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Welcome Back to School
We warmly welcome back our students, parents, teachers, and administrators, to the 2016-17 school year.


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.


New York State Fuel Audit
The New York State Fuel Audit covering the period July 1, 2014 - October 31, 2015 has been posted online. View NYS Fuel Audit...


English & High School Equivalency Programs
The GNPS Adult Learning Center (located at 105 Clover Drive) will be offering ENL (English as a New Language) and TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion, formerly known as GED) preparation classes Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m.–noon, and Mondays through Thursdays from 6–9 p.m. The Fall Semester begins on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Read More...


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...

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) 441-4080, 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.


The Road Ahead to Community Ed!
As you continue to enjoy the rest of your summer, GNPS Community Ed is gearing up for fall. Registration is underway, with many exciting classes, trips, and special events planned for you. We are just down the road, and in your community. We trust you've received your Fall/Winter 2016-17 Community Ed catalog, and have seen our new offerings. (If not, please, click the catalog cover on the left to view it online, or call 516-441-4949, and we'll get one right out to you).
New Classes Include - Cardio Combo, Chansons Francaise, Chinese for Travelers: Advanced Beginner, Composers and Lyricists, Everyday English Conversation, Founding Fathers: Myth or Majesty, OneNote, Public Speaking, Self Defense, and Technology for the Terrified.
New Class for Kids - Creative Writing.
New Class for High School Students - Pottery on the wheel and handbuilding.
New Trips - An Adventure in the East Village; Chelsea Art Gallery Tour; Harlem: Historical Tour & Flavors of the Caribbean Flavors; Michael Feinstein: Up Close and Personal; and Metropolitan Museum: "Jerusalem," Luce Center, and Met Breuer. We offer more than 30 trips in this catalog alone!
New for the Canasta Lovers - Canasta "Suits" Me to a "Tee" at Harbor Links, and That's Amore! Canasta at Il Bacco. For those with creative ambition, there's Painting in Tune and Top This! Knitting a Hat in the Round. A fantastic evening awaits with Quintessential Wine Tasting Dinner at Lola. And you won't want to miss the Iconic Barbra Streisand, lecture presentation.
Favorite Classes Continue in these Areas - English Language Arts and Literature; Fitness and Dance; Foreign Languages; Games and Hobbies; Home, Life, and Family; Humanities; Music and Performing Arts; and Sports.

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.
Coming Up - Community Ed Open House, Sept. 19-23. Visit our classes at no cost, tour our facilities, meet our instructors, and see what we are about!.


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.


Congratulations to the GNPS Graduating Class of 2016
An overview of the GNPS Class of 2016 reveals 593 graduates from our three high schools: 258 from North, 317 from South, and 18 from Village. Over 97 percent of graduates will pursue higher education at either two- or four-year colleges. Graduation ceremonies for North and South High Schools were held on June 23. The Village School graduation was on June 22. Here are the commencement programs for North High... South High... Village School... Here are the graduation speeches for North High... South High... Best of luck to all the graduates.

Class of 2016 -- Valedictorians and Salutatorians
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South High

Valedictorians - The John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School Co-Valedictorians are Graelin Mandel and Isabelle Sehati. The William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School Valedictorian is Emily Bae.
Salutatorians - The John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School Salutatorian is Leael Alishahian. The William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School Salutatorian is Annie Yang.
A look at the valedictorians and salutatorians for North and South High Schools follows. Winners of other significant commencement awards will appear here in future weeks. These awards include: Frederic Duclos Barstow, Alan L. Gleitsman, Scott Moss, Genelle Taney, and new awards. Read More


Class of 2016 - Barstow, Scott Moss, and New Awards
Other significant graduation awards include the annual Barstow and Scott Moss, and three new awards: Cultural Diversity Program Scholarship, SHIELD Award, and Shirin Shakir Memorial Scholarship. A look at these awards, and their recipients, follows. Read More...


Class of 2016 - Gleitsman & Taney Awards
The John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School presents two prestigious awards at its graduation ceremony--the Alan L. Gleitsman Outstanding Graduate Award and the Genelle Taney Memorial Award. (The school's other awards are given at the school's Senior Awards event prior to commencement). Read More...



Memorial Day in Great Neck -- 2016


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...


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...

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.

