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School Board Candidate Petitions & Return Deadline -- April 17
Voting for two GNPS Board of Education Trustee positions will be held on Tuesday, May 16. Qualified district residents who wish to run for a Board Trustee position must pick up Candidate Petitions from Michele Domanick, District Clerk, in the Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Rd. (516-441-4020), school days, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. By law, completed Petitions must be returned to Ms. Domanick no later than Monday, April 17, by 5 p.m. Read more...


Seussical, the Musical at North Middle -- March 22 & 23
North Middle will present Seussical, the Musical, written by Tony-award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, on Wednesday, March 22, and Thursday, March 23, both evenings at 7:30 p.m.). Read more...


Guys and Dolls at South Middle -- March 23, 24, 25
South Middle will present Frank Loesser's hit musical, Guys and Dolls, on Thursday, March 23, and Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, March 25, at 1 and 7 p.m., in the school's auditorium, 349 Lakeville Road. Read more...


AIDS Awareness Fundraiser -- March 23
On Thursday, March 23, the North High AIDS Awareness Club will host its sixth annual AIDS Awareness Faculty Basketball Game to help raise AIDS awareness and support the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation. Tickets, sold only at the door, will be $5 per person. Doors open at 5 p.m. Game begins at 6 p.m. Read more...


Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences Changed to March 24
Elementary Parent-Teacher Conferences for the spring term, originally scheduled to take place on Wednesday, March 15, have been rescheduled for Friday, March 24.


The Man Who Came to Dinner at North High -- March 30 & 31
North High's Junior Players will present The Man Who Came to Dinner, a comedy by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, on Thursday, March 30, and Friday, March 31, both evenings at 7:30 p.m. Read more...


South High Presents Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi -- March 31 & April 1
South High's music department continues its long-standing tradition, now in its 48th year, of presenting exceptional, full-scale student-performed operas. This year's opera will be two of Giacomo Puccini's one-act operas, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. They will be performed on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, both evenings at 7:30 p.m. Read more...


Board Trustee Not Seeking Reelection
At the March 9 Board of Education meeting, Board Vice President Lawrence Gross announced that he will not run for reelection in May. Mr. Gross explained that he has recently retired from a long career in the design, manufacture, and sale of international food service equipment and that, consequently, he and his wife have decided to move into New York City. Board of Education members must be residents of the school district, so Mr. Gross' move out of the district will preclude him from seeking reelection as a Board Trustee. Read more...Read the full text of Lawrence Gross' speech...


Additional Voter Registration Available
The GNPS Board of Education, at its March 9 meeting, approved three special voter registration events, in anticipation of the annual district election and vote to be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Voter registration will be held on:
--Monday, March 13, at North Middle School (77 Polo Rd.), from 6-10 p.m., at the Harlem Wizards Basketball Event
--Wednesday, March 15, at South High School (341 Lakeville Rd.), from 6:30-10 p.m., at the Joint PTA Meeting
--Wednesday, April 5, at South Middle School (349 Lakeville Rd.), from 6:30-10 p.m., at the UPTC Meeting


School District Budget Events
The vote on the Proposed 2017-18 School District Budget will be held on Tuesday, May 16, from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Qualified school district residents who live north of the LIRR can vote at Baker School, 69 Baker Hill Rd. Those living south of the LIRR can vote at South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd. Read more...
Preliminary Working Budget Now Available
Copies of the 2017-18 Preliminary Budget are now available at the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Rd., school days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Budget is also posted on our Web site and will be available at Budget Meetings, as listed in the Budget Events Calendar. Reference copies may be perused in each public school and in the Great Neck Library, all branches. View the 2017-18 Preliminary Working Budget...View the 2017-18 Proposed Budget Presentation...View the 2017-18 Budget Details Page...View the 2017-18 Budget Events Calendar...


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. Read more... Visit the Parkville Web Site and/or the Pre-Kindergarten Registration Page for additional information.
More Information
For more information, please contact the Registration Office at (516) 441-4080, e-mail: residency@greatneck.k12.ny.us, visit the Registration Home Page for additional registration information, or visit the Registration Forms Page to download documents


2017-18 SCOPE After School Childcare Program
SCOPE will continue to offer a fee-based, after school childcare program at our five GNPS elementary schools. Open Houses are scheduled for Wednesday, March 8 and Wednesday, May 3 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. For more information about fees and programming, view SCOPE Flyer...


Child Abuse Reporting Information
The toll-free telephone number of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to receive child abuse and neglect reports is 1-800-342-3720. For additional information, you may also access the OCFS Web site at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps/​.


Bond Referendum Vote Results -- February 14, 2017
No: 1,677; Yes: 1,564

School Bond Referendum Defeated

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, Great Neck school district voters came out in large numbers to vote on the proposed 2017 Bond Referendum. There were 1,677 no votes, and 1,564 yes votes.

Speaking after the vote, Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz said, “Today's Bond Proposition came at the conclusion of years of meetings and assessing the needs of our school district. While we have always maintained that this was the community's bond, it is clear that portions of the community who were not in favor have spoken. More upsetting than this loss is the fact that this Bond has polarized our community. Therefore, before we can contemplate our next step, we will need to determine how best to repair this fracture. Our disappointment is obvious, but we will continue to do all in our power to address the needs of our children, our schools, and our community."

View 2017 Bond Referendum Newsletter in English
... in Farsi... in Korean... in Spanish... in Simplified Chinese... in Traditional Chinese...View 2017 Bond Issue page...


Board of Education Approves 2017-2018 Calendar
The GNPS Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 School District Calendar at the January 9, 2017 Board of Education Meeting. View 2017-2018 GNPS School District Calendar...


Picture the Possibilities at GNPS Community Ed
Can you see yourself doing something different? Trying something you haven't done before? Are you motivated to learn a new skill, or revisit something from your past? When you become part of our Community Ed family, the possibilities are endless. We are located just down the road at 30 Cumberland Ave., Great Neck. Our Community Ed Spring/Summer 2017 Catalog has been mailed out, and registration is in progress. We hope by now, that you have received your copy, with our seasonal photo montage on the cover; if not, please call, and we'll send one right out to you. Most classes begin in late-April. 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.


GNPS/TV Current Programs
Programs currently airing on Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) are: Student Filmmakers Showcase, South High Winter Concert II, and South High Cultural Heritage Night. Programs are available online or may be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. Read more...
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.


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.


Smart Schools Investment Plan Amendment #1
The GNPS Office of Instructional Technology has posted an amendment to the GNPS Smart Schools Bond Act Investment Plan which details the mandated non-public school allotment for classroom technology submitted to NYSED for approval. View the GNPS Smart Schools Bond Act page... View the GNPS Smart Schools Investment Plan Amendment #1...


Donna Peirez Elected GNPS Board of Education Trustee
Donna Peirez was elected a GNPS Board of Education Trustee at a special election held on Dec. 6. Ms. Peirez will fill out the remainder of Monique Bloom's Trustee position, which runs until May 2019. Read more and view vote results...

Donna Peirez Sworn In As Board Trustee
Donna Peirez, the newly elected Board of Education Trustee, was sworn in at the Dec. 12 Board of Education meeting by District Clerk Michele Dominick. Ms. Peirez won the Dec. 6 election, with 45 percent of the vote, to fill out the term left vacant by Monique Bloom, who resigned as a Board Trustee in September. Read more...


Instructional Technology in our Schools:
SMART Displays 2.0
Two Lakeville students in Ms. Gindi's Grade 5 class simultaneously demonstrate a math solution using the classroom's new SMART Interactive Flat Panel Display. Fifty-seven of the multi-touch displays were purchased from Smart Schools Bond Act funds and installed in classrooms this year replacing first-generation SMART Boards and projectors. These upgradable displays have 4K Ultra HD resolution, true color reproduction, object awareness, and do not cast shadows, require calibration, or need bulb replacement.


Instructional Technology in our Schools:
Collaborative eBook Project
Twenty-five 4th and 5th-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...


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...


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.

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.


Board Commends South Middle Students
Eighty-eight South 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.


International Week at Baker
Each year, E.M. Baker School celebrates its cultural and ethnic diversity with a host of activities during their International Week. In keeping with this year's theme of "Folk Art Around the World," a special event was added to the week--square dancing with Pat Cannon's Foot and Fiddle Dance Company.

National Merit Finalists
Twenty-five seniors from North and South High Schools have advanced to Finalists (from Semifinalists) in the prestigious 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are now among more than 15,000 students who will be considered for some 8,000 Merit Scholarship awards that will be announced in coming months.

Advanced Placement Scholars Named
A total of 458 students from North and South High Schools have been named Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board for their exceptional scores on college-level AP examinations. Award recipients are current juniors and seniors, as well as those who were graduated in June 2016.

Daniel Itzkowitz

Student Selected for Tilles Festival Band
Daniel Itzkowitz, French horn player and a sophomore at North High, has been selected to perform in the Tilles Festival Band at the LIU Post Band Festival at Tilles Center, in early April. This annual Festival was first held in 2003. Daniel was chosen for the Festival Band based upon the nomination and recommendation of Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music teacher.

Shaminta Hamidian

Neuroscience Research Finalist
Shaminta Hamidian, a senior at South High School, was selected as a Finalist in the 2017 Neuroscience Research Prize competition. The title of Shaminta's project is: "Structural and Functional Connectivity of the Human Hand Motor Area Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Resting State Functional MRI." Her faculty advisor, Dr. Carol Hersh, provided a project summary.

Saddle Rock

Interschool Visits on Cyberbullying
Seniors in South High Schools' Facing History course visited fifth-graders at Lakeville School and Saddle Rock School to present lessons they had developed on Digital Citizenship, with a focus on cyberbullying. Joining the South High students at Lakeville were several of Bridget Forie's students in the Outdoor Education Program.


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Great Neck Pilots New Apple Classroom App
Elementary and secondary schools in Great Neck are piloting the new Apple Classroom app to enhance the District's 1:1 iPad Initiative which now spans Grades 4-12 (Grades 5-11 in our south schools). This teacher-only app is linked to our student management system and mobile device management system to enable teachers to monitor student iPad screens while in class, see what apps are currently running, lock screens, group student iPads into learning teams, and launch apps and Web sites on individual or group iPads.
Read more about Apple Classroom...


South High Team Headed to National Science Bowl
A five-member South High team won First Place at the recent Brookhaven National Laboratory/Long Island Regional High School Science Bowl. The team of Adrian Chen, Ajay Dheeraj, Yiqing (Elissa) He, Allan Lee, and Melody Yang will now head to Washington, DC, on an all-expense-paid trip to the National Finals, to be held in late April/early May.


Chamber Musicians Selected for Lincoln Center Concert
The South High chamber music ensemble of Joshua Lee (cello), Soyoung Park (piano), and Christine Suh (violin) has been selected to perform at the 34th annual Young Musicians Concert of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. The Concert will be held at Alice Tully Hall in April.


Student Selected for Honor Orchestra of America
Megan Xu, a junior at North High School, has been selected to perform with the 2017 Honor Orchestra of America at a concert to be held in Indiana, in early March. She plays the viola.


Village School Student Recognition
Village School (VS) students were recently recognized by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their high school. Award recipients (with their area of achievement in parentheses) are: Nicole Cruz (Quintessential Student), Phoebe Gordon (Academic Achievement), Danielle Gruber (Rookie of the Year), Dylan Schwartz (Most Improved), and Emma Strassberg (Community Service).


Valentines for Vets at E.M. Baker
Baker students recently made over 500 Valentine cards and collected thousands of toiletry items to donate to the " Valentines for Veterans" Program. The donations included nearly 200 pairs of new socks and dozens of puzzle books, cards and games. Ms. Cohen's and Ms. Como's second grade classes, pictured above, filled and wrapped beautiful baskets for some of the donations.

Lunar New Year Celebration at Saddle Rock
Saddle Rock parents have produced a short video featuring highlights from the recent performances by students from North High, North Middle, South High, and South Middle, held at Saddle Rock, in celebration of the Lunar New Year. View Video...

District News Archive
To read this year's GNPS press releases in their entirety, please visit our District News Archive.

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