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LI Music Hall of Fame School of Excellence

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. The other music department teachers at North High are: Neil Saggerson, fine and performing arts department head, and Dr. Janine Robinson, vocal music. Earlier this year, Mr. Rutkowski was recognized by the LI Music Hall of Fame when he received their Music Educator of Note Award. The Long Island Music Hall of Fame is “dedicated to the idea that our musical heritage is an important resource to be celebrated and preserved for future generations.”


Baker Student Selected for National Children’s Choir

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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. Clara was selected for the Children’s Choir by the National Choir Committee, following a challenging audition process. She was nominated for the Choir by her Baker vocal music teacher, Cynthia Gorney, who is a professional member of OAKE. The Children’s Choir is one of four choirs that will perform at the National Concert. It will be conducted by Fred Meads, director of vocal studies at the American Boychoir School. The annual Concert features student singers in grades 4-12, from around the country. It is the culmination of the OAKE National Conference. OAKE is a professional music education association inspired by the vision of Zoltan Kodaly, a Hungarian virtuoso pianist, conductor, and composer. Its mission is “to support music education of the highest quality, promote universal literacy and lifelong music making, and preserve the musical heritage of the people of the United States of America through education, artistic performance, advocacy and research.”


Fencers Take Top Awards

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South High School Fencing Teams - 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. They were led by Captain Macy Meng and Ariel Kang. The South High Boys Fencing Team took Third Place at the County Championships. They were led by Edmond Wu, who captured the Gold Medal in saber. Steven Grams won Gold in epee; Wentao (Jeffery) Li took the Bronze Medal in foil; and Captain Matthew Ko took Fourth-Place in epee. At the recent Nassau County Individual Fencing Tournament, the South High Girls team was led by reigning, and now defending, epee champion, Captain Macy Meng. In foil, Ariel Kang secured the Bronze Medal, and in saber, Muen (Mary) Ye and Michelle Song took Fifth- and Sixth-Places, respectively. Additionally, South High Coach Catherine Sagevick was named 2017 Nassau County Girls Coach of the Year. Joshua Baravarian is the South High boys coach.

North High School Fencing Teams - 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. Shannon Sarker took First Place in saber. The North High Coaches are Michael Calderaro and Tyler Healy


Music Night at South High--March 3

South High School will host its winter Music Night on Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s Music Room (309), 341 Lakeville Rd. This informal evening will feature student instrumentalists and vocalists performing all forms of music, including original compositions, rock, pop, opera, jazz, hip-hop, Broadway, and classical. There will be a $5 per person cover charge that includes refreshments. For more information, please contact Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head and instrumental teacher, at (516) 441-4851, or at


Lunar New Year Celebration at Saddle Rock School

Saddle Rock School parents have produced a short video featuring highlights from the recent performances by students from North High School, North Middle School, South High School, and South Middle School, held at Saddle Rock, in celebration of the Lunar New Year. See such traditional dances as: Jasmine Flower, Parasol, Korean Techno, Ribbon, Fan, and Lion, and Chinese Yo-Yo and Martial Arts demonstrations. The secondary students performed during two student assemblies. Go to to view the video of the outstanding student performers.


Adult Learning Center Offers English & TASC Prep Classes

If you are an adult and you want to learn English or improve your English-language skills, or if you want to earn a high school equivalency diploma, the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Learning Center offers a variety of classes during the day and evening designed to meet your needs. A range of English-language classes are offered, from beginning literacy to advanced ESNL (English to Speakers of Other Languages). In preparation for the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) examination (formerly known as the GED), classes are available to improve math, reading, science, social studies, and writing skills. Once enrolled, students may also take elective classes such as Conversational English, Crossroads Café, and Citizenship, to name a few, at no additional charge. Registration for classes must be done in person at the Adult Learning Center, 105 Clover Drive. Please allow two hours to complete the registration process. Register on Wednesday, March 1 or Thursday, March 2, from 9 a.m.-Noon, or from 6-9 p.m.; or on Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m.-Noon. Preference will be given to Great Neck residents and previous Adult Learning Center students. The annual, non-refundable processing fee for Adult Learning Center classes is $50 for those who live or work in Great Neck (proof of residency or employment is required), and $100 for nonresidents. Payment, at time of registration, can be made in cash, or by credit card, check, or money order (payable to Great Neck Public Schools). For more information, please refer to the Community Education catalog, phone the Adult Learning Center at (516) 441-4950, or visit