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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

East Rockaway honors fall scholar-athlete teams photo

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

Centre Students Work in Eureka Math photo

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.

Model Playgrounds with Science 21

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Second-grade students in Mrs. Rottkamp's class at Centre Avenue School worked together to design, plan and create small-scale models of playground equipment using materials from the Science 21 program. They used their understanding of properties to select the best materials for their equipment, identify if their plans were successful, and then made adjustments to their design, as needed, to make it better.

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.

Shoes of Empathy

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Second-grade students at Centre Avenue School loved reading Stand in My Shoes. This book was selected by the Positive School Culture Committee as our school book of the month. This book taught them about empathy. Then the students wrote about what bothers their family members and friends and what they can do to show empathy.

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.

Curriculum Night

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The district had a great turnout for its Elementary Curriculum Night and Title I Parent Meeting on Nov. 15. Ms. Ma and Mr. Walter welcomed the families and introduced Mrs. Hecht who shared information about our district's Title I grant program along with the schedule for the evening. Families rotated through three sessions including sessions on reading services, math instruction and our new science program, Science 21 (K-2), and our new school counseling program (gr 3-6). Our teachers provided information about these programs and services, and gave families strategies to use at home to support their children's learning. Child care and pizza was provided for young children so family members could participate in the program. We hope this event gave families greater insight into our elementary curriculum and helps to support our students' overall success in school. We welcome feedback and continue to strive to serve the needs of all families.

Students Honor Veterans

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Rhame Avenue School students of the East Rockaway School District created a Wall of Heroes that featured a display of stars in honor of Veterans Day. The stars contained photos of those heroes who have served, are serving or will serve the country, as well as Sept. 11 first responders, and display their names and respective branches of the military. Students throughout the school were invited to recognize the servicemen and women in their lives by decorating stars for their loved ones.  

Staff members also participated, including Principal Erik Walter, who created a star for his father who served in the U.S. Army. Mrs. Erin Kennedy brought in memorabilia from her grandfather, including a Purple Heart medal and an American flag. Rhame Avenue extends gratitude and appreciation to all. 

Students Take First Place in Vex IQ

Students Take First Place in Vex IQ photo
The district is proud to announce that Junior-Senior High School students Andrew Calise, Peter Kaplan, Jordan Lu and Louis Perri recently took first place in the teamwork challenge of the Vex IQ Challenge Tournament Qualifier at Friends Academy. The VEX IQ Challenge provides elementary and middle school students with exciting, open-ended robotics and research project challenges that enhance student STEM skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.

The first-place win qualifies these students for participation in the Vex IQ Southern New York State Championship event in February. If they win at states, they will move on to compete in the Vex World Tournament. 

Michelle Healy, middle school robotics co-adviser, said, “We are so proud of these students for their hard work, dedication, perseverance skills and collaborative efforts.”

Pledging More Positivity

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The high school’s Dignity club held an awareness campaign to show respect for people with intellectual disabilities. It was called "Spread the word, Stop the word." Students and staff were encouraged to sign a pledge to not use the "R-word". Dignity club members staffed the table during their lunch and free periods.

Coach Inducted into Hall of Fame

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The district is proud to announce that varsity basketball coach Joe Lores has been selected to be inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame. This honor is a testament to the many years of hard work, service and dedication that Lores has put towards the district’s basketball program, students and community. 
Lores has had a successful 35-year career as coach at the high school, where he led the program to five conference championships, three Section/Nassau County Championships and two Long Island Championships. With that, his coaching career also includes a total of 222 victories, which is the most wins of any coach in the school’s history.

In addition, Lores has led numerous individual New York State Scholar Athletes, and Scholar Athlete Teams. He also has a strong standing in the community, where his teams have participated in multiple fundraisers for organizations such as Hoops for Heart, Jimmy V. Foundation and Toys for Tots. He continues to raise funds and award the Lorayne & Manuel Lores Memorial Scholarship, Tom Wilkinson Memorial Scholarship and Jack D. Butler Scholarship for district student-athletes.

