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Eric Lutinski, Ed.D.
Principal/Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
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Middle School Extended Day is cancelled the weeks of:
     April 1 - April 5
     April 29 - May 3


On Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the MS/HS Dining Hall, High School Graduation Requirements Explained covers transition to high school and talent development opportunities.  The presenters are: Dr. Valerie Feit, Co-Director of School Counseling, Ms. Samantha Chu, 7 & 8 Grade Counselor and High School Counselors Mr. Frank Gizzo, Ms. Susan Hannon and Ms. Amanda Mahncke.  The event is highly recommended for 8th grade parents and students.  All 7th grade parents and students are encouraged to attend.


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The 2018-2019 Middle School PAC Members are:

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



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 



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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.



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.   


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Eighth Graders Celebrate Spanish Food and Culture

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Eighth grade students – who have been mastering the food chapter in Nadia Whiting’s Spanish language classes – demonstrated their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary by creating their own authentic cooking videos in Spanish.

Working in small groups, the students created educational and entertaining videos that listed each ingredient and instruction for making a variety of different foods, including tres leches cupcakes, tortilla Española, empanadas, churros, Spanish rice pudding, and frisuelos, a traditional Spanish crepe. After sharing their videos with their peers in class, the students enjoyed a sampling of different foods that they had prepared at home. 

“I had them integrate different recipes from different cultures so they can learn a little bit more about those cultures and the food that we have in various parts of the Spanish-speaking world,” Whiting said. 

As a culmination to the Spanish food chapter, Whiting will compile all of the recipes into a cookbook, which she will share with her students and their families. 

“I want them to remember the food that is so important in our culture, because we love to sit with family, talk and have fun with it,” Whiting said. “I also want them to remember their time in this class and look back fondly on the projects they completed.” 


Library Clerk Sparks Interest in Indian Culture, Traditions

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Seventh-graders – who have been reading “Homeless Bird” by Gloria Whelan in Jenny Theall’s English classes – welcomed library clerk Shailaja Vangala as a special guest in their classes to discuss the concepts in the book.

Referencing “Homeless Bird,” a fictional story that takes place in rural India, Vangala shared insights about her Indian culture and customs and the places depicted in the book. She shared photographs from her own travels to the capital of New Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra, as well as India’s sacred Ganges River, where prayer offerings take place every evening. She also showed them how to wear a sari, which is a garment traditionally worn in India, and discussed various examples of embroidery. 

“The novel’s protagonist, Koly, is in an arranged marriage and becomes a widow as a child,” Theall said. “She is abandoned in the City of Widows, deals with poverty, violence and starvation – a far cry from Rye Neck in many, many aspects. So, Mrs. Vangala helped this realistic fiction novel come to life.” 

During her presentation, Vangala explained that although child marriages and the tradition of dowry still happen in villages and small towns, they are illegal. In addition, for the most part, widow houses in Vrindavan give shelter to older women who are abandoned by their children and family. She also discussed that arranged marriages remain common in India, but dating and live-in relationships have become more common in Indian cities and many Bollywood films revolve around these themes. 

“I wanted to give students a current perspective to these places and traditions,” Vangala said. “I hope they understand that younger people in India focus on reaching their passions and dreams and do not always live in an archaic bubble. As an Indian-American, I always wish people knew more about how alike the two countries are – both are democracies, secular and open economies, even though India still has its own issues."

Science Olympiad Members Earn Medals, Spirit Award

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Sixteen members of the Rye Neck Middle School Science Olympiad Club competed in the annual Lower Hudson Regional Science Olympiad on March 2 at Scarsdale Middle School. The competition brought together students from 35 area schools and allowed them to demonstrate their skills in various scientific and mathematical disciplines.

Seventh-grader Derek Ryan and eighth-grader Katie Sykes won second place in the Heredity category, which tested their knowledge of biology, heredity, genetics and DNA. Eighth-grader Nicholas Boron and seventh-grader Alex Harris won fourth place in the Roller Coaster category, where they had to build a device to maneuver a rolling marble for a designated time frame. The club also won the Spirit Award based on the team’s sportsmanship, attitude and enthusiasm.

“We are so proud of our students and the team’s hard work and energy,” said seventh-grade science teacher Lauren Zeoli, who co-advises the club with eighth-grade science teacher Jessie Vega. “It was so much fun working with them and watching them grow over the year. We are already looking forward to next year’s events.”

Members of the Science Olympiad team are Ella Aulfinger, Nicholas Boron, Mateo Casciano, Valentine Casciano, Johnny DeToro, Charlotte Geary, Alex Harris, Alex Hull, Lily Kapustin, Hiroto Plugh, Matthew Rubin, Derek Ryan, Kyle Ryan, Katie Sykes, Julie van Roijen and Maya Wintermantel.

Three Middle Schoolers Honored as Students of the Month

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Rye Neck Middle School students Ensar Burrja, Margaux Duchanaud and Ethan Felenstein were recognized for their accomplishments and honored with Student of the Month awards for the month of January. 

Burrja, a sixth-grader, earned the recognition for being polite and conscientious. According to his teachers, he is hardworking and enjoys helping others in class. He is also a leader in small groups, takes feedback and is able to make changes to his work to improve it when asked. Outside of the classroom, he likes to play basketball and soccer.

Duchanaud, a seventh-grader, is a high-achieving, kind, respectful and caring student who is concerned with the well-being of others. According to her teacher Trisha Appel, she is motivated and dedicated to being successful in all of her art projects and always tries to be creative with her ideas. In addition, Duchanaud always has a smile on her face and says hello to others. 

Felenstein, an eighth-grader, is a trustworthy, compassionate, approachable, hardworking, polite and well-mannered student. According to his teachers, he puts forth excellent effort on a daily basis, both in and out of class. Outside of school, Felenstein enjoys music, videogames and volunteering with his synagogue youth program.  

Middle Schoolers Honored as Students of the Month

Middle Schoolers Honored as Students of the Month photo
Rye Neck Middle School students Blathnaid Grenouillon and Shelby Preisser were recently recognized for their accomplishments and honored with Student of the Month awards.

Grenouillon, a seventh-grader, is an eager, attentive student. According to her teacher Jenny Theall, she has one of the highest GPAs in her class and willingly helps others. Outside of school, Grenouillon participates in gymnastics and basketball. In addition, she volunteers at a food pantry in Port Chester and is in the Girl Scouts, where she has earned a certificate in archery.

Preisser, a sixth-grader, is an enthusiastic and conscientious student who always puts forth her best effort. According to her teachers, she earned the recognition for preparing well for her classes, having a great sense of humor and interacting well with students and teachers. In addition, her teachers described her as a great leader in and out of the classroom. Preisser enjoys reading, playing tennis, softball and diving, and also plans to volunteer at a soup kitchen in the near future.

Photos: Students, Staff Bond Over Volleyball Game

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Rye Neck Middle School eighth-graders and staff members faced off during a friendly volleyball game, held at the gymnasium on Feb. 15. The game was designed to bring together the school community and promote school spirit.

“It allowed all eighth-graders to participate, if they wanted to,” Principal Eric Lutinski said. “It was available to all regardless of ability, but there was no grade or penalty for watching from the stands. It helped to humanize the staff and let the students see us having a good time.”