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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

Next Stop: Middle School

Sixth grade graduates from across Valley Stream District 30 made history by moving up to middle school in a completely new way this year. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue schools hosted virtual commencement ceremonies on the district website and celebrated the Class of 2020 with special socially distant, in-person events to present diplomas and other items such as report cards, yearbooks and awards.

During the virtual commencement exercises, Board President Kenneth Cummings praised the graduates and wished them the best of luck in middle school. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling followed by sharing how special the Class of 2020 is.

“Beyond being the class that survived the pandemic during their last year of elementary school, you are also a special class because you have learned how to be a good friend to others, care for the community and help those in need of an extra hand. You have also learned how to be honest, respectful to others and how to forgive. These are life lessons that I hope you will always remember and carry with you into middle school.”

Although the students could not be together for a traditional ceremony, each school kept the musical piece of the ceremony alive by having each graduate perform and record a video of them singing the same song at home. The videos were edited together for a special performance. In addition, the virtual ceremonies featured photos of each graduate as they were announced, along with congratulatory remarks and words of advice from building principals, PTA presidents, and some of the sixth graders.

“I strongly believe that we should not dwell on what we missed at the end of sixth grade, but cherish the memories that we were able to make and look forward to the ones we have ahead of us in seventh grade,” said Forest Road graduate Ethan Ali.

To continue honoring the Class of 2020, each school held drive-through celebrations. Central administrators including Superintendent Dr. Stirling, building administrators, staff and PTA members held signs and cheered on the sixth graders as they arrived at their respective school in decorated vehicles to receive their diplomas. Although it was not the traditional graduation event that each school typically holds, everyone embraced the change with smiles on their faces as the sixth graders prepared to take on the next step of their academic careers.

An Evening of Excellence

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Each spring, students and families from throughout Valley Stream District 30 gather in the Shaw Avenue School auditorium for an award ceremony to honor outstanding students from the district’s three elementary school. Due to the global pandemic, district administrators held this year’s ceremony virtually with a special video presentation for students and families to watch at home.

Jennifer Lewner, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, kicked off the ceremony.

“This evening we want to celebrate and honor students who have demonstrated their ability to be creative and motivated life-long learners,” said Ms. Lewner. “Showing ownership for their learning while addressing the many challenges in the 21st century both within Valley Stream and globally.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling followed Ms. Lewner’s sentiments.  
“This ceremony recognizes excellence and celebrates the effort, perseverance, and commitment to reaching excellence,” said Dr. Stirling. “We’re proud of all of our students and their accomplishments, especially during this very challenging time. Thank you to our administration, teachers, staff, parents and students for all that you have done during this time.”

Clear Stream Avenue Principal John Singleton, Forest Road Principal Erin Malone, Shaw Avenue Principal Christopher Colarossi and Ms. Lewner presented the various awards on camera. To watch the full award ceremony, please click here. 

The district congratulates the following winners: 

Darryll Aikens Award for Musical Excellence
Alishba Chaudhry, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Sanaa Desvarieux, Forest Road School 
Isaiah Smith Jr., Shaw Avenue School 

All County Music Festival
Alanna Bolden, Chorus, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Marian Cao, Chorus, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Alishba Chaudhry, Orchestra, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Kai Moy, Orchestra, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Matthew Pico, Band, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Robert Santos Hernandez, Band, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Sudan Belnavis, Band, Forest Road School
Sanaa Desvarieux, Chorus, Forest Road School
Isabella Dombrosky, Orchestra, Forest Road School
Brandon Goulbourne, Chorus, Forest Road School
Jaida Greigg, Band, Forest Road School
Calvin Lee, Orchestra, Forest Road School
Maya Vandijk, Chorus, Forest Road School 
Alyssa Haughton, Orchestra, Shaw Avenue School
Kamahra Jolly, French horn, Shaw Avenue School
Alana Perez, Chorus, Shaw Avenue School 
Hallie Reid, Chorus, Shaw Avenue School
Yuvraj Singh, Band, Shaw Avenue School
Isaiah Smith Jr., Band, Shaw Avenue School
Jessica Tramontano, Orchestra, Shaw Avenue School

Long Island String Festival
Mia Perez, Cello, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Alyssa Singh, Violin, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Isabella Dombrosky, Cello, Forest Road School
Metehan Yilmaz, Violin, Forest Road School 
Kayla Harper, Violin, Shaw Avenue School 
Hallie Reid, Viola, Shaw Avenue School

