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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.

Centre Students Transform into Entrepreneurs

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Centre Avenue school fifth grade students became young businessmen and businesswomen during the school’s Entrepreneur Day event.

Each student designed an original product and sold it to their classmates. In addition to working on this project in class, students worked in library class under the guidance of Mrs. Petra Schoen. There, they created their Buncee presentations to highlight their company's website, business card and commercial. This was all part of the school’s social studies unit of economics.

Rainforest Emerges From Centre Avenue Classroom

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Central Avenue school’s first grade students brought the rainforest to life by crafting 3D collages that portray elements of the rainforest. With the help of art teacher Mrs. Beth Brody, students researched rainforest habitats, learned about the plants and animals that live there and the important resources that develop.

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.

Students Welcome East Rockaway Public Library

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First grade students in Mrs. Mary Arapas’ and Mrs. Heather Figliozzi’s classes at Centre Avenue school were excited when members of the East Rockaway Public Library recently visited them.

Inspired by the library’s upcoming summer reading program, the students listened to read alouds and participated in crafts, where they created reading bookmarks that looked like ice cream popsicles. In addition, they also learned about the reading program and how to enroll.