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East Rockaway High School

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


Principal: Neil Lederer
Assistant Principal: TJ Terranova (Grades 7, 8 & 9)
Assistant Principal: James DeTommaso (Grades 10, 11 & 12)




Emergency Drills Notification - November 2017

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Vape Letter

PSAT Day Parent Letter

7th Grade Parent Meeting PowerPoint

Epi Pen Recall


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






Mock Trial Team Competes in Nassau Tournament

Mock Trial Team Competes in Nassau Tournament photo
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The East Rockaway Mock Trial Team competed in the second annual Long Island Mentor Moot Court Tournament at the Nassau County Supreme Court. 

Sophomores Timothy Neckles, Sharon Oosterwijk, Natalia Rogala and Anthony Romano participated in the Moot Court, competing against other schools to defend their case. Despite this being its first Moot Court competition, the team offered insightful and articulate testimony to support its cases. Aadil Khan, Kristina McDougal, Daniel O’Moore and Peter Wilson came to support the team and offer additional counsel during testimony. 

Although East Rockaway did not advance to the next round of the competition, it has a very positive outlook as it prepares for February’s Mock Trial competition. Eighth-grader Aadil Khan reflected on this experience, stating, “We can’t lose hope. Instead, we must learn from our mistakes.” 

The Mock Trial team is very proud of its participation and is led by advisers April Francis and Thomas Canale.

High School Students Plant A Promise

High School Students Plant A Promise photo

East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School students recently planted a promise garden as part of the school’s Red Ribbon Campaign to bring awareness to substance abuse and encourage individuals to be drug free.

The Plant the Promise Kit was donated to the district’s Prevention Task Force by member Mary Kate Lynch, who served as coordinator to a similar community prevention-related organization that disbanded in 2014 and influenced the current Prevention Task Force’s formation. The group was excited to sponsor the activity, which resulted in a cross section of students from a variety of student groups and programs planting red tulips in front of the high school building. According to school social worker and Prevention Task Force Co-Chair Kristen Mednick, the flowers planted during Substance Abuse Awareness Week will bloom each spring during Alcohol Awareness Week, serving as a reminder of hope and the beauty of life when it is drug free. 

Ms. Mednick extended her gratitude to former Pupil Personnel Director Laura Hastings, Assistant Principal James DeTommaso and social worker and Transition Coordinator Maureen Schutta for providing organizational support and planning for the event.  


A Lesson in Mindfulness

A Lesson in Mindfulness photo
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East Rockaway Junior-Senior High students in Briar Falvo’s seventh-grade English classes participated in a mindfulness lesson facilitated by school social worker Amy Weissman. 

Ms. Weissman conducted a short breathing activity called Take Five, where students concentrated on taking five slow breaths in through their nose and out through their mouths. Students learned that being overstimulated, too busy or stressed can hinder one’s ability to be fully self-aware. Ms. Weissman explained that breathing mindfully — concentrating on one’s breath — helps to refocus and bring attention back to the present moment. Students shared how they were feeling after the exercise. Some responses included, “relaxed,” “focused,” “calm” and “at peace.” Many students reported that they would like to continue to practice mindfulness when preparing for a test or quiz or getting ready for a sports game. Eighth-graders will be receiving the same lesson in December.

East Rockaway Senior Heads to Notre Dame

East Rockaway Senior Heads to Notre Dame photo

Surrounded by his family, teachers and administrators, East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School senior Andrew Machovec signed on Nov. 8 a National Letter of Intent to study and fence at the University of Notre Dame next fall.

“We’re very proud of all of Andrew’s accomplishments,” Assistant Principal James DeTommaso said. “Not only is he a humble leader in this school and a student-athlete, he is also someone who has excelled in all areas in his school life. He’s been Student of the Month numerous times, he’s received a Charactergram for exemplary behavior and acts of kindness and has maintained a 90-plus average.” 

Andrew first became interested in fencing when he was 10 years old. He discovered the sport in a recreational fencing class at the Freeport Recreation Center. After attending two sessions, he decided to become a competitive fencer and joined 5T Fencers Club. It was there he met his coach and mentor Gidon Retzkin. Under Mr. Retzkin’s direction, Andrew trained at the club six days a week, taking private lessons, group classes and conditioning classes. He began fencing in local competitions, eventually moving onto national and international competitions.

Last year, he achieved a number one ranking in Cadet Mens Foil both here in the United States and in Europe. Having won three World Cup Gold medals and the Junior Olympic Championships, Andrew earned a spot on the U.S. National Team and represented the U.S. at the World Championships in Bulgaria. This year, he continues to travel both nationally and internationally, now competing at the junior and senior levels. 

“I just want to thank everyone,” Andrew said. “It’s been an amazing experience at high school, and everything has been made possible with the support of all of you that are here today. I just want to thank my parents for putting up with me traveling back and forth, the time differences and just supporting me all the way.”  


East Rockaway’s Girls Volleyball Captures County Championship

Girls Volleyball Team are Nassau County Champions
Congratulations to East Rockaway Junior-Senior High School’s girls volleyball team, who defeated Carle Place, 3-0, to capture the Nassau County Championship. The girls take the court for the Long Island Championship against Pierson High School on Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. Go Rocks!!


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