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 need to 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. The election to complete Ms. Bloom's term, which runs until May 2019, will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6. 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...
New York State Fuel Audit and Corrective Action Plan
The New York State Fuel Audit, covering the period July 1, 2014 - October 31, 2015, and the associated Corrective Action Plan, approved at the September 19 Board of Education Meeting, have been posted online.
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...
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 at the Registrar's Office, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Road, (516) 441-4080, 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, visit the Parkville Web Site or the Registration Web Site for additional information, and go to our Registration Forms Page to download documents.
Community Ed Open House Week
GNPS Community Education welcomes you to another season of exciting classes. Registration for the fall session is ongoing, and many classes begin soon. We also look forward to seeing you at our second annual Open House Week, Monday, Sept.19-Friday, Sept. 23. Come visit the classes offered that week, at no fee, with no pre-registration necessary. Meet our instructors, see our facilities, and learn what is right here in the community. 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 email@example.com.
Coming Up - Community Ed Open House, Sept. 19-23. Visit our classes at no cost, tour our facilities, meet our instructors, and see what we are about!.
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.
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Congratulations to the GNPS Graduating Class of 2016
Class of 2016 -- Valedictorians and Salutatorians
An overview of the GNPS Class of 2016 reveals 593 graduates from our three high schools: 258 from North, 317 from South, and 18 from Village. Over 97 percent of graduates will pursue higher education at either two- or four-year colleges. Graduation ceremonies for North and South High Schools were held on June 23. The Village School graduation was on June 22. Here are the commencement programs for North High... South High... Village School... Here are the graduation speeches for North High... South High... Best of luck to all the graduates.
Valedictorians - The John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School Co-Valedictorians are Graelin Mandel and Isabelle Sehati. The William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School Valedictorian is Emily Bae.
Salutatorians - The John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School Salutatorian is Leael Alishahian. The William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School Salutatorian is Annie Yang.
A look at the valedictorians and salutatorians for North and South High Schools follows. Winners of other significant commencement awards will appear here in future weeks. These awards include: Frederic Duclos Barstow, Alan L. Gleitsman, Scott Moss, Genelle Taney, and new awards. Read More...
Class of 2016 - Barstow, Scott Moss, and New Awards
Other significant graduation awards include the annual Barstow and Scott Moss, and three new awards: Cultural Diversity Program Scholarship, SHIELD Award, and Shirin Shakir Memorial Scholarship. A look at these awards, and their recipients, follows. Read More...
Class of 2016 - Gleitsman & Taney Awards
The John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School presents two prestigious awards at its graduation ceremony--the Alan L. Gleitsman Outstanding Graduate Award and the Genelle Taney Memorial Award. (The school's other awards are given at the school's Senior Awards event prior to commencement). Read More...
Memorial Day in Great Neck -- 2016
2016-2017 GNPS Budget Passes -- Vote Results Below
Proposition #1: GNPS Budget -- Yes: 975 (84%) No: 182
Proposition #2: Capital Reserve Fund Authorization -- Yes: 981 No: 166
Proposition #3: Board of Education Election Method Change -- Yes: 922 No: 204
Proposition #4: GN Library Budget -- Yes: 903 No: 239
Board of Education Trustee -- Monique Bloom Reelected: 776
Thank you to the GNPS community for your ongoing support of our schools.
Board of Education Community Survey Presentation
At the May 9 Board of Education meeting which took place at South Middle School, Robert Manley, Ph.D, and Sofia Morote, Ed.D., gave a presentation summarizing the findings of the Board of Education Community Survey that was a Board Goal from last school year. View the Community Survey Presentation...
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.
Fighting Childhood Cancer: One Shaved Head at a Time
Dozens of South High students (participating individually and as teams), faculty, and even a Baker School fifth-grader, gladly had their heads shaved last April at the school's fourth annual St. Baldrick's Event. The Event was a fundraiser for childhood cancer research and to show support for those who have lost their hair in the fight with cancer. Assistant Principal John Duggan and Technology Department Head John Motchkavitz were in charge of the Event. Read more...
