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‘Strings in Spring’ Virtual Concert

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The East Rockaway Elementary Orchestra is proud to present its virtual “Strings in Spring” concert to showcase both Centre Avenue and Rhame Avenue school students’ hard work and talent in Orchestra class. Through new challenges and hardships, these students maintained positive attitudes and were able to put this all together in only four rehearsals.

Although they could not perform together in person between both schools, through the power of movie magic the experience was emulated in a unique way. See below to view the performance.

Congratulations, Teachers!

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The district is proud to announce that three East Rockaway teachers were recognized in the Long Island Herald’s Head of Class awards. Junior-Senior High School foreign language teacher Rebeca Rodriguez was selected as a winner, while Junior-Senior High School English teacher Sara Perrone and Rhame Avenue Elementary School special education teacher Erin Kennedy were both named finalists. This recognition honors outstanding K-12 education leaders in public, private and charter schools. Please view here: https://www.liherald.com/stories/herald-head-of-the-class-awards,132956

Rhame Students Patriciate in Monster Monday

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The students in Mrs. Kristen Pisano’s fashion class at the Junior-Senior High School designed unique, hand sewn monster dolls for both Mrs. Eileen Hiller’s and Mrs. Debbie Ferrato’s first grade students at Rhame Avenue School.

The first graders were very excited to receive their monsters and celebrated this event through a variety of monster-themed activities. Coined Monster Monday, students wrote stories about their monsters, expanded numbers in monster math, learned about S.E.L. with their monsters and created monster masks.

The following day, Rhame Avenue students welcomed their Junior-Senior High School friends to the school to share their stories about the monsters created for them.

District Hosts a Night of Celebrations

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The Junior-Senior High School’s auditorium was filled with cheer, as members of the board of education and administration revered its students and staff during the district’s June 15 board of education meeting. A variety of recognitions were given out to close the 2020-2021 school year.

Junior-Senior High School Principal Richard Schaffer presented the Class of 2021’s valedictorian and salutatorian. Valedictorian Lucy Temple and salutatorian Emma Pollackov were both applauded for their hard work and dedication they have demonstrated throughout their high school career.

Mr. Schaffer also presented a farewell speech to two retirees from the school, Nicholas Cimorelli and Donna Smith. With a combined 67 years of service, both Cimorelli and Smith were honored for their devotion and commitment to the East Rockaway community. They also received an engraved clock in recognition of their years of service.

Centre Avenue school Principal Calia Kelly also stepped to the podium to present the amazing actions of fifth grader Frederick Devine and fourth grader Christopher Devine. In honor of Memorial Day, Frederick and Christopher celebrated the life and sacrifice of East Rockaway resident and Lieutenant Vincent Higgins, who died in World War I. The students visited his gravesite at The Lawrence Cemetery, left a stone and posted an American flag and then took a small bag of soil from his gravesite. With the small bag of soil, they proceeded to ruck five miles to Memorial Park in East Rockaway and placed the soil collected in the memorial bearing his name.

District Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics David Barth celebrated 12 students who earned the distinction of New York State Scholar-Athlete. This prestigious state award is presented to students who cumulatively achieved a 90% grade point average or better during the competing season.

Bus driver Jimmy Lores was also recognized during the board meeting for his efforts and tremendous dedication he demonstrated every day to the district throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This was part of the Town of Hempstead’s promotion to recognize frontline workers who went above and beyond for their community during the pandemic. Mr. Lores received a citation from Town of Hempstead Supervisor Donald X. Clavin Jr. and Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, and a citation from Village of East Rockaway Mayor Bruno Romano. In addition, the Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz also expressed her appreciation to the Town of Hempstead for having provided the district the Town of Hempstead COVID-19 grant of $120,000. These funds helped cover COVID-19 related expenses.

The night ended with the district’s annual PTA installation ceremony for the new officers of each of the school’s PTA units.

Rhame Staff Celebrated for Heroic Actions

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The district came together to honor the Rhame Avenue Elementary School individuals who bravely protected students when an alleged drunk driver crashed into the school fence during recess on June 2. Board members and administrators expressed their gratitude for the heroic actions carried out by staff during the district’s board of education meeting on June 15.

Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz said these individuals, along with members of the Nassau County Police Department Fourth Precinct, have her deepest respect, admiration and appreciation for keeping East Rockaway students safe. “Due to the amazing and extraordinarily quick thinking and outstanding actions of our recess monitors, teacher aides, teachers and security guards, our students were immediately brought into the building and no one was harmed,” she said. “These actions speak to the building leadership of our principal Dr. Ayesha McArthur and the intense focus on security that the district has been and continues to be committed to. This resulted in the safest outcome that we could’ve possibly hoped for. Although this was a horrific tragedy, we need to focus on the bravery, courage and quick thinking and actions of our extraordinary staff.”

In addition to the district honoring these individuals, New York State Sen. Todd Kaminsky also presented each staff member with a proclamation for their bravery and outstanding actions. Town of Hempstead Supervisor Donald X. Clavin Jr., and Town of Hempstead Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Village of East Rockaway Mayor Bruno Romano joined Sen. Kaminsky in celebrating the heroes of Rhame Avenue School.