District Honors Math Champs; Provides Enrichment Update

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The Shaw Avenue School library was packed with administrators, faculty, students and families during Valley Stream District 30’s regular Board of Education meeting on April 23. In an effort to continually update the community on the progress of the district’s strategic plan, an enrichment update was provided, while two Shaw Avenue students were honored and a beloved typist clerk from Clear Stream Avenue was recognized for her upcoming retirement. 

Clear Stream Avenue Principal John Singleton presented on the district’s enrichment goals which consisted of enhancing the core curriculum to help students develop 21st century skills to promote life-long learning. Through further detail, Singleton shared what the three elementary schools are doing to make the district’s goal a reality. This included implementing and expanding enrichment opportunities for all students through Makerspace challenges, world language exploration and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics Challenge Wednesdays. He also discussed the 21st century diploma, various after-school enrichment opportunities and the district’s Quest Program, which challenges third- through sixth-grade learners with a broad range of advanced-level enrichment experiences. 

Shaw Avenue School Principal Alejandro Rivera, along with math teacher Andrew Canle, shared two Math Hoops posters with the board to commemorate the school’s second consecutive first-place win in the New York City NBA Math Hoops Tournament. Sixth-graders Anjali Edmonds and Karina Ramnauth, the 2018 Math Hoops Champions, were present with their families during the meeting and were commended for their hard work. 

“They did a phenomenal job filling pretty big shoes from last year,” said Canle. “It was a great experience for them.” 

In addition, Clear Stream Avenue typist clerk Patricia Catalfomo’s upcoming retirement was approved by the board and she was thanked for her service. Singleton gifted her with flowers, reflecting on his years working with Catalfomo and her dedication to the children. 

“I could never repay you for all of the times that I needed you and relied on you,” he said. “We will miss you.”