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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

Shaw Avenue School Supports American Education Week

Student and Mother Working Together
Shaw Students During American Education Week
Student Gets Visit from Family Member
Students and Family Working
Photo of Mother and Daughter
Photo of Father and Daughter
Shaw Avenue School celebrated the end of the National Education Association’s American Education Week on Nov. 17 with a family day. Family members were invited into their child’s classroom to participate in engaging lessons and activities to support the special week. 

American Education Week allows schools across the United States to celebrate public education and honor individuals who make a difference to ensure every child receives a quality education. Every educator at Shaw Avenue School received a certificate from Principal Alejandro Rivera and Assistant Principal Christopher Colarossi for being superior educators. 

“High quality teachers are the backbone of a child’s educational success and we are proud that at Shaw Avenue School we have the best teachers working with all of our students each and every day,” said Rivera. 

Sticking to a Great Cause

Sticking Principal to the Wall
Students with tape
Students participating in fundraiser
Photo of Santi Perez
Students taping Principal Rivera
Administrators, staff, students and PTA members at Shaw Avenue School recently worked together to raise money for hurricane victims through engaging activities and fundraisers in the school building. Through their efforts, they raised a total of $1,835 for Unidos for Puerto Rico (United for Puerto Rico) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

The initiative was started by fourth grader Santi Pérez who approached Principal Alejandro Rivera after hearing about the devastation that Hurricane Maria left in Puerto Rico. He wanted to find ways to help others in need. 

“I wanted to do this because all their houses are flooding, they don’t have any food and they are not receiving the resources that they need,” said Pérez. 

To raise money, students and staff participated in a hat day where they each donated a dollar to wear their favorite hat for the day. They were also encouraged to drop their spare coins and bills into a fish bowl to see how quickly it could fill up. As a final activity, the students and staff participated in “Get Your Principals Stuck for a Buck.” For a dollar, participants could receive a piece of tape and stick Principal Rivera and Assistant Principal Christopher Colarossi to the wall of the school’s gymnasium. 

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. 

Shaw Avenue Students Learn from Professional Puppeteers

Photo of Shaw Avenue Students with the Catskill Puppet Theater
Kindergarten through second-grade students at Shaw Avenue School received a special visit from the Catskill Puppet Theater on Oct. 12 to coincide with the district’s 2017-18 theme of “Show Your Character.”  

Classes gathered in the school’s auditorium where the Catskill Puppet Theater’s co-founders John Potocnik and Carol Mandigo presented their show “Sister Rain, Brother Sun.” The story highlighted the important roles that the rain and the sun play on the Earth and encouraged kindness through an engaging tale. 

Students interacted with the storyline and watched as different characters were brought to life on stage. Colorful props, sets and original music captured their attention throughout the show. At the conclusion, Mandigo and Potocnik took center stage with each puppet and discussed how their characters were created. 

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