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Shaw Avenue School 

99 Shaw Avenue., Valley Stream, NY 11580

(516) 434-3700

Alejandro Rivera, Principal 

Christopher Colarossi, Assistant Principal


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Shaw Avenue Elementary School was opened in 1950 as the second school of Valley Stream School District 30.  The school replaced the Rottkamp Potato Farm owned by the Rottkamp family.  For the celebration of Shaw Avenue School’s 50th anniversary in the year 2000, students, staff, parents and community members placed two time capsules in the Library Media Center.  These time capsules will be unveiled during Shaw Avenue’s 100th anniversary in the year 2050.   Shaw Avenue School now serves the northern part of this region and houses a culturally diverse student body from kindergarten to grade six.

At Shaw Avenue students receive a good educational foundation that propels them to excel academically, socially, and emotionally.  We honor our students’ learning styles by differentiating our instruction using different pedagogical strategies and modalities.

Overview of Core Instructional Program

We develop literate independent readers who are able to identify their literary genres of choice and understand that good readers read for different purposes including pleasure. To build a stronger foundation for our literacy instruction we use the Common Core Standards and the five components of a scientifically-based reading instruction in the early grades: phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. As students advance through the grades we expect them to engage with literary and informational texts on a deeper level by analyzing, explaining, comparing and contrasting, integrating, evaluating, and citing supportive evidence for their arguments.  

Our students consider themselves mathematicians who can relate theoretical concepts to the real world.  We implement the Common Core Standards by asking students to engage in a variety of activities, such as:
1.    Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
2.    Reason abstractly and quantitatively
3.    Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
4.    Apply mathematics to solve everyday problems
5.    Use appropriate tools strategically

Our students are social scientists who begin to apply the scientific method in the early grades while creating their hypotheses while proving and disproving them as they progress through the years.  They learn to analyze and question peoples of the world, cultures, and institutions that surround them.  We integrate literacy skills in our curriculum and encourage students to read and write a variety of informational and non-fiction texts

Shaw Avenue School also provides all students with a richly rewarding educational experience in the areas of art, music, and computer technology. Academic excellence is expected of all students as they forge ahead in their academic pursuits

In addition to our instructional core, we offer a variety of programs at Shaw Avenue School including:
•    Two fully equipped technology labs
•    Full Day Kindergarten Center
•    Implementation of Common Core Standards Across Grade Levels
•    Social and Emotional Learning through Responsive Classroom and PBIS
•    Quest for high achieving students
•    Afterschool Academic Intervention Services
•    Co-teaching classrooms
•    Innovative Literacy Pilots


Shaw Avenue News

A Celebration of Excellence

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It was an evening of recognitions as students throughout Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue schools in Valley Stream District 30 were presented with awards by administrators and faculty members on June 18 at Shaw Avenue School. Students were honored for their service, leadership, academic excellence and musical and art achievements. In addition, PTA reflections and SEPTA personal achievement awards were presented by their organizations.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling welcomed students, families and community members to the event and praised the students for their hard work and dedication during the school year.  

“It’s not so much the ultimate achievement, but it’s the work that you put into getting to the goal that you set for yourself,” he said. “We congratulate you this evening for all of your hard work. Effort is what is most important and even if you don’t succeed, you keep trying until you do.” 

Principals, assistant principals and faculty members approached the podium to announce the recipients of each award from the three schools. Among the many awards, recipients included PTA reflection winners, 2018 New York City NBA Math Hoops Tournament winners from Shaw Avenue School, spelling and geography bee school champions and New York State School Music Association participants. Each student was then congratulated by Dr. Stirling and the board of education after receiving their award in front of proud family and friends. 

Rewarded for Reading

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Students throughout Shaw Avenue Elementary School were challenged back in February during their Parents As Reading Partners program to collectively read more than 50,000 minutes over the course of the week. Surpassing this goal, the students had the opportunity to dunk building administrators including Principal Alejandro Rivera and Assistant Principal Christopher Colarossi along with faculty members on June 8. 

One by one students approached the dunk tank with their class and had three chances to hit the target. They cheered on their peers as the administrators and faculty members hit the water. 

Shaw Avenue Earns Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant

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Shaw Avenue Elementary School in Valley Stream District 30 recently received a spring 2018 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant in the amount of $2,500 to design a 21st century MakerSpace at the school. Library Media Specialist On Kyung Joo applied for the grant, which was also awarded to Forest Road School last year. 

The school received an award letter and grant check which according to Principal Alejandro Rivera, will help fund the school’s MakerSpace and provide students with additional hands-on experiences.
“Our students will continue to explore, collaborate and simply make something out of nothing while engaged in our MakerSpace work stations,” said Assistant Principal Christopher Colarossi. “Some of the skills that are learned in a MakerSpace pertain to electronics, 3D printing, 3D modeling, coding, robotics and even woodworking. With this in mind, a portion of the grant’s funds will be allocated towards consumable resources such as blocks, wires, switchboards, glue, and clay. A big thank you goes to Ms. Joo.” 

