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Clear Stream Avenue School 

60 Clear Stream Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11580

(516) 434-3550

John Singleton, Jr., Principal

Yannie Chon, Assistant Principal

 

school photoThe elementary school serving the center of Valley Stream Union Free School District 30 is Clear Stream Avenue School. Clear Stream Avenue School is dedicated to educating all students to their fullest potential. We encourage our students to become active, culturally responsive, respectful, lifelong learners, who will show ownership for their own academic, social and emotional learning. Our staff is trained to challenge our students to be creative and motivated learners so they can address the many challenges in the 21st century, both within Valley Stream and globally. This is accomplished through a comprehensive program, which integrates technology to support a strong education in English Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, and health and wellness including social and emotional learning. Clear Stream offers all students the opportunity to grow as digital citizens by developing information, media, and technology skills. 

As we are meeting the criteria for our mission and vision, realization of it is ongoing while we continue to align the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards, implement S.T.E.A.M. project based assignments, and manage emotional intelligence to build young leaders. Ultimately, our goal is that your child will reach proficiency in their academic, social and emotional lives. 

Our building houses grades K through 6 and a full complement of educational services are available to meet the needs of all learners throughout the school year. We also take pride in the diversity and cultures in our surrounding community as we connect with parents and their children to create an inclusive environment. Our philosophy views the students, faculty, parents, and community members as one community striving to learn from one another and growing through each other’s cultures together. 

Clear Stream and Valley Stream District 30 have fully aligned its ELA and Math curriculum to the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards. These new standards provide clear and consistent learning goals to help students become college and career ready. Although our students are in their formative years, it is essential that our curriculum provide rich opportunities for our children to maximize their development. The standards demonstrate what students are expected to learn at each grade level and how learning can be supported using rigorous content and the application of higher-order thinking skills. As a result, the shifts in the framework of how ELA and Math instruction occurs now incorporates building upon prior concepts, reading a balance of informational and literary texts, understanding complex vocabulary, developing speed and accuracy and applying knowledge to real life situations. Supports are in place to ensure that all students, including those with special needs and English as New Language learners, can master the standards. Through the implementation of New York State Next Generation Learning Standards, teachers at Clear Stream are raising the bar, while simultaneously providing an equitable playing field for all students.

While there is an emphasis on ELA and Math, Clear Stream has a rich S.T.E.A.M. curriculum. We prefer to call it our “S.T.R.E.A.M.” curriculum. It can be said that Clear S.T.R.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each of these disciplines are integrated through reading, experimentation, creativity and project based learning opportunities. Clear Stream Avenue School has a fully functional computer lab with access to the Internet, programs that provide multimedia-rich activities, and various electronic devices to conduct research and presentations. We believe that in order to prepare our students for the future, they must be computer literate and comfortable with all forms of technology, which is why teachers actively integrate technology, reading and writing into daily S.T.R.E.A.M. learning experiences. Currently we are a 1:1 digital device learning institution. Technology and learning experiences are aligned to 21st century skills that promote success in today’s global society. Students are required to exhibit mastery of problem solving, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration by demonstrating these skills through presentations, project based learning activities, iPad applications, video public service announcements and argumentative discourse.  Our science program enables students to explore these skills in an environment that encourages discovery. Art projects that are aligned in history and literature give students a creative perspective about the world around them. We are also vested in teaching students engineering and math. We offer Lego Robotics, Game Builders, Math Olympiads and have partnered with the Long Island Aviation Museum to bring mathematical and engineering opportunities to our classrooms. Through curriculum, special enrichment and rigorous instruction, Clear Stream is preparing our students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Clear Stream Avenue School has wide array of special classes as well. Our physical education program helps students learn to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Our librarian exposes our students to various literary genres, encourages a passion for reading and prepares our students for the rigors of research and discovery.  Additionally our Maker Space, which is located in the library, provides the perfect opportunity for our students to express their creativity. Our art program enriches the lives of our students by introducing them to a variety of artists, materials, and techniques. Art also is aligned with National Core Art Standards and incorporates various forms of technology, including 3D printer and iPad video art.  We have a thriving music department which houses our band, chorus and orchestra. The students enjoy meaningful musical experiences that have exposed them to Jazz, Hip Hop and modern digital music sampling. Students who participate in our instrumental music program, which begins with recorder in third grade and builds to string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments in the 4th grade, have received several accolades through the New York State School Music Association.  Our chorus has also performed at schoolwide concerts, community functions and at the Empire State Building during the holiday season. All of our students grow to learn the joy of making music for themselves and sharing it with others.

Finally, the Clear Stream Avenue School community has implemented a proactive Emotional Intelligence program which supports students socially and emotionally. Students are asked to identify their mood as they go through emotional changes. This helps students stay balanced and focused throughout the day. It is also instrumental in preventing behavioral incidents and stabilizing emotional challenges. 

Through Curriculum, Learning, Enrichment And Relationships it is CLEAR that our students will strive to reach proficiency in their academic, social and emotional lives in order for them to meet and exceed the challenges of the 21st century.

Clear Stream Avenue News

Showing Spooktacular Pride

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Administrators, students and staff throughout the district got into the Halloween spirit as they dressed in their best costumes on Oct. 31. Clear Stream Avenue School, Forest Road School and Shaw Avenue School conducted their own costume parades and sing-alongs during the school day to celebrate the fun holiday. 

