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The Arts Department

The Arts

Kathleen Mark

Director of the Arts
(516) 255-8925


Welcome to the 2024-2025 school year! 

For the past 22 years, I have dedicated my career to advancing arts education in the Rockville Centre Schools community. Throughout my tenure, I have taught in three school buildings, spanned all levels of instruction, and directly engaged with over 3,000 students and hundreds of colleagues. Each encounter and opportunity afforded to me in this role has shaped the teacher and the person I am today. It is with great pride and excitement that I take on this new role as Director of the Arts in further service to the Rockville Centre Schools.

In the most recent survey designed to identify shared values among stakeholders, Independence, Creativity, Perseverance, and Adaptability were of notable importance. I can think of no better conduit toward encouraging and mastering these skills than the arts. As we move toward the future, I look forward to building upon our already stellar programs in order to increase community engagement, expand student achievement, and support our district’s long-term goals and values.

The importance of arts education cannot be overstated. Research consistently shows that students who engage in the arts perform better academically, develop critical thinking skills, and exhibit greater emotional resilience. Arts education provides a unique platform for students to explore their creativity, express their individuality, and develop a deeper understanding of the world around them; it is our responsibility to ensure that every student has the opportunity to experience the transformative power of the arts. 

Famed arts educator and advocate Sir Kenneth Robinson said,"Creativity is as important now in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status." This sentiment underscores our mission to nurture and cultivate creativity in our students, empowering them to become innovative thinkers and problem-solvers.  To increase our accessibility and keep everyone informed, please follow our new Instagram account, ArtsRVC - Celebrating the ARTS in RVC Schools. Here, you will find information about arts events, classroom initiatives, student achievements, and helpful resources to help you and your family navigate all the wonderful arts programs our district has to offer.  

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm for the arts in our schools. Please take a moment to consider joining our incredible parent group, Rockville Centre Sponsors of the Arts.  This organization has supported hundreds of students and teachers in their work to continually grow in their work.  Together, we can inspire and nurture the next generation of creative thinkers and artists.

Warm Regards,

Kathleen Mark, Director of the Arts

Music and Performing Arts

  • The mission of the Rockville Centre Schools Music and Performing Arts Programs is to provide a comprehensive study through creating, performing, and responding to music. This program aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to make the performing arts an integral part of their daily lives. Our goal is to inspire every student to become a creative and innovative thinker, fostering artistic development, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and lifelong learning.


    According to the National Association for Music Education, University admissions officers clearly state that students who participate in arts classes through high school have an advantage over students who do not when applying for high-end schools.   Having music on a student’s transcript all through high school shows that a student has developed skills in group work, multi-tasking, spatial reasoning, mathematics, leadership, community spirit, literacy, and expression. These types of skills cannot be found all together in any other class.


    Beginning with kindergarten general music, we offer a diverse range of educational experiences for students at all levels. Many students enroll in our numerous classroom music offerings and participate in the district's various bands, orchestras, and choirs, continuing their musical journey throughout elementary, middle, and high school.


    Our high school curriculum also includes classes in Music Technology, Music Theory, Theater Arts, Play Production, IB Music, and IB Theater.


    The SSHS Drama Guild mounts a fully-stage drama production each fall and our annual musical production each spring.  Our high school students can seek application for membership in our local chapter of the National Tri-M Music Honor Society where they perform service to our school district, and the community at large.

  • Brendan Beiersdorfer SSMS Band
    Kristin Bock Covert, Riverside, Watson Band
    Kimberly Corona Covert, Watson Music 
    Russell Dembin SSHS Theater
    Anna Elias SSMS Chorus / Technology 
    Marianne Fioramonti Wilson Music 
    Doreen Fryling SSHS IB Music / Chorus 
    Jessica Herman SSMS, Covert, Riverside Chorus 
    Keith Hiam Hewitt, Wilson Music / Band 
    Melissa Lagoudes SSMS Chorus 
    Barry LeBron SSHS Band / Music Theory / Technology
    Codi Ng SSMS Orchestra
    Anthony Pomponio SSHS Band / Music Theory / Technology
    Kate Price (Christina Toomey) Hewitt Music
    Kirsten Ruvolo Covert, Watson, Riverside Music
    Christina Tomek SSMS Band / Technology
    Jennifer Weiss SSHS Orchestra
    Rafael Yeni Hewitt, Watson, Wilson Orchestra


Art, Design, and Technology


    The Rockville Centre School District offers  dynamic and comprehensive Art, Design, and Technology programs designed to nurture creativity, innovation, and technical skills in students from elementary through high school. Our program aims to provide a well-rounded education that prepares students for future success in a rapidly evolving world.

    Starting in elementary school, students receive foundational art instruction, focusing on basic techniques, creativity, and self-expression. This early exposure fosters a love for visual art and builds essential skills for future learning.

    In middle school, the program expands to include Digital Photography, Studio in Art, robotics, and technology. Students explore the fundamentals of photography, learning about composition, lighting, and digital editing techniques. The Studio in Art course covers various art media and techniques, helping students develop a broad skill set in visual arts. Through hands-on projects in robotics, students learn about programming and engineering principles. The technology course introduces essential skills, including coding, digital literacy, and the use of various software applications.

