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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...


Music Night at South High -- March 3
South High will host its winter Music Night on Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s Music Room (309). This informal evening will feature student instrumentalists and vocalists performing all forms of music, including original compositions, rock, pop, opera, jazz, hip-hop, Broadway, and classical. Read more...
South High Fundraiser Concert -- March 7
South High's Music Fundraiser Concert will take place on Tuesday, March 7. (Please note date change from March 10, as appears on the district calendar.) The event begins with a Potluck Dinner, at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Concert, at 7:30 p.m. This performance is a fundraiser for the music program to help defray restoration costs of one of South's two Steinway Grand Pianos. 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 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


Harlem Wizards Event -- Postponed From Jan. 23 to March 13
Due to the weather forecast, which calls for a Nor'easter that will bring "strong, potentially damaging winds" and downpours later today, the Harlem Wizards event at North Middle originally scheduled for Monday, Jan. 23 has been postponed. The tentative reschedule date is Monday, Mar. 13.


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...


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...


Elementary Lunch Menu Update
Food and Nutrition Services has updated our elementary lunch menu for the January-June period. View 2017 Elementary Lunch Menu...


NYSSMA Festival Calendar and Forms Online
The 2017 NYSSMA Festival Calendar has been updated for 2017 with current dates, application deadlines, and downloadable forms. View 2017 NYSSMA Festival Calendar...


Adult Learning Center Offers English & TASC Prep Class Registration -- March 1, 2, 4
If you are an adult and you want to learn English or improve your English-language skills, or if you want to earn a high school equivalency diploma, the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Learning Center offers a variety of classes during the day and evening designed to meet your needs. In preparation for the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) examination (formerly known as the GED), classes are available to improve math, reading, science, social studies, and writing skills. Once enrolled, students may also take elective classes such as Conversational English, Crossroads Café, and Citizenship, to name a few, at no additional charge. Registration for classes must be done in person at the Adult Learning Center, 105 Clover Drive. Please allow two hours to complete the registration process. Register on Wednesday, March 1 or Thursday, March 2, from 9 a.m.-Noon, or from 6-9 p.m.; or on Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m.-Noon. Read more...


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.
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.


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.

LI Music Hall of Fame School of Excellence
North High has been recognized as having a High School Music Program of Excellence by the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Read more...

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...

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Fencers Take Top Awards
The South High Girls Fencing Team had a banner year. They were undefeated, 14-0; named Girls Large School Champions; Overall Season Champions; and Nassau Country Champions. They captured the Nassau County Championship when they defeated the North High Girls Fencing Team in the finals, 14-7. The South High Boys Fencing Team took Third Place at the County Championships.. The North High Girls Fencing Team was named Small School Champions. They took Second Place at the Nassau County Championships. The North High Boys Fencing Team took Fourth Place at the County Championships. Read more...


Baker Student Selected for National Children's Choir
Clara Goldman, a fifth-grader at E.M. Baker School, has been invited to sing in the Children’s Choir at the 2017 Organization of American Kodaly Educator’s (OAKE) National Conference Choirs Concert. The Concert will take place in March, in Philadelphia. Read more...


GNPS Board of Ed at Lunar New Year Celebrations
Members of the GNPS Board of Education and district administrators recently helped celebrate the Lunar New Year (Year of the Rooster) at two local events. Read more...


Elementary Principal Selected Administrator of the Year
Ronald Gimondo, principal of the John F. Kennedy School, has been selected as the only elementary school administrator in Nassau and Suffolk Counties to receive the 2016–2017 Council of Administrators and Supervisors (CAS) Administrator of the Year Award. Read more...


Kennedy Students Go Full STEAM Ahead
Last fall, fourth-graders at the John F. Kennedy School participated in an exciting and innovate project--the Global Cardboard Challenge, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) module. Under the guidance of Amy Mendel, SEEK teacher (Supporting Educational Exploration & Knowledge), and using common household items (many brought from home) such as balls, plastic cups, miniature toys, and lots of tape, students used math, science, engineering, and art skills to create a host of arcade games. Michele Garbien, a fourth-grade teacher, assisted with the project. View more photos and read more...

District News Archive
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