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HS Principal Appointed

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At its May 22 meeting, the Board of Education appointed Richard Schaffer as the principal of East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School, effective July 1, 2018.

Mr. Schaffer received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Binghamton University, a Master of Science degree in education, adolescence social studies, from Queen’s College and his school building and district administration certification from the School of Education at LIU Post. He spent more than 17 years at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74 in Bayside, Queens, where he taught social studies before serving as dean of students and then as assistant principal.

For the past seven years as assistant principal, Mr. Schaffer supervised the social studies, science, foreign language and technology departments. During that time, he introduced and fostered the development of Project-Based Learning across these departments and lead a districtwide professional learning cohort centered around PBL. Mr. Schaffer provided leadership for the development of a partnership with St. Francis College in Brooklyn, allowing students to attend an after-school science program on a college campus; spearheaded a Software Engineering Program at the school, exposing students to 3D printing, web design, coding, videogame and app design; and created a video studio and an associated curriculum. He also significantly increased family engagement at his school, developed the school’s website and social media presence and implemented a series of parent engagement surveys to connect families with the school community. Additionally, he created the school’s first alumni directory and launched a series of alumni events.

“I am thrilled to welcome Mr. Schaffer to our East Rockaway family,” Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz said. “He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge and I am confident that he will prove to be an invaluable asset to our district.”

Middle School Quiz Bowl a Success

Middle School Quiz Bowl a Success photo

District students in grades 6-8 demonstrated their academic prowess in a Middle School Quiz Bowl on May 11.

Organized by the East Rockaway Social Studies Leadership Committee, the event brought Centre Avenue and Rhame Avenue sixth-graders to the junior-senior high school to compete against students in grades 7 and 8. There were three rounds of competition, in which students answered questions in the subjects of geography, American history, Ancient Egypt and more. They also went head-to-head in speed rounds, earning additional points. The eighth-grade team won the competition with 190 points, earning the coveted “Golden Globe.” Congratulations to all the students on an outstanding job!     


Seventh-Graders Learn to Build a Strong Foundation

Seventh-Graders Learn to Build a Strong Foundation photo
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The seventh-grade college and careers class at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School built balloon towers as part of a lesson on the importance of a strong foundation. The students enjoyed taking part in this hands-on lesson. 

East Rockaway Eighth-Graders Visit Washington, D.C.

East Rockaway Eighth-Graders Visit Washington, D.C. photo
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Members of the eighth-grade class just returned from their annual trip to Washington, D.C., on May 7 and 8. The students had an opportunity to visit many of the historical sites they have been studying in their classes. 

The students embarked on a tour of the Capitol Building, getting to see where the laws of our land are made. They also took a solemn walk through the National Holocaust Museum, making connections to the memoir “Night” by Elie Wiesel and the events of World War II. At dusk, the class went to the Lincoln, Pentagon 9/11, Vietnam and World War II memorials, where they reflected on each of the events they commemorated. At Ford’s Theatre, they learned more about the history of Lincoln and Wilkes Booth.

In the National Archives Museum, the students viewed the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. To end the trip, they took a tour of Arlington National Cemetery, where they learned about the rich history of those who are buried here and witnessed the moving Changing of the Guard ceremony. In a short 36 hours, the eighth-graders gathered both a deeper understanding of our country’s history and a lifetime of memories.

East Rockaway Senior Places First in SkillsUSA

East Rockaway Senior Places First in SkillsUSA photo
East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School senior Brandon Bilardello took first place in a statewide SkillsUSA competition held from April 25-27.  

Bilardello, who attends the audio production program at Barry Tech, was half of a two-person team in “Interactive Application and Video Game Development” competition. He has been excelling in the program and was selected for this competition by his teacher. This was the first time Barry Tech students have competed in this particular competition. Brandon worked seamlessly with a student from another high school who takes computer game design and programming at Barry Tech. 

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