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Child I.D. Program Comes to Elementary Schools

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The district recently hosted a Child I.D. program at both Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue elementary schools. This child safety program allows families to provide accurate child identification information to law enforcement in the event of an emergency. The program is free and sponsored by the office of Assemblywoman Melissa “Missy” Miller and the New York Life Insurance Company.

More than 50 I.D. cards were issued to families at Rhame and 62 I.D. cards were provided to Centre families.

In both school buildings, parents and guardians were sent an informational flyer and application to fill out for each participating child. Photo identification cards were then produced for each applicant through the EZ Child I.D. System, which included digital fingerprinting. 

At the event, families received a laminated identification card containing their child’s current photo, fingerprints, contact information, medical/health concerns if applicable and any pertinent details that could be helpful to police or other law enforcement agencies in case of an emergency.

The district is proud to have rolled out this valuable program to its elementary school families.

Summer Reading Program

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Students and families of the East Rockaway School District are invited to participate in a summer reading program that will be offered through the New York State Education Department and the New York State Library. The Summer Reading at New York Libraries program is free to all children and families at over 1,100 public libraries and branches across the state. In addition to providing access to thousands of books, libraries will also offer creative and educational activities around this year’s summer reading slogan, “A Universe of Stories,” to support summer learning and prevent the “summer slide.” For more information, click here.

Centre Explores Sound Waves

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First graders at Centre Avenue School explored how sound is created through the MAD Science program. Students learned how sound waves travel and gained an understanding of what sound vibrations are and how they create high and low pitches.  This workshop on sound was sponsored by the Centre Avenue PTA.


Softball Executes a Successful Season

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The Junior-Senior High School varsity girls softball team was honored for their accomplishments this season at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The team was honored for winning the Class B Nassau County and Long Island championships.  

In addition to these achievements, senior Emily Chelius was named Nassau County Pitcher of the Year. The following athletes were also honored for their on-field performances:

Mimi Billardello: All-Conference
Emily Chelius: All-County
Siobhan Perini: All-Conference
Hunter Vertuccio: Honorable Mention All-County
 

Rhame Kindergarten Celebrates First Year

Rhame Kindergarten Celebrates First Year
Rhame Avenue kindergarteners celebrated their first year of school with an exciting performance. Students sang, danced and chanted about friendship, numbers, letters and poems. Parents also enjoyed a slideshow of their children’s kindergarten memories.
 

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Celebrated by County

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Junior-Senior High School Class of 2019’s valedictorian Laura Millar and salutatorian Scott Buzzolani were among 115 seniors from 55 public high schools honored for their outstanding academic achievements at the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents’ annual Celebrating Excellence Breakfast. 

They were joined by their families, Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz and Junior-Senior High School Principal Richard Schaffer.

Superintendent Ruiz, who is also the Celebrating Excellence Breakfast Committee co-chairperson, said the event recognized Long Island’s brightest young men and women who will soon be off to some of the nation’s most prestigious colleges. 

The keynote speaker was Michael Braun, a 2013 graduate of Elmont Memorial High School, who was the 2018-19 student representative on the SUNY Board of Trustees. Braun noted that about 3.6 million students will graduate high school in the United States this year, making the roughly 72,000 valedictorians and salutatorians part of an elite group. He said that sometimes dreams change and success may come in ways they never envisioned, but it’s important for them to take advantages of the opportunities that come about. 

The title of valedictorian and salutatorian, Braun added, represents creativity, intelligence, leadership, perseverance and a drive to always improve.

Superintendents from NCCSS’s Celebrating Excellence Breakfast Committee announced the name of each valedictorian and salutatorian along with their college plans.

First Annual Coffee House

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Junior-Senior High School students performed original poems and sang songs to a packed cafeteria for the school’s first annual Coffee House. This was part of a service-learning project created by Ms. Jen Isik’s Advisory Period. 

During the event, students were treated to delicious baked goods and coffee, which were donated by East Rockaway alumni Vincent Arena of Tazzetto Coffee. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the event. We look forward to continuing this in the future. 




