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Spreading Joy to Local Nursing Center

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Centre school’s Student Council representatives recently took a trip to visit the residents at Lynbrook Restorative Therapy and Nursing Center. 

With faculty advisers Danielle Schaetzle and Ashley Tener, and social worker Dawn McCabe leading the way, students enjoyed reading books, playing bingo games and a trivia game with the patients. They also crafted cards and handed them out to the residents to bring smiles to their faces. 

Students Turned Paleontologists

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Centre school’s fifth-grade students in Mrs. Ranieri’s class acted as paleontologists, while finishing their science unit on fossils. For this unit, students learned how fossils help interpret the Earth’s history and how they are like today’s living things. 

Students worked together throughout the investigation, observing different fossils and developing interesting theories about how each fossil formed and where they came from. They also compared fossils to living things and noted ways that the organisms changed over time.

Students Move to the Top in Science Fair

Students Move to the Top in Science Fair photo
Twelve students were the reigning winners of the Junior-Senior High School’s middle school science fair, after conducting an intensive research project and then showcasing their findings. These 12 winners earned a spot to represent the school by participating in the Long Island Science Congress in April.

For the competition, all seventh- and eighth-grade students worked in their science class to identify a topic of interest to research. They completed background research in class, developed a research question and then designed an experiment to be completed on their own. They collect their data and synthesized a brief report using tri-boards to share their projects and highlight the different components of their scientific research. 

After their in-class presentations, students were selected by the classroom teacher to move onto the second round of judging, which took place in school the day of the fair. Students that advanced to the second round presented their project to a series of judges from the science department, who scored their work against a standard rubric.

The top three winners were awarded first, second, and third place in the four different categories: seventh-grade Life Science, seventh-grade Physical Science, eighth-grade Physical Science, and eighth-grade Living Environment Accelerated. 

Analyzing Mexican-American War

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Students in Mr. Tesoriero's 11th grade US History classes spent several days researching the causes of the Mexican-American War. With that, they analyzed speeches by President Polk, Representative Giddings, Sam Houston, and many others. Students questioned the annexation of Texas and explored significant events, including the Alamo. In addition, students looked at various perspectives to determine whether the United States should have gone to war with Mexico, and if it was a "just" war or fought for ulterior motives. Students then split up into teams and fiercely debated this topic in front of the class.

Key Club Coat Drive


Attention All ERHS Families

Focus on Careers Week is scheduled for Feb. 11th – Feb. 15th

If you are interested or know someone that would be interested in speaking with our students in small, in-class presentations about how you discovered your career and the steps you took to get there, please reach out to Ms. Terranova ( or Mr. Rosenberg ( by Friday, Jan. 25th.

We are looking to include a diverse set of career paths/presenters this year to expose our students to as many opportunities as possible.

Facilities Forum - January 29


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Hour of Code

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Centre Avenue School's fifth-grade students in Mrs. Donald's class participated in The Hour of Code, under the guidance of Director of Technology Mr. Araoz. The students were first introduced to through the district’s STEAM program. The students enjoyed learning about new activities on, with "Dance Party" as the class favorite.

Bye Bye Birdie Performances


Students Dissect Sheep Brains

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Mrs. Pietrantonio’s ninth-and tenth-grade Living Environment class were hands-on during their lesson about the nervous system, as they dissected sheep brains.

Spreading Holiday Cheer

The Rhame Avenue Student Council spread holiday cheer while visiting the Atria Tanglewood. The students sang holiday songs for the residents and talked with some of them as well. Both students and residents had a wonderful time. 

Sharpening Skills with Quizlet

Junior-Senior High School students of Mr. Cracolici's classes are sharpening their skills using quizlet. Through the web-based study application, students create dialogues in Italian and sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes” in Spanish.

Skills & Achievement Weekly Update

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Volunteering for Foster Children

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Members of the Junior-Senior High School’s National Honor Society volunteered their talent and time at the Nassau County Department of Social Services’ 41st annual Holiday Party for Children in Foster Care. 

The juniors and seniors ran a craft table for the children and represented East Rockaway proudly. The event took place at the Long Island Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. 

Gingerbread Man STEAM Challenge

Gingerbread Man STEAM Challenge

Ms. Gerbert's kindergarten, first and second grade class at Rhame read many different versions of the Gingerbread Man throughout December 2018, which led to a STEAM challenge.

