Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen is excited to announce the successful start of the new academic year at James A. Dever, Willow Road, Wheeler Avenue, and Howell Road Elementary Schools. Students, parents, and staff members gathered at the four elementary schools on Friday, September 1st to kick off the 2023-2024 school year with enthusiasm, smiles, and a palpable anticipation for great things ahead.
In welcoming students back, the District emphasized its commitment to providing a safe and nurturing environment in support of all students achieving at their highest level. “We are thrilled to welcome our students back to school and begin another year of learning and growth. It was great to see returning students and new faces entering our school buildings” said Dr. Judith LaRocca, Superintendent of Schools. “Our dedicated teachers and staff worked diligently over the past several weeks in preparation for our first day, and we are confident that this will be a successful year filled with wonderful memories and achievements for all.”
In discussing some of the District’s initiatives for the new school year, Dr. LaRocca mentioned the District’s new grades 2-6 ELA Program, new sixth-grade Social Studies program, enhanced Innovation Lab curriculum, and the District’s expanded pre-kindergarten program.