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300 Hornidge Road Mamaroneck, NY 10543

Eric Lutinski, Ed.D.
Principal/Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
(914) 777-4702
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In addition to the 1st period meeting times available all year, we also have evening dates coming up soon. For grades 6-8 we have Wednesday, November 6th from 6pm to 8pm and, for grade 6 only, Wednesday, January 22nd from 6pm to 8pm. Conferences are by appointment only. To schedule a time, please contact:

Grade 6 Class Advisor Allison Reynolds (
Grade 7 Class Advisor Chris Tinnirello (
Grade 8 Team Leader Cathy Toolan (

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Please click HERE to see the new school vaccination requirements which were passed by the New York State Legislature on June 13, 2019.

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The 2019-2020 Middle School PAC Members are:

Aria Friedman (PTSA VP)
Halli Gatenio
Yeni Morales-Diaz
Jaime Santa
Laura Sutter
Audrey Tauber  
Kristen Vetter
Elizabeth Whiting


The Rye Neck Middle School Newspaper is the District's first online newspaper started in 2009.  Middle School students have the opportunity to submit summaries of articles that they've read about topics and issues of interest to them.  Ranging from global concerns on human rights to new scientific discoveries to "feel-good" stories, Rye Neck Middle School School students are exploring the world beyond their community  and reporting back to their peers with a new-found knowledge and awareness.

The current issue of the Rye Neck Recorder can be found at 



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Seventh Graders Build Vehicles to Protect Fragile Eggs in Collision Scenarios

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Seventh graders – who have been studying the engineering process and exploring forces, speed and energy transfer in their science classes – recently put their knowledge to the test by building vehicles that could sustain a collision while protecting their fragile passenger, an egg. 

After conducting extensive research, the students worked in groups to design their cars and construct a safety restraint system for their passenger using a variety of materials, such as cardboard, bottle caps, sponges, straws, paint, cotton balls, plastic wrap and bags, bubble wrap and rubber bands. 

“They have been very creative with their designs, and it has been great to see how they work together to design, organize and build their projects,” science teacher Jessie Vega said. 

Students said they enjoyed the hands-on learning experience that allowed them to collaborate with their peers. 

“Some of the vehicles’ best features are bumpers and seat restraints,” Vega said. “Keeping the egg in place and having some material at the front of the car can absorb the energy from the collision.” 

To test their designs, the students will push their vehicles down an 8-foot ramp, record the time it takes them to reach the end to determine the speed of their cars and inspect their egg for any “minor injuries” to “fatal injuries.” 

Middle School Students Work on RULER Emotions

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After Rye Neck Middle School students gathered in their school’s dining hall, they collaborated in groups to imagine and react to different scenarios, identify emotions and gain the necessary tools they need to thrive in school. 

Under the direction of Principal Dr. Eric Lutinski, school counselor Meegan Lawlor and teachers Chris Macli, Allison Reynolds and Cathy Toolan during grade-level assemblies on Oct. 15 and 16, the students participated in activities and lessons on why emotions matter. The assemblies were the first major step in student training as part of the schoolwide RULER program. 

“The name RULER is an acronym for recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing and regulating emotions,” Dr. Lutinski said. “Mastering these skills has been proven to make teaching and learning more effective, and to help improve students’ decision-making, as well as physical and mental health. These benefits have been directly linked to success in school and in life. RULER is not a quick fix, a one-time assembly or class presentation. It is the foundation to develop a community where students feel safe, are encouraged to make good decisions and work cooperatively.” 

Rye Neck’s involvement with the RULER program, which is an evidence-based means of bringing social and emotional learning to the school community, has progressed from staff training to students’ education. Throughout the school year, Rye Neck Middle School will put last year’s professional development to work by entering phase II, where RULER is introduced to the student body and shared with families.  

“We are excited to create an environment where students learn the soft skills that they need in order to be successful in school and in life,” Lawlor said. “In order for students to learn, they must be emotionally available. If they are upset, anxious, angry or even too happy or excited, the best teaching in the world won’t get through.” 

Developed by Dr. Marc Brackett at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, the program is based on the idea that if students can correctly identify emotions, they can effectively work through them.


Seventh Graders’ Paintings Inspired by ‘Journey of Peace’

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More than 80 seventh graders at Rye Neck Middle School have been diligently working to create peace posters, depicting this year’s Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest theme of “Journey of Peace.”  

As part of the project, students discussed what peace means to them before sketching out their ideas and incorporating a dove and peace signs within their work. Some students also used roller coasters, bridges, hot air balloons, airplanes, dirt paths and ribbons, among others, to visually depict a journey. 

