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September 6, 2018

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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.

Our website 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.

Our Facebook 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. 

There 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.”  

 

Sincerely,                                                              

Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools