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Ronkonkoma Middle School

501 Peconic Street
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-6860
Principal: Joseph C. Licato
Assistant Principal: TBA


Exam Schedule June 2019


New York State Assessments Parent Letter - Reminder

New York State Assessments Parent Letter



Wednesday is RMS Dignity day.  Students and Faculty please wear your T shirts.



The mission of the Ronkonkoma Middle School

COMMUNITY is to provide
OPPORTUNITY for lifelong learning in a safe, nurturing,
RESPECTFUL environment where all are encouraged to strive toward academic 
along with individual and social growth.  



Onward Toward High School

Onward Toward High School photo

An enthusiastic crowd of family, friends, faculty and staff recently celebrated the promotion of the Ronkonkoma Middle School’s graduating Class of 2019 as they took the next step toward their futures during a moving up ceremony held on June 25 at Connetquot High School.

At this year’s joyous celebration, held at the Eric Martinsen Performing Arts Center at Connetquot High School, more than 200 Ronkonkoma Middle School students received their certificates to the applause of proud family members. Interim Principal Joseph Licato congratulated the Class of 2019 and their parents, and wished them good health, happiness and success in all they do. “I urge you to dream big, and work hard to make those dreams come true,” he said. Assistant Principal Wayne Myers added his congratulations for the graduates as well, and expressed his gratitude toward their dedicated parents.

Attending dignitaries added their own congratulations and assisted, along with members of the Ronkonkoma Middle School PTA, in the distribution of the certificates to the students. 

Connetquot School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lynda G. Adams, as well as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dean Mittleman, Board of Education President Milynn Augulis and Trustee Jaclyn Napolitano-Furno were on hand to offer congratulations and present awards to the students. 


Students Raise Funding for ALS Research

Students Raise Funding for ALS Research photo

Students at Ronkonkoma Middle School recently took part in the school’s annual “Ramp Shot” fundraiser in an effort to raise money for a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

After contributing a $15 donation per player, students and their teammates were able to engage in fun and friendly competition in the school’s gymnasium for a few hours. Dozens of students put their skills to the test as they played the popular backyard game, which was created by Josh Bonventre and Kevin Texeira, both of Long Island. As a result of the fundraiser, the students raised $1,000 to support the cause. 

Student-winners of the competition went home with gift cards, and their very own “Ramp Shot” game to enjoy on summer vacation. The district would like to thank staff members Justin Hertz, Brianne Hertz, Chris D’Andrea and Shannon Lehnert for once again organizing the fun and exciting tournament. 

Hitting All the Right Notes

Hitting All the Right Notes
Ronkonkoma Middle School eighth grade student Katlyn Morgan Smith continues to make vast strides in both the Long Island music community and surrounding areas. 

Katlyn is an active participant in Ronkonkoma Middle School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society, Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. She also participates in LISFA, NYSSMA, SCMEA, and was recently the Grand Prix winner at the International Concert Festival Competition at Weill Recital Hall this past March. 

She began playing violin and piano at the young age of 5, and due to her commitment to her studies, she is now currently studying under Anton Polezhayev, who was a part of the New York Philharmonic. 

Along with her older sister Ashely, the two student-musicians formed their own ensemble, and were booked by Live Nation to perform at Westbury Music Fair and other fundraising performances. They have also recorded at Sound City Cove Studios and have many music videos available to watch on YouTube. 

Her aspiration this year is to prepare and participate in the Menuhin Competition in 2020. Katlyn would like to thank her parents, instructors, arrangers and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra for her successes thus far. 

“My compassion for music has always come from my heart,” she said. “It brings people together, it makes them feel emotion, and brings them back to their favorite memories.”

Studying the Life of Penguins

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Students enrolled in Tiffany Prin’s class at Ronkonkoma Middle School recently completed a unit of study on penguins, which then culminated with a trip to The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. During their time spent in the scientific unit, the students learned about how penguins’ blubber insulates their body from the freezing cold temperatures in Antarctica. With this information on hand, the students used household materials to create their own forms of insulation and dipped their hands in cold buckets of ice to see how much of an improvement insulation can make.  

Powerful Poetry

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Despite only being a sixth grade student at Ronkonkoma Middle School, Cristian Martinez has already garnered an impressive number of accolades due to his profound work in the world of poetry.

Most recently, Cristian was awarded the title of Grand Champion at the Walt Whitman Student Poetry Contest of 2019 for his poem a “A Glimpse of Tomorrow” out of a total of 2,500 other entries. Due to his successes, his poem will be published in the anthology, “Whitman’s Apprentice Anthology.”

He will also be published in the “Poets to Come Anthology” for his original work “Unanswered Questions,” along with two poems in the “Leaves for Me Anthology” for his other works “The Glory” and “My Mentor Robert,” and the Suffolk County Poetry Review for his poem, “Winter.”

In addition to his multiple publications, he won first place for his poem, “Clouds Have Secrets” in the Princess Ronkonkoma 2019 Poetry Contest.

Cristian was also a featured poet at his first poetry reading which was held at the Barnes & Noble in Lake Grove in April. He shared that this experience was amazing because he was able to read several poems on different themes that he is concerned about.