Rye Neck Middle School
February 10, 2023 - Issue 10
Dear Rye Neck Families,
I hope this newsletter finds you well. Our dedicated teachers and staff continue working hard to create a supportive and engaging learning environment for your children.
Students have recently completed the winter administration of the iReady benchmark in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. These tests provide valuable insights into each student's individual strengths and areas for growth, and helps guide our instruction throughout the school year.
I would also like to remind you that winter recess takes place from February 20th to February 24th. When students return on Monday, February 27th they will be issued their student ID cards along with a cover and lanyard. As a means of strengthening safety and security measures, students will be asked to wear their IDs during school hours.
I encourage you to stay informed and involved in your child's education by regularly checking our school's website and parent portal. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Our goal is to work together to provide the best education possible for your children.
Thank you for your support and partnership in education.
Dr. Dulce Barker
BOE Meeting/1st Budget Pres.- Wednesday, February 15th, 7-8 p.m., Comm. Room
MS/HS Speech and Debate Showcase - Thursday, February 16th, 3-5:30 p.m., Comm. Room
Winter Recess - Monday, February 20th to Friday, February 24th
JCK Foundation Presentation for Grade 8 - Thursday, March 2nd
Principal's Advisory Committee Meeting - Thursday, March 2nd, 1:15 p.m.
JCK Foundation Presentation for Grades 6 & 7 - Friday, March 3rd
Middle School Finals and Moving Up Ceremony
June 13th - English final (grades 6-8)
June 14th - Living Environment Regents (8th grade); Science final (grades 6-7)
June 15th - Algebra Regents (8th grade); Math final (grades 6-8)
June 16th - Social Studies final (grades 6-8)
June 20th - FLACS (8th grade); World Language final (grades 6-7); 8th grade BBQ and Moving Up rehearsal
June 21st - Moving Up Ceremony
Please note the location and time of the Moving Up ceremony has changed. The ceremony will take place at 1:00pm in the high school gymnasium.
Note from the Nurse
- Students experiencing a fever must be fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine before returning to school
On January 23, 2023, sixth graders began participating in the DARE program with Village of Mamaroneck Police Officer Christine Belisito-Maikish. The program meets during Character Education classes. Officer Belisito-Maikish is working with each class once per six day cycle. If a student does not take Character Education, they will join one of the classes to participate in this program.
The DARE program complements the Character Education curriculum already in place for grade six. Although at its outset in the 1980s, DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) focused on drug abuse, today the program helps sixth graders learn to make good decisions, particularly in the areas of responsibility and confidence, peer pressure, and bullying as well as alcohol and tobacco. An added benefit of this program is that the presence of Officer Belisito-Maikish helps build relationships between the police department and our students and community.
Message from Mr. Ceglia, Athletic Director - Sportsmanship
As our modified athletic contests are starting for our 7th and 8th graders, it's important to remember sportsmanship. It's wonderful to have excited fans and families in the bleachers! Please remember to cheer positively for our athletes, coaches and teams and refrain from saying anything negative towards officials, opponents or visiting teams. Individuals or groups who are not able to demonstrate appropriate behavior will be asked to leave the event. Let's share in the goal of creating an environment that is welcoming, energizing and educational. Go Rye Neck!!
National School Counseling Week
Message to 8th Grade Parents From Ms. Sullivan - 4 Year Planning Meetings
Hello 8th Grade Parents and Guardians!
As was discussed at the Freshman Orientation Meeting, I am scheduling 4 year planning meetings with eighth grade students and their parents/guardians. Eighth grade 4 year planning meetings outline high school graduation requirements and the classes students may take in order to meet them. We will also discuss post-secondary goals. Four year plans are reviewed each year with the students' high school counselors.
Meetings will take place during 3rd or 8th period when students have specials, PE or Health. Meetings will be approximately 30 minutes. They will be held in person. When signing up, please include your child's name in the comment section if their last name is different from yours.
To sign up for a 4 year planning meeting, click here. I will then send you a calendar invite.
