Rye Neck Middle School

November 10, 2022 - Issue 5

Dear Rye Neck Families,

I hope you and your families are in good health. At the middle school, students have created charters for how they wish to feel at school. Students in grade 6 would like to feel respected, accepted and energized. Seventh graders will work to feel motivated, focused and accepted, while 8th graders want to feel chill, motivated and safe. For more information and pictures of the charters, please scroll down.

On another note, please review and remind your child of the district's acceptable use policy. School devices and student emails are to be used for school purposes only. Using a device, school account or email for any other purpose is not permitted. Also, during last month's Principal's Advisory Committee I was asked about viewing or printing individual school calendars from the RN website. When on the school website, scroll down and click on the calendar icon. You will then click on customize calendar, and then click on the colors which represent the schools you do not wish to view or print.

I wish you all a happy Veterans Day and a good weekend!

Dr. Dulce Barker

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Upcoming Events

Marking Period 1 Ends - Friday, November 11th

Veterans Day - No School - Friday, November 11th

Modified Ice Hockey Begins - Monday, November 14th

Modified Sports Info Meeting for 7th & 8th Grade Students - Tuesday, November 15th 3 p.m.

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

Marking Period 1 Grades Posted to Portal - Friday, November 18th by 4 p.m.
Tony Hoffman Assembly for Grades 7-12 - Monday, November 21st

Early Dismissal - 11/23/22

Thanksgiving Recess - 11/24/22 & 11/25/22

Modified Winter Sports Begin - 11/28/22

Creating Our Middle School Charters and Signing our No Place for Hate Pledge

Over the past two weeks, middle school students have created grade level charters which highlight how they want to feel in school and what they can do to help themselves and their classmates feel that way. The charter is one of the four core ideas that make up the RULER program, along with the Mood Meter, the Meta-Moment and the Blueprint.

Each class created a three word charter. Those words were combined into a grade level charter made with the three most popular words. The sixth grade charter used Panther paw prints to show how they want to feel and how they can help our school feel that way. The seventh graders used the moon and stars, while the eighth graders used leaves. These beautiful representations will be on display all year between Mrs. Sullivan and Mrs. Lawlor’s offices.

We also used that time to discuss and sign the No Place for Hate Pledge which will be displayed shortly. Rye Neck is thrilled to be participating in the ADL’s No Place for Hate Program for the 10th consecutive year!

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Yearbook Sales Information

Herff Jones will be sending out emails throughout 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.


Student Senate Bingo

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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.

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.

News From the Classroom

6th Grade Art - Ms. Appel

Students finished learning about Pablo Picasso and his anti-war painting called “Guernica”. Students learned how to incorporate symbols and writing in their work in order to create a positive message while focusing on the peace dove. Students learned how to use different painting techniques and how to fill the space in order to create an interesting composition. To end the quarter in art class, they learned about ancient Greece and created Greek vases using scratch art materials! Next quarter they will transition to another elective class: music, creative writing, or drama!

Students working on their Greek Vase project.

7th Grade English - Mr. Tinnirello

Students in seventh grade English have started A Raisin in the Sun, a play by Lorraine Hansberry that focuses on the difficulties with holding on to dreams. Some of the play is acted out in class, but the majority will be read AT HOME once students receive their copies of the book. Also, students have completed reading an independent fiction book and are working on a report that is due before the Thanksgiving break.

7th Grade Art - Ms. Appel

Students just finished working on their Peace Poster designs focusing on the theme “Lead with Compassion”. The high school art teachers, Mrs. Dallow and Mrs. Fontecchio helped to narrow down the finalists which will be submitted to the local branch of the Lions Club who will then determine the winner from Rye Neck Middle School. To end the quarter, students have been working on sculptures inspired by Dale Chihuly’s glass works of art. They are very colorful and beautiful pieces that truly resemble Chihuly’s “macchia” series!

The high school art teachers helped to narrow down the entries to 7 finalists who are Abby A., Lilly B., Evan H., Nina H., Carly G., Giselle N., and Julian S. Congratulations to all students who worked very hard on this project!
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On Monday, November 7th members of the local Lions Club branch chose Nina H. as the final winner with the runner-ups as Abby A. and Evan H. They, along with other winners from local schools, will be honored at a ceremony on Thursday, November 10th in which they will receive certificates and other items!

Students working on their Macchia sculptures inspired by Dale Chihuly.

8th Grade Art - Ms. Appel

Students finished learning about the Graffiti Art movement and one of its leaders, Lady Pink. They created awesome designs using oil pastels to blend colors and printing techniques to create their backgrounds! Next they began learning about Stuart Davis in order to create abstract city collages with a focus on using positive and negative space within their work.

Students working on their abstract city collages inspired by Stuart Davis, which they will continue working on into the 2nd marking period!