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Freshman Ensembles at North High -- May 5
North High Freshmen Ensembles will perform on Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m. There will be a varied program of student-selected solos and choral harmony pieces. Read More...
One-Act Festival at South High -- May 6, 7, 13, 14
South High will present its annual One-Act Festival of senior-directed plays on four evenings: Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, and 13 and 14. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and are appropriate for grades 7 and up. Read More...
North Middle Art Show & Concert -- May 12
North Middle's Art Show and Grade 7 and 8 Spring Concert will take place on Thursday, May 12. The Art Show begins at 7 p.m.; the Concert at 7:30 p.m. Read More...
NYSSMA Festival Calendar
The GNPS NYSSMA Festival Calendar has been updated with 2016 performance dates and forms are now being posted online.


School Board Community Survey Analysis -- Date Change
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this report will be discussed at the May 9 Board Meeting at South Middle School, not at the April 19 Board Meeting as previously announced.


Absentee Ballots for School District Voting
Qualified resident voters of the Great Neck Public School district may obtain applications for absentee ballots for the May 17, 2016, school district election here, or from the Office of the District Clerk, Great Neck Public Schools, Phipps Admin. Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., school days, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Absentee ballots are automatically sent to residents who are qualified voters and whose registration records have been marked "permanently disabled" by the Board of Elections. Completed absentee ballots from approved applicants must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m., on Tuesday, May 17. For more information, please call the District Clerk at (516) 441-4020.


2016-2017 Budget Vote -- Tuesday, May 17, 2016; 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
E.M. Baker School - For registered voters north of LIRR
South High School - For registered voters south of LIRR
On Tuesday, May 17, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., at the E.M. Baker School and the William A. Shine-South High School, qualified residents of the school district may vote on the following:
--2016-17 School District Budget (Proposition No. 1)
--Authorization to use Capital Reserve Fund (Proposition No. 2)
--Change in election method for Board of Education seats (Proposition No. 3)
--2016-17 Public Library Budget (Proposition No. 4)
--One Board of Education Seat (Trustee Monique Bloom is seeking reelection).
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.. View our Budget Events Calendar... Visit our Budget Home Page... View the 2016-17 Preliminary Working Budget... View the 3/14/16 Preliminary Working Budget Presentation ...


GNPS Summer Programs
Registration is now open and ongoing for the 70th annual Great Neck Public Schools Summer Programs. Three Recreation Programs, Four Summer School Programs, and a High School Program are offered. Programs run weekdays during July and August. For more information on the Recreation Programs, please click the Recreation Webtrac link in the top right of this page or contact Joseph Loria, summer recreation program director, at (516) 441-4045, or at jloria@greatneck.k12.ny.us. For more information on the Summer School and High School Programs, please click the Summer School link on the left menu or contact Leslie Cohen, summer school principal, at (516) 441-4675, or at lcohen@greatneck.k12. Read More...


Summer Tennis Position Available
The GNPS Summer Recreation Program has an opening for an evening tennis instructor, Monday through Thursday, July 11 to Aug. 4, from 6:30-8 p.m. The program is for students in grades 7-12. Tennis courts are at North Middle and South High. Salary is $30 per hour. Tennis instructor candidates should have NYS certification in PE or a NYS Coaching License in tennis. Contact Joseph Loria at jloria@greatneck.k12.ny.us or at (516) 441-4045


New Lunch Menus for April-June
Food and Nutrition Services has posted new lunch menus for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year. View the new Elementary Lunch Menu...View the new Secondary Lunch Menu...


SCOPE Before/After School Childcare for 2016-17 School Year
Parents interested in registering their child(ren) for either the SCOPE Before School or After School Child Care Program for the 2016-2017 school year should follow the registration procedures detailed on the SCOPE Program flyer. View SCOPE Flyer...