Family members were invited to watch as central administrators, including Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling, attended each school to cheer on the students and staff. Fully embracing the district’s 2018-19 theme, You and MEdia, Dr. Stirling dressed as Media Man, complete with CD-ROM’s and a keyboard as an accessory. Building administrators and staff also joined the media bandwagon as many dressed as social media platforms, media trends and “social” butterflies. 

Achievements Abound During BOE Meeting

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The community gathered in the Shaw Avenue Elementary School library for the district’s board of education meeting on Oct. 29. Schools and staff members were honored by the board and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling for their recent achievements. 

Clear Stream Avenue School was commended for recently winning the Waldinger Cup at the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library, while Forest Road School was commended for earning second place. The awards resulted in the success of students participating in the library’s summer reading program. The library awards first place to the school with the highest number of readers and the highest average number of “reads” during the course of the summer. 

In addition, school psychologist Dr. Francyne Zeltser was honored during the meeting for receiving the New York Association School Psychologists Chapter O School Psychologist of the Year Award. Dr. Zeltser has served the district since 2012 and currently works with students, staff and families at Forest Road School and Shaw Avenue School. On behalf of the board, Dr. Stirling congratulated Dr. Zeltser and thanked her for her service to the district. 

“She has been involved in an array of activities that support students social and emotional wellbeing,” he said. “She has provided support to our special needs students, has been a resource to our faculty and parents and has supervised a variety of psychology interns.” 

Before concluding the meeting, the board also appointed a new deputy district clerk, Janet Carson. Carson currently serves as the secretary to the superintendent. The district is confident that she will also be an asset to the board of education. 

Singing Praises for the Board of Education

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Members of Valley Stream District 30’s Board of Education were commended during the district’s annual Board Appreciation Night on Oct. 29. Hosted by Clear Stream Avenue School, the school’s building administration, students, staff and PTA shared a tribute to Digital Citizenship as part of their board appreciation presentation. The evening coincided with District 30’s theme of the year, You and MEdia.

Clear Stream Avenue Assistant Principal Yannie Chon welcomed the board, central administration, families and community members to the special event which followed with a TFS (The Friendly Schools) Talk, inspired by TED Talks. Fifth-graders Christopher Brockington, Alanna Bolden, Lillian Petrone and Dylan Robinson showcased their impressive public speaking skills as they shared their school experiences, the important concepts they have learned and thanked the board of education for their support. Principal John Singleton also thanked the board of education while asking audience members to reflect on what Valley Stream District 30 means to them. Using the digital program Poll Everywhere, audience members texted one word that they believed described the district. Words such as caring, encouraging, great, innovative, progressive and wonderful popped up on the projection screen in the front of the room.  

“These words describe our staff members, our custodians, our secretaries, our teacher assistants, our administrators and most of all, they describe our board of education,” said Singleton. 

Students throughout the district participated in a similar activity which was filmed into a video for the board describing what “The Friendly Schools” means to them. Clear Stream Avenue School also created a video which featured interviews with students talking about the board of education and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling’s role in the district. They concluded the video with classes thanking the board for the educational resources used every day for learning. 

Led by music teacher Stephanie Cooke, Clear Stream’s third-grade chorus showed their gratitude towards the board by performing, “Thank You,” while holding digital/social media icons. Singleton, Chon and PTA president Erica Petrone presented gifts to each board member before Dr. Stirling expressed his own appreciation for the exceptional work that the board does on a daily basis.

“We are the Friendly Schools because our board cares,” said Dr. Stirling.  

Following the presentation, the board and community enjoyed a reception with refreshments and cake provided by the Clear Stream Avenue PTA. 

A Day of Remembrance

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Students and staff at Clear Stream Avenue School gathered around the flag pole in the front of the school building on Sept. 12 to commemorate Patriot Day, a day of remembrance for the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. This year, six firefighters dressed in uniform from Clear Stream Avenue Firehouse Engine 4 joined in the ceremony, which the school has made a proud tradition for the past 16 years, starting with former Principal Bob Cohen. 

Lt. Daniel Pastor, former captain Andrew Mihalick and firefighters Fernando Campoverde, Frank Feliciano, Tom McAleer and Richard Sullivan pulled up to the school on their fire engine as students watched. Former captain Mihalick addressed the students and spoke about the historical significance of Patriot Day and the sacrifice that so many endured. 

“On that day, no one could have ever believed that the worst of humanity would bring out the best of humanity,” he said. 

Principal John Singleton echoed his sentiments as he focused in on the word “indivisible,” found in the Pledge of Allegiance, during his remarks. 

“The word indivisible means you cannot divide us,” he said. “On 9/11, Americans from all different backgrounds and religions came together united as one. Now, more than ever, we as a community need to be united as Americans and honor the memories of those who were lost on that day.”

With the guidance of music teacher Stephanie Cooke, members of the sixth grade chorus performed “God Bless America” during the ceremony which followed by Mr. Singleton leading the entire school in the Pledge of Allegiance. Students proudly faced the flag with their hands over their hearts, reflecting on the ceremony. As they returned to their classrooms, teachers commented that it was the best commemoration ceremony to date. They were touched by the words of Captain Mihalick and the students were happy to see the firefighters in attendance.
 

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