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BOE Recognizes PTA Award of Merit Winners

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The community gathered for Valley Stream District 30’s board of education meeting on March 18 where two students were honored for being Award of Merit recipients in the New York State PTA Reflections Program. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling announced that second-graders Aidan Fretel and Sophia Griffith from Forest Road School were recognized for their entries in the program in the categories of film and dance choreography, respectively. Each student was congratulated by members of the board and shook their hands. 

Forest Road Students Honored in PTA Reflections Program

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Second-graders Aidan Fretel and Sophia Griffith from Forest Road Elementary School were recently recognized two of the 107 Award of Merit winners in the 2018-2019 New York State PTA Reflections program, “Heroes Around Me.” 

Aidan was one of five students selected in the state for the primary division of the film production category. His film, “Kindness Is A Superpower,” was created with iMovie. He was an Award of Merit winner last year as well in the Reflections program for his film which followed the 2017-2018 theme, “Within Reach.” 

With a passion for dance, Sophia was one of five students selected in the state for the primary division of the dance choreography category. Her dance performance channeled the “Heroes Around Me” theme as she danced to the song “Imagine” by John Lennon. 
 
Each year, students from grades K-12 across the state are encouraged to participate in the PTA Reflections program. The program sparks students’ imagination, curiosity and participation in the arts. Following a specific theme, students can create works of art in the following categories: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

The NYS PTA will display Aidan and Sophia’s award-winning entries at the NYS PTA Celebration of the Arts this fall and the NYS PTA Reflections Art Gallery at the NYS PTA Convention in November. 

The district congratulates both students on this tremendous achievement! 
 

Students and Staff Celebrate Dr. Seuss

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In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, Forest Road Elementary School teacher Christopher Nazario read “Horton Hears a Who!” to his first grade class while dressed as The Cat in the Hat. 

Dribbling Up Teamwork at Forest Road School

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It was an afternoon of friendly competition as Forest Road Elementary School sixth-graders recently competed in a basketball game against Forest Road teachers and Assistant Principal Michael DeBlasio. Twelve teams of about four students each took turns showing their skills on the court against the adults.  

Physical education teachers Kerry Brady and Peter Hansen host the student vs. teacher basketball game each year as part of the sixth grade physical education curriculum. Fifth-grader Michael Potash and sixth-grader Jovarly Rosemond provided enthusiastic commentary during the game as the audience of students cheered on their peers and teachers. Other classes in the building had the opportunity to stream the game live on the SmartBoard in their classrooms as it unfolded. 

Sixth Grade Spelling Champs Head to Regionals

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Two sixth-graders from the district were recently selected as two of only 52 students from schools across Long Island to participate in the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee at St. Joseph’s College on March 20. Maaz Rajput from Forest Road School and Marlon Clarke Jr. from Shaw Avenue School qualified for the regional competition after winning their class spelling bee, school-wide spelling bee and scoring at least a 27 on an online spelling test facilitated by the Scripps National Spelling Bee. 

The winning student from the regional competition will represent their school and Long Island in the Scripps National Spelling Bee with students from across the country in May. The district congratulates both students on this outstanding achievement and wishes them the best of luck as they move forward in the competition!