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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



The 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 maximizing the potential of our children and helping them discover the joy of learning by collaborating with all stakeholders in educating all students to their highest levels of performance in a nurturing, learning environment that is safe, inclusive, and student centered to prepare each child to think independently and meet the challenges of the 21st century. While we are meeting the criteria for this vision, realization of it is ongoing as we are continuing to align the Common Core, implement S.T.E.A.M. project based assignments, and manage emotional intelligence to build lifelong learners. 
The 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. We believe that by including the help of the students, faculty, parents, and community members we can learn from one another and grow to embrace each other’s culture.

Clear Stream and Valley Stream District 30 have fully aligned its ELA and Math curriculum to the New York State Common Core Standards. The 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 also 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 Common Core, teachers at Clear Stream are raising the bar, while simultaneously leveling the 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 is integrated through reading, experimentation, creativity and project based learning opportunities. Clear Stream Avenue School has a fully functional computer lab with more than thirty computers that allows students to access the Internet, participate in multimedia-rich activities, and utilize various forms of technology for research and presentation purposes. 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. Technology and learning experiences are aligned to 21st Century skills. 21st Century skills that promote success for our students in today’s global society include problem solving, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. Students are required to exhibit mastery of these skills through various forms including 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 incorporate history and literature give students new perspectives about the world around them while using their creativity. 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 its 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, the students enjoy meaningful experiences during our art and music programs. 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 Common Core and incorporates various forms of technology, including 3D copier and iPad video art. 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 meet and exceed the challenges of the 21st Century.

Clear Stream Avenue News

Students Transform into Broadway Stars During Black History Month

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Photo of students practicing together
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Second-grade students at Clear Stream Avenue Elementary School recently participated in a week-long dance residency program with dancers from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and showcased their skills with a culminating performance during the school’s annual Black History Month Celebration on Feb 28. The students performed “Ease on Down the Road,” from the Broadway musical “The Wiz,” for loved ones in honor of George Faison, famed choreographer of “The Wiz” and Tony Award winner. 

Alvin Ailey dancers David Robertson and Morgan Thweatt practiced with students once a day to teach them techniques and styles of modern dance. This was the second year that the dance company has visited the school to give students the opportunity to build their confidence while trying something new. Alvin Ailey’s belief, “dance is for everybody,” was evident as second-graders worked on perfecting their steps and collaborating with their peers to learn proper dance techniques.  

Students performed during the Black History Month Celebration for Faison, who worked with talented figures such as Michael Jackson, Stephanie Mills and Patti LaBelle. 

“As part of the District’s ‘Show Your Character’ theme, we highlighted the achievements of African Americans on Broadway,” said Principal John Singleton. “Throughout the month, we celebrated the contributions of African Americans to this country by participating in various activities and events both in the classroom and schoolwide. This year’s Black History Month Celebration did not disappoint! In fact, many people have stated that this was the best Black History Month Celebration ever.”

During the celebration, Faison addressed the audience by thanking the families for their commitment to their children’s education. Faison also stressed the importance of students being able to express themselves through multiple levels, especially the arts. The Clear Stream PTA honored Faison at the end of the night with the “Show Your Character Award.”

Students Commemorate the 100th Day of School in Style

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Students throughout Valley Stream District 30 recently celebrated their 100th Day of School in a creative fashion. 

Many students dressed as 100 year olds, showcasing their best “old person” look while participating in lessons corresponding with the number 100. In addition, Shaw Avenue Elementary School students did 100 exercises over the morning announcements in honor of the day. Students lined the hallways with their classes and together, did sets of exercises in 10’s. 

Clear Stream Students Embrace the Power of STEAM

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It was a day of exploration for students at Clear Stream Avenue School as they participated in a hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics museum facilitated by Mobile Education Productions on Feb. 12. Sponsored by the Clear Stream PTA, family members volunteered their time during the event as STEAM presenter A.J. Kohn educated the students on the various STEAM stations throughout the school gymnasium. 

Kohn spoke with classes at the beginning of each session about the meaning of STEAM and showcased a working 3-D printer and robot which responded to the sound of his voice. Students then had the opportunity to walk around the gymnasium and experiment with the STEAM activities. Among the stations were a plasma sphere to explore the power of energized gas, music maker to experiment with sound, buzz wire game to better understand electrical circuits, bike generator to convert potential energy into kinetic energy, structure challenge to build the tallest skyscraper or strongest bridge and different robotics activities. 

Spotlight Shines on Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, Clear Stream Avenue Elementary School students recently learned about famed baseball player Jackie Robinson and different African folktales through two productions from the Bright Star Touring Theatre.

The “Jackie Robinson” performance taught students about Robinson’s important role in integrating professional sports, from scoring his first home run to overcoming bullying without fighting back. The second performance, “African Folktales,” highlighted various stories through two African griots, also known as storytellers, who engaged students in sing-alongs, world cultures and traditions. Folktales ranged from why spiders have long legs, to the story of the elephant and giraffe. 

During both shows students were encouraged to participate as they learned more about African American achievers and culture. This is one of the many ways that Clear Stream Avenue School has celebrated the contributions of African Americans, in addition to participating in various activities and events both in the classroom and school-wide.

Students and Families Invited to “Taste of a Service” Event

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To educate families on the variety of services that Valley Stream District 30 offers its students, the district will be hosting their annual “Taste of a Service” parent fair on March 5 from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Shaw Avenue School.

Students and family members from Clear Stream, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue elementary schools, as well as incoming kindergarten families, are invited to speak with faculty members about the services offered to students to help set them up for success. Reading specialists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, classroom/physical education teachers, behavioral consultants, school nurses, school psychologists and enrichment specialists from throughout the district will be stationed in the gymnasium to discuss strategies used in the classroom and speak about what can be utilized at home to support their child’s learning. In addition, entertainment will be provided for students to enjoy and light refreshments will be served. 


Empowered Readers

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Photo of Students Reading
Clear Stream Avenue Elementary School students celebrated their love of reading during the school’s annual Pick A Reading Partner program from Jan. 23-Feb. 2. The program encourages students to read with a partner at home to strengthen reading and communication skills. 

With the school’s PARP theme, “Be Empowered,” the students were given a reading log to fill out each night with a family member. This helped them keep track of the books they read over the course of the weeks. Students were asked to find descriptive words that described their favorite characters in their books. The words were aligned with Valley Stream District 30’s social-emotional learning feeling words initiative. At the conclusion of the program, students handed in their logs to their teachers for a chance to win prizes from the Clear Stream PTA.