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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

District Honors Math Champs; Provides Enrichment Update

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The Shaw Avenue School library was packed with administrators, faculty, students and families during Valley Stream District 30’s regular Board of Education meeting on April 23. In an effort to continually update the community on the progress of the district’s strategic plan, an enrichment update was provided, while two Shaw Avenue students were honored and a beloved typist clerk from Clear Stream Avenue was recognized for her upcoming retirement. 

Clear Stream Avenue Principal John Singleton presented on the district’s enrichment goals which consisted of enhancing the core curriculum to help students develop 21st century skills to promote life-long learning. Through further detail, Singleton shared what the three elementary schools are doing to make the district’s goal a reality. This included implementing and expanding enrichment opportunities for all students through Makerspace challenges, world language exploration and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics Challenge Wednesdays. He also discussed the 21st century diploma, various after-school enrichment opportunities and the district’s Quest Program, which challenges third- through sixth-grade learners with a broad range of advanced-level enrichment experiences. 

Shaw Avenue School Principal Alejandro Rivera, along with math teacher Andrew Canle, shared two Math Hoops posters with the board to commemorate the school’s second consecutive first-place win in the New York City NBA Math Hoops Tournament. Sixth-graders Anjali Edmonds and Karina Ramnauth, the 2018 Math Hoops Champions, were present with their families during the meeting and were commended for their hard work. 

“They did a phenomenal job filling pretty big shoes from last year,” said Canle. “It was a great experience for them.” 

In addition, Clear Stream Avenue typist clerk Patricia Catalfomo’s upcoming retirement was approved by the board and she was thanked for her service. Singleton gifted her with flowers, reflecting on his years working with Catalfomo and her dedication to the children. 

“I could never repay you for all of the times that I needed you and relied on you,” he said. “We will miss you.”

Students Raise More Than 3K for Pennies for Patients

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With the guidance of advisers Maura Brennan and Julie McCain, student council members from Clear Stream Avenue School recently hosted their annual Pennies for Patients fundraiser, raising $3,362 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society during a three-week period. The amount surpassed all previous years that the student council has conducted the campaign. 

Elementary and middle school students across the nation participate in the Pennies for Patients campaign to get involved in service learning by helping thousands of children and adults in their fight against blood cancers like leukemia. To educate the students on the cause, representatives from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society visited the school prior to the fundraiser to kick off the campaign and give students a better understanding of how the money will benefit those impacted by blood cancers.  

Student council members brainstormed initiative ideas to encourage students to donate. They decorated the hallways in posters with the campaign’s theme “Every Hero Needs A Squad” and decided that the classes that raised more than 15 pounds of pennies would earn a reward under the direction of their teachers. Donations were accepted online, through bills or through individual Pennies for Patients boxes.  

Together, the school donated 356.9 pounds of pennies with Maureen Carrano’s first-grade class as the overall winner of 47.6 pounds. The class received a special reward courtesy of Principal John Singleton. 

“I was really impressed with how much they were able to raise and with the amount of participation that we had,” said Brennan.  

“The students really understood the cause and donated as much as they could,” added McCain.

Student Artwork Showcased at Local Coffee Shop

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Thirty-seven talented students from throughout Valley Stream District 30 had their artwork displayed from March 26-31 at Sip This, a coffee shop in Valley Stream. Covering the walls of the shop were unique pieces of art created by students in kindergarten through sixth-grade. This was the second year that the district and the coffee shop partnered to celebrate the work of students. Art Specialists from each school picked a sampling of their best wall artwork which was mostly two dimensional, to represent their programs. Congratulations to all the student participants on a job well done! 

Back-to-Back Math Hoops Champions

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A total of 18 students from Valley Stream District 30 participated in the New York City NBA Math Hoops Tournament on March 24, where for the second consecutive year, a team from Shaw Avenue School were once again crowned first place winners. Students competed against those from schools across Nassau County and New York City but Shaw Avenue students Anjali Edmonds and Karina Ramnauth ultimately came out victorious, winning in the final round with a score of 30-29.  

Under the direction of their math coach Andrew Canle, the team of two trailed for most of overtime before pulling out the win with under a minute to play. Other Shaw Avenue participants included Innaya Ilyas, Aaimen Kashif, Memoona Mustafa and Duaa Zeeshan. 

“We are so proud of all of our students who competed in the tournament. Anjali and Karina are very deserving champions as they are excellent students who know how to work well with others no matter the situation or pressure,” said Shaw Avenue Principal Alejandro Rivera. “We are proud that our students get to participate in experiences like this and are especially grateful to the Learn Fresh Education Company for creating the NBA Math Hoops program. 

The fact that our students have received the opportunity to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum last year and now the Barclays Center, allows our students to see more of the world around them. We will definitely be going for a three-peat next year!”

NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game that incorporates fundamental math skills through direct engagement from NBA and WNBA players with a curriculum tied to the Next Generation Learning Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills. Last year was the first year that students from Shaw Avenue School participated in the tournament where students Athena Pajotte and Priya Mangal were recognized as the 2017 New York City NBA Math Hoops Tournament winners.

Valley Stream District 30 was proudly represented this year as students from Clear Stream Avenue and Forest Road schools entered the tournament for the first time. Under the guidance of their math coach Timothy Rau, Clear Stream participants included Brian Abraham, Cameron Charles, Tolu Diyaolu, Saige Frisco, Sasha Jaikaran and Michael Sukhu. Math coach Christopher Onorato worked with Forest Road participants Jonathan Beltre-Rojas, Shaila Fretel, Justin James, Iman Khan, Emily Persaud and Arshbir Singh. The coaches and students worked diligently throughout the year to prepare for the tournament.  

According to Principal Rivera, the winning team could not have succeeded without the support of Mr. Canle, classroom teachers, fellow district administrators, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling and the board of education.

Valley Stream Students Unite to Prevent Cyberbullying

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Fourth-grade students throughout Valley Stream District 30 participated in engaging anti-cyberbullying workshops on March 23, facilitated by National Honor Society students from the Valley Stream Central High School District. The high schoolers visited Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue elementary schools throughout the day to teach the students about how to be respectful digital citizens and talk about the signs of cyberbullying.

The program was part of the Inter-District Wellness Committee made up of representatives from each Valley Stream school district. Under the guidance of National Honor Society adviser Alisha Varian, the honor society members presented on what cyberbullying is and how it can make one feel, as fourth-graders answered questions. The elementary students also learned about the numerous social media platforms that bullies utilize, as well as how to be an upstander and how to report a bully. 

“We’re here to teach kids how to be smart on social media before they become proactive in the online community,” said senior and National Honor Society secretary Alisha Victor. 

The students were divided into six groups and rotated as the high schoolers ran different activity stations to dive deeper into cyberbullying. Among the variety of activities, fourth-graders participated in role-playing scenarios on how to face a bully and created social media responses on Post-Its, on how they would react to a negative online situation. Through the lessons, fourth-graders learned how words can affect emotions. 

“I liked that they gave us a model in the first group of how you can feel if someone says something hurtful to you or something positive,” said Clear Stream fourth-grader Chris Brockington.