Please click here for the presentation. Be sure to also review the resources provided at the very end.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (914)777-4732 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tri-State Engineering Expo 2023
The Tri-State Engineering Expo aims to inspire middle school and high school students interested in STEM careers with hands-on activities, interactive displays, educational panels, robotics competitions and more. Representatives from engineering and technology firms as well as colleges and universities will be on hand to talk to students. Admission is free to students and families. The location is White Plains High School.
Rye Youth Council Counseling Services
Yearbook Sales Information
Herff Jones will be sending out emails through-out the year about ordering a yearbook!
You can also purchase a yearbook by clicking on the link below and entering Rye Neck Middle School’s code: 40568.
After School Clubs
After school clubs started the week of October 3rd. Homeroom teachers shared a club offerings presentation with students. The presentation was emailed to them and you can also find it on our school website. Clubs are open to students in grades 6-8. Students can try different clubs or if they are in 6th grade they can also participate in intramural sports. The club presentation as well as the schedule for intramural sports is below.
2022 - 2023 6th Grade Intramurals Schedule
Monday - Friday
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Intramurals sessions are run by Rye Neck Coaches.
Intramural design will consist of skill development and scrimmaging.
Please use this FamilyID link to register your child for Intramurals:
6th Graders are to report directly to the location indicated below.
Intramurals only run on days school is in session.
Attendance is not mandatory for participation but if you sign up we ask that you make every attempt to attend each day. A student may register for multiple sessions/sports.
Message from the Rye Neck Athletic Department
Mark your calendars! The Fall sports start date for Varsity and JV fall sports is Monday, August 21st! All fall athletes in 9th-12th grades for the 2023-24 school year are expected to be back and cleared to participate on that date. Please make sure that any vacation plans are completed prior to the start date. Thank you!
News From the Classroom
Research Tech - Ms. Costelloe
6th Grade Art - Ms. Appel
7th Grade English - Mr. Tinnirello
7th Grade ELA B - Mr. Macli
7th Grade French and Spanish - Ms. Regan and Ms. Ferrante
7th graders in French and Spanish demonstrated their learning of ‘school’ vocabulary by creating their own school webpages or brochures. In this chapter, students learned how to locate specific objects in the classroom and use prepositional phrases, shared what they learned in each class and described their classes. They also learned to imitate teachers by giving commands. The students’ creativity and artistic abilities enhanced each and every webpage or brochure!
7th Grade Art - Ms. Appel
8th Grade Art - Ms. Appel
Library - Ms. Costelloe
Sora, formerly OverDrive, is our platform for eBooks and audiobooks and Flipster is an extensive collection of online magazines. Both are easy ways to access great content 24/7 on any device with wifi connectivity.
To read ebooks and magazines or listen to audiobooks on your laptop or desktop, simply go to the Sora link. Quick links to this site are available on the District webpage at the Libraries tab, the Library webpage or my teacher page.
When searching Sora, make sure you SIGN IN using your student ID (no initials) before you search. We’re part of a consortium that shares purchases, but much has been purchased for the use of our Rye Neck Community exclusively. You’ll only see the Rye Neck content by signing in.
Parents and Guardians, you’re part of our reading community too. Feel free to email me for an OverDrive ID so that you can enjoy our online collection.
Sora offers a lot of help to get you started no matter what type of device you're using.
The Sora platform allows you to have up to 3 books checked out and on your BookShelf, ready for you to read or listen to. Books will automatically return to the system after 3 weeks. You don’t have to do a thing!
An amazing collection of 60+ emagazines including Astronomy, Muse, Sports Illustrated Kids, PC Gamer, Poets & Writers, J-14, GamesMaster, Comics & Gaming, Wired and many more!
On a computer, go to my Teacher Page or the MSHS Library page > Databases and select Flipster. Password: ryeneck
On any device, download the free Flipster app
Username: ryeneck Password: #1panthers
Please reach out if you need any help getting up and running. Here’s to some great reading and listening!