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East Rockaway High School

443 Ocean Avenue, East Rockaway, NY 11518
Phone: (516) 887-8300


Principal: Richard Schaffer
Assistant Principal: TJ Terranova




7th Grade Orientation
August 28, 2018
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Incoming 7th Grade Parent Orientation Letter

Letter from Mr. Schaffer, Principal - July 2018

ERSD Emergency Planning - A Guide for Parents

Vape Letter





Rocks Softball Honored for Outstanding Season

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Members of East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School’s softball team were recognized for their great season at the Nassau County Softball awards dinner at Crest Hollow Country Club on June 11. Congratulations to Lia Gladstone, Skylar Gomes and Hunter Vertuccio for being named All-Conference, and Emily Chelius for her designation as an All-County player and playoff MVP. The team was named co-conference champions, Nassau County Small School champions and Long Island champions for the third consecutive year. Congratulations!

Eighth-Graders Move Up to High School

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East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School held its eighth-grade moving up ceremony on June 20. 

The evening began with a performance by the middle school chorus, under the direction of teacher Ms. Seanna Silver. Principal Mr. Neil Lederer then opened with a speech reflecting on his own middle school graduation and offered advice about the benefits of hard work. 

During the ceremony, students Madeleine Prucha and Sofia Valdebenito were honored for highest overall academic achievement, while students Emily McLaughlin and Jason Miller were recognized for demonstrating outstanding character and service to the school and community with the Senator Kaminsky Award for Junior Public Service and Leadership. Winners of the middle school poetry contest, Nolan Anarelli, Sophia Capone and Emily McLaughlin, shared their original pieces, then members of the middle school faculty presented moving up certificates to the rising ninth-grade students. 

Two high school seniors, who were carefully chosen to speak at the ceremony, delivered outstanding speeches, which included heartfelt words of wisdom for the soon-to-be high schoolers. Rachel O’Hagan challenged students to always consider how they want to be remembered and discussed the importance of demonstrating kindness, establishing positive relationships, getting involved and making the most of their academic experience. Andrew Machovec then shared how the experience in high school can be viewed as a flight. He told students to begin their journey with a good flight plan, select strong co-pilots and passengers and enjoy the great ride while preparing for and overcoming turbulence. 

The evening concluded with a slideshow consisting of images of eighth-grade memories created by teacher Mr. Don Poland, and a welcome to high school speech by Director of Guidance Mr. Andrew Rosenberg. 

Grads of East Rockaway Are on Their Way!

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The Class of 2018 convened in the auditorium of East Rockaway High School on the evening of June 22 to celebrate its transition from students to graduates, right before the eyes of its proud families, Board of Education members, administrators and teachers.

The seniors proceeded down the aisles to “Pomp and “Circumstance” and took their places before the stage. Everyone present stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the graduation chorus presented a moving performance of “I Lived.”

Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz shared welcoming remarks, which were followed by greetings from Board of Education Trustee Kristin Ochtera. 

Ms. Ruiz encouraged the seniors to go out and make the world a better place. “I challenge you to not only take the academic lessons, skills and content that you have learned within this great American high school but take with you the more essential lessons of the heart that you have experienced here at East Rockaway High School as you move forward,” she said. “The lessons of compassion, kindness, caring, support, outreach, understanding, acceptance, respect, civility and empathy, which are critical and fundamental for the academic and career successes you will undoubtedly achieve.” 

“The steps that you took to get to this point tonight were difficult,” Ms. Ochtera said. “You were the ones who persisted.”  

Salutatorian Gabriella Walsh also addressed her peers. 

“I believe that working together as a community will ensure us a greater success in the future,” she said. “East Rockaway High School has taught us many things, not only about history and English but about building relationships as well.” 

Valedictorian Marissela Gomez shared a poem that translates to, “The wind is rising, we must try to live,” and discussed the need to work hard to survive problematic conditions and aim to thrive. “I can honestly say I have never met a group of people as admirable and determined, diligent, open-minded, innovative, humanitarian and inspirational as you all,” she told her peers.

Class advisers Hugh Howard and Suzanne Volpe reflected on the senior class and offered advice for the future, and Assistant Principal James DeTommasso noted the students’ many accomplishments. He and Principal Neil Lederer, along with members of the Board of Education, then distributed diplomas to the graduates in the moments that all had been eagerly awaiting.

Mr. Lederer led the graduates in the traditional turning of the tassels, symbolizing the positive change that they were all experiencing. 

“How you process these new adjustments in your personal and professional life will go a long way to determining your success,” he said. He shared the quote of a noted writer, “Don’t fear change – embrace it.” 

He officially congratulated them on the completion of their high school careers, and they responded by excitedly tossing their caps upward. 

Rocks Baseball Wraps Up a Great Season!

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Congratulations to East Rockaway’s boys baseball team on a historic season, matching the school record for 13 league wins and winning the program’s first regional championship.

At the highest level of New York State high school sports, the team represented East Rockaway High School and the community with tremendous dignity and pride and were consistently commended on its kind and respectful manner. 

The team’s season unfortunately came to a close on June 8 in the New York State semi-finals with a 6-1 loss to Section VII’s Ticonderoga. Athletic Director David Barth and the administration at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High school congratulate Coach Hickey, the coaching staff and the boys on a great season. Go Rocks!

Rhame Sixth-Graders Learn About Density

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Sixth-grade students from Rhame Avenue learned about density during a recent classroom activity led by East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School AP Chemistry and AP Environmental Science students.

The academic collaboration took place at the high school, with the older students reviewing the formula for density before conducting experiments that demonstrated its real-life application. First, the younger students were given different items, which they dropped into a jug of water to see which had the greatest density. Next, a few brave students took part in a human experiment, which included getting weighed and then being placed in a 55-gallon drum filled with water. As the students submerged into the water, the high school students filled 5-gallon buckets with the water that became displaced. After determining how much water was displaced, the students worked together to figure out the volume of each subject. They then converted their weights to mass and found their density.