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Board Candidate Petitions Due Nov. 7
Qualified GNPS District residents who wish to run for election to the Board of Education for the Trustee seat formally held by Monique Bloom are reminded that completed Petition Forms must be returned to Michele Domanick, district clerk, in the district business office, Phipps Admin. Bldg, 345 Lakeville Rd. (516-441-4020), no later than 5 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 7. Read more...
Board Meeting Location Changes
Please note that the Nov. 14, 2016 Board Meeting originally scheduled at Parkville will now be held at E.M. Baker, and the Jan. 9, 2017 Board Meeting originally scheduled at E.M. Baker will now be held at Parkville.


North High's Annual Halloween Fair
North High is hosting its annual Halloween Fair for elementary school students on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the North High gym. Costumes are encouraged. View flyer...


25th Annual Faculty Recital
The 25th Annual GNPS Faculty Recital will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m., at South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd. The event promises to again be an exhilarating evening of outstanding music provided by GNPS faculty and friends, one not to be missed! Read more...


Music Night at South High -- Nov. 4
South High will be hosting its fall Music Night on Friday, Nov. 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m. For further information, please contact Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental music teacher, at mschwartz@greatneck.k12.ny.us..


SEPTA Homework Management Kick-Off Meeting
SEPTA (C.H.I.L.D) invites you to join us at our 2016 Kick-Off Meeting, "Homework Management: How to help kids with homework and handle homework behaviors," on Wed., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. at North Middle. View flyer...


Community Letter
Please read this community letter posted by Dr. Teresa Prendergast, Superintendent of Schools. Read the 10-10-16 Community Letter...


2017-18 Universal Pre-K (UPK) Registration
Enrollment for the Great Neck Public Schools Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 1. This program is offered to all district residents at no cost. In order to be eligible, children must be 4 years old by Dec. 1, 2017. Please Read more, visit the Parkville Web Site or the Registration Web Site for additional information, and go to our Registration Forms Page to download documents.


Collaborative eBook Project
During the spring of 2016, 25 fourth- and fifth-grade budding authors at Saddle Rock worked collaboratively with student artists at South High to produce joyful picture ebooks as part of our 1:1 iPad Initiative. At Saddle Rock, the project was under the guidance of Ms. Diamond, enrichment teacher, and Ms. Alexander, technology staff developer. At South High, Ms. Cuchel, Art Department Head, and Ms. Saltoun, art teacher, oversaw the illustrators. Read more and View the eBooks...


Board of Education Makes Important Announcements
At the Sept. 19 meeting of the GNPS Board of Education, Board President Barbara Berkowitz announced several important actions that the Board will be undertaking in the months ahead.
Capital Improvements Bond Issue
"Tonight I am announcing a Capital Improvements Bond Issue that we will put before the voters on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, said Ms. Berkowitz. "We like to think of it as a Valentine's Day gift from the entire community to itself, as our schools are our most valuable commodity!" Read more...
Board Advisory Committees
Ms. Berkowitz announced the establishment of two Board of Education advisory committees--Citizens Advisory Committee and Financial Advisory Committee. Those who wish to participate on either Committee should read the Serving on the Citizens Advisory Committee and Serving on the Financial Advisory Committee documents, and submit their names, in writing, to Agnes Buckley, Board secretary, Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Rd. (516-441-4006), school days, between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For 2016-17, names of candidates applying for the Citizens Advisory Committee should be received no later than Friday, Sept. 30, and for the Financial Advisory Committee no later than Friday, Oct. 28. Read more...
Board Trustee Bloom Resigns
"It is with deep regret that I announce the resignation of Board of Education Trustee Monique Bloom, effective Sept. 20, 2016," said Ms. Berkowitz. Mr. Gross and Ms. Berkowitz asked prospective candidates to reach out to current Board members to find out what is entailed to be a Board member. Prospective candidates should also read Serving on the School Board. The election to complete Ms. Bloom's term, which runs until May 2019, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Visit the Special District Election Voter Registration Page... Visit the Special District Election Absentee Ballot Application Page... Read More...
Early Childhood Center
Ms. Berkowitz spoke of establishing a second Early Childhood Center to meet the needs of students living at the north end of the district. "We are currently exploring the various ways that we can make this work for our community." Read more...


An 'Opening' Visit from the Superintendent
On the Opening Day of School, GNPS Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast joined Saddle Rock School fifth-graders in Chad Lasky's music class in singing and dancing a fun, getting-to-know-you song called, "Wake Me, Shake Me," about getting up bright and early and getting to school on time.
Superintendent Prendergast's Opening of School Message
The start of a new school year is always an exciting time, not only for our students, but for our families and staff, as well. I hope everyone had a rewarding and enjoyable break and that you are now ready for new challenges and opportunities in the coming school year. Read more...

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Noteworthy 2016-17 School Year Updates

The 2016-17 GNPS Calendar has been posted on our Calendar page. The print version has been mailed to parents of current students.

The 2016-17 GNPS Lunch Menus and Forms have been posted on our Food Services page.

The 2016-17 Board of Education Meeting Dates and Board of Education Policies have been updated and posted.

The 2016-17 Final Budget has been released by our Business Office and has been posted on our Budget Details page.

The 2016-17 Secondary School Late Bus Schedules have been posted.

The Saddle Rock Web Site and the North Middle Web Site were redesigned over the summer and have been updated for the new school year.

The North High Class of 2017 Profile and the South High Class of 2017 Profile have been posted on our Profiles Page.


