South High School

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

Principal: Maureen Henry 
Assistant Principals: Kara Feigenbaum, Jacquelin Allen


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.  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!


South High School Serves Kindness to Families in Need

Valley Stream South High School held its first Family Service Day on Saturday, Nov. 19. Students and parents worked together to fill 44 baskets with food and a gift cards to a local supermarket. These baskets will be distributed throughout the Valley Stream community to those in need. Members of South’s student clubs, Parents Club and PTSA, along with staff and parent volunteers, contributed to this worthwhile cause by providing items for the baskets and obtaining the gift card donations. This event was just one example of South putting its motto into action…“Small acts of kindness make a Big Difference!”

South HS Takes Cultural Studies to the Kitchen

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Valley Stream South High School teacher Ginger Calderaro took her seventh-grade English class to A La Carte Cooking School in Lynbrook, where they prepared an authentic Greek meal. This event tied in with the students’ studies of Greek Mythology along with the classic text, “The Adventures of Ulysses” by Bernard Evslin.

In the spirit of learning, the students rounded out their experience by adding a little culture to the unit by exploring the culinary side of Greece. They boarded the Long Island Railroad and travelled one stop to Lynbrook. Upon their arrival at the cooking school, the class was divided into teams that made tasty treats such as Greek lemon soup, stuffed grape leaves, spanakopita, and braised chicken breast.  Finally, the sweet dessert reminiscent of baklava, was a crowd pleaser. South High School Principal Maureen Henry joined the class for this educational and exciting day.

Wesley Tsai Named National Merit Commended Student

Valley Stream South High School senior Wesley Tsai was named a National Merit Commended Student based on his Preliminary SAT scores. This distinction is presented through the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955.

Commended Students represent the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition by taking the PSAT.

Wesley is an actively involved student with a variety of interests. He is a member of South’s Cross Country Team, Quiz Bowl team, Class Council, National Honor Society and several subject honor societies. A violinist, he performs with the Chamber Orchestra and is a Tri-M Music Honor Society participant. 

Memorial and South Shine as Schools of Character

The Valley Stream Central High School District’s Memorial Junior High School and South High School were formally honored as 2016 National Schools of Character, a distinction that was first announced last spring. Representatives from both buildings attended’s 23rd National Forum on Character Education, held in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 13-15. 

Assistant Principal John Squadrito and Library Media Specialist Joan Mahoney participated at the forum on behalf of Memorial, while South was represented by Principal Maureen Henry, Special Education Teacher and Advisor to the Character Action Team Colleen Byrne and World Language Teacher and Student Activities Coordinator Jennifer Geremina. The groups from each school received a banner to display at their respective buildings.

Memorial and South were initially selected as New York State Schools of Character and advanced to the next level based on their applications. They were found to be exemplary models of character development and are among 68 schools across the United States presented with this honor.
Character education is a focus across the district, as all students are encouraged to “Believe in the Rights and Values of Everyone” through the BRAVE program and its initiatives. Many lessons and activities held throughout the year in various subject areas incorporate this theme.  

Saturday, December 10, 2016