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Shaw Avenue School 

99 Shaw Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580

(516) 434-3700

Erin Malone, Principal 


TBD, Assistant Principal


Shaw Avenue Reopening Procedures


Shaw Avenue Elementary School was opened in 1950 as the second school of Valley Stream School District 30.  The school replaced the Rottkamp Potato Farm owned by the Rottkamp family.  For the celebration of Shaw Avenue School’s 50th anniversary in the year 2000, students, staff, parents and community members placed two time capsules in the Library Media Center.  These time capsules will be unveiled during Shaw Avenue’s 100th anniversary in the year 2050.   Shaw Avenue School now serves the northern part of this region and houses a culturally diverse student body from kindergarten to grade six.

At Shaw Avenue students receive a good educational foundation that propels them to excel academically, socially, and emotionally.  We honor our students’ learning styles by differentiating our instruction using different pedagogical strategies and modalities.

Overview of Core Instructional Program

We develop literate independent readers who are able to identify their literary genres of choice and understand that good readers read for different purposes including pleasure. To build a stronger foundation for our literacy instruction we use the Common Core Standards and the five components of a scientifically-based reading instruction in the early grades: phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. As students advance through the grades we expect them to engage with literary and informational texts on a deeper level by analyzing, explaining, comparing and contrasting, integrating, evaluating, and citing supportive evidence for their arguments.  

Our students consider themselves mathematicians who can relate theoretical concepts to the real world.  We implement the Common Core Standards by asking students to engage in a variety of activities, such as:
1.    Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
2.    Reason abstractly and quantitatively
3.    Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
4.    Apply mathematics to solve everyday problems
5.    Use appropriate tools strategically

Our students are social scientists who begin to apply the scientific method in the early grades while creating their hypotheses while proving and disproving them as they progress through the years.  They learn to analyze and question peoples of the world, cultures, and institutions that surround them.  We integrate literacy skills in our curriculum and encourage students to read and write a variety of informational and non-fiction texts

Shaw Avenue School also provides all students with a richly rewarding educational experience in the areas of art, music, and computer technology. Academic excellence is expected of all students as they forge ahead in their academic pursuits

In addition to our instructional core, we offer a variety of programs at Shaw Avenue School including:
•    Two fully equipped technology labs
•    Full Day Kindergarten Center
•    Implementation of Common Core Standards Across Grade Levels
•    Social and Emotional Learning through Responsive Classroom and PBIS
•    Quest for high achieving students
•    Afterschool Academic Intervention Services
•    Co-teaching classrooms
•    Innovative Literacy Pilots


Shaw Avenue News

Valley Stream 30 Schools Take Stand Against Bullying

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The Global Leaders of Tomorrow from Valley Stream District 30 took a bold stance against bullying with a series of antibullying assemblies held across all three schools within the district for fourth through sixth graders. Led by dedicated students from the Global Leaders of Tomorrow Advisory Council, these assemblies aimed to educate their peers about the importance of kindness, being an upstander and the dangers of bullying.

Students, guided by the council members, were immersed in interactive slideshows featuring impactful videos highlighting the characteristics of kindness and the role of an upstander in combating bullying. Through these presentations, students gained valuable insights into how to identify bullying behaviors and understand the underlying causes, often stemming from emotional trauma. Emphasizing the importance of seeking help, students were equipped with strategies to prevent bullying before it starts and learned the power of speaking up against it through kindness and fostering supportive friendships.

The assemblies were facilitated by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Roxanne Garcia-France, and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Jennifer Lewner. Their leadership ensured engaging interactions with students, who actively participated by sharing their thoughts and experiences.

"It was truly a successful experience," remarked Dr. Garcia-France. "Our upper-grade students walked away with a deeper understanding of the impact of their actions and how they can contribute to achieving our goal of promoting peace and unity through discussions and civic action projects that address classroom, school or community issues and provide solutions."

The Global Leaders of Tomorrow Advisory Council’s commitment to promoting kindness and unity aligns with the district's mission to foster a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students. Through their proactive efforts, they exemplify the values of empathy, compassion and resilience, inspiring their peers to stand up against bullying and cultivate a culture of respect and support.

Date Added: 4/16/2024