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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.

Announcements:

300 Valley Stream Central High School District Students Earn AP Status

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Valley Stream, NY (December 2021)—The Valley Stream Central High School District offers a robust and rigorous academic program, which includes AP courses that may lead to students receiving AP Scholar designations with an AP Capstone Diploma. On November 9, Valley Stream’s Central, North and South high schools held assemblies to honor those in their buildings who earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board. These exceptional students were recognized for their scores on Advanced Placement exams.

“These students earning their AP Scholar distinctions are a credit to our District, and their achievements are a testament to the variety of opportunities the District continues to provide to our students, encouraging them to push themselves academically and earn college credit while in high school,” said Dr. Wayne Loper, Acting Superintendent of Valley Stream Central High School District. “These 354 students—as well as their AP teachers—have worked diligently throughout the school year, and we are so proud to congratulate them all on their well-earned recognition.”

There are three levels of AP Scholar Awards:

● AP Scholar - granted to students who receive a score of 3 or higher on three
or more AP exams.
● AP Scholar with Honor - granted to students scoring an average of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.
● AP Scholar with Distinction - granted to students receiving an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken, and a score of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

In addition to the three Scholar Awards, students enrolled in the District’s AP Capstone Program are eligible to earn two additional AP awards:

● AP Seminar and Research Certificate, granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research.
● AP Capstone Diploma, granted to students who earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on 4 additional AP Exams of their choosing.

Across Central, North and South high schools, 183 students earned the AP Scholar Award, 72 students earned the AP Scholar Award with Honor, and 99 students were granted the AP Scholar with Distinction Award. Additionally, 47 students in the three high schools earned either the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma Award or the AP Seminar and Research Certificate.

Building administration, teachers, family and friends of the honored students were also in attendance at each assembly to show their support for these outstanding young men and women who serve as role models for the entire Valley Stream community.

For more information about the Valley Stream Central High School District, please visit: http://www.vschsd.org and ‘like’ our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ValleyStreamCentralHighSchoolDistrict

Eagle’s Pep Rally at Valley Stream Central High School

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Valley Stream, NY (October 2021)—Students of Valley Stream Central High School showed off their school spirit on Friday, October 22 during the school’s pep rally. Performances by the school’s Kickline Streamers, Band, Cheerleaders, and Step Team were several of the event's highlights. In addition, the introduction of Homecoming King and Queen Roy Longarzo and Dahlia Wilson drew applause and congratulations from the cheering crowd of students, family, friends, and building faculty and staff.

“It was wonderful to be able to hold our annual pep rally again and feel the great energy and enthusiasm of everyone in attendance,” said Dr. Joseph Pompilio, Principal of Valley Stream Central High School. “Eagle spirit was at an all-time high. Days like this are a great reminder of how truly amazing our community is.”

The pep rally was coordinated by Mr. Rubino, Athletic Director of Valley Stream Central High School, and hosted by Mr. Alesia, one of the coaches of the Central High School football team. “Our students never cease to amaze us,” said Mr. Alesia. “Valley Stream Central High School students’ energy and support for each other, as demonstrated at our pep rally, is truly unparalleled.”

For more information about the Valley Stream Central High School District, please visit http://www.vschsd.org and ‘like’ our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ValleyStreamCentralHighSchoolDistrict

El Día de Los Muertos Celebrated at Valley Stream Central High School

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Valley Stream, NY (November 2021)—El Día de Los Muertos (English translation – Day of the Dead) is a culturally rich tradition native to Latin cultures and is celebrated annually around the world. Ms. Marisa Díaz y Díaz, Valley Stream Central High School’s World Language teacher, brought that celebration to students with the planning of a festive celebration inside and outside the classroom that commemorated El Día de Los Muertos on Monday, November 1.

As is tradition when celebrating the holiday, Ms. Díaz y Díaz set up a beautiful altar covered in vibrantly colored flowers and candles. The altar was also adorned with pictures of loved ones who have passed away. Some of the more recognizable items placed on the altar included several skeleton statues in honor of Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican painter. Traditional papel picado (paper banners) lined the hallways and bulletin boards featured different calaveras (skull images) by Mexican artist, José Guadalupe Posada.

