A North High School senior, has been named a Winner in the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search. She won Second Place among the top 10 Winners chosen from the 40 Finalists who had competed in a week of rigorous judging, held in Washington, DC. "The creativity and leadership of these Intel scientists and mathematicians hold tremendous potential to move our country forward as they address real-world problems," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. The award-winning project, "Communication Underload: Validating the Existence of Disconnect Anxiety," grew out of a personal observation made while sitting with friends. She realized that just about everyone around her was texting. What would be their reactions, she thought, if students were completely separated from their cell phones? Would they experience disconnect anxiety or withdrawal symptoms typically associated with addictions? She decided to measure and analyze mobile phone dependence, a topic not extensively discussed in scientific literature. After analyzing the reactions of 150 participants, half separated from their mobile phone for 45 minutes and half not, she found that the term "disconnect anxiety" (coined by a professional research group in 2008) did not apply. Rather than becoming anxious, the students without their cell phones felt understimulated or bored. She observed that they simply had lost the ability to "entertain" themselves. The winning project was completed in-school under the guidance of Alan Schorn, science research teacher. She was also assisted by South High behavioral science teacher Michelle Sorise, who contributed significant advice on the design of the project.
GNPS Named to AP Achievement List
The Great Neck Public Schools has been named to the AP (Advanced Placement) Achievement List by the College Board. Great Neck is one of 388 districts nationwide, and six in Nassau County, to receive this newly established award for "simultaneously expanding opportunity and improving performance [by] opening AP classroom doors to a significantly broader pool of students, while maintaining or improving the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher." (AP exams are scored on a five-point system, with 5 being the highest grade and 1 the lowest. A score of 3 or higher is typically needed to earn college credit for an AP course.) According to the College Board, from 2008-2010, Great Neck increased the number of students participating in AP courses from 789 to 936 while improving the percentage of students earning AP scores of 3 or higher, from 87 percent in 2008 to 89 percent in 2010. College Board President Gaston Caperton said, "The AP Achievement List districts are defying expectations by expanding access while enabling their students to maintain or improve their AP exam scores." "These districts are living proof that when access to AP is provided for the range and breadth of prepared and motivated students, districts can achieve even higher learning outcomes for their students," said Trevor Packer, vice president of the College Board's Advanced Placement Program. Inclusion on the Achievement List was based on the following criteria: examination of three years of AP data, from 2008-10; increase in participation in/access to AP by at least 4-11 percent (depending on district size); steady or increasing percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and performance levels maintained or improved when comparing the percentage of exams in 2010 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2008, or the district has already attained a performance level in which more than 70 percent of the AP students are scoring a 3 or higher. This year, 431 Great Neck North and South High School students, a record number, were named AP Scholars by the College Board for their exceptional scores on college-level AP examinations.
All-National Concert Winner
A North High School sophomore has been selected to participate in the 2011 MENC All-National Honor Ensembles Concert in late June, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington, DC. She will play the flute in the All-National Honor Band, along with 82 other outstanding student performers, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Duffy. She was chosen for All-National based on her audio CD audition, performing five pieces of required music. Earlier this year, she was selected for the All-County Band. Her instrumental music teacher at North High is Joseph Rutkowski. The All-National Concert will be held in conjunction with MENC's Music Education Week. MENC is the National Association for Music Education.
South Middle Presents The Wizard of Oz
South Middle School will present the perennial musical fantasy, The Wizard of Oz, on Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m.; and on Saturday, April 2, at 2 and 7 p.m. All performances will be in the school's auditorium, 349 Lakeville Road. The story chronicles the adventures of Dorothy, a young girl in Kansas, whose dreary life is transformed into unusual and heart-warming adventures in the land of Oz. She encounters the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, along with a few witches, both good and bad. Classic songs include: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," and "We're Off To See the Wizard." For ticket information, please call 441-4600.
Board Commends North High Students
Eighty-seven North High School students were recognized by the Board of Education and are received Certificates of Commendation for contributing to the quality of life at their school.
Summer Recreation Programs
Parents are reminded to anticipate the Great Neck Public Schools Summer Recreation Program application brochures in their mailboxes in early April. Applications and information will also be posted on the district Web site: greatneck.k12.ny.us. The Program runs from July 5-Aug. 12. Now in it 65th year, the Program offers sports and playground activities, art and crafts, and swimming or sprinkler play. Activities are staffed by experienced teachers. Registration is available for one, two, three, four, five, or the full six weeks. There is a substantial savings for Early Bird Registrations, and a 10 percent sibling discount. Bus transportation is available at no extra cost. There is also a specialized Sports Clinic and programs in Vocal and Instrumental Music. For more information, please call the district Recreation Office at 441-4045.
SAT/PSAT Preparation for High School Students
The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program offers SAT & PSAT preparation for high school students beginning on April 11. This course will run for five Mondays through May 23 (excluding April 18 & 25). Class meets from 7:15-9:15 p.m., at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Avenue. Anita Friedman, a veteran teacher and experienced SAT tutor, will present strategies to help students score well on the PSAT and SAT exams. Participants will be shown how to efficiently handle the most difficult questions and how to speedily solve the simpler ones. Particular attention will be given to Word Problems. The Writing Skills test section will also be covered. Students should purchase and bring to class: The Official Study Guide for the New SAT (published by the College Board). Course fee is $99. To register or for more information, please call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949.
Upcoming at the Adult Program
The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program offers an extensive array of classes, special events, and trips. Enjoy the company of adults while exploring new interests. Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend hours accommodate every schedule. Some highlights of the new semester are described below. All classes meet at the Cumberland Adult Program, 30 Cumberland Ave. For more information, or to register, please call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949 or visit our Web site, www.greatneckadulted.org for online registration.
Learn basic vocabulary, idioms, and songs through the English transliteration of Yiddish. One doesn't need to read or write Yiddish to be in this class. Book, The Complete Idiots Guide to Learning Yiddish by Rabbi Benjamin Blech, approximately $20, available from instructor at first session. Instructor Ruth Solomon, a long-time Yiddish teacher, has taught in the Ukraine, Jewish community centers, and day schools. She holds a Bachelor of Yiddish Literature from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Class meets nine Mondays, April 4-June 20 (no class April 18 & 25, May 30), from 1:15-2:30 p.m. Fee: $105 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $115 for nonresidents.
Crocheting is easy to master: with the most basic stitch, you can create a beautiful piece in no time at all. Learn to crochet and come away with a fashionable shawl and/or a cozy afghan. You'll also have a new hobby to pursue on your own. Intermediate and advanced crocheters will explore embellishments, like flowers and edging, to add a personal touch to their projects. Barbara Kiprik teaches this class on ten Tuesdays, April 5-June 21 (no class April 19 & 26),from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cumberland. Fee: $135 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $145 for nonresidents.
Jewish American Literature
Review Jewish American texts and consider how and what they have contributed to both the American and Jewish canon. Readings will include works by Lazarus, Cahan, Asch, Mary Antin, Kunitz, Calisher, Miller, Singer, Malamud, Bellow, and Ozick, among others. At the first session, view and discuss Hester Street, the film adaptation of Abraham Cahan's novella, Yekl. Susan Jacobowitz, an associate professor at Queensborough, with a doctorate in literature, teaches this course on ten Tuesdays, April 5-June 21 (no class April 19 & 26), 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fee: $145 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $155 for nonresidents.
Interior Design & Decoration
Learn basic skills and work within your budget to decorate or design your home. Learn about current products, color, texture, lighting, flooring, furnishings, accessories, and space planning. This course is also ideal for those looking to pursue a career in the interior-design field. Bring to first session: measurements and photos of the space you want to design. Lynn Packer, a NYS-certified interior designer and professional member of ASID, teaches this course on ten Wednesdays, April 6-June 22 (no class April 20, June 8), from 1-4 p.m. Fee: $199 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $209 for nonresidents.
Keeping Your Money Afloat
How do you invest when you are uncertain about the direction of the stock market and interest rates? How do you fund your retirement, so you don't outlive your assets? What are alternatives to traditional investments? These are frequent questions in this difficult environment. Analyze your investment portfolio, without letting emotions get in the way. Discuss asset allocation/suballocation, and other strategies to maximize returns while minimizing risks. David Savetz , a senior vice president for investments, teaches this class on Wednesday, April 6, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $15.
Russian Culture & Language
Take a beginner's stroll through Russian language and culture. Enjoy a tourist's view of historical and cultural highlights through literature, music, and film, and learn a few Russian words and phrases for simple life situations. Instructor Yaacov Sragovich is an engineer and MBA who was born in Russia, lived in Israel, and is an adjunct lecturer in computer applications at CUNY. Class meets eleven Thursdays, April 7-June 23 (no class April 21), 10 a.m.-Noon. Fee: $175 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $185 for nonresidents.
Hebrew Beginner at Night
Learn to converse in Hebrew, quickly and easily. An experienced teacher will guide you joyously. No prior knowledge is required. Yaacov Sragovich teaches this course on eleven Thursday evenings, April 7-June 23 (no class April 21), from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Fee: $175 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $185 for nonresidents.
"If you can speak, you can sing" is the motto of most singers and singing teachers. Participate in the great musical experience of choral singing in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere. A program of pieces will be chosen with the available singers in mind. Previous vocal and choral experience and/or training and ability to read music are not required. Sina Kiai leads the group on eleven Thursdays, April 7-June 23 (no class April 21), 7-8:30 p.m. Fee: $79 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $89 for nonresidents.
Chess for Adults
Have fun playing chess! Sharpen your critical thinking skills and exercise your mind! Enhance your creativity, discipline, concentration, and imagination. Garret Christian, and expert chess player and professional coach, who trained under international grand master, Gennady Sagalchik, will teach two sections of this class on nine Fridays, April 8-June 10 (no class April 22), beginner, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and intermediate, from 1-3 p.m. Fee: $159 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $169 for nonresidents.
