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Student Work Featured in Kidsday

Student Work Featured in Kidsday
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Fifth and sixth grade enterprise students of East Rockaway have worked diligently toward the end of the school year and put together an issue for Newsday’s Kidsday edition. The program is written by kids for kids, whom are tasked to interview stars, review movies and more.

East Rockaway students Isabella DeCunzo, Maya Motherway, Shannon Mahoney, Avery Whitehouse and Charlotte Webster ventured to New York City where they conducted their celebrity interview with pop star Johnny Orlando. 

The official Kidsday issue will debut July 20 and will continue to run from July 22-26. Each day, more of enterprise students’ articles, photos and artwork will appear in Kidsday. They are excited to see their hard work and talents come to fruition.  

Check out Newsday this weekend to view their work.

New School Year Begins

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The district held their annual re-organization meeting to kick off the 2019-2020 school year. The board sworn into office its newly elected board trustees Peter McNally and Kristen O’Hagan. With that, the board also unanimously elected Keith Gamache as board president and Dominick Vulpis as board vice president.

District officers were also sworn into their positions, including Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Jacqueline Scrio as deputy district clerk and district tax collector and Tina Fazi as district clerk.

Several recognitions were announced at the meeting as well, including the retirement of Pupil Personnel Services Secretary Emily Pisani. She will be working part-time in the position until the district appoints a new full-time hire. Mr. Vulpis was also acknowledged by the board for participating in the New York State School Board’s Association’s leadership development training.

Centre Hosts Annual Talent Show

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Centre Avenue Elementary School was filled with excitement during the last week of school, as students and staff participated in the school’s annual talent show. For the event, staff members performed two hits from the Beatles. Many students were also recognized with outstanding attendance for the school year. They received Perfect Attendance and Amazing Attendance awards.

Makerspaces Benefit Students After Test


To relax and decompress after their Spanish final last week, Ms. DiNome's seventh-grade Spanish classes participated in makerspaces in the library. They worked together to make a robot, color book marks and create Origami, to name a few. makerspaces provided the students with the opportunity to collaborate and use their creativity outside of the classroom.


Congratulations, Class of 2019!

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The auditorium at the East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School was filled with excitement on June 26, as 105 students from the Class of 2019 became graduates in front of family, friends, district staff and members of the Board of Education.

The ceremony kicked off with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” along with a beautiful performance of “Seasons of Love” by the graduation chorus. 

Several speakers delivered moving speeches and offered words of advice to the graduating class, including Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz, Board of Education Trustee Patti Nicoletti, valedictorian Laura Millar, salutatorian Scott Buzzolani, Class of 2019 advisors Scott Gerken and Brigid Mulvaney, and high school Principal Richard Schaffer.

Following the distribution of diplomas, the East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School’s Class of 2019 turned the tassels on their caps from right to left and then embraced each other in celebration of their accomplishment. 

Reading Partners

Students and volunteers had a great time celebrating a year of being "reading partners."   Every year at Centre Avenue School, Ms. Tener organizes this wonderful program in which students, staff and volunteers spend time each week reading and getting to know each other.  On June 21, 2019, everyone involved in the program received certificates, exchanged thank yous and cooled off with some ice pops!  Thank you to everyone involved and we can't wait for next year!


Art on Display

Along with local artists and vendors, Advanced Placement Art students displayed their work at the East Rockaway Village Art Walk. This authentic opportunity for students was held on Friday, June 14 on Dock Street and invited community members to view beautiful artwork while listening to some amazing musical performances. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our students and their artistic endeavors.


Safety Town

Third graders from Centre Avenue recently learned about bicycle and pedestrian safety at Nassau County Children's Safety Town. The students received a brief lesson to reinforce the rules of the road and then were able to practice riding a bike, walking on the road and crossing the street in a safe manner. The unique experience will assist students in remembering important road safety practices during the summer months.

AP Students Assist Third Graders

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As part of their unit on the Living Environment, third graders from Centre Avenue dissected owl pellets with the assistance of students in the AP Biology class at the High School. This activity fostered an opportunity for connection between the students and allowed for an engaging learning experience.

