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Summer Instrumental Music Concert -- Aug. 5
The GNPS Summer Instrumental Music Program will hold its culminating Concert on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m., in the air-conditioned auditorium at South High. Featured will be beginner brass, woodwinds, and strings; intermediate band and orchestra; chamber music; and jazz band. Read more...

Summer Regents Schedule -- Aug. 12 & 13
GNPS Summer School has posted the New York State Education Department August 2015 Regents and RCT Exam Schedule.


Coming Soon To A Mailbox Near You
Great Neck Public Schools Community Education is excited to let you know that our Fall 2015/Winter 2016 Catalog is on its way.

2015-16 Universal Pre-K (UPK) Registration
UPK is offered to GNPS residents with busing at no cost. To enroll in the a.m. or p.m. session, your child must be 4 years old by 12/1/15. Some students can attend the GN Community School, our collaborative agency, at 225 Schenck Avenue, but without busing. Please read our UPK Letter or visit the Parkville Web Site for more information. Registration takes place at the Registrar's Office, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Rd, (516) 441-4080. You may visit the Registration Web site for additional information, including 8th Grade Re-Verification, and/or our Registration Forms Page to download documents.

Alexander Calder's The Arch,
at Storm King Art Center

Escape the Ordinary with Unique Day Trips
Take a day trip with GNPS Community Ed! Explore unique venues with docent-led tours and delicious meals. Travel by luxury coach bus transportation roundtrip from the Cumberland Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. The three exciting trips described below are lead by longtime trip coordinator, Helene Schachter.
More Information and Registration - Click on the Community Ed icon above for complete course and trip information and to view our online catalog. Please register online, call us at (516) 441-4949, or e-mail us at


GNPS/TV Wins National Awards
GNPS/TV, offering programming of the Great Neck Public Schools, is a double-award winner in the national Alliance Hometown Media Awards competition. GNPS/TV was in competition with colleges, universities, specialized communication schools, and public access stations.

GNPS/TV Programs
Airing now through July 31, don't miss seeing these exciting Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) shows: South High School's Opera: The Marriage of Figaro; Great Neck Public Schools: Celebrating 200 Years of Excellence, and Student Filmmakers Showcase.
For More Information - Please contact Robert Zahn, district educational cable TV producer/director, by phone at (516) 441-4676 or by e-mail at You can also visit the GNPS/TV On Demand Site or vist the GNPS/TV Web site.

GNPS Updates for the 2015-16 School Year

GNPS Calendar - Months, Text Pages, Overview
Board of Education - Board Meeting Schedule

Commencement Speeches from the Class of 2015

North High Commencement Speeches

South High Commencement Speeches

Reporting Resolution
The Reporting Resolution for District Clerk and District Treasurer
has been posted as per New York State regulations.

Past, Present, and Future

Former Superintendent Dr. William A. Shine (left),
Current Superintendent Dr. Thomas P. Dolan (center)
and Future Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast (right)
presented together at a recent community forum on education.

New GNPS Superintendent Appointed
At its 3/30 meeting, the Board of Education appointed Dr. Teresa
Prendergast as the next GNPS superintendent. Dr. Prendergast will
become our 11th superintendent when she assumes her new role on
July 15. See our 4/2/15 Press Release for more information. We
congratulate and welcome Dr. Prendergast to our school community.


2015-16 SCOPE Child Care
GNPS and SCOPE will once again partner to offer the
2015-16 SCOPE Child Care Program.
Learn about
the Open House events, registration, and program offerings.

Good To Know

Learn about the GNPS VOIP Phone System and use our online
Administration Directory and District Directory to contact us.

Learn about our Go Green initiative which leverages ParentLink,
the GNPS Web site, and the Campus Parent Portal to improve
communication, reduce paper, and save taxpayer dollars.


Student Photographs Record Number of Bird Species:
Wins Big Month Award

By Tobias Hatten, Science Teacher, Village School
During the month of May, students in Mr. Hatten's Ornithology Class participated in the school's second annual "Big Month," a competition where students photograph the greatest number of bird species (in the wild) as possible, primarily in and around Great Neck. The winner of the 2015 Big Month was Freshman Jordan Hirschhorn, whose portfolio included 73 different species of birds, from American Crow to Yellow Warbler.


Students Plant & Pick
North Middle students in Lauren Neckin's and Lindsay Caruana's Home and Careers/Special Education classes planted a variety of greens and herbs in their school garden, including lettuce, spinach, kale, basil, parsley, oregano, and cilantro that were picked, prepared, and enjoyed. This hands-on learning experience inspired students to have an understanding of our plant food chain: where food comes from, how it grows, and its nutritious value, and showed them the importance of connecting to the Earth.

A Moment in GNPS History That Reverberates Today
More than 30 years ago, South High rejected the Confederate flag as a school symbol. Read more, courtesy of the NY Times
and courtesy of Newsday...


Teacher Named Music Ed Quarterfinalist
North High Instrumental Music Teacher Joseph Rutkowski has been named a Music Educator Award Quarterfinalist. This prestigious Award is presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. The Award recognizes music educators (K-college) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to music education and who have demonstrated a commitment to maintaining music in the schools. This is the second time Mr. Rutkowski has received this honor.


Adult Learning Center Grads
The GNPSs Adult Learning Center recognized recipients of New York State High School Equivalency Diplomas in June. Read more...


District Retirees Recognized
The GNPS Board of Education and professional associations recently recognized 43 retirees, many of whom are shown in the accompanying photo, along with Board President Barbara Berkowitz, Trustee Susan Healy, retiring Superintendent Thomas Dolan, and incoming Superintendent Teresa Prendergast.

National Latin Exam Winners
Sixty secondary students were award winners in the 2015 National Latin Exam. These students were guided by Latin teachers Johanne Lynch at North High and South Middle, and Anthony Pontone at South High. North Middle did not offer Latin this past school year.

District News Archive
To read past GNPS press releases in their entirety, please visit our District News Archive.

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