New York State School Music Association 
Divya Dindial, Piano, Forest Road School
Sophia Griffith, Piano, Forest Road School 
Abigail Na, Piano, Forest Road School
Matthew Persaud, Piano, Forest Road School 
Cory Terry, Piano, Forest Road School 
Metehan Yilmaz, Piano, Forest Road School
Sanaa Desvarieux, Piano, Forest Road School 
Dhanesh Benny, Piano, Shaw Avenue School 
Daniel Davis, Piano, Shaw Avenue School 
Haley Gutierrez, Piano, Shaw Avenue School 

New York State Senate Public Service and Leadership Award  
Omar Alli, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Mishal Javed, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Yumma Junaid, Forest Road School 
Michael Potash, Forest Road School 
Alana Perez, Shaw Avenue School 
Anthony Vitullo, Shaw Avenue School 

Triple C Award
Alishba Chaudhry, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Alyssa Singh, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Isabella Dombrosky, Forest Road School 
Sarah Young, Forest Road School 
Erience Dickerson Jr., Shaw Avenue School 
Mark Persaud, Shaw Avenue School 

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli Award
Christopher Brockington, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Simra Isra, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Matthew Pico, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Madison Williams, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Michael Peralta, Forest Road School 
Emmanuel Williams, Forest Road School 
Leah Gregory, Shaw Avenue School 
Anjali Khan, Shaw Avenue School 
Temidire Oladeji, Shaw Avenue School 
Katelyn Ortiz, Shaw Avenue School
Hallie Reid, Shaw Avenue School 

PTA Reflections
Valentina Cabral, Dance, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Sarah Durisile, Dance, Clear Stream Avenue School   
Mara Jade Garcia, Dance, Clear Stream Avenue School   
Jessica Romero, Dance, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Sophia Williams, Dance, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Zachary Moore, Literature, Photography, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Ava Tria, Literature, Photography, Clear Stream Avenue School   
Marion Cao, Photography, Clear Stream Avenue School   
Tyler Tria, Visual Arts - Art, Clear Stream Avenue School  
Sophia Griffith, Dance, Forest Road School
Sophia Ramkalawan, Literature, Forest Road School
Amir Shaikh, Literature, Forest Road School
Maya Vandijk, Literature, Forest Road School
Anjewl Lefever Williams, Literature, special artist, Forest Road School
Qasim Shaikh, Photography, Forest Road School 
Aidan Fretel, Photography, Music Composition, Forest Road School 
Isabella Dombrosky, Photography, Forest Road School
Austin Gordon, Music Composition, Film, Forest Road School
Divya Dindial, Film, Forest Road School 
Jayden Pryce, Film, Forest Road School 
Meerab Dar, Visual Arts - Art, Forest Road School 
Metehan Yilmaz, Visual Arts - Art, Forest Road School
Adetobi Fasanya, Visual Arts - Art, Forest Road School
Justin Monde, Visual Arts - Art Special Artist, Forest Road School
Mohammed Ibrahim, Photography, Shaw Avenue School 
Sebastian Cardona, Visual Arts - Art, Shaw Avenue School  
Liam LaVoie, Visual Arts - Art, Shaw Avenue School  
Syedah Ali, Visual Arts - Art, Shaw Avenue School  

PTA Regional Finalists
Divya Dindial, Film, Forest Road School 
Jayden Pryce, Film, Forest Road School 

PTA State Finalist
Divya Dindial, Film, Forest Road School 

National Geography Bee
Aiden Morales, Clear Stream Avenue School
Myles Brown, Forest Road School
Anjali Khan, Shaw Avenue School

Spelling Bee
Bryce Davidson, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Michael Peralta, Forest Road School 
Thomas Schaefer, Shaw Avenue School 

Math Olympiad
Mishal Javed, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Jayden Pryce, Forest Road School 

Rogenie Boucicault, Forest Road School 
Talia Diaz, Shaw Avenue School 

Valley Stream Teachers Association
Joaquin Mendoza, Clear Stream Avenue School 
Lilian Petrone, Clear Stream Avenue School
Landon Lanoix, Forest Road School 
Alissa Ali, Forest Road School
Goravjeet Ghotra, Shaw Avenue School 
Alyssa Haughton, Shaw Avenue School 

A Friendly Competition Among the Friendly Schools

Although schools are closed for the remainder of the school year, students from Valley Stream District 30 have found creative ways to stay active and connect. Facilitated by the district’s physical education teachers, Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue students collaborated in a full week of virtual field day challenges from June 1-8.

