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Memorial Day in Great Neck -- 2016



ESOL & TASC Sumer Programs at the Adult Learning Center -- June 1 & 2
The GNPS Adult Learning Center (ALC) will offer ESOL and TASC (formerly GED) preparation classes from June 28-July 28, 9 a.m.-Noon, and 6-9 p.m. Registration must be in person on June 1 or June 2 at those times. Preference will be given to Great Neck residents and returning ALC students. The annual, non-refundable processing fee is $50 for those who live or work in Great Neck (proof of residency/employment required), and $100 for nonresidents. Payment can be made in cash, by credit card, or by check or money order (payable to Great Neck Public Schools). For more information, see the Community Ed. catalog, call (516) 441-4950, or visit the ALC Web site at http://alc.greatneck.k12.ny.us.



South High's Battle of the Bands -- June 3
On Friday, June 3, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the South High Performing Arts Department will present its sixth annual "Battle of the Bands." The concert will feature five live bands that will each perform a 15-minute set of music. Read More...

South Middle's Theatre Workshop -- June 3
On Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m., South Middle will present its annual Theatre Workshop. The Workshop features short, "sketch" shows (5-10 minutes in length) that are student directed, with such titles as "Roadside Clean Up" and "There's Always Next Year." Read More...

2016-17 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 at the Registrar's Office, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Road, (516) 441-4090, your child must be 4 years old by 12/1/16. Some students can attend the GN Community School, our collaborative agency, at 225 Schenck Avenue, but without busing. Please read our UPK Letter, visit the Parkville Web Site or the Registration Web Site for additional information, and go to our Registration Forms Page to download documents.


Art/Technology Exhibit at South High -- June 6-9
South High's year-end, annual Student Art/Technology Exhibit will run from Monday-Thursday, June 6-9, during regular school hours, and the evening of June 8, during the Pops Concert. There will also be a reception in honor of graduating seniors on June 8 at 6 p.m. The Exhibit will be in the General Purpose Room. Read More...
STAGES Production at North High -- June 7
North High's annual Stages production will be held on Tuesday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. Stages is one of North High's interdisciplinary elective programs open to students in twelfth grade. It provides seniors with a college-level seminar experience, embracing the disciplines of music, drama, English, and social studies. Read More...
South Middle's Outdoor Pops Concert -- June 7
Come experience "Tanglewood" at South Middle at its annual Rebel Pops Outdoor Concert on Tuesday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m.. The Rebel Pops Outdoor Concert is a brief event held (weather permitting) in the school courtyard. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and sit under the early evening sky as you listen to the Rebel Pops and select Choir members perform music from Sound of Music, songs written by Green Day and Ravel, ones made popular by Doris Day, and other light classics and popular pieces. Read More...
South High Pops Concert -- June 8
On Wednesday, June 8, the South High Choir will present its annual Pops Concert. The Concert will take place in a cabaret-like setting, with tables on the Auditorium stage for dining and listening. Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Concert at 7:30 p.m. Read More...
North Middle Sixth-Grade Concert -- June 9
North Middle School's Sixth-Grade Choral/Instrumental Concert will take place on Thursday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. Read More...


GNPS Summer Programs
Registration is now open and ongoing for the 70th annual Great Neck Public Schools Summer Programs. Three Recreation Programs, Four Summer School Programs, and a High School Program are offered. Programs run weekdays during July and August. For more information on the Recreation Programs, please click the Recreation Webtrac link in the top right of this page or contact Joseph Loria, summer recreation program director, at (516) 441-4045, or at jloria@greatneck.k12.ny.us. For more information on the Summer School and High School Programs, please click the Summer School link on the left menu or contact Leslie Cohen, summer school principal, at (516) 441-4675, or at lcohen@greatneck.k12. The academic enrichment program offers Reading for grades 1-5 and Math for grades 4-5. This year, we are opening up a brand new GRADE 3 Math class for all incoming 3rd graders. All academic classes will give students a head start for the coming year. In addition to the academic classes, this year we are opening up to all incoming 5th GRADERS our ENRICHMENT classes such as Lego Robotics, Sewing, Cooking, Rocketry, Architecture, Claymation, and Fashion Workshop -- just to name a few. Read More...


2016-2017 GNPS Budget Passes -- Vote Results Below
Proposition #1: GNPS Budget -- Yes: 975 (84%) No: 182
Proposition #2: Capital Reserve Fund Authorization -- Yes: 981 No: 166
Proposition #3: Board of Education Election Method Change -- Yes: 922 No: 204
Proposition #4: GN Library Budget -- Yes: 903 No: 239
Board of Education Trustee -- Monique Bloom Reelected: 776
Thank you to the GNPS community for your ongoing support of our schools.


Board of Education Community Survey Presentation
At the May 9 Board of Education meeting which took place at South Middle School, Robert Manley, Ph.D, and Sofia Morote, Ed.D., gave a presentation summarizing the findings of the Board of Education Community Survey that was a Board Goal from last school year. View the Community Survey Presentation...

Eighth-Grade Residency Re-Verification
We are again undertaking the process of residency re-verification for all students entering ninth-grade in September 2016. This is done in an effort to collect documentation that will assist in assembling students' records for high school, and to verify that all students who enter our high schools are residents of the district and thus entitled to attend. Parents/legal guardians of all current eighth-grade students must provide the required documentation and the process must be completed before a current eighth-grade student will be admitted to high school. You may visit the Registration Web Site for additional information, and/or our Registration Forms Page to download documents.


SCOPE Before/After School Childcare for 2016-17 School Year
Parents interested in registering their child(ren) for either the SCOPE Before School or After School Child Care Program for the 2016-2017 school year should follow the registration procedures detailed on the SCOPE Program flyer. View SCOPE Flyer...


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...
Current Events, History & Good Discussions - GNPS Community Education welcomes Marc Greenberg who will offer new classes on current events, history you ought to know, and the art of slow reading. Mr. Greenberg, a retired NYC public school social studies teacher with a passion for reading and history, currently teaches at LIU Post and the 92nd St. Y.
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.


GNPS/TV April Programs
Current programs on Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) are: GNPS/TV Spotlight, South Middle Cultural Heritage Celebration, and Student Filmmakers Showcase. Programs can be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. GNPS/TV programs are also available on demand, 24/7, on this site. 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. GNPS/TV programs are also available on demand, 24/7, online (click on the GNPS/TV logo near the top of this page).
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
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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.

Science Award Winners
Students from Great Neck North and South High Schools have recently received a trove of science awards. For a list of winners and their achievements, Read more...

National Technical Honor Society Inductees
Sharon Melamed, a senior at North High School, and Jonathan Arevalo, a senior at South High, will be inducted into the Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Education Center Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society. Read more...


Fifth Graders Learn To Play Bridge
Fifth-graders from Great Neck's four elementary schools--Baker, Kennedy, Lakeville, and Saddle Rock--recently participated in a rousing Bridge Tournament held at the Lakeville School. The Tournament was the culmination of a pilot Bridge Program that taught and engaged young students in the skilled game of bridge. The Program was initiated and coordinated by Dr. Sheila Terens, former Great Neck Public Schools assistant superintendent-elementary, and sponsored by Long Island Bridge for Youth (through the generous contributions of Dr. Reza Khatib) and American Contract Bridge League. Read more...


Student of the Year Award
South High School senior Haley Roach has been selected to receive the Student of the Year Award from the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators. Her reading teacher is Karen Cantor. Read more...


NCJW Helps Parent-Child Home Program
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Lakeville Section presented the Great Neck/Manhasset/Nassau BOCES Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) with its annual donation. Miriam Chatinover, NCJW past president, presented the gift "check" to Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz. Read more...

Work Experience Program
North High School students in the Community-Based Work Experience Program recently said "thank you" at a reception to the many community programs and businesses where they have interned during the year, gaining valuable work experience. Read more...

Three Schools Named Reward Schools
South High, Lakeville, and Saddle Rock have been named New York State Reward Schools, placing them among the 220 high achieving and high progress schools in the State. According to the New York State Education Department, "Reward Schools are schools that either have high academic achievement or have made the most progress in the State and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups." Read more...


AFAF Competition Winner
North High School sophomore Amy Shteyman is an American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) Competition winner in piano. Amy was judged based on a recording she submitted. As a winner, she will perform in concert on June 11, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Read more...


HOSA State Competition Winners
Members of South High School's Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Club recently took home a trove of medals, including over a dozen First Place, at the recent state competition. Some 45 students competed and 27 will advance to the national level to be held in Nashville, TN, in late June. Read more...


Board Commends South Middle Students
Ninety-two South Middle School students were recently recognized by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their school. Read more...


Recognizing School's 50th Anniversary
At the John F. Kennedy School's recent Fifth-Grade Spring/50th Anniversary Concert, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth presented Principal Ronald Gimondo with a special Proclamation in honor of the Anniversary. Joining them, were: Assistant Principal Kathleen Murray, Instrumental Music Teacher Amy Kempton, Superintendent Teresa Prendergast, Vocal Music Teacher Korey Terranova, and Fifth-Grade Teacher Mona Haber, representing fifth-grade teachers and the Class of 2016/50th Anniversary graduates.


Cuinary Trailblazer Carol Brock Receives Honorary Doctorate From SUNY Cobbleskill
Carol Brock, pioneering founder of Les Dames d'Escoffier, and former Culinary Arts Coordinator for the Great Neck Public Schools Community Education program, received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from SUNY Cobleskill on May 14. Ms. Brock has helped break down barriers for women in the culinary arts, is a staunch supporter of SUNY Cobleskill's culinary program, and has opened doors for students to further their educational goals and careers. Read more...


Nassau County Drug Alternatives PSA Contest Winners
South High School students in Robert Zahn's TV/Film classes won awards in four categories--the most of any school entered--in Nassau County's 3rd Annual Drug Alternatives Public Safety Announcement (PSA) Contest. Read more...


National History Day Competition Winners
South High students Ernest Fok, Jin Mo Koo, and Josephine Zheng took Third Place in the Group Website category of the New York State National History Day Competition. The three are in Frances Tria's Advanced Placement US History class. Read more...

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