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300 Hornidge Road Mamaroneck, NY 10543

 

Tina Wilson, Ed. D.
High School Principal

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twilson@ryeneck.org
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8:31 a.m. - First Period Begins
9:12 a.m. - Second Period Begins
9:53 a.m. - Homeroom Begins
2:48 p.m. - Dismissal

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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
•  Please click HERE to see Mandatory Requirement for Students Entering or Enrolling in Grade 12 by September 1, 2020.

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•  Health Education Curriculum Outline •  Health Education Advisory Council (HEAC) Recommendations
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Students Learn Robotics With K.I.T.T.

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Rye Neck High School students applied their coding, building and problem-solving skills to build a complex blinking-light sequence circuit as part of an assignment in Skyler Mosenthal’s Robotics classes.

Inspired by K.I.T.T., a car in the 1980s television series “Knight Rider,” the students recreated a series of LED bulbs and coding tricks that were fundamental to the first unit of study. The students began the process by writing a sketch on the Arduino software, using the loop function, and validated it by running a test on the software. Next, they were challenged to build their designs according to the specifications in the guide to ensure the circuit was complete and that all the LED lights turned on and off. 

“One intricacy was the exact placement of jumper wires, resistors and LED lights,” Mosenthal said. “Groups who thought they had a correct build had to unplug and replug wires into and out of the breadboard according to the rows and columns of the board so that electricity would flow in the correct direction.”

Throughout the design process, the students applied problem-solving skills to troubleshoot their designs and worked through trial and error to get the correct combination of resistors, placement of jumper wires and LEDs to complete the circuits.

“This degree of problem-solving requires patience, persistence, teamwork and creativity in trying to figure out what the problem may be, and also collaboration with other groups to share our best practices to make it work,” Mosenthal said.

Mosenthal said the project challenged the students to combine their coding skills with a build that required a significant amount of precision. While the blinking light wave on the “Knight Rider” car might have seemed like a simple achievement, the students learned to appreciate its complexity.

“In a world that offers us instant fixes and instant gratification for nearly everything, learning to keep going, keep trying and keep at it until arriving at success gives students immense satisfaction in their step-by-step accomplishments,” he said. “My hope is that they embrace the process as much as the final destination.”

Art Students Create Mask Designs for Community Project

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Rye Neck High School and Middle School students participated in a collaborative project with the Village of Mamaroneck Arts Council. Drawing upon their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, the students created original designs on disposable masks.

Art teachers Jennifer Dallow and Karen Fontecchio received the disposable masks from the Village of Mamaroneck Arts Council and challenged the students to get creative with their designs. The students used acrylic paint or Sharpie markers for their designs, which ranged from outer space to Black Lives Matter.

“This project was a nice way for students to show their individual feelings,” Dallow said. “Some had illustrations of COVID-19, or a picture of the virus; others had drawings of smiling faces, some just submitted fun and expressive designs. Overall, the classes were happy to be involved in a community project.”

Dallow said 103 designs will be shared with the Village of Mamaroneck Arts Council, which will be putting together a mask quilt for an art display at the Mamaroneck Library in November.

RNHS Students Build Models to Show Mechanism of Disease

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Having researched cystic fibrosis and studied how the malfunction of a single protein leads to the disease’s identified symptoms, Rye Neck High School students created their own physical models to show how treatment can alleviate symptoms.

The hands-on learning experience served as a culminating project in science teacher Matt DeBellis’ Physiology class. Throughout the biochemistry unit, his students studied different elements, ions, proteins and other macromolecules involved in physiological functions.

“The purpose of the project was to apply the principles of biochemistry through the modeling of a detailed mechanism of disease, illuminating the interdisciplinary connections rooted in physiology,” DeBellis said. “A classic case study that involves the crossing of these subjects is cystic fibrosis.”

The students began by researching the disease and studying how the malfunction of a single protein leads to the identified symptoms. Next, they wrote a mechanism or a detailed, objective description of how the parts of a system interact to explain a phenomenon. Afterwards, they created a physical model showing their disease mechanisms.

“Their models had to show step-by-step how a single mutation in the base code of DNA could manifest as disease,” DeBellis said. “This involves complex interactions of cellular biology, centralized around the CFTR protein and the relationship to chloride ions and resulting water balances. Students also had to show how a treatment or drug interacted with their model to alleviate symptoms of cystic fibrosis.”

Lastly, the students recorded a video that showed and described how the individual parts interacted within the system before presenting their completed models.

“I hope this activity reinforces the idea that all disciplines of science are interconnected and that a deeper understanding of each subject leads to a more complete, fundamental application to clinical scenarios,” DeBellis said. “We are physical beings who live in a physical universe, so we practice building models to study the microscopic interactions that are so important to life and medicine.”



Fall Sports Begin for Rye Neck Panthers

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After more than a six-month hiatus, Rye Neck’s student-athletes have returned to the field, track and tennis courts for the long-awaited fall sports season. Sept. 29 marked the first day of practice for the boys and girls soccer, field hockey and boys and girls cross-country teams, while the girls tennis team began practice on Sept. 30 due to a rain delay.

“It was a wonderful sight – seeing the students out there, being distracted by everything going on and working on their craft,” Athletic Director Joe Ceglia said. “It was invigorating and exciting.”

Ceglia said the district has implemented a number of restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic – such as social distancing, mandatory masks, disinfection of equipment and limited number of spectators – to keep its 165 students and 20 staff members safe.

Students are screened daily upon entrance to the school building or athletic fields and required to maintain social distancing and wear masks at all times. Bathroom and locker room occupancy has been limited to one and four students at a time, respectively. Additionally, students are required to bring their own water bottles and personal equipment, while any shared equipment is sanitized frequently. During contests, only home school spectators – two individuals per athlete – will be permitted to access the athletic fields. At the end of the day, facilities are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.

Despite the challenges and uncertainties, Ceglia said he is grateful to his team, including assistant athletic director Julie Ianello, athletic trainer Joe Dranoff and all the coaches and support staff, for working tirelessly to help their athletes return to play.

“The greatest challenge was getting everything in place, up and running,” Ceglia said. “We spent a lot of time and effort, but I have an amazing team and I know we’re more prepared than anyone else.”

The students have about a week of practice before the games begin on Oct. 10 with home games for the field hockey and girls soccer teams.

Meanwhile, all regional and state tournaments have been canceled by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Rye Neck’s four sports that began practice were considered low or moderate risk and were given the green light to commence, while high-risk sports, such as football, girls volleyball and girls swimming and diving, were postponed until March 2021.

RNHS Class of 2020 Honored With Drive-In Commencement Ceremony

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Rye Neck High School celebrated the Class of 2020 with a special drive-in ceremony at Rye Playland on June 18. The socially distanced event featured remarks by valedictorian Grace West and salutatorian Heonjae Lee, as well as video presentations that looked back at some of the students’ most memorable experiences throughout their educational journey.

Principal Tina Wilson welcomed the guests and praised the students for their ability to persevere, and remain engaged and motivated despite being challenged – individually, as a family unit, as a school community and as a society – by the pandemic.

“While we might be separated by the metal and glass your cars are made of, I am beyond elated to be physically in the same location as all of you,” Wilson said. “Even with digital communication tools that have enabled us to remain connected, I am certain we all realized just how much we missed and craved face-to-face human interaction.”

As they move into the next phase of their lives, Wilson encouraged the students to embrace the positive rather than the negative aspects of any situation. She assured them they possess the necessary skills to successfully pivot in the face of future challenges.

In her remarks, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Ferraro reflected on the students’ creativity, generosity, strength of character and ability to confront each challenge with courage and flexibility.

“Your leadership has been evident during this pandemic,” she said. “Your outreach to help those in need, your support of our district’s younger students and your concern for one another have reinforced the uniqueness of your class, illustrating the power and strength of teamwork and collaboration.”

The graduates also heard from County Executive George Latimer and guest keynote speaker Ryan Pennell, a RNHS Class of 2010 graduate. During her valedictory address, West spoke about the power of gratitude and recognized the people in her life – parents, teachers, coaches, friends – who have inspired her and guided her throughout the years.

“Gratitude is an expression that allows you to recognize things that are good,” she said. “It’s a spotlight that shines on the people that inspire you. As we all go forth to the next chapter in our lives, take a second, a minute, an hour to think about the people that have made you who you are.”

In his salutatory address, Lee reflected on the value of community and their common experiences that have motivated them to pursue their goals. He also recognized his fellow classmates’ outstanding achievements – from taking Advanced Placement courses to delving into their interests, learning the value of teamwork through athletic competitions and games.

“We are a small class – Rye Neck’s smallest in several years – but our achievements are certainly not,” he said. “It has been my greatest honor and privilege to learn, explore and grow alongside my fellow graduates for the past 12 years at Rye Neck. My heart is so full.”

One by one, and after years of hard work and dedication, the students stepped out of their vehicles to take hold of their diplomas and take their first steps as Rye Neck High School alumni.