60 Clear Stream Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11580
John Singleton, Jr., Principal
Yannie Chon, Assistant Principal
The 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 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 align the Common Core, implement S.T.E.A.M. project based assignments, and manage emotional intelligence to build lifelong learners.
The 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. We believe that by including the help of the students, faculty, parents, and community members we can learn from one another and grow to embrace each other’s culture.
Clear Stream and Valley Stream District 30 have fully aligned its ELA and Math 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 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 also 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 Common Core, teachers at Clear Stream are raising the bar, while simultaneously leveling the 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 is integrated through reading, experimentation, creativity and project based learning opportunities. Clear Stream Avenue School 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 for research and presentation purposes. 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. 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. Our science program enables students to explore these skills in an environment that encourages discovery. Art projects that incorporate history and literature give students new perspectives about the world around them while using their creativity. 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 its 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, 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 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 meet and exceed the challenges of the 21st Century.