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Principal's Message

September 14, 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year!  I hope you had a great summer of fun and relaxation with your family.

We are off to an absolutely wonderful start to this new school year.  We had a very successful Open House just one week ago.  Our students have made a great transition to their new grades and are involved in excellent learning experiences in every class.  I want to again thank you for sending us the best middle school students in the world to work with each day.  I considerate a true honor and privilege to be able to spend time with them on a daily basis.

I want to welcome all of our new families to the South Middle School family.  We registered over 60 new students to the District in August, and we welcome our new sixth grade class to our school.

Schools are complex organizations.  Many different individuals serve student needs in a variety of capacities.  Often, when a question arises, parents are unsure as to whom to call to have their questions answered.  If a parent has a question about homework, tests, quizzes, assignments, grades, or any aspect of classroom life, parents are strongly advised to call the teacher first!  In the majority of cases, conversations between parents and teachers resolve most questions.  If you have a question concerning your child’s adjustment to school, issues regarding friendships or peer pressures, or general academic adjustment concerns, please call your child’s counselor.  Questions regarding school behavior/consequences and or buses should be directed to the deans or to the assistant principals.  Questions regarding curriculum, budget, and staffing, should be directed to the principal.


To assist you in expediting communication, the following is a list of the new telephone numbers here at South Middle School:


              Principal – Dr.. James Welsch – 441-4600

              Assistant Principal –Brian McConaghy– 441-4600

              Assistant Principal – Dr.. Gina Cartolano – 441-4600

              Deans’ Office – M.S.. Karla Krupala -- 4604

              Counselors’ Office – Grade 6 -- Mrs.. Gerstein – 441-4621

                                               Grade 7 – Mr.. Nadherny – 441-4622

                                               Grade 8 -- M.S.. Chase – 441-4623

              Main Office – 441-4600

              Art Department – 441-4640

              Computer Department – 441-4642

              English Department – 441-4644

              Health Education Department – 441-4647

              Home and Careers Department – 441-4646

              World Language Department – 441-4648

              Library – 441-4649

              Math Department – 441-4649

              Music Department – 441-4651

              Nurse’s Office – 441-4610

              Physical Education Department – 441-4652

              Psychologists – 441-4636 (Dr. Rolih); 441-4635 (Dr.. Erstein)

              Reading Department – 441-4653           

              Science Department – 441-4654

              Social Studies Department – 441-4655

              Social Worker – 441-441-4637

              Special Education Department – 441-4656

              Technology Department – 441-4659


I hope you find this information helpful.  Thank you for your continued support of our school.

Finally, my best wishes to your children for a most successful 2017-2018 school year.



James R. Welsch, Ed. D.









Great Neck Public Schools
Page last updated 9/14/17