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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 Students Complete Seal of Biliteracy

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The district is proud to announce that 18 students from South High School completed the requirements for the New York State Seal of Biliteracy.

This distinction recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages, in addition to English. The intent of the NYSSB is to encourage the study of languages; identify high school graduates with language and biliteracy skills for employers; provide universities with additional information about applicants seeking admission; prepare students with twenty-first century skills; recognize the value of foreign and native language instruction in schools; and affirm the value of diversity in a multilingual society.

South students presented cultural comparisons to a panel of teachers, guidance counselors and administrators. The presentations were conducted entirely in Spanish and Italian and the topics presented reflected the AP Spanish and Italian Language and Culture themes. This includes Beauty and Aesthetics, Science and Technology, Families and Communities, Contemporary Life, Science and Technology, and Person and Public Identities. In addition, comparisons were made with Italy, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, The Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica.

Congratulations to all students who earned this distinction.

Congratulations, South High School Graduates!

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The district hosted the South High School’s 64th commencement ceremony for the graduating Class of 2021. The ceremony featured speeches, photo opportunities and diploma presentations to the 203 graduates. The district applauds the Class of 2021 on their perseverance throughout a challenging senior year and wishes them best of luck in the future. See below for a slideshow of the celebration.

South Students Achieve High Honors in Science Congress

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The South High School Science Department has a lot to celebrate, as five students from both Science Research 9 and Senior High Science Research programs were lauded for their projects at the Long Island Science Congress.

For the Senior Division, Sreeya Bobby earned High Honors and Best in Category for her project, “Trends between technology users and selective attention”; Abdullah Ali received High Honors for his project, “Variation of Fiber to Create Viable Green Composites”; Justin Ocampo earned Honors for his project, “Musical Study’s Impact On a Person’s Cognitive Ability and Ambidexterity” and Emrecan Sonmez received High Honors for his project, “Statistical Analysis on the age estimation of Type Ia Supernova Remnants.” In the Junior Division, Dori Chau earned Honors for her project, “How do different densities of water-soap solution affect the speed of sound.”

The district congratulates these students on their wonderful accomplishments.

District Celebrates Year of Success, Accomplishments

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The district had a lot to celebrate at the June board of education meeting, as members of the board and administrators recognized the Class of 2021 top students, retirees, building accomplishments and former board of education members.

The evening kicked off with Central, North and South high schools’ principals honoring their respective valedictorian and salutatorian. Students who were in attendance to receive their plaque and certificate of merit were Central’s salutatorian Mary Chong; North’s valedictorian Sumaiya Ramsaroop and salutatorian Alexandra Wells; and South’s valedictorian Amrit Pabla. Central’s valedictorian Peace Oloko and South’s salutatorian Zhi Lin will also be receiving their plaque and certificate of merit.

Administrators also celebrated 18 staff members who will be retiring this year. The district thanks them for all their years of commitment, hard work and dedication to students. All retirees received plaques as a token of appreciation for their decades of service.

While recognizing their students and retired staff, all building principals were also given certificates of merit for their building’s accomplishments. Central, North and South high schools were recognized for earning the U.S. News & World Report and WalletHub 2021 Ranking of the Best High Schools. Meanwhile Memorial Junior High School was also acknowledged for earning the New York State Education Department’s School to Watch 2021.

District celebrations concluded with board members and administrators honoring retired board member Anthony Iadevaio and outgoing board member William P. Stris. Mr. Iadevaio and Mr. Stris were acknowledged for their hard work and commitment to their positions, as they each dedicated more than 30 years of service to the students and community.

Top of Their Class

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The district is proud to congratulate and recognize the Class of 2021 valedictorians and salutatorians. These students have demonstrated extraordinary skills, talents, determination and capacity for learning throughout their high school careers.

Central High School
Valedictorian - Peace Oloko
Peace carries a 108.9 GPA. She is currently involved in the Student Council, SADD and YOLO club, Eagle Connection and is the vice president of the National Honor Society. In previous years, she was also treasurer of the Japanese Club, vice president of the Chem Club, and a member of the school varsity girls tennis team, Central Medical Leaders, Future Business Leasers of America, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Treble Choir and more. She plans to attend University of Pennsylvania with a QuestBridge Scholarship.

Salutatorian - Mary Chong
Mary carries a 107.4 GPA. She is currently the treasurer for the Class of 2021, vice president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, treasurer for the National Honor Society, and member of the Peer Mentors and school’s varsity girls tennis team. In previous years, she was the treasurer for Future Business Leasers of America, a member of the VideoTech Club and more. She will be attending CUNY Hunter College in the fall and will be in the school’s Nursing Scholars Program.

North High School
Valedictorian - Sumaiya Ramsaroop
Sumaiya has a 110.5 GPA. She has participated in several extracurricular activities, including vice president of the Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, English Honor Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society, Language Honor Society, Ecology Club, Student Council, Black Student Union and more. She also received national honors as a member of the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society and achieving the National AP Scholar. Sumaiya will attend Brown University in the fall.

Salutatorian - Alexandra Wells
Alexandra carries a 110.3 GPA. She is the president of the National Science Honor Society and chairperson of the Spartan Mini-THON. She is also a member of the Student Peer Organization, the Ecology Club, the National Honor Society, National Math Honor Society, Language Honor Society, English Honor Society and more. Alexandra also participated in other extracurricular activities including the girls varsity girls soccer, winter track and spring track teams. She will attend University of Georgia in the fall.

South High School
Valedictorian - Amrit Pabla
Amrit has a 109.4 GPA. She has participated in several extracurricular activities, including the Science Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society, president of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Language Honor Society, History Honor Society, vice president of the Key Club, Student Government and more. Amrit is also a National AP Scholar with Distinction, AP Capstone Diploma, and Semifinalist at Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposia. She will be attending Macaulay Honors at Queens College in the fall.

Salutatorian - Zhi Lin
Zhi has a 108.6 GPA. He’s part of several organizations, including the National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Math Honor Society and History Honor Society. He was also a National AP Scholar. In addition, he was also part of the School Wind Ensemble, School Pit Orchestra, District Band and Orchestra, Nassau All County Band, Long Island University Festival Band, New York All State Symphonic Band and New York All State Wind Ensemble. Zhi will be attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in the fall.
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