District Reports a Successful Summer and Plans for the Year

District Reports a Successful Summer and Plans for the Year photo
During Valley Stream District 30’s first board of education meeting of the 2017-18 school year on Sept. 18, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling and Board President Jim Lavery welcomed the community back for an exciting year. 

Dr. Stirling conducted his superintendent’s report where he notified the public that enrollment within the last few weeks increased by 40 students. He said the district would continue to monitor the enrollment to be sure all classes are the proper size. 

Summer School Principal Erica Suarez shared with the board how the 2017 Summer School Program performed. She reported that 160 students participated in the program with a 90 percent attendance rate. Suarez also provided an overview of each grade level’s summer schedule and how STEAM activities each week benefitted the students. Positive feedback was presented from surveys that students and their parents took at the conclusion of the program. 

Director of Special Services Nicole Schimpf presented to the board the Summer Special Education Extended School Year Program and the results from during the summer. She spoke about the six-week program, providing an overview of what took place in the classrooms during the summer months. Schimpf reported that the program’s ultimate goal is for no regression to take place and while providing the proper data, she reported that the program met their goal. 

In addition, the board of education heard from Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Roxanne France about New York State data and the state testing program. Dr. France provided a rubric with a description of the different grading levels and shared data comparing the ELA and math scores of the district to Nassau County and New York State. The district was on par with the county and scored above the New York State percentage.  

Clear Stream Avenue Principal John Singleton, Forest Road Principal Erin Malone and Shaw Avenue Principal Alejandro Rivera shared their plans and goals for the school year to enhance student learning. 

“Our focus overall will be core instruction,” said Dr. Stirling. 

The principals each went into detail on how they would tackle ELA, math, writing and enrichment for the 2017-18 year. This included utilizing instructional technology to build math skills and refocusing on reading and writing through peer reviews, student writing workshops and thinking beyond the text. For enrichment, Singleton shared that collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking would be the focus. 

Board president Lavery and Dr. Stirling thanked the administrators, teachers and the central office staff for their preparation and hard work to ensure that the new school year would be a success.