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


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Shaw Avenue School gets moving with PARP

Shaw Avenue School gets moving with PARP
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Valley Stream District 30’s Shaw Avenue School kicked off its PARP program on Jan. 30. An acronym for Pick a Reading Partner, PARP is an initiative that intends to instill a love of reading in students they will retain for the rest of their lives. It’s headed by the New York State PTA and encourages parents/guardians to read with their children to foster an excitement for literacy.

Donning headwear that represented Dr. Seuss’s “The Cat in the Hat,” Shaw Avenue Principal Alejandro Rivera and Assistant Principal Christopher Colarossi welcomed students for a school-wide assembly and explained the significance of the week and program.

“Today is about coming together to embrace what reading is all about,” Mr. Rivera said.

Mr. Rivera and Mr. Colarossi discussed their favorite books and then showed a video that featured staff members throughout the building who did the same. Among the popular literary selections were Shel Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, the Places You’ll Go,” Drew Daywalt’s “The Day the Crayons Quit” and “The Day the Crayons Came Back,” and Margaret Wise Brown’s “Goodnight Moon.”

The gathering culminated with the game, “Let’s Make a Deal,” in which three students earned prizes of books and school supplies.

Shaw Avenue’s PARP activities will continue through Feb. 10 and support the district’s “Let’s Move” initiative. Students are encouraged to read at least 20 minutes a day to get to the finish line. Their challenge is underway, and they’re logging their times as miles to help their class teams achieve the most minutes. Other highlights include a “Shoes on the Move” creativity contest, a book swap event and an awards night.

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