Mad Science Comes to Rhame

Mad Science Comes to Rhame

Third graders at Rhame Avenue School participated in the Mad Science Simple Machines program, where they were introduced to the science and basics behind simple machines.

Partially funded by the school’s PTA, students explored the six main types of simple machines: the wheel and axle, the screw, the lever, the inclined plane, the wedge and the pulley.

The lesson educated students on the force, capabilities and various parts of certain machines. In addition, they learned about the value that machines have in today’s society and the advantages they offer in everyday tasks.






Students Craft Cutting Boards

Students Craft Cutting Boards
East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School students in Mr. Nick Cimorelli’s production systems class designed and fabricated their own cutting boards. They were asked to research designs, sizes and materials that would be appropriate and would hold up to the board’s usage. 

Students chose from a variety of wood, including black walnut, cherry and maple, to make their pattern by gluing the parts together. They used their knowledge of the safe and proper use of machinery to create a shape of their choice, then they used the laser engraver to put the finishing touch on their board that will last for many years to come.



Centre Receives Visit from Assemblywoman

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Centre Avenue’s fifth grade Student Council received an exciting visit from New York State Assemblywoman Judy Griffin, who came to speak with the group about foundation aid. 

Prior to her visit, students wrote letters to her about why foundation aid is needed for the school. With that, Assemblywoman Griffin also discussed her role in East Rockaway and how she plans to help the schools get the money they need. The discussion completed with Assemblywoman Griffin answering any student questions.

It was a great experience for them and the school looks forward to having her come back in the future.

Career Week Winners

Career Week Winners
Congratulations to Centre Avenue and Rhame Avenue students selected as Career Week winners. These students were chosen based on a take-home assignment in which they interviewed an adult with an interesting career. 

Centre Winners:
Eden Anderson
Kelsey Flanagan
Arti Krasniqi
Benjamin Natale

Rhame Winners: 
Sierra Halatas
Jason Manzano
Thomas Nestro
Juliana Thorgersen





Sixth Graders Take Learning Outside of School

Sixth Graders Take Learning Outside of School
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Centre Avenue’s sixth grade students from Ms. Kelly Dowling and Dr. Christian Soto's class took their education outside of the classroom by venturing to Hofstra University to attend the Sixth Grade Conference Day and then visited the Long Island Maritime Museum. 

At Hofstra, they learned about real-life situations regarding careers, drugs and alcohol, and cyberbullying. With that, they were arranged into groups and rotated through different workshops to participate in hands-on activities. 

The museum trip was also an exciting expedition for students, as they toured five historic buildings and houses, viewed more than 20,000 artifacts, and witnessed 50 historic Long Island watercrafts.  

Students enjoyed the interactive and educational activities both adventures offered.

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Rhame Steps for Soldiers

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Rhame Avenue students were decked out in red, white and blue and walked laps around the building to honor Memorial Day in a healthy way. This was part of the school’s Healthy Month of May initiative, which was planned by the Healthy Action Team.

Throughout the month, students brought in toiletries that were donated to the VA Northport Beacon House. The school is proud of the efforts carried out by students and staff members.



BOE Highlights District Accomplishments

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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.”

Students Collaborate for Science Experiment

Students Collaborate for Science Experiment

Junior-Senior High School’s AP Biology students recently participated in the annual tradition of dissecting owl pellets with third graders from Centre Avenue.

High schoolers worked with their younger peers to identify the bones within each owl pellet and observed and touched real sheep brains. Owl pellets contain the bones, fur and other materials that owls are unable to digest after eating. Students used identification charts to make conclusions about the contents of each owl pellet. Possibilities included mice, rats, shrews, voles and birds.

This is the fifth year an AP Biology class and third graders from Centre Avenue have collaborated in a science activity. It is a great opportunity for the third graders to work in a science laboratory and participate in an experimental lesson.







District Celebrates Red Nose Day

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Students and staff across the district adorned their noses with the color red and participated in Red Nose Day. The national fundraising campaign works to end child poverty in America and around the world.

By purchasing red noses, the district helped raise funds and awareness for the cause. In addition, students were also educated on the issues faced by children in poverty. The money raised supports projects that ensure kids are safe, healthy and educated.

