North High at Science Olympiad

North High School's Science Olympiad Team recently participated in the Western Long Island Regional Science Olympiad. Richard and Jessy took home a Fifth Place medal in the Femi Question category. This was only the second year that a North team competed in the Olympiad, and Maya Lerner, Team faculty sponsor/science teacher, was very pleased with North's 26th place finish, competing against 72 other teams. "Everyone did a great job!," she said.


Board Commends South High Students

Eighty-nine students were recipients of Board of Education Certificates of Commendation for contributing to the quality of life at their school.


District Summer Programs

Parents are reminded to register their children now for the Great Neck Public Schools Summer Programs.

Beginning its 66th year, the Programs run weekdays during July and August. Three Programs will be offered: Recreation, Summer School, and High School.

Program registration brochures may be downloaded from the Great Neck Public Schools Web site ( Brochures contain complete program information on: activities, bus schedules, required medical forms, fees, discounts, times, and dates.

A brief overview of the Summer Programs follows.

Recreation Programs

Recreation Programs run Monday-Friday, July 2-Aug. 10 (closed July 4), and include three programs: Elementary Summer Recreation Camp (for incoming grades K-5, from 9:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m.); Sports Camp Recreation Program (for incoming grades 6-8, from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.); and Evening Recreation Program (for incoming grades 7-12, from 6:30-8 p.m.).

Registration is available for one to six weeks. There is a reduced Early Bird registration, as well as a sibling discount.

Summer School Programs

Summer School Programs are held at South Middle School. They run Monday-Friday, July 2-Aug. 3 (closed July 4), and offer five programs: Summer Enrichment Program (extracurricular classes for incoming grades 6-9, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.); Academic Intervention Elementary: one-hour reading for incoming grades 1-3, two-hour literacy for incoming grades 4-5, one-hour math for incoming grades 4-5, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Academic Intervention Secondary: three, 1-hour classes in English, ESL, math, reading, science, or social studies for incoming grades 6-9, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Instrumental Music (all levels, for incoming grades 4-7, morning and afternoon options); and Afternoon Musical Theater (for incoming grades 6-9, theater, vocal, and dance workshop, from 12-3 p.m.).

High School Program

The High School Program offers academic remediation courses for incoming grades 10-12, and the NYS Regents Exam. Academic classes meet weekdays from July 5-Aug. 15, from 8:15-11:30 a.m. The New York State Regents Exams will be offered on Aug. 16 and 17.

For more information on the Recreation Programs, please contact Joseph Loria, summer recreation program director, at 441-4045, or at For more information on the Summer School and High School Programs, please contact Leslie Cohen, summer school principal, at 441-4575, or at


On the Menu at the Adult Program

Join the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program to sample four delicious culinary courses. Beef Five Easy Ways; Vegetarian Entreés; Low Calorie/Low Salt; and Vegetables as Appetizers are the fare for the month of May. Course descriptions are detailed below. For more information, or to register, please call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949, or visit our Web site for online registration and the complete online course catalog.

Beef Five Easy Ways

Join Bruce Beck as he demonstrates fabulous beef recipes in time for spring dinners and summer barbecues. Each recipe features minimum preparation and maximum flavor. Enjoy grilled hanger steak with marinated mushrooms; seared beef with lentil salad; roast flank steak with Bourbon and coffee glaze; an exotic beef and parsley soup with preserved lemons; and, from the world-famous Harry's Bar-hamburgers. Instructor Bruce Beck is author of Produce, a Fruit and Vegetable Lovers' Guide and The Official Fulton Fish Market Cookbook. He has contributed to The Eating Well Cookbook and Eating Well's Rescue Cookbook. He has written for Food & Wine, Eating Well, Cooking Light, and Cosmopolitan magazines; and was featured in the New York Times, New York Post, Daily News, Boston Globe, Atlanta Constitution, and New Yorker. He currently teaches at the Culinary Center of New York. Class meets Wednesday, May 2, 7-9:30 p.m. Fee: $45.

