Award Year: 2013

Shaw Avenue School

99 Shaw Avenue
Valley Stream, NY, 11580-3195

(516) 872-4320

Amy Pernick, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Johane Ligonde, Current Principal

Valley Stream 30 UFSD

School Website

Mission

To be a collaborative learning environment, in which all constituencies work together consistently to support the academic, social and emotional needs of all students.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 39%
  • White: 6%
  • Hispanic: 33%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
  • Asian: 18%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 8%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application

Shaw Avenue School is one of the most ethnically diverse schools in New York State with a student population that speaks a variety of languages.  At a time when English-Language Learners (ELL), Hispanic, Black, and students with disabilities are underperforming in New York State, Shaw Avenue School's critical needs groups are outperforming their counterparts.

We honor our students' learning styles by differentiating our instruction using various pedagogical strategies and modalities.  Students that do not meet academic standards are afforded many opportunities to master the skills they need through extended-day academies or extra help sessions by staff.  Summer school is provided and we use co-teaching arrangements to help ELL and special education students master skills in the context of the regular classroom.  Our Quest program provides enrichment for all students.

A dynamic Student Council brings attention to the needs of others.  Our Check and Connect Program, provides students with mentors.  The Leadership Club encourages positive self-improvement and self-esteem.  Our students' talents and educational aspirations are exhibited through artistic, literacy, and whole-class projects.

Sixth grade students who master concepts in financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy earn a 21st Century Certificate.  Our community supports the annual Science Fair, field trips, Art Festival, instrumental and chorus concerts, Scripps National Spelling Bee, parades, and "100,000 Minutes of Reading".

Communication between school and home is of utmost importance to the monitoring of student progress towards planned objectives.  Our school newsletter is publised weekly and keeps families informed.  Our PTA maintains a balance between academics and togetherness for our families.  The home and school partnership along with our comprehensive curriculum ensure that all scholars reach the summit of excellence.