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



Mr. Richard Schaffer 
Mrs. Nancy Catapano (ext. 423)
 Dr. Bradley Krauz 
Assistant Principal (Grades 10-12)
Chairperson, Science
Mrs. Marypat Hickey (ext. 437)
Ms. TJ  Terranova 
Assistant Principal (Grades 7-9)
Chairperson, World Languages and Business
Mrs. Fran Hernandez (ext. 471)
Ms. Janna Bonacorsi
Director of Guidance
Ms. Theresa Daube (ext. 452)
Ms. Jessica White (Ext. 453)
Mr. David Barth 
Director of Physical Education, Health,
Athletics & Driver Education
Mrs. Arianne Millar (ext. 472)
Mr. Robert Kennedy (ext. 438)
Assistant Director, Pupil Personnel Services
Chairperson, Special Education
Mr. Russel Pajer (ext. 458) 
Dean of Students 



CLASS OF 2021:
Please visit the link below for important YEARBOOK information:


Letter to Senior Families, June 18, 2021 (English) (Spanish)
Family Newsletter - June 2021 (English and Spanish)

Graduation Letter 2021

Updated End of Year Testing Schedule 

End of Year Assessments Letter - May 20, 2021 (English) (Spanish)

2020-21 Q3 High Honor Roll

2020-21 Q3 Honor Roll

8th Grade Activities Letter  - May 13, 2021
Junior Banquet | Senior Banquet
Third Quarter Curriculum Updates 2021
National Honor Society Induction 2021 Program
Family Newsletter - April 2021 (English and Spanish)
Poetry Madness Video
AP Review Academies 2020 - 2021
Letter To Families: April 8, 2021 (English) (Spanish)
MS Grades 3-8 Testing Opt-out Letter
Spring Break Letter to Families (English) (Spanish)
Poetry Madness 2021:
Sweet 16
Thrilling 10
Top 20
Top 32
Top 64
COVID Update March 2021
Guidance Newsletter March 2021
HOLLER Virtual College Information Presentation - March 22
2021 AP Testing Letter
85th Annual Rock Rivalry Parent Meeting Presentation
2020-2021 Q2 High Honor Roll
2020-2021 Q2 Honor Roll
March Parent-Teacher Conference Letter (English) (Spanish)
Letter Regarding Grading Policies (English) (Spanish)
Rock Rivalry 2021
Letter to Families - January 20, 2021 (English) (Spanish)
ERHS Winter Art Show
Letter to Families: Dec. 16, 2020 (English) (Spanish)
National Honor Society Parent Letter
High Honor Roll Q1 2020-21
Honor Roll Q1 2020-21
Spirit Week 11/30 - 12/4
El Dabe Law Scholarship Application
Coffee and Conversation Flyer
October Parent-Teacher Conference Letter (English) (Spanish)
8-9 Guidance Night Flyer October 2020
Flu Flyer
Family Guide to MAP Growth
NWEA Letter to Families
PSAT 2020 (English) (Spanish)
2020 Back to School Night (English) (Spanish)
Letter to Grade 12 Families - Responsible Off-Campus Behavior
Letter to Grades 7-11 Families - Responsible Off-Campus Behavior
Social Media Letter to Parents
Welcome Back to ERHS - A Student Guide to Return
Student Self Health Check Screening Parent Letter and Checklist
Lista de verificación y carta de autoevaluación de salud del estudiante
Interscholastic Athletics Postponed until January 2021
My Schoolbucks Letter
Security Vestibule Letter
Inclement Weather Delayed Opening and School Closing Procedures
Emergency Planning Guide

Current News

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.

Light Up the Night for the Class of 2021

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The district community celebrated the Class of 2021 through a ceremonial Light Up the Night event. “Light Up the Night East Rockaway” allowed school staff, parents, friends and the community to honor our seniors by displaying a luminary in front of their house. Over 300 luminaries were displayed throughout the village in support of our graduates.

Senior Awards Night

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The Junior-Senior High School auditorium was filled with excitement, as the school hosted its Senior Awards Night to honor the Class of 2021.

The event, which was held in person for students and livestreamed for families, recognized students’ accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, service and leadership. With a total of $42,000 in award scholarships, more than 70 students received over 130 awards. The district congratulates all students and thanks its sponsors for their continued support to the school community.

Nassau County Celebrates Top Seniors

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The Junior-Senior High School’s Class of 2021 valedictorian Lucy Temple and salutatorian Emma Pollackov were honored by the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents.

The annual event which celebrates the top students from each school across the county was different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Joined by relatives, Lucy and Emma attended a breakfast at their school with district officials who recognized their achievements on behalf of the NCCSS.

The district is extremely proud of Lucy’s and Emma’s accomplishments and the leadership they have demonstrated throughout their high school careers.

Students Rise to the Challenge in Food Truck Wars

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Tensions were high at the Junior-Senior High School as students in Food & Nutrition 2 class worked diligently to develop their own business during round one of Food Truck Wars challenge.

Students spent several weeks creating everything that would be required to have a successful food truck business. This includes creating a business plan, menu, social media campaign and model food trucks. The project was capped off with the students coming up with their “signature dish” that would be judged by three members of the Junior-Senior High School administration. They had to create their recipe, a grocery order and be ready to put it all together in only 40 minutes.

The students rose to the challenge and exceeded all expectations. The judges tried their samples and scored them accordingly on all aspects of the project. The winner of the project was Unlawful Waffles. After going through the comments and scoring in conferences with each team, the students suggested that the class host a redemption round the following week.


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