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300 Hornidge Road Mamaroneck, NY 10543

 

Eric Lutinski, Ed.D.
Principal/Assistant Superintendent for Instruction 

(914) 777-4702
elutinski@ryeneck.org
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Letter Day Calendar

•  December Letter Day Calendar

MS Parent-Teacher Conferences

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 6 PM to 8 PM and, for grade 6 only, Wednesday, January 22nd from 6 PM to 8 PM.  Conferences are by appointment only.  To schedule a time, please contact:

•  Grade 6 Class Advisor Allison Reynolds - areynolds@ryeneck.org
•  Grade 7 Class Advisor Chris Tinnirello - ctinnirello@ryeneck.org
•  Grade 8 Team Leader Cathy Toolan - ctoolan@ryeneck.org

New School Vaccination Requirements

•  Please click HERE to see the new school vaccination requirements which were passed by the New York
    State Legislature on June 13, 2019
•  Please visit our Nurse/Health Services page for the most recent health requirements and forms.

Health Education

•  Health Education Curriculum Outline
•  Health Education Advisory Council (HEAC) Recommendations
•  SAANYS Special Report:  Student Vaping - A Growing Threat to Student Health

Social and Emotional Learning (K-12)

•  Please click HERE to view the Social and Emotional Learning K-12 curriculum information.


Principal's Advisory Committee (PAC) 2019-2020

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

Music, Theater, and Art 

HS Chorus Information Letter 2020

MS Clubs & Enrichment Programs

•  Slide Show Description of Clubs and Enrichment Programs
•  List of Clubs and Enrichment Programs (Includes day, time & location)

Parent Portal

Please check the portal regularly to avoid surprises, and discuss what you see with your child.  If you are unsure how to use the Parent Portal, please view this prezi to answer any questions you may have.   

Middle School Links

•  6th Grade Supply List
•  7th Grade Supply List
•  8th Grade Supply List
•  Helping Your Child Succeed in Middle School
•  Quick Guide to Google Classroom

 

Current News

Students Create Winter Scenes to Raise Money on Paint Night

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Rye Neck Middle School students created their own winter scene masterpieces during the art department’s Paint Night event on Dec. 6.

Using a white canvas, acrylic paint and brushes, 44 students in grades 6-8 followed step-by-step instructions from art teacher Dara Goodman to complete their seasonal paintings, which included a moon and birch trees. Meanwhile, fellow art teachers Trisha Appel, Jennifer Dallow and Karen Fontecchio provided the students with personalized attention and helped them stay on task. 

In addition, Rye Neck High School junior class officers Aaron Caplan, Natalie Goldberg, Gabe Miller, Anna Murphy and Katie Victory and their adviser Linette Milo volunteered to guide the middle school students throughout the evening. Junior Anna Maulucci also volunteered to assist throughout the evening. They helped with the supplies, setup, cleanup and overall organization of the event. 

At the end of the night, event organizers raffled off six prizes, which included a small canvas and paints for students to continue to paint at home.

The art department’s Paint Night raised money for the high school junior class. The fundraiser is held to benefit students as they raise money for their respective classes.

 

Generous Students Donate Candy to Troops

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Rye Neck Middle School students collected eight full boxes of candy during the annual Halloween Candy Drive, which will benefit men and women serving in the United States military. 

Members of the Student Senate, under the directions of teachers and club co-advisers Matthew Magnani and Christopher Tinnirello, led the efforts. The donations were accepted by Sedona Taphouse, a local restaurant, which will send the candy overseas to military troops.

“The students did a great job with this collection,” Tinnirello said. 

Rye Neck Students Display Artwork at Library Exhibit

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A group of 70 talented art students in grades K-8 will have their artworks on display at the Mamaroneck Public Library’s Warner Gallery exhibit from Dec. 12, 2019, through Jan. 24, 2020. The diverse collection of student works will feature drawings, paintings, sculptures, collage and printmaking projects. 

