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Communication and understanding are key during Valley Stream 30’s Speech Week

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Students throughout Valley Stream District 30 at Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue elementary schools have been practicing effective communication and emotional understanding during Speech Week from May 15-19.

Organized by speech teachers and therapists, the week featured many events and activities that reminded students the importance of expressive communication and to be receptive of their peers’ ideas and needs. Speech therapists and students visited classrooms throughout each building during Speech Week to share important lessons about various aspects of speech, reinforcing how essential communication is in achieving future success. Grades were faced with different challenges, such as expressing emotions that pre-kindergarteners through second graders have felt and practicing conversation starters for grades three through six.

On May 18, select Global Leaders of Tomorrow and speech therapists shared lessons on American Sign Language. At Shaw Avenue, members of the ASL Club visited classrooms to share some basic signs, including how to request a water or bathroom break and how to say, “I love you.” Learning about sign language showed students how some individuals with disabilities communicate, while also giving them a new way to communicate in the classroom.

Date Added: 5/23/2023 

Budget Approved! ¡Presupuesto Aprobado!

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Budget Approved:
YES – 281
NO – 110

Proposition 2:
YES – 317
NO – 73

Proposition 3:
YES – 311
NO – 75

Board Election:
*Ingrid Wyllie Dacon (incumbent): 262


Presupuesto Aprobado:
Sí – 281
No – 110

Proposición 2:
Sí – 317
No – 73

Proposición 3:
Sí – 311
No – 75

Elección de la Junta:
*Ingrid Wyllie Dacon (incumbent): 262

*fideicomisarios electos

Date Added: 5/16/2023

Shaw Avenue student leads zero food waste initiative

1) Shaw Avenue School student Jowell Melgar is helping to lead a zero hunger initiative among his peers.  thumbnail246314
A student at Shaw Avenue School in Valley Stream District 30 is leading an important zero waste initiative among his peers as part of a larger district-wide effort.

Jowell Melgar is a fifth grade representative in Valley Stream 30's Global Leaders of Tomorrow Advisory Council. On the council, students from all three schools meet regularly to discuss ways they can help their community, with this year’s mission being zero hunger.

Jowell communicated the importance of the council’s mission to Shaw Avenue students and explained that a box would be placed outside of the lunchroom for students to place their unwanted but unopened and unused items in. The food placed in the box is available to any students who are in need of a snack.

Date Added: 5/11/2023

Forest Road turns up the fun for pep rally

1) Students at Forest Road Elementary School danced to the beat during their pep rally on April 28. thumbnail245683
2) Hannah VanDijk and Megan Vo shared how they became friends after working side by side. thumbnail245684
3) Students were challenged to come up with their own word to add to the lyrics of “Scat Like That.”  thumbnail245685
4) Students described examples of honesty after Forest Road’s next theme was unveiled.  thumbnail245686

It was a day of school spirit and camaraderie at Forest Road Elementary School in Valley Stream District 30 as students cheered and danced for their annual pep rally.

Global Leaders of Tomorrow excitedly gathered in the gymnasium on April 28 with many showing their school spirit by wearing Forest Road blue. Several students displayed leadership by standing at the front of the crowd to make a presentation, such as Maya Maldonado and Lilyana Suarez who read poems, and Hannah VanDijk and Megan Vo who shared how they became friends through working side by side. Students were also challenged to “Scat Like That” and sing along to a song that got them feeling the groove. Teachers then unveiled the school’s next theme, “Honesty,” which the school community will practice over the following month. After a special episode of the student-made Forest Road News, the crowd stood for a dance-off to some of their favorite music.

Date Added: 5/4/2023

Valley Stream District 30 honors those who go above and beyond

Students who competed in Valley Stream District 30’s first DroneBlock competition were honored at the April 24 Board of Education meeting.  thumbnail245693
Shaw Avenue teacher Tim Rau, who advises the LEGO Robotics Club, invited club members on stage.  thumbnail245694
Valley Stream 30 staff members Maryam Fatima, Teresa Eberle and Darlene Sinclair received certificates for the district’s first Above and Beyond the Call of Duty Award. thumbnail245695
Several achievers in Valley Stream District 30 were recognized at the Board of Education regular meeting on April 24, including both students and employees.

In her superintendent’s report, Dr. Roxanne Garcia-France highlighted the students who participated in the district’s first DroneBlock competition. In February, teams from each of the district’s three schools coded against the clock to complete missions with their drones. Competitors Christopher Lawrence, Tristan Grey, Bria Folkes, Devyn Lee-Brode Abrielle Boodhoo and Maya Maldonado were presented with certificates.

Members of LEGO Robotics clubs were then recognized for their commitment and passion. These students will use their coding skills to compete against other teams from throughout Long Island. Students Lunissa Devenstar, Meryem Beskardes, Olivia Jones and Zaiden Grant were honored with certificates.

Lastly, Dr. Garcia-France introduced the Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, or ABCD, Award. These staff members have shown initiative in prioritizing student safety and displaying strong compassion for our Global Leaders of Tomorrow. They included Maryam Fatima, Teresa Eberle, Darlene Sinclair and John Genna.

Date Added: 5/2/2023