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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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MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR STUDENTS ENTERING OR ENROLLING IN GRADE 7 AND 12 BY SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

Please click HERE for information. 

 

PRINCIPAL'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The 2018-2019 Middle School PAC Members are:

Arlena Amos (PTSA VP)
Devina O'Reilly
April Tunno
Laura Sutter
Audrey Tauber
Kristen Vetter  

RYE NECK RECORDER 

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 

 

MS CLUBS & ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS

Slide Show Description of Clubs and Enrichment Programs

List of Clubs and Enrichment Programs (includes day, time and location)

 

RNMS BAND/STRING/CHORUS SIGN-UP 2018-19 

Please complete the Google form above if your child is interested in joining one or more band, string or chorus ensembles for the 2018-19 school year.

 

Please visit our Nurse Services page for the most recent health requirements and forms.

 

USING THE 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.   

 

Helping Your Child Succeed in Middle School

 

Current News

Three Middle Schoolers Honored as Students of the Month

Three Middle Schoolers Honored as Students of the Month photo
Rye Neck Middle School students Lara Auffarth, Nathaniel Findlay and Josef Zyngier were recognized for their accomplishments and honored with Student of the Month awards. 

Auffarth, a sixth-grader, is a conscientious, kind, respectful and courteous student. According to her teachers, she puts her best effort into all assignments, participates in class discussions daily and is always willing to help her classmates. Her hobbies include playing soccer, basketball and reading.

Findlay, an eighth-grader, is a motivated, responsible and hardworking student. According to his teacher, he has shown excellent academic success. Outside of school, he plays the piano, sings and runs triathlons.
 
Zyngier, a seventh-grader, is a kind, hardworking and responsible student. According to his teachers, he earned the recognition due to his strong work ethic and great personal traits.  
 

‘Kindness Matters’ for Rye Neck Middle School Students

‘Kindness Matters’ for Rye Neck Middle School Students photo

Rye Neck Middle School seventh-grader Dylan White has won the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Lions Club’s Peace Poster Contest for expressing her vision for this year’s theme of “Kindness Matters.”

“I drew a girl holding the earth with doves next to her,” White said about her peace poster project. “There were flags spiraling around her and a story of kindness on each side of the page. The message was that everyone, the whole world, has to be kind to stay together.”

White’s art teacher Trisha Appel praised her student’s understanding of the theme and artistic skill of adding realistic details in her work, as well as simplified and stylized figures to tell two different stories that show different acts of kindness. 

“Her work can reach all different types of people and connect to everyone from children to adults,” Appel said. “I love how she used different materials in a way to help emphasize different areas of her work. I think she truly showcased the message that kindness is important all around the world and even simple acts of kindness can go a long way for lasting peace in the future.”

A total of 71 seventh-graders from the middle school submitted their artwork for the schoolwide competition. They used a variety of materials – from markers to colored pencils, oil pastels, watercolor paints and tempera paint – to express their ideas. As part of the project, they also discussed what peace means to them, and many of them depicted flags from around the world as ways to express their messages. 

In addition to White, judges selected seventh-graders Blathnaid Grenouillon, Monica Kosakowski, Mana Newman, Megan Ronan and Sarah Sandberg as finalists to represent Rye Neck Middle School. Their posters were submitted to judges at the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Lions Club, who selected White as the winner of the local branch contest, while Kosakowski and Sandberg were named runners-up. White’s poster will now be submitted to the district-level competition for further judging.

For her poster, Kosakowski’s drew two hands coming together to form a heart over the earth and a white dove with flags from different countries in the background. 

“The flags represent different regions of the world and are spread out to show that kindness is everywhere,” she said. “The hands forming a heart are different races to show everyone is involved, the hands are forming the heart in the earth because kindness is important everywhere and the dove is in the heart because kindness can help create peace around the world.”

Sandberg’s poster is made up of many hearts that encompass different scenes, animals and people that are surrounded by different flags from around the world. 

“I mainly used hearts because they represent love and peace,” she said. “I thought a lot about how people and animals can positively connect with one another. I chose to use animals because they are all so different from one another.”

The Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest has been in existence for more than 30 years and provides children with the opportunity to express their creativity and visions of peace. As part of the contest, students’ posters advance through several rounds of competition before an international winner is declared on or before Feb. 1.

 

The Power of Positive Words at Rye Neck Schools

The Power of Positive Words at Rye Neck Schools photo

Kindergarten through 12th-grade students across the Rye Neck Schools participated in a variety of activities and engaged in meaningful conversations about cyberbullying, online communication, internet community and respect during Digital Citizenship Week from Oct. 15-19.

Having implemented a districtwide digital literacy curriculum this year, teachers and administrators used the platform to jumpstart their lessons and empower their students as the next generation of responsible digital citizens. In partnership with Common Sense Education, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children thrive in a world of media and technology, the lessons focused on the power of positive words. 