Art teachers Trisha Appel, Jennifer Dallow, Karen Fontecchio and Dara Goodman, who organized the collection of works, said it was rewarding to provide their students with the opportunity to shine as their artworks are professionally displayed in a gallery setting. 

“It brings together the community as a whole and allows families, children and adults alike to see the amazing, creative work that our students do at Rye Neck,” Goodman said. “Our students show such growth and depth and breadth in their work. I am so proud and excited to be part of such an amazing art program that fosters a deep understanding and appreciation for artists, art movements and art techniques through the artmaking process.” 

Some of the students’ work was inspired by artists, such as Georges Braque, Dale Chihuly, Megan Coyle, Abbas Kiarostami, Peter Max and Michael Scott.

“It is important for student work to be showcased within the community since it creates a sense of pride that extends beyond the walls of the school,” Appel said. “The students were very excited to hear that their work was chosen. It also lets our students see how much we value the work they create by sharing it with the rest of the community.” 

 

Seniors Teach Sixth Graders How to Care for the Environment

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A group of Rye Neck High School seniors – who are studying about oceans in Anne Palombo’s Environmental Science class – spoke to Rye Neck Middle School sixth graders on Dec. 4 to encourage them to care for the environment. 

During several presentations, the seniors discussed how trash in their local community floats into the Long Island Sound and then into the Atlantic Ocean. They shared different ways that students can help stop that pollution and make a difference in the world. 

“The lessons focused on actions we can take individually and as a community to reduce plastic pollution, specifically, by recycling and reducing single-use plastic,” Palombo said. “The students also explained the value of local ordinances banning plastic bags and straws.”

Palombo said her high school students have been studying about wind and currents, and while learning about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, they made the connection that floating trash is also a local problem in the Long Island Sound. 

“We focused on plastic and how it impacts wildlife, and we studied microplastic and how it accumulates up the food chain,” Palombo said. “By being aware of our actions and practicing new habits, we can improve our environment.”  
 

Seventh Grader Wins ‘Journey of Peace’ Poster Contest

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Rye Neck Middle School seventh grader Charlotte Geary has won the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Lions Club’s Peace Poster Contest for expressing her vision for this year’s theme, “Journey of Peace.” 

“To create my project I used watercolor pencils, glitter paint and sharpies,” said Geary, whose project depicts a roller coaster. “The roller coaster is made up of flags that represent that people go through the journey of peace together. For the people who are riding the roller coaster, they are going on the journey of peace together. The top left corner is ultimate peace. Peace is a journey like a roller coaster; it is never a straight path, with bumps on the road and backwards moves at times.” 

Approximately 70 seventh graders from the middle school submitted their artwork for the schoolwide competition. High school art teacher Karen Fontecchio narrowed down the entries to eight finalists – Geary, Sasha Jarmillo, Lilah Martelli, Lucia Monreal, Tara O’Reilly, Shelby Preisser, Sasha Reshetnyak and Maya Wintermantel – to represent Rye Neck Middle School at the local branch contest. A panel of judges at the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Lions Club selected Geary as the winner based on originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the theme, while Monreal and Wintermantel were named runners-up. Geary’s poster will now be submitted to the district-level competition for further judging. 

For her poster, Monreal used markers, watercolor paints and acrylic paint to complete her painting. 

“I’m showing a journey of peace by a dove traveling to Earth surrounded by flags,” she said. “I used a dove, peace sign, flags, the Earth, and used white paint to make stars.” 

Wintermantel’s poster features a complex piece with different components, including a dove flying behind a heart-shared Earth. 

“There is a tree growing out of the dove, symbolizing family, roots, growth and life,” she said. “To symbolize a journey, I used a path or ribbon of flags dancing across the page. Underneath everything are two hands of people holding hands. To me, all these things together created a sense of the journey of peace.” 

