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East Rockaway High School

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


Principal: Joseph M. Spero
Assistant Principal: TJ DiPietro (Grades 7, 8 & 9)
Assistant Principal: James DeTommaso (Grades 10, 11 & 12)




7th Grade Parent Meeting PowerPoint

Regents and Final Exam Schedule

Regents/AP Academy Schedule

Principal's Mailing - April 6, 2017

Epi Pen Recall

Letter from the Principal

Dear Families:

East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School is proud to host a promotional event on Tuesday, February 14th in the school cafeteria during our lunch periods.  LiveOnNY, a non-profit organization, will join us to share information regarding the Young Adult Bill, a new law that allows 16 and 17-year old children to register as organ and tissue donors.  The event will include:

Educational activities: students can compete in a trivia contest and enter to win a t-shirt

Fun: a professional photo booth will be available for students to take pictures holding signs that read “I can’t ________ but I can save lives.”

Giveaways: including key chains, pens and a t-shirt raffle
We encourage everyone to participate, especially upperclassmen who are affected by this legislation.  

Thank you.


Joseph M. Spero

Midterm Exam Schedule


Opportunity Knocks at East Rockaway, Faculty and Staff Revel in Silver Status






Eighth-Grade Picnic

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East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School’s eighth-grade students enjoyed beautiful weather when they gathered in Bay Park for the eighth-grade picnic. Students played kanjam and volleyball and had a delicious lunch.

East Rockaway Celebrates the Class of 2017

East Rockaway Celebrates the Class of 2017 photo

East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School’s Class of 2017 members were filled with mixed emotions as they entered the Harry Bunting Auditorium for the last time as high school students to celebrate their graduation.

The momentous ceremony began with a beautiful rendition of “We Won’t Stop Dreaming” performed by students in the group “PinkZebra,” under the direction of teacher Seanna Silver. It continued with remarks from Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz, who encouraged the students to be “originals.”     

“Being an original is being your authentic, genuine self; acknowledge and embrace it,” Ruiz said. “Be mindful not to give into peer pressure when the influences are there. Feel comfortable with forming and expressing your own opinions and opposing views to others when necessary. Try to be uniquely yourself and when in doubt and you will have doubts, listen to your gut that will help you keep your head on straight and your feet on the ground.”    

Board of Education vice president Keith Gamache, class advisers Jennifer Melecio and Sara Perrone, Assistant Principal James DeTommaso and Principal Joseph Spero also addressed students, offering well wishes and future success.

“Life is about to get much more complicated,” Spero said. “You will be asked to study rigorously, deeply and contemplate life’s most challenging questions. You may even make complicated choices and decisions, choose a partner to start a family or decide not to. You’ll take on responsibilities, ethical, financial or otherwise and as life becomes more complicated true wisdom to me lies in keeping things simple. If you simply watch what you say, put your ego aside, investigate before drawing conclusions and always, always do the best you possibly can, especially when no one else is looking, you’ll be on your way to success, fulfillment and happiness.”  

Salutatorian Katharine Calabrese reminisced on her favorite memories with her classmates at East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School, while valedictorian Natalia Cuttitta encouraged them to follow their dreams.

“Now is the time to find yourself, to find what you really love to do and are passionate about,” Cuttitta said. “Do not settle for less. Do not let anyone convince you that your dreams are ridiculous or unrealistic. The sky is no longer the limit, for we have reached higher than the stars and the universe expands indefinitely. This means there is no limit to what we can do and accomplish.”

The beautiful ceremony concluded with the presentation of diplomas and the traditional move of the tassel before students tossed their caps in celebration.

Eighth-Graders Move Up in East Rockaway

Eighth-Graders Move Up in East Rockaway Photo

East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School celebrated the academic achievements of its eighth-grade students during the school’s annual Eighth-Grade Moving Up Ceremony on June 14.

Principal Joseph Spero kicked off the ceremony by welcoming students, parents and family members in attendance. He also expressed his hope that the teachers and staff had encouraged students to think about beginning their freshman year with a mindset of high expectations and successes.  

“The concept of intelligence is one that many have discussed and debated over time,” Spero said. “Some view intelligence as the ability of your brain to house many facts and bits of information, others view it as the ability to think logically and reason through a situation, still others see it differently. Some think we’re smart in this, but not so much in that. To me the most impacting way to see intelligence is to see it as something fluid and born of inspiration. I believe you all have the ability to be inspired to do great things.”

The ceremony continued with the school’s junior chorus performing “Homeward Bound,” under the direction of music teacher Seanna Silver.

Several students received awards, including Emma Pollackov and Alyssa Walsh, who were recognized for overall high academic achievement. Also honored were Eligio Guarino and Daniella Pedi, who received the Junior Public Service and Leadership Award from NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky.

After receiving their certificates, students heard from current members of the senior class, Kayla Cimkowski and Michael Saporito, who offered words of advice. They also watched a PowerPoint presentation made by teacher Don Poland, which highlighted their time in East Rockaway.

East Rockaway Softball Team Named Long Island Champions

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East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School’s softball team captured its second consecutive Long Island Championship title by defeating Southold/Greenport, 5-0 on June 1 at Hofstra University.

Members of the team were honored the Nassau County Softball Awards Dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club on June 13. Congratulations to Emily Chelius (All-County) and MVP of the B/C Class playoffs; Sarah Donnelly (All-Conference); Jessica Loyer honorable mention All-County and Hunter Vertuccio (All-Conference).

This season marks the 20th championship title for head coach Joe Lores. Congratulations!

Skills and Achievement Students Learn About Technology

Skills and Achievement Students Learn About Technology Photo

East Rockaway’s Skills and Achievement students have been enhancing their technology skills throughout the semester. They learned to measure, cut, drill and sand materials. They finished the year with a culminating activity in which they each made their own toy cars.


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