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Student Musicians Selected for All-County Festival

One-hundred seven students from the Great Neck Public Schools have been invited to participate in the 2016 All-County Music Festival performing in the Band, Orchestra, or Chorus. They were chosen by a committee of music teachers from throughout Nassau County, and serve as a standard of excellence for their musical peers and an inspiration to their schools. This annual Festival embraces student musicians in grades 5-12.

Division V: Grades 11 & 12 - North High School. Band: Jinjing (Amber) Chen, percussion; and Scott Rothbaum, clarinet. Orchestra: Violinists Rachel Berkower and Lauren Goldsamt. Mixed Chorus: Sofia Notar Francesco, alto; and Tatiana Sameyah, soprano. South High School. Band: Eli Dusman, tuba; Times Hwang, baritone horn; XiaoLing (Lee) Li, bassoon; and Angelina Wang, flute. Orchestra: Katelyn Chang, flute; Glory Chung, violin; Kelly Foo, oboe; Daniel Kim, cello; Kimberly Lu, viola; Michelle Xing, bassoon; Eugene Yi, violin; Asia Zhang, violin; and Benjamin Zheng, violin. Mixed Chorus: Bonnie Charles, alto; Susan (Susie) Fendt, soprano; Noah Harouche, bass; Alexis Pramberger, soprano; and Patrick Shen, tenor.

Division IV: Grades 9 & 10 - North High School. Band: Omeed Tartak, euphonium; and Madeleine Yang, flute. Orchestra: Jeremy Bernstein, cello; Joshua Rothbaum, Bb clarinet; Rachel You, violin; and Daniel Zeng, violin. Choir: Rachel Schlusselberg, soprano. South High School. Band: Ryan Cheng, bass clarinet; Brian Cho, alto saxophone; and Anderson Gu, alto saxophone. Orchestra: Christiana Claus, flute; Deep Datta, violin; Michelle Foo, oboe; Dorcas Han, flute; Zhen (Tom) Huang, clarinet; Jaehyun Kim, violin; Samuel Levine, flute; Noah Sheidlower, trumpet; and Ann Zhang, violin. Chorus: Tenor Theodore Chang and Justin Lin, and Sopranos Danielle Drucker, Joyce Lee, Fiona Lyngstad-Hughes, Elina Malamed, and Ashley Yu.

Division III: Grades 7 & 8 - North Middle School. Band: Jonathan Moalemi, trombone. Orchestra: Violinists Albert Jan and Jason Mei. Chorus: Shana Litt, soprano; Adam Sanders, baritone; Ashley Schlusselberg, soprano; Katherine Smolens, soprano; and Christopher Yang, baritone. South Middle School. Band: Kuanghua Diana Chu, piccolo; Ethan Jiang, bass clarinet; Kathryn Lee, clarinet; Rini Lee, clarinet; Jason Li, French horn; Grace Song, flute; Ze'ev Vladimir, trombone; and Sophia Wotman, trumpet. Orchestra: Laura An, violin; Eli Goldberger, clarinet; Eugene Hong, violin; Zhu Liu, snare drum; Mia Wang, violin; and Jansen Wong, violin. Chorus: Baritones Matthew Lahren and Roshan Varughese.

Division II: Grade 6 - North Middle School. Band: Luke Cronin, clarinet. Orchestra: Rebecca Bernstein, violin. Chorus: Julia Hyman, soprano; and Owen Roubeni, alto. South Middle School. Band: Celine Hong, flute; Jenny Kim, flute; Justin Lee, trumpet; and Joy Song, clarinet. Orchestra: Violinists Drew Kim, Sophia Wong, and Dayoung Yu; and Violist Janice Shin. Chorus: Sopranos Anoushka Rishi and Nancy Schoen.

Division I: Grade 5 - E.M. Baker School. Band: Zihan Yu, snare drum. Orchestra: Violinists Julia Huang, Abigail Kim, and Zoe Paisner. Chorus: Kajal Ramphul, alto. J.F. Kennedy School. Orchestra: Shira Lichter, violin. Chorus: Sopranos Jolie Ebrahimzadeh and Skylar Owadeyah. Lakeville School. Band: Mitchell Agris, oboe, and Christian Verwys, trumpet. Orchestra: Jun Ahn, cello, and Josephine Soong, violin. Saddle Rock School. Band: Charles Li, trumpet. Orchestra: Violinists Dierdre Chan and Elizabeth Levine. Chorus: Sarah Castro-Tie, soprano; Samuel Friedman, alto; Zachary Hyman, soprano; Saia Kalash, soprano; and Alexa Schwartz, alto.

District Music Teachers - Preparing the students who will participate in the All-County Music Festival are their dedicated music teachers. On the secondary level, instrumental students are taught by Joseph Rutkowski, North High; Jacquelyn Tomlet and Matthew Trinkwald, North Middle; Mark Boschen, Michael Schwartz, and Anthony Virgilio, South High; and Mark Boschen and Alan Schwartz, South Middle. Secondary vocal students are taught by Dr. Janine Robinson, North High; Arielle Murdocco, North Middle; Dr. Pamela Levy, South High; and Shelley Willcox, South Middle. Elementary instrumental students are taught by Anne Fogarty, Baker; Amy Kempton, Kennedy; Juan Garcia and Jacquelyn Tomlet, Lakeville; and Dr. Christopher Wilson, Saddle Rock. Elementary choral students are taught by Cynthia Gorney, Baker; Korey Terranova, Kennedy; and Chad Lasky, Saddle Rock.

NMEA - The All-County Music Festival is sponsored by the Nassau Music Educators' Association (NMEA). Founded in 1936, NMEA is a non-profit, voluntary organization of Nassau County teachers. NMEA is an arm of the New York State Music Association and the Music Educators' National Conference. It sponsors and organizes performance-festival opportunities for Nassau County students and offers workshops and clinics for its members.


One Acts at North Middle School--Nov. 22


North Middle School will present an evening of One-Act plays and monologues on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium, 77 Polo Road. Plays to be performed include: One Word Too Many and Jamie's First Day, both by Joanne Greene; The Waiting Room, by Noah Bennett; Black and Blue Friday, by Karen Jones; and This Is a Text, by Stephen Gregg. This Is a Text, the final play of the evening, will be jam-packed with laughs as it illustrates the plentiful diversions that sidetrack middle school students from their daily studies. Marissa Dove, One-Acts director/English teacher, promises "an evening guaranteed to be fun-filled and entertaining." For more information, contact Ms. Dove, at (516) 441-4544, or at


South High Badminton Team Excels

The South High School Boys Varsity Badminton Team had an outstanding undefeated season, winning the 2016 Nassau County Championship. In addition, eleventh-grader Wai Hei (Ray) Ngan is the Undefeated Nassau County Singles Badminton Champion, ranked eleventh nationally, and was recently named a Newsday Athlete of the Week. Badminton Team Coach Janine Sadaka said of the teams' accomplishments, "I am incredibly proud to have a team with such talent, drive, and spirit. The team's dedication to the sport and determination to excel earned them an undefeated season and the Nassau County Championship.


Looking Ahead with Community Ed


It's still autumn, but GNPS Community Education is already gearing up for winter, with the Winter Session that begins on Jan. 7, 2017. Registration is now underway for all classes, trips, and special events.

Upcoming trips - with round-trip coach bus transportation, include: The Philadelphia Flower Show, with this year's theme, Holland!, on Saturday, March 11; a theater outing to the well-received, new Broadway musical, Dear Evan Hansen, on Thursday, April 27; a unique walking tour and dinner in the East Village, on Wednesday, May 3; and a private tour of NYC's iconic Woolworth Building, with lunch, on Sunday, May 7.

Special events - On Sunday, Dec.18, enjoy Chinois & Champagne at Pearl East Restaurant, a unique afternoon featuring an elaborate Chinese meal, paired with sparkling wines. Next, there's That's Amore!--A Canasta Event at Il Bacco, on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Included with four hours of card play will be a delicious Italian-themed lunch. The third event will appeal to those with creative ambitions: The Art & Beauty of Egg Decoration, on Saturday, March 25. You'll learn the unique and delicate art of egg embellishment, and go home with finished products to keep or give to family and friends.

Courses at the Cumberland building - Cardio Combo, Chinese for Travelers, Composers and Lyricists, Cumberland Singers, Everyday English Conversation, Founding Fathers, Gilbert and Sullivan, Italy: City-by-City, Jazz Dance, Joy of Reading Book Group, Monthly Current Events, Public Speaking, and Writers' Workshop. A full array of classes are offered in the areas of fine arts and fine crafts, fitness and dance, foreign languages, humanities, music, performing arts, and personal growth.

For kids - after-school classes in Chinese, Creative Writing, and Young Speakers. For high school students, we offer ACT/SAT Preparation, Driver Education, Figure Drawing, and Pottery on the Wheel.

For more information - on fall/winter classes, trips, and special events, view the current Catalog online at, and click on the Community Ed icon. To have a catalog mailed to you, simply phone (516) 441-4949. We look forward to having you and your family join us!


English & High School Equivalency Programs

The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Learning Center (located at 105 Clover Drive) will be offering ENL (English as a New Language) classes and TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion, formerly known as GED) exam preparation classes Mondays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m.-noon, and Mondays through Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. A range of English-language classes are offered, from beginning to advanced literacy. In preparation for the TASC examination, classes are available to improve math, social studies, science, reading, 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. Class registration, which must be done in person at the Center, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m.-Noon, and from 6-9 p.m.; and on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-noon. Preference will be given to Great Neck residents and returning students. Please allow two hours to complete the registration process. The annual, non-refundable processing fee is $50 for those who live or work in Great Neck (proof of residency or Great Neck employment must be submitted at time of registration), and $100 for nonresidents. All nonresident students must be at least 21 years of age. Payment must be made at time of registration either in cash, or by credit card, check, or money order (payable to "Great Neck Public Schools"). For more information, refer to the Fall/Winter Community Education catalog, phone (516) 441-4950, or visit