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



Mr. Richard Schaffer 
Mrs. Doreen Johnson (ext. 423)
 Mr. Bradley Krauz 
Assistant Principal (Grades 10-12)
Chairperson, Science
Mrs. Marypat Hickey (ext. 437)
Ms. TJ  Terranova 
Assistant Principal (Grades 7-9)
Chairperson, LOTE & ENL
Mrs. Fran Hernandez (ext. 471)
Ms. Janna Bonacorsi
Director of Guidance
Ms. Theresa Daube (ext. 452)
Mr. David Barth 
Director of Physical Education, Health & Athletics
Mrs. Arianne Millar (ext. 472)
Mr. Vincent Healy (ext. 438)
Assistant Director, Pupil Personnel Services
Chairperson, Special Education
Mr. Russel Pajer (ext. 458) 
Dean of Students 



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East Rockaway High School continues its tradition of recognizing Students of the Month for excellence in the following categories: overall academic achievement; improvement in attendance, behavior, or academics; and overall effort. Congratulations to all of this month's winners! 

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Seniors and Families of Seniors: Please reach out to Ms. Kinkaid or Ms. Falvo if you have any questions!

College Essay Writing Workshop

A College Essay Writing workshop will be held on June 25th at 12 PM for our rising seniors. The Class of 2021 will learn from Andrea Nadler, the Senior Associate Dean of Admission Hofstra University. Mrs. Nadler will review the importance of the essay, dos and don'ts of college essay writing, and share tips with our students. The live workshop will be available by joining a Zoom Link.


Graduation Plans

End of Year Letter 2020

Letter to Students - June 4, 2020

VIDEO: National Honor Society Ceremony

Poetry Madness Elite Eight

Poetry Madness Top 16

Letter to Families - May 27, 2020

Poetry Madness Top 32

Letter to Families - May 18, 2020

3rd Quarter High Honor Roll

3rd Quarter Honor Roll

VIDEO: Virtual Academic Awards Ceremony at ERHS

End of Year Calendar Letter

Letter to Senior Families - May 7, 2020

Remote Learning Planning Calendar

Letter to Senior Families - April 27, 2020

Letter to Families - Remote Learning Final Phase

Informational Update to Families

Remote Learning Plan Letter to Parents

Letter to Families Re: AP Exams - March 20, 2020

Letter to Families - Remote Learning Update

Letter to Families - March 16, 2020

Rock Rivalry Postponement Letter

Poetry Madness Top 64 2020

Parent Teacher Conference Letter

Family Newsletter - March 2020

Class of 2020 Senior Banquet

Rock Rivalry Parent Letter - February 25, 2020

March Parent-Teacher Conferences

Cyber Safety Presentation for Parents and Community Members - 3-2-2020

ERSD Post-Secondary Planning Night - February 5, 2020

My Schoolbucks Letter

January 2020 Midterm/Regents Exam Schedule

East Rockaway School District presents THE WIZARD OF OZ

New Director of Guidance Letter

January Regents Academy Schedule

1st Quarter Curriculum Updates 

Second Step Family Letter    

Homework Extra Help Flyer

Back to School Night Presentation

Important Middle School Informational Flyer

Social Media Letter to Parents

Security Vestibule Letter

Social Media Letter to Parents

Front Oval Safety Letter

Inclement Weather Delayed Opening and School Closing Procedures

High School Launches Peer Leaders Program

Emergency Planning Guide

Attendance Letter to Parents - English

Attendance Letter to Parents - Spanish




Current News

Congratulations Class of 2020!

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The sun was shining bright over the Junior-Senior High School’s football field, as 93 students from the Class of 2020 became graduates in front of family, friends, district staff and members of the board of education. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduation was broken up into two ceremonies to ensure public safety.

Several speakers delivered moving speeches and offered words of advice to the graduating class, including Superintendent of Schools Lisa Ruiz, Board of Education President Keith Gamache, Board of Education trustee Neil Schloth, valedictorian Zackary Hirashima, salutatorian Gianna Wayar, Class of 2020 advisers Bethany Kinkaid and Alissa Stegner, Class of 2020 presidents Daniel Gonzalez and Victoria Trowbridge, and high school Principal Richard Schaffer.

Superintendent Ruiz kicked off the speeches and expressed how proud the district is of the Class of 2020, as they have successfully graduated in a year like no other. “Your tenacity, creativity, perseverance and hopefulness have helped you navigate rough and unchartered waters, and everyone here today has been right beside you navigating those same rough and unchartered waters,” she continued. “Use your skills, your intellect, your open-mindedness, your passion, as well as your compassion to help shape our society in a positive way. We’re living in an increasingly complex society with many challenges and difficulties. I hope you remember to see the world through the lens of the human condition and remember that what unites us is greater than what divides us. I’m counting on you, your families, teachers, peers and future generations are counting on you to make this world a better place. We know you will do extraordinary things.”

Principal Shaffer urged students to remember how they’ve collectively adapted during this time unprecedented time of the pandemic. “As you leave here today and start the next chapter of your life, you will be faced with unfamiliar circumstances and will encounter challenges that you’ve never before been asked to deal with. Have the confidence in yourself to know that you’ll be able to navigate the twists and turns that will be presented to you,” he said. “You have the resources at your fingertips that no previous generation has ever had. You have the ability and more significantly the responsibility to lead, the create, to advocate or to make change happen no matter what path you choose in life. All you need is a vision, strong work ethic and a desire to be successful and we will look back on the Class of 2020 as the one where they changed the world.”

Following the distribution of diplomas, the Junior-Senior High School’s Class of 2020 returned to their seats, turned the tassels on their caps from right to left in celebration of their accomplishment.