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Two New Teachers Welcomed at September Board Meeting

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Two new teachers to the Valley Stream District 30 took center stage during the regular board of education meeting on Sept. 20.

The spotlight once again shone on the district’s newest staff members, Jennifer Aviles, who will be a teaching assistant at Shaw Avenue School, and Michel Cabral-Martin, who will serve as a speech teacher. Mrs. Aviles holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from Grand Canyon University and recently was the coordinator of professional development at the Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County. Mrs. Cabral-Martin joins the district’s cast with a wealth of experience in remedial and speech therapy, with her most recent experience working with elementary, middle and high school students. Mrs. Cabral-Martin received a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders and speech pathology from Adelphi University.

Director of Human Resources Marcela Moran, along with fellow administrators and board of education trustees, welcomed them to The Friendly Schools.

Date Added: 9/27/2022

Shaw Avenue Students Are All About Action With Interactive Projection Technology

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The start of the school year has been all about action in the Shaw Avenue Elementary School gymnasium, thanks to a new interactive projection technology that immerses students in a range of games that keep them actively learning.

The technology, Lü, transforms the gymnasium into an interactive playground. Once the lights turn on, the action begins as students are challenged to hit targets, break down a wall, identify their mood and much more, with the projected image responding to their every interaction. Global Leaders of Tomorrow are enthralled while rehearsing skills such as teamwork and social-emotional wellness. Games on the platform are also customizable, opening the opportunity to tie physical education classes with classroom curriculum as teachers can create content for students to review and practice.

“Not only are students fully immersed in physical activity, but it revolutionizes the way students learn,” said Director of Technology and 21st Century Learning Christopher Onorato. “It captures one of the most difficult learning modalities to address – kinesthetic learning.”

Date Added: 9/27/2022

New Valley Stream 30 Teachers Welcomed at August Board Meeting

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New staff members hired during the summer in Valley Stream District 30 took center stage and were given a warm welcome during the Board of Education meeting on Aug. 29.

Director of Human Resources Marcela Moran introduced the new teachers, who included Allison Cortes-Reid, April Laracuenti, Kimberly Rivera, and Torianna Simpson-O’Neal, as well as teacher assistants Shari Guzzetta, Geraldine Bollo-Goldstein, Shamela Karrim and Juanita Chung and Shaw Avenue Elementary School’s two new assistant principals, Ashley Lemmo and Nyree Whittaker-Roth.

At the meeting’s curtain call, board members also welcomed the new staff to the district.

Date Added: 9/12/2022

Valley Stream 30 Students Build and Code with Lego

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Spotlights shone on students’ creations in the Lego Robotics program in Valley Stream District 30, which involved designing, building and coding robotics made of Legos.

Twenty students from all three buildings – Clear Stream Avenue, Shaw Avenue and Forest Road elementary schools – worked in three teams to construct a robot and script code that made them carry out a symphony of tasks.

In a culminating Lego Robotics Night event, parents visited to view the robotics perform and to experience a taste of the Lego Robotics competition in which the students will participate in the winter.

“Due to the success of the week, the district will also be looking to have a LEGO Robotics Night during the school year that will be structured much like the culminating event,” said Shaw Avenue teacher Timothy Rau, who facilitated the program. “We are so happy and proud of all the kids were able to accomplish.”

Date Added: 9/9/2022

Valley Stream 30 Students Are Prepared to Learn In The New Year

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Hundreds of students in Valley Stream District 30 were welcomed and ushered into their respective schools on Sept. 1, ready to take on their new leading roles. It was a day filled with action as pre-kindergarteners through sixth graders met their new teachers and participated in fun first-day activities.

At Shaw Avenue Elementary School, for example, Global Leaders of Tomorrow gathered in the gymnasium as they engaged in a team building activity to strengthen their collaboration skills. Students toured with their classes at Clear Stream Avenue Elementary School to visit the school librarians, art, music and physical education teachers, as well as other specialty staff to get acclimated to their new roles and routines. In Naomi Yochai’s kindergarten class at Forest Road Elementary School, students read “The King of Kindergarten” and “The Queen of Kindergarten” by Derrick Barnes and Vanessa Brantley-Newton before fashioning themselves as kings and queens in individual artwork.

The school year will be filled with a variety of lessons and activities which allow our Global Leaders of Tomorrow to take action as they find meaningful ways to communicate, collaborate, think critically and create with compassion.

Date Added: 9/7/2022