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Budget Vote Results

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

Yes/Sí - 619
No-  283


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

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

10th Graders Prep for AP Exam

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

Rhame Reading Rocks Assembly

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

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

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

 

Middle School Social Studies Challenge

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

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Washington DC Trip

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

Students Explore Career Opportunities

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

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

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

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

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




Red Nose Day Celebration

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

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

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

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

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

Centre Students Turn Scientists

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

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




Rhame Hosts Flashback Friday

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

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

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










Students Honored in Physical Education

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

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

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

Successful Science Experiments

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

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

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

Kiwanis Assists in Local Clean Up

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

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

 

Students Work With Tetrominoes

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

Centre Fifth Graders Participate in Beautiful Me

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

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

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

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







Centre Hosts Special Visitors Day

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

 

Second Graders Kick Off Performance Week

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

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

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

We Rock Awards Honors High Schoolers

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

Congratulations to:

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

Students Raise Awareness, Funds for Autism

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

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

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

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

Seniors Turn Reporters

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

Student Interviews MLB Player

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

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

Volcanos Erupt at Rhame

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

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

Rhame Students Craft Yarn Dolls

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

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






Red Nose Day Celebration

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

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

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

For more information, please visit rednoseday.org.
 

Multistep Project to Design Fair

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

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



Students Experience Career Field Responsibilities

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

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

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



Student Wins National Writing Contest

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

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

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

The district congratulates Brianna on this tremendous accomplishment. 

Taking a Proactive Approach in Emergency Situations

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

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

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

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

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

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

BOE Recognizes Poetry Madness Finalists

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

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

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

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

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

BOE Recognizes Winter Teams, Athletes Coaches

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The district’s Board of Education recognized Junior-Senior High School’s winter athletic teams, student athletes and coaches at their most recent meeting.

With a successful winter season, the district honored and congratulated the varsity cheerleading and girls varsity basketball teams for each earning the distinction as New York State Scholar-Athlete Team. The prestigious state award is presented to teams who cumulatively achieved a 90 percent grade point average or better during the competing season.

Individual athletes were also recognized for earning the distinction of being named New York State Scholar-Athlete, which is earned by student athletes who maintain a minimum of 90 percent GPA during the season. This includes Brooke DeGiulio and Juliet McCarthy for girls varsity basketball, Chris Levins for boys varsity basketball, Sharon Oosterwijk for girls varsity cheerleading, and Hunter Vertuccio for boys basketball. DeGiulio was also honored for scoring 1,085 points in her high school career. 

“These individual athletes were able to achieve excellence in both the classroom and on the court or on the mat,” David Barth, district director of athletics, physical education, health, family and consumer science, said. “Achieving one of these honors is an accomplishment all to itself. However, achieving both, truly represents the excellence that we as an athletic department and district continue to achieve.”

In addition, the board also highlighted the accomplishments and dedication of two coaches. Varsity boys basketball coach Joe Lores was honored for his recent induction into the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Hall of Fame, and girls basketball coach Karin Leary, who is retiring, was recognized for her 19 years of dedication to the program.



Tree Blossoms for Poetry Month

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Rhame Avenue School’s poet-tree has fully blossomed since the beginning of Poetry Month on April 1. During the month, students discovered their creativity and skills in writing poetry in many forms.

Set up by Mrs. Diane Dorato, students were excited to fill the tree with leaves that included their original poems and reflected their unique creativity. Alexis Martinez, in Mrs. Beyer’s third grade class, is shown putting up one of her poems. 
 

Students Dive Into Literature

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Centre Avenue’s first graders dove into literature by reading Arnold Lobel’s “Frog and Toad Are Friends” and Thelma Lynne Godin’s “How to Dress a Dragon.” For the unit, students are practicing skills such as sequencing, character traits, and cause and effect.  

In relation to “How to Dress a Dragon,” Junior-Senior High School senior Giana Donald interned with the class to work with students on creating flow maps to sequence steps on how to dress a dragon.
 

