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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.


STEM Class Design and Create 3-D Space Probes

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Central High School students in Mr. Robert De La Cruz’s STEM class became experts in astronomy while working on their three-dimensional printing astronomy project. Both in-person and remote students designed and created realistic models of space probes.

The inspiration was to model the most significant missions to space in the history of space exploration. Students selected from a list of 40 significant missions to space and then created a presentation highlighting the objective, instrumentation and discoveries of the probe or satellite. In addition, they also used Computer Assisted Design software to create a model of their chosen probe and had their models printed in 3D. Their presentations and models are now on display in the school’s library.

“As a class, we wanted to show that it is possible to learn a high-level skill and conduct research, while adjusting to the challenges of this year,” Mr. De La Cruz said. “The class exceeded all expectations.”

Student Artwork to be Displayed at U.S. Capital

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The district is proud to congratulate Central High School junior Amanda Parfait who was selected as a winner of the 2021 Congressional Art Competition.

The art competition is hosted by members of congress every year. Each member of the house selects artwork from students who live in their district. Congressman Gregory Meeks selected Amanda’s self-portrait as the New York Fifth District winner. Her work will be hung in the underground walkway between the House Offices and the Capital Building in Washington, D.C. for a period of one year.

Amanda’s award-winning self-portrait was developed as part of the curriculum in her Advanced Drawing and Painting Course. She managed to create the beautiful piece even though she was learning full-remote this year. Her art teacher Mr. Mario Bakalov said Amanda is looking forward to completing the Advanced Placement Portfolio as part of her studies next year.

District Celebrates Year of Success, Accomplishments

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The district had a lot to celebrate at the June board of education meeting, as members of the board and administrators recognized the Class of 2021 top students, retirees, building accomplishments and former board of education members.

The evening kicked off with Central, North and South high schools’ principals honoring their respective valedictorian and salutatorian. Students who were in attendance to receive their plaque and certificate of merit were Central’s salutatorian Mary Chong; North’s valedictorian Sumaiya Ramsaroop and salutatorian Alexandra Wells; and South’s valedictorian Amrit Pabla. Central’s valedictorian Peace Oloko and South’s salutatorian Zhi Lin will also be receiving their plaque and certificate of merit.

Administrators also celebrated 18 staff members who will be retiring this year. The district thanks them for all their years of commitment, hard work and dedication to students. All retirees received plaques as a token of appreciation for their decades of service.

While recognizing their students and retired staff, all building principals were also given certificates of merit for their building’s accomplishments. Central, North and South high schools were recognized for earning the U.S. News & World Report and WalletHub 2021 Ranking of the Best High Schools. Meanwhile Memorial Junior High School was also acknowledged for earning the New York State Education Department’s School to Watch 2021.

District celebrations concluded with board members and administrators honoring retired board member Anthony Iadevaio and outgoing board member William P. Stris. Mr. Iadevaio and Mr. Stris were acknowledged for their hard work and commitment to their positions, as they each dedicated more than 30 years of service to the students and community.

Student Selected for Elite MIT Summer Program

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Central High School junior Michael Sinclair was selected to join the 2021 MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community Program.

Michael is one of 1,700 students from around the world who applied to this program and was selected for his commitment to personal excellence. During the program, those selected will take two online courses, attend weekly webinars, discussions, admissions sessions and online events, engage with MOSTEC peers and mentors via weekly Cluster meetings, the MOSTEC slack workspace and game nights, and post weekly blogs.

After working very hard throughout his ninth, 10th and 11th grade school years, Michael said he felt relieved when he learned he was selected for the program. He added that he’s also excited to meet other qualified students from around the world. “It’s kind of intimidating at first but after finishing a few orientations with a few members, I feel really honored to work with other students who are really accomplished in the science sphere.”

The district applauds Michael for this achievement and wishes him best of luck in the program.

Top of Their Class

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The district is proud to congratulate and recognize the Class of 2021 valedictorians and salutatorians. These students have demonstrated extraordinary skills, talents, determination and capacity for learning throughout their high school careers.

Central High School
Valedictorian - Peace Oloko
Peace carries a 108.9 GPA. She is currently involved in the Student Council, SADD and YOLO club, Eagle Connection and is the vice president of the National Honor Society. In previous years, she was also treasurer of the Japanese Club, vice president of the Chem Club, and a member of the school varsity girls tennis team, Central Medical Leaders, Future Business Leasers of America, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Treble Choir and more. She plans to attend University of Pennsylvania with a QuestBridge Scholarship.

Salutatorian - Mary Chong
Mary carries a 107.4 GPA. She is currently the treasurer for the Class of 2021, vice president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, treasurer for the National Honor Society, and member of the Peer Mentors and school’s varsity girls tennis team. In previous years, she was the treasurer for Future Business Leasers of America, a member of the VideoTech Club and more. She will be attending CUNY Hunter College in the fall and will be in the school’s Nursing Scholars Program.

North High School
Valedictorian - Sumaiya Ramsaroop
Sumaiya has a 110.5 GPA. She has participated in several extracurricular activities, including vice president of the Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, English Honor Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society, Language Honor Society, Ecology Club, Student Council, Black Student Union and more. She also received national honors as a member of the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society and achieving the National AP Scholar. Sumaiya will attend Brown University in the fall.

Salutatorian - Alexandra Wells
Alexandra carries a 110.3 GPA. She is the president of the National Science Honor Society and chairperson of the Spartan Mini-THON. She is also a member of the Student Peer Organization, the Ecology Club, the National Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, Language Honor Society, English Honor Society and more. Alexandra also participated in other extracurricular activities including the girls varsity girls soccer, winter track and spring track teams. She will attend University of Georgia in the fall.

South High School
Valedictorian - Amrit Pabla
Amrit has a 109.4 GPA. She has participated in several extracurricular activities, including the Science Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society, president of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Language Honor Society, History Honor Society, vice president of the Key Club, Student Government and more. Amrit is also a National AP Scholar with Distinction, AP Capstone Diploma, and Semifinalist at Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposia. She will be attending Macaulay Honors at Queens College in the fall.

Salutatorian - Zhi Lin
Zhi has a 108.6 GPA. He’s part of several organizations, including the National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Math Honor Society and History Honor Society. He was also a National AP Scholar. In addition, he was also part of the School Wind Ensemble, School Pit Orchestra, District Band and Orchestra, Nassau All County Band, Long Island University Festival Band, New York All State Symphonic Band and New York All State Wind Ensemble. Zhi will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the fall.
Friday, June 18, 2021