Red Nose Day brings students together to have fun, raise money and change the lives of kids who need help. In addition, students are empowered as they learn what they can do to positively impact the lives of others.




AP Physics Participates in Breakout EDU

AP Physics Participates in Breakout EDU
Junior-Senior High School students in Bryan Palermo’s AP Physics class completed a Breakout EDU activity. Similar to an escape room, the activity required them to solve various problems, clues and puzzles to open a locked box. All of the tips and questions were specific to Newton’s Three Laws of Motion.

Four teams competed to be the first to break out. They had to combine teamwork and problem-solving skills with their knowledge of physics. The winning team successfully unscrambled all of Newton’s Laws and, as a prize, received bonus points for the next quiz.




Student Public Service Announcements

Students in advisory classes at East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School are working on service-learning projects to improve their communities.  

Please see some of the public service announcements these students created using the Flipgrid video response platform.

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Rhame Hosts Kindergarten Orientation

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Rhame Avenue held its kindergarten orientation for students entering school in September. 

Principal Erik Walter, kindergarten teachers and a variety of specialists spoke to parents of what to expect this fall and provided a tour for them and their children. During the visit, the incoming students also interacted with their peers and participated in activities including story time.  

The Rhame Avenue community enjoyed the morning meeting with the future kindergartners and their families, and is excited to welcome them back for the new school year.
 

Students Host Car Wash

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Students from Junior-Senior High School class of 2021 held a car wash on May 18. The East Rockaway Fire Department came to get their trucks washed and made a generous donation to the class’s fundraiser.
 

Math Tournament by the Sea

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Two teams from the East Rockaway Middle School competed at the Second Annual Math Tournament by the Sea at Long Beach Middle School on May 17.

The seventh grade team was comprised of Peter Kaplan, Jordan Lu, Kevin Lynch, Kieran Lynch and Francesco Maio, while Louis DeSano, Briahna McConnell, Julia Passanisi, Mackenzie Sackaris and Sarah Warszawiak represented the eighth grade team. 

The students competed in three distinct events, including solving 10 complex problems independently in 30 minutes, working in teams of five to tackle more challenging problems and then joining forces with students from across Nassau and Suffolk counties to form mixed-district teams. 

The event completed with an awards ceremony, where Briahna McConnell’s team placed third overall for the mixed-team event, and Julia Passanisi’s team placed second overall for the mixed-team event.  

Teachers Alissa Longo and Brigid Mulvaney would like to thank all the students for working hard at the event and representing East Rockaway in such proud fashion!

 




Rhame Rocks Out With Reading

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The Rhame Avenue PARP Committee hosted its last literacy event for the month of May with “Rock OUTside With a Good Book” on May 17. Due to the weather, students enjoyed the activity inside instead.

They found creative ways to celebrate the activity and were also invited to dress in their favorite rocker style in honor of the school’s theme, “Rhame’s Rock Out With Reading.” A special thanks to the students, staff and Rhame families for making this year’s PARP celebration another great success!







Entrepreneurs Take Over Rhame

Entrepreneurs Take Over Rhame

Rhame Avenue school’s gymnasium was packed with parents and district staff members, as fifth graders showcased their knowledge and skills in business economics for the school’s Entrepreneurs Day.

For the event, students designed products using a business plan. These items included plants, lava lamps, paper weights, funfetti funnels, stress balls, body scrubs and more. They also created business cards, catchy jingles, designed logos, slogans and a website to market their work. The students manufactured their products at home and then set up shop to sell them on the big day. 

The event kicked off with students singing a song before they moved to their “shops” to discuss their products and sell them to “customers.” Parents and district staff purchased a variety of items by using Rhame Avenue dollars. 

Students were successful in sales and were sold out in under an hour. 




Students Welcome Furry Visitors

Students Welcome Furry Visitors

Junior-Senior High School students in the New York State Mentoring Program and the Twilight program received an exciting visit from two furry guests from the Canine Companions for Independence and their guardian Marianne Hutcheson.

NYS Mentor Sheryll Dorf suggested the visit after the group discussed how animals and pets positively impact people. Ms. Hutcheson explained the goal of the nonprofit organization is to enhance the lives of people by providing highly trained assistance dogs.

Students enjoyed the event and couldn’t stop from grinning throughout the visit.







Seventh Graders Become Bloggers

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Students in Ms. Caitlin Castellano’s, Ms. Briar Falvo’s and Ms. Jennifer Isik’s seventh grade English classes became bloggers through Kidblog. Through this blogging platform, introduced by Director of Technology Mr. Lee Araoz, they crafted opinion pieces for the Controversial Conversations class blog.

While reading the play “Inherit the Wind,” they have been engaged in discussions and debates on the critical issues outlined in this classic story. They read current news articles on contentious topics and created blog posts with their opinions that were added to a Controversial Conversations class blog. Students then read and responded to posts written by their peers across their grade. They loved having this platform as an outlet to voice their opinions. The school is very excited to increase student engagement and enhance learning using this excellent digital platform.







Bean Pull Activity

Bean Pull Activity

Students in Mrs. Deanna Mignella’s Algebra II class are learning about sampling variability in their statistics unit. During this lesson, they performed a bean pull simulation using white beans and black beans to approximate the sampling distribution of the sample proportion. They also used the simulation to anticipate estimation error. In addition, students will also learn how to use their graphing calculators to interpret the data and run their own simulations.

 

Budget Vote Results

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The Budget Has Passed. Thank You./El presupuesto ha sido aprobado. Gracias.

Yes/Sí - 619
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Proposition #2 Has Passed./La Proposición # 2 ha sido aprobada.
Yes/Sí – 639
No- 202

Congratulations to Kristen O’Hagan and Peter McNally on winning the Board election.
Felicitaciones a Kristen O’Hagan y Peter McNally por ganar la elección de la Junta.
 

Sagamore Hill Adventure

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The district’s ENL department took a trip to Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, where students immersed themselves in the life of Theodore Roosevelt and his family. 

At the historic site, they had the opportunity to tour his home and walk the grounds. It was a wonderful day of learning and exploring for the students and their families.
 

Junior Chorus Performs at State Majors

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The Junior-Senior High School’s Junior Chorus took the stage at Hofstra University and performed for New York State School Music Association Majors.
  
NYSSMA Majors is an annual adjudication of ensembles from across Long Island and the state. Students in each ensemble performed in front of two judges for comments and a rating.

The Junior Chorus participated at a challenging level three and received the rank of silver. This is the second year that the Junior Chorus has performed at NYSSMA Majors and looks forward to continuing the tradition next year.

10th Graders Prep for AP Exam

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Ms. Valerie Parasmo’s AP World History 10th grade students worked diligently to prepare for their first AP exam. They stayed after school to strengthen their knowledge and created thinking maps to review all six time periods of world history, from the dawn of man to modern-day events. Creating tree maps were an effective method to review the time periods and the five themes of AP world history overtime. These themes included human interaction with the environment, culture, politics, economics and social classes.
 

Rhame Reading Rocks Assembly

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Rhame Avenue students and staff enjoyed the Reading Rocks Magic Show on May 15, as part of the school’s monthlong Rock Out with Reading PARP celebration.

Presented by Joe Holiday, the show was a unique blend of stage magic, comedy, music and audience participation that showcased both classic and popular children’s books. 

The engaging assembly kept the audience smiling and laughing throughout the event. The school looks forward to bringing Reading Rocks back to Rhame in the future.

 

Middle School Social Studies Challenge

The 6th graders came up and joined the 7th & 8th grade for the annual Middle School Social Studies Challenge. 6 students represented each grade in the 4 rounds of various social studies questions. Questions geared toward their particular curricula, famous 2nds in history, currents events & world leaders all hi-lighted the vast array of knowledge the young people needed as they answered a lot more questions then they got wrong. The 250+ students in the audience had their own competition with cheering, clapping & signs they made in support of their class. They also were interactive with answering questions & had fun at the end of the competition answering famous historical & geographical nicknames. At the end of the hour long competition, the 7th graders came out on top with a close win over the 8th & 6th grade. Ms. Kenny, 7th grade SS teacher, will have possession of the "Golden Political Sphere", which is the winner's trophy, until next years competition. A big thanks to Mr. Gibbons and the Social Studies staff that made this another unique, fun, & educational day!!