“This was truly an immersive experience for our students,” said Dr. Joseph Pompilio, Principal of Valley Stream Central High School. “I’d like to give a special thank you to Ms. Díaz y Díaz. This would not have been possible without her preparation, help and knowledge about El Día de Los Muertos.”

A large banner of dancing skeletons was placed at the end of the main hallway and served as a backdrop for students to take photos to commemorate the day’s celebrations. World Language teachers wore intricately designed shirts to add to the festivities. Ms. Díaz y Díaz provided language classes with video links about El Día de Los Muertos, which included the wonderful displays located at Rockefeller Center.

In Spanish AP Language and Culture classes, students completed a cultural comparison of El Día de Los Muertos and Halloween. Students researched how El Día de Los Muertos is observed in Ecuador, Mexico and Perú and then learned about the Celtic and British origins and current practices of Halloween in the United States to compare and contrast the role of both celebrations.

For more information about the District, please visit: http://www.vschsd.org and ‘like’ our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ValleyStreamCentralHighSchoolDistrict.

Valley Stream Central High School’s World Language Department Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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Valley Stream, NY (November 2021)— In October, the Valley Stream Central High School World Language Department celebrated the contributions and culture of our Hispanic community during Hispanic Heritage Month. Students in Spanish 4 classes researched and prepared presentations about the contributions of famous Hispanic people that have touched all aspects of our lives. Individuals the students chose to research included Sonia Sotomayor, Oscar de la Renta, Frida Kahlo, Ellen Ochoa, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Isabel Allende, Roberto Clemente, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Sandra Cisneros, Desi Arnaz, Raúl Julia and Celia Cruz. “The beauty and strength of our country is its diversity. The celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, and highlighting the many contributions of the Hispanic community, which add to the quality of life we all enjoy today, is an important part of imparting to our students a greater appreciation of that diversity,” said Dr. Joseph Pompilio, Principal of Valley Stream Central
High School.

During the month-long celebration, students in College Spanish classes worked on the unit Las Tradiciones. One very interesting aspect of their study focused on how food is an intricate part of one’s traditions, culture, and identity. Students researched not only foods of Hispanic origin, but the origins of others as well, such as coffee which originated in Africa, bananas from Asia and potatoes and tomatoes from Peru.

On the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month, students were encouraged to represent their heritage by wearing clothing representing their ancestral countries. Photos of students were taken in front of the Hispanic Heritage Month Bulletin Board as they pointed to the countries they proudly represented. Students also enjoyed looking at the displays that teachers created in front of their classroom doors representing La República Dominicana, México, Perú and Puerto Rico. To close the celebration, World Language teachers were interviewed by ETV about their culture, wearing Hispanic Heritage Month t-shirts to celebrate the contributions of all Hispanic cultures.

For more information about the Valley Stream Central High School District, please visit: http://www.vschsd.org and ‘like’ our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ValleyStreamCentralHighSchoolDistrict

Hocus Pocus with Valley Stream Central High School’s Performing Arts Students

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Valley Stream, NY (September 2021)—Volunteerism, especially when it involves working with the young children of Valley Stream, has always been a favorite activity for the students of Valley Stream Central High School. Recently, four High School Performing Arts students had the opportunity to help Wheeler Avenue Elementary School children enjoy a festive Halloween Hocus Pocus movie night sponsored by the elementary school’s PTA! Responding to the request from the Wheeler Avenue PTA, the Performing Arts students dressed up as the Sanderson Sisters and Billy the Zombie to help add an extra special element to the PTA’s first in-person event in almost two years.

“It was great to see our students take the time out of their busy schedules to volunteer for these young students,” said Dr. Joseph Pompilio, Principal of Valley Stream Central High School. “It was a last-minute request, but as our students always do, these four outstanding representatives of our High School came through to make this a most memorable experience for these youngsters.”

Performing at Hocus Pocus Movie Night were Anna Lobach, Cariessa McFarlane, Noehra Augustin and Joshua Gonzales.

For more information about the Valley Stream Central High School District, please visit: http://www.vschsd.org and ‘like’ our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ValleyStreamCentralHighSchoolDistrict
Sunday, December 05, 2021