2017 Revised GNPS Bond Referendum and Budget Links
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Special Voter Registrations -- April 25 & 26 and May 10
Special voter registrations for GNPS voting on May 16, will take place on Tuesday, April 25 and Wednesday, April 26, both evenings from 6-8 p.m., at Parkville School (10 Campbell St., New Hyde Park), and on Wednesday, May 10, from 6:30-9 p.m., at Lakeville School (47-27 Jayson Ave.). Ongoing voter registration also continues at the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Admin. Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., school days, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. . Read more...


Absentee Ballot Deadline for GNPS Voting & Elections -- May 16
Completed Absentee Ballots from approved applicants must be received by the GNPS District Clerk no later than 5 p.m., on Tuesday, May 16, for school district voting and elections. Qualified resident voters may obtain Applications for Absentee Ballots online or from the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Admin. Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., school days, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Read more... Visit our Absentee Ballot Application Page...


Preliminary Working Budget Available
Copies of the 2017-18 Preliminary Budget are 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 Revised Preliminary Working Budget... 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...


Revised 2017 Bond Referendum Information
On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, qualified GNPS voters will be asked to authorize a Revised 2017 Bond Referendum which will facilitate renovations, repairs, and improvements to the district's aging buildings and grounds. Several projects from the original Bond Issue have been removed or reduced in the new Referendum to lower the overall cost to the community. A Revised 2017 Bond Referendum Page has been created to summarize the highlights and revisions made to the original Bond Issue Proposal. It aggregates information, timelines, presentations, and handouts to help inform the community about these projects.
View Revised 2017 Bond Referendum page...


Board of Education Candidates
Six Great Neck residents will be running for two GNPS Board of Education Trustee positions. The election will take place on May 16. Running for the Board seat currently held by Lawrence Gross will be (names are listed in the order in which petitions were returned): Nikolas Kron, Michael Golden, Grant Toch, and Jeffrey Shi.Running for the Board seat currently held by Susan Healy will be (names are listed in the order in which petitions were returned): Rebecca Sassouni and Ilya Aronovich. Read more...


Chamber Music Recital at North High -- April 26
North High will hold its Chamber Music Recital on Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in the school Library. Students will perform under the direction of music teachers Janine Robinson and Joseph Rutkowski. Read more...

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One-Act Festival at South High -- May 4, 5, 11 & 12
South High will present its annual One-Act Festival of senior-directed plays on four evenings: Thursday and Friday, May 4 and 5, and Thursday and Friday, May 11 and 12. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and are appropriate for grades 7 and up. Read more...


GNPS Summer Enrichment Program Registration Now Open
The GNPS Summer Enrichment Program is open for registration! Our Enrichment Program, for students entering grades 5-9, features a robust catalog of courses in reading, math, science, social studies, English, music, art, cooking, sewing, robotics, and much more! All academic courses are geared to help prepare students for their following year of study, and all classes are filled with dynamic exploration, creativity, and fun! Courses for elementary students are offered in reading (grades 1-3), literacy (grades 4-5), and math (grades 3-5). The afternoon session features musical theater, jazz band, and chamber music. For any questions, please contact us at SummerEnrichment@greatneck.k12.ny.us. For brochures and applications, visit the Summer Enrichment Web Site...


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...


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...


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...


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/​.


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: South High Spotlight, North High Winter Concert, North Middle/North High Spotlight, and South Middle Spotlight. Spotlight programs feature school news, sports, and events in a lively, magazine-format. 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:
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 that lock in on individual or group iPads.


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...

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.


Guide Post Takes Top Journalism Awards
North High School's student newspaper, Guide Post, received four top awards, including a First Place, at the Adelphi University Quill Awards for Outstanding Journalism.

All-County Musicians Honored
Eight student musicians in the Great Neck Public Schools excelled at this year's All-County Music Festival held at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, in Brookville. Students earned positions of recognition after being tested for proficiency at rehearsals just prior to their concerts.

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Board Commends North Middle Students
Eighty-one North 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.

Best in Music Education Award
The Great Neck Public School District has again been named among the "Best Communities for Music Education" by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation, a coalition of music and educational organizations. This year marks the eleventh time that Great Neck has received this prestigious award since its inception in 2005. Great Neck joins 526 districts nationwide to receive this recognition.


Baker Students Perform at Carnegie Hall
E.M. Baker School fourth-graders Alston Leung and Ian Loo were members of a quartet that performed at the recent Concert Festival Grand Prix Winners Recital, held at Carnegie Hall. The group played the “William Tell Overture,” by Gioachino Rossini. Both Alston and Ian played the violin in the quartet.


Robotics Team Takes Awards at Regional
The South High School Robotics Team 2638, known as “Rebellion,” was the winner of two prestigious awards at the recent Finger Lakes Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, held at the Rochester Institute of Technology. For the first time ever, the team won the Gracious Professionalism Award which celebrates a team’s outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values, such as continuous congenial professionalism and working together both on and off the playing field.


High School Musicians Offer a Special Bus Tour
Each year, for the past 26, North High School music students, under the direction of Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music teacher, have performed for elementary students from Baker, Kennedy, and Saddle Rock Schools in a concert that Mr. Rutkowski endearingly calls a “Bus Tour.” This year was no different.


Ensuring Responsible Teen Driving
South High School eleventh-grade health-class students recently participated in an important and exciting safety program--Impact Teen Drivers--presented by Northwell Health Trauma Programs. Northwell offered this pilot program to teens to raise their awareness about the dangers associated with distracted driving, and to give them the how-to skills to become a responsible driver and passenger.


Music Teachers Excel
Three South Middle School teachers have made achievements of note. They are Mark Boschen, sixth-grade band director; Alan Schwartz, music department head and orchestra/senior band director; and Shelley Willcox, vocal music teacher.

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National Art Convention Presenters
Christine Mulligan, art teacher at Kennedy School, and Rosemary Sloggatt, art teacher at Saddle Rock School, were co-presenters at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention, held in New York, at the beginning of March. Their lecture presentation was titled, "Constructing Curriculum: Materials-based Best Practices for New Elementary Teachers."


A Personal Holocaust Story
Last year, and again this year, South Middle School sixth-graders learned about the Holocaust in a very personal way--from a survivor. Eric Lipetz, father-in-law of South Middle science teacher Melissa Lipetz, told his story to the students about how he and his family escaped the Holocaust.


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.

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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.

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

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