Lores is the ninth coach from Nassau County to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place in Glens falls, New York, in March 2019.

Varsity Football Heads to Semifinals

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The Junior-Senior High School varsity football team is heading to the Nassau IV semifinal playoff round, after defeating Malverne 24-12. The Rocks will face Cold Spring Harbor in the semifinal round on Nov. 9 at Hofstra University.

For more information on the Malverne victory, click the Newsday link below.

Literary Character Pumpkin Patch Contest

Centre Avenue’s Reading Action Committee was extremely excited about the school’s first Literary Character Pumpkin Patch Contest, where sixth-grade students and teachers had the opportunity to compete for the best decorated pumpkin at the school. The task was to transform the pumpkin into their favorite fictional literary character. Pumpkins were put on display for three days for the entire school to view the creative works and vote for their favorite pumpkin.

The student and teacher favorites were announced on Halloween and all students were recognized for their amazing work. The contest winners included Erin Lynch, Hudson Arnold, Jacob Eckstein, Jenella Poorajah, Gabriella Schaefer, Camila Lemus and Mrs. Grace. 

Historical Figures Inspire Students

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Centre Avenue students from Ms. Dowling and Dr. Soto’s sixth-grade classes selected a famous historical figure that inspired them. Students wrote engaging research based reports through the synthesis of information drawn from several texts.

Band Leaders Take the Podium

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Elementary Concert Band students at both Centre and Rhame schools have been hard at work preparing a challenging Winter Concert program. Part of the fun includes students volunteering as conductors, who take the podium in the fifteen minutes prior to morning band. Students have been arriving earlier to rehearsals, warming up more thoroughly, and having more productive rehearsal time since student conducting began. The initiative reaches student leadership potential and gives all participants a greater understanding of what it takes to put on a great performance.

Too Good for Drugs Prevention Lessons

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Junior-Senior High School students participated in activities designed to educate youth and encourage participation in substance abuse prevention for Red Ribbon Week.  

The district’s eight-grade students participated in the launch of the Too Good for Drugs Middle School Prevention Program on Oct. 30. Too Good for Drugs is an evidence based prevention curriculum designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes they need for positive development and prevent the initiation of alcohol and drug use. 

The program is comprised of ten lessons that focus on developing personal and interpersonal skills to resist internal and external pressure to engage in risky behaviors. The program also includes several alcohol/drug specific lessons that focus on the risks and consequences of commonly abused substances.  

School Social Worker Kristen Mednick kicked off the program with the Too Good for Drugs Lesson on goal setting, where students learned how to define a goal, how to identify and apply the steps for setting and reaching a personal goal, and how to name a personal goal using the goal setting model. As part of the lesson, students also participated in an interactive group activity that allowed them to experience and practice managing the potential obstacles that can get in the way of reaching a goal. Adolescents who know how to set and reach personal goals have a stronger sense of self and make better decisions.

School earns award for activism

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The Junior-Senior High School was recently presented with the Academic Year 2017-2018 Silver Award from the New York Blood Center for collecting 81 pints of blood for the Blood Donor Program during the 2017-2018 school year. 

This was achieved through the high school Student Council sponsoring two blood drives last year in November and April.

Carolyn Cestaro, a New York Blood Center representative, presented Student Council Adviser Pam Murano with the certificate for the Silver Award, which was signed by Karen Muscolino, director of donor recruitment for the New York Blood Center.

The high school will be hosting its first blood drive for this school year on Nov. 13, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at 443 South Ocean Avenue in East Rockaway.

Pink Halloween

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The Junior-Senior High School staff and students wore the color pink for this year’s Halloween festivities to recognize the month of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities to increase awareness of the disease and raise funds for research and treatment. Along with wearing pink, high school staff and students also raised funds that will be sent to the Hewlett House, a non-profit organization that aims to help and support breast cancer survivors.