Students brainstormed solutions to get the Gingerbread Man across the river safely to protect him from the fox. These solutions included having the Gingerbread Man take a different route, hop on a boat or build a bridge. For the STEAM challenge, students worked together to build a bridge for the Gingerbread Man to avoid the fox.

In addition, Mrs. Rosenkrantz helped students enrich their language, where students were encouraged to communicate what they were doing using positional and directional words. Pragmatic language skills were incorporated by encouraging students to work together when discussing their ideas and team responsibilities. After students successfully created a bridge out of interlocking cubes, they were once again challenged to build one with pipe cleaners and popsicle sticks. A fun learning experience and great time was had by all!

Pairing up for Interactive Reading Activity

Centre Avenue students were decked in cozy holiday attire for the school’s annual “Snuggle Up With a Good Book” reading activity.

Different grade level students partnered up for the schoolwide event, which kicked off the holiday break. Lower grade level students were tasked with selecting a book that was then read to them by upper grade level students they were paired with. In addition to wearing comfortable pajamas, students also brought in stuffed animals to snuggle up to during the reading. 

A variety of exciting books were read throughout the school, including “The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV,” by Stan and Jan Berenstain, “Double Trouble Monsters,” by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones, “Going to the Firehouse,” by Mercer Mayer, and more.

Guarding Gingerbread Man Using STEM

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Third-grade students at Rhame designed a hiding place for the gingerbread man during a STEM activity. Students were given a task to prevent the fox from getting to the gingerbread man by using marshmallows and toothpicks as their building materials. 

The activity was a culmination of a month-long integrative unit, where students read different versions of the classic fairytale and wrote their own creative narratives based on the original. In addition, they also learned about the history of gingerbread cookies. 

The groups had fun and learned that working as a team would help them become successful.

Grinch Day introduces fun learning

Grinch Day introduces fun learning
First-graders at Centre school were all smiles during their Grinch Day celebration, as students engaged in Grinch inspired assignments that initiated teamwork and hands-on activities.

This included solving problems in their Grinch math book, practicing subtraction facts while playing a Grinch board game, learning about cause and effect through a science experiment, and using hand lenses to search for adjectives. Students completed the fun day of learning with a writing craft activity.

VEX IQ Tournament

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The competition was fierce at the Junior-Senior High School, as the school hosted the VEX IQ Challenge Next Level Middle School Qualifying Tournament on Dec. 8.

The competition consisted of 42 teams from across the Southern New York Region, including four teams from East Rockaway Junior High School, Centre Avenue and Rhame Avenue elementary schools. A total of 26 East Rockaway students participated in the tournament. The district’s top team, which included students Nicholas Alter, Andrew Calise, Jordan Lu, John O'Hanlon, Louis Perri and Jorge Wayar, placed seventh in qualifications and seventh in the Robot Skills Challenge.

Congratulations to all the teams that competed and to Robotics Club Advisors Nick Cimorelli, Michelle Healy and Hugh Howard for hosting one of the largest qualifying events in the region.  

Curriculum Fair - Feb. 6, 2019


Experiencing 19th Century Writing

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Ms. Gail Beyrer’s and Ms. Heidi Kreit’s third-grade student classes at Rhame Avenue traded keyboards for quill pens during a visit from a member at the Long Island Museum.

Jessica Pastore, museum educator, took students back to the 19th century through visual and hands-on learning experiences. Students analyzed photographs of a 19th-century schoolhouse setting and compared it to what is current today.

With that, third-graders tried their hand at 19th-century writing techniques by jotting down arithmetic problems on a slate board with chalk. After that, students rolled up their sleeves and wrote in cursive using ink and quill pens, while attempting not to smudge.

Spreading Holiday Cheer to Hospital

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Kiwanis Kids and Student Council clubs at both Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue elementary schools brought holiday cheer to Nassau University Medical Center. 

After hosting a monthlong toy drive, club members visited the center to donate toys to its patients. Students were assisted by their parents, faculty advisers and teachers, including Danielle Schaetzle, Dawn McCabe, Julia Garvey, Sherina Lugo and Rayana Angelillo.

They finished the trip with a holiday singalong in the lobby of the hospital. Toys were purchased through a generous donation from the East Rockaway Kiwanis Club.

Fall Athletics Newsletter


Drawing Conclusions

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Centre Avenue second-grade students in Mrs. Rottkamp’s class learned about drawing conclusions. They used the clues and staff interviews to determine who had their class pet, Fluffy. It turns out Fluffy was at school with Mrs. Rottkamp the whole time!

