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Donna Peirez Elected GNPS Board of Education Trustee
Donna Peirez was elected a Great Neck Public Schools 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...


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...


South Middle Winter Concerts -- Dec. 13 & 14
The Music Department of South Middle 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'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...
North High Winter Concert -- Dec. 20
North High student musicians will present their Winter Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 20, beginning at 7:15 p.m., with holiday music performed in the lobby by the Chamber Music Society and Jazz Ensemble, followed by the full Concert at 7:30 p.m. The Concert will be specially dedicated to the memory of Lawrence Sobol, the high school band director, most important clarinet teacher, and mentor, until his death in November, of Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental teacher. 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. Read more, visit the Parkville Web Site to learn more about the program, or the Registration Web Site for additional registration information, and go to our Registration Forms Page to download documents.
2017-18 Kindergarten Registration
Enrollment for GNPS Kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, and run school days through Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at the Office of Registration and Attendance, Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Rd., from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. All children who will attend public or private school kindergarten in September 2017 need to be registered. Eligible children must have been born between Dec. 2, 2011, and Dec. 1, 2012. Students currently enrolled in the district's UPK program do not have to be registered for kindergarten. Residents who have not yet received a kindergarten registration packet in the mail may pick one up on school days at the Office of Registration and Attendance, or download forms from the district Web site at greatneck.k12.ny.us. Please bring the following information to registration (note: it is not necessary to bring your child): (1) Proof of district residency (deed, current tax bill, or closing statement, if ownership; current signed lease or current rent receipts, if rental). (2) Three pieces of current, official mail. Online mail is not acceptable. (3) Child's original birth certificate. (4) Parent or guardian valid photo ID. (5) Parental control papers (if applicable). (6) Immunization certificate signed and stamped by a physician or other authorized health agency For more information about registering your child for kindergarten, please contact the Registration Office at (516) 441-4080, or e-mail: residency@greatneck.k12.ny.us.


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...



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.
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 Selected for All-Eastern Honors Ensembles
Four musicians from North and South High Schools have been selected to perform at the biennial 2017 NAfME (National Association for Music Education) All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, to be held in April, in Atlantic City, NJ. Zachary Lee has been selected from North High, and Noah Harouche, Kimberly Lu, and Christine Suh from South High. Read more...

GNPS/TV Wins Two Top ACM Awards
Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) has won two top awards from the Alliance for Community Media (ACM)-Northeast Region 2016 Video Festival. Received were a First Place Award in the School/Education Category for the video, "Thank a Veteran Program, 2015," and a Second Place Award in the Music and Performance Broadcast (non-professionals) Category for the student filming of the South High School opera, Marriage of Figaro. Read more...


North Middle Becoming a No Place for Hate School
Earlier this year, North Middle School, at its kick-off to becoming a No Place for Hate School, hosted Gian Paul Gonazlez, a motivational speaker. Mr. Gonazlez spoke with students at large assembly programs and in a small Leadership Seminar. The No Place for Hate School initiative is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The program provides a model for combating intolerance, bullying, and hatred in schools. Read more...


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...

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. In the past, LISFA has grouped the Festivals into three divisions: Senior High (grades 10-12), Junior High (grades 8-9), and Elementary (grades 5-7). This year, they reconstructed the Festivals into two divisions: Secondary (grades 9-10 and 11-12) and Intermediate (grades 5, 6, and 7-8). Read more...

District News Archive
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