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Bond Issue Information
The GNPS Board of Education has developed a proposed bond issue that will be voted on by the community on February 14, 2017. Our Bond Issue page aggregates information and presentations related to critical building envelope improvements and educational and building enhancements. View 2017 Bond Issue page...



Second Board of Education Candidate Withdraws
On Tuesday, Nov. 29, Michael Darvish, a candidate for the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education Trustee position, withdrew his candidacy due to unanticipated professional obligations. Read more... Mr. Darvish is the second of the nine candidates to withdraw since the initial filing deadline on November 7, which was subsequently extended. Read more...

Board Candidates Interviewed on GNPS/TV
Televised interviews of the candidates who are running for the GNPS Board of Education Trustee position can now be viewed online. They may also be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32, at 8, 9, and 10 a.m., and at 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. The program is 37 minutes in length. View Interviews... Read more...



Winter Concert 1 at South High -- Dec. 8
South High's Winter Concert 1 will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Instrumental groups performing will include: Jazz Band, String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble. Vocal groups will include: Mixed Choir and Vocal Ensembles (A Cappella, Soul Sisters, and Soul Brothers). Read more...
Improv at South High -- Dec. 9
Theatre South's Improv Troupe will perform on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd. During the performance, students improvise and create characters and scenes based on ideas from the audience.
South Middle Winter Concerts -- Dec. 13 & 14
The Music Department of Great Neck South Middle School is proud to present its Winter Concerts on Tuesday, Dec. 13, and Wednesday, Dec.14. Both events begin at 7:30 p.m. Read more...
North Middle Winter Concert -- Dec. 14
North Middle School's Grade 7-8 Winter Concert will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Performing will be the Chorus, Band, and Orchestra. Read more...
South High Winter Concert II-- Dec. 15
South High School musicians will perform in their Winter Concert II on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. Featured will be the Symphonic Band, Chamber String Orchestra, Chamber Symphony Orchestra, and five choral groups, including the Concert Choir. Read more...


2017-18 Universal Pre-K (UPK) Registration
Enrollment for the Great Neck Public Schools Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) for the 2017-2018 school year has begun. This program is offered to all district residents at no cost. In order to be eligible, children must be 4 years old by Dec. 1, 2017. Please Read more, visit the Parkville Web Site or the Registration Web Site for additional information, and go to our Registration Forms Page to download documents.



Adult Learning Center's Food Drive
Each year, just before Thanksgiving, the students at the GNPS Adult Learning Center donate food to Long Island Cares, Harry Chapin Food Bank. Joining them at the holiday luncheon were Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz; Board Trustee Susan Healy; Superintendent Teresa Prendergast; Assistant Superintendents Stephen Lando, Kelly Newman, and John Powell; and Director of Adult Basic Education Errin Hatwood.
English & High School Equivalency Programs
The GNPS Adult Learning Center (105 Clover Drive) will be offering ENL (English as a New Language) classes and TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion, formerly known as GED) exam preparation classes Mondays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m.-noon, and Mondays through Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. Class registration, which must be done in person at the Center, will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m.-Noon, and from 6-9 p.m.; and on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m.-noon. Read more...


Health Information
The New York State Department of Health (NYDOH) makes information regarding influenza (flu) and influenza immunizations available free of charge. Read more... You may also contact the NYSDOH at immunize@health.ny.gov, or call 518-473-4437, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Looking Ahead with Community Ed
It's still autumn, but GNPS Community Education is already gearing up for winter, with the Winter Session that begins on Jan. 7, 2017. Registration is now underway for all classes, trips, and special events. Read more...
Information and Registration - Complete course offerings and the online catalog can be found by clicking the catalog cover on the left or 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.


High School Graduations on GNPS/TV
Tune in now to GNPS/TV to view the June 2016 Great Neck Public Schools commencement ceremonies for North High School, South High School, and the Village School. Programs are available online or may be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. Show times given below are for Cablevision and Verizon viewing. Viewers can see the North High ceremony at 8 a.m., and at 1:30 and 6 p.m. Village School graduation can be seen at 10:30 a.m., and at 3 and 8:30 p.m. South High's commencement ceremony airs at 11:30 a.m., and at 4 and 10 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. For information about GNPS/TV and its programs, please contact Robert Zahn 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.


2016 GNPS Faculty Recital: A Glorious Evening Event
Great Neck Public Schools faculty and friends performed on Oct. 27 at the GNPS Faculty Recital, offering the community ​an evening of glorious music and outstanding entertainment. We have some photos we'd like to share with you from this 25th annual event, but we know the musical memories of these performances will last a lifetime. View Photo Slideshow...


Collaborative eBook Project
During the spring of 2016, 25 fourth- and fifth-grade budding authors at Saddle Rock worked collaboratively with student artists at South High to produce joyful picture ebooks as part of our 1:1 iPad Initiative. At Saddle Rock, the project was under the guidance of Ms. Diamond, enrichment teacher, and Ms. Alexander, technology staff developer. At South High, Ms. Cuchel, Art Department Head, and Ms. Saltoun, art teacher, oversaw the illustrators. Read more and View the eBooks...