Learning Transmission of Light

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Mrs. Kassie Tillem-Spero's sixth grade science class at Rhame are learning about the transmission of light through different materials. The engaging lesson allows students to use flashlights and everyday objects to determine if a material was transparent, translucent, or opaque. After that, they discussed the different qualities of each material, and the behavior of light as it was transmitted through each material.

East Rockaway honors fall scholar-athlete teams

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The district’s Board of Education congratulated and recognized its fall scholar-athletes and teams that earned the distinction as New York State Scholar-Athlete Team at its recent Board meeting. The prestigious state award is presented to teams who cumulatively achieved a 90 percent grade point average or better during the competing season.

“The fall season was very fun and successful, with success on the field of play, in the community and in the classroom,” Director of Athletics David Barth said. “We’ve had over 100 individual scholar athletes in grades 7-12 and six of our varsity teams earned the distinction as a scholar athlete team, which means over 75 percent of the roster averaged out to 90 percent or above. A terrific accomplishment.”

Mr. Barth introduced coaches who then recognized their respective athletes. The six Scholar-Athlete Teams are varsity girls soccer, varsity boys soccer, varsity cheerleading, varsity girls cross country, varsity girls tennis, and varsity girls volleyball. 

Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz thanked Mr. Barth and acknowledged student athletes and staff for their efforts this fall season.

“I’d like to thank our coaches and our volunteers who help out, and most importantly all of our student athletes for not only an amazing season in these sports but their academic commitment to obtain the averages that they have,” Ms. Ruiz said. “It’s been a pleasure to watch some of our students make it to the playoffs and finals. Congratulations to all.”

Centre Students Work in Eureka Math

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Mrs. Donald’s and Mrs. Kuck’s students at Centre Avenue have been working in Eureka Math Module 2 for the past few weeks, learning various strategies for solving long division equations with and without decimals. In order to showcase their understanding of this topic, the students worked with Mr. Araoz using their tablets to explore the program Flip Grid. Students collaborated in small groups to create a script and a video, that described the steps needed to solve a long division equation. These videos will be used as a “how-to” for fellow fourth- and fifth-grade students.

Senior Chorus Performs at Islanders Game

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On Monday November 26th, the Senior Chorus performed at a New York Islanders game at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn. During intermission, the Chorus members sang “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman to over 8,000 audience members. Their moving performance sparked high praise from game attendees, with many strangers stopping to heartily congratulate the students after the game. Students participated in a sound check prior to their performance and got to witness a behind the scenes look at the audio production and event coordination that occurs at a professional sporting event.

Inclement Weather Delayed Opening and School Closing Procedures

This serves to clarify the East Rockaway School District’s procedures for inclement weather.  On inclement weather days, the district will make every effort to make a decision on whether to delay opening or close school by 6:00 A.M.  The District will implement a delayed school opening schedule on days of inclement weather. A delayed opening schedule offers the district additional time to clear and sand all district walkways, driveways and parking lots for the safe entry of our students and staff.  The delayed opening will also provide adequate time for students and staff to arrive safely to their buildings. When school must be closed or delayed due to weather conditions, announcements will be made to that effect via our Blackboard Connect communications system.  Please make sure that the parent portal has your most up to date contact information.  Notifications will also be posted on our website, district app and over the following websites, television and radio stations:

News 12 Long Island
WALK 97.5 FM

In the event of a delayed opening, the following schedule will be in effect:

Jr./ Sr. High School classes begin at 10:00 AM.  
Students should not arrive prior to 9:40

Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue Elementary School classes begin at 10:15 AM.   
Students should not arrive prior to 9:55.

If you have any questions regarding the delayed opening process, please call your building principal. 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

Private and Parochial School Transportation Notice - 2019-2020 School Year


Website Creation

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Students in Mrs. Donald's fifth-grade class at Centre Avenue have been busy creating websites in Google Sites, which is part of Google's G Suite. Using their assigned civilization from Social Studies, students have been doing research on their tablets and then presenting their information on the websites. They have been able to display their creativity, knowledge and technological skills through working on their websites in class, as well as in library with Mrs. Schoen.

Teacher Presents at Conference

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East Rockaway HS Music teacher, Marichelle Weill presented a clinic on Inclusivity and Diversity as a member of the Crane School of Music Panel at this year's All-State Music Conference in Rochester. Weill, along with other K-12 Music teachers and esteemed college professors gave their presentation to a jam-packed room on traditions of schools of music, music organizations, and practices of music educators. The panel analyzed the cultural implications of these traditions, and offered alternative ideas and updated philosophies to create a more inclusive and culturally responsive experience for preservice music teachers and K-12 music students.

