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South High School

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


Principal: Maureen Henry 
Assistant Principals: Thomas Zervas, Jacquelin Allen



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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.Nat Character  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 hosts ‘Bring It On: The Musical’

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Valley Stream, New York (December 2021) — On Nov. 19 and 20 the South High School Theatrical Troupe proudly staged “Bring It On: The Musical,” a play chronicling cheerleading squads at two rival high schools.

Performers playing the heads of each squad included ninth grader Tatiana Rossello, ninth grader Tiffany Gonsalves and tenth grader, Tabitha Moore. All three are also enrolled in Central High School’s Performing Arts Program.

Other leading performers included seniors Liz Lopez, Connor Menzies, Kiefer Villarreiz and Megan Ward, eleventh grader Zoe Briksa, tenth graders Luke Lopez and David Providence, ninth grader Mya Augustin and seventh grader Sudan Belnavis. Students prepared by attending daily and Saturday rehearsals, and engaged in lessons on cheer arms and cheer face as well as hip-hop and classic Broadway dance.

As part of the message of the play all of the characters ultimately learn that friendship is a prize more valuable than a trophy. Both shows were sold out, with audiences and performers thrilled at the return to live theater. This was South’s first musical since 2019. The cast put on an incredible show and their hard work and dedication were evident.

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Poetry Out Loud Workshop at Valley Stream South High School

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Valley Stream, NY (November 2021)—On Monday, November 15, Valley Stream South High School held its first virtual Poetry Out Loud workshop. The online experience was led by Ms. Susan Willerman, Poetry Out Loud Teaching Artist, and South High School Creative Writing Teacher, Ms. Alison Rudin.

Poetry Out Loud is a National Arts Education Program that encourages students to study great poetry by offering free educational poetry materials and recitation competitions for students in high schools across the country. Ms. Maureen Henry, Principal of South High School, commented about the program, “The Poetry Out Loud program is a wonderful way to get students excited about expressing their feelings, emotions and perspectives through creative writing. The program helps our students build confidence, practice and become more comfortable with public speaking.”

In discussing the program, Ms. Vanessa Barbone, South High School English Department Chairperson, noted, “ This is our second year with the program, and the response from our students has been extremely positive. We were offered the opportunity to have three virtual workshops this year, which will allow more of our students to benefit from this outstanding program.”

In conducting the workshop, Ms. Willerman shared a poem by Emily Dickinson and discussed how that poem had inspired her. Afterward, students in the workshop read their poems out loud to their classmates and discussed the meaning and inspirations for their poems.

As part of the Read Out Loud initiative, students are encouraged to enter the Read Out Loud competition. Winning students at the school level - there will be two from South High School - will move on to the regional competition in January 2022. Winners at the regional level move on to state competitions and ultimately, to the national finals. Awards and placements are determined solely by the judges’ scores based on the Poetry Out Loud Evaluation Criteria.

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Thursday, January 20, 2022