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Clear Stream Avenue School 

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60 Clear Stream Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11580

(516) 434-3550

John Singleton, Jr., Principal

Yannie Chon, Assistant Principal

 

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

Exceptional Staff Members Recognized at Virtual BOE Meeting

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During Valley Stream District 30’s virtual board of education meeting on June 22, the board approved Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling’s nomination for 12 outstanding faculty members to pass through gate. Gate is a long standing tradition in Valley Stream District 30. The process examines a teacher as they move through their years in the district. It allows administrators to take a closer look inside the classroom and reward those teachers with excellent progress with the opportunity to move to the next salary range.

This year’s gate candidates included Donna Annunziata, Jacqueline Capewell, Deanna Cerrone, Valerie D’Alto, Joanna Eckert, Ilissa Epstein, Gina Giovanelli, Mary Hevia, Darlene Sinclair, Erica Suarez, Valerie Taliercio and Lauren Weick. Dr. Stirling commended the faculty members, stating that it was a joy to visit their classrooms.

“I thank them from the bottom of my heart for all that they have done on behalf of our students,” said Dr. Stirling. “I look forward to the great work that I believe will continue by each and every individual teacher to support our students here in Valley Stream 30.”

The board also welcomed three new staff members to the District 30 family. Yasmin Lopez and Alyssa Hunt were appointed as elementary teachers and Kristin Princiotta was appointed as a speech teacher. Forest Road secretary Ashley Starna was appointed as the new assistant manager in the district’s business office. She will work under the leadership of Assistant Superintendent for Business Brian Phillips.

In addition, the board approved the retirement of Lisa Del Campo, an instructional technology aide. Dr. Stirling thanked Del Campo for her service to the district and wished her a happy retirement.

Next Stop: Middle School

Sixth grade graduates from across Valley Stream District 30 made history by moving up to middle school in a completely new way this year. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue schools hosted virtual commencement ceremonies on the district website and celebrated the Class of 2020 with special socially distant, in-person events to present diplomas and other items such as report cards, yearbooks and awards.

During the virtual commencement exercises, Board President Kenneth Cummings praised the graduates and wished them the best of luck in middle school. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling followed by sharing how special the Class of 2020 is.

“Beyond being the class that survived the pandemic during their last year of elementary school, you are also a special class because you have learned how to be a good friend to others, care for the community and help those in need of an extra hand. You have also learned how to be honest, respectful to others and how to forgive. These are life lessons that I hope you will always remember and carry with you into middle school.”

Although the students could not be together for a traditional ceremony, each school kept the musical piece of the ceremony alive by having each graduate perform and record a video of them singing the same song at home. The videos were edited together for a special performance. In addition, the virtual ceremonies featured photos of each graduate as they were announced, along with congratulatory remarks and words of advice from building principals, PTA presidents, and some of the sixth graders.

“I strongly believe that we should not dwell on what we missed at the end of sixth grade, but cherish the memories that we were able to make and look forward to the ones we have ahead of us in seventh grade,” said Forest Road graduate Ethan Ali.

To continue honoring the Class of 2020, each school held drive-through celebrations. Central administrators including Superintendent Dr. Stirling, building administrators, staff and PTA members held signs and cheered on the sixth graders as they arrived at their respective school in decorated vehicles to receive their diplomas. Although it was not the traditional graduation event that each school typically holds, everyone embraced the change with smiles on their faces as the sixth graders prepared to take on the next step of their academic careers.

An Evening of Excellence

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Each spring, students and families from throughout Valley Stream District 30 gather in the Shaw Avenue School auditorium for an award ceremony to honor outstanding students from the district’s three elementary school. Due to the global pandemic, district administrators held this year’s ceremony virtually with a special video presentation for students and families to watch at home.

Jennifer Lewner, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, kicked off the ceremony.

