South Middle's June Tunes Al Fresco--June 11

Come experience "Tanglewood" at South Middle School at its annual outdoor June Tunes Concert on Monday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m., at the school, 349 Lakeville Rd.

June Tunes is a short concert held (weather permitting) in the school courtyard. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and sit under the early evening sky as you listen to the Rebel Pops and select Choir members perform music from The Sound of Music, Doris Day, and Bob Seger. During the concert, enjoy your own food brought from home or our desserts.

Rebel Pops is directed by Alan Schwartz, department head; the Choir is directed by Shelley Willcox. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held indoors, in the Choral Room, with dessert following the performance. For more information, please contact Mr. Schwartz at 441-4651 or at


LILT Competition Winners

Eleven high school students are winners in the Long Island Language Teachers (LILT) Student Language Competition. Students competed in the Interpreted Song and Poetry Recitation categories either using American Sign Language (ASL) or in French. Video submissions were limited to three minutes for poetry, and six minutes for songs.

North High Winners

Briana (Level 1) earned a Second Place Award, and Benjamin (Level 3) and Brittany (Level 1) took Honorable Mentions for ASL Interpreted Song. Their teacher is Kathy McAleer.

South High Winners

South High award-winners for ASL Interpreted Song were: Julia (Level 1-2), First Place; Sara (Level 1-2), Third Place; Rebecca (Level 3-4), Honorable Mention; and Emily (Level 1-2), Honorable Mention. Their teacher is Kathy McAleer. Awards were also earned for Interpreted Song and Poetry in French. Justin and Anna (both Level 3) took Third Place in Interpreted Song. In Poetry Recitation, Alison (Level 3) won Third Place, and May took an Honorable Mention. Their French teacher is Chani Ivry.


Physics Bowl Winners

South High School's PhysicsBowl Team placed South as the Highest Scoring School in Region 3 in both Divisions 1 and 2 in the 2012 American Association of Physics Teachers Physics Bowl. Region 3 consists of New York, Maritime Provinces, Ontario, and Quebec. Division 1 encompasses first-year physics students; Division 2, second-year students. The team earned top individual awards. David Hyun placed Ninth in the Top Ten Overall (all 15 Regions), Division 1. Nicholas achieved the Highest Score in Division 2, Region 3. Cyrus earned the Second Highest Score in Division 1, Region 3.

PhysicsBowl faculty sponsors are physics teachers Matthew Sckalor and Derek Wells. The PhysicsBowl consists of 40 multiple-choice questions taken from topics in high school physics. The in-school competition lasts 45 minutes. Historically, thousands of students participate in the PhysicsBowl from hundreds of schools across the US, Canada, and China.


Rotary Recognizes Middle School Students

The Rotary Club of Great Neck recognized students from North and South Middle Schools who were nominated by their schools for outstanding service to school and/or community. Recognitions for each middle school are held at Rotary breakfast meetings. Recognized from North Middle: David, Monica, Shelly, Stephanie, and Vanessa. South Middle students who were recognized: Christyn, Haley, Hannah, and Josephine.


Record-Breaking Food Drive

A highly successful Food Drive, sponsored by South Middle School's Student Government, was held during Spirit Week, in April. Andrew DeSiano, faculty co-advisor, explained, "One of the goals during the Week was to collect food for charity. This year, our students smashed through their previous record by donating 1,125 pounds of food that was donated to the Interfaith Nutrition Network [INN]." In her thank-you note, INN communications coordinator Emily Wilensky wrote, "Your generous donation comes when there is much need as a growing number of Long Islanders are faced with hunger and homelessness. We could never do what we do if it weren't for schools like Great Neck South Middle whose students and staff believe in what we do and who are driven to help make a difference in the lives of our neighbors seeking assistance."


Games, Crafts & Swing Dance at the Adult Program

The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program offers summertime classes that are relaxing, creative, social, and fun. Stay fit with swing-dance techniques; create a work of natural art with pressed flowers, or design wearable glass jewelry; improve your game of bridge, canasta, and mah jongg. All classes meet at the air-conditioned Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Avenue. For more information or to register, please call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949, or visit for online registration and the complete online course catalog.

Jewelry in Fused Glass

By fusing dichroic glass--a marriage of space-age technology and an ancient art form--easily create beautiful, colorful jewelry. Methods and techniques, including cutting, compatibility, and creative design, will be emphasized. Complete a selection of jewelry pieces, including pendants, earrings, and brooches. A materials fee, approximately $35 (includes six pieces of glass and $10 towards firing), is payable to instructor at first session. There may be additional costs for glass and firing, depending on your output. Bring glass cutter and running pliers to first session or purchase from instructor for approximately $13. Jane Irvine teaches this class on six Mondays, July 9-Aug. 13, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee: $89 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $99 for nonresidents.

Art & Craft of Pressed Flowers

Wherever you go, you can find a wide range of flowers, mosses, ferns, fruits, and vegetables. Learn to press these natural items and create works of art, such as landscapes, still life, greeting cards, photo frames, etc. Bring a notebook and any size glass container to first class. A material fee, $20 per session, payable to the instructor. CK Chen teaches this course on five Thursdays, July 12-Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fee: $89 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $99 for nonresidents.

Swing Dancing: East & West Coast

Swing dancing is one of the most popular social-dance crazes for all ages. "Lindy hop" or "jitterbug," the big-band sounds of the '40s ("retro"), rock and roll of the '50s, and today's newest hot sounds all get feet tapping and jumping. An introduction to the West Coast swing from California will be presented. Bringing a partner is suggested but not essential. Naomi Penner teaches this course on eight Wednesdays, July 11-Aug. 29, from 8-9:15 p.m. Fee: $69 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents, age 59 and under; $42 for Great Neck and Manhasset senior citizens, age 60 and over; $79 for nonresidents.

Mah Jongg: Beginner

Learn how to play the centuries-old game of mah jongg according to the rules of the Mah Jongg League. A professional instructor looks forward to guiding you through the excitement of the game. Learn the language, and play defensively, while having fun! Mah jongg cards ($8) can be purchased in class. If you have a set, please bring it. Toby Israel teaches this class on six Tuesdays, July 10-Aug. 14, 1-3 p.m. Fee: $95.

Canasta Club

Join other canasta enthusiasts to play this challenging and exciting game. Whether you recently learned canasta or have been playing for years, you will have a great time. As needed, defensive playing and advanced strategies will be discussed by instructor. Judy Umansky teaches this class on eight Mondays, July 9-Aug. 27, 1-3:30 p.m. Fee: $139 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $149 for nonresidents.

Bridge for Beginners

Learn bridge, a game of risk, imagination, and creativity. It enhances memory and reasoning powers. It's also fun. Learn the basic "how tos" of bridge--how to bid, how to communicate with one's partner, how to play a hand, and how to listen and respect the opposition. Lessons will include opening bids, pre-emptive bidding, cue bids, doubles, and a variety of conventions. Joe Pollack teaches this course nine Tuesdays July 10-Sept. 4, 1-3 p.m., or 7:15-9:15 p.m. Fee: $142 for Great and Manhasset residents, 59 or under; $88 for Great Neck and Manhasset senior citizens, age 60 and over; $152 for nonresidents.