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South Middle Winter Concerts and Art Show

The Music Department and Art Department of Great Neck South Middle School are proud to present the Winter Concerts and Art Show on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and Wednesday, Dec. 13. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., and will take place in the school’s auditorium, 349 Lakeville Rd.
Concert 1, on Dec. 12, will feature Senior Orchestra, Chorus 7/8, and Senior Band. Classical selections from this night will include music by Schubert, Johann Strauss, and Handel. Popular works by The Chainsmokers and Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen will also be heard.
Concert 2, on Dec. 13, will feature Orchestra 6, 6th-Grade Treble Chorus, and Band 6. Classical selections will include music by Tchaikovsky and Mozart. Popular works by The Beatles, Charlie Puth, and music from The Little Mermaid will also be performed.
Instrumental students are taught by Music Department Head Alan Schwartz and Mark Boschen. Choral students are taught by Shelley Willcox. Andrew DeNise is the music department teaching assistant.
Concerts are free and each lasts about an hour. Mr. Schwartz encourages all to attend, especially pre-K through grade 5 students, as “these concerts will introduce them to the music they may be performing in the future.”
Concertgoers can also enjoy the Winter Art Show, which will be on display in the school lobby during the week of Dec. 11. The exhibit includes a variety of drawings, paintings, and prints created by artists at South Middle. Art students are taught by Art Department Head Cynthia Smith, Karla Krupala, and Geoffrey Mead.
For further information, please contact Mr. Schwartz at (516) 441-4651, or at


North Middle Winter Concert

North Middle School’s Grade 7–8 Winter Concert will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m., in the Daniel J. Tomaselli Auditorium, 77 Polo Road. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.
Performing groups include the Chorus and Concert Orchestra, with both groups combining for the final number, “On With The Snow.”
The Chorus will perform “One Candle,” “Into the Woods,” and “Believe.” The Concert Orchestra will perform “Light the Candles,” “My Favorite Things,” and “The Three Minute Nutcracker.”
The Chorus is under the direction of Arielle Murdocco, and the Concert Orchestra is under the direction of Matthew Trinkwald, music department head.
For more information, please contact Mr. Trinkwald at (516) 441-4551, or at


South High Winter Concert 2

South High School musicians will perform in the Winter Concert 2 on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s auditorium, 341 Lakeville Road. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend and enjoy this special evening of music.
Featured will be the Symphonic Band, Concert Choir, Chamber String Orchestra, and Chamber Symphony Orchestra.
The Symphonic Band will open the concert with “Allied Honor March,” “Brazilian Sleigh Bells,” “A Childhood Remembered,” “Bright Lights,” and highlights from the award-winning 2016 film, La La Land.
The Concert Choir will follow with “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, “Amanti Costanti” by Mozart, “Dreams of Thee,” “Loch Lomond,” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
The Chamber String Orchestra will perform “Central Coach Special” by Calvin Custer.
The Chamber Symphony Orchestra will perform “Hoe-Down” from the ballet Rodeo by Aaron Copland, selections from The Sound of Music by Rogers and Hammerstein, “Rhapsody in Blue” by Gershwin, and “1812 Overture Op. 49” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
The Concert Choir will join the Chamber Symphony Orchestra onstage to close out the evening with a performance of “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt.
This concert will be under the direction of Mr. Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental teacher, and Dr. Janine Robinson, vocal music teacher.
For further information about this concert, please contact Mr. Schwartz at (516) 441-4851, or at


North High Winter Concert

North High School student musicians will present their Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 19 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 feature performances by the Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, A Cappella Choir, Symphonic Band, and Symphony Orchestra.
The Chamber Choir will open the show with “Sicut locutus est” from the Magnificat by J.S. Bach.
The Concert Choir will follow with “Kyrie” from the Pavane by Fauré, the Israeli folksong “Dodi Li,” “What I Did For Love” from A Chorus Line by Marvin Hamlisch, “The Girl From Ipanema,” and the spirituals “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” and “This World is Not My Home.”
The A Cappella choir will sing “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Bottom of the River.”
The Symphonic Band will perform “March Slav” by Tchaikovsky.
The Symphony Orchestra will perform music from Swan Lake and the overture to Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky.
The combined Orchestra and Choir will perform the “Quintette et Choeur” from the Oratorio de Noël by Saint-Saëns and the “1812 Overture” by Tchaikovsky.
The Choirs will be conducted by Dr. Pamela Levy, director of vocal music, and the Band and Orchestra will be conducted by Mr. Joseph Rutkowski, director of instrumental music.
For more information about the North High Winter Concert, please contact Dr. Pamela Levy, department head for fine and performing arts, at (516) 441-4740, or at


GNPS Staff Raise Awareness and Funds for Men’s Health

Photo of JFK "Movember" Staff Photo of North High "Movember" Staff

Staff at the John F. Kennedy School and Great Neck North High School joined the Movember movement to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues.
Fifty-six staff members pledged to grow a mustache for the month of November, and together they raised a total of $1,500 for the Movember Foundation. In addition to donations from GNPS staff, a New York State police officer who heard about the program at JFK added to the schools’ contribution with a generous donation from the New York State Troopers Memorial Fund.
The Movember Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to saving and improving the lives of men around the world by supporting research and services, with a focus on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental health issues.


South High Students Participate in the Northwell Health Spark! Challenge

Photo of South High Student In Front of MRI Machine with Other Students Looking On at Northwell Health

Students enrolled in South High’s anatomy and physiology class recently visited the Northwell Health Department of Radiation Medicine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park as part of the Spark! Challenge.
During their visit, students met with a variety of medical professionals, including radiation therapists, radiation oncologists, dosimetrists, oncology nurses, information technologists, medical physicists, and hospital administrators. The students also viewed demonstrations of the CT (Computerized Axial Tomography) machines used to create patient images and treatment plans, and the LINAC (Linear Accelerator) machines that deliver radiation treatments.
The South High students are now working on an advertisement and informational video about one of the radiology careers to demonstrate what they learned during their visit. These projects will be entered into a contest sponsored by Northwell Health, and all submissions will be presented at a Spark! Challenge celebration event in April at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
The Northwell Health Spark! Challenge introduces high school students to a variety of career paths in health care. More than 700 students across Long Island participate in the program.


FBI Robot Technicians Visit South High

Photo of FBI Robot with South High Students looking on. Photo of South High Principal Christopher Gitz with South High Robotics Students

On Dec. 5, engineering and robotics classes at South High received a visit from technicians from the FBI Bomb Squad-NY Division, accompanied by one of their most advanced robots. The FBI technicians shared their professional experiences with robotics and explained all the features of this particular robot, which can be used to diffuse bombs, perform surveillance, and communicate in hostage situations. Students could see the correlation between the robots they build in school and this heavy-duty robot utilized by the FBI. The hands-on demonstration also provided students the opportunity to operate the robot. Here, students look on while South High Principal Dr. Christopher Gitz controls the robot.