“This evening we want to celebrate and honor students who have demonstrated their ability to be creative and motivated life-long learners,” said Ms. Lewner. “Showing ownership for their learning while addressing the many challenges in the 21st century both within Valley Stream and globally.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling followed Ms. Lewner’s sentiments.  
“This ceremony recognizes excellence and celebrates the effort, perseverance, and commitment to reaching excellence,” said Dr. Stirling. “We’re proud of all of our students and their accomplishments, especially during this very challenging time. Thank you to our administration, teachers, staff, parents and students for all that you have done during this time.”

Clear Stream Avenue Principal John Singleton, Forest Road Principal Erin Malone, Shaw Avenue Principal Christopher Colarossi and Ms. Lewner presented the various awards on camera. To watch the full award ceremony, please click here. 

The district congratulates the following winners: 

Darryll Aikens Award for Musical Excellence
Alishba Chaudhry, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Sanaa Desvarieux, Forest Road School 
Isaiah Smith Jr., Shaw Avenue School 

All County Music Festival
Alanna Bolden, Chorus, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Marian Cao, Chorus, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Alishba Chaudhry, Orchestra, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Kai Moy, Orchestra, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Matthew Pico, Band, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Robert Santos Hernandez, Band, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Sudan Belnavis, Band, Forest Road School
Sanaa Desvarieux, Chorus, Forest Road School
Isabella Dombrosky, Orchestra, Forest Road School
Brandon Goulbourne, Chorus, Forest Road School
Jaida Greigg, Band, Forest Road School
Calvin Lee, Orchestra, Forest Road School
Maya Vandijk, Chorus, Forest Road School 
Alyssa Haughton, Orchestra, Shaw Avenue School
Kamahra Jolly, French horn, Shaw Avenue School
Alana Perez, Chorus, Shaw Avenue School 
Hallie Reid, Chorus, Shaw Avenue School
Yuvraj Singh, Band, Shaw Avenue School
Isaiah Smith Jr., Band, Shaw Avenue School
Jessica Tramontano, Orchestra, Shaw Avenue School

Long Island String Festival
Mia Perez, Cello, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Alyssa Singh, Violin, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Isabella Dombrosky, Cello, Forest Road School
Metehan Yilmaz, Violin, Forest Road School 
Kayla Harper, Violin, Shaw Avenue School 
Hallie Reid, Viola, Shaw Avenue School

New York State School Music Association 
Divya Dindial, Piano, Forest Road School
Sophia Griffith, Piano, Forest Road School 
Abigail Na, Piano, Forest Road School
Matthew Persaud, Piano, Forest Road School 
Cory Terry, Piano, Forest Road School 
Metehan Yilmaz, Piano, Forest Road School
Sanaa Desvarieux, Piano, Forest Road School 
Dhanesh Benny, Piano, Shaw Avenue School 
Daniel Davis, Piano, Shaw Avenue School 
Haley Gutierrez, Piano, Shaw Avenue School 

New York State Senate Public Service and Leadership Award  
Omar Alli, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Mishal Javed, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Yumma Junaid, Forest Road School 
Michael Potash, Forest Road School 
Alana Perez, Shaw Avenue School 
Anthony Vitullo, Shaw Avenue School 

Triple C Award
Alishba Chaudhry, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Alyssa Singh, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Isabella Dombrosky, Forest Road School 
Sarah Young, Forest Road School 
Erience Dickerson Jr., Shaw Avenue School 
Mark Persaud, Shaw Avenue School 

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Award
Christopher Brockington, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Simra Isra, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Matthew Pico, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Madison Williams, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Michael Peralta, Forest Road School 
Emmanuel Williams, Forest Road School 
Leah Gregory, Shaw Avenue School 
Anjali Khan, Shaw Avenue School 
Temidire Oladeji, Shaw Avenue School 
Katelyn Ortiz, Shaw Avenue School
Hallie Reid, Shaw Avenue School 

