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Shaw Avenue School 

99 Shaw Avenue., Valley Stream, NY 11580

(516) 434-3700

Christopher Colarossi, Principal 

Andrew Canlé, Assistant Principal

Christina Alicea-Cosme, 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

A “Tote-al” Act of Kindness

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Members of the Shaw Avenue Elementary School Giving Club recently partnered with the New York Giving Doll, a nonprofit organization based on Long Island whose mission is to give faith, hope, love, joy and comfort to children in special times of need. The organization creates handmade dolls for children experiencing tragedy and each doll comes with a handmade tote bag and blanket.

Led by adviser Kristin Princiotta, Shaw Avenue Giving Club members showcased their kind hearts and creativity as they each designed and decorated a plain tote bag with fabric markers. They drew butterflies, teddy bears, elephants and other cheerful motifs onto the tote bags to bring smiles to the children’s faces. The students then donated their 10 beautiful bags to the organization which will house a doll and blanket for each child. The project was a positive way to give back and make a difference.

Shaw Avenue Students Spread Their Wings with Butterfly Unit

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Third grade classes at Shaw Avenue Elementary School recently learned about the life cycle of a butterfly. In mid-April, the students received larva and have turned into true scientists, observing the daily changes a caterpillar must undergo to eventually become a butterfly.

Each student had the opportunity to name their own caterpillar and used hand lenses and rulers for their observations. Throughout the process, the third graders examined, measured, recorded and sketched in a butterfly journal each day they were in school. During English language arts, they read articles about the life cycle of a butterfly and started writing informational paragraphs based on their observations which they recorded in the butterfly journals.

Once the butterflies emerge, the students will observe them for a day or two in the classroom in a butterfly habitat. They will examine and sketch the different butterfly body parts closely and compare these to those of the caterpillar. The students will then visit the school’s courtyard and release the butterflies into nature to enjoy their freedom. This will lead to a creative writing lesson where students will be challenged to write from the point of view of the butterflies using descriptive language and vivid details.

The hands-on lesson has allowed students to learn through experience, along with hone their scientific and writing skills.

Earth Day Promise

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Shaw Avenue second graders recently created “My Earth Day Promise” projects. Students wrote down various ways that they promise to help protect the Earth and displayed their promises in the school hallway for all to see and be inspired by!