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Washington DC Trip

Washington DC Trip
On May 6th and 7th, the eighth grade students hit the road for their annual trip to Washington DC! This interdisciplinary trip gave students the opportunity to bridge topics being taught in their courses with visits to the National Holocaust Museum, the Newseum, and Arlington National Cemetery. A new and exciting addition for our trip this year was a guided tour of the Pentagon.

Students Explore Career Opportunities

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Students at Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue explored a variety of occupations during career week. The goal was to raise awareness of available jobs and encourage career exploration through themed weekly highlights and guest speakers that were students’ relatives.

Third graders at Rhame learned the ins and outs of being a New York City police officer, what subjects are needed for the field of advertising, and the process of saving money and making fast cash when working for Merrill Lynch.

Fifth and sixth graders learned about careers in engineering and were tasked to construct an I-beam. In addition, James O'Hagan, future NFL player for the Giants, spoke to students about pursuing their dreams and overcoming obstacles.

Centre students primped for the exciting week by participating in "dress for the career you want" day. In addition, sixth graders heard from speakers including a Jet Blue pilot, a dentist, a doctor and a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy.

Students were engaged throughout the week and enjoyed learning about the interesting career fields.




Red Nose Day Celebration

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The East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School is joining the international fight for health and safety among children by celebrating Red Nose Day on May 23. Red Nose Day is an annual fundraising campaign with the goal to eradicate child hunger and poverty.

The middle school will host several activities throughout the week. The Key Club and social worker Ms. Amy Weissman will be holding a fundraiser in the rotunda during lunch periods. All students in grades 7-12 can purchase a red nose for a $1 donation and take a selfie with a frame titled “#NOSESON.” 

This is a great way for our students to band together, have fun, raise money and change the lives of children in need. This experience will also help build their understanding of the world around them, while learning that they can create a positive change.
 
To learn more about how your support can make a difference, click here


Café 217

Students working with Ms. Crowley, Ms. Ostrander and Ms. Mallor at ERHS are proud to announce the grand opening of "Café 217", which was a huge success! Staff members are invited to stop by our classroom, on select days and times, to place an order of hot or iced coffee or tea. The orders are taken, prepared, and served by our hard working students. Thank you to the East Rockaway Ed Foundation for providing the grant to make this possible!

Academic Awards

East Rockaway Jr.Sr. High School's annual Academic Awards night took place on Thursday, May 16th in front of a packed auditorium! Over 200 students were invited and awards were given out for a variety of accomplishments. We are very proud of all our students and we congratulate them and their families on their awards.

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Third Graders Join Beautiful Me

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The Beautiful Me project continues throughout the district with third grade students from Rhame and Centre Avenue schools recently participating in the program. 

Developed by the Hance Family Foundation, this self-esteem project teaches students to understand who they are, appreciate their own skills and qualities, and understand that there is gratification in supporting others.
 

Centre Students Turn Scientists

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Centre Avenue students in Ms. Kelly Dowling’s science class turned into scientists and created outstanding projects for the science fair.

For their assignments, they learned about the scientific method and how to develop an experiment that encourages inquiry and exploration. They displayed their findings with thoroughness and precision by creating detailed boards outlining their question.




Rhame Hosts Flashback Friday

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Rhame Avenue students and staff participated in Flashback Friday as part of the school’s monthlong PARP celebration.

Students had the opportunity to visit their teachers from the previous school year for a read aloud and fun activity. In addition, kindergarteners enjoyed a fun activity with the sixth grade teachers. 

Everyone had so much fun during this fan-favorite PARP event!










