Spitz and the 7th Grade Chorus; Mrs. Meghan Walter and the 6th Grade Orchestra and 8th Grade Orchestra; Mr. Nicholas Butcher and the 7th Grade Orchestra; Mr. Vincent Ragona and the 6th Grade Band; Ms. Amy Schecher and the 7th Grade Band; Ms. Kyra Kenwood-Zeidner and the 8th Grade Band. The groups all performed very delightful and demanding selections that the students enjoyed. The concerts were extraordinarily well-received by the audience. It was a wonderful two nights of music making!

A congratulatory message from Rocky Point music department chairpersons Mr. Craig Knapp and Ms. Amy Schecher read: “The development of our student musicians since their concerts in December is outstanding. We are very proud of these amazing student musicians and very fortunate to have such an amazingly hardworking and committed music faculty at the Rocky Point Middle School.”

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Date Added: 5/25/2023

Students Show Their Voices

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The Rocky Point School District honored six exceptional students at the May 16 Board of Education meeting. Board trustee Ms. Erin Walsh presented the regional winners of the National PTA Reflections program:

First grader Allison Puckey for Primary Visual Arts

Fourth grader Kayden Puckey for Intermediate Visual Arts

Senior Alexa Downs for High School Visual Arts

Freshman Sophia Tilmont for High School Visual Arts

Eighth grader Bella Veraldi for Dance Choreography

Freshman Sky Riekert for Special Artist


Date Added: 5/23/2023

With Welcome Arms!

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Rocky Point Middle School was a welcoming scene when students and staff hosted the current fifth graders from JAE to visit their future school.

To help the students transition to the new building, they were greeted by the Honor Society members for a tour, sat in on a sixth grade class and enjoyed lunch in the cafeteria.

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Date Added: 5/23/2023