District Named Best in Music Education

District Named Best in Music Education
The district has once again been named Best Community for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for 2019. This is the fourth year in a row the district has received the designation. 

This prestigious distinction is earned by school districts across the nation that exhibit exceptional efforts and commitment toward maintaining music education, excel in their instruction of music and in their extensive array of music programs offered to students.
 

Becoming Engineers for STEAM

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Rhame Avenue School students banded together and became engineers for an interactive STEAM activity, where they built, programed and raced cars.

Students from grades 4-6 taught kindergarten to third grade students how to create race cars by using Legos and robot parts. Afterward, students synced their robotic race cars to their computer and programmed them to move in preparation for the race. Each group clapped and cheered on their robots during the big race that completed the activity. 





Creating Commercials to Sell Products

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Junior-Senior High School students in Ms. Perrone’s English class were tasked with creating a commercial for a product using their knowledge of the rhetorical triangle, modes of persuasion and logical fallacies.

Students worked in groups to plan out their scripts and employed devices learned to sell their product to their target audiences. After creating the scripts, groups performed their commercials while classmates watched and provided feedback on the effectiveness of their persuasive tactics.

 

Experiencing Enriched Programs

Experiencing Enriched Programs
Sixth grade students of Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue elementary schools traveled to the Greenkill Outdoor Education & Retreat Center where they experienced enriched programs through a holistic approach. Students participated in guided discovery, communal living, hands-on exploration and social engagement with peers. These activities helped them build character and confidence, and expanded their understanding of the natural world.
 

Poetry Madness Competition

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Students at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School participated in the annual schoolwide Poetry Madness Competition, for which they wrote poems following this year's theme of "empowerment."

After several rounds, the top eight students were selected and invited to read their poems in front of the school during an assembly. The eight finalists were seniors Anjali Baloy, Jiggy Kelly, Osmin Mayorga and Emma Neary, juniors Farha Khan and Gabe Padiernos, sophomore Daniella Pedi and freshman Madeleine Prucha.

 

Volunteering For A Cause

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Students from Rhame Avenue and the Junior-Senior High School volunteered their time to help with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. The East Rockaway Kiwanis Club host this pancake breakfast every year to help support the East Rockaway Kiwanis Scholarship Fund. Students from Rhame Avenue’s K-Kids, builders club and the key clubs helped in a variety of ways for the cause including setting up, serving break-fast to guests and then cleaning up.
 

Class of 2019 Top Two Seniors

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East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School is proud to announce seniors Laura Millar as valedictorian and Scott Buzzolani as salutatorian for the Class of 2019.

Millar weighted GPA is 104.8, with an intended major English/Journalism. Along with her academic feats, she has also proven herself to be an extraordinary musician as a NYSSMA All-State finalist, a talented athlete and a dependable, motivating leader as president of her class.

Millar participates in a variety of extracurricular activities, including being president of the Student Council, the National Honor Society and NHS quiz bowl. She was also vice president for NJHS and contributor to The Gull Student Newspaper. In addition, she plays clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone, is vice president of jazz band, clarinet section leader for the marching band and is also a member of the Nassau Suffolk Honor Band. Her athletic abilities include being on the school’s varsity badminton, soccer and lacrosse teams, where she was named All-Conference in badminton, and All-Conference and All-Scholastic in soccer. She’s also a member of the CYO swimming and volleyball teams, and Lynbrook East Rockaway travel soccer team. 

With this, Millar has accomplished many other academic awards and achievements, such as earning AP Scholar with Honors, the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, Student of the Year for 2014 and 2017, Supermaster of Regents, All-County Band, and a candidate for a Special Scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 

Millar’s community service efforts include participating in the Lupus Walk Fundraiser, Canstruction, Island Harvest Empty Bowls and American Cancer Society walk. Her work experience includes New York Times Summer Writer's Workshop. 

Buzzolani has a weighted GPA of 102.4 and intends to major in chemistry education. He has been an integral part of the school’s Science Research program and spent last summer researching at the “Living by the Bay” Summer Science Research at a local college.

