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Thomas Zervas Joins South HS as Assistant Principal

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The Valley Stream Central High School District was pleased to welcome Thomas Zervas as Assistant Principal of South High School as the new school year began. He was appointed this past June and joins the district from Automotive High School in Brooklyn, where he served as Assistant Principal for eight years. 

In Mr. Zervas’s most recent role, he was responsible for observing and evaluating teaching and learning in various subject areas, supporting schoolwide goals through pedagogical coaching, and supervising and scheduling building personnel, among other tasks. He designed structures to address the student attendance rate that resulted in a 6 percent increase, created and implemented a peer mediation program and collaborated with other administrators to create and support extra-curricular opportunities that resulted in a 50 percent participation increase. 

Earlier in his career, he spent six years as Dean of Students and 12 years as a social studies teacher at Sheepshead Bay High School, also in Brooklyn. 
Mr. Zervas obtained his Master of Science Degree in Education from Queens College, where he also earned his School Building Leadership Specialist certification. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Hofstra University.

Valley Stream community shares excitement for Memorial-Central Field

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The Valley Stream Central High School District held a ribbon cutting celebration to commemorate the unveiling of the new field at Memorial Junior High School. The field is home to Central High School athletes as well, and the ceremony preceded the Eagles’ first football game of the season.

Members of the Board of Education and Administration attended the gathering. They were joined by students, parents and other members of the community. Attendees expressed their enthusiasm for the new facilities, which include the synthetic turf field, track and bleachers. A press box will be installed next summer.

District and community leaders united with cheerleaders and other students beneath a blue and white balloon arch, and Board President James Lavery cut the ribbon.

Central High School Principal Dr. Joseph Pompilio and Memorial Junior High School Principal Bret Strauss both expressed positive sentiments.
“We’re very proud and thrilled – the kids deserve it” said Mr. Strauss. “There’s a pride that comes with having a good facility, so we want the kids to have the best we can give them.” 

“It’s a glorious day, and I truly believe that whatever you surround your students with predicts their attitude and behavior,” said Dr. Pompilio. “This field elevates all of that.” 

Following the ceremony, the Eagles kicked off against New Hyde Park. The new playing grounds, coupled with the overall excitement throughout the arena, proved to be successful as the team achieved a 25-0 victory!

Central HS Congratulates All-National Musician

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Valley Stream Central High School senior Emmett Conway was selected to the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Honor Ensembles. As one of the most prestigious annual musical experiences, this event features the top high school musicians in the country and will be held in Orlando, Florida in November.

Emmett, a French hornist, has received All-State, All-Eastern and All-County honors in the past. He will perform in the All-National Symphony Orchestra, which will be led by prominent conductor Soo Han. 

Updated: Back to School

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View photos from the first week of the 2019-20 school year in the Valley Stream Central High School District! Check back next week to see more.

Welcome Back!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019