The students were honored for their participation and received recognition certificates during a ceremony on Nov. 7 at the Larchmont Village Center. The winning posters are displayed at the library and Bott Shoppe in Mamaroneck until the end of the month.

The Larchmont-Mamaroneck and New Rochelle Lions co-sponsored the local contest, in cooperation with five middle schools and the Community Resource Center. The Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest provides children with the opportunity to express their creativity and visions of peace through art. As part of the contest, students’ posters advance through several rounds of competition before an international winner is declared in the spring. 
 

Eighth Graders Cross the ‘Invisible Line’ Into Responsible Decision-Making

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As part of the Counseling Department’s Invisible Line program, Rye Neck Middle School eighth grade students collaborated in groups and participated in interactive activities on Nov. 6 to reflect on values within their belief system.

Throughout the learning experience, the students defined 10 values – creativity, happiness, love, wealth, respect, friendship, popularity, integrity, acceptance and power – before participating in a mock values auction where they bid on items, or values, based on their bidding strategy, or belief system. 

“The purpose of the Values Auction was to have students participate in an interactive group activity to bid on values that the groups identified as important,” high school counselor Frank Gizzo said. “Over time, we are molded by our values. The influences that impact our value system can come from anywhere: family, friends, school, work, sports, religion or media. Furthermore, our values can change over time depending on the experiences we have in our lives.” 

Gizzo said the activities were designed to help students recognize how the prioritization of values may vary from person to person, and how to collaborate in a group when each person has a different perspective.

“As facilitators of the activity, we focus on how people within the group work together, communicate and ultimately arrive at a bidding strategy,” said Gizzo, who facilitated the activities along with high school counselors Susan Hannon and Amanda Mahncke and middle school counselors Samantha Chu and Meegan Lawlor. “We look to see how students use conflict resolution techniques when disagreements arise, especially as their personal processes or values may conflict with that of the rest of the group.”

For the second part of the program on Nov. 15, the students will discuss how values connect to goals, expectations, pressures, relationships and responsibilities. The boys’ groups will be presented with various social media scenarios and challenged to physically represent decision-making processes that could have someone cross the line and not even know it. The girls’ groups will engage in a conversation about pressures and expectations and tie it back to redeemable values and behaviors. 

“The Values Auction ties together what is important to a person and how that impacts their decision-making processes,” Gizzo said. “The boys will line up across the room and listen to a scenario. They will advance one step every time they think a line has been crossed in the situation presented to them. The important parts of this exercise will be the reflection and application in everyday life.”

Chu said the girls will reflect on the previous session's values auction activity as it relates to real life values.

“The goal of the discussion is to connect values with actions and the higher expectations in high school and beyond in the real world,” she said. 

Principal Dr. Eric Lutinski said the sessions were part of the school’s ongoing efforts to develop students’ social and emotional learning through group work and reflection as they learn to become responsible young adults in their community. 

 

Rye Neck Students Receive Awards for Excellence in Italian Language

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Two students from Rye Neck Middle School and three students from Rye Neck High School were recently honored for their accomplishments in and dedication to the Italian language and culture. 

Seventh grader Abigail Weidemann, eighth grader Tyler Sergio, sophomore Emelin Echeverria, junior Matteo Renda and senior Giulianna Miceli were recognized during an awards ceremony on Oct. 21. Accompanied by their Italian teachers, Davide Bianco and Rosina Martinelli, they were among students from throughout the county to receive the recognition. 

“The world language department at Rye Neck is extremely proud of all of the hard work and dedication that these students put into the Italian language and culture,” Martinelli said. “We are very fortunate that we are able to celebrate these students and their accomplishments.” 

In addition, Miceli was among 20 students who received a scholarship during the awards ceremony. She was chosen to receive the scholarship for her outstanding achievement and excellence in the Italian language and culture. 

The awards were given by the Westchester Coalition of Italian American Organizations to outstanding students who study the Italian language in Westchester County.
 

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.