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Students Selected for All-Eastern Honors Ensembles

Four musicians from North and South High Schools have been selected to perform at the biennial 2017 NAfME (National Association for Music Education) All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, to be held in April, in Atlantic City, NJ. Zachary Lee has been selected from North High, and Noah Harouche, Kimberly Lu, and Christine Suh from South High.

Noah Harouche - a twelfth-grader, will sing bass I in the Mixed Chorus. He has previously been selected for All-State and All-County Mixed Choruses. His vocal teacher at South High is Dr. Pamela Levy.

Zachary Lee - also a twelfth-grader, will sing bass II in the Mixed Chorus. He has been selected for All-State Mixed Chorus, and was named Nassau County's Long Island Scholar Artist for September, a competition sponsored by Newsday. A versatile musician, Zachary was also selected for All-State Symphonic Band, playing flute. His vocal teacher at North High is Dr. Janine Robinson.

Kimberly Lu - a South High eleventh-grader, was selected for All-Eastern Orchestra, playing the viola. She has previously been selected for All-State and All-County Orchestras, and for Long Island String Festival Association Orchestra, playing the viola. Her music teacher is Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head.

Christine Suh - a twelfth-grader at South High, will play violin II in the All-Eastern Orchestra. This year, she performed in the All-State Symphony Orchestra. Last year, she was selected for the All-State String Orchestra. Mr. Schwartz is also her instrumental music teacher.

Students selected for All-Eastern - come from 10 states, Maine to Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Europe. One-hundred fifty were selected for the Band and Orchestra, and approximately 350 for the Mixed Chorus. Selection to All-Eastern is one of the highest music honors a high school student can receive. Mr. Schwartz said, "This achievement would not be possible without the dedicated work of their elementary and middle school music teachers who prepare them for the high school programs."


GNPS/TV Wins Two Top ACM Award

Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) has won two top awards from the Alliance for Community Media (ACM)-Northeast Region 2016 Video Festival. Received were a First Place Award in the School/Education Category for the video, "Thank a Veteran Program, 2015," and a Second Place Award in the Music and Performance Broadcast (non-professionals) Category for the student filming of the South High School opera, Marriage of Figaro. The Thank a Veteran Program is an annual event held at South Middle School, where veterans are invited to meet with students and informally share their stories. The "Thank a Veteran Program, 2015" video may be viewed at The "Marriage of Figaro" video may be viewed at Projects entered in the ACM Video Festival competition are produced all around New England and New York by students, professionals, and senior citizens competing in 20 categories. Earlier this year, GNPS/TV won five 2016 ACM Hometown Media Awards, including Overall Excellence in Educational Access, and two awards for the video, "GNPS: The First 200 Years," produced in conjunction with the district's 200th Anniversary. The "First 200 Years" video also won the only First Place Award of Excellence, in the DVD/Video Category, in the 2015 New York School Public Relations Association Annual Communications Contest. Also in 2015, GNPS/TV won two other ACM awards, for Best of Local Performances, Student Category (for South High School's opera, The Magic Flute), and Best Original Drama/Comedy, Professional Category (for Four Score and Seven, an original Film/TV Studio staff-and-student-produced film made to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address). GNPS/TV programming reflects the offerings of the Great Neck Public Schools and the achievements of its students and staff. Programs are student-produced. For further information, please contact Robert Zahn, district educational cable TV producer/director, by phone at (516) 441-4676, or by e-mail at


North High Winter Concert--Dec. 20

North High School student musicians will present their Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 20, beginning at 7:15 p.m., with holiday music performed in the lobby by the Chamber Music Society and Jazz Ensemble, followed by the full Concert at 7:30 p.m., in the school's auditorium, 35 Polo Road. The Concert is free and the public is warmly welcomed. The Concert will be specially dedicated to the memory of Lawrence Sobol, the high school band director, most important clarinet teacher, and mentor, until his death in November, of Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental teacher. As a high school educator, Mr. Sobol was a consummate role model in motivating his students to practice hard and create beauty in performance.

The Chorus - will open the Concert with: "All Ye Who Music Love," "America the Beautiful," "Shalom Chaverim," "The Sleigh a la Russe," "Lean on Me/We Shall Overcome," and "Empire State of Mind."

The Band and Orchestra - in keeping with North's instrumental fall theme of Music from Prague, will perform pieces by composers who worked in and around Prague. The Symphonic Band will perform Janacek's "Sinfonia," and Husa's "Music for Prague 1968." The Symphony Orchestra will perform Smetana's "Moldau," and the final movement of Dvorak's "New World Symphony."

The grand finale - will feature the entire Chorus and Symphony Orchestra performing Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride."

As a special feature - the concert will be recorded live and sent to the composer Karel Husa via e-mail as an MP3. Dr. Husa, 95, lives in North Carolina, where he still composes. As in the past when North High students have performed his music, Dr. Husa will listen to it that night and offer his comments in a reply e-mail to Mr. Rutkowski in time for delivery to students in the following morning's class.

The Concert will be under the direction of - Mr. Rutkowski and Dr. Janine Robinson, choral director. Neil Saggerson is chairman of the Fine & Performing Arts Department. For more information about the Winter Concert, please contact Mr. Rutkowski at (516) 441-4751, or at


Kindergarten Registration for 2017-18

Enrollment for the Great Neck Public Schools Kindergarten Program for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, and run schooldays through Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. Registration will be at the Office of Registration and Attendance, Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Rd., from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All children who will attend public or private school kindergarten in September 2017 need to be registered. In order to be eligible to enroll, children must have been born between Dec. 2, 2011, and Dec. 1, 2012. Please note that students currently enrolled in the district's Universal Prekindergarten program do not have to be registered for kindergarten. Residents who have not yet received a kindergarten registration packet in the mail may pick one up on schooldays at the Office of Registration and Attendance, or download forms from the district Web site at Please bring the following information to registration (note: it is not necessary to bring your child): (1) Proof of district residency (deed, current tax bill, or closing statement, if ownership; current signed lease or current rent receipts, if rental). (2) Three pieces of current, official mail. Online mail is not acceptable. (3) Child's original birth certificate. (4) Parent or guardian valid photo ID. (5) Parental control papers (if applicable). (6) Immunization certificate signed and stamped by a physician or other authorized health agency. For more information about registering your child for kindergarten, please contact the Registration Office at (516) 441-4080, or e-mail:


North Middle Becoming a No Place for Hate School


Earlier this year, North Middle School, at its kick-off to becoming a No Place for Hate School, hosted Gian Paul Gonazlez, a motivational speaker. Mr. Gonazlez spoke with students at large assembly programs and in a small Leadership Seminar. The No Place for Hate School initiative is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The program provides a model for combating intolerance, bullying, and hatred in schools. To become a No Place for Hate School, schools need to form a committee to oversee and promote harmony and respect for differences, officially present the "Resolution for Respect," and hold three or more activities during the year that celebrate diversity and promote respect. After completing these projects, schools will receive a "No Place for Hate" banner from the ADL. South Middle School is also becoming a No Place for Hate School. South High School already has this designation.