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2017 Bond Issue Information
The GNPS Board of Education has developed a 2017 Bond Issue that will be voted on by the community on February 14, 2017. Our 2017 Bond Issue page aggregates information, presentations, and our latest district newsletter to detail and explain the critical building envelope improvements and educational and building enhancements that comprise the bond issue. View 2017 Bond Issue page...View the January 2017 Bond Referendum Edition of the GNPS Bulletin newsletter... View Bond Issue Presentation #3...


Board of Education Approves 2017-2018 Calendar
The GNPS Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 School District Calendar at the January 9, 2017 Board of Education Meeting. View 2017-2018 GNPS School District Calendar...


Teachers Take On the Harlem Wizards -- Jan. 23
On Monday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.), at the North Middle School Gym (77 Polo Rd.), Great Neck Public School teachers and administrators from North Middle, Baker, Kennedy, Lakeville, and Saddle Rock will compete against the Harlem Wizards in a fun-filled evening of basketball. Read more...


2017-18 Kindergarten Registration -- Jan. 17 - Jan. 27
Enrollment for GNPS Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, and run school days through Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at the Office of Registration and Attendance, Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Rd., from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. All children who will attend public or private school kindergarten in September 2017 need to be registered. Eligible children must have been born between Dec. 2, 2011, and Dec. 1, 2012. Students currently enrolled in the district's UPK program do not have to be registered for kindergarten. Visit the Kindergarten Registration Page...
2017-18 Residency Re-Verification -- Feb. 17
The Great Neck Public Schools is currently undertaking the annual process of residency re-verification for all students entering ninth-grade in September 2017. This is done to collect documentation that will assist in assembling students' records for high school, and to verify that all students who enter the district high schools are residents of the district and thus entitled to attend. Parents/legal guardians of all current eighth-grade students were recently sent a mailing that explains the documentation required and the method for submission. Read more... Visit the Residency Re-Verification Page...
2017-18 Universal Pre-K (UPK) Registration
Enrollment for the Great Neck Public Schools Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) for the 2017-2018 school year has begun. 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. Read more... Visit the Parkville Web Site and/or the Pre-Kindergarten Registration Page for additional information.
More Information
For more information about registration or re-verification, please contact the Registration Office at (516) 441-4080, e-mail: residency@greatneck.k12.ny.us, visit the Registration Home Page for additional registration information, or visit the Registration Forms Page to download documents


Nassau BOCES Public Vote to Purchase Carman Road School -- Feb. 8
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, Nassau County residents are asked to participate in a public vote to authorize Nassau BOCES to purchase the Carman Road School for $9 million.
Read BOCES Referendum Newsletter
...Read BOCES Referendum Newsletter in Spanish...Read BOCES Referendum Poster...View BOCES Referendum Video...View BOCES Carman Road Video...Read BOCES Referendum Q & A...


Elementary Lunch Menu Update
Food and Nutrition Services has updated our elementary lunch menu for the January-June period. View 2017 Elementary Lunch Menu...


NYSSMA Festival Calendar and Forms Online
The 2017 NYSSMA Festival Calendar has been updated for 2017 with current dates, application deadlines, and downloadable forms. View 2017 NYSSMA Festival Calendar...


Smart Schools Investment Plan Amendment #1
The GNPS Office of Instructional Technology has posted an amendment to the GNPS Smart Schools Bond Act Investment Plan which details the mandated non-public school allotment for classroom technology submitted to NYSED for approval. View the GNPS Smart Schools Bond Act page... View the GNPS Smart Schools Investment Plan Amendment #1...


Health Information
The New York State Department of Health (NYDOH) makes information regarding influenza (flu) and influenza immunizations available free of charge. Read more... You may also contact the NYSDOH at immunize@health.ny.gov, or call 518-473-4437, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


GNPS Community Ed Winter Session
The Great Neck Public Schools Community Education Winter semester has begun! Warm up to a flurry of activity. Enjoy, learn, experience from our wide selection of courses, trips, and special events. Read more...
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.


GNPS/TV December Programs
Current programs on Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) are: Faculty Recital 2016; GNPS/TV Spotlight; Spotlight, South Middle Edition; and Focus on the Arts. Programs are available online or may be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. Read more...
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.


Donna Peirez Elected GNPS Board of Education Trustee
Donna Peirez was elected a Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education Trustee at a special election held on Dec. 6. Ms. Peirez will fill out the remainder of Monique Bloom’s Trustee position, which runs until May 2019.
Read more and view vote results...


Instructional Technology in our Schools:
SMART Displays 2.0
Two Lakeville students in Ms. Gindi's Grade 5 class simultaneously demonstrate a math solution using the classroom's new SMART Interactive Flat Panel Display. Fifty-seven of the multi-touch displays were purchased from Smart Schools Bond Act funds and installed in classrooms this year replacing first-generation SMART Boards and projectors. These upgradable displays have 4K Ultra HD resolution, true color reproduction, object awareness, and do not cast shadows, require calibration, or need bulb replacement.