Practicing Healthy Relationship Building

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Junior-Senior High School students participated in proactive circles regarding restorative practices, which are evidence-based processes that proactively build healthy relationships between educators and students, and a sense of community to prevent and address conflict and wrongdoing in schools. This activity was facilitated by School Social Worker Ms. Weissman, Math Teacher Ms. Longo, and English Teacher Ms. Falvo, all of whom are on the Restorative Practices Collegial Circle. Restorative practices reduce, prevent and improve harmful behavior, while repairing harm and restoring positive relationships. 

In addition, restorative practices also resolve conflicts and hold individuals and groups accountable. During proactive circles, students got to know each other, and the circle helped build relationships and trust. These circles created a sense of community and also set the stage for students to listen to one another and help make group decisions. Students followed guidelines that helped ensure that conversations remained positive and allowed for everyone to have an opportunity to share. Some students said it was “empowering,” “relaxing” and “helpful to get to know one another.”

Students Showcase Musical Talents


It was a packed house at the Junior-Senior High School, as seventh- through twelfth-grade students showcased their musical talents for the school’s annual Broadway by the Bay concert. The event opened with a “rockin’” number by the Music Department faculty. It featured more than 20 acts, with a grand finale from the Junior and Senior Chorus. Broadway by the Bay is an annual event that serves as a fundraiser for the Music Department Scholarship Fund.

Rhame Halloween STEAM Project

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Ms. Allison Gerbert's kindergarten, first- and second-grade class, along with Mrs. Cindy Dower's Safety Patrol/Lunch Buddies at Rhame Avenue teamed up to complete a Halloween STEAM project. Lunch Buddies, Grace, Javon and Vanessa assisted the class as they created a haunted house out of toothpicks and gummy pumpkins for their ghost. After the activity, each group reflected on their creations and drew a picture of their unique structures.


Centre Pumpkin Patch

Centre Pumpkin Patch photo

The Centre Avenue PTA sponsored a pumpkin patch for kindergarten and first grade students on Oct. 26th, where students had the opportunity to pick their own pumpkins in the school’s pumpkin patch. The students had a blast walking through the patch and exploring each pumpkin before selecting one they took home with them.

Students also studied the pumpkins, where they were given the opportunity to touch, examine, think about and experiment with the pumpkins. A popular experiment among students was discovering if pumpkins could sink or float once put in water. 

Students Get Active in Physics

AP Physics 1 students participated in a cooperative learning activity where they had to teach a Part II problem to the rest of the class. While students were not presenting, they followed along and asked questions about the problem.

In addition, AP Physics 1 students also used photogate timers to calculate the acceleration for a dynamics cart moving down a dynamics track. Students were given no instructions other than their task and had to work together to plan and execute their own experiment.

Meanwhile in Regents Physics, students dropped different objects from different heights to calculate and determine the acceleration due to gravity near the surface of the Earth. Students calculated the percent error between their value and the accepted value of 9.81 m/s2. Students also made the conclusion that mass does not influence the flight time for a projectile.

Rhame Stands Against Bullying


Elementary students at Rhame Avenue celebrate Unity Day, as part of National Bullying Prevention month. Students participated in this nationwide event to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach and education. For the day, students wore orange clothing and signed a unity pledge during lunch. These activities help send a message that the school stands against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Centre Hosts Assemblies for Red Ribbon Week

Centre Hosts Assemblies for Red Ribbon Week photo
Code of Conduct assemblies were held for Centre Avenue Elementary School’s second- to sixth-grade students of the East Rockaway School District, as a culminating activity to recognize Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is a national drug prevention program that takes place Oct. 23-Oct. 31 every year.

Information was presented to students about being respectful, inclusive, and kind to create a safe and supportive learning environment for all. Students presented the “WE ROCK” slogan, where each letter stood for a characteristic that students aim to achieve. In addition, students witnessed a video created by fellow classmates describing the function of the buddy bench outside by the playground.