Seniors Welcomed Back to Elementary Buildings


Members of the Junior-Senior High School’s graduating Class of 2019 were welcomed back to the Centre Avenue and Rhame Avenue elementary schools during the annual Senior Walkthrough.

Dressed in their caps and gowns, the seniors revisited the buildings their education in the district first began. They were greeted by elementary school students and teachers who lined the hallways holding hand-made signs of congratulations. Each step the 2019 graduates took was welcomed with applause and cheer.

Staff members gave their best wishes to the seniors and reminisced on their early days as elementary students.

District Names Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services

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The district is proud to announce that Vincent Healy was appointed to the assistant director of pupil personnel services position during its June Board of Education meeting. 

Mr. Healy comes to the district after serving more than three years as assistant principal at Maspeth High School. He also brings five years of experience working as a special education teacher in Hardwick, Vermont, and then Maspeth High School. 

He earned his Master of Science in school leadership and his advanced certificate as school building leader (LEAP) from City University of New York – Baruch College. He also earned his Master of Education in special education from University of Vermont and his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Mary Washington. 

Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz welcomed Mr. Healy and wished him a long and successful career within the district.

He joins the district effective July 1.

Field Day

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Students from both Centre and Rhame elementary schools celebrated the end of the school year with their annual Field Day activities. There were many different cooperative and team building events such as relay races, potato sack races, tug of war and more. Our students always look forward to these events, which really focus on having fun, while building memories with friends.

BOE Celebrates Accomplishments, Years of Service

BOE Celebrates Accomplishments, Years of Service photo

The Board of Education had an eventful night at its June meeting with a variety of recognitions to close the 2018-2019 school year. Class of 2019’s valedictorian Laura Millar and salutatorian Scott Buzzolani, as well as outgoing board members and district retirees were celebrated during the meeting.

The board said their final farewells to board trustee Patricia Nicoletti and Vice President Kristin Ochtera, who will no longer be serving as board members. District staff, administration and members of the board commended them for their hard work and years of service to the community. 

East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School Principal Richard Schaffer presented the five retirees from the school, which include Catherine Corapi, Barbara Gerber, Joe Lores, Brigid Mulvaney and Mary Beth Palazzolo. Rhame Avenue Elementary School Principal Erik Walter also announced the school’s two retirees, Ann Chiaffitelli and Darlene Woods. 

“On behalf of our Board of Education, I wish our retirees a long, health and happy retirement,” Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz said. “We thank you all for the many years of service to the children of our community and for the joy that your teaching and your support has brought to our schools throughout the years.”

Superintendent Ruiz also presented Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Jacqueline Scrio for tenure to the board of education. Mrs. Scrio was lauded for her commitment and dedication to the district and community. For this recognition, Mrs. Scrio was presented with flowers and a gift.

The night ended with the district’s annual PTA installation ceremony for the new officers of each of the school’s PTA units.

Seventh Grade Book Tasting

Library Media Specialist Crystal Valentin, Middle School English teachers Jennifer Isik and Briar Falvo, and ENL teacher Caitlin Castellano collaborated on a summer reading event for all seventh grade students. In a culminating activity for the school year and to introduce the required summer reading assignment, a Book Tasting event in the newly transformed East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School library was held. Students experienced a cafe experience, with music playing in the background, a menu of items to complete and a four-course book feast!

Tablecloths and a sign in the center of each table with the genres of Realistic Fiction, Biographies, Graphic Novels, Mystery, Fantasy, and Book Series were displayed. Students rotated after 7-minute intervals to experience a new genre and selection of books in at least four courses (Beverage, Appetizer, Entree, Dessert). After 5 minutes of silent reading, students recorded their thoughts/reactions, recommendations, and rating level. Students also eagerly shared their initial predictions and inferences with one another in their groups. They all left with a bookmark listing their top 3 choices for summer reading. Students were instructed on how to make an online book request from their local library to locate their book of choice. Seventh grade is ready for summer reading! Are you?

