The district is proud to announce that Central High School AP Japanese student Nicole Tolentino was selected to be included in a pamphlet for the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese.
The NECTJ was established in 1992 as a nonprofit organization that supports the study of Japanese language education in the United States. NECTJ’s Spring Festival has been held at the end of March since 1994. More than 500 Japanese language learners gather at the United Nations International School and experience Japanese culture, performing arts and martial arts. This year, a digital pamphlet of the Spring Festival has been published and includes Nicole’s article about Central High School in Japanese. See her write up below in English:
“I am going to introduce Valley Stream Central High School. The principal of our school is Dr. Pompilio. Dr. Pompilio cares about the students and wants them to succeed. The community of the school is very welcoming and diverse. Near the school, there are two parks. The park closest to the school is called Hendrickson Park. The park across Hendrickson Park is called Valley Stream State Park.
“There are different programs at this school such as the performing arts program, culinary, cosmetology, STEM and fine arts. There are also a variety of extracurricular activities. Some activities include a musical, drama production, dance concert, Japanese club, Culinary Arts club and a business leaders club.
“The school offers Spanish, French, Italian, American Sign Language and Japanese to students who want to learn a new language. In Japanese class, there are 4 levels which include 1, 2, 3, and AP. However, some levels are grouped together. Right now, because of Covid-19, it's a little difficult to learn because some students are in person and some students are remote. The class is very interesting, and the Sensei is kind. Everyone tries their best to get the full experience of learning the language.”