Centre Avenue Honors Unity Day

Centre Avenue had a great time celebrating Unity Day. The Student Council worked hard to prepare by decorating a poster and writing speeches to their peers explaining what Unity Day meant to them. At lunch, they volunteered to hand out stickers, perform skits and helped classmates sign the Unity Pledge. It was a great way for our students to learn from each other, and we look forward to a great year ahead.


Students Use Bears to Assist in Learning

Students Use Bears to Assist in Learning photo

Centre Avenue kindergarten students were accompanied by special stuffed teddy bears for a week for “A day in the life of a kindergartner.”

Throughout the week, students brought the teddy bears with them for a variety of activities, including gym, art, library, and music classes. They also listened to stories, learned their letter sounds and enjoyed being together.

While learning about shadows in their science unit, students also took the teddy bears outside to investigate the bears’ shadows. Students also had fun with their teddy bears in math, where they visited their measurement unit. With this, each student used colorful links to measure their bears’ circumference, and also used Unifix cubes to measure their bears’ height. Prior to the assignment, students made educated guesses and were able check their hypothesis’ afterward by using the manipulatives.

Staff Wears Orange for Unity Day

Staff Wears Orange for Unity Day photo
The staff at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School wore orange on Unity Day to make a powerful and unified statement that we all stand united against bullying, and support messages of kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Learning Syllables Using a Drum

Learning Syllables Using a Drum photo

Mrs. Caroline Drummy’s kindergarten classroom at Rhame Avenue was booming with drum beats, as elementary music teacher Mrs. Jessica Salaway brought in a single “my first” drum to help students learn about syllables.

Students drummed, clapped, stomped and “chomped” the syllables in their names and in words, and then graphed their results on a tree map. After that, students worked in small groups, where they played fun syllable games. 

Mrs. Drummy said having Mrs. Salaway bring the drum into the classroom allowed students to hear the beat and sounds of their names. “They learned a new instrument, and also learned that we hear sounds and syllables in music too,” said Mrs. Drummy. “The drum was a very engaging tool to bring into the classroom for the concept and skill being taught.”

Tri-M students Visit Lincoln Center

Tri-M students Visit Lincoln Center photo
The high school chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society students ventured to the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where they witnessed a performance by the New York Philharmonic.

The students attended a matinee concert that featured standard works by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Jean Sibelius, as well as a modern composition by Louis Andriessen. This was a first-time visit to the center and seeing a performance by a professional orchestra for many of the students. 

Founded in 1842, the New York Philharmonic is one of the oldest musical institutions in the United States and is considered one of today’s leading American orchestral groups.

Tri-M Music Honor Society is a national honor society that recognizes students for their academic and musical achievements. This is the first year for the East Rockaway High School Chapter, which currently has 15 members.  

Every Step You Take

Every Step You Take
Every Move You Make
Every Bond You Break
Junior-Senior High School 7-12 grade students worked on an activity called “Every Step You Take” for National Bullying Prevention Month. Students received orange footprints and were provided an opportunity to reflect on the steps they can take to create a world without bullying. Some examples included, "Tell an Adult,” “Comfort the Person Being Bullied,” “Be Kind,” “Be Empathetic,” and etc. These footprints are displayed on the walls around the building. This activity is designed to help students recognize that every step they take individually helps unite all students along the path for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

Creating Review Sheets in Spanish 2

Junior-Senior High School ninth-grade students worked diligently in student led groups of their Spanish 2 class to create a review sheet or mock questions for their unit exam.

‘Be Drug Free’

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Rhame Avenue Kiwanis Kids helped spread the message that the school is taking a stand against drugs, in honor of Red Ribbon Week. Using red solo cups, students spelled out “Be Drug Free!!!!” along the fence of the school. Red Ribbon Week is an annual campaign that raises awareness to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and violence.

Ten Years Walking For Lupus

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Junior-Senior High School students participated in the 25th annual Walk-Along for Lupus at Eisenhower Park on Oct. 21. This is the tenth-year students from the high school joined the cause, with 40 students participating this year. The goal is to raise awareness and help those who are affected by Lupus. The team raised more than $1,500, which will go towards research for treatment and a cure. The participating students were from grades 7-12, including members of the National Honor Society.