Vegetarian Entrées: Quick & Simple

From ancient times, families along the Silk Road ate little meat, relying instead on inventively transforming their bounty of legumes, vegetables, and grains into wholesome, thrifty, and deeply satisfying meals. Add seasonal vegetables, some fast-track protein (think legumes and tofu), and, voilà, dinner is served-a balanced, inspired meal that's outrageously good and easy to prepare. The class menu: vegan and gluten free sweet and spicy tofu stew, sautéed vegetables, chickpea stew, vegetarian chili; and chickpea and quinoa casserole (dairy). Join Dahlia Klein is in the process of completing her Silk Road Vegetarian Cookbook, inspired by her Central Asian heritage. She is the site holder for the Great Neck Community Supported Agriculture and writes a weekly newsletter on food issues with thought-provoking insights. Class meets Monday, May 7, 7-9:30 p.m. Fee: $35.

Low Calorie, Low Salt & Low Cost

Prepare healthy, delicious meals for yourself or a family-on a budget! Discover four savory entrées and one sweet dessert. Lisa Levine will demonstrate pesto pasta with chicken; roasted vegetable tostadas with chipotle cream; eggs en cocotte with mushrooms and leeks; and a yellow-squash and corn casserole. Enjoy a skewered fruit dessert smothered in a sweet yogurt sauce. Class meets Wednesday, May 9, 7&endash;9:30 p.m. Fee: $39.

Vegetables as Appetizers

Learn to make delicious, simple appetizers using fried cauliflower, baked stuffed mushrooms, and Italian "latkes." All recipes are meatless, but not vegan, as eggs and cheese are used. Instructor Cathy Coluccio Fazzolari is co-owner of her family's legendary Italian specialty-food importing company and retail store, D. Coluccio & Sons, Inc., located in Brooklyn. Cathy travels to Italy and various food shows to acquire ingredients that represent the very best of Italy. Class meets Friday, May 11, 10:30 a.m.&endash;1:30 p.m. Fee: $35.


Learn Something New at the Adult Program

The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program offers a wide array of courses for personal growth, for leisure, and for learning new skills. Descriptions of several upcoming courses are described below.

For more information, or to register, please call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949, or visit our Web site for online registration and the complete online course catalog.

How to Lead a Happier Life

Do you want to be happier? Come, learn, and start enjoying more of your life. In this new class, look at current findings and use research-based tools, exercises, and practices to add more positive emotion and flow to your life. Practice cultivating optimism, gratitude journaling, and goal setting. Instructor Florence Levine is a retired educator (teacher and counselor for 34 years). She attended Tal Ben-Shahar's "Happier" class at Harvard University and led a "Happier" group for The Transition Network (TTN) of the YMHA/YMWA. She holds a Master's degree in psychology from St. John's University and a Professional Diploma in counseling from Hofstra University. Class meets two Thursdays, May 3 & 10, 7-8:30 p.m. Fee: $19.

Beauty Treatments from Your Kitchen

Learn how to make beauty products for your face, hair, hands, and body from common ingredients. Create products for your skin type to use in class and go home with samples. Instructor Lisa Levine is the nurse at Great Neck North Middle School. She teaches yoga and culinary courses for the Adult Program, addressing healthy, organic, and vegetarian options. Class meets Tuesday, May 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $25.

Learning the New 2012 Mah Jongg Card

If you want to quickly learn the new 2012 mah jongg card, attend this one-session, interactive, "hands-on" workshop. Many tips and suggestions will be presented, shared, and explored. Bring your new 2012 mah jongg card with you. Instructor Toby Israel is an educator who has successfully transferred her professional skills to the teaching of mah jongg. Since 2004, she has taught at the Great Neck Adult Program. Throughout her life, she has enjoyed both the teaching and playing of mah jongg. Two sessions are offered on Wednesday, April 25, 1-3 p.m. OR 3:30-5:30 p.m. Fee: $15.

Basic Keyboarding

This is a basic course to learn the computer keyboard and proper fingering techniques. You will be taught to key enter without looking at the keyboard, allowing you to concentrate on the content itself. By the completion of this course, you will be able to use all your fingers to type accurately and at an efficient speed. Instructor Esther Printz taught keyboarding and related business courses for 28 years at North Middle School and South High School. Class meets for four sessions (2 Mondays & 2 Wednesdays), May 7, 9, 14 & 16, 1-2:30 p.m. Fee: $119.