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Shaw Avenue School 

99 Shaw Avenue., Valley Stream, NY 11580

(516) 434-3700

Christopher Colarossi, Principal 

Andrew Canlé, Assistant Principal

Christina Alicea-Cosme, Assistant Principal 

Shaw Avenue Reopening Procedures


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 Shop To Read At Shaw Avenue

Shaw Avenue Elementary School first grader Violette Paul purchased her next read at the annual Book Fair.  thumbnail217240
Karen Gaines from Ashley Munford’s first grade class has fun browsing books.  thumbnail217241
Caleb James, Darnell Christie, Jose Mejia and Ayden Bailey searched together for books to buy.  thumbnail217242
Shaw Avenue first grader Valerie Turenne turned the pages in her next literary adventure.  thumbnail217243
Amy Stephenson picked out an inspirational read.  thumbnail217244
Students browsed hundreds of eye-catching books at the annual Book Fair at Shaw Avenue Elementary School in the Valley Stream District 30.

The Book Fair, which is organized by the PTA, featured shelves filled with books for all ages starring their favorite characters or offering brand new adventures. Students practiced money management and how to make a purchase as they independently shopped.

Date Added: 5/16/2022

Shaw Avenue Students Practice Persuasive Writing For March Madness

Sixth grade students at Shaw Avenue Elementary School Lazarus Robbins, Mo Lin, Carly Jackson, Gabriel Jones and Briana Licona are competing in a March Madness persuasive writing challenge thumbnail215766
Students in Julie Ballantyne and Jennifer Simon’s 6th grade class at Shaw Avenue Elementary School in the Valley Stream District 30 have been partaking in an intense March Madness competition in which persuasive writing is the name of the game.

Each student wrote an essay arguing why their March Madness team should make it to the top. Each team faces off in brackets, and the students’ name is not attached to the essay, allowing their persuasive writing to earn the reader’s vote to proceed. Students’ teams will continue to compete throughout the month.

Date Added: 4/19/2022

Shaw Avenue Logs Thousands Of Reading Minutes For PARP

Students from each grade at Shaw Avenue Elementary School were awarded prizes for logging the most reading minutes for their PARP program thumbnail215765
Led by the PTA at Shaw Avenue Elementary School in the Valley Stream District 30, this year’s Parents as a Reading Partner program proved to be a tremendous success as students logged thousands of minutes in reading.

As a school, Shaw students read a total of 119,987 minutes in just two weeks. Families took time to read for a few minutes every day to build up their minutes.

On March 31, the winners of each grade happily accepted their prizes from the PTA, including games, books and more.

Date Added: 4/7/2022