June 17, 2020
Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community:
Thank you, again, for your ongoing support and commitment to maintaining an educational program that strives to meet the needs of every student in the District. The results of this week’s budget vote support the vision of “Excellence through Equity”, as we continue to move the educational agenda forward.
The results from this year’s absentee ballot vote are 445 (yes) and 277 (no) for the budget (62% pass rate). We appreciate your understanding and patience with this year’s vote as we adapted to new procedures and practices due to Covid-19. Congratulations to James Lavery and C. Sandra Okafor for being elected to the Board of Education. Both trustees are thanked for their service and leadership, and I wish them well as they continue to advocate for the students in the Valley Stream 30 School District.
Congratulations to the students and families of all Valley Stream 30 graduates! The educational foundation our students have acquired in Valley Stream 30 schools will serve them well as they move on to the secondary schools. We also recognize the achievement of our Kindergarten students moving up to first grade. Please watch our Annual District Awards ceremony on June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. (see District website for virtual viewing information) celebrating the achievements of our students in the various areas of our curriculum.
At our next Board of Education meeting on June 22nd at 8:00 p.m. the 2020-25 Strategic Plan will be presented. Teachers who have gone through a benchmark evaluation year (GATE) will be recognized. The appointment of new staff for the 2020-21 school year will also occur at this meeting. Thank you to all who participated on the interview committees.
Yesterday, a letter was sent outlining our summer enrichment activities. I encourage you to help our children to read and expand their creative thinking by participating in the various summer activities.
I lift my voice with a huge THANK YOU to everyone involved in making our Arts in Education theme such a success! Curriculum was developed around the Lift Every Voice theme challenging reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Artwork was created around the theme that expressed individual voices. Our vocal music teachers provide students with wonderful opportunities to sing and be exposed to an array of genres. Our theme also helped to promote the concepts of inclusion, diversity and empowerment. The theme for next year will be: “Picture This” celebrating the visual arts and the visual learner.
This was an unprecedented year, but we made it through together. Thank you to our teachers, staff and administration for all of your hard work during this time. Thank you to our parents who took on the challenges of remote schooling. Thank you to our children who were resilient during their time at home.
Over the next few weeks the re-entry planning for next year will accelerate with the assistance of the Re-entry Task Force made up of administrators, teachers, staff, parents and students. Preliminary information has already been asked of you through the surveys distributed over the past few weeks. We will be in communication throughout the summer.
Finally, I extend my sincerest congratulations and best wishes to our retiring staff – Lisa Del Campo, Mary Kay Ficarrotta, Ralph Laudano, Thomas Novello, Patricia Phillips and Michael Senneca. Their years of service have made a significant impact on the lives of our children, and we wish them much health and happiness as they begin the next chapter of their lives.
Have a restful summer!
Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools