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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 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

Students Step into the World of Dance

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Shaw Avenue Elementary School fifth graders are putting on their dancing shoes once again. Starting at the end of December, fifth grade classes began working with teaching artist Jessie Salvesen from Dancing Classrooms Long Island to learn ballroom dance techniques in preparation for their culminating performance for family and friends on March 10.
The fifth graders, along with their teachers, participate in the Dancing Classrooms residency program each year, receiving 20 dance lessons during the course of 10 weeks from the program’s teaching artists. Together, the students learn valuable skills beyond the dance floor. While establishing a strong peer-to-peer connection, students build communication, cooperative teamwork skills and an appreciation for cultural diversity as they learn dances such as the Foxtrot, Merengue, Rumba and Tango. The program also fits into the district’s social-emotional learning curriculum by encouraging focus, respect, self-discipline and self-confidence.

Dancing Classrooms Long Island has provided a memorable learning experience for students each year. For the past two consecutive years, Shaw Avenue School earned first place at the Dancing Classrooms Long Island Colors of the Rainbow Team Match. The special event allows Long Island students who participate in the residency program to showcase and celebrate their newly acquired dance skills. The students hope to regain the first place title again this year. 

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. 

Shaw Avenue Students Spread Holiday Cheer to Bristal Residents

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Last month, Shaw Avenue Elementary School students celebrated the holiday season by bringing the gift of music and art to residents of the Bristal Assisted Living Community in North Woodmere.
The chamber orchestra students, under the direction of music teacher Lidia Kloc-Alberghini and select choir students, under the direction of music teacher Stephanie Fischer, presented holiday classics such as “Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bells,” and “It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” The performance was very warmly received by the residents and the staff of the Bristal.
The residents were then invited to participate in a hands-on craft activity designed by art teacher Paul Farinacci and presented by his student art assistants. Each senior resident was paired with one young artist who demonstrated the process of creating a Victorian Angel. A lively discussion filled with wonderful memories and storytelling united these two groups while fun was had by all. It was a wonderful way for the students to give back to their community while bringing the joys of the holiday season to life through their music and art.
Shaw Avenue Principal Christopher Colarossi and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling were both very proud of their students as they not only “lifted their voices” but also their hearts. The students and staff are looking forward to continuing these traditions for years to come!

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

Students Attend P.E.A.K. Festival

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Seven fourth grade students from throughout the district recently participated in the Nassau Music Educators Association’s All-County P.E.A.K. Music Festival at Freeport High School. P.E.A.K., which stands for Parents, Educators And Kids, invites select fourth grade musicians from across Nassau County to attend music workshops with their teachers and parents.

Forest Road students Joseph Frank, Sarah Gittens and Abigail Na and Shaw Avenue students Julissa Montalban, Kota Okita, Aidania Wright and Audrina Wright attended the festival with their loved ones, along with music teachers Stephanie Fischer and Sarah Fernandez. Throughout the day, the students, parents and teachers engaged in interactive music workshops that fit their interests. At the conclusion of the festival, the students performed a concert together. It was a great experience for all! 

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