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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

Shaw Avenue Students Spread Love for the Holidays

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Throughout December, members of the Shaw Avenue Elementary School Student Council strived to give back for the holiday season. With the guidance of student council adviser Timothy Rau, the students hosted a food drive for Shaw Avenue families in need and the food pantry at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Valley Stream. 

Each grade was assigned a non-perishable food group to donate and student council members distributed flyers to spread the word about the food drive. The students wanted to go above and beyond to impact the Valley Stream community beyond the walls of Shaw Avenue. Mia Estrada, a fourth grader in Teresa Eberle’s class helped to spearhead this effort by developing the concept and the flyer to go with it.
“I wanted to start a food drive because some families don’t have a lot of money and I thought Shaw Avenue could help with giving food to make their holiday season a little better,” she said.

In addition to the food drive, the Shaw Avenue Student Council created approximately 60 holiday cards for local businesses and frontline workers as a sign of appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We wanted to show our appreciation to these workers for continuing to work and keeping their businesses open during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Shaw Avenue sixth grader Sudan Belnavis.

They sent their cards to places within and outside the Valley Stream community such as Bellevue and South Shore Hospitals, Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Target, Urgent Care and Walmart.

“I am so moved and proud of our council members for their thoughtfulness, empathy, and compassion to spread kindness during the pandemic,” said Mr. Rau. 

A Virtual Celebration of Cultures

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The Shaw Avenue School community joined together virtually on Nov. 17 for the school’s first “Thankful For Our International Community Night.” Hosted by the school’s PTA, the evening event was streamed live for families on the Shaw Avenue PTA’s Facebook page. The virtual event was created due to the pandemic and in lieu of the school’s annual International Night which is usually held in person during Hispanic Heritage Month.

Prior to the special night, Shaw Avenue students, staff and families were encouraged to submit videos that represented their culture. Diversity is embraced and respected in Valley Stream District 30’s curriculum and community and this virtual event was evident of that. Shaw Avenue Principal Christopher Colarossi kicked off the evening with the PTA members.

“A true culturally proficient school is not one that acknowledges diversity for one special night, one specific month or one season,” he said. “Rather, it’s a place where all nationalities are welcomed, valued and celebrated continuously. That’s what we have at Shaw Avenue, a true international community. Many colors, many flavors and many perspectives with one common goal to do what’s best for our kids.”

Shaw Avenue PTA Co-President Shabeena Shakur and her family edited the international night video to showcase the pride of the school community and their heritages. Students, staff and families shared delicious recipes from countries around the world, along with cultural dances, music and art. Although the Shaw Avenue community could not be together in person to celebrate and share their cultures with one another, the virtual event was a great alternative to connect with each other during the pandemic.

“We are Shaw Strong,” said Shaw Avenue PTA Co-President Noemi Diaz. “No matter the obstacles that we have been thrown this year, we always find a way to come together as a community and as a family.” 

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