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Principal's Message

September 18, 2015

Dear Parents,

I hope that the 2015-2016 school year has started well for you and your child(ren).  Here at South Middle School, I believe that we have had a fabulous start to this school year.  Literally by the second hour of school on September 1st, instruction was underway and students were settling into the new school year. 

Our Open House took place on September 3 and by all indications it was a most successful evening.  It is my hope that parents who attended found the meeting both helpful and informative and experienced the "magic of South Middle School."

We are blessed at South Middle School to be able to work with the best middle school students imaginable.  Every day we marvel at their courteousness, diligence, and hard work.  We have been in school a total of three weeks (11 school days) and our school has the "feel" of it being mid-year.  That is a direct reflection on our students and staff.

Our club, activity, and sports programs are 'in full bloom" as of this writing.  It is my hope that your children are finding activities that are of interest to them.  If you look at the front page of our school's website, you will see our "Club Fair" booklet that was given to every new student in our school to let them know of the many kinds of extra curricular activities we have going on here.

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 – Ms. Karla Krupala -- 4604

              Counselors’ Office – Grade 7 -- Mrs. Gerstein – 441-4621

                                               Grade 8 – Mr. Nadherny – 441-4622

                                               Grade 6 -- Ms. 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 and for sending such wonderful students to us each day! 



James R. Welsch, Ed. D.









Great Neck Public Schools
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