Rye Neck Middle School
October 21, 2022 - Issue 4
Dear Rye Neck Families,
The past two weeks have been exciting at the middle school. Students have been learning, having fun during spirit week and Buddy Day. Today, the 8th graders are visiting Philadelphia, and next Friday, the PTSA is sponsoring the Spooktacular. Mr. Doerr and I have our costumes ready to go, and we're looking forward to students showcasing their spooky looks.
Enjoy your weekend!
Dr. Dulce Barker
Puffs Dress Rehearsal (8th Graders ONLY) - Wednesday, October 26th 4:30 p.m. PAC
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
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.
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.
8th Grade Trip to Philadelphia
Spirit Door Wars
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.
News From the Classroom
The Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations and Società Onoraria Italica held a special celebration honoring Italian Heritage and Culture Month this year on Monday evening, October 17th at Brewster High School. During this ceremony students from all over Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties were recognized for their outstanding achievements in the study of Italian and teachers for their excellent devotion and dedication to the teaching of the Italian language and culture. Among those students was Martin T. M. nominated by Mr. Bianco. Congratulations and job well done!
6th Grade English - Ms. Castaldo, Mr. Macli, and Ms. Offner
Classes are well into their first novel, Seedfolks by Paul Fleishman. As they read, some skills they will be focusing on are: vocabulary acquisition, characterization, using textual evidence, and making connections. Ask your child about the book and what they think about the idea of ‘community’.
Please remind students to keep up with their independent reading. Students should be reading their Realistic Fiction book and working on the corresponding assignment. The project on characterization is due on November 4th.
6th Grade Math - Ms. Massi, Ms. Reynolds, and Mr. Ghiozzi
6th Grade Art - Ms. Appel
7th Grade English - Mr. Tinnirello
7th Grade Social Studies - Mr. Magnani and Ms. Slattery
Students had their first unit test on October 7th. This month, we've been focusing on the Age of Exploration which examines the different attempts of the Europeans to explore and colonize what quickly became known as the "New World". In this unit, we are specifically looking at the impact of the arrival of Columbus, the Spanish conquistadors, the discoveries of Henry Hudson and the first attempts at colonization by the English at Roanoke. We are planning on a second unit test before the end of the quarter. Students will be given a review guide about a week before and will be required to work on it throughout the week. Please make sure that each night leading up to the test, your student is spending an appropriate amount of time studying.