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Clear Stream Avenue School 

60 Clear Stream Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11580

(516) 434-3550

John Singleton, Jr., Principal

Yannie Chon, Assistant Principal

 

school photoThe elementary school serving the center of Valley Stream Union Free School District 30 is Clear Stream Avenue School. Clear Stream Avenue School is dedicated to educating all students to their fullest potential. We encourage our students to become active, culturally responsive, respectful, lifelong learners, who will show ownership for their own academic, social and emotional learning. Our staff is trained to challenge our students to be creative and motivated learners so they can address the many challenges in the 21st century, both within Valley Stream and globally. This is accomplished through a comprehensive program, which integrates technology to support a strong education in English Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, and health and wellness including social and emotional learning. Clear Stream offers all students the opportunity to grow as digital citizens by developing information, media, and technology skills. 

As we are meeting the criteria for our mission and vision, realization of it is ongoing while we continue to align the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards, implement S.T.E.A.M. project based assignments, and manage emotional intelligence to build young leaders. Ultimately, our goal is that your child will reach proficiency in their academic, social and emotional lives. 

Our building houses grades K through 6 and a full complement of educational services are available to meet the needs of all learners throughout the school year. We also take pride in the diversity and cultures in our surrounding community as we connect with parents and their children to create an inclusive environment. Our philosophy views the students, faculty, parents, and community members as one community striving to learn from one another and growing through each other’s cultures together. 

Clear Stream and Valley Stream District 30 have fully aligned its ELA and Math curriculum to the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards. These 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 maximize their development. 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 ELA and Math 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 in place to ensure that all students, including those with special needs and English as New Language learners, can master the standards. Through the implementation of New York State Next Generation Learning Standards, teachers at Clear Stream are raising the bar, while simultaneously providing an equitable playing field for all students.

While there is an emphasis on ELA and Math, Clear Stream has a rich S.T.E.A.M. curriculum. We prefer to call it our “S.T.R.E.A.M.” curriculum. It can be said that Clear S.T.R.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each of these disciplines are integrated through reading, experimentation, creativity and project based learning opportunities. Clear Stream Avenue School has a fully functional computer lab with access to the Internet, programs that provide multimedia-rich activities, and various electronic devices to conduct research and presentations. We believe that in order to prepare our students for the future, they must be computer literate and comfortable with all forms of technology, which is why teachers actively integrate technology, reading and writing into daily S.T.R.E.A.M. learning experiences. Currently we are a 1:1 digital device learning institution. Technology and learning experiences are aligned to 21st century skills that promote success in today’s global society. Students are required to exhibit mastery of problem solving, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration by demonstrating these skills through presentations, project based learning activities, iPad applications, video public service announcements and argumentative discourse.  Our science program enables students to explore these skills in an environment that encourages discovery. Art projects that are aligned in history and literature give students a creative perspective about the world around them. We are also vested in teaching students engineering and math. We offer Lego Robotics, Game Builders, Math Olympiads and have partnered with the Long Island Aviation Museum to bring mathematical and engineering opportunities to our classrooms. Through curriculum, special enrichment and rigorous instruction, Clear Stream is preparing our students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Clear Stream Avenue School has wide array of special classes as well. Our physical education program helps 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 our Maker Space, which is located in the library, provides the perfect opportunity for our students to express their creativity. 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 National Core Art Standards and incorporates various forms of technology, including 3D printer and iPad video art.  We have a thriving music department which houses our band, chorus and orchestra. The students enjoy meaningful musical experiences that have exposed them to Jazz, Hip Hop and modern digital music sampling. 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 schoolwide concerts, community functions and at the Empire State Building during the holiday season. All of our students grow to learn the joy of making music for themselves and sharing it with others.

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 students stay balanced and focused throughout the day. It is also instrumental in preventing behavioral incidents and stabilizing emotional challenges. 

Through Curriculum, Learning, Enrichment And Relationships it is CLEAR that our students will strive to reach proficiency in their academic, social and emotional lives in order for them to meet and exceed the challenges of the 21st century.

Clear Stream Avenue News

Clear Stream Students Get Moving in March

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Clear Stream Avenue School students kicked off “Movement March” with a Pennies for Patients assembly and video presentation on March 6. The special month, which is not only about staying fit, also encourages students to make a difference in the community to help others get healthy.

Students and staff gathered in the school gymnasium to hear from Keri Stein, Pennies for Patients campaign manager. Ms. Stein spoke about giving back with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients program. The organization’s mission is to find a cure for childhood blood cancers. Led by the student council, Clear Stream Avenue School participates in the program each year. Last year, students and staff worked together and raised more than $3,000 to go toward the cause. Principal John Singleton hopes to surpass that number this year. 

“One of the things that we love to do in March is give back,” he said. “Clear Stream has always been a community that gives back to the outside community so that we can all benefit as a society.” 

Ms. Stein spoke about heroes, noting that patients are her heroes. She also educated students on the important jobs that red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets play in a person’s body and spoke about what these look like in someone who is sick. Students learned about the important people that support patients, ranging from doctors to family members. Ms. Stein grouped these individuals into a “Hero Squad” and encouraged students to join the team. Each student received a Pennies for Patients box to collect donations. Ms. Stein told students that every penny counts and offered suggestions on how to raise money such as helping around the house.

“What seems like a small amount of change can really make a big change when we work together,” she said.  
 
After the presentation, Mr. Singleton shared a video created by sixth-grader Adaobi Okammelu. The video highlighted exercises that students could do to stay active during the month. Each Friday, students will be encouraged to wear a specific color and fill out a healthy choices raffle ticket, documenting the choices they made that week. One student from each class will then be chosen as a winner. To end the presentation on a high note, a jump romp contest took place between custodian Johnathan Stampfl and third-grader Joy Murray. Students cheered as they both showed off their skills, getting the whole school ready for a month of fun and fitness. 

Students Travel Back to the Civil War Era During Author Visit

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In honor of Black History Month, second-graders at Clear Stream Avenue School received a special visit from Cheryl Wills, author, television journalist for New York 1 News, actress and wife of Clear Stream Avenue Principal John Singleton on Feb. 8. Ms. Wills shared her book “The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills” with students, which was based upon her own family member, Sandy Wills, who escaped slavery and joined the Civil War. 

The second-graders warmly greeted Wills as she sat at the front of the classroom and introduced herself to the students. After educating the students on her career, Ms. Wills provided background about her family history and why she created the book. She explained that after her father passed away when she was 13, she wanted to learn more about her family. While researching her family history, Ms. Wills was surprised to learn that her great-great-great grandfather fought for freedom as a solider during the Civil War. 

The students listened intently as Ms. Wills told the story of her ancestor Sandy Wills through the book’s illustrations on the SmartBoard. The story highlighted the hardships of enslaved individuals. It also taught the students about the roles of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass during the Civil War and more about how Grandpa Sandy joined the United States Colored Troops.

After the presentation, Ms. Wills showed the second-graders an image of her family tree. Students asked questions about her family and Grandpa Sandy, while also showing their sympathy. Ms. Wills travels around the country to share the story of her ancestor. 

“It’s a joy,” she said. “I want students to understand how slaves were impacted during the Civil War and to know of those who survived that time period. These people helped make America the great place it is.”