Dr. Eliana K. Levey
Principal

@DrLevey_RFMS

 
Gary Ramonetti
Associate Principal - Curr, Inst. and Assess.
Philip Paniccia
Associate Principal - Oper. and PPS

Michelle Kwon   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for ELA, Reading and Library
James Henry   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Mathematics and Business
David Knuffke   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Science and Technology
Heather Stewart   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Social Studies and FACS
Bradley Murphy   Curriculum Associate K-12 for Fine and Performing Arts
Gina Palasciano   Curriculum Associate K-12 for World Languages and ENL

Philip Paniccia
Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4210

 


 

 

Wednesday, March 15th will be an A Day 



 

 

  

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on March 16th.

Please click HERE to view the letter that was sent home and the directions on how to access the online scheduling system. 

The online system will be active from 8 am on March 8th to 3:30 pm on March 15th.  The link to the scheduler will be active during those times.

Please remember, if you do not have a scheduled appointment with a teacher, they will not be able to see you on March 16th.  Please sign up ahead of time.  We thank you for your cooperation. 

 

 

 

Click on the above graphic to go to the Online Scheduler.


 

  

 

 

***UPDATED ORDERING INFORMATION***


Beginning on March 1st, orders can be placed until Friday, March 3rd with personalization.  After that, and until 3/27, online orders can be placed, however only for plain books, without personalization or icons. 

Please contact Mrs. LoGrande at roxannerfpfc@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

Click here to order online:

www.Jostens.com/yearbook

Click here for the information flyer

 


 

  Your View Counts Lunch Survey

 


  

  Sign up to be part of the "RFMS Parents" class through Remind

CLICK HERE for the PDF directions to sign up

CLICK HERE for the link to sign up online



School Lunch Information Flier:

Keeping up with the Tines


 

   (Parent Faculty Club)

Be involved in your child's experience at Robert Frost! 

Click here for a membership form.

  

Next PFC Mtg is Wednesday, March 8th @ 7 pm in the cafeteria

 

Please join us as we honor our Students of the Month and

Project Wisdom Students of the Month from January and February

 



Click here to see the elected Board Members of the PFC.

 


 

  


 

 

 

Project Wisdom is a character education program that helps students be cognizant of their choices & how those choices help or hurt those around us.

March's Theme is:

Making Responsible Choices


 

 

Please click here for the flyer to order your yearbook. 

Every year we sell out, so please don't delay, and order today!

 

 

Please refer to our Virtual Backpack on the left side of the screen for important flyers and information.  We will post all flyers here instead of sending them home with the students.  They'll never get lost when they're in the virtual backpack!  If you sign up for an RSS feed by clicking the orange symbol in the upper right hand corner, you'll never miss an important flyer!


Upcoming Events 

March 8 - PFC Mtg @ 7pm

March 12 - Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 15-17 - Scholastic Book Fair

March 16 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, 5-8pm

March 24 - Spring Sports Physicals

March 27 - First day of modified Spring Sports practices

March 28-30 - NYS ELA Assessment

 

 

 

 


P.S. Promotes Unity at Deer Park Schools

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Last month’s snowstorm forced purple-clad students at the high school and Robert Frost to move their annual observance of P.S. I Love You Day from Feb. 10 to Feb. 14, but the spirit of unity and positivity was undimmed.

The nonprofit organization P.S. I Love You Day was started in 2010 by West Islip teenager Brooke DiPalma, following the tragic suicides of her father and a senior at her school. Held annually on the second Friday of February, the day promotes positive messages of love, acceptance and community, symbolized by the color purple.

“We decorated each student’s locker and staff member’s door or desk with messages of positivity and inclusiveness,” said Community Service Club adviser Christine DiProperzio, who organized the event along with Student Council adviser Kristen Salemi. “It is our hope that the students will know how much they matter to us.”



Deer Park Hires Two Special Ed Administrators

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The district recently announced two new administrative positions in special education. Brian Norton was named district administrator of secondary special education, while David Renahan was named district administrator of elementary special education.

“The special education position was split in order to better serve the students, their parents and the teachers as well,” said James Cummings, the district’s assistant superintendent for pupil personnel services. “Having experts on both the elementary and secondary level will make our program more efficient and more effective.”