Eighth-Grade Residency Re-Verification
The Great Neck Public Schools is again undertaking the process of residency re-verification for all students entering ninth-grade in September 2016. This is done in an effort to collect documentation that will assist in assembling students' records for high school, and to verify that all students who enter the district high schools are residents of the district and thus entitled to attend. Parents/legal guardians of all current eighth-grade students were recently sent a mailing that explains the documentation required and the method for submission. This process must be completed before a current eighth-grade student will be admitted to high school. Early submission of the necessary documents will facilitate this process. Therefore, all families with a current eighth-grader are urged to submit the required documents before Friday, March 11. The Board of Education considers residency to be an important component in confronting the district's fiscal challenges. Re-verification is one tool to insure that every child who is being educated in the district's schools is entitled to that education. You may visit the Registration Web Site for additional information, and/or our Registration Forms Page to download documents.
2016-17 Universal Pre-K (UPK) Registration
UPK is offered to GNPS residents with busing at no cost. To enroll in the a.m. or p.m. session, your child must be 4 years old by 12/1/16. Some students can attend the GN Community School, our collaborative agency, at 225 Schenck Avenue, but without busing. Please read our UPK Letter or visit the Parkville Web Site for more information. Registration takes place at the Registrar's Office, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Road, (516) 441-4090. You may visit the Registration Web Site for additional information, and/or our Registration Forms Page to download documents.


The Spring-Summer 2016 Catalog is here! Register Now at Community Ed!
The GNPS Community Ed Spring-Summer 2016 Catalog is filled with exciting opportunities! Look for the colorful floral painting on the cover, inviting you to the upcoming season. Classes begin in early April. If you do not receive your catalog by mid-February, please call (516) 441-4949, and we will mail one to you. Whether you're planning to register for your favorite class or a new one, we look forward to welcoming you. Read More...
Current Events, History & Good Discussions - GNPS Community Education welcomes Marc Greenberg who will offer new classes on current events, history you ought to know, and the art of slow reading. Mr. Greenberg, a retired NYC public school social studies teacher with a passion for reading and history, currently teaches at LIU Post and the 92nd St. Y.
Information and Registration - Complete course offerings and the online catalog can be found by clicking on the Community Ed icon in the scroll near the top of this page. You can register online, call us at (516) 441-4949, or e-mail us at gncontinuinged@greatneck.k12.ny.us.


GNPS/TV April Programs
Current programs on Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) are: GNPS/TV Spotlight, South Middle Cultural Heritage Celebration, and Student Filmmakers Showcase. Programs can be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. GNPS/TV programs are also available on demand, 24/7, on this site. Read More...
GNPS/TV Programming - GNPS/TV programs reflect the offerings of the Great Neck Public Schools and the achievements of its students and staff. Programs are student-produced and can be seen in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon FIOS Channel 32. GNPS/TV programs are also available on demand, 24/7, online (click on the GNPS/TV logo near the top of this page).
For More Information - Please contact Robert Zahn, District educational cable TV producer/director, by phone at (516) 441-4676 or by e-mail at rzahn@greatneck.k12.ny.us. You can also visit the GNPS/TV On Demand Page or visit the GNPS/TV Web Site.


Nassau County Technology Directors Visit Great Neck
On January 14, 2016, the Great Neck Public Schools hosted the monthly BOCES Meeting of Nassau County Technology Directors at South Middle School. More than sixty administrators learned about our Instructional Technology Program and visited the TV Studio and core and encore classrooms to see South Middle's 1:1 iPad initiative in action. View Photo Slideshow...


Honoring Dr. Sue Kincaid
To honor Dr. Sue Kincaid for her "unwavering commitment to awakening the hearts and minds of the children, staff, and parents of the John F. Kennedy School," the school's multipurpose room was dedicated in her honor as the "Dr. Sue Kincaid Learning Center." View Photo Slideshow...


2015 GNPS Faculty Recital A Success
The 2015 GNPS Faculty Recital was a huge hit! We have some photos we'd like to share with you. View Photo Slideshow with Music (Safari or IE only)...


GNTA and UPTC Host Public Education Panel
At a recent panel discussion sponsored by the United Parent-Teacher Council (UPTC) and the Great Neck Teachers Association (GNTA), state and school district officials gave an overview of some of the important issues currently facing public education in New York State, including: a lack of trust between state education officials and the education community; an unworkable one-size-fits-all approach to education; education policy-making in the hands of legislators instead of the Board of Regents and local control; and the need to explore more pathways to graduation, especially for special needs students.


