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South High's Battle of the Bands
On Friday, May 29, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the South High School Performing Arts Department will present its fifth annual "Battle of the Bands." The concert will feature five live bands that will each perform a 15-minute set of music. Styles will range from classic rock, to pop, and alternative music featuring songs from famous recording artists like Paramore, Ed Sheeran, and Taylor Shift. All performers are students in the Great Neck Public Schools.

Stages Production at North High
North High's annual Stages production will be held on Thursday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. Stages is one of North High's interdisciplinary elective programs open to students in twelfth grade. It provides seniors with a college-level seminar experience, embracing the disciplines of music, drama, English, and social studies.

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 and/or our Registration Forms Page to download documents.


ESOL & TASC Summer Programs at the Adult Learning Center
The GNPS Adult Learning Center, 105 Clover Drive, will be offering ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) preparation classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, June 30-July 30, 9 a.m.-Noon, and 6-9 p.m. Registration for summer classes must be in person, at the Center, on Monday, June 1, or Tuesday, June 2, from 9 a.m.-Noon, or from 6-9 p.m. Read more...


Visit NY House of Worship -- June 18
Great Neck Public Schools Community Education offers a unique day trip to diverse houses of worship on Thursday, June 18. Historian and author, Art Zuckerman, will provide in-depth background as we visit a Hindu Temple, Buddhist Temple, Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque, and Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Episcopal). Read more...
More Information and Registration - Click on the Community Ed icon above to view our online catalog. Please register online, call us at (516) 441-4949, or e-mail us at


GNPS/TV Programs
Current programs on Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) are: GNPS/TV Spotlight: South High; GNPS: The First 200 Years; and South High's tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Programs can be seen in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32.
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.


Summer School and Camp Brochures Available
Registration is now open and ongoing for the 69th annual
GNPS Summer School Program, which has posted brochures
for Enrichment, Academic Intervention, Elementary, ESL, Instrumental
Music, and Theater programs.
The GNPS Summer Camp Program
has posted brochures and has openings for lifeguard, nurse, dance,
and tennis instructors. Positions will be for the six-week, Monday-Friday
programs, from July 6-August 14. For more information, see our
3/19 Weekly News and our 5/14 Weekly News.

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.

South Middle's HTV on CBS New York
South Middle's HTV (Homeroom Television), a daily, live-feed
broadcast to the school's homeroom classes, was featured on
the CBS Evening News
(Ch. 2) with reporter Jennifer McLogan.

Niche Ranks GNPS Teachers #1 and District #6 in Nation!
Niche, an education review Web site, has ranked GNPS #1 in their
2015 National Rankings for Best Public School Teachers in America
and #6 for Best Public School District in America. View the
Niche GNPS Ranking and read the GNPS Press Release.


Celebrating GNPS: 200 Years!
On Sunday, April 26, the Great Neck School Community
celebrated the 200th Anniversary of the Great Neck Public
Schools. The event was called the "Showcase of Achievement:
Celebrating 200 Years of Excellence and the Kickoff for 200 More!"
Click here to read a summary of the event,
courtesy of the April 29 Issue of the Great Neck Record.
Click here to read about our plans for the event,
courtesy of our April 9 press release.
Click the 200th commemorative banner above to read about the
history of our district. Click the photo of North High under
construction to view a historic photo gallery of our district.
Click here to order the North High Guide Post tribute to
200 Years of Public Education at the school.
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.


NCJW Helps Parent-Child Home Program
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Lakeville Section presented the Great Neck/Manhasset/Nassau BOCES Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) with its annual donation. Here, Miriam Chatinover (fourth from left), NCJW president, presents Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz with the gift "check." With them, from left: PCHP Parent Shevan Taylor, who spoke about the benefits PCHP gives her family and her son; PCHP Coordinator Mary Costagliola; Board Trustee Susan Healy; Board Vice President Lawrence Gross; and Board Trustees Monique Bloom and Donald Ashkenase.


Community Ed on PATV
Recently, members of GNPS Community Education enjoyed fame as featured guests on two local Public Access TV shows: Senior Moments: The Happy Ones! and Something To Talk About. Appearing on Senior Moments were Community Education (CE) Director Samantha Tarantola and CE Instructors Helena Dluha (seated exercise, water exercise, yoga, Pilates, and dance movement for Parkinson's) and Judy Umansky (canasta and mah jongg). They were engaged in lively conversation with TV Producer/Host Bonnie Graham and Co-Host Ruth Dolgow on the topic, "You're Never Too Told to Learn Something New." On Something To Talk About, Host Graham, Director Tarantola, and Instructors Sina Kiai (opera appreciation) and Mina Rabbani (painting) discussed their passion for conveying love of their subject to others, and how community education plays such an important role in "Lifelong Learning."


Benefit Softball Game
GNPS faculty and staff (pictured here) recently participated in a Charity Softball Game to benefit UMPS CARE Charities, a non-profit established by Major League Baseball umpires to provide financial and emotional support for America's youth and families in need. The game, held at Memorial Field, raised $1,000 for this worthy charity. Final score was: Northsiders, 9; Southsiders, 7."

Rotary Recognizes Middle School Students
The Rotary Club of Great Neck annually recognizes students from North and South Middle Schools who are nominated by their school for outstanding service to school and/or community. The Recognition is held at a regular Rotary breakfast meeting. Read more...


Board Commends South Middle Students
One-hundred-one South Middle School students were recently recognized by the Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their school.

District News Archive
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