skip to main content

400 Nassau Blvd, West Hempstead, NY 11552
Phone: (516) 390-3214
Fax: (516) 489-1769

Principal: James DeTommaso

Assistant Principals:

Adam T. Hopkins
Michelle Lambo-Maron

January 2019 Testing Schedule

Senior Fashion Show Fundraiser

Extra Help for 2018-2019


Field of Honor

Stop-n-Shop A+ School Rewards Program (English)
Stop-n-Shop A+ School Rewards Program (Spanish)

View Photo Albums



Curriculum Fair Path to Success

Curriculum Fair Path to Success photo

West Hempstead High School welcomed students in grade 8-11 along with their parents for a Curriculum Fair on Jan. 17. This event served as an opportunity to view course offerings and requirements for graduation and paths beyond high school.

Those in attendance were detailed to information on new courses, the registration process, college and career pathways, electives, AP requirements and graduation requirements. Also in attendance were 35 high school student volunteers that were willing to share details about the classes they enrolled in during their high school careers.

Assistant Principal Adam Hopkins delivered a comprehensive presentation in the auditorium regarding the curriculum offered throughout the district and high school. District alumni Chris Mistretta, son of Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics Christopher Mistretta, was the evening’s guest speaker and shared his perspective on the importance of AP and college level courses.

“The Curriculum Fair had an encouraging turn out as students and parents are laying the groundwork for paths at West Hempstead High School and beyond,” said Principal James DeTommaso.

Students shine at science expo

Students shine at science expo photo

Students from the middle school and high school participated in the district’s Science Expo on Jan. 10, showcasing projects they executed following research.

Through authentic research, students cultivated a topic of interest and tested it using the scientific method. They used college-level databases to find articles related to their topic and become more knowledgeable in order to start the process of the scientific method. 

Students were initially judged by their science teachers in the classroom setting prior to the expo. Those deemed to have exceptional projects were judged for a second time during the science expo by another teacher in the school’s library, where projects were displayed.

Winners were announced during a ceremony at the end of the expo following the tallying of votes to determine first, second and third place in each category. Awards were granted to projects in science 7, science 8, earth science, living environment, chemistry and physics.

In addition to student awards, this year’s Joseph Harding Memorial Award was presented to West Hempstead Middle School teacher Dina Gould. The Harding Award is presented to a staff member who thoroughly supports their students through the process of researching and demonstrating scientific method.

The district congratulates Ms. Gould as well as all of the students that presented at this year’s expo!


Singing the Days Before Christmas

Singing the Days Before Christmas photo

The West Hempstead High School Chorus joined kindergarten students at Chestnut Street School on Dec. 21 to put a twist on the “Twelve Days of Christmas” during the Annual Holiday Assembly.

Members of the chorus organized 11 groups of kindergarten students to create new lyrics for each day in the Christmas song. The traditional “a partridge in a pear tree” remained “on the first day of Christmas” while the groups added unique versions for days two through the end. Among the unique changes was “on the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two large gifts.”

Following the activity, the chorus sang “Santa is Coming to Town” to introduce an appearance from Santa Claus. Superintendent of Schools Daniel Rehman was in charge of watching the reindeer while Santa passed out candy canes and greeted all in attendance. 

Mr. Rehman thanks Santa for stopping by Chestnut Street and to the chorus for establishing a festive mood.

Athletic Excellence Recognized

Athletic Excellence Recognized photo

At its Dec. 18 meeting, the West Hempstead Union Free School District’s Board of Education and administration honored seniors Isabella Caldwell and Ryell Walker for being selected as recipients of the Nassau Zone Outstanding Physical Education Students of the Year Award.

Sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, this award recognizes one male and one female Nassau County high school senior from each school district who exemplify outstanding scholastic ability, physical education performance and leadership qualities. Isabella and Ryan are this year’s West Hempstead honorees, and the district congratulates them on this tremendous honor.

The Board of Education meeting also included a performance from the West Hempstead High School chorus. The ensemble provided entertainment by singing holiday classics.


Cards for a Wish

Cards for a Wish photo
The District recently took part in helping to grant the wish of a 14-year-old boy in Pennsylvania by creating holiday cards.

Class of 2018 graduate Lauren Faulds reached out to Superintendent of Schools Daniel Rehman to support Maddox Hyde. Maddox, an eighth-grader in Pittsburgh, has been battling neuroblastoma for the past eight years and his request this Christmas was to receive cards from all around the world.

Mr. Rehman asked all five school buildings in the district to support the cause by having each class to make cards for Maddox. On Dec. 14, Lauren collected the cards and drove to Pittsburgh to personally deliver them.

“Community is everything and helping someone out, even if it’s the littlest thing, is the greatest gift you can give,” said Lauren.


No backpack items are currently available.