Dr. Prendergast Speaks at Gun Safety Press Conference
Great Neck Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast spoke at the recent press conference on gun safety led by Congressman Steve Israel (to her right). Dr. Prendergast said, "My primary responsibility is to provide a healthy, safe, and secure learning environment for all students and staff. Our schools conduct numerous safety drills well beyond those required by the State." Congressman Israel called for Congress to pass common sense gun legislation to close loopholes and expand background checks. Other speakers included Janina Bandi, chapter leader, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel (to Dr. Prendergast's left); and Nassau County Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas.

Good To Know
Learn about the GNPS VOIP Phone System and use our online Administration Directory and District Directory to contact us.


Great Neck is a Going Green School District
Learn about the Go Green initiative which leverages ParentLink, the GNPS Web site, and the Campus Parent Portal to improve communication, reduce paper, and save taxpayer dollars.


Envirothon Winners
A team of South High students--Katelyn Chang, Angela Chi, Allan Lee, Angelina Wang, and Ann Zhang--was named Nassau County and overall Long Island winners in the recent Long Island Regional Envirothon Competition. The team will now compete in the New York State tournament at the end of May. Read more... Read and view the FIOS1 news report...


Students To Perform at Lincoln Center
Five talented music students from South Middle have been selected to perform at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center "Young Ensembles Concert" on Thursday, May 26, at 11 a.m. Pianists Eugene Hong and Benjamin Rossen will perform Wolfgang A. Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K.448 (First Movement). The ensemble of Christiana Claus, flute; Michelle Foo, oboe; and Jeffrey Ma, oboe will perform Johann Joseph Fux's Sinfonia in F Major for Flute, Oboe and Keyboard (IV. Allegro). These musicians are students of Alan Schwartz, South Middle music department chair. Read more...


Board Commends South High Students
One-hundred five South High students were recently recognized by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their school. Read more...


Book Drive for Kids
Members of the Great Neck Teachers Association (GNTA) recently conducted a highly successful Book Drive to benefit the children at CLASP Children's Center and COPAY (Community Organization for Parents and Youth), both Great Neck based organizations. A total of 328 books were collected, with 136 going to CLASP (for children up to age 5) and 192 for COPAY (for children ages 5-11). Read more...



Model Bridge Contest
Two Village School (VS) students, Evan Racsko and Emma Strassberg, recently qualified and competed in the 2016 International Bridge Building Contest, under the auspices of Brookhaven National Laboratory. Read more...


Board Commends North Middle Students
Sixty-six North Middle School students were recently recognized by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their school. Read more...


A Cocoa Fundraiser
Each year, the South Middle School Student Government sponsors a weeklong Cocoa Sale fundraising event. For the last few years, proceeds from the Cocoa event have been donated to the Harriet Miller Girls Empowerment Scholarship. This year's Cocoa Sale raised $1,300. Read more...


USMMA "It's On Us" Campaign
South High School student Billy Miecuna, pictured above with South High Principal Susan Elliott and two officers from the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in King's Point, edited a public service announcement (PSA) video on the very important issue of sexual assault on college campuses. The USMMA Athletics Department committed to the "It's On Us" Campaign during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Division III Week. Read the USMMA Press Release... View the PSA below...


Best in Music Education Award
The Great Neck Public School District has been named among the "Best Communities for Music Education" by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation, a coalition of music and educational organizations, for the tenth time since the award's inception in 2005.


Mathcounts Winners
South Middle's Mathcounts team took Fourth Place and North Middle's Team took Tenth Place at the recent New York State Mathcounts Competition. Mathcounts teams from both schools earned the top positions at the Nassau County Mathcounts Competition, qualifying them to compete at the State level. Read more...


Science Olympiad Team Wins at State & Regional
After winning First Place in the Nassau West Regional, South High School's Science Olympiad Team A went on to the State level and took Fourth Place, competing against over 600 teams. This is the best the Olympiad Team has performed since its inception in 1986, beating out every Nassau County Team for the first time. Read more...

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