GNPS High Schools Rank in Top 500
Newsweek magazine ranked Great Neck South High and Great Neck North High among the nation's top 500 public high schools in its annual list. South led all Long Island high schools and ranked 38, and North was ranked sixth on Long Island at 142. Newsweek's 2016 High School Rankings looked at performance indicators such as proficiency rates on state standardized assessments, number of full-time guidance counselors, college acceptance and enrollment, participation in and performance on SAT and ACT college admissions tests, and other factors.
View the 2016 Newsweek Rankings...
Read the 8/11/16 Newsday Article...


25-Year Employees Recognized
Great Neck Public Schools 25-year employees were recognized in June by the Board of Education and professional associations representing teachers, administrators, and civil service staff. Read more...

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Baker Connection at Local Gallery
A former E.M. Baker School principal and a former E.M. Baker School student (now a gallery co-owner) have teamed up for an exciting exhibit of photos. Joanna Miller, Baker's principal from 1989-2007, connected with her former student, Alexandra Ainatchi, at an opening reception at the Spot Under Spot (SUS) Gallery when it first opened in 2014, and then, serendipitously, on the subway in Manhattan, nearly a year ago. One thing led to another, and an exhibit was born. Read more...

College-Sponsored Scholarship Winners
Albert Aboaf, from North High, and Michelle Yang, from South High, are recipients of college-sponsored scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They join some 3,000 other college-sponsored award winners. Scholarships are paid by colleges and universities and provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the participating institution. Both Albert and Michelle will be attending the University of Chicago in the fall.


Adult Learning Center Grads
The GNPS Adult Learning Center, at its recent graduation ceremony, recognized recipients of New York State High School Equivalency Diplomas and those who have met NYS benchmarks for English language proficiency. Read more...

All-National Honorees
Two high school juniors have been selected for the highly prestigious 2016 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir to be held in Grapevine, Texas, in November. Zachary Lee, from North High, was selected a Bass 2 singer, and Noah Harouch, from South High, was selected Bass 1. Read more...

ASL Competition Winners
Four high school students are winners in the Long Island Language Teachers 2016 American Sign Language (ASL) Contest. Kathy McAleer is the ASL teacher at North and South High Schools. North High School winners - are Adir Vegon, First Place, and Michelle Nissan, Honorable Mention. South High winners - are Jillian Horowitz, Second Place, and Danielle Kraes, Honorable Mention.

NCTE Young Writer Winners
Eighth-graders from North and South Middle Schools recently received Certificates of Recognition in the 2016 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising Young Writers Program. They are Vera Cho and Brandon Lin from North Middle, and Andrew Apaza, Shin Young Park, and Alice Zhang from South Middle. Competition participants submitted two pieces of writing, which were read by national judges. Papers were judged on content, purpose, audience tone, word choice, organization, development, and style.

GNPS Staff Granted Tenure
At its meeting on June 14, the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the superintendent, granted tenure to 12 teachers. Read more...


Parkville People Reunion
Graduates of Parkville School, affectionately known as "Parkville People," recently held a fun reunion at the school followed by a celebration dinner at Umberto's Restaurant (Parkville was originally a K–grade 6 school).


NCTE Writing Award Winners
Four high school 2016 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Awards in Writing recipients have recently been announced. Rachel Berkower and David Liu are the North High winners, and Yiqing (Elissa) He and Benjamin Newman are winners from South High. Read more...


Musical Achievements
North High School junior Zachary Lee and North High's instrumental music teacher Joseph Rutkowski have attained outstanding musical achievements. Read more...


Teacher Receives Olmsted Award
Jeffrey Gilden, North High School English teacher, is one of this year's four outstanding high school teachers to receive the prestigious Williams College George Olmsted Jr. Class of 1924 Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching. Read more...


District Retirees Recognized
The Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education and professional associations representing teachers, administrators, and civil service staff recently recognized thirty-six 2015-16 retirees. Read more...


Lakeville Students Help Fight Breast Cancer
For the last decade, students in Ellen Meisel's class at Lakeville School have done their part in the fight against breast cancer through the sale of pink lemonade (pink is the color associated with breast cancer). This year marks the 11th year that the pink lemonade stand has made a difference. Read more...


SEAL Students Help Out
GNPS students in the SEAL program have been active doing social responsibility work for the community. Funds raised through their student-assisted Coffee Shop at Clover Drive went to DogAbility, an all-inclusive program located in Hicksville where children and adults can experience innovative canine-assisted experiences, using certified, activity-therapy dogs. Read more...

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