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Students and Staff Commended for High Achievements

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Members of Valley Stream District 30’s Board of Education honored outstanding students and staff during the district’s regular meeting on May 14. The board granted tenure to Shaw Avenue School first-grade teacher Jeanee Gonzalez and honored Forest Road teacher Nancy Blankshine for her passage through Gate.

Gate is a unique district-wide process which examines a teacher as they move through their years in the district. It allows the administrators to take a closer look as to what is happening inside the classroom and reward those teachers with excellent progress the opportunity to move to the next salary range. Both teachers were praised by their respective building principals for their dedication to their students.

Band students from Shaw Avenue School also honored the teachers by performing the songs, “Take On Me” and “I’ll Be There.” Guided by music teacher Brian Kalinowski, the students played for a full house of board members, administrators, students, staff, families and community members.

Several students from Shaw Avenue School were recognized by the board for their recent achievements in the areas of reading, writing and the arts. Twelve fifth-graders, along with teachers Karin Savino and Lauren Rosenthal, were commended for their first place win in the Dancing Classrooms of Long Island “Spring Colors of the Rainbow Team Match and Festival.” A short clip of the students from the ballroom dance competition was shared for the community to enjoy. 

Fifth-graders Nirmal Butt, Salva Dad and Muhammad Sufyan in Karin Savino and Maria Neckonoff’s class were also honored for their outstanding writing submissions in the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest, sponsored by Scholastic and Major League Baseball. Additionally, second-grader Alexander Mazalkov in Victoria Umpornpun’s class and sixth-grader Hannah Mejia in Steven Navarra’s class were praised for their award winning personal narratives in the Nassau Reading Council’s Young Author’s Writing Contest. 

Fairy Tale Fun at Forest Road School

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Kindergarten through third-grade students at Forest Road Elementary School are incorporating fairy tales into their science, technology, engineering and mathematics curriculum due to a $350 mini-grant which library media specialist On Kyung Joo applied to and received from the Long Island School Media Association. With the grant, the school purchased three Lakeshore Fairy Tale Problem Solving STEM kits, three storytelling puppet kits with corresponding books, mood and emotion mirrors and story wands that help with reading comprehension.  

Students can now utilize the new materials in Forest Road’s new Makerspace to further their reading and storytelling abilities, as well as enhance their collaboration and problem solving skills. The STEM and puppet kits feature fairy tales such as “The Three Little Pigs,” “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” Students have the opportunity to act out the stories with the puppets and challenge themselves with the STEM kits. Challenges include creating a secure house for the Three Little Pigs, building a bridge for the Three Billy Goats Gruff and constructing beds for Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

“With the Lakeshore Fairy Tales Problem Solving STEM kits, students are engaged in the literacy activities by not only listening to the fairy tales, but also acting out with the puppets,” said Joo. “Students are inspired to find a solution for each challenging situation while designing and building the scenes in those tales. I hope that these kits will also enhance their creative expression and social-emotional development.”

Student Artwork Showcased at Local Coffee Shop

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Thirty-seven talented students from throughout Valley Stream District 30 had their artwork displayed from March 26-31 at Sip This, a coffee shop in Valley Stream. Covering the walls of the shop were unique pieces of art created by students in kindergarten through sixth-grade. This was the second year that the district and the coffee shop partnered to celebrate the work of students. Art Specialists from each school picked a sampling of their best wall artwork which was mostly two dimensional, to represent their programs. Congratulations to all the student participants on a job well done! 

Forest Road Students Recognized as PTA Reflections Winners

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First-grader Aidan Fretel and fifth-grader Rachelle Griffith from Forest Road Elementary School were recently selected as New York State PTA Award of Merit winners for their entries in the 2017-2018 National PTA Reflections contest, “Within Reach.” Fretel was recognized for film production in the primary division, while Griffith was honored for her dance choreography in the intermediate division for the second consecutive year. 

PTA Reflections is a national program that sparks students’ imagination, curiosity and participation in the arts. Each year, students are asked to reflect on a specific theme and create an original piece of work in the category of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography or visual arts. 

The students are two out of only 108 NYS PTA Award of Merit winners. Both entries were among 420 of the best statewide to reach the NYS PTA level of Reflections judging. Fretel created his film with the iMovie app where he used his toys and imagination to produce his story, “Winning is Within Reach.” Griffith created her own choreography titled “My Gift if You,” which was dedicated to her mother. She previously was presented with the NYS PTA Award of Merit for her dance choreography, “Coat of Many Colors,” in the intermediate division of the 2016-2017 National PTA Reflections Contest. 

The students will have their work displayed in the Reflections Art Gallery at the 122nd NYS PTA Convention in Saratoga Springs from Nov. 9-11.

Back-to-Back Math Hoops Champions

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A total of 18 students from Valley Stream District 30 participated in the New York City NBA Math Hoops Tournament on March 24, where for the second consecutive year, a team from Shaw Avenue School were once again crowned first place winners. Students competed against those from schools across Nassau County and New York City but Shaw Avenue students Anjali Edmonds and Karina Ramnauth ultimately came out victorious, winning in the final round with a score of 30-29.  

Under the direction of their math coach Andrew Canle, the team of two trailed for most of overtime before pulling out the win with under a minute to play. Other Shaw Avenue participants included Innaya Ilyas, Aaimen Kashif, Memoona Mustafa and Duaa Zeeshan. 

“We are so proud of all of our students who competed in the tournament. Anjali and Karina are very deserving champions as they are excellent students who know how to work well with others no matter the situation or pressure,” said Shaw Avenue Principal Alejandro Rivera. “We are proud that our students get to participate in experiences like this and are especially grateful to the Learn Fresh Education Company for creating the NBA Math Hoops program. 

The fact that our students have received the opportunity to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum last year and now the Barclays Center, allows our students to see more of the world around them. We will definitely be going for a three-peat next year!”

NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game that incorporates fundamental math skills through direct engagement from NBA and WNBA players with a curriculum tied to the Next Generation Learning Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills. Last year was the first year that students from Shaw Avenue School participated in the tournament where students Athena Pajotte and Priya Mangal were recognized as the 2017 New York City NBA Math Hoops Tournament winners.

Valley Stream District 30 was proudly represented this year as students from Clear Stream Avenue and Forest Road schools entered the tournament for the first time. Under the guidance of their math coach Timothy Rau, Clear Stream participants included Brian Abraham, Cameron Charles, Tolu Diyaolu, Saige Frisco, Sasha Jaikaran and Michael Sukhu. Math coach Christopher Onorato worked with Forest Road participants Jonathan Beltre-Rojas, Shaila Fretel, Justin James, Iman Khan, Emily Persaud and Arshbir Singh. The coaches and students worked diligently throughout the year to prepare for the tournament.  

According to Principal Rivera, the winning team could not have succeeded without the support of Mr. Canle, classroom teachers, fellow district administrators, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling and the board of education.

Valley Stream Students Unite to Prevent Cyberbullying

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Fourth-grade students throughout Valley Stream District 30 participated in engaging anti-cyberbullying workshops on March 23, facilitated by National Honor Society students from the Valley Stream Central High School District. The high schoolers visited Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue elementary schools throughout the day to teach the students about how to be respectful digital citizens and talk about the signs of cyberbullying.

The program was part of the Inter-District Wellness Committee made up of representatives from each Valley Stream school district. Under the guidance of National Honor Society adviser Alisha Varian, the honor society members presented on what cyberbullying is and how it can make one feel, as fourth-graders answered questions. The elementary students also learned about the numerous social media platforms that bullies utilize, as well as how to be an upstander and how to report a bully. 

“We’re here to teach kids how to be smart on social media before they become proactive in the online community,” said senior and National Honor Society secretary Alisha Victor. 

The students were divided into six groups and rotated as the high schoolers ran different activity stations to dive deeper into cyberbullying. Among the variety of activities, fourth-graders participated in role-playing scenarios on how to face a bully and created social media responses on Post-Its, on how they would react to a negative online situation. Through the lessons, fourth-graders learned how words can affect emotions. 

“I liked that they gave us a model in the first group of how you can feel if someone says something hurtful to you or something positive,” said Clear Stream fourth-grader Chris Brockington.