During the fun-filled week, students were encouraged to participate in 12 events at home with two events held each day. Students were able to access the virtual field day challenges through Google Classroom where they could watch a descriptive video of their task, participate in the event using materials found at home and then complete a Google Form with their scores. They engaged in activities such as the 3-3-3 Cup Stack, Bag Hop, Flip Challenge, Laundry Ball, Towel Minute Jump and Water Bucket Relay.

“We all take tremendous pride in our typical Field Days in our own buildings and this collaborative effort, in some ways, is the most gratifying of all of them,” said Forest Road physical education teacher Kerry Ann Brady. “It is nice to see it all come together and witness the tremendous amount of participation taking place. It is always our pleasure to deliver community wide events at the highest of levels.”

Click the link to view virtual field day highlights from Clear Stream Avenue fourth and fifth graders:

A Community Celebration

Students and families lined the sidewalks with school pride as administrators and staff members from Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue schools facilitated drive through celebrations through their respective neighborhoods. Each school held its event on May 29 to connect with its school community and honor its students during the pandemic.

While wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, students created signs to display how much they missed their teachers and their schools. Administrators and staff members decorated their vehicles with window paint, balloons and heartwarming signs as they drove through their school community honking and waving to the excited students. Clear Stream Avenue School and Shaw Avenue School’s celebrations were led by members of the Valley Stream Fire Department. All three drive through events were a great way to bring the community together in a safe way and bring a spark of positivity during these unprecedented times.

“The Valley Stream Union Free School District 30 is ‘The Friendly Schools,’ said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling. “We care and take seriously the relationship we have with the students, parents and community. The drive through gave us a moment to celebrate everyone in our community during this difficult time.”

BOE Grants Tenure to Five Exceptional Educators

The Valley Stream District 30 Board of Education approved the tenure of five outstanding educators during its virtual meeting on May 18. Tenure candidates included Deisha Burgos, Christopher Gianesses and Steven Navarra from Shaw Avenue School, Christopher Nazario from Forest Road School and Danielle Bonaccorso who teaches in all three schools in the district.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling recognized the five candidates for marking this significant milestone in their careers. To be considered for tenure, one must be a part of the district for about 3-4 years, go through an evaluation process, training and support. These individuals continually show how much they care about District 30 students and are expected to grow as even greater professionals than they already are.

“All of them are people who put children first here in Valley Stream 30,” said Dr. Stirling. “When it comes to pedagogy, instructional practice, all of them are excellent. They understand the meaning of team and they all have participated in district events and ways that have helped their colleagues become better professionals.”

Following his high praises, Shaw Avenue Principal Christopher Colarossi and Forest Road Principal Erin Malone shared why the tenure title was so deserving for each of these exceptional educators.

School Community Lifts Each Other Up

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Amid school closures due to COVID-19, students and staff from Shaw Avenue Elementary School continue to spread positivity among their school community. The school started a Positivity Wall in one of its hallways this year to encourage social-emotional learning. Students in grades 3-6 wrote uplifting messages on Post-its, posted it to the wall and could take any messages that inspired or motivated them. During this trying time in the world, everyone could use an extra boost of positivity, so Shaw Avenue transformed its Positivity Wall into a virtual one for students and staff at home. 

The “wall” was created on Padlet, a website that allows the creation of boards and encourages collaboration. Shaw Avenue students in grades 3-6 have access to the virtual wall where they can post positive images, encouraging messages and more. Shaw Avenue faculty members serving grades 3-6 can also contribute to the wall. 

The student and staff response to the new wall was immediate. Together, they have already shared close to 100 positive messages.

“This student-led project of giving and receiving inspirational messages to overcome times of adversity has become a beacon of hope for many,” said Shaw Avenue Assistant Principal Andrew Canlé. “Recreating the wall virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic and garnering such a hefty amount of participation, immediately proves that our Positivity Wall has transcended being a physical location, and has become a living and breathing mindset amongst our student body that helps them persevere in the face of challenging times.”