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Shaw Avenue School 

99 Shaw Avenue., Valley Stream, NY 11580

(516) 434-3700

Dr. Alejandro Rivera, Principal 

Christopher Colarossi, Assistant Principal

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 Students Earn Top Spots in National Essay Contest

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Two fifth graders from Shaw Avenue Elementary School were recently recognized as national winners for their writing entries in the Jackie Robinson Breaking Barriers Essay Contest. Among the 10,000 essays that were submitted in the contest, Asma Kaukab was selected as the grand prize winner for grades 4-6 and her classmate, Hafsa Asghar was one of eight MVP National winners.

Sponsored by Scholastic and Major League Baseball, the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest allows students of all backgrounds in grades 4-9 to share their personal stories in 200 to 750 words. Students had to incorporate how they use Robinson’s nine values of citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork, to face their own barriers. With the guidance of their teachers, Karin Savino, Kerry O’Connor and Maria Neckonoff, the students wrote about barriers in their own lives and how these nine values helped them to face and overcome them.   

As a result of their winnings, Asma and Hafsa’s class will receive a set of signed books and t-shirts, and both students and their teachers will receive a laptop. As the grand prize winner, Asma will also travel on an all-expenses-paid trip to Cleveland, Ohio in July with her mother to attend the 2019 MLB All-Star Game where she will be honored for her writing.  

“I’m excited,” she said. “I’m looking forward to being on the field.”  

To celebrate both students, Jackie Robinson’s daughter Sharon Robinson, will visit Shaw Avenue Elementary School on April 18 to award the students in person and speak to classes. 

Congratulations to both students on this tremendous achievement and for sharing their stories! 

Students Support the Arts with Fitness Fundraiser

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Shaw Avenue Elementary School students put on their running shoes for the school’s Boosterthon Fun Run to help raise money for Shaw Avenue’s performing arts program on April 9. Coordinated by the Shaw Avenue PTA, students from grades K-6 were encouraged to get friends and families to pledge with donations going towards new stage equipment.

With the support of Boosterthon team members, students walked and ran with their classes outside during the school day. Shaw Avenue PTA members and parent volunteers provided water to keep students hydrated as they ran an average of 30-35 laps around the Boosterthon Speedway. 

Throughout the two-week fundraising period, classes created their own flags to be displayed during the event and focused on important character traits. Among the many lessons that the fundraiser spotlighted, students learned about the power of teamwork, integrity and growth mindset. They also received fun incentives for completing fundraising missions. 

Students will continue raising money towards the cause until today, April 16. If the school hits their goal of $13,000, Principal Dr. Alejandro Rivera and Assistant Principal Christopher Colarossi plan on being slimed by students. 

Shaw Avenue Hosts “Dancing with the Stars of 5th Grade!”

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Each year, fifth-graders at Shaw Avenue Elementary School participate in the Dancing Classrooms Long Island residency. The program allows students to learn critical social-emotional and life skills such as confidence, focus, self-discipline, cooperation and teamwork. The fifth-graders worked with a talented team of dancers from the program who visited the school during the course of a ten week period. Students learned how to branch out of their comfort zones while learning a variety of diverse dances and the cultural history behind them. 

As a culmination of the dance residency, the fifth-graders showcased their dancing skills for loved ones in the school’s gymnasium on March 27. Fifth grade teachers Karin Savino and Lauren Rosenthal helped the students prepare for the event. The dance residency was a memorable experience for all as students, dressed to impress, performed beautifully for attendees. 

Great job to all the exceptional student dancers! 

Shaw Avenue Student Scores Spot in NBA Math Hoops National Championship

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Shelby Osborne, a sixth-grader from Shaw Avenue Elementary School was recently selected as one of 16 students from throughout the country to participate in the 2019 NBA Math Hoops National Championship weekend in the San Francisco Bay Area from May 10-12. The Math Hoops program allows students to learn fundamental math skills through an engaging board game using the real statistics of NBA and WNBA players. 

Since 2017, the Golden State Warriors have partnered with Learn Fresh Education Co. to host the National Championship. National Math Hoops participants will sign a one day contract with the Warriors, meet other students from around the country and engage in outdoor activities. They will also learn from the Warrior’s statistics analyst about real plays and how math applies in a basketball game. In addition, all students will put their NBA Math Hoops skills to the test in a 2 vs. 2 Math Hoops National Championship tournament.

