2013-08-23 / Columnists

Dispatches

Rockaway Park High School Back in Action
By Zahria Shaw & Okeena Munroe

Rockaway Park High School, otherwise known as RPHS, is a fairly new school housed in the Beach Channel Campus. This school was established in 2010 and has grown tremendously, with a dedicated faculty and hardworking students.

At the start of the school year in October 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck. RPHS faculty and students were relocated to Maspeth High School, a long distance from home. This caused a strain on students’ attendance and the temporary diffusion of our RPHS family. Despite this, RPHS was reunited again when the Beach Channel Campus was reopened in January 2013.

After the long awaited reunion, there was a lot to be done, and accommodations were quickly put into place. Staff implemented additional classes so that students could prepare for the Regents and AP exams and guidance counselors made sure teachers were able to give credit recovery classes to the students who needed it. Thanks to the dedicated and hardworking faculty, many students were able to pass their examinations in June and the school was given a high proficiency grade. To continue the high standards being set by the school, teachers came in during the summer to have a Summer Bridges program and credit recovery in various academic areas.

This is the third year RPHS has held Summer Bridges. Summer Bridges is a program offered to incoming freshmen, and students who want to gain extra credits and partake in an exciting, informal program throughout the summer.

During the four week program, students learn everything from government and politics to English and theater. After all, the intent of the program is to make sure students are well rounded individuals. During the last week of the Summer Bridges program, the students went on various trips. The trips were to the Statue of Liberty, kayaking in Jamaica Bay, Nassau County’s Holocaust museum and to Sagamore Hill to visit Theodore Roosevelt’s home.

The trip to the Statue of Liberty was to empower the students as they would learn the true meaning behind lady liberty. While the kayaking trip in Fort Tilden was a fun and exciting event, the students learned basic motor skills and coordination on maneuvering a kayak. This trip was a relaxing exercise where students viewed Jamaica Bay in a new perspective.

The trip to the Holocaust museum was an unforgettable experience that will never leave the minds of students. They were able to meet and greet a Holocaust survivor, Ms. Celia Kener and were told the tale of her survival and tragic events she endured.

The last trip in the Summer Bridges program was to Sagamore Hill to see Theodore Roosevelt’s house. Unfortunately, his house was under renovation.

However, the students were able to view an educational video behind the house, partook in a trivia hunt of his life time, and took a nature trail around his property.

For the upcoming school year in September 2013, Rockaway Park High School will be a fully functioning facility with its first graduating class. This year is a big year for RPHS and steps have already been taken to make sure the year starts off right.

The school’s area will be expanded and a new computer lab will be added to the east wing. New teachers have been hired and new classes, both honor and advance placement, will be added to students’ schedules.

At Rockaway Park High School the main goal is to develop well rounded students who will share their knowledge and skill and impact the people in their community. With several events in place, staff and students can’t wait for the school year to begin. Zahria Shaw and Okeena Munroe are seniors at Rockaway Park High School.

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