PTA Reflections
Valentina Cabral, Dance, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Sarah Durisile, Dance, Clear Stream Avenue School   
Mara Jade Garcia, Dance, Clear Stream Avenue School   
Jessica Romero, Dance, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Sophia Williams, Dance, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Zachary Moore, Literature, Photography, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Ava Tria, Literature, Photography, Clear Stream Avenue School   
Marion Cao, Photography, Clear Stream Avenue School   
Tyler Tria, Visual Arts - Art, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Sophia Griffith, Dance, Forest Road School
Sophia Ramkalawan, Literature, Forest Road School
Amir Shaikh, Literature, Forest Road School
Maya Vandijk, Literature, Forest Road School
Anjewl Lefever Williams, Literature, special artist, Forest Road School
Qasim Shaikh, Photography, Forest Road School 
Aidan Fretel, Photography, Music Composition, Forest Road School 
Isabella Dombrosky, Photography, Forest Road School
Austin Gordon, Music Composition, Film, Forest Road School
Divya Dindial, Film, Forest Road School 
Jayden Pryce, Film, Forest Road School 
Meerab Dar, Visual Arts - Art, Forest Road School 
Metehan Yilmaz, Visual Arts - Art, Forest Road School
Adetobi Fasanya, Visual Arts - Art, Forest Road School
Justin Monde, Visual Arts - Art Special Artist, Forest Road School
Mohammed Ibrahim, Photography, Shaw Avenue School 
Sebastian Cardona, Visual Arts - Art, Shaw Avenue School  
Liam LaVoie, Visual Arts - Art, Shaw Avenue School  
Syedah Ali, Visual Arts - Art, Shaw Avenue School  

PTA Regional Finalists
Divya Dindial, Film, Forest Road School 
Jayden Pryce, Film, Forest Road School 

PTA State Finalist
Divya Dindial, Film, Forest Road School 

National Geography Bee
Aiden Morales, Clear Stream Avenue School
Myles Brown, Forest Road School
Anjali Khan, Shaw Avenue School

Spelling Bee
Bryce Davidson, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Michael Peralta, Forest Road School 
Thomas Schaefer, Shaw Avenue School 

Math Olympiad
Mishal Javed, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Jayden Pryce, Forest Road School 

SEPTA
Rogenie Boucicault, Forest Road School 
Talia Diaz, Shaw Avenue School 

Valley Stream Teachers Association
Joaquin Mendoza, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Lilian Petrone, Clear Stream Avenue School
Landon Lanoix, Forest Road School 
Alissa Ali, Forest Road School
Goravjeet Ghotra, Shaw Avenue School 
Alyssa Haughton, Shaw Avenue School 

A Friendly Competition Among the Friendly Schools

Although schools are closed for the remainder of the school year, students from Valley Stream District 30 have found creative ways to stay active and connect. Facilitated by the district’s physical education teachers, Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue students collaborated in a full week of virtual field day challenges from June 1-8.

During the fun-filled week, students were encouraged to participate in 12 events at home with two events held each day. Students were able to access the virtual field day challenges through Google Classroom where they could watch a descriptive video of their task, participate in the event using materials found at home and then complete a Google Form with their scores. They engaged in activities such as the 3-3-3 Cup Stack, Bag Hop, Flip Challenge, Laundry Ball, Towel Minute Jump and Water Bucket Relay.

“We all take tremendous pride in our typical Field Days in our own buildings and this collaborative effort, in some ways, is the most gratifying of all of them,” said Forest Road physical education teacher Kerry Ann Brady. “It is nice to see it all come together and witness the tremendous amount of participation taking place. It is always our pleasure to deliver community wide events at the highest of levels.”

Click the link to view virtual field day highlights from Clear Stream Avenue fourth and fifth graders: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hpX0IXDpNVG4l4swxVusR8gV0btiZxA7/view

A Community Celebration

Students and families lined the sidewalks with school pride as administrators and staff members from Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue schools facilitated drive through celebrations through their respective neighborhoods. Each school held its event on May 29 to connect with its school community and honor its students during the pandemic.

While wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, students created signs to display how much they missed their teachers and their schools. Administrators and staff members decorated their vehicles with window paint, balloons and heartwarming signs as they drove through their school community honking and waving to the excited students. Clear Stream Avenue School and Shaw Avenue School’s celebrations were led by members of the Valley Stream Fire Department. All three drive through events were a great way to bring the community together in a safe way and bring a spark of positivity during these unprecedented times.

“The Valley Stream Union Free School District 30 is ‘The Friendly Schools,’ said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling. “We care and take seriously the relationship we have with the students, parents and community. The drive through gave us a moment to celebrate everyone in our community during this difficult time.”


Students Connect with World-Renowned Music Professional

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Fourth, fifth and sixth grade band students from Clear Stream Avenue and Forest Road elementary schools recently had the unique opportunity to speak with Dr. Bruce Pearson, a well-known composer, music educator and author, through Google Meet.
 
Coordinated by music teacher T.J. Adams, more than 90 students and several administrators including Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Jennifer Lewner, Clear Stream Avenue Assistant Principal Yannie Chon and Forest Road Assistant Principal Michael DeBlasio, participated in the session to learn more about Dr. Pearson and his deep connection to music. Dr. Pearson is the author of the students band method book.
 
The virtual meeting came to fruition after Mr. Adams learned that Dr. Pearson was conducting meetings to those interested in speaking with him during the pandemic. Mr. Adams submitted a form and was pleasantly surprised to be chosen for a meeting with his District 30 band students. Prior to the Google Meet, the students were asked to submit questions for Dr. Pearson. This included questions about songs, copyright issues, his books and more. Dr. Pearson also shared his background with the students such as how he got into music and spoke about his hobbies and travel experiences. The students were fascinated by his stories.
 
“He could not have been more engaging and genuine with the kids,” said Mr. Adams. “He was kind and friendly. He was funny and personable. He related so well to the kids and his love for music could clearly be felt through chat!” 

BOE Grants Tenure to Five Exceptional Educators

The Valley Stream District 30 Board of Education approved the tenure of five outstanding educators during its virtual meeting on May 18. Tenure candidates included Deisha Burgos, Christopher Gianesses and Steven Navarra from Shaw Avenue School, Christopher Nazario from Forest Road School and Danielle Bonaccorso who teaches in all three schools in the district.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling recognized the five candidates for marking this significant milestone in their careers. To be considered for tenure, one must be a part of the district for about 3-4 years, go through an evaluation process, training and support. These individuals continually show how much they care about District 30 students and are expected to grow as even greater professionals than they already are.

“All of them are people who put children first here in Valley Stream 30,” said Dr. Stirling. “When it comes to pedagogy, instructional practice, all of them are excellent. They understand the meaning of team and they all have participated in district events and ways that have helped their colleagues become better professionals.”

Following his high praises, Shaw Avenue Principal Christopher Colarossi and Forest Road Principal Erin Malone shared why the tenure title was so deserving for each of these exceptional educators.

Principal Shares Uplifting Videos to Stay Connected to Students

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Clear Stream Avenue School Principal John Singleton is bringing smiles to his school community through weekly videos, featuring a different grade level each week. The idea started after he created a video to the song “This Is How We Do It” which included third grade students washing their hands and doing their homework on Google Classroom. 

Each Friday, Mr. Singleton posts a new video reflecting the times to the Clear Stream Avenue School Twitter page (@60clearstream). Most of his videos feature him singing or rapping and include photos and videos of students doing the actions. Mr. Singleton’s son, a film major and soon-to-be High Point University graduate, has also helped with the creative process.  In addition to Mr. Singleton’s “This Is How We Do It” video, he has created a video about the importance of social distancing with the school’s sixth graders, posted a slideshow video of kindergartners paying tribute to first responders and created a video celebrating the diversity of the school with first graders. 

“I have a lot of fun doing it because I want the kids to know that I'm still around, that we still love them and that we care about what they’re going through,” said Mr. Singleton. “If my videos put a smile on my kids’ faces and our parents faces it’s all worthwhile.”