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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



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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.

Memorial Day Tribute Parade!

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The Concert Bands of the Centre Avenue and Rhame Avenue schools put a virtual spin on their annual tradition of performing "America the Beautiful" to honor our heroes for Memorial Day. For the parade, the district provided each musician with a band mask and bell cover. This was an exciting day, as the students were able to meet as an ensemble for the first time in fourteen months to prepare and shoot the video.

Click Here to view the performance, or watch the video down below. 

District Hosts Fundraisers for Red Nose Day

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The Junior-Senior High School was proud to participate in Red Nose Day on May 27 for the fifth consecutive year. Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the nonprofit organization Comic Relief Inc., a registered U.S. public charity.

The fundraising campaign is dedicated to ending child poverty in the United States, Puerto Rico, and communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The money raised by Red Nose Day has benefited nearly 25 million children in America as well as children in over 30 countries. Donations provide children with meals, educational supports, access to basic health services, life-saving vaccines and shelter.

Red Nose Day brings East Rockaway students together to raise money and change the lives of children in need. The day helps students understand the issue of child poverty, develop empathy and realize their power to help others. Students feel empowered as they learn that they can make positive change in the world, even amidst the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19.

The Key Club and school social worker Ms. Amy Weissman held a fundraiser during lunch periods to raise awareness and collect money to support organizations that help combat child poverty. For a donation of $1, students and staff could purchase a sanitary, individually wrapped red nose and take a selfie with a selfie frame titled #NOSESON. A total of $300 was raised at the Junior/Senior High School. Throughout the week, facts and statistics about child poverty were announced on the morning announcements and shared on the TV monitors throughout the hallways.

In addition, the district’s Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue elementary schools also participated in fundraising efforts, with Rhame raising $400 and Centre raising $300. A total of $1,000 was raised districtwide.

Elementary Students Prepare for Junior-Senior High School

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Sixth grade students at both Rhame Avenue and Centre Avenue elementary schools began participating in a series of virtual "Know Before You Go!" orientation sessions. The virtual sessions are coordinated by school social worker Maureen Schutta and are in partnership with Northwell Health's Cohen Strong Program.

The purpose of these sessions is to help prepare Class of 2027 students for the Junior-Senior High School during the time of COVID-19 and to emphasize the importance of a safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment within the junior high and high school settings. The series includes activities ranging from virtual tours, "Name that Junior High Staff Member," and lessons on understanding DASA. These activities compliment the in-classroom preparation work that students have been participating in, along with their school counselor James O'Driscoll.

Each “Know Before You Go!” virtual session includes 11th grade students serving as mentors, under the recruitment of high school juniors Jason Miller and Brandon Velasquez. Both Jason and Brandon represent East Rockaway schools while serving as Cohen Strong student ambassadors. In conjunction with other neighboring school districts, they’ve participated in a yearlong series of evening virtual trainings with Northwell Health staff on antibullying and tolerance education.

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