This is Weill's second presentation on cultural responsiveness this year. She was also asked to be a teaching ambassador at the Crane School of Music, where she will work along side college professors to provide preservice music teachers with relevant curricula and philosophical insight to adapt to 21st Century teaching. When asked about this experience, Weill says she is excited to share her studies and experiences with other music educators in the hopes of encouraging continued analysis, compassion, and growth amongst teachers to adapt to the evolving needs of our students.

All-State Performance

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Senior Laura Millar performed at this year’s NYSSMA All-State Conference in Rochester, New York, from Nov. 29-Dec. 2. She performed her clarinet with a 151-piece Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Johnston-Turner. The group received a standing ovation from the crowd. Laura was selected based upon her 100 percent/A+ on a level 6, All-State solo. Assistant Band Director Nicole Mihalek attended the performance with her and participated in many professional development workshops during the event. Congratulations to Laura on this tremendous accomplishment.

Performing for Village

The East Rockaway Music department participated in this year's village tree lighting. The Elementary Chorus, Senior High Jazz Band and Senior High Chorus all performed for the crowd. Directors, Mrs. Jessica Salaway, , Mr. Pete Ceglio and Mrs. Seanna Silver were proud to have their groups perform along side many others from the community. The cold temperatures were no match for the warm holiday spirit of the event.

Winter 2019 Driver Education


Honoring Pearl Harbor Day

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Eighth-grade students from the East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School participated in the Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony in East Rockaway on Friday, Dec. 7. Students played a crucial role in the ceremony, including Louis DeSano who read the Proclamation commemorating the day, Connor Kelly and Clare Acuti who together tossed a memorial wreath into the water, and senior Chris Levin who performed taps. All students then joined veterans in a special luncheon at the American Legion.

Big Book Donation

Big Book Donation
Members of the National Junior Honor Society collected children's books for donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. This annual drive was another huge success this year. Thank you to all those who donated and whose books will go on to new homes and new students for 2019.

Hour of Code

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Third-graders at Rhame Avenue participated in the Hour of Code on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Under the guidance of Director of Technology Mr. Araoz, students used, which they were first introduced to through the district’s STEAM program. The children had fun while working with a partner to program solutions for a myriad of tasks on different themes. One favorite of the third-graders was the Star Wars themed  coding challenges. 

Students Selected for Prestigious Award

Students Selected for Prestigious Award
The district extends its congratulations to Junior-Senior High School seniors Laura Millar and Edward McCann IV on their outstanding Physical Education Awards from the Nassau Zone of New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 

Nassau Zone selects one male and one female who demonstrate New York State learning standards for Health and Physical Education. These NYS standards include living a physically active lifestyle, high level of fitness during testing, and exceptional achievement within physical education class. These two students have also shown tremendous leadership, sportsmanship, character and lifelong learning throughout their careers at East Rockaway.

AIDS Prevention Training Program

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Junior-Senior High School 10th-grade students and social worker Kristen Mednick ventured to North Shore University Hospital to attend its Peer AIDS Education and Prevention Training Program. The purpose of the Peer AIDS Training Program is to educate high school students about HIV/AIDS and to provide training in how to communicate information on prevention to their peers. 

Nearly 100 high school students from six different districts participated in the training, which included attending workshops on HIV/AIDS and STD prevention, cultural issues, sexuality and relationships, drug and alcohol trends, good decision-making, and many other aspects of teen health.  

Upon completion of the training, students became Certified Peer AIDS Educators, which recognizes them as leaders in the education and prevention of HIV/AIDS. The newly certified Peer AIDS Educators will meet with their previously certified counterparts to prepare age-appropriate HIV/AIDS lessons, which will be presented to the district’s fifth- and sixth-grader students.

Student Performs with Professional Choir

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The Junior-Senior High School Music Department is proud to announce that senior chorus member Justin Morris had the amazing opportunity to perform with the Evoco Voice Collective for its “Dreams and Revelations” concert.

Evoco is a professional choir of musicians and music educators from across Long Island, which High School Choral Director Seanna Silver is a member. Justin, alongside Mrs. Silver and the Evoco chorus, performed the song “The Lady in the Water” by Eric William Barnum.  

Justin was one of just a handful of students from Long Island selected to participate in this performance. The music department is proud of the hard work that Justin put in to prepare the music for this performance.