Buzzolani has a tremendous influence on the music department, participating in jazz band, the musical, Nassau County Musical Festival, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Other extracurricular activities Buzzolani participates in include being a member of the National Junior Honor Society and National Honor Society, the chess club and regional quiz bowl participant.

For his academic efforts, Buzzolani earned several awards, including the Bausch + Lomb Honorary Science Award, the St. Michaels College book award for Academic Achievement and Social Conscience, and was also the winner of the East Rockaway’s first Research Symposium Science Research Program at Hofstra University.

He also dedicates his free time to community service work by tutoring younger students in music and chemistry and participating in several charity walks. 

The district congratulates Millar and Buzzolani for this achievement and wishes them the very best in their future endeavors. 

Presidential Leadership Symposium

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East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School students in AP Government and AP U.S. History took a trip to Hofstra University to attend the eighth annual Evaluation of Presidential Leadership Symposium for High School Students. 

Junior Zackary Hirashima was presented with an Award of Excellence for an essay he wrote on topics related to presidents and politics. Students listened to a debate between former Vermont Governor Howard Dean and Republican campaign strategist Ed Rollins.
 

Guide Dog Visits Centre Avenue

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Second-grade students at Centre Avenue School received an exciting visit from Iggy, a Labrador retriever who is a working guide dog. During the event, students learned how dogs are trained to help visually impaired individuals and the mechanisms that are used while a dog is working.

Iggy’s owner Joan Lee, who is blind, represented the Guide Dog Foundation and educated students on how Iggy assists her in navigating various obstacles. Lee added that she also had to acquire certain skills in order to maintain a strong bond with a guide dog. This includes learning how to use the guide dog harness and learning various dog commands, which she demonstrated to students.

Students also enjoyed a reading of “Guide Dog, Guide Dog,” a book written by students of the Locust Valley Central School District.

 

Parent Brings Brazil to Rhame

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Third graders at Rhame Avenue School are studying Brazil in social studies. For the lesson, students learned a lot about the culture of Brazil thanks to guest speaker Mrs. Patricia Cooney, Brennan Cooney’s mom. Growing up in Brazil with her family, Mrs. Cooney shared what it was like living in Brazil and showed the class the beautiful sights of the country. She also brought in tasty treats made within the culture for birthdays and other celebrations.
 

Rhame Raises Funds for St. Jude Math-A-Thon

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Rhame Avenue School students completed the St. Jude Math-A-Thon, where students competed to see which class could raise the most for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This year, Rhame students exceeded their goal by raising a total of $7,618 in funding.

The winning class was Mrs. Heidi Kreit’s third-grade class with a total of $3,535. A special thanks to Francesca Bocchetti who raised $3,025 by setting up a table at her grandma’s deli, Arata’s Deli, in Sea Cliff.

For more than 30 years, St. Jude Math-A-Thon has been America’s largest education-based fundraiser. It includes a free math curriculum supplement for kindergarten through eighth grades, which students complete after obtaining sponsorships from friends and family.

Rhame’s math action team held a kickoff assembly in February, where students were educated on Math-a-thon and how the donations help the children at the hospital. With last year’s fundraising coming to $3,693, the school has raised a total of $11,311 in the past two years for the hospital.

The students at Rhame look forward to participating again in future Math-A-Thons.




Students Awarded for Acts of Kindness

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Students at Centre and Rhame Avenue Elementary schools were awarded for their participation in the Kindness Challenge. 

Rhame students were Molly Brown, who showed kindness by helping her mom with the dishes, playing with someone who had no one to play with, helping someone who was crying and cleaning up after herself; Ellia DeCrescenzo, who showed kindness by helping someone up when they fell down, having a smile on her face every day, being respectful, not littering, giving a seat on the bus to someone and helping her sisters with their homework; and Ethan Baiza, who showed kindness by giving chocolate to a crossing guard.

At Centre, George Espinoza was awarded for his kindness in helping his friend pack up, washing plates at home, listening to his teachers and saying thank-you to someone who held the door for him. Steven James Jr. was awarded for his kindness in sitting with a new group of kids at lunch and helping a younger student with homework.
 

Crafting Multiplication Books

Crafting Multiplication Books

Rhame Avenue third-grade students fused together their creative skills and knowledge in mathematics to create multiplication books and share them with the second-graders. Under the guidance of math specialist Jack Bixhorn, students explained the rules of multiplication and created a color copy book. With that, students read their book and took turns rolling dice and solved math facts.

 

Centre K-Kids Support Local Community

Centre K-Kids Support Local Community photo
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Centre K-Kids Support Local Community photo 3
The members of Centre Avenue School’s K-Kids of the East Rockaway School District volunteered their time to support community members at the Education Foundation 5k Run/ Walk. During the event, students set up a refreshment stand that was stocked with water, apples, bananas and more. Students passed out refreshments at the finish line, while cheering on local participants.

Students Stand up Against Bullying

Students Stand up Against Bullying photo

Members of the Junior-Senior High School’s dignity club, key club and other East Rockaway students met at Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream for "Superheroes Against Bullying.” The event was an indoor winter walk sponsored by New Horizons Counseling Center.

New Horizons counsels and provides services for victims of bullying, as well as those with anxiety and depression. The students represented East Rockaway while earning community service hours. The event was a great success and the district is proud of these "superhero" students.

 

Exciting Lesson Erupts from Centre

Exciting Lesson Erupts from Centre photo

Students of Ms. ToniAnn Donald’s and Ms. Kristina Ranieri’s fifth-grade classes at Centre Avenue School took their chapter on changes to earth’s landforms to a new level with a volcano experiment.

For the lesson, students incorporated technology by researching volcanos, conducting labs on Google Docs, and using learning-based platform, Kahoot.

During the experiment, students infused a variety of different substances together to create an imitation of what occurs when a volcano erupts. After that, students made observations, answered questions and typed up what they experienced. 



Participating in Bilingual Read Aloud

Participating in Bilingual Read Aloud photo
Eighth-grade ENL students in Ms. Isik's common core class participated in a read aloud of Sandra Cisneros’ bilingual version of "Hairs.” During the reading, the class was interactive and used role cards to make spontaneous responses. Students formed predictions, connections, summaries, and questions about the text, and enjoyed hearing the vignette in English and Spanish. With that, they used "Hairs" as a model to write their own vignettes.
 

Beautiful Me Comes to Centre

Beautiful Me Comes to Centre

Fifth-grade students at Centre Avenue School also got the chance to participate in Beautiful Me, a self-esteem program designed to educate and empower female students.

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

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

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





Inclement Weather Delayed Opening, Cancellation of Afterschool/Evening Events and School Closing Procedures

This serves to clarify the East Rockaway School District’s procedures for inclement weather.  On inclement weather days, the district will make every effort to make a decision on whether to delay opening or close school by 6:00 A.M.  The District will implement a delayed school opening schedule on days of inclement weather. A delayed opening schedule offers the district additional time to clear and sand all district walkways, driveways and parking lots for the safe entry of our students and staff.  The delayed opening will also provide adequate time for students and staff to arrive safely to their buildings. When school must be closed or delayed due to weather conditions, announcements will be made to that effect via our Blackboard Connect communications system.  Please make sure that the parent portal has your most up to date contact information.  Notifications will also be posted on our website, district app and over the following websites, television and radio stations:

News 12 Long Island
FIOS 1
www.News12.com
www.fios1news.com
WALK 97.5 FM
WCBS 880 AM

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

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

In the event of a delayed opening, the following schedule will be in effect:

Jr./Sr. High School classes begin at 10:00 AM.    Students should not arrive prior to 9:40
Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue Elementary School classes begin at 10:15 AM.    Students should not arrive prior to 9:55.


If you have any questions regarding the delayed opening process, please call your building principal. 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
 

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