Accolades For Our District

2016-17 School Year

  • 4/20/17 - North High School's student newspaper, Guide Post, received four top awards, including a First Place, at the Adelphi University Quill Awards for Outstanding Journalism.

  • 4/20/17 - Eight student musicians in the Great Neck Public Schools excelled at this year's All-County Music Festival held at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, in Brookville. Students earned positions of recognition after being tested for proficiency at rehearsals just prior to their concerts.

  • 4/6/17 - The Great Neck Public School District has again been named among the "Best Communities for Music Education" by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation, a coalition of music and educational organizations. This year marks the eleventh time that Great Neck has received this prestigious award since its inception in 2005. Great Neck joins 526 districts nationwide to receive this recognition.

  • 3/23/17 - Christine Mulligan, art teacher at Kennedy School, and Rosemary Sloggatt, art teacher at Saddle Rock School, were co-presenters at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention, held in New York, at the beginning of March. Their lecture presentation was titled, "Constructing Curriculum: Materials-based Best Practices for New Elementary Teachers."

  • 3/9/17 - Twenty-five seniors from North and South High Schools have advanced to Finalists (from Semifinalists) in the prestigious 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are now among more than 15,000 students who will be considered for some 8,000 Merit Scholarship awards that will be announced in coming months.

  • 3/9/17 - A total of 458 students from North and South High Schools have been named Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board for their exceptional scores on college-level AP examinations. Award recipients are current juniors and seniors, as well as those who were graduated in June 2016.

  • 3/2/17 - Daniel Itzkowitz, French horn player and a sophomore at North High School, has been selected to perform in the Tilles Festival Band at the LIU Post Band Festival at Tilles Center, in early April. This annual Festival was first held in 2003. Daniel was chosen for the Festival Band based upon the nomination and recommendation of Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music teacher.

  • 3/2/17 - Shaminta Hamidian, a senior at South High School, was selected as a Finalist in the 2017 Neuroscience Research Prize competition. The title of Shaminta's project is: "Structural and Functional Connectivity of the Human Hand Motor Area Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Resting State Functional MRI." Her faculty advisor is Dr. Carol Hersh.

  • 2/16/17 - A five-member South High School team won First Place at the recent Brookhaven National Laboratory/Long Island Regional High School Science Bowl. The team of Adrian Chen, Ajay Dheeraj, Yiqing (Elissa) He, Allan Lee, and Melody Yang will now head to Washington, DC, on an all-expense-paid trip to the National Finals, to be held in late April/early May.

  • 2/16/17 - The South High School chamber music ensemble of Joshua Lee (cello), Soyoung Park (piano), and Christine Suh (violin) has been selected to perform at the 34th annual Young Musicians Concert of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Concert will be held at Alice Tully Hall in April. The ensemble was chosen for this honor based on their performance at the Long Island Regional High School Chamber Music Competition of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Young Musicians Program. The regional competition is a new component this year to the Young Musicians Program.

  • 2/16/17 - Megan Xu, a junior at North High School, has been selected to perform with the 2017 Honor Orchestra of America at a concert to be held in Indiana, in early March. She plays the viola.

  • 2/9/17 - North High School has been recognized as having a High School Music Program of Excellence by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. The school was selected based on the merits of the application submitted by Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music teacher. North High is one of seven schools that will receive this award of Excellence at the LI Music Hall of Fame recognition ceremony in April.

  • 2/9/17 - Clara Goldman, a fifth-grader at E.M. Baker School, has been invited to sing in the Children's Choir at the 2017 Organization of American Kodaly Educator's (OAKE) National Conference Choirs Concert. The Concert will take place in March, in Philadelphia.

  • 2/9/17 - The South High Girls Fencing Team had a banner year. They were undefeated, 14-0; named Girls Large School Champions; Overall Season Champions; and Nassau Country Champions. They captured the Nassau County Championship when they defeated the North High Girls Fencing Team in the finals, 14-7. The North High Girls Fencing Team was named Small School Champions. They took Second Place at the Nassau County Championships. The North High Boys Fencing Team took Fourth Place at the County Championships.

  • 1/26/17 - Ronald Gimondo, principal of the John F. Kennedy School, has been selected as the only elementary school administrator in Nassau and Suffolk Counties to receive the 2016–2017 Council of Administrators and Supervisors (CAS) Administrator of the Year Award.

  • 1/19/17 - 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.

  • 1/13/17 - 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.

  • 10/20/16 - 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, Luhan Chen, Shawn Kang, Jaysen Zhang, and Aric Zhuang.

  • 10/20/16 - 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.

  • 10/20/16 - 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.

  • 10/13/16 - 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.

  • 10/13/16 - 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.

  • 10/6/16 - 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.

  • 10/6/16 - 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.

  • 10/6/16 - 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.

  • 9/29/16 - 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.

  • 9/29/16 - 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.


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