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2015-16 Optional Attendance Zone
The GNPS Board of Education will continue the optional secondary school attendance zone for 2015-16. Read the Optional Attendance Zone Letter in English, Spanish, Korean, or Chinese. You may also view our Optional Attendance Zone Map or use our Transportation Search online tool.

2015-16 Kindergarten Registration
Enrollment for GNPS Kindergarten for 2015-2016 will begin on Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27 for children born between Dec. 2, 2009, and Dec. 1, 2010. Students currently enrolled in the district's UPK program do not have to register. Residents who do not receive a kindergarten registration packet in the mail may pick one up on school days at the Office of Registration and Attendance, located in the Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Road. You may visit the Registration Web site for additional information and/or our Registration Forms Page to download documents.

Eighth-Grade Residency Re-Verification
GNPS is again undertaking the process of residency re-verification for all students entering ninth-grade in September 2015. Parents/legal guardians of all current eighth-grade students were recently sent a mailing that explains the documentation required and the method for submission. Additional information may be obtained by calling your child's middle school, or by visiting the Residency Re-Verification Home Page. All families with a current eighth-grader are urged to submit the required documents before Tuesday, March 31.

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.


Transportation Registration for Private and Parochial Schools
In accordance with NYS Education Law, free transportation for the 2015-16 school year will be available to children attending private or parochial school who meet these walking distance-from-school requirements: The walking distance from a pupil's home to a private or parochial school must exceed 0.5 mile for students in grades K-5; 0.75 mile for students in grades 6-8; and 1 mile for students in grades 9-12. Transportation is limited to a maximum distance of 15 miles. Other rules may apply for children with disabilities (please consult with the office of Pupil Personnel & Psychological Services, at 516-441-4970). Residents must submit an application, hand-delivered or postmarked, by April 1, to the Transportation Office, Great Neck Public Schools, 345 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, NY 11020. Please use the Non-Public School Transportation Request Form. For more information, please call the Transportation Office, (516) 441-4060, on schooldays.


Sept. 11 Museum with GNPS Community Ed
Great Neck Public Schools Community Education has scheduled a visit to the National September 11 Museum, with an optional visit to the Irish Hunger Memorial, on Monday, May 4, led by Helene Schachter. This trip, by deluxe-coach bus, leaves from the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave., at 8:45 a.m. Due to print deadlines, the trip does not appear in the current catalog but you can
read more about it here.
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 program viewing over Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) includes: District Spotlight, The Pioneers, and South High Winter Concert II. 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.

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New GNPS Superintendent Appointed
At its meeting on Monday, March 30, the Board of Education appointed
Dr. Teresa Prendergast as the next superintendent of the Great Neck
Public Schools. Dr. Prendergast will become the 11th superintendent
in district history when she assumes her new role on July 15. More
information about Dr. Prendergast will follow. We congratulate her
on this appointment and welcome her to our school community.

Summer School Brochures Available

The GNPS Summer School Program has posted brochures
for all programs, including Enrichment, Academic Intervention,
Elementary Programs, ESL, Instrumental Music, and Music Theater.

Summer Recreation Positions Available

The GNPS Summer Recreation Programs have openings for
lifeguard, camp/nurse, dance instructor, and tennis instructor.
Positions will be for the six-week, Monday-Friday programs, from
July 6-August 14. For more information, see our 3/19 Weekly News.

Community Letter About Facebook Post
Please read this 3/16/15 Superintendent Community Letter
about a recent Facebook posting that came to our attention.

Budget Events
2015-16 Preliminary Working Budget and the
2015-16 Budget Events Calendar
have been posted. View
the Budget Details Home Page and read the Press Release

Happy 17th Anniversary!
March marks t
he 17th anniversary of the launch of the GNPS Web
site. Since then, the site has been viewed by 28,102,053
Click here to read a history of telecommunications in our district.

Click our 200th commemorative banner to read about the history
of our school district. Click the photo of North High School under
construction to view a historic photo gallery of our school district.
An informative and entertaining video has been produced by GNPS/TV
in conjunction with the celebration of our 200th Anniversary. Its title is
"The First 200 Years." The video offers a snapshot of the school district
from its earliest beginnings right up to the current outstanding programs
that make Great Neck a "lighthouse district." It is planned that the video
will be shown to the community at the March 30, 2015 Board Meeting.
For more information, see our 3/5 Weekly News.

Order Form for Guide Post Tribute to 200 Years of
Public Education at Great Neck North High School .

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

PTA/PTO/SEPTA Parent-Student Meeting
The Are you FED UP?! Meeting originally scheduled for
3/3 at 7 pm at Baker, has been postponed until further notice.

2015 NYSSMA Festival Calendar
Please visit the 2015 NYSSMA Festival Calendar
for submission deadlines and downloadable forms.

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.

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.

South High Students "Face History"
Seniors in South High School's "Facing History" class, a social studies elective, learn about issues related to tolerance and becoming responsible members of the community. The Holocaust is the main curriculum thread of the course and students are encouraged to take an active and positive role in the community to prevent future injustices. The first semester of the course is guided by three teachers: Brian Fadde, English; Damon Reader, media/research; and Michelle Sorise, social studies/psychology. During the second semester, students go on internships, guided by Nicole Kinsey, internship teacher. Read about one such internship to promote Digital Citzenship at Saddle Rock School...

International Week at Baker
Students and teachers at the E.M. Baker School celebrated their ethnic and cultural diversity through their annual International Week. This year's theme was "Music Makes the World Go Round." Read more...


Board Commends North High Students
Seventy-two North High School students were recently recognized by the Board of Education (President Barbara Berkowitz, Vice President Lawrence Gross, and Trustees Donald Ashkenase, Monique Bloom, and Susan Healy) for contributing to the quality of life at their school. Read more...


North High Publication Now Online
The Winter 2015 Edition of Great Neck North High's Art and Creative Writing publication, Epiphany, is now avaialble online. Visit the site...


Symphony Orchestra To Perform at Carnegie Hall
Some 76 North High School musicians have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, on Saturday, April 4, at 8:30 p.m., as part of the Worldstrides Heritage Performance Programs at Carnegie Hall. Steven Keim, Carnegie Hall program coordinator, again extended the invitation for North High musicians to perform. This will be the ninth time since 1997 that the school has been afforded this honor. Read more...


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. Read more...

Geography Bee Winner Advances to State Competitions
Joshua, an eighth-grader at North Middle School, qualified at the school level to now compete in the 2015 New York State National Geographic State Bee, to be held in Albany at the end of March. Ellen Bronheim, social studies department head, is the faculty coordinator for the Geographic Bee at North Middle. Read more...


Protein Modeling Challenge Winners
South High School teams swept First and Second Place at the recent 2015 Protein Modeling Challenge. First Place winners: Joohee Gha, Ethan Schonhaut, and Wenzhen Zhao. Second Place winners: Angela Chi, James Liu, and Helena Woroniecka. Faculty advisor was Dr. James Truglio, science research teacher. Read more...


Save the Stepping Stones Lighthouse
John F. Kennedy School students are teaming up with the Great Neck Historical Society, the Great Neck Park District, and Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth to help raise money and awareness to save the Stepping Stones Lighthouse. For more information, view the YouTube Video.

District News Archive
To read past press releases from the Great Neck Public Schools in their entirety, please visit our District News Archive.

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