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November 9, 2017

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Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:

On Tuesday, November 7th, our annual Superintendent’s Conference Day was held to support the professional development of our staff. Our investment in education includes maintaining ongoing professional development for all staff to support the teaching and learning of our students. Students are exposed to new and different experiences when our staff has the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills. Our District is responsive to changes in State standards, new educational initiatives and mandates. Dr. R.G. France, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction; Administration; and the Professional Development Planning Committee developed a day of professional learning that was comprehensive in content and diverse in topics, with a focus on technology integration.  The following is an overview of the Day’s workshops that took place in and outside of the District:

Digital Tools for Formative Assessment

Slides, Classroom and Sheets

Apple TV in the Classroom

 Using Buncee


Flipping the Classroom

Google Classroom


Ask Alain Anything (About Technology)

Intro to Creating Video on the iPad - iMovie, Part I and Part II

What is Kahoot and How Can I Use It?


Creating Digital Stories     with PuppetPals

Math Digital Resources 


Technology & Theatre Thursdays  


G Suite Skills - Forms, Sites & Moving Forward

Using Remind for Parent Communication

Using iMovie for Instruction

eSpark: Dashboard                            Assignments, Adding Students


eSchool Data: SBRCs, Pro

eSchool Data: eSD SBRC Refresher, New Teacher

Moving from PC to a Mac

13th Annual School Nurse Conference (Western Suffolk BOCES)


Review and update the  STEAM Wednesday



The Balanced Mind XXI Conference (Molloy College)


41st Annual Lauretta Bender Conference (NYC Children’s Center)

ABA Training (Carbone



Makerspace, Engineering Design, 5 E Inquiry


Physical Education     Consortium Conference (Hofstra University)





Next week is American Education Week. Your schools will be sending communications about various activities and visits that are open to our parents.  Dr. France will be available for Let’s Talk on Friday, November 17th and Thursday, November 30th from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The topic will be ‘Tips to Support Learning at Home’.  To chat with Dr. France on the above dates, please go to Information to support your children at home is also available at An update on our “Language Exposure” initiatives is featured in our fall 2017 newsletter mailed to each family this month.

In support of our District theme, “Show Your Character,” please attend the upcoming theater performance in the Central High School District (click here). A spring theater experience for our students is being planned in collaboration with the Central High School District.

Enjoy the weekend, and keep in mind the service of all of our veterans.  Schools will be closed Friday, November 10th for Veterans Day.



Dr. Nicholas A. Stirling

Superintendent of Schools