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!

 

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Announcements:

South HS Relay for Life Raises More than $50K for American Cancer Society

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Valley Stream South High School hosted its first-ever Relay for Life event on May 20, successfully raising more than $50,000 for the American Cancer Society. Approximately 200 attendees and 25 teams came out to support this charitable event.

Relay for Life kicked off with an opening ceremony and special survivor dinner, which was followed by the first lap, dedicated to survivors, and a second one for caregivers.

School performances, entertainment, games and fundraising activities coordinated by students, staff members and other volunteers from the community were among the evening’s highlights, and a 9 p.m. Luminaria Ceremony remembered those who have been lost to cancer.

Luminaria bags dedicated In Honor, In Memory or In Support of loved ones created a brightly lit message of HOPE across South’s bleachers as participants walked and spent time together on the field.

Additionally, a Wall of Honor displayed photos of the individuals who inspired the Relay attendees.

South High Junior Serves as Town Official for a Day

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South High Junior Stacey Charles participated along with nine other students from other Nassau High Schools in the Town of Hempstead’s annual “Students in Government Day” on May 23. Students are nominated by their schools and compete for the activity by writing an essay about issues facing local government. During the day Stacey shadowed the Town’s Director of Public Safety, Thomas D’Maria.  The culminating activity was a mock emergency management frill held in the Town’s command center wherein the Town was in the path of a major impending hurricane.  Stacey acted as the Director of Public Safety and had to make real time decisions regarding public safety concerns while interacting with other Town Departments. Upon her return to South, Stacy was excited about the experience which gave her a first-hand view of the demands on local government officials to protect and serve the community.

South HS Teacher Recognized as GRAMMY Contest Quarterfinalist

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Valley Stream South High School Director of Orchestras Elizabeth Pichichero has been selected as a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. She is among only 290 quarterfinalists that were identified out of more than 3,300 nominees from across the country.

The Music Educator Award recognizes educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

Ms. Pichichero has been teaching at South for 15 years and conducts the select Chamber Ensemble and advises the Tri-M Music Honor Society in addition to her role as junior and senior high school orchestra director. This year, she achieved a major career accomplishment when the Chamber Orchestra was invited to perform at Walt Disney World in Orlando. A first for the school and ensemble, the group performed at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Park.

A musician herself since the age of four, Ms. Pichichero has performed at Carnegie Hall and participated in orchestras in Manhattan and Long Island. As an educator, Ms. Pichichero strives to ensure that her students understand the important role that music has in their lives. She leads students in outreach initiatives that benefit organizations and efforts such as the Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Sunrise Walk and the Autism Walk at Jones Beach. Ms. Pichichero also spearheaded the “Shro-Show” in 2011, a musical extravaganza that raised money for a student who was battling leukemia.  

Quarterfinalists now have the opportunity to advance to semifinalist status in September with the prospect of earning prizes. Eventually, ten finalists will be named, from which one grand winner will be selected and honored during GRAMMY Week 2017. Ms. Pichichero is honored to be nominated for this GRAMMY distinction and she thanks her students for the pride they bring to the school and community of Valley Stream.

South and Memorial Are National Schools of Character

Character.org has recognized Valley Stream South High School and Memorial Junior High School as 2016 National Schools of Character. They 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.

Character education is a focus throughout the Valley Stream Central High School District. All four schools embrace the BRAVE program, which inspires students to “Believe in the Rights and Values of Everyone.” Many lessons and activities held throughout the year in various subject areas incorporate this theme.  

“I am very proud that all the great work that South students and staff do to support our school motto of ‘Small acts of kindness make a BIG difference’ has been recognized,” said South Principal Maureen Henry.

A Character Action Team and a School Culture Committee help to support the motto, and an annual Service Week, a UNITY (Uniting Neighbors, Individuals Together Year-round) Week and school charity efforts emphasize the value of kindness, acceptance and generosity. “Make a Difference” awards acknowledge students who demonstrate good character, and the “Falcon Five Core Values” known as CARES, an acronym for Character, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Service, further underscore positive qualities.

“I am excited that Memorial’s commitment to character education has been recognized,” said Principal Anthony Mignella. “It is a culmination of our programs, practice, polices and the things our students and staff do every day that is making our school shine. I am so proud of the all the hard work that our students, staff and parents do to makes Memorial such a fantastic school.”

An active BRAVE committee organizes various character education initiatives that support Memorial’s core values. For instance, every October, Anti-Bullying Month is recognized with activities that develop good hearts and minds, including annual C.A.R.E. Weeks twice a year. The Good Deed program recognizes students demonstrating good character and Positive Message on a Locker effort coordinated by BRAVE participants as well as the World of Difference Club provided thoughtful and encouraging messages on every student’s locker. Diversity Week, held each spring, emphasizes acceptance and unity as well as numerous school wide charity efforts and service learning lessons. Memorial would like to thank Dr. Phillip Fusco from the Academy for Character Education at the SAGE Colleges for all his support in the area of character education.

The Valley Stream Central High School District is one of only four districts to earn the national distinction, and South and Memorial are among 68 schools across the United States presented with this honor. They will be formally commended, along with other designated schools, at Character.org’s 23rd National Forum on Character Education in Washington, DC in October.

"We are extremely proud of this year’s designated schools and districts for their dedication to character development which has proven to increase the well-being of so many students’ lives across the United States and beyond," said Becky Sipos, Character.org’s President & CEO. "These character initiatives create conditions for learning where students are thriving and growing into ethical members of our society. They are developing lifelong skillsets they will leverage well into their adult lives.”

19 South HS Students Score Highly on National Spanish Exams

A total of 19 Valley Stream South High School students earned honors for their performance on the National Spanish Exams. They collectively received six silver distinctions, four bronze awards and nine honorable mentions based on their outstanding results.  

Melanie Ingber and Nicholas Tarrant earned Gold awards. Silver awards went to Joseph Campbell, Isadora DeCarvalho, Andrew Lazzara, Virginia Maloney, Kelly Rodriguez and Victor Velez. Matthew Almonte, Nicolas Farias, Valerie Pascuzzi and Wesley Tsai received Bronze
recognitions. Honorable Mentions went to Gabriela Centurion, Nicholas Chen, Robert Espinal, Nicole Ayora-Gonzalez, Joshua Hernandez, Filip Konieczny, Lesly Tapia Ramos, Saptadip Sadhukha and Rodney Suarez.
 
The National Spanish Examinations, presented by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, are a motivational contest to recognize student achievement in the study of Spanish and to stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish. They are recognized by many administrative and teaching associations and organizations at the local, state and national levels.

Monday, June 27, 2016