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Students Participate in Surfer’s Healing

Students Participate in Surfer’s Healing photo

District students from the Skills and Achievement Classes had the opportunity to participate in this year’s Surfer’s Healing event at Anchor Beach. The mission of Surfer’s Healing is to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surfing.

Students Receive All-State Recognition

Students Receive All-State Recognition photo
High School senior Ms. Laura Millar has been selected to perform at this year’s NYSSMA All-State Conference in Rochester, New York, this November. Ms. Millar’s selection came after she scored 100 percent/A+ on a level 6, All-State solo. 

The conference will be held from Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 at the Rochester Convention Center. There, Ms. Millar will be performing on her clarinet with the Symphonic Band.

In addition, high school junior Ms. Michelle Landerer has also been designated as an Alternate - Soprano I for the chorus. Ms. Landerer earned her designation by scoring 100 percent/A+ on a level 6, All-State solo.

Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11 photo
Rhame Avenue School sixth-graders received a visit from a member of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum on Sept. 14, as a way for the school to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Ms. Karen Lazar, a volunteer docent of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, spoke to students in Ms. Kassie Tillem-Spero’s and Ms. Maureen Sheerin’s classes about the tragic events that took place that day. 

The mission of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is to honor and remember the victims, educate students on why it’s important to remember and inform them on what they can do to sustain the memory of that day.

Team Building at Rhame

Team Building at Rhame  photo
Mrs. Kreit’s class and Mrs. Beyrer’s class at Rhame Avenue participated in a STEAM-based, team-building activity called “Save Fred.” Using only paper clips to maneuver the items, students were tasked with placing a life preserver on Fred the worm. Students had to draw out a plan, discuss it with their team, determine if it would work and then find a solution. At the end, the plans were compared to one another to see what yielded the best results.

Driver Education Flyer Fall 2018


Welcome Back!

Welcome Back photo

District welcomes eight new teachers

District welcomes eight new teachers photo
The district is excited to welcome eight new teachers to the district for the 2018-2019 school year. At the end of August, the teachers participated in the district’s annual new teacher orientation in preparation for their new journey as members of the East Rockaway family. 

Over the course of three days, teachers learned the districts practices, initiatives and expectations through a series of workshops. The teachers also met with their respective principals and described their experience with the district as positive and exciting. 

New district members include Kimberly D’Agostino, Tiffany DiNome, William Gibbons, Emily Judge, Kristina Ranieri, Jessica Salaway, Luke Tesoriero, and Crystal Valentin.

New high school assistant principal

New high school assistant principal photo
The district is proud to welcome Bradley Krauz as the new assistant principal for the East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School. Mr. Krauz was appointed to the position at the Aug. 28 Board of Education meeting, effective Aug. 29.

Mr. Krauz brings 16 years of experience, previously serving 14 years as a science teacher at Great Neck South High School. During that time, he also served as chairperson for the science department. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from University of Rochester, Mr. Krauz went on to earn his Master of Science degree in biology education from Long Island University. He also earned his professional degree in educational leadership from Long Island University, and is currently working toward his doctoral degree in educational leadership from St. John’s University. 

Dedicated to working with children, Mr. Krauz has also worked more than 10 years with Oasis Summer Day Camp as regional and camp director. 

7th Grade Orientation

Students of the class of 2024 participated in an exciting orientation program on Tuesday, August 28th. After meeting their administrative and teaching team, they experienced five break out sessions focused on the four tenets of The Strategic Plan and one building tour/ID picture session. Students learned about The Honors by Achievement Philosophy, discovered the various extra and co-curricular opportunities available to them, participated in several ice-breaker and community building activities to create positive connections, and were immersed in a mini-technology lesson to explore our various innovations. The day concluded with a delicious pizza lunch generously provided by the PTA and locker set-up. Student leaders and Ambassadors of Character from grades 8-10 did a fantastic job helping to facilitate the event and student-athletes from The Cross Country and Football Teams dedicated time to welcoming the new arrivals.

Students Shine in Statewide Honor Choir

Students Shine in Statewide Honor Choir
Four students from East Rockaway performed with the New York American Choral Directors Association Middle School Honor Choir on Aug. 12. The students traveled to Albany, New York, to work with esteemed guest conductor and composer Dr. Derrick Fox of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. After two days of intensive rehearsals, the students gave a successful performance of challenging music to the delight of the audience. 

The Honor Choir is a select group that consists of seventh- and eighth-grade choral students from across the state that were nominated and accepted based on their fine musicianship and overall singing skills. The four students accepted into the NY ACDA Middle School Honors Choir are:  

Tenor – Brian Cooney and Nicholas Stebner
Bass – Stephen Cooney
Alto – Sofia Valdebenito

The Music Department is very proud of these students and would like to congratulate them on representing East Rockaway at this statewide event!  

Karate Success for East Rockaway’s Passanisi

Karate Success for East Rockaway’s Passanisi photo
Congratulations to East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School incoming seventh-grader Frank Passanisi! Frank, a Centre Avenue School graduate, won three gold medals and a bronze medal at the 2018 USA Karate national championships in Reno, Nevada, and advanced to the Pan-American Karate championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To read more about Frank, click here.

Silver Medal for Class of 2018 Graduate

Silver Medal for Class of 2018 Graduate photo
Brandon Bilardello, a 2018 graduate of East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School, represented New York State and won a second-place silver medal for Interactive Application and Video Game Development at the 55th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Brandon participated in the conference through his audio production class at Nassau BOCES Barry Tech. Congratulations!  

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