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June 6, 2019

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Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community,

I am pleased to announce that Andrew Canlé has been selected to join the administrative team as Assistant Principal at Shaw Avenue School.  Mr. Canlé is well known at Shaw Avenue, as he is currently a highly-involved sixth-grade teacher. His record of instructional proficiency, positive relationships with staff, students and parents, award-winning success with various math competitions, clear understanding of District programs and initiatives, and recent completion of his administrative internship at Shaw made him a standout candidate. I am confident that the new administrative team at Shaw, which consists of new and familiar faces (Mr. Colarossi, Ms. Cosme and Mr. Canlé) will continue to maintain and push forth current and new initiatives to meet the standards of excellence and equity.  Mr. Canlé will be recommended to the Board of Education on June 17, 2019. Parents, teachers and administrators were represented on the interview committee, and I thank them for their time and input in this process.  

Congratulations to all of the fifth-grade students from Shaw Avenue School -- who danced their way into a first-place win (for the second year in a row) at the annual Colors of the Rainbow Ballroom Competition held in Levittown last week. Ms. Savino (coach), Ms. Rosenthal (coach), the Shaw’s fifth-grade teachers and administration is thanked for all of their support in maintaining this enrichment opportunity for the students. 

Congratulations to Ms. Epstein, Ms. Bonaccorso and the students from all three schools in Quest who participated in the first Nassau County Compassionate Communities Award competition sponsored by HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers).  Elementary schools in Nassau were invited to participate in this great opportunity to enhance their positive connections to their surrounding community and to introduce or build on existing curriculum and activities that promote respect for all, animal protection, and environmental stewardship. The Shaw Avenue School team took second place, earning $1,000 to support future school activities. 

I am pleased to update the community that construction will be underway at Shaw Avenue School this summer. Additional classrooms will be built to provide more appropriate space for our students and staff. We are also planning for the operation of school as construction continues into the next school year. Our goal is to have the project completed by the end of the 2019-20 school year. 

Planning for the opening of the 2019-20 school year is underway.  Summer school will be taking place at Shaw Avenue School and eligible students for the program will be contacted shortly. Our kindergarten screening is in process and will continue into the second week of June. Parents who have not registered their child as of this date is encouraged to register as soon as possible.

The hiring process for new staff is currently taking place.  It is our goal to have the process completed by the end of June.  The time volunteered by our staff and parents in conducting the interviews is greatly appreciated.  

As June is upon us, please note the following events:
June 10th 7:00 p.m. Audit Committee Meeting, Shaw Avenue
                    8:00 p.m.       Board of Education Work Session, Shaw Avenue

June 17th 7:00 p.m.       Board of Education Awards, Shaw Avenue Auditorium
8:00 p.m.       Board of Education Business Meeting, Shaw Avenue Library

June 20th 7:00 p.m.       Shaw Avenue 6th-Grade Closing Exercises, Shaw Avenue

June 24th 7:00 p.m.       Forest Road 6th-Grade Closing Exercises, Shaw Avenue

June 25th 7:00 p.m.       Clear Stream Avenue 6th-Grade Closing Exercises, Shaw Avenue 

Schools will be closed for a half day on Friday, June 21st (dismissal at 11:15 a.m.) and an early dismissal (9:30 a.m.) on the last day of school, June 26th. Please note that our Board of Education Reorganization meeting has a rescheduled meeting date of July 2, 2019.



Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools