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Keeping Students Active and Creating a Culture

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Rockets sports are back! Due to the pandemic, most middle school team sports have been modified to in-house programs. As part of the district-wide effort to expand activities at our middle school, an intramural program was developed to serve the needs and interests of students, primarily those in Grades 6-8. 

Intramural basketball started on February 5th and will finish on March 15th. The program functions by grade levels with twenty-four students participating. The program is a great way to stay active with student safety remaining a priority. The goals of the middle school intramural program are as follows:

  • To have fun in a safe environment;
  • To provide an opportunity for students to develop sportsmanship and fair play;
  • To provide instruction and reinforce skills learned in the health and physical education program;
  • To promote an understanding and insight into the value of physical fitness for a healthy lifestyle;
  • To encourage all students to participate; and
  • To provide students social interaction in a constructive environment.

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All students participating on the intramural teams have their temperatures screened upon arrival and are following safety protocols. There is also hand sanitizer and hand-washing stations available. We are fortunate to have 6 basketball hoops in our gym allowing for social distancing when doing isolated drills. Many parents are thrilled that their children can be at school doing what they love for an extra hour per day. Eighth-grade student Eva Garcia exclaimed: “I am beyond ecstatic to have some sort of basketball program to give me something to do and I love seeing my friends here as well!”

We are excited to welcome first-year coach, Ms. Coco, who was just recently named the Lady Rockets Head Coach! Ms. Coco is a member of our Middle School Math Department and in her third year teaching Grade 6. She is an active member of our school community participating in many student, family, and faculty events. Ms. Coco is eager to serve and motivate our Red Bank Middle School student-athletes to be their very best on and off the court. She works alongside our Boys Head Coach and Rockets Athletic Director, Mr. Nathanson, and together they have great plans to develop the basketball skillset of our student-athletes as well as their knowledge of the game. Together, they intend to help our boys and girls grow into young men and young ladies that represent their school, themselves, and their families well. 

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Athletics have played a significant role in our #RBBisBIA journey over the past 7 years. Our Best In America mindset is meant to inspire students and staff to be their very best and also, when needed, to encourage and support others to be their very best. Providing students the opportunity to engage in extra-curricular programming, such as athletics and the arts, enables students to explore their interests and also venture out of their comfort zone. The dedication, commitment, and work ethic created from our BIA mindset fosters confidence and self-esteem in our children that is carried into our classrooms and permeates throughout all aspects of their lives.

The #RBBIsBIA mindset has led to many recent successes on the hardwood and soccer pitch. The Red Bank Middle School Rockets have made winning look easy over the last five years. Boys soccer has had a successful run in the Shore Athletic League winning the championship four straight years 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.  A year ago the Lady Rockets won the first Shore Athletic Championship in soccer beating Union Beach. In 2019, the Red Bank Middle School Lady Rockets Basketball Team won their second consecutive Shore Athletic League Championship with a regular-season record of 17 - 0. Athletics have become such a great outlet for our students we even expanded our athletic department to include Boys and Girls Cross Country with support from former State Senator Jennifer Beck and the Grunin Foundation.

As we finish up the last few weeks of intramural hoops, we look forward to the spring with the hope of playing a full baseball and softball season. In the meantime, our student-athletes will continue to be kind, support others, and be their best selves as they travel their own BIA journey! 

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