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Shaw Avenue School 

99 Shaw Avenue., Valley Stream, NY 11580

(516) 434-3700

Alejandro Rivera, Principal 

Christopher Colarossi, Assistant Principal

 

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Shaw Avenue Elementary School was opened in 1950 as the second school of Valley Stream School District 30.  The school replaced the Rottkamp Potato Farm owned by the Rottkamp family.  For the celebration of Shaw Avenue School’s 50th anniversary in the year 2000, students, staff, parents and community members placed two time capsules in the Library Media Center.  These time capsules will be unveiled during Shaw Avenue’s 100th anniversary in the year 2050.   Shaw Avenue School now serves the northern part of this region and houses a culturally diverse student body from kindergarten to grade six.

At Shaw Avenue students receive a good educational foundation that propels them to excel academically, socially, and emotionally.  We honor our students’ learning styles by differentiating our instruction using different pedagogical strategies and modalities.

Overview of Core Instructional Program

LITERACY
We develop literate independent readers who are able to identify their literary genres of choice and understand that good readers read for different purposes including pleasure. To build a stronger foundation for our literacy instruction we use the Common Core Standards and the five components of a scientifically-based reading instruction in the early grades: phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. As students advance through the grades we expect them to engage with literary and informational texts on a deeper level by analyzing, explaining, comparing and contrasting, integrating, evaluating, and citing supportive evidence for their arguments.  

MATH
Our students consider themselves mathematicians who can relate theoretical concepts to the real world.  We implement the Common Core Standards by asking students to engage in a variety of activities, such as:
1.    Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
2.    Reason abstractly and quantitatively
3.    Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
4.    Apply mathematics to solve everyday problems
5.    Use appropriate tools strategically

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES
Our students are social scientists who begin to apply the scientific method in the early grades while creating their hypotheses while proving and disproving them as they progress through the years.  They learn to analyze and question peoples of the world, cultures, and institutions that surround them.  We integrate literacy skills in our curriculum and encourage students to read and write a variety of informational and non-fiction texts

MUSIC/ARTS/TECHNOLOGY
Shaw Avenue School also provides all students with a richly rewarding educational experience in the areas of art, music, and computer technology. Academic excellence is expected of all students as they forge ahead in their academic pursuits

In addition to our instructional core, we offer a variety of programs at Shaw Avenue School including:
•    Two fully equipped technology labs
•    Full Day Kindergarten Center
•    Implementation of Common Core Standards Across Grade Levels
•    Social and Emotional Learning through Responsive Classroom and PBIS
•    Quest for high achieving students
•    Afterschool Academic Intervention Services
•    Co-teaching classrooms
•    Innovative Literacy Pilots

 

Shaw Avenue News

A Celebration of Excellence

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It was an evening of recognitions as students throughout Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue schools in Valley Stream District 30 were presented with awards by administrators and faculty members on June 18 at Shaw Avenue School. Students were honored for their service, leadership, academic excellence and musical and art achievements. In addition, PTA reflections and SEPTA personal achievement awards were presented by their organizations.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling welcomed students, families and community members to the event and praised the students for their hard work and dedication during the school year.  

“It’s not so much the ultimate achievement, but it’s the work that you put into getting to the goal that you set for yourself,” he said. “We congratulate you this evening for all of your hard work. Effort is what is most important and even if you don’t succeed, you keep trying until you do.” 

Principals, assistant principals and faculty members approached the podium to announce the recipients of each award from the three schools. Among the many awards, recipients included PTA reflection winners, 2018 New York City NBA Math Hoops Tournament winners from Shaw Avenue School, spelling and geography bee school champions and New York State School Music Association participants. Each student was then congratulated by Dr. Stirling and the board of education after receiving their award in front of proud family and friends. 

Rewarded for Reading

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Students throughout Shaw Avenue Elementary School were challenged back in February during their Parents As Reading Partners program to collectively read more than 50,000 minutes over the course of the week. Surpassing this goal, the students had the opportunity to dunk building administrators including Principal Alejandro Rivera and Assistant Principal Christopher Colarossi along with faculty members on June 8. 

One by one students approached the dunk tank with their class and had three chances to hit the target. They cheered on their peers as the administrators and faculty members hit the water.