Instructional Technology in our Schools:
Collaborative eBook Project
Twenty-five 4th and 5th-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...


2016 GNPS Faculty Recital: A Glorious Evening Event
Great Neck Public Schools faculty and friends performed on Oct. 27 at the GNPS Faculty Recital, offering the community ​an evening of glorious music and outstanding entertainment. We have some photos we'd like to share with you from this 25th annual event, but we know the musical memories of these performances will last a lifetime. View Photo Slideshow...


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...

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.

Student Coauthors Scientific Article
Angelina Wang, a junior at South High School, was recently published as a coauthor of an article that appeared in PLOS One, a peer-reviewed scientific journal. The article covered research that Angelina did last summer at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, part of Northwell Health, in Manhasset. South High science research teacher James Truglio explained Angelina’s work. Read more...


Kennedy Students Go Full STEAM Ahead
Last fall, fourth-graders at the John F. Kennedy School participated in an exciting and innovate project--the Global Cardboard Challenge, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) module. Under the guidance of Amy Mendel, SEEK teacher (Supporting Educational Exploration & Knowledge), and using common household items (many brought from home) such as balls, plastic cups, miniature toys, and lots of tape, students used math, science, engineering, and art skills to create a host of arcade games. Michele Garbien, a fourth-grade teacher, assisted with the project.. View more photos and read more...


Regeneron Scholars Named
Seven students from the Great Neck Public Schools--one from North High School and six from South High School--have been named 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars. They are Patrick Gao from North High, and Lynn Hlaing, Matthew Ko, Olivia Lundelius, Rubin Smith, Yujia Su, and Jaysen Zhang from South High. Read more...


NYIT Art Exhibit Winners
Two South High students took top awards at a recent art exhibit sponsored by the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) School of Architecture and Design. Jiajing (Jessica) Liao, an eleventh-grader, and Alison Tair, a senior, took First and Second Places, respectively, in Long Island's Finest Competition for emerging high school design talent. Both are advanced placement photography students of Lisa Stancati. Read more...


Bracelets for Children with Cancer
Nearly 150 Lakeville School third-graders recently made dozens of cloth-braided bracelets for the children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The Hospital treats children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Read more...

Chamber Musicians Selected for Regional Competition
Two chamber music ensembles from South High School have been selected to perform at the Long Island Regional High School Chamber Music Competition of the 2017 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center "Young Musicians Program." The LI Regional Competition is a new component this year to the Young Musicians Program. Read more...


Donna Peirez Sworn In As Board Trustee
Donna Peirez, the newly elected Board of Education Trustee, was sworn in at the Dec. 12 Board of Education meeting by District Clerk Michele Dominick. Ms. Peirez won the Dec. 6 election, with 45 percent of the vote, to fill out the term left vacant by Monique Bloom, who resigned as a Board Trustee in September. Read more...

Students Selected for All-Eastern Honors Ensembles
Four musicians from North and South High Schools have been selected to perform at the biennial 2017 NAfME (National Association for Music Education) All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, to be held in April, in Atlantic City, NJ. Zachary Lee has been selected from North High, and Noah Harouche, Kimberly Lu, and Christine Suh from South High. Read more...

GNPS/TV Wins Two Top ACM Awards
Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) has won two top awards from the Alliance for Community Media (ACM)-Northeast Region 2016 Video Festival. Received were a First Place Award in the School/Education Category for the video, "Thank a Veteran Program, 2015," and a Second Place Award in the Music and Performance Broadcast (non-professionals) Category for the student filming of the South High School opera, Marriage of Figaro. Read more...


North Middle Becoming a No Place for Hate School
Earlier this year, North Middle School, at its kick-off to becoming a No Place for Hate School, hosted Gian Paul Gonazlez, a motivational speaker. Mr. Gonazlez spoke with students at large assembly programs and in a small Leadership Seminar. The No Place for Hate School initiative is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The program provides a model for combating intolerance, bullying, and hatred in schools. Read more...


Students Experience Spark Challenge
In mid-November, South High School students in Bradley Krauz's Anatomy & Physiology class participated in Northwell Health's Spark Challenge. Spark Challenge is an outreach program designed to educate students about the variety of careers available in the health profession. Read more...


Teacher to Lead Music Workshop
Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music teacher, will lead a chamber music workshop in mid-December at the 70th annual Midwest Clinic, to be held in Chicago. The workshop, titled, "Play for Your Life!: Chamber Music from Mozart to Led Zeppelin," has been presented by Mr. Rutkowski at 14 previous conferences, including ones sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). 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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