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Shaw Avenue School 

99 Shaw Avenue., Valley Stream, NY 11580

(516) 434-3700

Christopher Colarossi, Principal 

Nyree Whittaker-Roth, Assistant Principal

Ashley Lemmo, 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

Shaw Avenue celebrates Lunar New Year with the L.I. Children’s Museum

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Third graders at Shaw Avenue Elementary School in the Valley Stream District 30 rang in the Lunar New Year with an individualized art exercise, courtesy the Long Island Children’s Museum.

A guest of the Children’s Museum visited Jan Granger’s class to open the curtain on the many traditions associated with the Lunar New Year, including a large celebration in China. A common tradition is a jovial parade, featuring dancers donning dragon costumes covered in a multitude of colors. Students were given a paper plate with the face of a dragon, which they decorated with feathers, streamers, cotton balls and markers. Students showed off their individualized dragons as they danced in the classroom.

Date Added: 1/25/2023

Shaw Avenue Students Experience Holidays Around The World

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Students throughout Shaw Avenue Elementary School in the Valley Stream District 30 were captivated by an engaging performance on the auditorium stage that took them on a journey of holidays around the world.

Two performers took to the stage and acted as different celebrators of many winter-time holidays recognized all over the globe. Students got a taste of the holidays celebrated in Sweden, Scotland, China and much more, and learned about the backgrounds of holidays including Hannukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. They also had the opportunity to participate in the assembly by answering a variety of engaging questions.

Date Added: 1/5/2023

Valley Stream 30 students focus on social-emotional learning for National School Psychology Awareness Week

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Students throughout Valley Stream District 30 each played their part in focusing on and exercising their mental health in recognition of National School Psychology Awareness Week.

The district’s psychologists at Forest Road, Clear Stream Avenue and Shaw Avenue elementary schools organize the event annually in coordination with physical education teachers. In each school gymnasium, several stations based on social-emotional learning and this year’s theme, “Together We Shine,” were established to test students’ knowledge on mental well-being. They navigated several interactive centers titled “Minute to Win It,” “Mysterious Journey,” “The Wheel of Cooperation” and “The Escape Room.” In each challenge, students worked together to complete one-minute activities, follow a correct path to safety, solve puzzles and riddles and follow specific tasks. Each activity required teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving and communication to be successful.

Date Added: 11/28/2022

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