Board of Education Seeks Community Input

The Board of Education cordially invites all members of the school community to attend a meeting on Dec. 8, 2015 in the James A. Dever School from 6:30 - 7:30 pm to assist the Board in establishing direction for the selection process for the new Superintendent of Schools. The Board is facing its most difficult challenge, replacing its chief school officer and wants the community to be a part of this process.

The first, and probably the most important, part of the process is to identify the personal characteristics and professional qualifications the Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen school community would like the new superintendent of schools to possess. At this meeting, you will have an opportunity to meet one or more of the search consultants from School Leadership, LLC, a national firm engaged by the Board to conduct the search process. The consultants will describe the search process and timeline and solicit responses to the following three questions: 1. From your perspective, what would attract a highly qualified educator to seek the position of superintendent in our school district? 2. What do you see as some of the major leadership challenges that the new superintendent will face over the next three to five years? 3.What prior experiences and personal and professional qualities would you hope the new superintendent will have?

Information from this meeting, and other community meetings will be synthesized into a set of search specifications that the Board anticipates approving at its Dec. 16, 2014 meeting. These specifications will then guide the Board of Education and search team as it undertakes the search for the new superintendent.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would like to provide your input, we would ask that you complete a brief survey which can be found at: Thank you in advance for participating in this important process.

A commitment to healthy living


Juniors from North High School recently visited each of the four elementary schools in the district to provide a lesson on healthy living and wellness.

The 11th-graders, who volunteered their time as part of North High School’s Physical Education Leadership Program, taught the district’s second-graders about wellness and health. A presentation was made about the five major food groups and the importance of exercise and eating well.

There were several interactive stations for student learning, including a dance station where students exercised and a station where younger students observed the amount of sugar commonly found in soda.

The program offers high school students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, while helping to inform Valley Stream’s younger students about the positives of regular fitness and eating well.

Patriotic Pride on display at Willow Road School

As part of the Willow Road Elementary School’s Veterans Day ceremony, students proudly gathered around the school’s new flagpole as veterans Mr. Anthony Coscio and Mr. Raymond Parahus raised the American Flag.     

Students in Mrs. Marione’s fifth-grade class added their voices to the patriotic ceremony by singing “The National Anthem” and “God Bless America.”

Joining the celebration to honor veterans were Board of Education Trustees Frank Chiachiere, Ph.D., Jeanne Greco Jacobs and William P. Stris, Superintendent of Schools Adrienne Robb-Fund, Ed.D. and Willow Road School Principal Stephanie Capozzoli.

Howell Road students elect student council officers

Students at Howell Road School exercised their right to vote as they participated in this year’s student council election. All of the candidates are leaders among their classmates and serve as role models through their hard work, character, enthusiasm and school spirit.

After all the votes were counted, the final results were announced. Congratulations to student council president Nehiliyah Grand-Pierre and vice president Jada Alleyne. In fact, everyone who participated was a winner. As the great Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world. Change must begin in each of us.”

Willow Road goes Wonder Walking for March of Dimes


Mixing fun and fundraising, the March of Dimes Wonder Walk parade at Willow Road Elementary School filled the streets around the Franklin Square school with joy as students marched for charity.

Led by Principal Stephanie Capozzoli and kindergarten teacher Vita Tringone, holding the parade banner, the entire community joined in on the fun, with staff, teachers, parents, grandparents, babies and even several pooches donning colorful costumes for the long walk around the block. Superheroes and zombies, soldiers and scarecrows, angels and witches, pirates and police officers all had their turn in the parade spotlight.

While the costume stroll proved entertaining for everyone, a heartfelt mission lies at its core: Donations collected by students are donated to the March of Dimes, an organization devoted to helping improve the health of pregnant women and babies.

A Willow Road fixture for more than a decade, the annual event was again organized by Tringone, who has been involved with supporting March of Dimes since her own sons were infants.

“The parents love it because it’s more than just a short, five-minute parade, and our neighbors all get involved,” said Capozzoli. “And the kids feel good because they are helping others.”

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Celebrating a Fall Tradition

Despite the cloudy skies and the cool temperatures, the Howell Road kindergarten through third grade students and staff enjoyed what has become a welcomed Howell Road tradition, our Fall Festival.

The children marched around the perimeter of the school in their "fun - not frightful" Halloween garb and enjoyed enthusiastic applause and countless photo opportunities from their parents and family members. The parade route led the children to the courtyard where they joined the fourth, fifth and sixth grade students for some festive songs and music. All in all it was a spooktacular success!