Shelby, a member of Shaw Avenue School’s Math Hoops team, applied for a spot in the National Championship. To enter, she submitted a video about what the experience would mean to her, bravely sharing her personal story of losing her mother just last year and overcoming the tragedy. Upon hearing that she was selected for the all expenses paid trip to participate in the NBA Math Hoops National Championship, Shelby was shocked. 

“I am very excited,” she said. “I didn’t think I would get it because they were only choosing 16 people.” 

With the guidance of NBA Math Hoops coach and teacher Andrew Canle, Shaw Avenue School has been successful in the annual New York City NBA Math Hoops tournament each year. The school has won the first place title two years in a row. Mr. Canle praised Shelby for taking the NBA Math Hoops title up to the next level. 

 “I think she had huge shoes to fill and she was able to make the shoe size even larger,” he said.  

Principal Dr. Alejandro Rivera also praised Shelby for the tremendous achievement and commended Mr. Canle for exposing students to the NBA Math Hoops program. He explained that being selected for the competition was not just about the game of Math Hoops but also focused on a student’s learning, connection to school and life. 

“For Shelby, she was able to bring a real life experience which was unfortunately a tragedy and work to make it a positive in her life,” said Dr. Rivera. “By doing so, she told a story about perseverance, commitment and dedication to her family which ultimately are the type of values that we want to instill in children.” 

Congratulations, Shelby! We are so proud of you! 

Shaw Avenue Sixth-Graders Perform an Enchanting Disney Tale

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Administrators, staff, students and families gathered in the Shaw Avenue Elementary School auditorium for the Sixth Grade Shaw Avenue Musical Theatre Club’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” on March 14. Directed by music teacher Stephanie Fischer, first-grade teacher Ashley Munford and parent volunteer Sandra Proto, the students performed the beloved story based on the 1991 animated Disney film during the school day and the evening. 

Principal Dr. Alejandro Rivera opened the show along with Fischer, who expressed her appreciation for the outstanding individuals who helped make the show come to life. This included central and building administrators, staff, PTA members, Memorial Junior High School and Central High School students and more. She also commended the cast for their dedication in preparing for the show. 

“You have worked so hard during this process, bringing life and energy to the stage at Shaw Avenue,” she told them. “We are so proud of you.”

Sixth-grader Chris Vicuna played the role of the prince/Beast, while Sahana Benny and Emily Heeralal shared the role of Belle. Among the other outstanding cast was Cristian Diaz as Lumiere, Tameera Osmani as Cogsworth, Nicole Proto as Mrs. Potts, Sergen Enosse as Chip, Michael Sawyer as Scratch, Senora Johnson as Madame De La Grande Bouche, Sigfrid Ibanez as Gaston, Bunta Okita as Lefou and Yazdaan Sarwar as Maurice. 

Students proudly showcased their acting, singing and dancing skills as they performed classic songs such as “Be Our Guest,” “Gaston” and “Beauty and the Beast,” to the delight of audience members.   

Shaw Avenue Second Graders Celebrate Dr. Seuss

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Second-graders in Mrs. Lichter’s class at Shaw Avenue School recently celebrated Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day. The students worked in groups and rotated stations where they read a Dr. Seuss book. This included One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham, and If I Ran the Zoo.

After reading each story, the students worked together to complete a fun activity. They experimented with oobleck and learned about solids and liquids, planted truffula seeds, graphed colorful fish, matched rhyming words, coins and the values, and used their inferencing skills to solve animal riddles. 

The students learned that, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!” – Dr. Seuss

Sixth Grade Spelling Champs Head to Regionals

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Two sixth-graders from the district were recently selected as two of only 52 students from schools across Long Island to participate in the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee at St. Joseph’s College on March 20. Maaz Rajput from Forest Road School and Marlon Clarke Jr. from Shaw Avenue School qualified for the regional competition after winning their class spelling bee, school-wide spelling bee and scoring at least a 27 on an online spelling test facilitated by the Scripps National Spelling Bee. 

The winning student from the regional competition will represent their school and Long Island in the Scripps National Spelling Bee with students from across the country in May. The district congratulates both students on this outstanding achievement and wishes them the best of luck as they move forward in the competition!