Unique Events and Trips at the Adult Program
Join the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program this spring and summer for an unmatched array of special events and trips. A sensational overnight trip to Cooperstown featuring the Baseball Hall of Fame and Carmen at Glimmerglass Opera, a unique culinary celebration of Shakespeare's birthday by an acclaimed food historian, a delightful afternoon of mah jongg play followed by a dim sum dinner, and an ambitious musical performance of cabaret and American theater selections--all are described below. For more information, and to register, please call the Adult Program at 441-4949 or visit our Web site at www.greatneckadulted.org for online registration and catalog.
Cooperstown: Baseball, Opera & More
As an added attraction to our overnight trip to Cooperstown, long-time Great Neck residents, Esther and Bob (J. Robert) Coleman, will enhance our experience with their knowledge of opera and baseball, respectively. Surrounded by rolling hills, beautiful parks, and stunning lakes, Cooperstown is the perfect summer getaway. On arrival, enjoy lunch (on your own) in this charming, bustling town, followed by hotel check-in. The evening begins with a brief backstage tour of the Glimmerglass Opera House where, after dinner (included), you'll be treated to an orchestra seat for a glorious performance of Carmen (with English super titles) by the Glimmerglass, part of its internationally renowned summer festival. Following Saturday morning breakfast at the hotel, visit the world-famous National Baseball Hall of Fame, which preserves and promotes all things baseball and honors the greats of the game. Interactive exhibits and artifacts from the greatest moments in baseball history abound in this unique museum. Enjoy lunch at the lakeside Otesaga Hotel, a grand dame of hotels, and designated a Historic Hotel of America. Before heading home, there will be an optional visit to the Fenimore Art Museum (or you can return to the Hall of Fame or remain in town), displaying diverse collections of American and folk art, and a spectacular American Indian wing with a collection of 850 objects. There will be time on both days to stroll on Main Street with its unique shops, boutiques, and antique dealers, representing the best of Americana. Trip includes: round-trip transportation, one night accommodation, one breakfast, one lunch at Otesaga Hotel, one dinner; orchestra seat for opera performance and backstage tour at Glimmerglass; admission to Baseball Hall of Fame and Fenimore Art Museum; all and gratuities. Sallie Newman leads this overnight trip. Depart from the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave., Friday, Aug. 5, at 8:30 a.m. and return Saturday, Aug. 6, at 8:30 p.m. Fee: $439 (per person, double occupancy); single occupancy, subject to availability, $59 additional. A deposit of $100 per person, by check only (no credit cards), is required at time of registration; balance due by June 15.
Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the 447th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth (April 23, 1564) with a dessert party featuring Elizabethan sweets. Francine Segan, a James Beard Finalist, food historian, and author of Shakespeare's Kitchen, will give a hilarious presentation on the fanciful foods, interesting table manners, and unusual dining customs of the Elizabethan era. Learn the incredible reasons why Elizabethans started the practice of clinking glasses to make a toast and why, in fact, it was called a toast. Learn why gentlemen and ladies refused to eat with forks. You'll find that the feasts in Shakespeare's day were amazing, day-long events filled with great food, wine, and entertainment. Sprinkled throughout Francine's presentation will be the puns, riddles, and bawdy jokes that were told between courses back then. Enjoy a sampling of a trio of delicious, authentic, Elizabethan desserts--all personally prepared by Francine from her morsel-filled cookbook, Shakespeare's Kitchen. The book will be available at a discounted price for purchase and signing by the author. Join us for this special event on Thursday, April 14, 7:30 p.m., at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. Fee: $25.
Mah Jongg & Dinner at Northern Manor
By popular demand and a sell-out of our first event, a second date has been added for our Mah Jongg & Dinner at Northern Manor restaurant. Everyone who has ever attended "Mah Jongg & Dinner" has had an all-around great time! Owner Frank Lum, a Great Neck resident, is the gracious host. Following two hours of mah jongg, enjoy a delicious dinner: dim sum appetizer; soup; at least three entrées; dessert; and soft drinks and two teas. Mah jongg players should register together as a foursome (and bring mah jongg cards and set). If you wish to register solely or with fewer than four people, we will try our best to match you up. Join Harriet Becker for this special event on Thursday, Apri1 7, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Meet at Northern Manor Restaurant, Little Neck. Fee: $35 (includes dinner; soft drinks; teas; gratuity; private room for mah jongg).
Spend a marvelous evening close to home enjoying musical selections from the Cabaret world and the American musical theater. The performers--Gerard Diskin, Harvey Feiner, Herbert Finkston, Rebecca Horowitz, Sara Koenig, Louis Mangieri, Anne Stern, and Myra Sutin--have been studying in the Advanced Cabaret Performance Workshop for many years. They have successfully completed CDs and hour-long shows throughout the metropolitan area. See for yourself how accomplished they are! Beth Goodrich, cabaret workshop instructor and professional cabaret performer, is musical director. This special event takes place on Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m., at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. Fee: $15.