Rye Neck Middle School

October 7, 2022 - Issue 3

Dear Rye Neck Families,

As October gets underway, there are a few traditions we're all looking forward to in the next two weeks. On Thursday, October 13th sixth graders will link up with a senior, and then enjoy lunch with them during Buddy Day on Friday, October 14th. On Friday, October 21st eighth grade students will be visiting Philadelphia. Students will be departing by 6:00 a.m. and returning at approximately 8:00 p.m. Please encourage them to set their alarms that day! Spirit week starts Tuesday, October 11th and ends on Friday, October 14th with a pep rally. This year the Booster Club is sponsoring Door Wars. Students will have a chance to show their spirit by decorating their homeroom classroom doors. There will be one winning door per grade; winners will receive a prize. Be sure to visit our website for photos of these events.

Wishing you and your family a great weekend!

Dr. Dulce Barker

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Upcoming Events

Columbus Day - No School - Monday, October 10th

6th Grade Link Up Day - Thursday, October 13th

MS PAC Meeting - Thursday, October 13th 1:15 p.m.

6th Grade Buddy Day - Friday, October 14th

Progress Reports Posted - Friday, October 14th

BOE Meeting - Wednesday, October 19th 7 p.m. Community Room

8th Grade Trip to Philadelphia - Friday, October 21st

Spooktacular - Friday, October 28th 6 p.m. Dining Hall

Superintendent's Conference Day - Staff Only - Tuesday, November 8th

MS PTSA Class Photo Retakes: Thursday, November 10th

Marking Period 1 Ends - Friday, November 11th

Veterans Day - No School - Friday, November 11th

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Wednesday, November 16th 6 p.m.

After School Clubs

After school clubs started this week. Homeroom teachers shared a club offerings presentation with students on Thursday. 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.

MS After School Clubs

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.

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Please make sure your child has a pair of headphones and brings them to school every day.

Principal's Advisory Committee (PAC)

Below is the agenda for our first PAC meeting. Please reach out to one of the middle school PAC members (Dr. Wendy Heckert, Jennifer Lindenbaum, Dr. Amanda Carmel,

Rachel Messinger, Celine Dujeux, Janine Clements, Elisabeth Blache and Erica Wagner) if there are specific questions you have regarding agenda topics.

October 13th Agenda

MS Halloween Safety Tips

  • Agree on a specific neighborhood they are allowed to visit with their friends

  • Agree on a specific time they should return home

  • Carry flashlights or glow sticks and/or wear reflective clothing so cars can see them at night

  • Remind teenagers they should never enter a stranger’s car or house

  • Put down electronic devices and keep your head up while walking, especially when crossing the street.

  • Remind teenagers not to eat any treats until they get home, so you can inspect it for allergens or any illegal substances disguised as sweet treats.

Spirit Week/Pep Rally

Spirit week is October 11th-14th. In addition to daily themes, on Wednesday and Thursday, HR students will be decorating doors for Door Wars. Mr. Doerr and Dr. Barker will choose 3 winning doors on Friday. The Booster Club will provide supplies and prizes for the winning doors. The MS will also participate in Friday’s pep rally.
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Digital Citizenship Week

Digital Citizenship Week is October 17th-21st. During that time, students will engage in classroom activities highlighting the safe and responsible use of technology and social media. Here are some resources from Common Sense Media families can use to continue the conversation at home.

Digital Citizenship Resources for Family Engagement

SEL in Digital Life Family Conversations Packet

RNMS Dining Hall

Students' meals are no longer free.

Breakfast costs $1.50

Lunch costs $3.00

Deli bar costs $4.00

MySchoolBucks Registration Information

News From the Classroom

Global Citizens Enrichment Program

Is your child someone who loves to learn….and someone who loves to figure out how they can help others in our world? If so, please encourage them to join the Global Citizens Program in the Library. The Global Citizens Program will meet every Thursday (please note the change from Tuesday to Thursday) from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Students don’t have to get there right at 7:30. Please drop off at the front doors right by the Library and tell your child to knock on the doors if they are still locked.

Global Citizens is an independent learning program. With guidance and encouragement they’ll learn how to build knowledge around the social issue they care most about and I will help them strategize ways to best use their energy and knowledge to help others. Please feel free to contact me at lcostelloe@ryeneck.org or 914-777-4851 if you have any questions, or have your child come to the Library on Thursday morning.

Research Tech - Mrs. Costelloe

In Research Tech, we’re finishing up our study of all the features of our Gmail accounts and, more importantly, how to send a formal email to our teacher, principal or future employers. We looked at layout, tone, subject lines, grammar, punctuation and how to get our message across clearly and concisely.

6th Grade Art - Ms. Appel

Students just finished learning about contemporary artist Jeff Koons. They learned about his balloon animal sculptures, especially his balloon dog sculpture series that he first created in 1993. Students learned about value and how to make forms look three-dimensional. Students also used repetition to help emphasize their balloon animals.

7th Grade Art - Ms. Appel

Students currently are working on their poster designs for the Peace Poster contest that is promoted through the Lions Club International each year. This year’s theme is: “Lead with Compassion”. Students have been brainstorming and researching about how they will be able to visually depict this theme in a creative way. Students will be working on a larger scale and will spend the entire month creating their works of art.

8th Grade English - Ms. Toolan

8th Grade English classes will complete their short story unit near the end of the month. Focus will then turn to the novel The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune. The novel’s themes center on acceptance and inclusion, belonging and family. We continue to work on reading comprehension strategies and skills, and essay writing on a weekly basis.

8th Grade Art - Ms. Appel

Students are just finishing learning about the cyanotype photographic process. Students learned about the chemistry behind the process and how it reacts to UV light by exposing their coated paper to the sunlight. Students thought about how to use different shapes, lines, textures, and overlapping patterns in order to create interesting compositions. Students also learned through trial and error to fully understand this experimental process. Their cyanotypes, also called “blue prints”, came out fantastic!


In addition to being open until 4 p.m. daily, the Library is now open before school from 7:50 - 8:30 a.m. Your children are invited to come work alongside our high school students and quietly socialize. Middle school students also have the opportunity to receive a lunch pass to come to the Library after they have finished their lunch in the dining hall. Along with a great atmosphere, Mrs. Vangala and/or I are available to help them when needed.