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Valley Stream 30 Dedicates Plaque to Forest Road Expansion

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Administrators and board members at Valley Stream District 30 gathered with construction crew at Forest Road Elementary School on June 27 to unveil a plaque dedicated for the new expansion, for which construction is progressing.

Date Added: 7/20/2022

Valley Stream 30 Closes Out Year Dedicated to Movement

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Students, administrators and staff at Valley Stream District 30 gathered under the tent at Shaw Avenue Elementary School to close out the year with the year’s theme “Let’s Move Again” still going strong.

The audience enjoyed a performance by dancers in the Phyllis Rose Dance Company, which features routines inspired by dance styles from all over the world. Captivating performances included styles of salsa, bachata and more choreographed and performed by international dancers. A Spanish street performer also twirled dozens of hula hoops before calling students up to participate.

During the event, New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages presented a proclamation to Dr. Nicholas Stirling, who is retiring this month. The district also honored Dr. Stirling’s decade of leadership and service with a plaque that will appear in the schools.

Date Added: 7/18/2022

Valley Stream 30 Graduates the Class of 2022

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Sixth graders from throughout Valley Stream District 30 marked a momentous occasion when they crossed the stage under the tent at Shaw Avenue School during their respective closing exercises from June 21-23. Families, faculty and administrators gathered in the warm weather to cheer on the graduates from Clear Stream Avenue, Shaw Avenue and Forest Road schools.

All eyes were on the graduates as they stood to perform songs under the guidance of their music teachers. Board of Education trustee James Lavery congratulated the soon-to-be alumni of the district. “Be excellent in thought, in deed, in achievements and in compassion,” he said. “Every once in a while, thank the one who lit that spark in you and set you on that path.”

In his final graduation speech before his retirement, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling expressed his pride in the graduating Clear Stream class. “I truly believe our children are our future,” he said. “Our futures are bright, ladies and gentlemen. As I look at these beautiful, intelligent, diverse individuals, I know they are ready to take the next step into their future.”

“Over the last two and a half years, they’ve learned to be resilient and adaptable,” Dr. Stirling continued. “Our scholars have learned to find their strength within themselves to move forward – and that deserves a round of applause.”

Each graduate crossed the stage to receive their certificate of completion as the audience cheered. At the conclusion of each ceremony, graduates embraced with loved ones as overwhelming pride was on display.

Date Added: 6/24/2022

Forest Road Elementary School Students Say, ‘Yes, I Can’

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Several special education students at Forest Road Elementary School in the Valley Stream District 30 recently participated in the Yes, I Can ceremony, aimed at showing students they can overcome any challenge they may face.

The Yes, I Can ceremony was created to remind students that if they set goals and push themselves, they are open to a world of possibilities where they can find the support they need to achieve their goals. When students say, “Yes, I can,” they are also saying, “The road may not be easy, but I will prevail.”

The Yes, I Can ceremony allowed students to share their academic and social-emotional achievements throughout the year to guests. Each student was able to share a major goal they worked on, their steps to success and the growth mindset attitude it took for them to be successful this year.

“I am so proud of all the students this year who participated in the Yes, I Can ceremony,” said special education teacher Gabriella Cunzo. “Without the students, this work would not be possible. I am overjoyed with the amount of hard work that these students have done this year. Each student learned to approach challenges with an ‘I Can’ attitude, and they continued to persevere – that is all any teacher could ever ask for.”

Date Added: 6/20/2022