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Central High School

135 Fletcher Avenue, Valley Stream, NY 11580
Main Office Phone: (516) 561-4400


Principal: Dr. Joseph Pompilio
Assistant Principals: Robert Milani, Mathew Pearson

A Message from Central's Principal - Dr. Joseph Pompilio

Valley Stream Central High School welcomes you to a world encompassing tradition, pride, and achievement. Our diverse student population in grades 10 to 12, experiences the routines of high school on a daily basis. Out of these routines come dreams, goals, and success.

The academic program at Central ranges from an array of Advanced Placement Courses to supporting instructional resources. Students are challenged by dedicated teachers on a daily basis creating a rigorous academic environment. Personalized academic experiences exists at Central where student achievement is realized in and out of the classroom, and each student receives comprehensive support from every staff member in the building. Our strong parent involvement is essential for sustaining our successful school.

In my diverse educational experience, responsibility and discipline remain instrumental in establishing a serious academic environment. Students must demonstrate responsibility in all facets of high school life and must be accountable for their actions. Students should realize that school is a dignified place and dress and behavior must be appropriate. As educators, we prepare your son or daughter for future education and employment and therefore every class, every interaction with a teacher, and every challenge is relevant to the future.

While clearly defining student expectations, Central High School is committed to providing our students with nothing less than exceptional educational opportunities. Our Performing Arts program allows students to pursue a rigorous academic program while being immersed in the arts. Our culinary, cosmetology, and business programs are comparable to professional school programs. Central’s extracurricular activities and athletic programs are numerous, diverse, and engaging.

I could continue this introduction of Central High School by listing statistics, columns of information and academic course descriptions. Despite the importance of specific information, a paramount requirement for understanding Central is to be exposed, even for one day, to the students and teachers who demonstrate the ideals of high school existence.


Central High School Celebrates World Language Week

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 Students gave presentations on various aspects of the world’s cultures, including song dance and poetry.  thumbnail216965
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Students and teachers celebrated the world’s cultures for World Language Week at the end of March.  thumbnail216967
Valley Stream Central High School celebrated the beautiful diversity of world languages and cultures during World Language Week in late March.

As part of the festivities, the third floor of the building was decorated with flags from around the world and tables with poster boards created by students to represent the various cultures at the school.

Each day, loudspeaker announcements were made in the different languages taught at the school and used in the students’ homes. A special group was set up in Microsoft Teams for students and teachers to share photos, recipes and cultural information. Each day of the week featured a different theme, including “Represent Your Roots,” “Represent Your Flag,” “International Day” and “Sports Day.”

In their respective American Sign Language, French, Japanese, Italian and Spanish language classes, students used the app Blooket to test their comprehension of the language and culture.

Additionally, the students engaged in an after-school activity called Say Hello in Another Language. Students created short presentations about specific countries and cultures for classmates and teachers. Featured cultures included those from China, Ukraine, Japan, Pakistan and the Philippines and students presented common phrases, cultural norms, and interesting facts about each. Presentations were also done in American Sign Language. Finally, students had the opportunity to learn origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, after school.

On Friday, Heritage Afternoon began at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Students presented song, dance and poetry from Jamaica, Mexico, the Philippines, India, Pakistan and Colombia, as well as other Latin American and various African countries to fellow students, parents and staff members.

Heritage Week is a multicultural lens through which students learn about the language, culture and heritage of their peers and reflect on the pride that they have for their own culture. The festivities were brought together through the school’s World Language Department, which looks to celebrate the school’s diversity every year.

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Date Added: 5/11/2022

Central High School District Culinary Students Celebrate National Meatball Day with Special Guest

Valley Stream Central High School District had a special visit from chef Nicole Romano’s grandmother, center, for National Meatball Day.  thumbnail216427

Valley Stream, NEW YORK (April, 2022)—Valley Stream Central High School District’s culinary arts program celebrated National Meatball Day on March 9 by making meatballs with a special visit from instructor chef Nicole Romano’s grandmother.

Ms. Romano worked alongside her granddaughter’s students to demonstrate how she makes her authentic Italian meatballs, helping students prep ingredients and mix and shape the meatballs. The group then sold the finished products to staff and fellow students throughout the day.

The district’s culinary arts program is just one of the many ways it offers students career-readiness opportunities throughout their high school careers.

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Date Added: 4/28/2022

Fourteen Central Students Receive College Board Accolades

Emily Monfort, from left to right, Joshua Szala, Christian Akaeze, Miles Fortuno, Zakkiyya Fraser, Reannah Dautruche, Aaron Falconer, Michaela Sinclair and Michael Sinclair. thumbnail216420
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Valley Stream, NEW YORK (January, 2022)—Fourteen additional Valley Stream Central High School students have been selected as College Board National Recognition Program awardees. College Board is a nonprofit organization that seeks to expand access to higher education by connecting students to college readiness programs.

Edward Uzhca received the National Hispanic Recognition Award; Joshua Szala, Christian Akaeze, Miles Fortuno, Zakkiyaa Fraser, Reannah Dautruche, Aaron Falconer, Michaela Sinclair, Michael Sinclair and Courtnei Smith earned National African American Recognition awards; while Emily Monfort, Sahannah Seemungal and Arielle Duplessy earned both. Criteria is based on academic achievement in school and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10 and/or Advanced Placement exams. The accolades are intended for placement on the students’ respective college applications in order to identify exemplary students from historically underrepresented groups.

“I am elated that the College Board recognized fourteen Central students for outstanding academic performance,” Central High School Principal Dr. Joseph Pompilio said. “These students demonstrate hard work, focus and academic excellence each day of school. I look forward to their success beyond high school.”

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Date Added: 4/27/2022

Central High School’s Athletes Helping Athletes Club Visits Wheeler Students

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Members of Valley Stream Central High School’s Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA) club Speaking to Students thumbnail215169

Valley Stream, NEW YORK (March, 2022)—Members of Valley Stream Central High School’s Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA) club started off their second semester with a visit to sixth graders at Wheeler Avenue Elementary School.

Through the club, the distinguished athletes connect with their younger peers to advise them on how to make smart decisions—both on and off the field. During their latest visit, club members were assigned to a Wheeler class to explain the purpose of Athletes Helping Athletes. The upperclassmen began by sharing personal stories about how sportsmanship has played a role in various aspects of their lives and explained how the lessons that they’ve learned as athletes have shaped them into the leaders that they are today. After, the Wheeler students were given scenarios and created solutions to problems that they could potentially encounter both in their athletic careers and their lives outside of sports.
It was the second visit Central’s AHA members paid to the students at Wheeler this school year, and they were excited to have the opportunity to guide younger students using their very own experiences.

The club plans to visit the Wheeler students once more this school year, when they will touch upon more serious topics such as bullying, drugs and alcohol.

For more information about the Valley Stream Central High School District, please visit the District’s website at, and like our Facebook page:

Date Added: 3/25/2022

Friday, May 20, 2022