Award Year: 2016

P.S. 35 The Clove Valley School

60 Foote Avenue
Staten Island, NY, 10301-4038

(718) 442-3037

Mrs. Melissa Garofalo, Principal at time of Nomination

District 31

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Our mission is to meet students' needs in a point-of- service manner which provides on-going feedback to students that will insure academic success and high expectations as they move forward in their schooling.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 9%
  • White: 57%
  • Hispanic: 23%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 3%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Small group work in a second grade classroom.

Small group work in a second grade classroom.

The PS 35 community is dedicated to lifelong learning and deepening our understanding of research-based strategies. Through collaboration, teachers and administration share best practices and support each other in a professional learning community. Having in-house professional development sessions to meet and reflect on teaching approaches and analyzing data supports the teachers in differentiating instruction to meet all the individual students' needs and in creating a healthy and positive school environment.

A well-developed Common Core aligned curricula teachers wrote collaboratively drives coherent instruction across grades. By studying the concepts of Universal Design for Learning, our school has been successful in overcoming the barriers which impact student learning.

At P.S. 35 our mission is to insure that all of P.S. 35's students receive a high quality well-rounded education that serves as a solid foundation for future success. To quote Johanne Wolfgang Von Goeth, "Knowing is not enough; we must apply, willing is not enough; we must do". Our teachers have in depth knowledge of the Common Core Standards and provide our students with the strategies to become independent thinkers who strive to meet and exceed the standards by applying themselves. We pledge to support our students meet their fullest potential by supporting, encouraging, celebrating their individual differences and working together to make their elementary school years the most memorable of their lives. We strive to keep everyone "Happy in the Hive" at P.S. 35.