“What has impressed me the most is their creativity with showing a journey and what it means to them,” said art teacher Trisha Appel, who along with fellow art teacher Jennifer Dallow encouraged the students to enter the competition. “Some students are portraying a journey as peace overcoming hatred within their work by depicting sad or hurtful imagery being replaced with peace moving throughout a path. Others have chosen to show a journey throughout the world by using the Earth, different flags and a variety of people or cultures.” 

Appel said the students have been excited about the project because it allows them the freedom to express their ideas. 

“I love how they have been brainstorming by talking with each other and gaining inspiration from what others are working on in class,” Appel said. “Each poster is so unique in how the idea of a journey is being visually portrayed. The students’ attention to detail in their work has been amazing, and they are using their artistic skills to enhance their work exceptionally.” 

Once their posters are completed, the seventh graders will submit their artwork in the schoolwide competition, in which judges will select the finalists. Their posters will then be submitted to judges at the Larchmont Mamaroneck Lions Club, who will select local-branch contest winners to advance to the district-level competition for further judging.


Sixth Graders Spread Kindness, Peace With Paintings

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Rye Neck Middle School sixth graders – who drew inspiration from Pablo Picasso’s famous antiwar painting called “Guernica” – recently created their own original paintings that incorporated a white dove, the international symbol of peace, at the center of their work. Under the leadership of art teacher Trisha Appel, the project was designed to help students spread kindness and peace throughout their school. 

Using pencils and paper, the students first sketched out their ideas and doves before outlining their work in black Sharpie and painting their compositions with watercolor paints. Then, they painted their dove white with tempera paint to make it stand out, and later outlined it in black oil pastels or black pencils to further emphasize the dove. They also incorporated different words of encouragement to express their messages of peace and kindness.

“Each student’s work was different, yet they were all using the same subject matter,” Appel said. “I liked how they were able to take a theme and be as creative as they liked, and how they were able to use the skills that they learned to create wonderful works of art.” 

In addition, the students’ work directly aligned with the No Place for Hate program at Rye Neck Middle School, which was spearheaded by sixth grade guidance counselor Meegan Lawlor a few years ago.  

“The program helps to create a school environment that reminds students to be inclusive of each other, to be kind to each other, and to value and respect everyone,” Appel said. “Our art project was designed to remind students to continually promote kindness, peace and acceptance throughout school and wherever they go.”

The sixth graders’ artwork is on display outside the main office. 

First Day of School Brings Energy to Rye Neck Schools

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With new books and school supplies in hand, students across all Rye Neck Schools filled the halls with smiles and excited chatter as they reported for the first day of school on Sept. 3.

“It was a great start to the 2019-2020 school year,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Ferraro said. “Students arrived eager and excited to meet their teachers and reconnect with friends.” 

Kindergartners at Daniel Warren Elementary School attended orientation sessions with their parents and introduced themselves to their new teachers. Meanwhile, F.E. Bellows Elementary School students spent a half-day of classes organizing their school supplies and getting to know new friends. Throughout the day, Rye Neck Middle School students moved around the building to find their new classrooms and meet with their teachers, who greeted them with smiles and guided them through their expectations for the year. At Rye Neck High School, upperclassmen teamed up with freshmen students for various first-day-of-school activities that were designed to help the younger students make a smooth transition into high school.

“We wish all a productive and enriching school year,” Dr. Ferraro said.


Rye Neck Schools Welcome New Staff for 2019-2020

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Rye Neck Union Free School District welcomed 12 new faculty members during a two-day orientation, held Aug. 26-27. The group met with administrators, discussed policies and procedures, worked with their teams and departments, and received a tour of the district and community. 

Eric Lutinski, middle school principal and assistant superintendent for instruction, described this year’s group of new staff as a mix of both experienced and newer professionals. 

“Some of our new staff are Rye Neck alumni or have worked here as interns or student teachers,” he said. “Others come with years of experience in New York City, other Westchester districts or Connecticut. However, our new staff training sessions revealed that they are all thoughtful professionals who will contribute to the success of our students.” 

The following are new staff members at Rye Neck: 
Lina Amello, teaching assistant at Daniel Warren Elementary School 
Elisa Barilli, school psychologist at Rye Neck Middle School
Joseph Callagy, English teacher at Rye Neck High School
Crystal Contreras, Spanish teacher at Rye Neck Middle School
Amanda D’Addona, social studies teacher at Rye Neck Middle School
Chelsea Gillespie, mathematics teacher and teaching assistant at Rye Neck Middle/High School
Jean Laffan, French teacher at Rye Neck Middle School
Nichole Locher, physical education teacher at Rye Neck High School 
Alyssa Massi, mathematics teacher at Rye Neck Middle School
Carolyn Muller, special services teaching assistant at Rye Neck Middle/High School
Brian Pinto, elementary school teacher at Daniel Warren Elementary School 
Kristi Rachiele, science teacher at Rye Neck Middle/High School