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Rescheduled Events Due To Weather Cancellations
North High Asia Night
North High Asia Night, originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6 at 7:00 p.m., has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Self-Advocacy College Survival Skills Seminar
The SEPTA College Survival Skills seminar, originally scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. at South High, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 9. View Flyer...


Preliminary GNPS Smart Schools Investment Plan
The Preliminary GNPS Smart Schools Investment Plan has been posted for public review and comment on the GNPS Smart Schools Bond Act page. A NYS-required public hearing and Board approval will take place at the Feb. 10 Board of Ed. meeting as announced in our Weekly News.


North High Valentine Soiree - Feb. 11
North High's Valentine Soiree will take place on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7:00 p.m. The Jazz Ensemble, Chorus, Long Island Sound, Freshman Singer, and Senior Soloists will perform the themes of love and romances. Read More...
South High Chamber Music Recital at South High -- Feb. 11
South High will present its Chamber Music Recital on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7:20 p.m. The program includes student-led pieces. Read More...


NYSSMA Festival Calendar
The GNPS NYSSMA Festival Calendar has been updated with 2016 performance dates and forms are now being posted online.


The Spring-Summer 2016 Catalog is here! Register Now at Community Ed!
The GNPS Community Ed Spring-Summer 2016 Catalog is filled with exciting opportunities! Look for the colorful floral painting on the cover, inviting you to the upcoming season. Classes begin in early April. If you do not receive your catalog by mid-February, please call (516) 441-4949, and we will mail one to you. Whether you're planning to register for your favorite class or a new one, we look forward to welcoming you. Read More...
Information and Registration - Complete course offerings and the online catalog can be found by clicking 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.

2015-16 Universal Pre-K (UPK) Registration
UPK is offered to GNPS residents with busing at no cost. To enroll in the a.m. or p.m. session, your child must be 4 years old by 12/1/15. Some students can attend the GN Community School, our collaborative agency, at 225 Schenck Avenue, but without busing. Please read our UPK Letter or visit the Parkville Web Site for more information. Registration takes place at the Registrar's Office, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Road, (516) 441-4090. You may visit the Registration Web Site for additional information, including 8th Grade Re-Verification, and/or our Registration Forms Page to download documents.


GNPS/TV Programs -- On Cable and On Demand
Current programs on GNPS/TV are: Faculty Recital, GNPS/TV Spotlight, South High Winter Concert II, and Focus on Education. GNPS/TV programs are now available on demand, 24/7 and may also be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. Program highlights follow. Show times given are for Cablevision and Verizon viewing. Read More...
GNPS/TV Programming - GNPS/TV programs reflect the offerings of the Great Neck Public Schools and the achievements of its students and staff. Programs are student-produced and can be seen in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon FIOS Channel 32.
For More Information - Please contact Robert Zahn, District educational cable TV producer/director, 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.


Nassau County Technology Directors Visit Great Neck
On January 14, 2016, the Great Neck Public Schools hosted the monthly BOCES Meeting of Nassau County Technology Directors at South Middle School. More than sixty administrators learned about our Instructional Technology Program and visited the TV Studio and core and encore classrooms to see South Middle's 1:1 iPad initiative in action. View Photo Slideshow...


Honoring Dr. Sue Kincaid
To honor Dr. Sue Kincaid for her "unwavering commitment to awakening the hearts and minds of the children, staff, and parents of the John F. Kennedy School," the school's multipurpose room was dedicated in her honor as the "Dr. Sue Kincaid Learning Center." View Photo Slideshow...


2015 GNPS Faculty Recital A Success
The 2015 GNPS Faculty Recital was a huge hit! We have some photos we'd like to share with you. View Photo Slideshow with Music (Safari or IE only)...


GNTA and UPTC Host Public Education Panel
At a recent panel discussion sponsored by the United Parent-Teacher Council (UPTC) and the Great Neck Teachers Association (GNTA), state and school district officials gave an overview of some of the important issues currently facing public education in New York State, including: a lack of trust between state education officials and the education community; an unworkable one-size-fits-all approach to education; education policy-making in the hands of legislators instead of the Board of Regents and local control; and the need to explore more pathways to graduation, especially for special needs students.


Dr. Prendergast Speaks at Gun Safety Press Conference
Great Neck Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast spoke at the recent press conference on gun safety led by Congressman Steve Israel (to her right). Dr. Prendergast said, "My primary responsibility is to provide a healthy, safe, and secure learning environment for all students and staff. Our schools conduct numerous safety drills well beyond those required by the State." Congressman Israel called for Congress to pass common sense gun legislation to close loopholes and expand background checks. Other speakers included Janina Bandi, chapter leader, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (to Dr. Prendergast's left); and Nassau County Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas.

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 Going Green
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.


South High Digital Mentors Visit Lakeville
Seniors in South High's Facing History course visited fifth-graders at Lakeville School to present lessons they had developed on Digital Citizenship. Topics included: social media etiquette, privacy issues, and strategies to use when evaluating safe and reputable sources on the Internet. The Facing History group also presented to students at Saddle Rock School and hopes to expand their visits to Baker and Kennedy Schools.

NCTE Student Magazine Awards
South High's and South Middle's literary magazines have been awarded honors in the 2015 National Council of Teachers of English's (NCTE) Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. South High's Exit 33 received a Superior-Nominated for Highest Award. South Middle's art and literacy magazine, The Rebel Pen, received the rank of Excellent.


Fencing Teams Are Division Champs
The North High Girls and Boys Fencing Teams and the South High Girls Fencing Team have clinched their respective Division titles. North Girls Fencing Team is the Small School Division Champion and went undefeated in Division for the second year in a row. Their overall record is 11-2. North Boys Fencing Team won the Division Title for the second year in a row. Overall record is 9-3. South High Girls Fencing Team is the Large School Division Champion and Overall Season Champion. Their record is 12-1.


Baker Students Visit Atria Residents
Baker School second-graders visited the senior citizens at the Atria on Cutter Mill Road. In addition to singing for the residents, students presented them with "Happy New Year" posters made by all students in the school and asked them about living at the Atria and in Great Neck, and what life was like when they were children.

North High Musicians at Carnegie Hall
For the fourteenth time in 20 years, North High School musicians have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall. The Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra will perform on Sunday, Feb. 28, as part of the WorldStrides Onstage performance programs.

South High DECA Awarded Global Finalist
South High DECA was recently awarded global finalist in the 2015 DECA Idea Challenge. Over 2,230 teams submissions were received from 8,456 students around the world! DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) is an association of marketing students. View the video above or Read more...


They say "WeDo" at Saddle Rock
Saddle Rock third-grade students use WeDo construction kits to collaboratively design, build, and program models to complete various interdisciplinary tasks in the school's STEM Lab under the direction of their classroom teachers and Technology Staff Developer Nicole Alexander.


Lakeville "STEAMs" Ahead
Lakeville students in Grades 3-5 are creating exciting projects in the school's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Lab under the guidance of SEEK (Supporting Educational Exploration & Knowledge/Technology Teachers Jean Reader and Leslie Watnik.

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