April 8, 2021
Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:
The parent-teacher partnership is significant in supporting the progress of our students. Thanks to all who participated in parent-teacher conferences this week. Our next half day of conferences will be April 13th.
The District was made aware this week that our retirement list is expanding. Susan Rodriguez, Administrative Director for 21st Century Learning, will be retiring at the end of June. She is thanked for her service to the District, especially during this time when our educational system is so dependent on technology. We will begin the process of hiring a new Director immediately to ensure an effective transition for this position.
“Education is improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” - Marian Wright Edelman. Our retirees have made a difference in the lives of the students in Valley Stream 30. The retiring class of 2021 has spent many years in Valley Stream School District Thirty working tirelessly to meet the needs of our students. It is with much gratitude that we wish them well in the next chapter of their lives: Donna Annunziata (Clear Stream), Dolly Ging (Shaw), Mary Hevia (Clear Stream), Susan Rodriguez (District) and Liz Sanger (Clear Stream).
This month our Board of Education Meetings will be April 20th and April 26th. The Board will be adopting a budget on April 20th. We are finalizing our budget, as we now have additional information on state aid. Tuesday, May 18th is our budget and trustee vote. Voting will be in person or you can request an absentee ballot ahead of time, if needed. The last day to register to vote for the May 18th budget/trustee vote is Wednesday, May 12th. Please see https://valleystream30.com/our_district/voter_registration for more information.
We are currently in the process of hiring new staff for next year. Thanks to all of our staff and parents involved in the interview process.
Grades 3-8 state assessments will be administered this month. Information has been sent to families regarding testing. Please note that the data gathered from these assessments is only being used to inform our planning and instructional practices for the next school year. High-stakes decisions regarding students and staff will not be based on these assessments.
Additional families informed the District this week that their children tested positive for coronavirus during the spring recess and immediately after. Two students at Clear Stream Avenue School tested positive on March 29th and was last in school March 16th. One student at Shaw Avenue School tested positive on April 6th and was last in school on March 23rd. All protocols regarding quarantine and return to school will be followed.
Thank you to all of our remote families who have completed the survey on remote and in-person instruction for
next year. This preliminary information will assist us with planning and staffing. A survey to hybrid families will also be sent shortly. At this time, the District has been advocating with the State Department of Health, the State Education Department and the Governor’s Office about updated guidance that will shape how we open in the fall.
Lastly, congratulations to our very own Andrew Canlé, Assistant Principal at Shaw Avenue School, for becoming a published author. His new book -- Mindset Moments -- a 10-part credo for educators to achieve their best reality was released this month.
Have a nice weekend.
Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools