60 Clear Stream Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11580
John Singleton, Jr., Principal
Yannie Chon, Assistant Principal
The school serving the center of Valley Stream Union Free School District 30 is Clear Stream Avenue School. Clear Stream Avenue School is dedicated to maximizing the potential of our children and helping them discover the joy of learning by collaborating with all stakeholders in educating all students to their highest levels of performance in a nurturing, learning environment that is safe, inclusive, and student centered to prepare each child to think independently and meet the challenges of the 21st century. While we are meeting the criteria for this vision, realization of it is ongoing as we are continuing to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment through the alignment of the Common Core, the implementation of project based assignments, and management of the Emotional Intelligence curriculum.
As of September 2014, we are happy to announce the return of the kindergarten to Clear Stream Avenue School. The building now houses grades K through 6. As is the case in the entire district, a full complement of educational services is available to meet the needs of all learners throughout the school year. We also take pride in our strong connection with the parents and the surrounding community. We believe that by working closely together, the students, faculty, parents, and community members can connect to help create the ideal learning environment.
Clear Stream and Valley Stream District 30 have fully aligned its Math and ELA curriculum to the New York State Common Core Standards. The new standards provide clear and consistent learning goals to help students become college and career ready. Although our students are in their formative years, it is essential that our curriculum provide rich opportunities for our children to develop into life long learners. The standards demonstrate what students are expected to learn at each grade level and how learning can be supported using rigorous content and the application of higher-order thinking skills. As a result, the shifts in the framework of how Math and ELA instruction occurs now incorporates building upon prior concepts, reading a balance of informational and literary texts, understanding complex vocabulary, developing speed and accuracy and applying knowledge to real life situations. Supports are also in place to ensure that all students, including those with special needs and English language learners, can master the standards. Through the implementation of Common Core, teachers at Clear Stream are raising the bar, while simultaneously leveling the playing field for all students.
Clear Stream Avenue School also has a fully functional computer lab with more than thirty computers that allows students to access the Internet, participate in multimedia-rich activities, and utilize various forms of technology. Technology and learning experiences are aligned to 21st Century skills. 21st Century skills that promote success for our students in today’s global society include problem solving, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. Students are required to exhibit mastery of these skills through various forms including presentations, project based learning activities, iPad applications, video public service announcements and argumentative discourse. We believe that in order to prepare our students for the future, they must be computer-literate and be comfortable with all forms of technology, which is why teachers actively integrate technology and writing into daily learning experiences.
Clear Stream Avenue School has wide array of special classes to encourage learning through the arts an physical education. Within the physical education program, students learn to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Our librarian exposes our students to various literary genres, encourages a passion for reading and prepares our students for the rigors of research and discovery. Additionally, the students enjoy meaningful experiences during our art and music programs. Our art program enriches the lives of our students by introducing them to a variety of artists, materials, and techniques. Art also is aligned with Common Core and incorporates various forms of technology, including 3D copier and iPad video art. Students who participate in our instrumental music program, which begins with recorder in third grade and builds to string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments in the 4th grade, have received several accolades through the New York State School Music Association. Our chorus has also performed at community functions as well as our local mall during the holiday season. We would like our students to know the joy of making music for themselves and sharing it with others, which they do admirably during our winter and spring concerts.
Finally, the Clear Stream Avenue School community has implemented a proactive emotional intelligence program which supports students socially and emotionally. Students are asked to identify their mood as they go through emotional changes. This helps student stay balanced and focused through out the day, prevents behavioral incidents and stabilizes emotional challenges.
Through curriculum, special enrichment and rigorous instruction Clear Stream is preparing its students to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.