Students Honored in Physical Education

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Junior-Senior High School eighth graders John Giannotti and Keira O’Neil were recently honored as Outstanding Physical Education Students of the Year from the Nassau Zone of the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Both students were selected by members of the East Rockaway faculty based on a variety of criteria. This includes exhibiting a physically active lifestyle inside and outside of school; demonstrating responsible personal and social behavior, including good sportsmanship, character, civility and citizenship; demonstrating leadership and positively influencing his/her peers; contributing to their school physical education and health education programs; and demonstrating and valuing a healthy lifestyle, wellness and lifelong learning. In addition, students were also selected based on their exceptional achievement in health education and/or physical education classes and achieving a high level of physical fitness on approved fitness test.

The district congratulates John and Keira on their exceptional efforts in throughout the year. 

Successful Science Experiments

Successful Science Experiments
Seventh and eighth graders of the Junior-Senior High School were recently awarded for their efforts in the Long Island Science Congress Junior Division at St. Anthony’s High School.

Students conducted and completed an independent experiment for the science fair and then recorded their work on a poster board. Throughout the day, they presented their projects and posters to several judges, who evaluated the quality of their research.

Students listed below were awarded the following ribbons for their efforts:
 
Clare Acute - Achievement Award
Louis DeSano - Achievement Award
Selin Idik - Honorable Mention
Victoria Jandzinski - Honorable Mention
John O'Hanlon - Honorable Mention
Michael Mahoney - Honorable Mention
Angelo Parisi - Honorable Mention
Frank Passanisi - Achievement Award
Julia Passanisi - Achievement Award
Zara Soofizada - Honorable Mention
Emma Van Wickler - Achievement Award
Jacob Vardaro - Meritorious Award

Kiwanis Assists in Local Clean Up

Kiwanis Assists in Local Clean Up photo

Rhame Avenue’s Kiwanis Kids Club joined the East Rockaway Department of Public Works to clean up Memorial Park. Led by faculty adviser Dawn McCabe, students teamed up and were successful in cleaning the park and the playground.

Village of East Rockaway Mayor Bruno Romano visited the volunteers and thanked them for their service. The students have been practicing these acts of service to grow their leadership skills and awareness on how to further help their community.

 

Students Work With Tetrominoes

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Rhame Avenue third grade students are hard at work while exploring area using tetrominoes. Aligned with the district’s new Eureka math program, the activity prompted students to work in pairs to create quadrilaterals with specific areas. One student remarked that the exercise is “just like playing Tetris!”
 

Centre Fifth Graders Participate in Beautiful Me

Centre Fifth Graders Participate in Beautiful Me photo

The final round of Centre Avenue’s fifth grade students participated in Beautiful Me, a self-esteem program designed to educate and empower female students.

Facilitated by school social worker Ms. Amy Weissman, Beautiful Me was developed by the Hance Family Foundation and gives students the opportunity to honor the lives of three sisters, Allyson, Emma and Katie Hance. By participating in this self-esteem program, students learn to understand who they are, appreciate their own skills and qualities, and understand that there is gratification in helping others.

The students discussed alternate views of beauty, distorted views of beauty from the media, and learned how to respect themselves and develop healthy relationships. They also engaged in activities that focused on self-esteem, values, problem-solving and positive motivation. Each student was provided with a paper hand and a paper doll to share the personality traits that make them beautiful on the inside. Each student was also provided with a compliment box and were encouraged to identify and write a meaningful, genuine and honest compliment for each member of the group. They then shared their compliments with each other. 

At the end of the session, students received a three-heart-shaped necklace from Jackie Hance of the Hance Family Foundation. 







Centre Hosts Special Visitors Day

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Centre Avenue School welcomed 250 guests into classrooms to experience a day in the life of the students for its Special Visitors Day. They participated in various activities and were exposed to different aspects of the curriculum. Students, special visitors and staff enjoyed the event.

 

Second Graders Kick Off Performance Week

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Second graders at Rhame Avenue kicked off the school’s fourth annual Performance Week for Special Visitors with their projects on the classification of animals, their habitats and adaptations. 

Each student was given an animal to research and created a brochure in computer class using the information. They also wrote a haiku poem highlighting their animal and displayed it on a personalized T-shirt. At home, they constructed a triorama habitat for their animal using materials from nature. 

