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Dr. Eliana K. Levey
Principal

@DrLevey_RFMS

 
 James Henry 
Associate Principal
Philip Paniccia
Associate Principal 

 

Michelle Kwon   Curriculum Associate 6-12 for ELA, Reading and Library
Christine Gill    Curriculum Associate 6-12 for Mathematics and Business
Alison Branca   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
Ashley Rosenberg    District Administrator K-12 for World Languages and ENL

Dominic Fontana 

  District Administrator for Health, Physical Education and Athletics

 

Philip Paniccia
Dignity Act Coordinator
(631) 274-4210

 

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The Robert Frost Drama Club proudly presents 

The Thrilling tale of The Three Musketeers

Friday and Saturday, 3/15 & 3/16, @ 7 pm

See Mr. Moriarty, Ms. Giglio, or any member of the cast for information regarding tickets.

 


 

STUDENT CHROMEBOOK DISTRIBUTION - GRADES 6 AND 7

Please CLICK HERE to read the letter regarding the distribution of Chromebooks.

 


 


 

 CLICK HERE to read all the information you need to order your

2018-2019 RFMS Yearbook!

 

CLICK HERE to go directly to the Lifetouch website

Deadline to order is 3/20/19

Yearbook ID CODE is 13221819

 


  

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 IMPORTANT REMINDERS ABOUT TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNET USE FOR STUDENTS

 

Acceptable Use of School Accounts by Students

  • You have a school Google Account.  It is owned by Deer Park Public School District

  • The account is only to be used for school-related assignments and activities.

  • Searching for any other non-school related subjects is prohibited.

  • Searches are monitored

  • Any questionable search is subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Deer Park Union Free School District Code of Conduct.  


Robert Frost recognized as a 2017-2018 Gold Star

No Place for Hate school!

 

 


 

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Next PFC Mtg will be March 13th at 7 pm

 

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

Project Wisdom Students of the Month from the months of January and February.

 


 


 

 

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 a Difference


Upcoming Events 

3/10 - Daylight Savings Time Begins

3/13 - PFC Mtg, 7 pm

3/15-3/16 - Drama Club Play 7 pm

3/20-3/21 - Book Fair

3/22 - Spring Sports Physicals

3/25 - First day of modified spring sports practices

 

 

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Aiding in Acceptance With Frost’s Award-Winning BandAid Project

Aiding in Acceptance with Frost’s Award-Winning BandAid Project

Robert Frost held its fourth annual BandAid Project on March 15. Developed by Frost speech-language pathologist Stephanie O’Connell to coincide with April as National Autism Awareness Month, the daylong event – which won the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission’s Inter-Faith Anti-Bias Task Force Award last year – works to increase acceptance of people with autism and developmental disabilities rather than just awareness and provides students with a firsthand experience of the daily struggles of people with disabilities.

Participating students wear a Band-aid across their mouth for the entire day, and must use pen and paper, gestures and even body language to communicate with their teachers and peers while taking part in all required activities of the school day. At BandAid’s conclusion, the students gather to play a game or complete an activity reflecting on the difficulties they had without the ability to communicate like others.

"Doing the BandAid Project for three straight years was a really good experience, and I looked forward to it every year,” said eighth-grader David Perez. “It’s basically the same as every other day, but once you put the Band-aid on, everything changes for you. When I tried to speak, I felt totally different. I really wanted to rip it off and speak as much as I want, but I knew I couldn’t, because I dedicated myself to finishing the project. It gave me a new point of view on what people with disabilities have to deal with in daily life.”

“This year, at some point during the day, I wanted to cry,” said eighth-grader Karly Haskins, another previous BandAid participant. “It was really hard. I wanted to talk to so many of my friends and tell them what was on my mind. It was definitely a struggle.”

“I was impressed with our students’ ability to reflect on this activity,” said O’Connell.  “I asked them to give me one word that described how it felt to be speechless for the day. Students reported the following feelings: trapped, stuck, sad, embarrassed, annoyed, frustrated, mad, and furious. I acknowledged their feelings and then challenged them to think about what it must be like to feel that way all the time, as it is for someone with a disability. They got it!”





Frost Focuses on Music for Black History Month

Frost Focuses on Music for Black History Month

For this year’s Black History Month celebration at Robert Frost, which encompassed February and extended into early March, teachers Lynne Connors and Sara Watkin-Fox focused for the first time on the crucial role of music in the African-American experience.

“What makes our Black History month celebration so unique is the fact that it is a hands-on experience for the students,” said Watkin-Fox. “Each year, we focus on a different theme and the students partner with us to create a celebration that extends throughout the school. Whether it is setting up a historical display case with Mrs. Connors or researching the various musicians, styles and incredible contributions of African-Americans to the world of music with me or working with both of us to raise awareness throughout the school, this is a student-centered project that brings our entire school community together.”

Connors and Watkin-Fox came up with a list of musical genres to cover along with a timeline to cover the topics. Connors then ordered the topics in a calendar, and Watkin-Fox’s classes researched which musicians and songs to use. Each week during Black History Month, student-selected musical choices that span both history and musical styles were played on the school’s PA system, resulting in students dancing and singing in the halls.

Students also utilized Frost’s newly acquired Chromebooks to increase their understanding of the subject, conducting technology and sharpening research skills to listen to and learn about African-Americans' significant contribution to music throughout history.