“As a Google Reference District, we have chosen to incorporate technology into our classes and with that comes the responsibility to teach our students how to use it responsibly, as well,” Instructional Technology Coordinator Mary Lanza said. “We chose to focus on the power of positive words because the basis of our participation online, regardless of age, should revolve around respect and compassionate communication. What it takes to be a good citizen in real life are the same skills needed to be a good citizen online.” 

At Daniel Warren Elementary School, Principal Tara Goldberg introduced the idea of an internet community to all students during her morning announcement on Oct. 15. Throughout the week, librarian and media teacher Leigh Ann Kowalchick-Porphy and teacher Dara Goodman continued the conversation with students during their library and computer classes. Kindergartners and first-graders discussed what an internet community is and how we connect with people online, while second-graders discussed cyberbullying and how to be kind online. 

“Having these conversations now is sort of laying the foundation, the building blocks of what we want them to think and understand in the future,” Goldberg said. “We’re embedding the idea of being kind, thoughtful and intentional with what they’re putting out there, via texting or emails. They still want to be a good person and be kind.”

At F.E. Bellows Elementary School, all lessons connected to the schools’ theme of being a superhero as the students discussed the impact of positive words and what it means to be a good digital citizen. In addition, fourth-graders drew comic strips to illustrate how to stand up for someone who is being cyberbullied. 

At the middle school, students participated in mixed grade-level conversations with their English teachers and guidance counselors about being an upstander online. They linked their discussions to their summer reading book, “Bystander” by James Preller. Meanwhile, at the high school, freshmen and sophomores discussed the effect of their comments and relationships online, while juniors and seniors reflected on how online behavior can affect relationships and reputations. 

Lanza said the conversations during Digital Citizenship Week served as a great opportunity to encourage positive online behaviors.

“We believe this is a responsibility that falls on our entire community,” said Lanza, who added that parents received family resources to support what was being taught in the classroom, so they can continue the conversations at home. “How often do students in our high school discuss the same topic as children in Daniel Warren? We loved the idea of this being a conversation an entire family could have at home.”

For more information, visit www.commonsense.org/education/digital-citizenship



Students Spread Kindness With Peace Dove Paintings

Students Spread Kindness With Peace Dove Paintings photo

Sixth-graders at Rye Neck Middle School are spreading kindness, peace and positive messages throughout their school, thanks to an art project they recently completed in teacher Trisha Appel’s art classes.

Inspired by Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and his famous antiwar painting called “Guernica,” the students created their own original paintings that incorporated the international symbol of peace – a white dove – at the center of their work. 

“The students used the dove as a means to carry their message throughout their work,” Appel said. “Many expressed how their doves were being used to show a positive message and bring that message to others as they view their work.” 

Using pencils and paper, the students first sketched out their ideas before 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 either smooth out the edges for a softer look or create a crispier edge. They also incorporated different words of encouragement, scenes of nature, landscapes, people and city skylines to help express their messages of peace, kindness and positivity. As a final step to the project, the young artists added borders to their finished works and reflected on the experience. 

“In my project, the dove is rising with the sun – with the rays of different words that describe peace, such as hope, love, peace, joy, life, grace, unity, pride,” said sixth-grader Samina Quli, who added that her dove is rising to bring hope to a new day. “When people look at my painting, I hope they feel a bit happier. In darkness, you can always find a speck of light.”

The students’ work also directly aligns with the No Place for Hate program at Rye Neck Middle School, which was spearheaded by sixth-grade guidance counselor Meegan Lawlor as a way to promote kindness within the school community. 

“The peace dove art project will be used as a visual means for all students to remember to be kind and to stand up for what is right in order to make our school a safe and fun place to be for everyone,” Appel said. “The students liked the idea of being able to brighten up the halls of the middle school with positive messages expressed through their own works of art.”

As sixth-graders work on this project each trimester, their paintings will decorate the middle school halls with messages about peace and kindness throughout the year. In addition, several paintings will be chosen to be displayed at an upcoming exhibit at the Mamaroneck Library, to be held in December. 

Seventh-Graders Work Together Through Obstacle Course Challenges

Seventh-Graders Work Together Through Obstacle Course Challenges photo
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Seventh-graders recently bonded over a variety of outdoor teambuilding activities, which were designed to promote a sense of community, trust and collaboration. They learned how to work together, solve problems and enhance their communication skills when they took their annual field trip to the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES campus in Yorktown Heights on Sept. 21. 

“This trip taught students the necessary skills to complete certain physical and mental challenges as a group, and these skills are now being used at school to help create a supportive classroom environment,” English teacher Christopher Tinnirello said.