Reading Round Table

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Junior-Senior High School students of Ms. Castellano’s and Ms. Falvo's seventh-grade ELA class participated in a reading round table activity. Students worked in cooperative learning groups to analyze vignettes from Sandra Cisneros' “The House on Mango Street.” Every student was given a specific role for this reading activity, which helped each student process and ultimately discuss the same content from various perspectives.

New Director of Technology

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Board of Education members appointed Lee Araoz as the district’s new director of technology and learning analytics at the October board meeting.

Mr. Araoz comes to the district after serving three years as district coordinator of instructional technology for Lawrence Public Schools. During his time as coordinator and classroom teacher at Lawrence, he worked to infuse cutting-edge educational technology into the New York State curriculum. 

With 30 years of experience working with elementary, middle and high school students, teachers and administrators, he specializes in providing job-embedded professional development as an instructional coach, teacher trainer, and technology integrationist. 

Mr. Araoz is a Google Certified Educator and has presented extensively in school districts, college campuses and educational conferences throughout the county. His dynamic presentations highlight the various ways educators can integrate technology to facilitate and enhance student-directed, passion-based learning experiences for the K-12 grade levels.

Along with his certification, Mr. Araoz earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from LIU C.W. Post. He’s also currently serving on the New York State Education Department’s Educational Technology Advisory Committee for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years.

At the meeting, Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz welcomed Mr. Araoz to the district and wished him success in his new position. 

Elementary Schools Shade Out Drugs

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Students at Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue elementary schools wore sunglasses during Red Ribbon Week to help spread the message that the district stands against drugs. Red Ribbon Week is an annual campaign that raises awareness to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and violence.

Caring Kids

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During National Bullying Prevention Month, School Social Worker Dawn McCabe presented Caring Kids to kindergarten and first-grade students. Caring Kids is a two-session, anti-bullying workshop comprised of story-telling, role playing and puppetry. It teaches students to identify feelings, practice empathy, respect differences, identifying bullying and effectively respond to bullying. Pictured are students engaged in the program at Centre Avenue.

ENL Parent Academy in East Rockaway

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Students and families enrolled in the K-12 ENL Program in the East Rockaway School District attended a special ENL Parent Academy on Oct. 10. The evening began with an introduction of the ENL staff and a welcome from Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz.

With the help of bi-lingual student volunteers, families learned all about the ENL program’s offerings, opportunities that are available at all three schools, and useful apps and programs. During small breakout sessions, families worked with faculty and students to log on to the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and practiced with the Google Translate App.

The evening culminated with a special dinner, which provided students, families and staff the opportunity to informally chat and mingle. 

Promoting Bullying Prevention

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Throughout the month of October, students at the Junior-Senior High School have been participating in activities to recognize National Bully Prevention Month. These activities include signing the “United We Stand Against Bullying and Drugs” pledge and reflecting upon the “Every Step You Take Initiative,” which students document steps they will take to end bullying. 

In addition, all seventh- and eighth-grade students also engaged in activities in their English class that promoted the prevention of bullying with the school social worker, Ms. Amy Weissman. Students took a quiz called “Test Your Knowledge” to gauge what they know about bullying. Several topics were discussed, including Dignity For All Students Act, different types of bullying, conflict vs. bullying, what to do if students experience bullying, what to say to the person being bullied, how to be an upstander, seeking help from trusted adults and learning the criminal aspects of cyber bullying. Students were encouraged to sign the antibullying pledge banner during their advisory classes and to wear orange on Unity Day, which is Oct. 24.

In preparation for the day, members of the Student Council and National Honors Society placed orange fence cups into the athletic fence that spells #UNITY. The purpose is to create a visual and powerful message that the high school is united against bullying.

