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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

Fitness Program Inspires Students to Get Moving

Photo of Forest Road Students with iGame4 Program
Photo of Students Playing
Photo of Shaw Avenue Students and iGame4
Students throughout the district recently participated in the iGame4 Fitness Program. The program was held at Clear Stream, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue schools for a week to encourage fitness and a healthy lifestyle.  

Set up in the gymnasium, iGame4 uses active video games to improve endurance, flexibility, balance and the overall health of students. With the help of physical education teachers, an iGame4 instructor visited each school to facilitate the games. With fitness trackers attached to their clothing, students rotated between four stations and participated in action adventure, animal and dance games both independently and with their peers. 

In addition, each school hosted an iGame4 Family Night which gave families throughout the district the opportunity to spend quality time with their children and try the program out themselves. 
 

Backpacks for Success

Backpacks for Success
Backpacks for Success
Backpacks for Success
Backpacks for Success
Backpacks for Success
Students at Clear Stream Avenue School received a big surprise on Sept. 29 as they gathered in the school’s gymnasium for a school-wide motivational assembly provided by STATE Bags and Senator Todd Kaminsky.

For every STATE bag purchased, a STATE backpack filled with essential tools for success is given to an American student. The organization travels across the country and conducts “bag drops,” where they deliver the backpacks to schools and host an interactive assembly with energetic emcees and a DJ.

The assembly opened on a high note as classes danced to the music and were introduced to the two emcees. Throughout the event, students were encouraged to answer questions and participate in activities to gain points for the school. They cheered on their fellow peers and heard inspiring messages about believing in yourself, following your dreams and being a role model to others.  

“This is a wonderful way to inspire young people and to encourage them to reach their goals,” said Principal John Singleton. “The stories that the performers recounted resonated with the children as well as the teachers and created a positive energy source that will sustain us for a very long time.”

Once the school received 3,000 points, the students were surprised with their big prize. A STATE backpack was given to every student and one by one, each had their bags filled with goodies including socks, a coloring book, the game “Silly Street” and a letter from Senator Kaminsky.

STATE Bags founder Scot Tatelman spoke with the students after they received their backpacks and explained their significance.

“It’s called a Give Backpack,” he said. “The reason why it’s called a Give Backpack is because every time you put this on, you think about the responsibility that you are carrying. Think about how you can better yourself, better your community and better the world.”

The students celebrated their new backpacks with their peers as the DJ continued playing music and classes exited the gymnasium.

“I am inspired by the tremendous work and generosity of STATE Bags, and am so thankful that they took the time to speak to our students about the impact they can have when they decide to pursue their dreams,” said Senator Kaminsky. “I hope that the students walked away from the rally knowing that they can do whatever they put their minds to, and that the backpack they received will serve them well in their journey to success.”

Clear Stream Avenue School is grateful to STATE Bags and to Senator Kaminsky for sharing this experience with students and staff.

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