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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

Special Services Summer Program Takes Virtual Approach

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Valley Stream District 30 held its annual Special Services Summer Program from July 6 through Aug. 14. The program was designed to meet the continuing needs of students with learning disabilities from Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue schools. Due to the pandemic, the six-week program was facilitated virtually for the first time in its history and was led by Director of Special Services Dr. Nicole Schimpf. The dedicated summer staff consisted of special education teachers Melissa Cappy, Gabriella Cunzo, Timothy Rau and Monet Springer, speech therapists Cassandra LaBarbara and Jennifer Reilly, along with occupational therapists and physical therapists.

Thirty-nine students participated in the half-day program, Monday through Friday. They were enrolled in one of four small classes of less than 12 students and although their interactions were virtual, each student had the opportunity to still engage in one-to-one lessons for individualized attention to be set on specific student needs. Teachers conducted live instruction through Google Meets and provided activities on Google Classroom. To maintain a structure that students were already familiar with, academic-based apps were utilized on their devices to further enhance reading, writing and math concepts and students participated in hands-on projects and virtual field trips every Friday.

“From a teachers perspective, it was challenging but rewarding to see the students grow over the summer with regards to Google Meets and practicing time management skills through virtual instruction,” said Mr. Rau.

In addition, teachers led individual or small class meetings throughout the summer to create a sense of community. The program also offered parent training for families for extra support at home.

“The summer staff this year were amazing with ‘thinking out of the box,’ delivering creative lessons, staying positive and adapting to the new challenges posed by the pandemic to create a wonderful experience for our special education students,” said Dr. Schimpf. “We also have to thank our special education parents who were true partners in helping to create routines and assistance while their child worked remotely.”

Students Return to the Classroom Both In-Person and Virtually

After months of anticipation, students from Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue elementary schools marked their first day of the 2020-2021 school year on Sept. 3. To keep everyone safe and healthy, the district is following a hybrid model (a blend of in school and remote instruction) for students who wanted to return to the classroom and also a full-remote model for those who would rather learn from home five-days a week.
 
Throughout the summer months, central and building administrators, staff, families and a handful of students worked together to form a Re-Entry Task Force to prepare for a safe reopening. On the first day of school, the procedures that were discussed were put in place. All students and staff wore masks, stood six-feet apart at arrival and had their temperatures screened before entering the buildings. In the hallways, students followed social distancing markers and signs, and in the classrooms, students sat at desks which were spaced six-feet apart from their peers. In addition, lunch was provided in the classrooms and students and staff utilized hand sanitizer stations that were located around the buildings.
 
“The opening of school went very well thanks to our dedicated staff and the support of our families,” said Superintendent of School Dr. Nicholas Stirling. “We missed everyone and we’re excited to connect with our students both in-person and remotely. We look forward to a safe and healthy new school year.” 

District 30's Summer Program Goes Virtual

Valley Stream District 30 kicked off its annual summer program on July 6 for incoming students in grades 1-6. This summer, approximately 155 students from Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue elementary schools enrolled in the five-week program to strengthen the skills they learned during the 2019-2020 school year and set them up for success when they return to school in the fall. Unlike previous summers, the 2020 program is being held virtually until Aug. 7 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summer School Coordinator Erica Suarez and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Jennifer Lewner oversee the program which allows for individual attention to be set on each student’s academic progress. During a typical summer, students who participate in the program are housed at Shaw Avenue School where they work with a small group of students and teachers on English Language Arts and math skills. They also engage in specials such as art, physical education, music and STEAM. Although the program shifted to remote this summer, the district was dedicated to staying true to its in-person summer learning program. This includes continuing to allow students to rotate to different subject areas and specials.

“It was extremely important for us as a district to be able to offer a remote summer learning program with increased teacher contact time to best support the needs of our students,” said Ms. Lewner.

To prepare for this new virtual format, each student received an iPad and materials at the start of the summer to provide them with the tools they would need for their online learning. During the 2020 program, students are split into small groups and participate in daily live instruction via Google Meets. Each grade level has a Google Classroom where they can access additional digital materials. The students utilize these digital resources and engage in hands-on lessons from their homes to help sharpen their foundational skills in the areas of English Language Arts and math, along with art, physical education, music and STEAM. Despite not being physically in the classroom with their teacher and peers, the live instruction still allows for immediate feedback and gives students the guidance that they need.

A modification was made this year to the delivery of instruction for the district’s English as a New Language students. These students focus on developing their language skills specifically by working with one of the district’s ENL teachers in a small virtual group for 40 minutes each day.

The summer program has garnered positive feedback from families and staff as students have been highly engaged and have responded positively to the format. The district is confident that the program will set these students up for a strong new academic year.