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March 21, 2019

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Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:

Thank you, again, to all of our parents who were able to attend parent-teacher conferences this week, as well as last week.  Student achievement continues to be our top priority, and I do hope that the meetings were helpful in attaining information about your child’s progress. As we move into the last third of the school year, let’s encourage all of our students to stay committed to reading, persevering through math, completing all projects, doing homework, studying, and participating in all tests.  The strong educational foundation that we are building with your children only gets stronger with your help and support. Thank you for your partnership! 

“Teachers do make a difference!”  On Monday, March 18, 2019 the Board of Education accepted the resignations of teachers, for the purpose of retirement, who have made a difference in the lives of many students.  The retiring class of 2019 has spent many years in Valley Stream School District 30 working tirelessly to meet the needs of our students.  Congratulations to: René Herman, Forest Road; and AnneMarie DeRicco, Shaw Avenue/Clear Stream Avenue.  

Next month begins our New York State assessment testing in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. The results from these revised assessments are only one source of information, among many other sources, of assessment data.  We are a district that has been committed, for a long time, to preparing our students for high school and beyond.  I want to assure parents that we will continue to encourage and support students to do their best and to minimize anxieties about the tests.  Your support in making sure students are in attendance, have a well-balanced breakfast and get a good night’s sleep before the test would be appreciated.  State assessment testing will take place for grades 3 - 6 on April 2nd and April 3rd (ELA) and May 1st and May 2nd (Math).

Lights On for Education will be held on Thursday, April 11h at Memorial Junior High School from 7:15 - 9:15 p.m.  The annual Lights On for Education program features student work from all of the Valley Stream schools. 

Our next Board of Education business meeting will be Monday, April 29th at Shaw Avenue School (the Board of Education Work Session and Budget Adoption will be Tuesday, April 16th). 

Please note that our spring recess will be April 19th – 26th.  Please see attached Nutrition Nuggets© newsletter.  In addition, the approved 2019-20 school calendar can be viewed on the District’s website under ‘Calendars’.

It is “March Madness-lite” in Valley Stream 30. Congratulations to all of our students who participated in the local Math Hoops Tournament this month. Our 2019 local winner is the Forest Road team! We appreciate the support of all of our coaches: Mr. Onorato, Forest Road; Mr. Rau, Clear Stream; and Mr. Canlé, Shaw Avenue. All schools are in the process of preparing for the regional competition. 

Spring is finally here! Enjoy the weekend!


Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools