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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

Valley Stream 30 Graduates the Class of 2022

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Sixth graders from throughout Valley Stream District 30 marked a momentous occasion when they crossed the stage under the tent at Shaw Avenue School during their respective closing exercises from June 21-23. Families, faculty and administrators gathered in the warm weather to cheer on the graduates from Clear Stream Avenue, Shaw Avenue and Forest Road schools.

All eyes were on the graduates as they stood to perform songs under the guidance of their music teachers. Board of Education trustee James Lavery congratulated the soon-to-be alumni of the district. “Be excellent in thought, in deed, in achievements and in compassion,” he said. “Every once in a while, thank the one who lit that spark in you and set you on that path.”

In his final graduation speech before his retirement, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling expressed his pride in the graduating Clear Stream class. “I truly believe our children are our future,” he said. “Our futures are bright, ladies and gentlemen. As I look at these beautiful, intelligent, diverse individuals, I know they are ready to take the next step into their future.”

“Over the last two and a half years, they’ve learned to be resilient and adaptable,” Dr. Stirling continued. “Our scholars have learned to find their strength within themselves to move forward – and that deserves a round of applause.”

Each graduate crossed the stage to receive their certificate of completion as the audience cheered. At the conclusion of each ceremony, graduates embraced with loved ones as overwhelming pride was on display.

Date Added: 6/24/2022

Clear Stream Avenue Kindergarteners Celebrate Eid

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Kindergarten aide Rabia Maqbool drew henna art on students' hands.  thumbnail216879
Alia Iftekar crafted henna-inspired picture frames.  thumbnail216880
In Kristen Zerbo’s kindergarten class, students listened to “Nadia’s Hands” by Karen English.  thumbnail216881
Principal John Singleton performed a traditional Muslim dance for students.  thumbnail216882
Kindergarten students at Clear Stream Avenue Elementary School in the Valley Stream District 30 marked Eid with a big celebration and an exploration of the cultural traditions associated with the Islamic holiday.

Many Clear Stream families recognize Ramadan and Eid, and the celebration helped teach many students about the important holiday. Ramadan, the holiest month of the year in Islamic culture, was marked with a presentation by kindergarten aide Rabia Maqbool. Students learned of the significance of Ramadan and practices associated with it, including prayer and fasting.

At the end of Ramadan, kindergarteners joined a big celebration of Eid al-Fitr. Ms. Maqbool painted various designs of henna on students’ hands as students also decorated a frame with henna-inspired designs. The frames were used to take photos of students’ hands with henna art.

Kindergarteners also listened to the book “Nadia’s Hands” by Karen English about a Pakistani girl who is chosen to be the flower girl for her aunt’s wedding. Teachers dressed in traditional Islamic clothing and Principal John Singleton performed an authentic celebratory dance.

Date Added: 5/9/2022