    At the high school level, the program offers advanced courses in digital photography, sculpture and ceramics, painting and drawing, 3D modeling, wood design, and IB Art. The digital photography course delves deeper into advanced techniques and digital editing tools. In sculpture and ceramics, students explore three-dimensional art forms, working with various materials to create sculptures and ceramic pieces. The painting and drawing course focuses on traditional and contemporary techniques, encouraging students to develop their unique artistic style. The 3D modeling course teaches students to create three-dimensional models using advanced software, preparing them for careers in design, animation, and engineering. The wood design course provides hands-on experience in woodworking techniques, allowing students to design and create functional and artistic wooden pieces. As part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, the IB Art course challenges students to develop their artistic skills and engage in critical analysis and research in the visual arts.

    Our Art, Design, and Technology Program provides students with diverse opportunities to explore their interests, develop new skills, and prepare for future academic and career pursuits. Through a combination of hands-on learning, creative expression, and technical training, we strive to inspire our students to become innovative thinkers and lifelong learners.


  • David Beinlich SSHS Technology Teacher
    Hillary Broder Hewitt, Wilson Teacher
    Ryan Bockelmann SSMS Technology Teacher
    Danielle Cacioppo SSMS Teacher
    Monica Daly SSMS Teacher
    Cadence Elbroody SSMS Teacher
    Drake Gallo Covert, Hewitt Teacher
    Keith Gamache SSHS Teacher
    Christopher Karaktin SSHS Teacher
    Daniel LaManna SSMS Technology Teacher
    Melissa Lamoureux SSHS Teacher
    Cindy O'Brien Covert, Riverside, Watson Teacher
    Paul Sementilli SSHS Teacher
    Christy Silecchia SSMS Teacher
    Lynn Voltaggio SSHS Teacher


Family and Consumer Science


    At South Side Middle School, our Family and Consumer Science (FACS) program is designed to equip students with essential life skills and practical knowledge.  Our comprehensive program emphasizes personal development, responsible citizenship, and career readiness, preparing students to navigate various aspects of their personal and professional lives effectively.

    The FACS curriculum at South Side Middle School includes a wide range of topics that provide students with a thorough understanding of family and consumer sciences. Key areas of focus include:

    Nutrition and Wellness: Students learn about the principles of healthy eating, meal planning, and the importance of physical activity. They gain hands-on experience in preparing nutritious meals and understanding the impact of diet on overall health.

    Personal Finance: This component covers essential financial literacy skills, such as budgeting, saving, and managing money. Students are introduced to the basics of banking, credit, and financial planning, empowering them to make informed financial decisions.

    Textiles and Clothing: This area teaches students about fabric types, clothing construction, and basic sewing skills. Students engage in practical projects that enhance their understanding of textile care and garment creation.

    Career Exploration and Readiness: Students investigate various career options and learn about the skills required for different professions. This exploration helps them make informed decisions about their future education and career paths.

    Interpersonal Skills and Relationships: The program emphasizes the development of effective communication, conflict resolution, and teamwork skills. Students learn the importance of building positive relationships at home, school, and in the workplace.

    Our FACS program often works closely with our MS Technology teachers to create dynamic interdisciplinary projects such as custom made charcuterie boards and corn hole games!


  • Meghan Fitzgerald SSMS Teacher
    Erica Heffez SSMS Teacher
    Lejla Xhelili SSMS Teacher


RVC Sponsors of the Arts

Logo for Rockville Centre Sponsors of the Arts



Sponsors of the Arts is a not for profit scholarship organization  dedicated to supporting the RVC school district students in their search for excellence in the visual and performing arts. We are lucky to have been able to provide approximately $6000 this year in scholarships.

Your help and membership has provided students in this district opportunities to continue their education in all the arts. Please consider joining Sponsors of the Arts. Your generosity will allow us to continue to support our talented young actors, artists, and musicians. 


All-District 2024 Scholarship Application


2024 Senior Scholarship Application

Rockville Centre Schools’ Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

District is one of 4% of school districts in nation to receive distinction


Rockville Centre, NY – April, 2024

For the eighth consecutive year, Rockville Centre School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Rockville Centre is one of 4% of districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2024.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, district administrators answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.

As Rockville Centre UFSD finalizes its 2024-2025 budget, The NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music Education Award and the state level implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of curriculum offerings and available to all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school and the personal benefits of making music. Music and the Arts in Rockville Centre Schools have always been important to the social emotional development of our students.

A graphic made by the NAMM Foundation to celebrate the best communities for music education.

Rockville Centre offers General Music instruction alongside Band, Orchestra and Choral ensembles in all of its elementary schools. South Side Middle School and High School give students the opportunity to explore music composition, sequencing and engineering in modern music laboratories equipped with electronic instruments and computer software and hardware. The secondary school students also continue to develop their performing skills in higher level instrumental and vocal groups, including Jazz ensembles. The high school offers 11th and 12th graders IB Music, a comprehensive music curriculum that integrates performance, composition, and research at the commencement level.

Students who live in Rockville Centre have had a broad range of opportunities to perform in community-based theatre troupes, bands, orchestras, and choirs, as well as county level advanced performing ensembles where they can use and improve the skills they learn in school.


About The NAMM Foundation

The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit