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

LITERACY
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.  

MATH
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

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES
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

MUSIC/ARTS/TECHNOLOGY
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

Learning About Charity Through Awareness Week

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Throughout the month of May, Shaw Avenue Elementary School students raised awareness about several different charities through fun and educational events.

To start off the week, the school held Blue or Orange Day for the PACER Center, an organization that provides support and advocacy to families of children with disabilities. Students and faculty wore blue and/or orange to raise awareness about bullying prevention.

The week continued with Team Up Against Cancer Day in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Students and faculty showed off their team spirit by wearing their favorite sports apparel.

The school also raised awareness for All Hands Raised, an organization that seeks to align “the community’s efforts to make positive change for children, youth and young adults.” To celebrate this day, students wore college apparel or clothing that depicted the career they aspire to when they grow older.

Later in the week, students were “Wild About Animals” as they dressed up as their favorite animal or wore animal prints to draw awareness to North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. To conclude the week, students and faculty expressed themselves for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, wearing whatever they wanted to show who they really are.

After the week concluded, students, faculty and staff were given the opportunity to donate to one of the charities that they had learned about during the week.