Norton had most recently served as an associate principal at Deer Park High School beginning in 2014, after five years as an associate principal in the South Country School District. He began his educational career in 1998 as a special education teacher in the Northport-East Northport School District. A Stony Brook resident and graduate of Stony Brook University, he earned a master’s degree in special education from Dowling College and a certificate of advanced studies in educational leadership from the College of Saint Rose.

“I look forward to serving the students and families of the Deer Park community in this new capacity,” said Norton.

Renahan previously worked for 12 years in the Riverhead Central School District, most recently as that district’s assistant director of special education. He was a special education teacher in Riverhead for eight years, after teaching third grade in the Connetquot Central School District. A resident of Centereach, he earned his bachelor’s degree in child study at St. Joseph’s College in 2004, his master’s degree in literacy from Long Island University in 2006, and an advanced graduate certificate in educational leadership from Stony Brook University in 2013.

Frost Orchestra Students Get ‘Up Close’ at Lincoln Center

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The eighth-grade orchestra at Robert Frost went on its annual field trip to Lincoln Center on Feb. 8, where the students enjoyed a music program called Music Up Close. They were able to watch a professional chamber group rehearse for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Trio No. 1 in D minor for piano, violin and cello; ask questions of the performers; and tour the buildings that make up the Lincoln Center campus.  

Dynamic Developments in ENL Program

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Deer Park’s educators have met the challenges brought by the state’s recent move to an integrated co-teaching model of ENL instruction. More proficient learners are integrated into the mainstream classroom to be delivered language instruction with the support of two teachers, instead of one, while  students who are newcomers still receive language services in the small group learning setting that best fits their needs.

Ashley Lovett, the first-grade ENL teacher at May Moore, said, “The change has been really helpful for a lot of the kids who are ‘expanding’. They’re right on the precipice of exiting the program, so instead of me pulling them out and taking them out of learning content and literacy in their classroom, I push in and give them that little bit of support that they need, which ends up benefiting them greatly. Conversely, the students who are at the ‘entering/emerging’ level, who need a little more support, will see me in their classroom, and then they’ll also come to me for a quieter environment and more explicit language instruction.”

“Our ENL teachers are able to adjust, pre-teach, or revisit and reinforce the concepts that are being taught to the entire class to help every student learn to their fullest potential,” said JQA Principal Christopher Molinelli.

Robert Frost ELA/ENL teacher Michelle Champlin said, “The most influential consequence that came from this shift was the way it changed my thinking. These students are not just my students – they are all of our students, and the responsibility to deliver language instruction is a team effort. Regardless of the seemingly ever-changing acronyms for my profession, one common theme has remained: We must be advocates for those who have not ‘found’ their voice yet in the English language.”

The state’s mandate to integrate content with the ENL program has continued to be rolled out in various positive ways.

“A primary focus of my class is vocabulary, which is needed in order to obtain the proper math skills,” said Frost math/ENL teacher Kevin Dluginski. “Not only is this vocabulary used in math class, but it can be transferred to any subject area and into their daily lives.  My students are using the same material that the mainstream students are learning, just at a slower pace, with more visuals and hands-on materials to ensure the most success.”

Lovett noted last year’s Peace Pole project, a unit on peace and tolerance, and this past fall’s ENL field trip to Planting Fields Arboretum, which incorporated study of vocabulary, adjectives, grammar, speaking and listening.

“It’s shifting from let me just help you speak English, to let me help you speak English while also teaching you content at the same time, and promoting this global awareness for the kids,” Lovett said.

According to JFK ENL teacher Kimberly Essig, another main goals for the district’s ENL programs this year is to enhance parent involvement. Along with the ENL parent liaison committee and the Thursday night Parent Academy, a primary tool to achieve this is the new Propio phone service, which the district has made available to teachers, counselors and administration at every school. Staff can call a special number for the services of a live translator in approximately 80 different languages.

“Propio has been fantastic in removing language barriers when calling parents,” said Essig. “We are creating a community and making the parents feel welcome to come, instead of intimidated.”

Frost Students Gain Respect for Reptiles

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Erik “The Reptile Guy” Callender recently visited Robert Frost, introducing students to important conservation concepts and teaching respect for wildlife through opportunities to interact with real reptiles such as snakes and alligators.

We’re always looking for opportunities to bring our science students into contact with nature,” said David Knuffke, Deer Park’s curriculum associate for science. “Presentations like Erik’s bring experiences to our district that students will remember for years to come, and help to foster a meaningful connection between them and the natural world they are a part of.”



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