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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

Students and Families Invited to “Taste of a Service” Event

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To educate families on the variety of services that Valley Stream District 30 offers its students, the district will be hosting their annual “Taste of a Service” parent fair on March 5 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Shaw Avenue School.

Students and family members from Clear Stream, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue elementary schools, as well as incoming kindergarten families, are invited to speak with faculty members about the services offered to students to help set them up for success. Reading specialists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, classroom/physical education teachers, behavioral consultants, school nurses, school psychologists and enrichment specialists from throughout the district will be stationed in the gymnasium to discuss strategies used in the classroom and speak about what can be utilized at home to support their child’s learning. In addition, entertainment will be provided for students to enjoy and light refreshments will be served. 


Waltzing into the World of Ballroom Dance

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Photo of students dancing
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Students doing the tango
Fifth-graders at Shaw Avenue Elementary School have been practicing their ballroom dance skills during the course of several weeks with the guidance of instructors Joel Rodriguez and Jessie Salvesen from Dancing Classrooms Long Island. They began their visits in mid-December to help students perfect dance techniques for their culminating performance in March. 

In addition to learning the various steps of ballroom dance within the program, the partnership between students helps build self-confidence, respect, cooperative teamwork, communication and an appreciation for cultural diversity. The program embraces social emotional learning in students as they learn to acknowledge each other with a “hello, partner” and “thank you, partner,” while dancing. 

The dance residency also ties into Valley Stream District 30’s “Show Your Character” theme for the 2017-18 school year. With their weekly lessons, students have the ability to learn a unique skill and embrace performing. 

Bonding Through Basketball

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Dr. Stirling Cheering on Students
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Group Photo of Girls Game
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Sticking with Shaw Avenue Elementary School’s annual tradition, boys and girls from the Shaw Avenue Athletic Club recently participated in student versus staff basketball games to promote teamwork and healthy competition. 

Under the guidance of coach Eric Van Keuren, the girls played the female staff on Jan. 9 while the boys played on Jan. 17 against male staff members. The school-wide event was held in the gymnasium where classes lined the sidelines and cheered on their peers and faculty members. 

The girls game concluded with the students winning 28-18, while the boys game was a close match, tying with the faculty team for the second year in a row, 52-52. 

Spectacular Speller Heads to Hofstra

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Shaw Avenue Elementary School sixth-grader Rohan Baig was recently crowned the winner of his school’s final Scripps National Spelling Bee. Rohan will continue onto the Long Island Finals at Hofstra University in Feb. 2018, where he will compete against students throughout the region. 

The spelling bee took place in the school’s library where families and second place classroom winners were invited to attend. Fifteen fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders who won first place in their classroom competition participated in the school’s finals. Surpassing their grade-level spelling words, the students put their spelling skills to the test. It was the first year that the school used words from an eighth grade list provided by the Scripps National Spelling Bee website. The competition ended when Baig successfully spelled the word “endeavor.” 

Shaw Students Showcase Empathy Through Annual Pajama Drive

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Shaw Avenue Elementary School students made their mark this holiday season by participating in the annual Scholastic Book Clubs Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive benefiting the Pajama Program, a national nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and storybooks to at-risk children.

Facilitated by third-grade teacher Darlene Sinclair, the students brought in new pajamas from newborn to adult, for the cause. Through the program, Scholastic provides each child with a free book for each pair of pajamas that are donated to a child in need.

Sinclair’s students created signs around the school and focused on feelings of empathy and compassion throughout the drive.  

“I am very lucky to work for such a great district that supports me in these fundraising events and in caring for those in need,” she said. 

Students Dazzle with Holiday Performance as District Prepares for the New Year

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Patrick Fogarty Giving Technology Update

Before the start of the holiday break, students, families, community members and administrators gathered in the Shaw Avenue Elementary School library for the district's Board of Education meeting on Dec. 18. The evening consisted of a musical performance from Shaw Avenue students and a thorough technology presentation for the community on what is next for the district.

Under the direction of Stephanie Fischer, the students performed “Haida,” a Hebrew folk song that aligned with the district’s strategic plan of preparing students for the 21st century with their new World Language Exploration program. Family members showed their support and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling praised the students and all the staff members throughout the district for a job well done with the recent winter concerts. 

“We value all the various cultures and this is just another opportunity for students to at least have the exposure and the understanding of different languages across the world,” he said. 

Following the performance, a district technology update was provided by Patrick Fogarty, the director of technology. Through an engaging presentation, he shared with the board and community members on what the district has embarked on recently in the field of technology and what the plans are for the future. For the 2018-19 focal points, Fogarty spoke about a Makerspace build-out, device expansion and refresh, district and network security and Eno board replacement cycle. 


Shaw Shines Light on Holidays from Across the Globe

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Students Celebrating the Chinese New Year
Shaw Avenue Elementary School students immersed themselves in cultures and holiday traditions from across the globe on Dec. 20 with the help of the Bright Star Touring Theatre’s production of “Holidays Around the World.” Two performances took place throughout the day for students to enjoy. 

Aligning with the district’s theme this year, “Show Your Character,” the show focused on character Nick, played by Steven Gebhardt and Joy, played by Sarah Catherine Carter and their quest to make it home for the holidays. Principal Alejandro Rivera kicked off the performances by speaking to students about the importance of understanding how others live. 

“As you started to learn already in school and as you’ll learn in life, no matter our religion, no matter our ethnicity, no matter what we celebrate, having a real sense of the world around us helps us better understand the life experiences of those that we associate with,” he said. “Having an appreciation for what is out there in the world will only make all of us better people.”

The engaging performances walked students through Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Diwali, the Chinese New Year and more. Student volunteers also assisted in the production, dressing like Saint Lucia for St. Lucia’s Day and helping maneuver a colorful dragon for the Chinese New Year. At the conclusion of the performances, the actors took questions from the students which ranged from how they got their start in the acting world and what holidays they personally celebrate. 

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