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Centre Avenue School

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

Principal: Sherry Ma


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PARP Has a Magical Start at Centre Avenue

PARP Has a Magical Start at Centre Avenue photo

Students were treated to a Reading Rocks magic show by Joe Holiday during Centre Avenue’s Pick a Reading Partner kickoff on March 12. They saw pages from a book go on fire, a student’s head shrink and a balloon-dog magically appear from a paper bag. Magician Joe emphasized the importance of reading every day, not just during PARP. Principal Sherry Ma extended her thanks to the Centre Avenue PTA for sponsoring this assembly. The PARP theme this year is the March Madness Reading Challenge. All students are encouraged to pick a reading partner and read daily!

Destination: Albany for Centre Avenue’s Mahoney

Destination: Albany for Centre Avenue’s Mahoney photo
Centre Avenue School’s National Geographic Bee champion, sixth-grader Michael Mahoney, is headed to Albany, New York, after passing the National Geographic Bee state-qualifying test. He will compete against 100 students from across New York State on April 6. 

“I’m excited and a little nervous,” he said. “I feel like if I study and try my best, it will be okay.” 

Michael said his interest in geography began at a young age. 

“I would ask my parents a lot of questions and when I saw places on TV, I’d ask where they were.”

Michael received the book “How to Ace the National Geographic Bee” in December and began studying for his school’s Bee. He said the book was helpful because it provided facts about geography and study tips for all levels of the competition. As for the state-qualifying test, Michael said it was “easy.” 

“I had an hour to take the test, but it I did it in 15 minutes,” he said.

Michael also offered some advice for those interested in competing in next year’s Bee.

“Never stop asking questions,” he said. “If you don’t know something, research it on the internet, and remember – you can learn from getting the wrong answers.”

One champion from each state will advance to the National Geographic Bee championship held May 20-23 at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. Good luck, Michael! 

Students Study Erosion at Centre

Students Study Erosion at Centre photo
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Centre Avenue second-graders recently completed a science lesson on erosion using Skittles candy. 

Prior to the experiment, teacher Venesia Heyward instructed students to ask questions and come up with a hypothesis. They then placed 10 drops of water on a Skittle, which served as a “rock,” to see the effects of the “erosion.” Once they completed their experiment, the class recorded its results. 

Centre Avenue First-Graders Learn About Rosa Parks

Centre Avenue First-Graders Learn About Rosa Parks photo

First-grade students in Centre Avenue celebrated Black History Month by learning all about Rosa Parks, and how influential she was during the time of segregation. The students created flow maps to retell the order of events that happened in her life. They also worked in partnerships to create props to act out her story and bring it to life.

It’s Cool to Be Kind at Centre Avenue

It’s Cool to Be Kind at Centre Avenue photo

During the month of February, Centre Avenue participated in a 10-day Kindness Challenge. Every student had the opportunity to decorate a paper heart inscribed with an act of kindness that they had performed. The hearts were then posted to the school’s Kindness Tree.

All of the students’ acts of kindness were celebrated during a brief assembly on Feb. 14, with two students from each grade level having a chance to present three to four acts of kindness they had performed. They also discussed as a school why kindness is important, and how it can be displayed each and every day at Centre Avenue.