The Junior-Senior High School auditorium was packed with district staff, students and their families, as a number of recognitions were distributed during the Board of Education meeting.
To kick off the celebrations, Brianna Manzano, a third grader at Centre Avenue Elementary School, was recognized for being selected as a winner of the Storyworks Magazine’s volcano writing contest. Brianna was one of 10 students nationwide chosen for this award.
Centre Avenue Principal Sherry Ma introduced Brianna and spoke of her academic vigor. “In the classroom, Brianna has so much enthusiasm for learning. She is a leader among her peers and has a passion for creative writing,” Ms. Ma said. “I would like to congratulate Brianna on her accomplishment.”
In addition, three district teachers were presented for tenure, including East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School math teacher Frank Altamore, Rhame Avenue Elementary School teaching assistant Cindy Dower, and Centre Avenue elementary teacher Kelly Dowling. Each building principal spoke highly of their respective staff member before commemorating them for their hard work and commitment to the district and community. The honorees were also presented with flowers and a gift for this recognition.
The excitement continued as district students were honored for their achievements and participation in an array of art and music shows and competitions that took place throughout the 2018-2019 school year. Each student was acknowledged for their accomplishments and presented with certificates. Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz also highlighted the efforts and guidance of staff members within the department.
“Our students are multitalented. They are involved in chorus, they play an instrument, they are artistic, they produce beautiful art and they’re also student athletes,” Mrs. Ruiz said. “These are the same students whose names you hear over and over again. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and talented children with us. Congratulations to all of our students for these amazing accomplishments.”