During Special Visitor’s Day, students proudly performed a series of animal songs and presented their animal’s habitat triorama to their families.
 

We Rock Awards Honors High Schoolers

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Twenty-one high school students received the school’s second installment of the We Rock Awards. This followed the first round in February, where awards were distributed to middle school students. Honorees are selected for demonstrating wisdom, empathy, respect, optimism, compassion and kindness.

Congratulations to:

Hailey Arnold
Anjali Baloy
Gianna Campanaro
Vincent Cavalli
Magdalena Gonzalez
Charles Harrison
Sabrina Haltigan
Emily McLaughlin
Diana Navarro
Michael Olewnicki
Sharon Oosterwijk
Bryan Ortega-Herrera
Angela Polizzi
Alexandra Pozo
Madeleine Prucha
Natalia Rogala
A.J. Rovner
Anthony Saporito
Victoria Trowbridge
Sofia Valdebenito
Elissa Velasquez
 

Students Raise Awareness, Funds for Autism

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The high school Dignity Club held a fundraising campaign during April for Autism Awareness Month. 

Dignity Club members joined students from the National Honor Society and the Skills and Achievement program to volunteer their time to hand out information flyers to educate others about autism. They also sold blue airhead candy, bracelets and stickers to benefit the Long Island chapter of Autism Speaks. 

Other activities included students and staff wearing blue to "Light it up, blue" during the bake sale on April 5, and staff participating in the "wear jeans to work day” fundraiser on April 12.

The campaign raised a total of $855 in donations for LI Autism Speaks. The district is proud of the efforts students and staff have contributed to the cause.
 

Seniors Turn Reporters

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High school seniors in Ms. Kathy Curcio’s English 12 class put on press conferences and answered questions by reporters. The assignment is part of a larger unit centered around news, journalism and different forms of writing styles.
 

Student Interviews MLB Player

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Junior-Senior High School senior A.J. Rovner stepped up to the plate at Citi Field as Junior Mets reporter and interviewed New York Mets third baseman Jonathan D. Davis on April 27, prior to the game against Milwaukee Brewers. A.J. did a phenomenal job and the interview was a homerun. 

A clip of the conversation was played before the fourth inning for more than 40,000 fans. This goes hand-in-hand with A.J.’s passion for communications and journalism. He will be attending Penn State University and plans on majoring in the subject.  
 

Volcanos Erupt at Rhame

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Mrs. Rachele Banducci’s, Mrs. Jessica Beufve’s, Ms. Lori DeVarso’s and Mrs. Ashley Donovan’s fifth grade classes at Rhame are learning about what causes the Earth’s crust to change. 

For the lesson, students were split into groups and conducted their very own volcano experiment. By combining water, baking soda, dish soap, paint and vinegar, they were able to imitate a volcanic explosion.
 

Rhame Students Craft Yarn Dolls

Rhame Students Craft Yarn Dolls photo

Rhame students in Mrs. Jessica Beufve’s, Ms. Lori DeVarso’s and Mrs. Ashley Donovan’s classes created yarn dolls, inspired by Pam Munoz Ryan’s novel, “Esperanza Rising.”

In the book, Esperanza and her mother are forced to flee to California during the Great Depression to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Her mother makes a yarn doll for a child during their train ride to California. Students crafted their own dolls using yarn donated from fifth grade families. 






Red Nose Day Celebration

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The East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School is joining the international fight for health and safety among children by celebrating Red Nose Day on May 23. Red Nose Day is an annual fundraising campaign with the goal to eradicate child hunger and poverty.

The middle school will host several activities throughout the week. The Key Club and social worker Ms. Amy Weissman will be holding a fundraiser in the rotunda during lunch periods. All students in grades 7-12 can purchase a red nose for a $1 donation and take a selfie with a frame titled “#NOSESON.” 

This is a great way for our students to band together, have fun, raise money and change the lives of children in need. This experience will also help build their understanding of the world around them, while learning that they can create a positive change.

For more information, please visit rednoseday.org.
 

Multistep Project to Design Fair

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Rhame students in Mrs. Kassie Tillem-Spero’s sixth grade math class worked on a multistep project for a local craft fair by using geometry in the real world. They worked in groups to identify the shape of the booths based on a given description. 