Board of Education Makes Important Announcements
At the Sept. 19 meeting of the GNPS Board of Education, Board President Barbara Berkowitz announced several important actions that the Board will be undertaking in the months ahead.
Capital Improvements Bond Issue
"Tonight I am announcing a Capital Improvements Bond Issue that we will put before the voters on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, said Ms. Berkowitz. "We like to think of it as a Valentine's Day gift from the entire community to itself, as our schools are our most valuable commodity!" Read more...
Board Advisory Committees
Ms. Berkowitz announced the establishment of two Board of Education advisory committees--Citizens Advisory Committee and Financial Advisory Committee. Those who wish to participate on either Committee should read the Serving on the Citizens Advisory Committee and Serving on the Financial Advisory Committee documents, and submit their names, in writing, to Agnes Buckley, Board secretary, Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Rd. (516-441-4006), school days, between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For 2016-17, names of candidates applying for the Citizens Advisory Committee should be received no later than Friday, Sept. 30, and for the Financial Advisory Committee no later than Friday, Oct. 28. Read more...
Board Trustee Bloom Resigns
"It is with deep regret that I announce the resignation of Board of Education Trustee Monique Bloom, effective Sept. 20, 2016," said Ms. Berkowitz. Mr. Gross and Ms. Berkowitz asked prospective candidates to reach out to current Board members to find out what is entailed to be a Board member. Prospective candidates should also read Serving on the School Board. The election to complete Ms. Bloom's term, which runs until May 2019, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Visit the Special District Election Voter Registration Page... Visit the Special District Election Absentee Ballot Application Page... Read More...
Early Childhood Center
Ms. Berkowitz spoke of establishing a second Early Childhood Center to meet the needs of students living at the north end of the district. "We are currently exploring the various ways that we can make this work for our community." Read more...


An 'Opening' Visit from the Superintendent
On the Opening Day of School, GNPS Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast joined Saddle Rock School fifth-graders in Chad Lasky's music class in singing and dancing a fun, getting-to-know-you song called, "Wake Me, Shake Me," about getting up bright and early and getting to school on time.
Superintendent Prendergast's Opening of School Message
The start of a new school year is always an exciting time, not only for our students, but for our families and staff, as well. I hope everyone had a rewarding and enjoyable break and that you are now ready for new challenges and opportunities in the coming school year. Read more...

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.


Students Experience Spark Challenge
In mid-November, South High School students in Bradley Krauz's Anatomy & Physiology class participated in Northwell Health's Spark Challenge. Spark Challenge is an outreach program designed to educate students about the variety of careers available in the health profession. Read more...


Teacher to Lead Music Workshop
Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music teacher, will lead a chamber music workshop in mid-December at the 70th annual Midwest Clinic, to be held in Chicago. The workshop, titled, "Play for Your Life!: Chamber Music from Mozart to Led Zeppelin," has been presented by Mr. Rutkowski at 14 previous conferences, including ones sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA). Read More...

NYS Honor Concert Band Winners
Ten Great Neck Public Schools students from North High School, South High School, and South Middle School have been accepted to perform in Honor Concert Bands at the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Honor Concert Bands Conference. Three students were named Alternates. Read More...


Noted Composer Visits South High
William Finn, composer of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, paid a surprise visit to South High School for the school's Saturday, Nov. 19 performance. Mr. Finn had high words of praise for the cast, crew, and orchestra. Read more...

Board of Education Goals
Each year, the GNPS Board of Education announces its Goals for the coming school year. At its Nov. 14 meeting, the Board announced their Goals for 2016-17. View Board Goals...


Student Named Piano Composition Winner
Benjamin Rossen, a ninth-grader at South High School, has been named the winner for Composition for Piano Solo, Junior Division. The award is given by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), New York State. Read more...


Teacher Named LIMHF Music Educator
Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music teacher, recently received the 2015 Music Educator of Note Award from the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. He was recognized for his outstanding achievements in music education and for his exceptional dedication, skill, and knowledge, and for being respected and admired by students, colleagues, and parents. Read more...

Student Musicians Selected for All-County Festival
One-hundred seven GNPS students have been invited to participate in the 2016 All-County Music Festival performing in the Band, Orchestra, or Chorus. They were chosen by a committee of music teachers from throughout Nassau County, and serve as a standard of excellence for their musical peers and an inspiration to their schools. This annual Festival embraces student musicians in grades 5-12. Read more...

South High Badminton Team Excelsl
The South High Boys Varsity Badminton Team had an outstanding undefeated season, winning the 2016 Nassau County Championship. In addition, eleventh-grader Wai Hei (Ray) Ngan is the Undefeated Nassau County Singles Badminton Champion, ranked eleventh nationally, and was recently named a Newsday Athlete of the Week. Read more...


SMART Displays 2.0
Two Lakeville students in Ms. Gindi's Grade 5 class demonstrate a math problem solution simultaneously using the classroom's new SMART Interactive Flat Panel Display. Fifty-seven of these multi-touch displays were purchased from Smart Schools Bond Act funds and installed in various classrooms throughout the district for the 2016-17 school year to begin replacing first-generation SMART Boards and projectors. These upgradable displays are significantly brighter with 4K Ultra High Definition resolution, offer true color reproduction, replace external speakers with built-in stereo sound, and have object awareness to differentiate between the SMART pen, a finger to move objects, and a fist to erase SMART ink, without casting shadows, requiring calibration, or needing bulb replacement.

LISFA Musicians Chosen
Thirty-four Great Neck Public School students were selected for the 2016-17 Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) Orchestras. This musical experience brings together Long Island's highly talented, young string musicians. Read more...


GNPS Show Band To Perform at Lincoln Center
The Great Neck Public Schools (GNPS) Show Band will perform at David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall) at the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York (IAJF) 15th Annual Gala Event on Wednesday, Nov 16. Read more...

District News Archive
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