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Spartan’s Pep Rally at Valley Stream North High School

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Valley Stream, NY (October 2021)—Spartan school spirit was shining bright on Thursday, October 7 as Valley Stream North High School held its annual outdoor pep rally! All Varsity and Junior Varsity teams were announced to the audience of students, family, friends and building faculty and staff who were cheering on with great excitement.

“It’s great to see the enthusiasm, energy, laughter and smiles of our students, their friends and families again here on our campus,” said Dr. Robin Small, Interim Principal of North High School. “It’s been a long time coming since we have all been able to get together and show our school spirit. This is a great beginning to what I believe will be a tremendous year for all our programs – athletics, academics, and clubs. It is clear that our students are proud to be Spartans.”

The pep rally was coordinated by Senior High School Council Advisors Mary Parisi and Al Daddino, with Paul Klimuszko, North High School’s Athletic Director. Mr. Daddino was the emcee for the event while Mr. Fabian Jara, the Interim Assistant Principal, served as DJ for the festivities. Everyone enjoyed the performances by the Spartan Steppers, Rangerettes, Cheer Team and a special rap performance by none other than Coach Parisi.

“I had a fantastic time as DJ at the pep rally. It was a great day for everyone,” said Mr. Jara. “I love the energy and the enthusiasm shown out on the field. It makes me proud to be a Spartan!”

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

Students of Valley Stream Central High School District Earn Perfect Score on AP Exams!

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Valley Stream, NY (October 2021)—Four high school students from the Valley Stream Central High School District earned perfect scores on their AP exams. Advanced Placement courses present students with a rigorous, college-level curriculum. AP exams, scored on a scale of 1-5, are intense, challenging, college-level examinations. Scoring a 5 on an AP exam is difficult enough, but receiving a perfect score is extremely rare.

“Congratulations to all four students who received a perfect score on their AP exams,” said Dr. Wayne Loper, the Acting Superintendent of the Valley Stream Central High School District. “This is a wonderful achievement, deserving of accolades and congratulations. We are incredibly proud of them and our District educators who provide all of our students with their knowledge, wisdom and steady guidance to help ensure they can achieve to their fullest potential.”

Michael Sinclair, a Valley Stream Central High School student, earned a perfect score on his AP Research exam taken in May 2021. To understand how momentous this achievement is, consider that only 375 students, which equates to just 1.56 percent of all students worldwide taking the AP Research exam, received a perfect score.

“I admire Michael’s perseverance and dedication to his studies which made this achievement possible,” said Dr. Joseph Pompilio, Principal of Valley Stream Central High School. “We are incredibly proud of Michael, and I commend Jack Gorman, Michael’s teacher and mentor, for guiding Michael to success.”

Hannah Lee and Alain Deen, both Valley Stream North High School students, received a perfect score on their AP Seminar exam taken in May 2021. A total of 46,840 students worldwide took the exam, with only 33 students obtaining the perfect score, putting Hannah and Alain in the top 0.06 percent of all 2021 AP Seminar exam takers.

Giovanni Mascetti, also a Valley Stream North High School student, received a perfect score on his AP Computer Science Principles exam. Giovanni’s perfect score placed him in the top 0.29 percent of all students worldwide taking the AP Computer Sciences Principles exam in 2021.

“I applaud our three students for their impeccable commitment to their education,” said Dr. Robin Small, Interim Principal of Valley Stream North High School. “I also want to highlight the support and guidance provided to these students by our AP Seminar teachers, Nicole Ryan and Joe Powers, and our AP Computer Science teacher, Kathy Reiger.”

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

North High School's Annual Club Fair

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Valley Stream, NY (October 2021)—On September 28, North High School held its annual Club Fair, an event that provides students with an opportunity to learn about the many clubs and extracurricular activities available both before and after school hours. Student representatives from each club were available to answer questions and explain to prospective members their group’s mission and activities.

“It was a wonderful and informative day for our students,” said Dr. Robin Small, Interim Principal of Valley Stream North High School. “Participation in extracurricular activities is part of a well-rounded high school experience. After the limitations imposed by the pandemic on many of our clubs over the past year and a half, it was wonderful to see our students’ enthusiasm and interest in learning about the many opportunities available to them to further engage with their individual interests and passions.”

Valley Stream North High School has an array of extracurricular activities available for students to join, including Student Government, honor societies, service clubs, special interest clubs, athletic clubs and support clubs.

“The interest expressed by so many of our students in learning about and joining the many clubs offered at North High School is another example of how we are all working together to make this year very special and rewarding for our students,” said Amy Italiano, Students Activities Director of North High School. “I was really impressed with the work and creativity demonstrated by the student club representatives in the set up of their booths and how information was displayed. They did an amazing job in making this a successful event.”

Over 200 students attended the Club Fair. Due to Covid-19 capacity limits, the number of students in the cafeteria, where the Club Fair was held, was limited to 150 students at any one time.

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

Valley Stream Central High School Students Practice College Interviews—In a Foreign Language!

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Valley Stream, NY (October 2021)—What do foreign language studies and college interview exercises have in common? At Valley Stream Central High School, they come together through an innovative initiative developed by the High School’s World Language Department.

“Creating real-life scenarios for our students to hone their conversational foreign language skills is a critical part of our foreign language program,” said Dan Saitta, the District’s World Language Department Chairperson. “At this time of year, our seniors are deeply involved in the college application process, which for many will involve a college interview. We developed the World Language College Interview program to provide our students with practice in both areas. While their actual college interview will be in English, familiarizing our students with questions that might be asked during their college interview will help build their confidence, and conducting these practice interview sessions in the foreign language they are studying provides a wonderful opportunity to develop their conversational foreign language skills.”

The first session, held on October 8 for College Spanish and College French students, was hosted by Central High School’s new Librarian, Dolores Ayuso, who along with Spanish and French teachers from Central High School and Memorial Junior High School, served as college interviewers. The World Language College Interviews are the culminating activity for the first instructional unit that focused on college studies.

Questions asked during the practice foreign language interviews included:

  • “What have you done to prepare yourself for your college studies?”
  • “What is important that the college have for your studies?”
  • “How will you manage your finances?”
  • “Before you applied to this college, what other colleges had you investigated?”

Students were also given the opportunity to ask the interviewers about academic programs, college activities, entrance exams, dorms and internships. A similar session will be held for College Italian students at the end of October.

“This is a great experience for our students—it helps them prepare for their college interviews while developing expertise in the foreign language they have chosen to study,” said Dr. Joseph Pompilio, Valley Stream Central High School principal. “We are committed to providing our students with the necessary tools they need to excel in their education, as well as to develop the skills and self-confidence that will help them succeed in college and beyond.”

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

Thursday, October 28, 2021