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 Students Experience the Presidential Debate at Hofstra

Five AP US History and Government students from South High School, accompanied by Social Studies Chairman Michael Serif, spent Debate Day at Hofstra University. From early morning, they enjoyed panel discussions, watched a living history presentation including major figures such as Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas and were even interviewed on TV by an MSNBC reporter.  The day culminated in a live debate watching party attended by students from over a dozen other Long Island high schools, as well as Hofstra students and professors. The students returned to South after the debate, exhausted from the long day but having participated in a once in a lifetime political experience.

A Hearty Homecoming for South High School

Valley Stream South High School celebrated its annual homecoming festivities on Saturday, Sept. 24. The day featured a number of time-honored traditions, including a festival and parade around the track and an action-filled football game.

The student classes and clubs displayed banners as the marching band provided music. Seniors Justin Cortez and Maya Voytelmgum were crowned 2016 homecoming king and queen.

In the afternoon, the Falcons demonstrated their athletic skill and excellent sportsmanship in a strong game against the Carle Place Frogs. Applause and cheers rang from the bleachers in support of South High School throughout the four quarters.

Halftime served as a homecoming highlight and showcase of student talent.

The colorguard, cheerleaders, kickline, step squad and marching band presented outstanding performances that boosted school spirit and community pride among spectators.

VSCHSD Students Earn Awards of Excellence

Two students from Central High School and one from South High School have earned awards for their accomplishments in the field of science. SHS sophomore Chibugo Obichere and CHS senior Claude Parola were each presented with Awards of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists, while CHS junior Nicholas Lohier received an Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.

The three students were granted their respective distinctions as a result of their involvement in conferences, for which they were recommended based on merit, science grades and nominations from teachers.

Nicholas participated in the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists’ Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders while Chibugo and Claude attended the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists’ Congress of Future Medical Leaders. Both events were held in Massachusetts in late June and provided opportunities for students to hear presentations about the latest developments in scientists from prominent professionals.

Chibugo aspires to become a physician and expressed that this experience further solidified her interest in the medical field. She is a dedicated student, currently enrolled in challenging courses including Advanced Placement Human Geography and AP World History. Claude, who plans to study neuroscience in the future, is taking AP Chemistry this year and has already completed AP Biology. While at the conference, he was also inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars. Nicholas hopes to eventually become a veterinarian or wildlife biologist and is taking AP Biology this year.

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

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.

Friday, October 21, 2016