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Centre Avenue School

55 Centre Avenue, East Rockaway, NY 11518
Phone: 516 887-8300 Ext. 224

School Hours:
8:30 am - Arrival/Line Up
8:40 am - Morning bell
2:50 pm - Kindergarten dismissal
3:00 pm - Grades 1-6 dismissal


Mrs. Calia Kelly 


Flu Guide For Parents (English) (Spanish)


Inclement Weather Delayed Opening and School Closing Procedures


Current News

Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue Schools Host Entrepreneur Day

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As a highlight of their studies in business and economics within the social studies curriculum, fifth-grade students at Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue Schools in East Rockaway recently hosted Entrepreneur Day.

For months, these dedicated students have been diligently preparing for this event. Each student designed and created an original product, developing a comprehensive business plan to market and sell their creations. This interdisciplinary project encompassed various skill areas, including creating business cards, composing advertising jingles, and designing logos, slogans, and websites for their products. In addition, the students manufactured their products and prepared to sell them.

On June 11th and 12th, parents and community members were invited to explore each student's store and purchase products using a QR code scanned with their cell phones.

Entrepreneur Day was a resounding success, providing an enjoyable and invaluable real-world experience for our students.

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Date Added: 6/12/2024

Student Launch Entrepreneur Projects

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Students in Ms. Donald's fifth grade class at Centre Avenue are starting their entrepreneur projects.

We are looking forward to seeing these ideas come to life at the upcoming Entrepreneur Day where each of these creative enterprises will be open for business!

Date Added: 5/24/2024

Centre Avenue 100th Anniversary Celebration

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On May 18, bright sun shined on Centre Avenue as hundreds of current and former students, teachers and administrators came together for a once in a century celebration that showcased this monumental anniversary and our incomparable East Rockaway pride!

Centre Avenue principal Ms. Calia Kelly was so proud to share this celebration with the community and offered this message in honor of the occasion:

"We revel in our place within a community that nurtures young minds into eternal seekers of knowledge. Through the ebb and flow of time, Centre Avenue has been a beacon of positivity, fostering growth among its students. Our revered school boasts a lineage of exceptional educators, whose unwavering dedication illuminates the path to wisdom. Gratitude abounds for the community and the legacy of Centre Avenue alumni, sculptures of a realm where joy, laughter and enlightenment intertwine. Here's to the dawn of the next century, where the spirit of learning shall continue to flourish and illuminate the hearts of all who tread these hallowed halls."

We are so grateful to everyone who joined us for this special event!

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Date Added: 5/23/2024

Students Showcase Research at STEM Night

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Congratulations to our amazing Rhame, Centre and Jr. High science scholars who put their research skill and creativity on display at the district's STEM Night on May 9.

Over 150 projects were showcased at the event, plus we were treated to special presentations by two of our award winning science research seniors, Peter Kaplan and Everett Gamache, and took a trip through the galaxy in the Cradle of Aviation planetarium.

Thanks to everyone who joined us for this exciting and engaging event.

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Date Added: 5/13/2024

Three Administrators Granted Tenure

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The district congratulates three outstanding members of the East Rockaway School District administration who were granted tenure during the board of education meeting on April 16.

Mr. Vincent Healy has served as the district’s Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services and Instructional Personnel Superintendent since 2020. His exceptional leadership and deep commitment to our students’ well-being and academic success is the cornerstone of Mr. Healy’s tenure. Among his numerous notable achievements is the implementation of the RULER and Sources of Strength social emotional learning programs. These initiatives are helping to foster a supportive and nurturing environment throughout our schools by focusing on mental health and a sense of belonging. Mr. Healy has played an instrumental role in making sure that teachers and staff are equipped with the tools and resources they need to integrate these essential strategies.

Following two decades as an educator and administrator in New York City public schools, Mrs. Calia Kelly was appointed principal of Centre Avenue Elementary School in 2020 and her impact was felt immediately. Mrs. Kelly’s patience, kindness and positive attitude radiates throughout the school, creating a nurturing and inclusive environment where everyone feeds valued and supported. Her leadership is centered around respect and success as a team and has resulted in exceptional progress and success on multiple levels, including surpassing goals for proficiency in reading and math. She has also been instrumental in the implementation of Thinking Maps across all grade levels, which led to an elevation to level 2 status, one of the only schools on Long Island to achieve this notable result.

A member of the East Rockaway school community since 2009, Mr. Robert Kennedy was appointed to the position of Assistant Director for Pupil Personnel Services 2020. Prior to joining the administration, he served as both an ELA and special education teacher at the high school and led many successful activities throughout the years. In his current position, Mr. Kennedy has consistently put the needs of our students first and has guided with compassion and care. He has led many initiatives that directly benefit students throughout the district, including a focus on the success on our special education programs and early childhood development. As a co-chair of the district’s Mental Wellness committee, Mr. Kennedy has raised awareness of the importance of social and emotional development and been instrumental in professional learning programs that have led to an increased sense of support and inclusion felt throughout the team.

The Board of Education proudly accepted these recommendations for tenure and shared their gratitude to Mr. Healy, Mrs. Kelly and Mr. Kennedy for their dedication to our students and for all they do to enhance the East Rockaway Schools community.

Date Added: 4/29/2024