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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.


Central High School’s Peer Mentors Club Hosts Game Night

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Valley Stream, NEW YORK (December, 2021) — On Friday, December 3, the Valley Stream Central High School Peer Mentors Club hosted a game night, which was open to all students at the school. The activities included minute-to-win-it challenges, board games, Uno, the popular rhythm game Just Dance and karaoke.

The focus of the event was to give students the opportunity to interact with each other and their teachers in person after more than a year of pandemic restrictions. It was a successful night, enjoyed by all in attendance.

“It was wonderful to see the kids engage with each other,” Peer Mentors Club advisor Michelle Vikse said.

The minute-to-win-it challenges included building a 32-cup pyramid or moving an Oreo from a student’s forehead to their mouth without using their hands, all within a 60-second time limit.

The primary mission of the Peer Mentors Club is to serve as a resource for Valley Stream’s elementary-school students. In years past, members met with their younger peers, and discussed various challenges they might face and how to overcome them.

Ms. Vikse said the club plans to resume its mentoring activities in the spring with a focus on student wellness. She said the club is excited to host another game night in the spring as well.

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Valley Stream Central High School’s Creative Writing Class and AP Art Class Attends LIVE FlipGrid Event

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Valley Stream, NY (December 2021)—Last month, the students in Valley Stream Central High School’s Creative Writing and AP art classes were treated to a special event hosted by Dolores Ayuso, Valley Stream Central High School’s Library Media Specialist. Students gathered in the library to virtually attend a live FlipGrid Event with Amanda Gorman, the famous poet, activist, and bestselling author; and Loren Long, The New York Times bestselling illustrator.

“I want to commend Mrs. Ayuso for virtually bringing two talented people into our library and exposing our students to the beauty of language and creative expression, said Dr. Joseph Pompilio. “Central students were totally engaged in the experience and left the library inspired."

Students were able to listen to Ms. Gorman and Ms. Long talk about their new book, Change Sings, which celebrates how anything is possible when voices are joined together. Students heard Ms. Gorman deliver a live reading, got an inside look at Ms. Long’s illustration process, and listened as the two discussed how they became who they are today.

FlipGrid is a tool used by educators to engage students by posting questions and having students reply by posting their video responses.

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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.

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Thursday, January 20, 2022