Treats for Troops

The K-Kids at Centre Avenue recently organized a candy drive for Treats for Troops. Centre families donated Halloween candy and K-Kids wrote letters to thank those brave men and women serving the country. Soldiers at Fort Drum in upstate, New York, took pictures of themselves posing with the boxes of treats and student letters.

Students Perform Word Surgery

The students in Mrs. Rottkamp's second-grade class at Centre Avenue School completed a "text feature surgery." After reading their Scholastic News, the students identified the text features they found and then cut and glued the text features in the correct places. Second-graders finally completed a "post-op report" by identifying the purpose of the text features.

Student of the Quarter

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Congratulations to Nicholas Iannucci for being recognized as a Student of the 1st Quarter from the Nassau BOCES Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center. His first year in the program, Nicholas was recognized and nominated by his teacher Mr. D’Orazio for his efforts, leadership and achievements in the construction/electrical program. He was honored with a special certificate this week.

Reading and Relaxing

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Town Clerk Sylvia Cabana recently visited ENL students in grades 3-8. Ms. Cabana presented her "Read and Relax" program where students listened to and discussed the story Tomás and the Library Lady. Following the bilingual read aloud students discussed the importance of hard work and perseverance. Students also learned about the many important services provided by the Town Clerk's office along with learning about Ms. Cabana's family history which many of the students could relate to.

Cards for Soldiers

After learning about empathy, students in Mrs Glickman’s class at Centre Avenue School made cards for soldiers. Ava Olson’s dad will bring these holiday cards to his unit in the army in order to spread some cheer and thank them this holiday season.

Pies for a Cause

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For more than 20 years, the world language classes have sponsored a child who lives in Mexico through the organization, Children's Incorporated. This year, they sold over 100 pies and cheese cakes! Mr. Cuttitta's A.P. Italian students distributed the pies and cakes to the students and staff. What a sweet gesture from the East Rockaway community!

Hieroglyphic Messages

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Students in Dr. Soto’s class at Centre Avenue School learned how hieroglyphs were used as a form of communication and record keeping, and as a means for preserving and passing down history. Students learned common Egyptian words and how to read hieroglyphic messages. Sixth-graders also enjoyed using hieroglyphs to create messages about ancient Egypt.

Student Earns Prestigious Honor

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The district is excited to announce that Nicholas Stebner, an eighth-grader at the Junior-Senior High School, was accepted into the American Choral Director's Association National Middle School - JR High Honor Choir. 

Stebner prepared music in advance and submitted an audition tape in the early fall, along with hundreds of other students from around the country. This is the first time that East Rockaway has had a choral student selected for a national choir.

ACDA is a national organization for choral directors. The Honor Choir is a part of their 60th anniversary Jubilee National Conference and will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, from Feb. 27-March 2, 2019.

Balloons Over Rhame

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Rhame Avenue school was filled with smiles and festive energy, as its kindergarten classes marched around the building for its annual Balloons Over Rhame Avenue Parade.

This event is an adaptation of Melissa Sweet’s “Balloons Over Broadway” book, which tells the true story of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Kindergartners read the book and learned how the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was first started and how it evolved overtime. 

With that, students crafted their own balloons or puppets using giant paper that was stuffed with newspaper. This year’s balloons depicted characters like Spider-Man, Winnie-the-Pooh, The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch and more. Each balloon was propped up on yardsticks and carried by kindergartners, as the rest of the school stood outside their classrooms, created signs and cheered them on throughout the march. 

Thanksgiving Feast

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Junior-Senior High School students in Ms. Corapi’s Food and Nutrition class prepared a Thanksgiving feast for themselves and invited guests. Students prepared mouthwatering favorites like turkey, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and more. The meal was planned over the course of several days, as students were tasked with a specific time for service.

Food Donations

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Throughout the month of November, students from both Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue Schools have been collecting non-perishable food items. Students in Student Council and Kiwanis Kids Club facilitated the drive, which served to assist families in need this holiday season. Select students recently visited the Long Island Council of Churches Food Pantry to help make the donations in person and assist with stocking the shelves.

Animals Brought to Life in Writing Celebration

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Ms. Jeannine Patane’s and Ms. Maryann Napolitano’s third-grade students of Centre Avenue school wore masks of different animals as a way to celebrate completing their informative writing assignment. 

Each student researched an animal of their choice, wrote an in-depth essay and then crafted masks or puppets of their animals for the publishing celebration. Students also participated in a constructive criticism session where they read each other’s work and wrote comments.

Facilities Committee

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