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Students Head to All-County Music Festival

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Twenty talented student-musicians from Valley Stream District 30 will perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association’s All-County Music Festival this month at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Students were chosen based on their individual New York State School Music Association evaluation scores and teacher recommendations.

The district congratulates the following All-County participants:  

Clear Stream Avenue School: 
Robert Santos Hernandez
Kai Moy
Matthew Pico
Alishba Chaudhry
Marian Cao
Alanna Bolden

Forest Road School:  
Calvin Lee
Sudan Belnavis
Brandon Goulbourne
Isabella Dombrosky
Sanaa Desvarieux
Jaida Greigg
Maya VanDijk

Shaw Avenue School: 
Jessica Tramontano
Yuvraj Singh
Alyssa Haughton
Hallie Reid
Kamahra Jolly
Isaiah Smith Jr.
Alana Perez

Forest Road Chorus Spreads Holiday Cheer to School Officials

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In honor of the holiday season, 34 members of Forest Road Elementary School’s fifth and sixth grade chorus shared their talents on Dec. 11 at the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents final general meeting for 2019.

Following the business portion of the meeting, the Forest Road chorus students from Valley Stream District 30 entertained the superintendents with an engaging performance of two holiday songs. Music teacher Sarah Fernandez directed the chorus as they performed “Something” by Sheldon Rose and Various Themes on “Fa-La-La.” As their performance came to a close, the chorus received a well-deserved standing ovation.

NCCSS President and Valley Stream District 30 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling was very proud of the students and their ability to “Lift their Voice,” the district’s focus for the 2019-2020 school year, in such a skilled and creative manner.

Forest Road Graduate Selected for Gifted and Talented Program

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Samuel Na, a member of Forest Road’s Class of 2019, was selected as one of only 84 Long Island students to be named a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY Old Westbury.
Each year, approximately 700 exceptional students are nominated by school officials for a spot in the program. Samuel is in the top one-tenth of one percent of math students to be selected in his grade. He applied for the prestigious program as a sixth grader in Christopher Onorato’s class and went through a rigorous application process that included writing a statement, securing a teacher recommendation, taking an entrance exam and providing a school transcript.
According to Mr. Onorato, Samuel was a teacher’s dream who had a very gifted math mind and came across as humble. During extra help sessions, Samuel would engage in enrichment projects to continue building his math skills. As a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics, Samuel is part of the tuition-free institute that covers a variety of mathematical topics to enhance the problem solving skills of students. Starting in September, Samuel began taking Saturday morning classes at the institute. The program runs through March and consists of 20 Saturday morning classes, each two and a half hours long, with additional time outside of the classroom for special projects.
Congratulations, Samuel on this outstanding achievement! 

Students Attend P.E.A.K. Festival

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Seven fourth grade students from throughout the district recently participated in the Nassau Music Educators Association’s All-County P.E.A.K. Music Festival at Freeport High School. P.E.A.K., which stands for Parents, Educators And Kids, invites select fourth grade musicians from across Nassau County to attend music workshops with their teachers and parents.

Forest Road students Joseph Frank, Sarah Gittens and Abigail Na and Shaw Avenue students Julissa Montalban, Kota Okita, Aidania Wright and Audrina Wright attended the festival with their loved ones, along with music teachers Stephanie Fischer and Sarah Fernandez. Throughout the day, the students, parents and teachers engaged in interactive music workshops that fit their interests. At the conclusion of the festival, the students performed a concert together. It was a great experience for all!