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South High School

150 Jedwood Place, Valley Stream, NY 11581
School Main Office Phone: (516) 791-0300


Principal: Maureen Henry 
Assistant Principals: Thomas Zervas, Jacquelin Allen



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A Message from South's Principal - Maureen Henry

I, along with the South High School community, welcome you to our website.  I encourage you to use it as a resource throughout the school year.  Our building, which encompasses students from grades 7 through 12, focuses on bringing out the very best in each student both academically and through a variety of extra-curricular activities. I urge each student to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities there are to challenge themselves to reach new heights.Nat Character  I am confident that as a school community we can accomplish much together this school year.
South High School is committed to a school environment that promotes personal growth, good citizenship and service to others.  South’s motto “small acts of kindness make a big difference” motivates all of the South community to share their time, talent and energy to provide service to others both here at South and in our community.  Wherever our students are – learning in the classroom, acting on the stage, or playing on the field – they are models of respect for all they come in contact with.  Our caring teachers are dedicated to providing all the help that each of their students requires to reach their potential.

I strongly promote the use of the extra help sessions that are provided on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  I hope that students and their parents participate in all of the activities whether it be sports, the performing arts, or the special events that happen at South High School throughout the year.  I encourage every student to challenge themselves to accomplish more this year both academically and by participation in community service activities!

I wish each of you a successful and exciting school year!


Poetry Out Loud Workshop at Valley Stream South High School

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Valley Stream, NY (November 2021)—On Monday, November 15, Valley Stream South High School held its first virtual Poetry Out Loud workshop. The online experience was led by Ms. Susan Willerman, Poetry Out Loud Teaching Artist, and South High School Creative Writing Teacher, Ms. Alison Rudin.

Poetry Out Loud is a National Arts Education Program that encourages students to study great poetry by offering free educational poetry materials and recitation competitions for students in high schools across the country. Ms. Maureen Henry, Principal of South High School, commented about the program, “The Poetry Out Loud program is a wonderful way to get students excited about expressing their feelings, emotions and perspectives through creative writing. The program helps our students build confidence, practice and become more comfortable with public speaking.”

In discussing the program, Ms. Vanessa Barbone, South High School English Department Chairperson, noted, “ This is our second year with the program, and the response from our students has been extremely positive. We were offered the opportunity to have three virtual workshops this year, which will allow more of our students to benefit from this outstanding program.”

In conducting the workshop, Ms. Willerman shared a poem by Emily Dickinson and discussed how that poem had inspired her. Afterward, students in the workshop read their poems out loud to their classmates and discussed the meaning and inspirations for their poems.

As part of the Read Out Loud initiative, students are encouraged to enter the Read Out Loud competition. Winning students at the school level - there will be two from South High School - will move on to the regional competition in January 2022. Winners at the regional level move on to state competitions and ultimately, to the national finals. Awards and placements are determined solely by the judges’ scores based on the Poetry Out Loud Evaluation Criteria.

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VS South High School Occupational Educational Honor Society and History Honor Society Students Pay Tribute to Veterans

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Valley Stream, NY (November 2021)— Veterans Day is a day in which those who have served this country are acknowledged and celebrated for their heroism and bravery. The Occupational Educational Honor Society of South High School recognized and honored Veterans for their service to our country by creating photo displays of veterans throughout the halls of the high school. The photos used for the tribute were provided by students and faculty members who have loved ones or friends who served in the armed forces.

“It’s very important to recognize our heroes. Almost all of us have a family member, a friend or know of someone who has served in the military,” said Ms. Maureen Henry, Principal of Valley Stream South High School. “Creating these visual displays is our way of showing our respect and appreciation for their sacrifices and bravery in defense of the freedoms we all enjoy in this country.”

Joining the Occupational Educational Honor Society in crafting the visual homage to Veterans Day was South High School’s History Honor Society, whose members donated American flags. The flags were placed on every classroom door and office, as well as on the grounds surrounding the building to create a moving display that reminded everyone entering or leaving South High School of the importance and meaning of Veterans Day.

“The Honor Societies’ members’ hopes as they hung the flags throughout the building and outside was to have everyone stop, even for a moment, and have gratitude for all those who have fought for our freedoms,” said Ms. Rosanna Ali, Occupational Educational Honor Society Advisor. “If you were a student, someone who had reason to visit South High School, or simply drove past our building anytime during the week leading up to Veterans Day, I am sure the work these students put in had the intended impact on you.”

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South High School Falcons Gather for In-Person Homecoming Celebration

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VALLEY STREAM, NY (OCTOBER 2021) —Valley Stream South High School welcomed hundreds of fans, community members and alumni on October 23rd, many dressed in red to show their South High School pride, and to enjoy the annual Homecoming parade, football game and festivities. The day-long celebration included a senior walk and parade around the High School’s track, and activities sponsored by many of South High School’s clubs including the Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, and Culture Society.

“It’s wonderful to have our students together again for an in-person Homecoming celebration,” said Ms. Maureen Henry, Principal of Valley Stream South High School. “Our students really showed off their Falcon pride. It was great to see our students, staff and community come together to show support for our High School.”

The memorable day was also highlighted by an exciting football game in which the Falcons scored a touchdown on their first play of the game, a halftime show that featured South High School’s Marching Band, Varsity Cheerleaders, the Kickline and Step teams, and the crowning of 2021-2022 Homecoming Queen and King, Valerie Lenis and Muhammad Shamsi.

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Sunday, December 05, 2021