Rivera, Colarossi and Joo are excited about this new venture as Joo explained that the grant will allow students to now have high tech and low tech resources for 3D printing, robotics, game building, engineering, circuits, button making and more. 

Student Writers Honored for Noteworthy Narratives

Student Writers Honored for Noteworthy Narratives
Two students from Shaw Avenue School were recently selected as winners in the Nassau Reading Council Young Author’s Writing Contest. Second-grader Alexander Mazalkov from Victoria Umpornpun’s class and sixth-grader Hannah Mejia from Steven Navarra’s class were chosen based on their excellent personal narrative submissions and will be honored among approximately 40 winners at an awards ceremony on June 4 in the theatre at the Wilbur Arts Center at Molloy College. 

Approximately 90 schools from throughout Nassau County participated in the writing contest with almost 600 students from grades K-12. Mazalkov is one of only three winners at the second-grade level who was recognized for his narrative, “My Last Day on the Happy Island.” In his piece, Mazalkov wrote about a water motorcycle ride with his father during a trip to Aruba. Mejia was recognized as one of four winners at the sixth-grade level for her narrative, “Perspective.” In her writing, Mejia reflected on her trip to Honduras that her mother sent her on one summer after she was not behaving in the best way possible. Being in Honduras and seeing how people lived there, specifically how children her age lived, changed how she viewed her own life.

During the award ceremony, each winner will have the opportunity to read their personal narrative and receive an anthology which will include all of the winning entries.  

“I was very proud of the students who won,” said Navarra, a member of the Nassau Reading Council who introduced the contest to the school. “This was the first year that Shaw Avenue participated in the contest and I was excited to bring something I enjoy to the district and school. We had eight sixth-graders participate from my class and one second-grader that participated from Ms. Umpornpun’s class, so it was especially nice to see that some students not only participated, but also got recognized as winners!”

Students and Staff Commended for High Achievements

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Members of Valley Stream District 30’s Board of Education honored outstanding students and staff during the district’s regular meeting on May 14. The board granted tenure to Shaw Avenue School first-grade teacher Jeanee Gonzalez and honored Forest Road teacher Nancy Blankshine for her passage through Gate.

Gate is a unique district-wide process which examines a teacher as they move through their years in the district. It allows the administrators to take a closer look as to what is happening inside the classroom and reward those teachers with excellent progress the opportunity to move to the next salary range. Both teachers were praised by their respective building principals for their dedication to their students.

Band students from Shaw Avenue School also honored the teachers by performing the songs, “Take On Me” and “I’ll Be There.” Guided by music teacher Brian Kalinowski, the students played for a full house of board members, administrators, students, staff, families and community members.

Several students from Shaw Avenue School were recognized by the board for their recent achievements in the areas of reading, writing and the arts. Twelve fifth-graders, along with teachers Karin Savino and Lauren Rosenthal, were commended for their first place win in the Dancing Classrooms of Long Island “Spring Colors of the Rainbow Team Match and Festival.” A short clip of the students from the ballroom dance competition was shared for the community to enjoy. 

Fifth-graders Nirmal Butt, Salva Dad and Muhammad Sufyan in Karin Savino and Maria Neckonoff’s class were also honored for their outstanding writing submissions in the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest, sponsored by Scholastic and Major League Baseball. Additionally, second-grader Alexander Mazalkov in Victoria Umpornpun’s class and sixth-grader Hannah Mejia in Steven Navarra’s class were praised for their award winning personal narratives in the Nassau Reading Council’s Young Author’s Writing Contest. 

Dancing Into First Place

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Twelve fifth-graders from Shaw Avenue Elementary School proudly represented their school and Valley Stream District 30 by earning first place in the Dancing Classrooms of Long Island “Spring Colors of the Rainbow Team Match and Festival.” Shaw Avenue was among seven Nassau and Suffolk elementary schools and 84 fourth- and fifth-grade students who participated in the competition on May 1 at George W. Hewlett High School. The students received a large gold trophy and individual medallions for their achievement. 

Students who took part in the ten-week, 20 lesson residency program, “Dancing Classrooms: Creating Connections. Inspiring Confidence,” during the winter of the 2017-18 school year, were invited to put their dancing skills to test during the event which was a community celebration of the students’ accomplishments. Each school was represented with a color as students danced with partners and were judged on dances such as the Merengue, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba and more. Shaw Avenue teachers Karin Savino and Lauren Rosenthal helped the students prepare for the event. 

“It is an amazing feeling as students worked so hard over these past four months to perfect each dance,” said Principal Alejandro Rivera. “Their excitement and dedication to becoming the best dancers they could be helped them as they competed against students from other schools. This is a well-deserved honor. A big thank you goes to the fifth-grade teachers, the families of each student, and obviously the students themselves! We are ready to put on our dancing shoes again next year!”