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An 'Opening' Visit from the Superintendent


On the Opening Day of School, Great Neck Public Schools 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.


Music Students Tapped for All-State

Nine highly talented musicians from North and South High Schools have been selected for the prestigious and very competitive 2016 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Conference, to be held in Rochester, Dec. 1-4. In addition, nine students were named Alternates for the event. At the All-State Conference, sponsored by NYSSMA, the State's finest student musicians will perform together in various ensembles. Thousands of students auditioned for this competition last spring at solo and ensemble festivals throughout the State.

North High School All-State music students - Zachary Lee (flute, Symphonic Band), Katie Tropp-Levy (alto II, Women's Chorus), and Isabel Yang (violin, Symphony Orchestra). Alternates are (all violinists): Rachel Berkower, Ronald Li, and Matthew Weinstein. These students are taught by Dr. Janine Robinson, vocal, and Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental. Neil Saggerson is fine & performing arts department head.

South High All-State music students - Zhengkuan (Kenny) Huang (violin, String Orchestra), Joo Eun (Melody) Kang (violin, Symphony Orchestra), Kimbery Lu (viola, Symphony Orchestra), Maximilian Manicone (jazz guitar, Instrumental Jazz), Christine Suh (violin, Symphony Orchestra), and Asia Zhang (violin, String Orchestra). Alternates are: Glory Chung (violin 11), Suzie Fendt (soprano I, 11), Lucia Geng (flute 12), Kathryn Lam (violin 12), Patrick Shen (tenor II, 11), and Michelle Xing (bassoon 11). These students are taught by Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental music teacher, and Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal.


School District Welcomes New Staff


At the orientation held prior to the opening of the Great Neck Public Schools, new staff were welcomed by Board of Education Trustee Susan Healy; Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast; Assistant Superintendents Dr. Joseph Hickey and Dr. Stephen Lando; new Great Neck Teachers Association (GNTA) President James Daszenski; new Association of Supervisors and Administrators (SAGES) President Sharon Applebaum; and other administrators.

New Administrator - Heather Sweet is the new assistant principal at E.M. Baker School. She replaces Jeffrey Ryvicker, who was recently appointed the school superintendent of the Quogue School District. (More about Dr. Sweet will appear in the future.)

Elementary Teachers - New elementary teachers follow, by school, with their subject areas in parentheses. Newly hired teachers at E.M. Baker School include: Douglas Kuveke (special education), Lisa Noonan (special education), Stephanie Schmidt (grade 4), Kimberly Sieh (grade 4), and Melissa Weibman (grade 5). New teachers at J.F. Kennedy School: Christine Deaner (special education), Kristen Milici (special education), Vanessa Nilsen, (special education), and Kelly Rosario (special education). Barbara Manzi is a new special education teacher at the North Shore Hebrew Academy and Mary Terriberry is a new prekindergarten teacher at Parkville School. New teachers at Saddle Rock School are: Rachel Barrer (reading), Jennifer Kerr (speech therapist; also at North Middle), and Deanna Phillips (special education).

Secondary Teachers - New secondary teachers follow, by school, with their subject areas in parentheses. Thomas Hahn is a new English teacher at North High. New teachers at North Middle School: Melissa Block (Languages Other Than English–LOTE), Alexandra D'Angelo (special education), Jennifer Kerr (speech therapist; also at Saddle Rock), Jeryl Lehmuller (special education), and Tracy Segal (guidance dept head). New teachers at South High School are Morgan Burk (physical education/health), Lillian Hsiao (English as a New Language–ENL), and Daniel Shadock (mathematics). New teachers at South Middle School include: Yanxia Chen (LOTE), Jessica Hemmerdinger (special education), Lindsay Manno (special education), Sandra Neuwirth (LOTE), and Catherine Sagevick (mathematics).


Community Ed Open House Week

Great Neck Public Schools Community Education welcomes you to another season of exciting classes. Registration for the fall session is ongoing, and many classes begin soon. We also look forward to seeing you at our second annual Open House Week, Monday, Sept.19-Friday, Sept. 23. Come visit the classes offered that week, at no fee, with no pre-registration necessary. Meet our instructors, see our facilities, and learn what is right here in the community. This is a wonderful opportunity to join in a Fitness class: Mindful Meditation, Aerobics, Zumba, Standing Vinyasa Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Body Workout, Movement for Those with Parkinson's, and more. If you enjoy dancing, there's Jazz, Ballet, Creative and Classical Dance, Ballroom Dancing, and Line Dance. Try your hand at Fine Arts and Crafts with: Pottery, Stone Sculpting, Painting, Drawing, Pastels, Printmaking, Jewelry Making, and Silversmithing. Perhaps you'd like to experience the Foreign Languages we offer: Chinese, French, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, and Yiddish. Learn about Games and Hobbies, including Bridge, Canasta, and Mah Jongg, or participate in a Writing class or a Book Group. The schedule of classes for the Open House will soon be available on our Web site at Click on the Community Ed icon from the scroll near the top of the homepage. The schedule will also be found on our Facebook page. Remember to Like us on Facebook. You can find us by searching Great Neck Community Ed and clicking on the "Like page" link. Please feel free to invite your friends to visit and like us as well. Stay up-to-date on all the latest happenings at Community Ed, as well as see the complete Open House schedule. Classes meet at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave., Great Neck (1 block south of Northern Blvd., off Lakeville Road). The Community Ed Fall/Winter catalog with complete course offerings can be found at You can then register online, or call us at (516) 441-4949 and register by phone.