Students determined the measurements for each booth from a minimum number of square feet required by each vendor. From there, they created a map of the craft fair, plotting the figures on a coordinate plane. Groups constructed large maps at the craft fair to help visitors find the location of each booth.



Students Experience Career Field Responsibilities

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Centre Avenue School’s fifth grade students took a wonderful field trip to Commerce Plaza in Levittown, where they performed the duties of working men and women.  

They were bookkeepers, office managers, bank tellers, scientists, doctors, lawyers and more. After completing an Interest Inventory, students were placed in jobs to get a glimpse of the responsibilities within certain career fields. 

This field trip was an amazing hands-on learning experience for students. 



Student Wins National Writing Contest

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Brianna Manzano, a third grader at Centre Avenue School, was one of 10 students nationwide selected as a winner of the Storyworks Magazine’s volcano writing contest. 

Students read Lauren Tarshis’ Scholastic article, “Beauty and Disaster,” and studied text features to gain a richer understanding of the volcanic eruptions at Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea last year. Inspired, Brianna used imagery and detail to write and submit her piece for the contest, which asked students to imagine if they were there.  

Each student-winner received a copy of Tarshis’ book “I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980.”

The district congratulates Brianna on this tremendous accomplishment. 

Taking a Proactive Approach in Emergency Situations

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The East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School cafeteria was packed with district community members for its “Stop the Bleed — Save a Life” program. The training session is designed for nonmedical people to take action in an emergency situation until help arrives.

Administered by Northwell Health Public Health Educator Catherine Dunckley, attendees learned the proper sequence of responding to someone who is experiencing life-threatening bleeding. The first step is to ensure the safety of the rescuer and making sure 911 is called. Afterward, identify the source of the bleeding and apply pressure to the wound with both hands. Since bystanders would not typically have the proper medical supplies on hand, Ms. Dunckley explained that a piece of clothing or clean towel can be used to pack a wound or use as a tourniquet.

According to Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz, the high school currently has about a half dozen trauma first aid kits throughout the building, which include latex gloves, gauze and tourniquets designed to cut off blood flow both in and out of an extremity.

During the hands-on training, participants packed a wound, applied pressure and used a tourniquet on foam rollers before practicing on one another. 

After the session, they were all recognized for their training by receiving a certificate from the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. The district plans to roll the program out to additional staff members and upperclassmen at the high school during the 2019-2020 school year. 

The administration thanks all those who participated in this informative and potentially life-saving program.

BOE Recognizes Poetry Madness Finalists

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The East Rockaway Board of Education and administration were honored to recognize the efforts of East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School student finalists of the schoolwide Poetry Madness Contest at the recent board meeting.

With this year’s theme “empowerment,” students crafted inspirational poems that were timely and evoked powerful messages. The final selected poems included senior Jiggy Kelly’s “Rise to the Occasion,” junior Farha Khan’s “I Am Farha Khan,” senior Osmin Mayorga’s “Image,” and junior Gabe Padiernos’ “Therein Lies the Rub.” Each student had the wonderful opportunity to read their inspirational poems out loud during the meeting.

Superintendent of School’s Lisa Ruiz said this year’s Poetry Madness Contest was “incredibly moving.”

“It was very emotional for all of us to sit and listen to these students bare their souls in this medium,” she said. “It also speaks to the power and skill of our teachers to be able to extract all of this from our students.”

The district congratulates the finalists and all students who participated in the contest. 

Inclement Weather Delayed Opening, Cancellation of Afterschool/Evening Events 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
FIOS 1
www.News12.com
www.fios1news.com
WALK 97.5 FM
WCBS 880 AM

When weather conditions warrant that afterschool and evening activities be cancelled, the District’s SCOPE Child Care program will remain open in both elementary schools, Centre Avenue School and Rhame Avenue School.  

However, depending on the severity of the weather, SCOPE may send a message to all parents requesting that their child/children be picked up as early as possible but will assure them that they will remain open and students will be supervised until they are picked up.

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.
 

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