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Siemens Semifinalists Named

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, Shawn Kang, Jaysen Zhang, and Aric Zhuang. The Competition gives students the opportunity to conduct original research and reveals the brightest high school minds in contention for college scholarships. Additional information on these five winners will appear in a future edition.


South High Student Named Piano Finalist

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. Benjamin will compete during the MTNA Division Conference, held in Boston, in January. The winner of the Boston competition will advance to compete in the National Finals during the MTNA National Conference to be held in Baltimore, in March. A multi-faceted musician, Benjamin is an award-winning composer, pianist, French hornist, piano soloist, and chamber musician. While a student at South Middle School, he performed at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center "Young Ensembles Concert," as a pianist, and was selected for the All-County Music Festival Band, playing the French horn. His music teachers at South High are Michael Schwartz, Dr. Pamela Levy, and Mark Boschen. Alan Schwartz was his music teacher at South Middle. The MTNA is a nonprofit organization comprised of 22,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, it is the oldest professional music association in the United States.


W!SE Teacher Award

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. To be considered for the Gold Star Award, a teacher must achieve a 93 percent pass rate in at least one of his classes on either the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. Jonathan Sands, W!SE financial literacy certification program manager, said of Mr. Bernstein, "As always, we are very grateful for the time and energy educators put into teaching personal finance. You should be very proud of this outstanding achievement!" Earlier this month, the Village School was named a 2015-16 W!SE Blue Star School having excelled on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. It was also the eighth time the school has earned this award. W!SE is an educational nonprofit organization that develops programs that reflect the New York State Education Department's economic curriculum on finance. Programs evaluate students' knowledge of banking, savings, investing, credit, insurance, and money management, and also gauge their ability to manage their own finances.


Music Night at South High--Nov. 4

South High School will be hosting its fall Music Night on Friday, Nov. 4, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the school's Music Suite, room 309, 341 Lakeville Rd. Instrumental and vocal students will perform in various genre including original compositions, pop, jazz, rock, Broadway, and classical. There will be a $5 per person cover charge that includes refreshments. For further information, please contact Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental music teacher, at


Board Candidate Petitions Due Nov. 7

Qualified Great Neck Public School District residents who wish to run for election to the Board of Education for the Trustee seat formally held by Monique Bloom are reminded that completed Petition Forms must be returned to Michele Domanick, district clerk, in the district business office, Phipps Admin. Bldg, 345 Lakeville Rd. (516-441-4020), no later than 5 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 7. Ms. Bloom's resignation was announced by Board President Barbara Berkowitz at the Board of Education meeting on Sept. 19. The election will be to complete Ms. Bloom's term, which runs until May 2019. The Board of Education has made available a list of responsibilities associated with serving on a school board and, in particular, time commitments placed on Great Neck Public Schools Board members. The document is available from the District Clerk and it is also posted on the school district's Web site, at, and at The election for school board trustee will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 7 a.m.-10 p.m., at the Baker School (for qualified residents living north of the LIRR) and at South High School (for qualified residents living south of the LIRR). The Board will convene at the Phipps Admin. Bldg., at 10:30 p.m., on Dec. 6, to officially receive and announce the election results. Ms. Berkowitz said that this special election "will afford the community the opportunity to select the next Board of Education trustee." For further information about Petition Forms and voting in the Dec. 6 election, including voter registration and absentee ballots, please call the District Clerk at (516) 441-4020.