Honoring 9/11

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Eighth-grade students visited the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan this last week. It was the culmination of an entire skills-building unit of informational text taken from the 9/11 Commission Report where the students created timelines and thinking maps to better understand and analyze the events of September 11, 2001. The students visited the museum first and saw many of the artifacts which were recovered from that infamous day. They immersed themselves in the experience and then went outside to the memorial where they all honored Andrew Stern as well as others who lost family & friends.

Volunteering in the Community

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Members of the Cross-Country team, along with their coach Ken Anderson, volunteered and manned the water stops at this year's Seagull Classic fundraising run throughout the village. Our students are constantly giving back to the community!

Board Members and Students Honored

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Members of the Board of Education and Junior-Senior High School’s high-achieving students were honored at the Board of Education meeting. To start the night, ENL Junior-Senior High School students Margiory Nicho, Nicole Mena Rivas and Kayla DeLaCruz led the auditorium in the Pledge of Allegiance in both Spanish and English.

The Centre school staff then presented members of the board with T-shirts that displayed notes from students expressing their appreciation for all the hard work they do. The board also witnessed an appreciation video that was crafted by Centre Avenue News students, who voiced the accomplishments the board has carried out within district.

This follows the New York State School Boards Association’s School Board Recognition Week that runs from Oct. 22-26, which allows school board members to be recognized for their volunteer service, commitment and contributions to their schools and community.

“Local school board members are strong advocates for public education and are responsible for ensuring that our children receive the best high-quality education possible by working closely with parents, education professionals and community members to create the educational vision we hold for our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz. “On behalf of the faculty and staff of the East Rockaway School District, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for our board of education trustees for the significant time and unwavering dedication they give to their positions. I’m honored to be working with this fine and dedicated group of individuals going into my sixth year.”

Junior-Senior High School Principal Richard Schaffer presented all Advance Placement Scholars and SuperMaster students with certificates, where 26 students and a parent were in attendance to receive the honor. SuperMaster students are those who scared 95 or higher on one or more Regents exam, while Advance Placement Scholars are students who were recognized for their successful performance on the 2018 AP exams. 

Assisting Kiwanis for Fundraiser

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The Builder's Club of the Junior-Senior High School assisted the Kiwanis Club with their annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. The students walked over after school and set up for the entire dinner in no time. The evening was a great success and students had the opportunity to spend time with Kiwanis extraordinaire Ethel Gilloon. Thanks to the Kiwanis and all involved for their hard work in helping the children of our community.

Geometry in Action

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Students in Mrs. Palazzolo's Geometry Labs used "Miras" to explore the concept of symmetry and reflections as transformations in two dimensional geometry. The "Mira" is an optical drawing instrument. The "Mira" has an advantage over using a mirror because it allows the student to see the original at all times. The result being able to map one image over another. Students started with words and moved onto reflections on the coordinate plane.

Transformation Battle Ship

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In order to bring the curriculum to life, tenth-grade math students were given a coordinate plane, dry markers and a set of dice. Their mission was to “wipe out” the other team by applying rules of translations and reflections. Students were able to conclude that the closer they set up their players at the beginning, the easier it is to wipe out. Also that every player has a danger zone of 6 (radius).

Cells Alive

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Students in Mr. Duet’s 8th grade accelerated Living Environment class exploring the ”cells alive” website using laptops.

Showcasing Explorers

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Seventh-grade students in Joyce Kenny’s social studies class were put into groups and assigned an explorer. After completing research from three different sources, students created Google slideshows that showcased the significance of the explorer and why they deserved their own holiday. Groups had to then create a holiday for their explorer, including activities that may be done on that day and what day it would be celebrated. Each group presented their finished work and the class voted on the most persuasive “holiday” to add to the calendar.

Students Practice Syntax When Writing Letters

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Students in Ms. Falvo's AP Language & Composition class at the Junior-Senior High School were assigned various tone words to write in "break-up" letters. Students were meant to carefully consider word choice and syntax as they wrote their letters. They then shared their letters aloud and classmates analyzed them to determine what tone they were written in.

Facilities Committee

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