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Athletic Department Honored for Achievements

Softball Team

The district Board of Education had the pleasure of recognizing several achievements within its athletic department during the Board of Education meeting.

Director of Athletics David Barth kicked off the celebrations by honoring district Athletic Secretary Arianne Millar, as she was the recipient of the Bondene Westring Award from the Nassau County Athletic Directors Association. Mrs. Millar earned this award for displaying devotion to duty, commitment to excellence and a love of children.

Mr. Barth also announced the Junior-Senior High School’s spring scholar-athletes and teams that earned the distinction as New York State Scholar-Athlete Team. The varsity teams including girls track and field, softball, girls lacrosse and badminton. This prestigious state award is presented to teams who cumulatively achieved a 90 percent grade point average or better during the competing season. 

Individual scholar-athletes who were highlighted for their efforts on and off the field were Chris Perri, Matt Perri, Bryan Morgenthaler, Edward McCann IV, Laura Millar, Mimi Bilardello, Hunter Vertuccio, Siobhan Perini and Emily Chelius. Each athlete was presented with an award of excellence certificate.

In addition, the girls varsity softball and boys varsity baseball teams were revered for their effort in executing a successful season, with the girls softball team named the Class B Long Island Champions and the baseball team named conference champions.

The district congratulates all who demonstrated hard work and determination throughout the spring season.   

Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

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The district is proud to announce that Junior-Senior High School senior Isabella DaCosta was presented with the Mark Ferguson Scholarship Award at Barry Tech's Certificate Ceremony. She was selected for her dedication, passion, academics and essay which explained her passion for aviation and flying.

The scholarship honors Mark Ferguson, a Barry Tech Aviation Program graduate who quickly became a successful pilot before he passed away at a very young age. The scholarship and award come from his parents and a committee selected Isabella as the winner.  

Isabella earned a 97 on her FAA exam and has been accepted to the extremely selective Professional Pilot program at Farmingdale State College.

Student Venture to Historic Museum

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Fourth graders at Centre Avenue School recently went on a field trip to Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Students had a great time learning and exploring the different museum exhibits about what life was like long ago.

Sixth Grade Picnic

The end-of-the-year sixth grade picnic for students of Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue Elementary Schools was held on June 19 at the large playground area in Bay Park. The soggy weather did not dampen the spirits of the students in attendance, who enjoyed the company of their classmates while playing soccer, volleyball and baseball, as well as eating and socializing. Centre Avenue students donned their senior-designed camouflage tees and Rhame Avenue students wore their autographed Class of '19 shirts. The event served to bring both school communities together to celebrate the end of their elementary educations.

Writing Celebration

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Fourth graders at Centre Avenue had the opportunity to celebrate their final writing piece of the year. Students and their special guests took a gallery walk recently to read and admire all of the opinion writings from the class. The celebration culminated their unit on opinion pieces and honored all of our young authors.

Animal Unit Ends With Field Trip

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Second grade students from Centre Avenue School went on a field trip to the Center for Science Teaching and Learning in Rockville Centre. They made fossils, completed a fossil dig and enjoyed a live animal show. The students had a fantastic time, and it was a great way to wrap up the animal unit. 

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Centre Students Turn Entrepreneurs

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District staff and parents filled the gymnasium at Centre Avenue Elementary School, as fifth grade students set up shop and showcased their knowledge and skills in business economics for Entrepreneurs Day. 

In the months leading up to the event, they worked tirelessly brainstorming ideas for their business. They created a business plan, constructed a prototype, built their products and designed a website and jingle.

The students have learned many valuable lessons about starting a business and have connected this experience to their economics unit in social studies.

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

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

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

Centre Receives Visit from Assemblywoman
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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Sixth Graders Take Learning Outside of School
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.

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.

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

Students Host Car Wash photo
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


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!

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.


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

Junior Chorus Performs at State Majors photo
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

Rhame Reading Rocks Assembly photo

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.


Students Explore Career Opportunities

Students Explore Career Opportunities photo

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.
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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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Facilities Committee

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