Safety First

Important safety procedures to be used in the event of a fire were reviewed and put into action as students in kindergarten through second grade celebrated National Fire Safety month and enjoyed a visit from the Malverne and Valley Stream Fire Department.  

The Valley Stream Fire Department came with a modular smoke house, which helps to teach children what to do in a fire through simulated fire situations.  The children were very excited when the smoke detectors sounded then quickly determined their best plan of escape checking for safe windows or doors. A fireman and classroom teacher supervised all of the events.  

The children also had the opportunity to explore the outside of a fire truck, learn about turnout gear, and learn how to STOP-DROP-AND-ROLL.  The children learned many valuable life-saving fire prevention and safety tips to share with their families.  

Students Journey Into the Past


Fourth-grade students at James A. Dever Elementary School participated in the Native American Journeys, a unique in-house field trip that enhances and brings to life the fourth-grade social studies curriculum. Journeys visited Dever and immersed the students in the Native American way-of-life, both past and present.

The interesting and engaging hands-on activities captured the children's attention and imagination, providing a learning experience they will never forget. Students participated in several activities including assembling a longhouse, storytelling, Native American games, creating a duck decoy made from clay during arts and crafts, song and dance, and learning history from a Native American perspective. It was truly a memorable learning experience.


Congressman Gregory Meeks Visits with Students


Congressman Gregory Meeks took time out of his busy schedule in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 29 to visit with students and staff at Wheeler Avenue and Howell Road Elementary Schools.

Students in Noelle Villa’s fifth-grade class at Howell Road were doing experiments to explore whether or not water was pure as part of the ongoing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. Meeks stressed to students that ensuring water’s cleanliness is pivotal, because otherwise people can get very sick. “I am truly amazed at how hard you’re working to make sure the water is pure and clean,” Meeks said. “Water is one of our most valuable resources.”

Meeks fielded questions from students, including “Are you famous?” and “What are President Obama’s kids like?” After visiting with the students, Meeks spoke with members of the Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Adrienne Robb-Fund, Principal Frank Huplosky, parents, and members of the PTA about his role in Washington and how he could assist the district. District officials were very appreciative that Meeks visited to see the school in action. Before leaving, the Congressman had a strong message for the students.

“There is nobody more important than you,” Meeks said to the students. “You are the future of this country, and I am proud that future is in good hands.”


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Wheeler Avenue Choir Performance

Interschool PTA awards mini-grants

The Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen Interschool PTA has awarded several mini-grants to teachers throughout the district. The following grants were awarded:

Wheeler:  Mr. Jacob: Long Island Native Flowering Plant Garden
Willow:     Mrs. Dorry and Mrs. Cassidy: Poetry Club
Dever:      Ms. Taveira: News Team Project
Howell:     Mr. Rosenfeld: The STEM Program

The board of education and administration are grateful to the Interschool PTA for their hard work and for enriching the lives of our students.

A Tribute to Our Board of Education


A Concert to Remember: Wheeler Avenue School Choir Featured at NYSSBA Event


The Children’s Choir of Wheeler Avenue School performed at this year’s New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) conference on Oct. 28 in Manhattan.

The group of talented singers was one of only four performing groups chosen out of 27 that auditioned for this unique performance opportunity.
The students, under the direction of music teacher Greg Hart, recorded an audition CD that was submitted to the NYSSBA convention selection committee for consideration. The choir was featured in the conference’s "Super Session" at the New York Sheraton hotel and convention center in Time Square, where they performed before approximately 800 people.

Hart and members of the choir spent many hours together rehearing for their big musical debut. Among the compositions they sang were “Alleluia” from “Exsultate Jubilate” by Mozart, “If You Could Hear My Voice” by Jim Papoulis, “I Am His Child” by Moses Hogan, “Hakuna Mungu Kama Wewe,” an East African Worship Song and “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire.

“I was filled with such a sense of pride as I watched our children perform with grace and talent,” stated Superintendent of Schools Dr. Adrienne Robb-Fund. “They certainly put our school district in the spotlight and we are all very proud of their outstanding performance.”

Their performance demonstrated the range of their musical talents and the audience, including New York State Commissioner of Education Dr. John B. King, Jr., Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents Merryl Tisch, board of education members and school superintendents from across the state and from Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen, responded with enthusiastic applause. It was certainly a moment of great pride for the choir, their families, the school district and community.  


Thursday, November 27, 2014