New York State Fuel Audit and Corrective Action Plan
The New York State Fuel Audit, covering the period July 1, 2014 - October 31, 2015, and the associated Corrective Action Plan, approved at the September 19 Board of Education Meeting, have been posted online.


Community Ed Welcomes You
GNPS Community Education welcomes you to another season of exciting classes. Registration for the fall session is ongoing, and many classes begin soon.
Information and Registration - Complete course offerings and the online catalog can be found by clicking the catalog cover on the left or on the Community Ed icon in the scroll near the top of this page. You can register online, call us at (516) 441-4949, or e-mail us at gncontinuinged@greatneck.k12.ny.us.


High School Graduations on GNPS/TV
Tune in now to GNPS/TV to view the June 2016 Great Neck Public Schools commencement ceremonies for North High School, South High School, and the Village School. Programs are available online or may be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. Show times given below are for Cablevision and Verizon viewing. Viewers can see the North High ceremony at 8 a.m., and at 1:30 and 6 p.m. Village School graduation can be seen at 10:30 a.m., and at 3 and 8:30 p.m. South High's commencement ceremony airs at 11:30 a.m., and at 4 and 10 p.m.
GNPS/TV Programming - GNPS/TV programming reflects the offerings of the Great Neck Public Schools and the achievements of its students and staff. For information about GNPS/TV and its programs, please contact Robert Zahn by phone at (516) 441-4676 or by e-mail at rzahn@greatneck.k12.ny.us. You can also visit the GNPS/TV On Demand Page or visit the GNPS/TV Web Site.

Good To Know
Learn about the GNPS VOIP Phone System and use our online Administration Directory and District Directory to contact us.


Great Neck is a Going Green School District
Learn about the Go Green initiative which leverages ParentLink, the GNPS Web site, and the Campus Parent Portal to improve communication, reduce paper, and save taxpayer dollars.

Siemens Semifinalists Named
Five high school students in the Great Neck Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the prestigious 2016 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Luhan Chen is the Semifinalist from John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School. Winners from William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School are: Hanxuan Kuang, Shawn Kang, Jaysen Zhang, and Aric Zhuang. The Competition gives students the opportunity to conduct original research and reveals the brightest high school minds in contention for college scholarships. Additional information on these five winners will appear in the future.

South High Student Named Piano Finalist
Benjamin Rossen, a ninth-grader at South High School, has been named a Division Finalist in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Eastern Division Junior Performance Competition in piano. He earned this opportunity after winning the MTNA New York State Competition Junior Performance. Read more...

W!SE Teacher Award
Jeffrey Bernstein, economics, social studies, and government teacher at the Village School, has been named a 2015-16 Gold Star Teacher by W!SE (Working in Support of Education). This marks the eighth time he has received this award. Read more...


Kennedy School's Little Free Libraries
In addition to its large school library, John F. Kennedy School sports something very special--four Little Free Libraries, three on-site and one donated to the Great Neck Park District. Kennedy's Little Free Library initiative was based on the international Little Free Library program that seeks "to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges." Read more...

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Teacher Featured in Solo Exhibition
Rosemary Sloggatt, long-time art teacher at Saddle Rock School, will have a one-person art show at the East Islip Public Library Gallery, from Nov. 1-30. The exhibit, "Growing Up," will feature nearly 40 works, including paintings, prints, and shadow boxes, based on personal family photographs from Ms. Sloggatt's childhood." Read more...

Village School Wins Finance Award
The Village School has again been named a W!SE Blue Star School having excelled on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. This marks the eighth time the school earned this award, which will be presented in November. It is for the 2015-16 academic year. Read more...

Teacher Published in Film Journal
Thomas Hahn, an English teacher new to North High School, had his essay on masculinity in the film, The Machinist, published in Bright Lights Film Journal, a popular online academic film magazine. Read more...


Scholar Artist Award Winner
Zachary Lee, a senior at North High School, has been chosen as Nassau County's Long Island Scholar Artist for September. Newsday sponsors this competition. The goal of the Scholar Artist program is to honor exceptionally accomplished high school seniors, September to June. Read more...


Principal Honored
Ronald Gimondo, principal of the John F. Kennedy School, was recently honored by the Town of North Hempstead during Hispanic Heritage Month for having a "positive influence" in the North Hempstead community. The award was presented by Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Town Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, who nominated him for the award. Read more...

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
Twenty-seven seniors in the Great Neck Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the prestigious 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC). These Semifinalists are among the 16,000 named nationwide having scored among the highest in New York State on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which they took last year. Read more...

National Merit Scholarship Commendations
Thirty-seven seniors in the Great Neck Public Schools have been named Commended Students in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP). To achieve this honor, they placed among the top 5 percent of the more than 1.6 million juniors who took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Read more...


Fighting Childhood Cancer: One Shaved Head at a Time
Dozens of South High students (participating individually and as teams), faculty, and even a Baker School fifth-grader, gladly had their heads shaved last April at the school's fourth annual St. Baldrick's Event. The Event was a fundraiser for childhood cancer research and to show support for those who have lost their hair in the fight with cancer. Assistant Principal John Duggan and Technology Department Head John Motchkavitz were in charge of the Event. Read more...


South High's Driving Safety Fair
On the day before school started, over 200 South High School juniors and seniors and their parents/guardians attended the school's annual Driving Safety Fair. Read more...

District News Archive
To read the past two years of GNPS press releases in their entirety, please visit our District News Archive.

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