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Forest Road Students Explore Korean Music and Dance

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Forest Road Elementary School students kicked off the school’s annual International Week with the Spotlight Korea Program on Jan. 21. The program brought performers from the Korean Traditional Music and Dance Center to the school to educate students on Korean culture, traditional dances and music. 

On Kyung Joo, Forest Road’s library media specialist, applied for the assembly program last fall and was instrumental in coordinating the visit. Forest Road students experienced the program back in 2016 and Ms. Joo wanted to bring it back due to its success. Yoon Sook Park, director of the Korean Traditional Music and Dance Center, along with performing artists Jihwan Choi, Young Hee Lee, Yusun Kang and Hannah Kim, performed in colorful costumes for the students. They taught students how to say hello in Korean and performed traditional dances such as the Korean Fan Dance and Janggo Chum, an hourglass-shaped drum dance.

Several Forest Road students volunteered to join the performers on stage to learn the Korean Fan Dance and Assistant Principal Michael DeBlasio and Ms. Joo helped demonstrate a Korean rhythmic pattern on the drums with the guidance of instructor Mr. Choi. 

“I am glad that through this Spotlight Korea program, sponsored by Korean Cultural Center New York, our students, faculty and staff were able to taste Korea’s rich and vibrant culture through music and dance,” said Ms. Joo. “I hope our students will grow up to be global-minded citizens who appreciate other cultures as well as their own.”

Throughout the rest of the week, students continued to learn and embrace different cultures from around the world. The week concluded with Forest Road’s annual International Night, allowing students and their families to gather and share their culture with others.

String Students Selected for LISFA Music Festival

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Six outstanding string musicians from Valley Stream District 30 will perform at the Long Island String Festival Association’s Nassau intermediate festival on March 8 at Uniondale High School. During the festival, the student-musicians will join other top music students from throughout Nassau County.
The district congratulates the following festival participants: Clear Stream Avenue fifth grader Mia Perez and sixth grader Alyssa Singh, Forest Road fifth grader Metehan Yilmaz and sixth grader Isabella Domrosky and Shaw Avenue fifth grader Kayla Harper and sixth grader Hallie Reid. 

Students Head to All-County Music Festival

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Twenty talented student-musicians from Valley Stream District 30 will perform in the Nassau Music Educators Association’s All-County Music Festival this month at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Students were chosen based on their individual New York State School Music Association evaluation scores and teacher recommendations.

The district congratulates the following All-County participants:  

Clear Stream Avenue School: 
Robert Santos Hernandez
Kai Moy
Matthew Pico
Alishba Chaudhry
Marian Cao
Alanna Bolden

Forest Road School:  
Calvin Lee
Sudan Belnavis
Brandon Goulbourne
Isabella Dombrosky
Sanaa Desvarieux
Jaida Greigg
Maya VanDijk

Shaw Avenue School: 
Jessica Tramontano
Yuvraj Singh
Alyssa Haughton
Hallie Reid
Kamahra Jolly
Isaiah Smith Jr.
Alana Perez

Forest Road Chorus Spreads Holiday Cheer to School Officials

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In honor of the holiday season, 34 members of Forest Road Elementary School’s fifth and sixth grade chorus shared their talents on Dec. 11 at the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents final general meeting for 2019.

Following the business portion of the meeting, the Forest Road chorus students from Valley Stream District 30 entertained the superintendents with an engaging performance of two holiday songs. Music teacher Sarah Fernandez directed the chorus as they performed “Something” by Sheldon Rose and Various Themes on “Fa-La-La.” As their performance came to a close, the chorus received a well-deserved standing ovation.

NCCSS President and Valley Stream District 30 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling was very proud of the students and their ability to “Lift their Voice,” the district’s focus for the 2019-2020 school year, in such a skilled and creative manner.

Forest Road Graduate Selected for Gifted and Talented Program

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Samuel Na, a member of Forest Road’s Class of 2019, was selected as one of only 84 Long Island students to be named a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY Old Westbury.
Each year, approximately 700 exceptional students are nominated by school officials for a spot in the program. Samuel is in the top one-tenth of one percent of math students to be selected in his grade. He applied for the prestigious program as a sixth grader in Christopher Onorato’s class and went through a rigorous application process that included writing a statement, securing a teacher recommendation, taking an entrance exam and providing a school transcript.
According to Mr. Onorato, Samuel was a teacher’s dream who had a very gifted math mind and came across as humble. During extra help sessions, Samuel would engage in enrichment projects to continue building his math skills. As a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics, Samuel is part of the tuition-free institute that covers a variety of mathematical topics to enhance the problem solving skills of students. Starting in September, Samuel began taking Saturday morning classes at the institute. The program runs through March and consists of 20 Saturday morning classes, each two and a half hours long, with additional time outside of the classroom for special projects.
Congratulations, Samuel on this outstanding achievement!