South High's Driving Safety Fair
On the day before school started, over 200 South High School juniors and seniors and their parents/guardians attended the school's annual Driving Safety Fair. Read more...
GNPS/TV Wins National Awards
Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV), for the second year in a row, took top awards from the Alliance for Community Media (ACM). The district won five 2016 Hometown Media Awards that were presented at a ceremony in Boston, in August. Read more...
Program Featured in Teaching Music Magazine
The North High music program, "orchestrated" by Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music teacher, is featured in the August 2016 edition of Teaching Music magazine. The article, titled, "A Community-Minded Program," explains how Mr. Rutkowski not only brings his musicians into the school and local communities, making them an indispensable part of both, but also helps to make music a part of their daily experiences. Read more...
Music Students Tapped for All-State
Nine highly talented musicians from North and South High Schools have been selected for the prestigious and very competitive 2016 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Conference, to be held in Rochester, Dec. 1-4. In addition, nine students were named Alternates for the event. Read more...
School District Welcomes New Staff
At the orientation held prior to the opening of school, new staff were welcomed by Board of Education Trustee Susan Healy; Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast; Assistant Superintendents Dr. Joseph Hickey and Dr. Stephen Lando; new Great Neck Teachers Association (GNTA) President James Daszenski; new Association of Supervisors and Administrators (SAGES) President Sharon Applebaum; and other administrators. Read more...
GNPS High Schools Rank in Top 500
Newsweek magazine ranked Great Neck South High and Great Neck North High among the nation's top 500 public high schools in its annual list. South led all Long Island high schools and ranked 38, and North was ranked sixth on Long Island at 142. Newsweek's 2016 High School Rankings looked at performance indicators such as proficiency rates on state standardized assessments, number of full-time guidance counselors, college acceptance and enrollment, participation in and performance on SAT and ACT college admissions tests, and other factors.
View the 2016 Newsweek Rankings...
Read the 8/11/16 Newsday Article...
25-Year Employees Recognized
Great Neck Public Schools 25-year employees were recognized in June by the Board of Education and professional associations representing teachers, administrators, and civil service staff. Read more...
Baker Connection at Local Gallery
A former E.M. Baker School principal and a former E.M. Baker School student (now a gallery co-owner) have teamed up for an exciting exhibit of photos. Joanna Miller, Baker's principal from 1989-2007, connected with her former student, Alexandra Ainatchi, at an opening reception at the Spot Under Spot (SUS) Gallery when it first opened in 2014, and then, serendipitously, on the subway in Manhattan, nearly a year ago. One thing led to another, and an exhibit was born. Read more...
College-Sponsored Scholarship Winners
Albert Aboaf, from North High, and Michelle Yang, from South High, are recipients of college-sponsored scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They join some 3,000 other college-sponsored award winners. Scholarships are paid by colleges and universities and provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the participating institution. Both Albert and Michelle will be attending the University of Chicago in the fall.
Adult Learning Center Grads
The GNPS Adult Learning Center, at its recent graduation ceremony, recognized recipients of New York State High School Equivalency Diplomas and those who have met NYS benchmarks for English language proficiency. Read more...
Two high school juniors have been selected for the highly prestigious 2016 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir to be held in Grapevine, Texas, in November. Zachary Lee, from North High, was selected a Bass 2 singer, and Noah Harouch, from South High, was selected Bass 1. Read more...
ASL Competition Winners
Four high school students are winners in the Long Island Language Teachers 2016 American Sign Language (ASL) Contest. Kathy McAleer is the ASL teacher at North and South High Schools. North High School winners - are Adir Vegon, First Place, and Michelle Nissan, Honorable Mention. South High winners - are Jillian Horowitz, Second Place, and Danielle Kraes, Honorable Mention.
NCTE Young Writer Winners
Eighth-graders from North and South Middle Schools recently received Certificates of Recognition in the 2016 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising Young Writers Program. They are Vera Cho and Brandon Lin from North Middle, and Andrew Apaza, Shin Young Park, and Alice Zhang from South Middle. Competition participants submitted two pieces of writing, which were read by national judges. Papers were judged on content, purpose, audience tone, word choice, organization, development, and style.
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