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Shaw Avenue Students Take Home Third Victory

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Twenty-four students from throughout the district put their math skills to the test by participating in the annual New York City NBA Math Hoops Tournament at the Barclays Center on May 4. For the third consecutive year, a team from Shaw Avenue School were crowned first place winners. Shaw Avenue sixth graders Christopher Duarte and Malik Waheed won in the final round against semi-finalists and their own Shaw Avenue peers Gabrielle Loadholt and Jose Pinto.

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. The students were coached by their supportive teachers Timothy Rau from Clear Stream Avenue School, Christopher Onorato from Forest Road School and Andrew Canle from Shaw Avenue School. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling, along with building administrators, watched as the students displayed their talents and good sportsmanship. 

“This was both an amazing experience and accomplishment,” said Shaw Avenue Principal Dr. Alejandro Rivera. “I’m proud of all of the students as they worked hard to prepare for this tournament and represented their school and family with such a positive attitude. This is just another example of how the district and school exposes students to experiences that go far beyond the walls of the classroom. Next year we will go for four in a row!” 

Congratulations to Shaw Avenue School and to all the student participants from District 30! 

Clear Stream Avenue School:

Rafael Almonte
Ava Bolden
Allesta Castillo
Kayden Lambert
Victoria Linares 
Stephen LaTouche
Adaobi Okammelu
Emily Salazar

Forest Road School: 

Vania Bawla
Brady DelValle
Isabelle Dombrosky
Mania Ishtiaq
Mohammad Khan
Daniel Laurent
Malia Malik
Rayhan Ramnarine

Shaw Avenue School:

Sahana Benny 
Christopher Duarte
David Gonzalez 
Gabrielle Loadholt
Tameera Osmani 
Morgan Pajotte
Jose Pinto 
Malik Waheed 

BOE Celebrates National Essay Winners and Teachers

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During the district’s board of education meeting on April 29, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling, along with the board, honored two outstanding students and their teachers for recently earning national recognition in the Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers Essay Contest. 

Among the 10,000 essays that were submitted, Shaw Avenue Elementary School fifth grader Asma Kaukab was selected as the grand prize winner for grades 4-6. Her classmate, Hafsa Asghar, was also recognized as one of eight MVP National winners. Sponsored by Scholastic and Major League Baseball, the contest encourages students from across the country to write about overcoming personal obstacles or barriers through the examples that Jackie Robinson set while breaking the color barrier for Major League Baseball. The students were asked to incorporate Robinson’s nine values into their entries – citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork. 

Although Hafsa was unable to attend the meeting due to her recent move to Brooklyn, Dr. Stirling expressed how proud he was of both students, stating that it was not only an accomplishment for them, but also the district.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of what you have done and more importantly, of the person that you have become,” he told Asma, who proudly sat with her family during the meeting. 

Dr. Stirling also expressed his appreciation for the support of the students’ loved ones and teachers Karin Savino, Kerry O’Connor and Maria Neckonoff. He praised all three teachers for their commitment to the students of District 30. 

“The work that you do, not just this year but in all the years that you have been in the district, is most appreciated,” said Dr. Stirling. 

To congratulate Asma and her teachers, each received a bouquet of flowers from the board. 

Shaw Avenue Students Earn Top Spots in National Essay Contest

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Two fifth graders from Shaw Avenue Elementary School were recently recognized as national winners for their writing entries in the Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers Essay Contest. Among the 10,000 essays that were submitted in the contest, Asma Kaukab was selected as the grand prize winner for grades 4-6 and her classmate, Hafsa Asghar was one of eight MVP National winners.

Sponsored by Scholastic and Major League Baseball, the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest allows students of all backgrounds in grades 4-9 to share their personal stories in 200 to 750 words. Students had to incorporate how they use Robinson’s nine values of citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork, to face their own barriers. With the guidance of their teachers, Karin Savino, Kerry O’Connor and Maria Neckonoff, the students wrote about barriers in their own lives and how these nine values helped them to face and overcome them.   

As a result of their winnings, Asma and Hafsa’s class will receive a set of signed books and t-shirts, and both students and their teachers will receive a laptop. As the grand prize winner, Asma will also travel on an all-expenses-paid trip to Cleveland, Ohio in July with her mother to attend the 2019 MLB All-Star Game where she will be honored for her writing.  

“I’m excited,” she said. “I’m looking forward to being on the field.”  

To celebrate both students, Jackie Robinson’s daughter Sharon Robinson, will visit Shaw Avenue Elementary School on April 18 to award the students in person and speak to classes. 

Congratulations to both students on this tremendous achievement and for sharing their stories! 

Students Support the Arts with Fitness Fundraiser

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Shaw Avenue Elementary School students put on their running shoes for the school’s Boosterthon Fun Run to help raise money for Shaw Avenue’s performing arts program on April 9. Coordinated by the Shaw Avenue PTA, students from grades K-6 were encouraged to get friends and families to pledge with donations going towards new stage equipment.

With the support of Boosterthon team members, students walked and ran with their classes outside during the school day. Shaw Avenue PTA members and parent volunteers provided water to keep students hydrated as they ran an average of 30-35 laps around the Boosterthon Speedway. 

Throughout the two-week fundraising period, classes created their own flags to be displayed during the event and focused on important character traits. Among the many lessons that the fundraiser spotlighted, students learned about the power of teamwork, integrity and growth mindset. They also received fun incentives for completing fundraising missions. 

