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Central’s Inaugural New York State Seal of Biliteracy Candidates

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Central High School is proud to announce that its first candidates for The New York State Seal of Biliteracy completed the requirements for this recognition on Jan. 24. Seven students presented cultural comparisons to a panel of teachers and administrators. The presentations, conducted entirely in Spanish, were extremely well prepared and of high caliber. 

The topics presented were Immigration Policies of the United States and the Dominican Republic, Societal Issues in the United States and El Salvador, Gender Roles in the United States and the Dominican Republic, Education in the United States and Ecuador, Day of the Dead Celebrations in Mexico and Ecuador, Health Care Systems of the United States and Colombia and Societal Issues in the United States and the Dominican Republic.

Students completed a number of requirements for this prestigious recognition. As stated on the New York State Education website, “the New York State Seal of Biliteracy recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. The intent of the NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages; identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers; provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission; prepare students with twenty-first century skills; recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction in schools; and affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society.”

Later in the school year more candidates for The New York State Seal of Biliteracy will present their cultural comparisons to the panel.  Teachers and administrators are very much looking forward to the work from their students.

South Students Take 21st Century Trip

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Earlier this month, South High School's AP Seminar class visited the Manhattan Facebook and Instagram headquarters. The students were given a tour of the company offices and had several presenters explain their career and life experiences. The trip was a great success and showed students how their AP Seminar team building skills and collaborative work relate to real-world corporate environments. Furthermore, as the class focused on the theme of technology this year, the trip provided students with a great sense of what the 21st century technology workplace is truly like.

Science Shines at North

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Science was in the spotlight on Jan. 15, when Valley Stream North High School students in grades 9-12 participated in their annual Science Research Symposium. They assembled in the library and presented their advanced studies and innovations to an audience of peers, teachers and administrators. This year’s event featured the theme “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.” 

Principal Rachel Green shared welcoming remarks and the North Breakfast Club ensemble provided an opening music performance. Teachers Santo DiSclafani and Michael Frazer served as the event’s keynote speakers. Students provided previews of projects that they have submitted to prestigious competitions. 

Seniors shared their in-depth, independent research on various topics. Juniors did the same, and additionally highlighted the STEM career paths they have been exploring as part of the Northwell Health Spark Challenge. Sophomores showcased their entries in the Medical Marvels Research Competition, sponsored by the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the Center for Workforce Readiness, and freshmen described the inventions they created for the Exploravision Science Competition. 

As the event came to an end, students split into breakout groups for a concluding activity, and Science Department Chairperson John Pandolfi provided closing remarks. 

 

Central Streamers Share Dance Spotlight

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On Jan. 11, the Valley Stream Central Streamers had a dance clinic with students in grades K-6 from schools across the district. The dancers were split based on their grades and were taught a dance by the Streamers. This amazing event was a fundraiser for the team to help them buy new costumes for their annual Intradistrict Kickline Exhibition. The kids performed with the Streamers on Wednesday, January 15th at halftime for the JV basketball team.  

Perfecting Poetry, Out Loud

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Several of the Valley Stream Central High School District’s buildings are gearing up for the Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition, which will be held on Jan. 31 at Nassau Community College. Students have been involved in schoolwide contests in order to determine who will advance to the next level. 

Central High School held a schoolwide Poetry Out Loud competition on Jan. 9. 

North and Memorial held their events in December.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020