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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

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.  

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

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

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

Students Honored for Penning Exceptional Essays Inspired by Jackie Robinson

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Shaw Avenue Elementary School fifth-graders Nirmal Butt, Salva Dad and Muhammad Sufyan in Karin Savino and Maria Neckonoff’s class were recently recognized for their writing submissions in the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest, sponsored by Scholastic and Major League Baseball. The students received a Certificate of Merit and a letter from Sharon Robinson, daughter of famed baseball player Jackie Robinson who broke the color barrier when he became the first black athlete to play Major League baseball in the 20th century.

The essay contest gives students of all backgrounds in grades 4-9 the opportunity to share their personal stories about how they use Jackie Robinson’s nine values of citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork to overcome their own barriers in life. The letter from Ms. Robinson indicated that out of 13,000 essays submitted from students throughout the United States, the three Shaw students’ essays reached the finals. 
“We are so proud of the students’ enthusiasm in writing these essays and feel honored that they entrusted us with their stories,” said Savino. “All of the students who participated should feel very proud of themselves for rendering such great pieces of writing.”

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.

Shaw Students Connect Through Gymnastics

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Students throughout Shaw Avenue School recently participated in a peer mentoring gymnastics unit during their physical education classes where students in grades K-3 paired up with students in grades 4-6. The unit fostered team-building skills between the younger and older students.

The school’s large gymnasium was transformed into a gymnastics venue, allowing partner groups to move around and perform various gymnastic routines. Students performed activities such as the balance beam, vaulting box, rings, springboard and ropes. The younger students were eager to match up with their partners during physical education class and the unit allowed older students to become responsible individuals and caring citizens as they helped teach their younger partners how to perform the gymnastic routines safely and correctly.

Students Put Math Skills to the Test in Districtwide Tournament

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Administrators, staff, students and families gathered in the Shaw Avenue Elementary School gymnasium on March 14 for an evening of healthy competition as students from Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue elementary schools participated in the first districtwide NBA Math Hoops Tournament. 

NBA Math Hoops is a fast-paced basketball board game, curriculum and community program that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. The curriculum is tied to Next Generation Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills and has been shown to improve students’ basic math skills and understanding of statistics, in addition to their interpersonal skills, driving them to collaborate more effectively with their peers.

Students have honed their playing skills and increased their math abilities through a Math Hoops club at each of the three schools. The goal is to ultimately compete against other schools in the region at the fourth annual NYC NBA Math Hoops Tournament on March 24 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 

Last year, Shaw Avenue School competed in the tournament and came out victorious as students Athena Pajotte and Priya Mangal placed first out of 40 teams from throughout the region. 

The districtwide tournament, aimed at giving students the chance to practice their game, featured four teams from each of the three schools. Under the guidance of teachers Timothy Rau, Andrew Canle and Christopher Onorato, each team consisted of two students who put their skills to the test against their peers. First place winners were Memoona Mustafa and Innaya Ilyas from Shaw Avenue School and second place winners were Michael Sukhu and Saige Frisco from Clear Stream Avenue School. The four students will continue to compete at the NYC NBA Math Hoops Tournament in Brooklyn with other students in the district. 

“I believe one of the most critical aspects of the Math Hoops Tournament was bringing together all three schools to promote friendly competition with a healthy dose of camaraderie,” said Mr. Rau. “At the same time, I am hoping that the students were able to better understand the competition setting that they will be stepping into this weekend in Brooklyn for the NYC Championship. Lastly, I think it was pretty evident that all of the students, parents, teachers, and administrators involved had a tremendously enjoyable time!”

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.