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Four Great Neck Students Receive Outstanding Physical Education Awards

Photo of Four North High Students Receiving Nassau Zone Award with Two Staff Members

Four students from the Great Neck Public Schools have received the Outstanding Physical Education Award from the Nassau Zone of the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (NYSAHPERD).
Congratulations to awards winners Kevin Li and Jessica Rothstein of Great Neck North High School, and Glory Chung and Gabriel Lefkowitz of Great Neck South High School. These students accepted their awards at a banquet at the Crest Hollow Country Club on Dec. 11.
The Outstanding Physical Education Award honors high school seniors who are   recognized as leaders in physical education and serve as role models to their peers. Award recipients lead a healthy and physically active lifestyle, and demonstrate responsible behaviors such as good sportsmanship, character, and citizenship.


North High Students Participate in French Poetry Competition

Photo of North High Students Awarded Prices at the French Poetry Competition at Hofstra University Four North High students who received prizes for reciting a famous poen in French from memory

Fifteen students from North High were awarded prizes at the annual French Poetry Competition at Hofstra University on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
This annual competition is sponsored by the Nassau County Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French. Participants compete against other students in their grade level in two categories: original poetry and recitation of famous poetry.
Eleven students from North High earned awards for their original poems written in French. Level 2 (grade 9) winners are: Adam Sanders, first prize; Chloe Chu, second prize; Molly Sherry, first runner-up; Liel Ezroni, third runner-up. Level 3 (grade 10) winners are: Sarah Frankel, first prize; Adena Etaat, second prize. Level 4 (grade 11) winners are: Michaela Ben-Sorek, second prize; Christopher Lu, first runner-up; Daniella Nakash, third runner-up. Level 5 (grade 12) winners are: Rebecca Hirschhorn, first runner-up; Hong Tam, second runner-up.
Four students received prizes for reciting a famous poem in French from memory. Congratulations to Nina Phillips, second runner-up in level 2; Daisy Korman and Clara Sarfati, who tied as third runner-up in level 3; and Molly Racsko, third runner-up in level 4. 
The annual French Poetry Competition is open to students from public and private schools across the county. Each winner receives a certificate of achievement and a French-inspired gift.


South High Musicians Perform Holiday Songs at Stern Family Center

The South High Music Department visited the Northwell Health Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation on Community Drive on Dec. 12 to perform holiday music for staff and patients. More than two dozen South High students participated in this community event to share the holiday spirit with residents. Student musicians were led by Mr. Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental teacher, and Dr. Janine Robinson, vocal music teacher.


Student-Directed Plays at North High

Photo of North High Junior Players

North High School Junior Players will present their annual Thespian Show, consisting of one-act plays directed by twelfth-grade students, on Thursday, Jan. 11, Friday, Jan. 12, and Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. (Please note: there will be no Saturday 2 p.m. performance as appears on the school district calendar.) The name of the event is, “Coming to Terms.” Performances will be in the school auditorium, 35 Polo Rd.
Following is information about the plays, including playwrights and student directors.
Jimmy the Antichrist, written by Keith J. Powell and directed by Peri Litt, takes place on Thanksgiving at the Bailey household, as Jimmy and his new friend Colin return home from their first semester of college. Jimmy reluctantly reveals that he is, in fact, the Antichrist. The news does not go over well with the rest of the family, who refuse to accept their son’s alternative lifestyle.
Perfect Score, written by Katie Henry and directed by Amanda Sanders, focuses on four friends – a hippie, a jock, a perfectionist, and a slacker – as they negotiate the college application process as graduation day rapidly approaches. SATs and GPAs are just a part of their worries, as senioritis, awkward interviews, and the pressure to succeed provide even bigger hurdles in the race to the fat-envelope finish line.
Removing the Glove, written by Clarence Coo and directed by Kyra Friedland, is about the struggles of young Will, who has hid the fact that he is left-handed from his family and friends his entire life. Afraid of repercussions, he's hid this sordid fact about himself for years; he even eats with his right hand. He can't go on lying like this, but how can he come out of the glove compartment? Will our hero find the strength to reveal his true nature and “Remove the Glove”?
Almost, Maine, written by John Cariani and directed by Berk Soykan, follows the citizens of a small town as they experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin, or change beyond recognition, as strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers. 
For tickets, please contact Ilana Schikler, drama teacher/director, at (516) 441-4743, or at


Kindergarten Registration for 2018–19

Enrollment for the Great Neck Public Schools Kindergarten Program for the 2018–2019 school year will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, and run schooldays through Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. Registration will be at the Office of Registration, 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 2018 need to be registered. In order to be eligible to enroll, children must have been born between Dec. 2, 2012, and Dec. 1, 2013. 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, or download forms from the district website 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:


GNPS/TV Current Programs

Programs currently airing on Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) are: South High Cultural Heritage Night, Focus on Education, Student Filmmakers Showcase, and Faculty Recital 2017.
GNPS/TV programs are available on demand, 24/7, on the school district website, (click on the GNPS/TV logo near the top of the main page), or by going directly to
Programs can also be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. Airing times in program descriptions below are for Cablevision and Verizon viewing.
South High Cultural Heritage Night
South High Cultural Heritage Night features wonderful songs, dances, and performances that celebrate the cultural diversity of the school. Performances include: Chinese Lion Dance, Indian Techno, Korean Techno, Martial Arts, Chinese Yo-Yo, Korean Drums, Chinese Ribbon Dance, presentations by the African American Culture Club, American Sign Language Club, Hebrew Culture Club, and more.
South High Cultural Heritage Night airs at 8:00 a.m., and at 1:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Focus on Education
Focus on Education is an ongoing series hosted by Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast, highlighting what’s new and interesting in the district. This episode features an interview with Daniel Holtzman, new principal at John L. Miller Great Neck North High School.
Focus on Education airs at 10:00 a.m., and at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Student Filmmakers Showcase
Student Filmmakers Showcase highlights short films produced, edited, and directed by middle and high school students. The Showcase offers a variety of films and styles. Many of the films originate from media classes around the district. The program is hosted by Robert Zahn, director of educational television and broadcast media.
Student Filmmakers Showcase airing times are: 10:30 a.m., and 3:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Faculty Recital 2017
The Faculty Recital 2017 features music performances by the talented staff of Great Neck Public Schools. Faculty members perform vocal and instrumental pieces as soloists or in groups. Performances include a variety of classical pieces, as well as selections from Broadway, opera, and classic rock genres.
Faculty Recital 2017 view times are: 11:00 a.m., and 4:00 and 9:00 p.m.
GNPS/TV Programming
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, director of educational television and broadcast media, by e-mail at, and by phone at (516) 441-4676.