“The lesson traced the evolution of the African-American contribution to the world of music, starting with African drumming and moving on to a writing prompt on blues, studying how it originated in the time of slavery on the Mississippi Delta,” said Watkin-Fox. “We used technology for the jazz station – an independent study on Louis Armstrong and the history of jazz in this country. Our last station involved creating promotional posters for the Motown recording studio, the first that did not discriminate against African-American musicians. Our students learned about the good as well as the bad, about the racism that many of the musicians had to deal with and the difficulties in getting their music recorded.

“Frost is proud to have showcased several extremely influential African-American musicians including Louis Armstrong, Berry Gordy and Chuck Berry,” said Bradley Murphy, Deer Park’s curriculum associate for fine and performing arts. “Through experiences like this, our students are able to experience the masterpieces these amazing musicians produced many years ago.”

“I learned about different types of music like jazz and the blues,” said seventh-grader Angeline Burnett. “I feel like we should give credit to the African-Americans because they built our structure of music.”

“It was good because we learned about black history and how African-Americans made music throughout the years and through many hardships,” said seventh-grader Jayden Philippe.

Based on student research, Connors created a showcase in Frost’s main lobby, displaying the people’s movement from Africa through slavery and migration patterns, and their music progressing from blues through jazz and into rock, hip hop and rap, as well as different cities in the U.S. where these music genres were birthed. The showcase also featured a poem by student Alexa Cornelia.

“I came up with the poem because I didn’t know black history before, so I made a poem from my heart,” said Cornelia. “People don’t get respected. I made the poem to tell them that they do matter, and not to let anyone change who they are.”

Finally, Connors visited English as a new language classes to discuss her own personal narrative and instill pride.

“As a survivor of segregated schools on Long Island, I can relate to the ENL students’ feelings of being an outsider looking in,” she said. “I started with my family, to show that African-Americans could be prosperous. This is their heritage, and for some it’s their introduction to something they don’t know about.”

Frost’s Fourth P.S. I Love You Day Shows Students That They Matter

Frost’s Fourth P.S. I Love You Day Shows Students That They Matter

Purple shirts were sighted everywhere on Feb. 8 as P.S. I Love You Day was celebrated at Robert Frost for the fourth year in a row. The shirts served as reminders to stand against bullying and prevent suicide.

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. The event, held each year on the second Friday of February, promotes positive messages of love, acceptance and community, symbolized by the color purple.

Guided by teachers Dani Iadevaia and Denise Tassey, the school’s student council posted notes with inspirational messages on every student's locker, made candygrams, and wrapped purple ribbon around the trees in front of the school.

“We participate in P.S. I Love You Day because the world we live in right now focuses so much on the negative things that happen around us,” said Tassey. “Unfortunately, our students know about suicide and have lost someone they love to it. We have students who think their lives don’t matter when they do matter. Every single one of us on this earth matters, and our student council wanted to make sure of that. We also challenged students every day that week to do something nice for someone, whether it was a smile at someone they didn’t know, to sit with someone they don’t know, or just help out someone who looks like they could use help. So many people were wearing purple that day, and it was just so amazing to see that we can make a difference and help people – even if it’s just a few – know that they are loved.”

Frost Eighth-Grade Orchestra Attends Lincoln Center Rehearsal

Frost Eighth-Grade Orchestra Attends Lincoln Center Rehearsal
The Robert Frost eighth-grade orchestra enjoyed a day out at Lincoln Center on Feb. 8, observing a professional ensemble rehearse for an upcoming performance. The students listened attentively to a piano with string quintet work on a Mozart piano concerto. At the conclusion of the rehearsal, students questioned the professional musicians about practicing and technique, then toured Lincoln Center’s plaza.

Chromebooks Rolled Out at Frost and JFK

Chromebooks Rolled Out at Frost and JFK

A Deer Park initiative recently provided fifth-graders at JFK and sixth- and seventh-graders at Frost with Chromebooks – for use both in school and out – following the completion of a major technology infrastructure upgrade achieved as part of the state’s Smart School project. On Jan. 18, the Chromebooks were rolled out at Frost, following a rollout earlier that week at JFK.

“We couldn’t be more excited for the students in grades five, six and seven,” said Christopher Kauter, the district’s instructional technology administrator.  “We are looking forward to the blended learning instruction that the teachers will be performing.”

On the heels of the tech upgrade, the district had also embarked on a comprehensive shift to the blended learning model, in which the most valuable learning strategies are first identified, and then instructional technology devices and resources are used as tools to make the strategies more efficient and increase the learning experience for students. This blended environment will promote improved performance and rigorous academic standards.

The assessment of these learning strategies is based on work by researcher and educator John Hattie, who took numerous surveys and research from hundreds of school districts around the world and quantified a value-added number for each strategy. Among the most successful strategies the district is focusing on – many which Deer Park teachers have been using for years – are self-assessment, reciprocal teaching, concept mapping, problem-solving teaching, vocabulary strategies, direct instruction, interactive video, spaced vs. mass practice, peer tutoring, questioning and worked examples. Tech software and programs on hand include Castle Learning, CodeMonkey, EDpuzzle, Explain Everything, G Suite, Pear Deck, Poll Everywhere, Soundtrap and WeVideo.

“Blended learning is not just digital learning or traditional learning, but a blend of the two,” Kauter said. “What we want to do is take these learning strategies that the research shows are successful and work in a traditional classroom environment and merge them together with the Chromebooks and instructional software we have.”   

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