Students will continue raising money towards the cause until today, April 16. If the school hits their goal of $13,000, Principal Dr. Alejandro Rivera and Assistant Principal Christopher Colarossi plan on being slimed by students. 

Shaw Avenue Hosts “Dancing with the Stars of 5th Grade!”

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Each year, fifth-graders at Shaw Avenue Elementary School participate in the Dancing Classrooms Long Island residency. The program allows students to learn critical social-emotional and life skills such as confidence, focus, self-discipline, cooperation and teamwork. The fifth-graders worked with a talented team of dancers from the program who visited the school during the course of a ten week period. Students learned how to branch out of their comfort zones while learning a variety of diverse dances and the cultural history behind them. 

As a culmination of the dance residency, the fifth-graders showcased their dancing skills for loved ones in the school’s gymnasium on March 27. Fifth grade teachers Karin Savino and Lauren Rosenthal helped the students prepare for the event. The dance residency was a memorable experience for all as students, dressed to impress, performed beautifully for attendees. 

Great job to all the exceptional student dancers! 

Shaw Avenue Student Scores Spot in NBA Math Hoops National Championship

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Shelby Osborne, a sixth-grader from Shaw Avenue Elementary School was recently selected as one of 16 students from throughout the country to participate in the 2019 NBA Math Hoops National Championship weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area from May 10-12. The Math Hoops program allows students to learn fundamental math skills through an engaging board game using the real statistics of NBA and WNBA players. 

Since 2017, the Golden State Warriors have partnered with Learn Fresh Education Co. to host the National Championship. National Math Hoops participants will sign a one day contract with the Warriors, meet other students from around the country and engage in outdoor activities. They will also learn from the Warrior’s statistics analyst about real plays and how math applies in a basketball game. In addition, all students will put their NBA Math Hoops skills to the test in a 2 vs. 2 Math Hoops National Championship tournament.

Shelby, a member of Shaw Avenue School’s Math Hoops team, applied for a spot in the National Championship. To enter, she submitted a video about what the experience would mean to her, bravely sharing her personal story of losing her mother just last year and overcoming the tragedy. Upon hearing that she was selected for the all expenses paid trip to participate in the NBA Math Hoops National Championship, Shelby was shocked. 

“I am very excited,” she said. “I didn’t think I would get it because they were only choosing 16 people.” 

With the guidance of NBA Math Hoops coach and teacher Andrew Canle, Shaw Avenue School has been successful in the annual New York City NBA Math Hoops tournament each year. The school has won the first place title two years in a row. Mr. Canle praised Shelby for taking the NBA Math Hoops title up to the next level. 

 “I think she had huge shoes to fill and she was able to make the shoe size even larger,” he said.  

Principal Dr. Alejandro Rivera also praised Shelby for the tremendous achievement and commended Mr. Canle for exposing students to the NBA Math Hoops program. He explained that being selected for the competition was not just about the game of Math Hoops but also focused on a student’s learning, connection to school and life. 

“For Shelby, she was able to bring a real life experience which was unfortunately a tragedy and work to make it a positive in her life,” said Dr. Rivera. “By doing so, she told a story about perseverance, commitment and dedication to her family which ultimately are the type of values that we want to instill in children.” 

Congratulations, Shelby! We are so proud of you! 

Shaw Avenue Sixth-Graders Perform an Enchanting Disney Tale

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Administrators, staff, students and families gathered in the Shaw Avenue Elementary School auditorium for the Sixth Grade Shaw Avenue Musical Theatre Club’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” on March 14. Directed by music teacher Stephanie Fischer, first-grade teacher Ashley Munford and parent volunteer Sandra Proto, the students performed the beloved story based on the 1991 animated Disney film during the school day and the evening. 

Principal Dr. Alejandro Rivera opened the show along with Fischer, who expressed her appreciation for the outstanding individuals who helped make the show come to life. This included central and building administrators, staff, PTA members, Memorial Junior High School and Central High School students and more. She also commended the cast for their dedication in preparing for the show. 

“You have worked so hard during this process, bringing life and energy to the stage at Shaw Avenue,” she told them. “We are so proud of you.”

Sixth-grader Chris Vicuna played the role of the prince/Beast, while Sahana Benny and Emily Heeralal shared the role of Belle. Among the other outstanding cast was Cristian Diaz as Lumiere, Tameera Osmani as Cogsworth, Nicole Proto as Mrs. Potts, Sergen Enosse as Chip, Michael Sawyer as Scratch, Senora Johnson as Madame De La Grande Bouche, Sigfrid Ibanez as Gaston, Bunta Okita as Lefou and Yazdaan Sarwar as Maurice. 

Students proudly showcased their acting, singing and dancing skills as they performed classic songs such as “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast,” to the delight of audience members.   

Shaw Avenue Second Graders Celebrate Dr. Seuss

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Second-graders in Mrs. Lichter’s class at Shaw Avenue School recently celebrated Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day. The students worked in groups and rotated stations where they read a Dr. Seuss book. This included One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, and If I Ran the Zoo.

After reading each story, the students worked together to complete a fun activity. They experimented with oobleck and learned about solids and liquids, planted truffula seeds, graphed colorful fish, matched rhyming words, coins and the values, and used their inferencing skills to solve animal riddles. 

The students learned that, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss