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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.


Best Public Schools Statewide

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The district has been named among 2021’s Best Public High Schools in New York State based on a new study conducted by WalletHub. Each of the district’s schools were prominently ranked on the list.

WalletHub compared more than 1,200 public high schools across 26 metrics. These metrics were grouped into four categories, including college readiness, school experience, diversity and teacher and staff. Based on the data collected by WalletHub, Central High School’s score was 76.22, South High School’s score was 75.28 and North High School’s score was 73.81.

“I think this is an amazing achievement for our schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bill Heidenreich. “We believe our students thrive in the Valley Stream Central High School District and this honor is a true reflection of the hard work, support and dedication of our entire staff, the parents, and our community to their education.”

Central Soccer Stars Lauded by State Officials

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Central High School boys varsity soccer players Andrew Gallego and Tadeusz Polkosnik were honored by New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky and New York State Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages. The high school seniors received proclamations for being selected as Newsday’s Top 100 Long Island Boys Soccer Players for Spring 2021.

As a senior forward, Andrew had 13 goals and three assists last season and was one of the top scorers in Nassau. Meanwhile, Tadeusz, a senior midfielder, had eight goals and six assists last year.

The district congratulates both athletes on this wonderful accomplishment.

Central Students Honor World Language Week

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Central High School students were in high spirits as they celebrated diverse cultures for World Language Week.

This year’s traditions, heritages, recipes, flags, dances, music, poetry, pictures and videos were shared virtually on a World Language Heritage Week Teams page, which received over 150 entries from students and teachers.

The week kicked off with Monday’s Represent Your Roots Day, where students posted pictures and flags that represented their culture. Tuesday’s focus was sharing delicious recipes that represented so many different cultures. For Wednesday, students witnessed an abundance of diverse talent through music and dance. On Thursday, students in French, Italian, Japanese and Spanish classes competed online in a “Battle Royale” to test their knowledge in the languages they are studying. Friday was a day of reflection that followed the theme, “This is me…where I come from.” This gave students the opportunity to discuss the pride they carry in their own culture as they also learned about other cultures.

Districtwide Senior Day Bash

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Celebrations were heard throughout the district, as all three senior high schools hosted its Senior Day.

Seniors at Central, North and South high schools participated in an array of activities. This included ping-pong, knockerball, PlayStation games, Soccer Darts, a TikTok challenge, scavenger hunt, senior story activity, signing a “2021” banner, badminton, cornhole, writing activities and planting seeds. These activities varied according to each building.

In order to maintain safety regulations due to COVID-19, students wore their masks, were split up into groups and rotated throughout the day.

Poetry Read Out Loud Winners Head for States

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The district is proud to announce that Central High School students Uwakmfon-abasi Ebong and Emily Monfort were selected as Nassau County winners of the virtual National Poetry Read Out Loud Recitation Competition and will be moving onto the New York State Regional Competition.

The purpose of the competition is to help students master public speaking skills, self-confidence and encourage them to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Several students throughout the district participated in the competition, where they uploaded prerecorded videos of their chosen piece. Each video was judged on several categories, including physical presence, dramatic appropriateness and accuracy.

The district applauds all students who participated and wishes Emily and Uwakmfon-abasi the best of luck at the state level, which is slated to take place in mid-March.
Thursday, April 22, 2021