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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 Celebrates 100th Graduating Class of 2024 with Inspiring Ceremonies

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Congratulations Clear Stream Graduates!
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Congratulations Shaw Avenue Graduates!
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Congratulations Forest Road Graduates!
The Valley Stream District 30’s Class of 2024, comprised of students from Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road, and Shaw Avenue schools, celebrated their graduation from June 18-24 during beautiful ceremonies. This year marked the 100th graduating class of Clear Stream Avenue, culminating the 100th anniversary of the district. Sixth graders confidently crossed the stage to receive their diplomas, ready to take their next steps toward becoming Global Leaders of Tomorrow.

Graduates impressed audiences with various musical performances, including “Discovery” by Clear Stream students, “Count on Me” by Shaw Avenue students and “Best Day of My Life” by Forest Road students.

During Clear Stream’s ceremony, Principal John Singleton told attendees that on that very night 100 years ago, the district was voted into existence. “A hundred years ago, the energy that was in that boardroom is in this room again tonight!” he said. “It’s so important that you take the energy that you have in you and discover what purpose that energy has.” Graduates Siraat Fatima and Lauren Mateo addressed their peers. “Always remember, you don’t need to be an A+ student. All you need to do is show up to school, be consistent and be true to yourself,” Mateo said. “Whatever your GPS means for you, use it for guidance and make positive decisions as you navigate life’s challenges,” Fatima added.

Shaw Avenue sixth grader Zulaisa Haq greeted guests and addressed her peers. “As we move on to bigger and better chapters, let’s always keep our memories of Shaw Avenue School alive,” she said. “Remember, you can take the kid out of Shaw, but you can’t take the Shaw out of the kid.” Principal Erin Malone thanked everyone in attendance and all who made the night possible before addressing the graduates. “You are incredible human beings who can make great things happen for yourself and for others just by choosing to be your best self.”

Forest Road Principal Marisela Sanchez said to her graduating class, “Continue to work hard and chase your dreams. Don’t just aspire to make a life, aspire to make a difference,” she said. Before instructing her fellow graduates to move their tassels, Aminata Ba offered inspiring words. “May we always be the neon amongst the crowd of gray, be unique, be different, be yourself!

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roxanne Garcia-France spoke to each graduating class about their new journeys ahead. “Don’t be afraid to reach out and form genuine connections with your peers as you navigate this new social landscape,” Dr. Garcia-France said. “Practice active listening, empathy toward others, and handling conflicts peacefully. With the unwavering support of your school, friends and community, you are destined to become Global Leaders of Tomorrow.”

Board of Education trustees also offered congratulatory comments and then along with Dr. Garcia-France issued smiling graduates their diplomas before they recessed out of the auditorium toward their bright future.

*Please check the district facebook page for more photos.

Date Added: 6/28/2024

Valley Stream District 30 Celebrates Achievements During Board of Education Meeting

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On June 10, the Valley Stream District 30 Board of Education convened to address key agenda items and celebrate the achievements and contributions of distinguished members of its educational community. The meeting was marked by several important recognitions, recommendations and appointments.

The GATE process is a unique districtwide initiative designed to evaluate a teacher’s progress and reward outstanding educators with the opportunity to move to the next salary range. This meeting celebrated the progress of four educators:

• Ceji Bridges
• Gina Giovanelli
• Mary Hutchinson
• Valerie Miranda

Also honored, were the careers and contributions of three esteemed educators who are retiring after many years of dedicated service:

• Susan Calvo
• Ellyn Fitzgerald
• Charlene Sutton

“Their tireless dedication and impact on the lives of countless students and colleagues will be remembered and cherished. We extend our heartfelt gratitude and best wishes for a fulfilling and joyous retirement.,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roxanne-Garcia France. 

Date Added: 6/20/2024