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GeoBee Winners to Compete at National Competition

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Centre Avenue and Rhame Avenue school students in grades fourth through sixth took to their school stage to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee. 

Rhame Avenue finalists were Yihan Wang (first place), Timmy Yagnisis (second place) and Alexandria Centano (third place). Other finalists included Briana Ramos-Rodriguez, Braydon Doyle and Anna Muller. Taking first place for Centre Avenue was Jason Lu, Atticus Gamache came in second and Sean Mansfield was the third-place winner.

The school-level competition is the first round in the annual National Geographic GeoBee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Questions cover not only geography, but also cultures, physical features, history and earth science.

Wang and Lu will have the opportunity to advance to the next round of competition, where they will take an online qualifying test. The national champion will win a college scholarship from National Geographic and a prize trip.

The district wishes both students the best of luck in the competition.

Students Explore Long Island Children’s Museum

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Junior-Senior High School students from human development class had the wonderful opportunity to attend a field trip at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City. 

This was a wonderful experience for the students as they were able to see firsthand exhibits for children of all ages. They also recognized and applied what was taught in class, such as developing fine and gross motor skills. Students also saw how this museum fully supports children's social, emotional and cognitive development.

Student Artwork Accepted Into Prestigious Photo Contest

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The district congratulates Kat Melissinos for having her photograph, "Morning Sunshine," accepted into the Drexel University high school photo contest.

La Traviata

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East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School students studying Italian in grades 9 to 12, along with English language learners, took a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to witness a full dress rehearsal of “La Traviata.” The experience was amazing for all participants.

Board of Education applaud students, staff for achievements

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The East Rockaway School District had a lot to celebrate during the board of education meeting.

Board members and administrators kicked off the evening by recognizing the winners of this year’s Andrew Stern Memorial Essay Contest. This annual contest honors East Rockaway graduate Andrew Stern, who was killed during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The contest is run by members of the Stern family, who read through more than 700 student responses. This year’s essay topic asked students to reflect on how 9/11 affected the country and why it’s important to continue to remember what happened on that day. The winners of the contest were Madeleine Prucha (high school category), Everett Gamache (middle school category) and Ryan Vining (elementary school category). Before presenting the winners with a certificate and a check, the Stern family invited each student to share their winning essays with those in attendance. 

The celebrations continued as Rhame Avenue Elementary School fourth grade teacher Gail Beyrer was recognized for achieving the National Teacher Certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. She is one of 3,831 new honorees and joins a growing community of more than 125,000 Board-certified teachers across all 50 states.

Board of Education President Keith Gamache was also commended by his fellow board members and district administrators for earning the Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award. He is among 16 honorees to receive this prestigious recognition and will receive his award at the annual Education Partner Awards Gala hosted by the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation on March 31.