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June 21, 2018

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A Message from Dr. Nicholas Stirling, Superintendent of Schools
School Year 2017-18 Closing!

Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:

The final curtain is about to come down on our school year!  The year has been outstanding, due in large part to the efforts of our staff and PTA in making the Show Your Character theme central to the many activities implemented this year.  The commitment and creativity displayed by our staff and parents are exemplary and greatly appreciated. The theme for next year will be: You and Media!  We will be celebrating media arts.  

Congratulations to the class of 2018!  All of our students are “stars” in their own right.  We wish them well and look forward to hearing about their many accomplishments. To our sixth-grade families that will be moving on…we thank you, again, for all of your support of, and partnership with, the District.

The appointment of new staff for the 2018-19 school year took place at our Board of Education meetings this month.  The Board appointed the following staff to classroom positions: Timothy Rau (Forest/Clear Stream - Special Education); Ashley Leimsider (Forest - Special Education); Peter Hansen (District-wide Physical Education). Ashley Starna has been hired as the new clerk-typist at Forest Road School. We welcome Brian Phillips and Michael DeBlasio to the District as the new Assistant Superintendent for Business and Assistant Principal (Forest), respectively. Both gentlemen are experienced administrators who we believe will be assets to the ‘Friendly Schools’.  We will be interviewing candidates through the summer, as the need arises. Thank you to all who participated on the interview committees. 

The community support for our 2018-19 budget is, again, greatly appreciated.  We continue to maintain program within the tax cap. Looking back over six years, Valley Stream 30 continues to have one of the lowest average tax levies on Long Island. With continued positive audit reports, we will continue to strive for excellence in programming, while being fiscally prudent.

Congratulations, once more, to Ms. Ingrid Wyllie-Dacon, who was re-elected to a five-year term on the Board of Education. She will begin her new term next month.  Our reorganization meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Shaw Avenue School.

Letters are being sent home outlining our summer reading and enrichment activities.  I encourage you to help our children to read and expand their creative thinking by participating in the summer project.  The letters for each school are posted on our website, for your information, at

Finally, I extend my sincerest congratulations and best wishes to our retiring staff – Patricia Catalfomo Colleen Dash, Deborah Scheel, Rebekah Trieber and  Suzanne Walsh.  Their years of service have made a significant impact on the lives of our children, and we wish them much health and happiness as they begin the next chapter in their lives. 

Summer school begins Monday, July 2nd. Schools will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th.

Applause for Valley Stream 30… we are definitely in the “yellow mood” for a wonderful summer! 


Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools