September 6, 2018
Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:
Welcome Back! As I shared in my newsletter last week, watching the back-to-school commercials on television, was
a reminder that September was right around the corner. Thus, the doors
of our schools are now open to welcome our students, families and staff
back for another year that I believe will be filled with opportunity,
fun and newsworthy for all of our media outlets.
will be updated to reveal the new staff that was hired this summer. In
addition to the hiring of teachers, Timothy Rau (Forest/Clear Stream -
Special Education), Ashley Leimsider (Forest - Special Education), Peter
Hansen (District-wide Physical Education); Peggy Goroly (District
Office - Clerk-Typist), Shana Raggio (Clear Stream - Clerk-Typist),
Ashley Starna (Forest Road - Clerk-Typist); Jennifer Lewner
(Administrative Director for 21st Century Learning); Brian
Phillips (Assistant Superintendent for Business ); and, Michael DeBlasio
(Forest Road - Assistant Principal), we also welcome Christopher Malone
(Director of Facilities); teachers, Lilla Geremia (Shaw Avenue -
Special Education), Erica Jemmott (Forest Road - Special Education), and
Tara Masterson (Forest Road - 4th grade); and Kelly Skliros
(Forest Road - Nurse) to the District. We also appointed several new
substitute teachers at our August Board of Education meeting. My thanks
to everyone involved this summer in the hiring process.
page highlighted the exciting work accomplished this year in summer
school. Thank you to Erica Suarez and Nicole Schimpf for their
leadership in the management of the programs that kept our students
fully engaged in learning.
If you did not hear it on the radio,
Dr. France has helped the District attain a Student Support and
Academic Enrichment Grant ($426,581) to support and expand professional
development for our teachers. With the assistance of Jennifer Lewner,
Dr. Ronah Harris, consultant; and Digital Literacy Coaches, will
continue to lead and support our efforts to become more technologically
proficient and increase differentiated learning experiences that address
the various learning styles of our students. I thank everyone for their
efforts in implementing the goals of our Strategic Plan as we move into
year four. As per our District’s Arts in Education plan, we will be
enhancing our program with more arts in education programming and
interdisciplinary arts activities. “You and Media,”
a celebration of media arts, is the theme for arts integration this
year. This theme will support our culturally-responsive classrooms and
digital learners. Follow us on Twitter by searching #VS30friendlyschools if you want to know more about all the good things going on in the District.
It was broadcasted
that Mr. Phillips and Mr. Malone would have all of our buildings ready
for opening this week. Thanks to our fantastic custodial crew that
works tirelessly to prepare our facilities for the new year.
To support a picture perfect
start to the new year, our schools have sent home class assignments and
other information specific to each school. Calendars have also been
mailed home to parents. Please also note that, based on our
communications with the Nassau County Police Department, more police
presence is expected in our community, especially around our schools,
this year. These proactive measures are being implemented to support
school safety. Please see the attached summary on school safety and emergency preparedness.
are a variety of goals that we seek to achieve this year. However, the
#1 goal that must always be the priority is increasing student
achievement. Our students will, have and must become proficient in all
academic areas with the help of staff, parents and community members.
This commitment will help us to achieve our District mission: “….
through collaboration with staff, parents and community, is to educate
all students to their fullest potential.”
Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools