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Clear Stream Avenue School 

60 Clear Stream Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11580

(516) 434-3550

John Singleton, Jr., Principal

Yannie Chon, Assistant Principal

 

Clear Stream Reopening Procedures

 

school photoThe elementary school serving the center of Valley Stream Union Free School District 30 is Clear Stream Avenue School. Clear Stream Avenue School is dedicated to educating all students to their fullest potential. We encourage our students to become active, culturally responsive, respectful, lifelong learners, who will show ownership for their own academic, social and emotional learning. Our staff is trained to challenge our students to be creative and motivated learners so they can address the many challenges in the 21st century, both within Valley Stream and globally. This is accomplished through a comprehensive program, which integrates technology to support a strong education in English Language Arts, mathematics, social studies, science, the arts, and health and wellness including social and emotional learning. Clear Stream offers all students the opportunity to grow as digital citizens by developing information, media, and technology skills. 

As we are meeting the criteria for our mission and vision, realization of it is ongoing while we continue to align the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards, implement S.T.E.A.M. project based assignments, and manage emotional intelligence to build young leaders. Ultimately, our goal is that your child will reach proficiency in their academic, social and emotional lives. 

Our building houses grades K through 6 and a full complement of educational services are available to meet the needs of all learners throughout the school year. We also take pride in the diversity and cultures in our surrounding community as we connect with parents and their children to create an inclusive environment. Our philosophy views the students, faculty, parents, and community members as one community striving to learn from one another and growing through each other’s cultures together. 

Clear Stream and Valley Stream District 30 have fully aligned its ELA and Math curriculum to the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards. These new standards provide clear and consistent learning goals to help students become college and career ready. Although our students are in their formative years, it is essential that our curriculum provide rich opportunities for our children to maximize their development. The standards demonstrate what students are expected to learn at each grade level and how learning can be supported using rigorous content and the application of higher-order thinking skills. As a result, the shifts in the framework of how ELA and Math instruction occurs now incorporates building upon prior concepts, reading a balance of informational and literary texts, understanding complex vocabulary, developing speed and accuracy and applying knowledge to real life situations. Supports are in place to ensure that all students, including those with special needs and English as New Language learners, can master the standards. Through the implementation of New York State Next Generation Learning Standards, teachers at Clear Stream are raising the bar, while simultaneously providing an equitable playing field for all students.

While there is an emphasis on ELA and Math, Clear Stream has a rich S.T.E.A.M. curriculum. We prefer to call it our “S.T.R.E.A.M.” curriculum. It can be said that Clear S.T.R.E.A.M stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art, and Math. Each of these disciplines are integrated through reading, experimentation, creativity and project based learning opportunities. Clear Stream Avenue School has a fully functional computer lab with access to the Internet, programs that provide multimedia-rich activities, and various electronic devices to conduct research and presentations. We believe that in order to prepare our students for the future, they must be computer literate and comfortable with all forms of technology, which is why teachers actively integrate technology, reading and writing into daily S.T.R.E.A.M. learning experiences. Currently we are a 1:1 digital device learning institution. Technology and learning experiences are aligned to 21st century skills that promote success in today’s global society. Students are required to exhibit mastery of problem solving, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration by demonstrating these skills through presentations, project based learning activities, iPad applications, video public service announcements and argumentative discourse.  Our science program enables students to explore these skills in an environment that encourages discovery. Art projects that are aligned in history and literature give students a creative perspective about the world around them. We are also vested in teaching students engineering and math. We offer Lego Robotics, Game Builders, Math Olympiads and have partnered with the Long Island Aviation Museum to bring mathematical and engineering opportunities to our classrooms. Through curriculum, special enrichment and rigorous instruction, Clear Stream is preparing our students to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Clear Stream Avenue School has wide array of special classes as well. Our physical education program helps students learn to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Our librarian exposes our students to various literary genres, encourages a passion for reading and prepares our students for the rigors of research and discovery.  Additionally our Maker Space, which is located in the library, provides the perfect opportunity for our students to express their creativity. Our art program enriches the lives of our students by introducing them to a variety of artists, materials, and techniques. Art also is aligned with National Core Art Standards and incorporates various forms of technology, including 3D printer and iPad video art.  We have a thriving music department which houses our band, chorus and orchestra. The students enjoy meaningful musical experiences that have exposed them to Jazz, Hip Hop and modern digital music sampling. Students who participate in our instrumental music program, which begins with recorder in third grade and builds to string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments in the 4th grade, have received several accolades through the New York State School Music Association.  Our chorus has also performed at schoolwide concerts, community functions and at the Empire State Building during the holiday season. All of our students grow to learn the joy of making music for themselves and sharing it with others.

Finally, the Clear Stream Avenue School community has implemented a proactive Emotional Intelligence program which supports students socially and emotionally. Students are asked to identify their mood as they go through emotional changes. This helps students stay balanced and focused throughout the day. It is also instrumental in preventing behavioral incidents and stabilizing emotional challenges. 

Through Curriculum, Learning, Enrichment And Relationships it is CLEAR that our students will strive to reach proficiency in their academic, social and emotional lives in order for them to meet and exceed the challenges of the 21st century.

Clear Stream Avenue News

Clear Stream Avenue School Brings Black History Month to Life

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Each year, administrators, students, staff, PTA members and families from Clear Stream Avenue School gather for a festive Black History Month Celebration to recognize the many contributions that African Americans have made throughout history. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the school community was motivated to continue its Black History Month tradition. The Clear Stream Avenue PTA and Principal John Singleton hosted the celebration virtually on Feb. 25, which allowed all students, staff and families to come together for the important month.

Leading up to the event, Clear Stream Avenue teachers encouraged students to submit their videos, artwork and PowerPoint presentations about significant African American individuals and historical events. The response was overwhelming and resulted in a slideshow consisting of 163 slides which was presented during the virtual event.

Prior to showcasing the student work, Mr. Singleton reflected on the outstanding Black History Month lessons that teachers have been conducting at Clear Stream Avenue School. He also reflected on the district’s Picture This! theme this year. He asked viewers to picture what contributions African Americans have made in the country and to then picture what life would be like if those contributions never happened.

“I’m proud that this idea of Picture This! ended up being something that all students, no matter what grade level, were able to embrace,” said Mr. Singleton. “Like the saying goes ‘a picture is worth a thousand words.’ That is what happened this year. One picture translated into 163 slides, comments and video responses.”

Student-made PowerPoint slides about the Great Migration and the lunch counter sit-ins were presented, along with slides featuring Bessie Coleman, Katherine Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, Rosa Parks and many more. Following the slideshow, Mr. Singleton presented a video montage filled with photos from throughout Black history. At the conclusion of the event, students commented on the terrific slideshow and video. Although they were not able to gather in person, it was an entertaining and informative evening celebrating the positive contributions that African Americans have made throughout history.

A Fashion Forward 100th Day of School Celebration

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Kindergarten students from Clear Stream Avenue School celebrated the 100th day of school in style by hosting their first virtual 100th day of school fashion show on Feb. 25 in the school gymnasium. Kindergarten teachers Sandra Aragona and Christine Pope, along with teacher aides Rabia Maqbool and Cookie Ortiz, organized the fun-filled event.

The two classes strutted their stuff down a red carpet while wearing decorated 100 day of school crowns and original 100-day T-shirt designs that they created at home. Families were invited to watch a livestream of the fashion show to see their child show off their latest fashion. It was a great way for the students to practice their number skills, express their creativity and mark the milestone occasion!