Accolades For Our District


2015-16 School Year

  • 6/23/16 - Albert Aboaf, from North High School, and Michelle Yang, from South High School, are recipients of college-sponsored scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. They join some 3,000 other college-sponsored award winners.

  • 6/16/16 - Eighth-graders from North and South Middle Schools recently received Certificates of Recognition in the 2016 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising Young Writers Program. They are Vera Cho and Brandon Lin from North Middle, and Andrew Apaza, Shin Young Park, and Alice Zhang from South Middle.

  • 6/16/16 - Four high school students are winners in the Long Island Language Teachers 2016 American Sign Language (ASL) Contest. Kathy McAleer is the ASL teacher at North and South High Schools.

  • 6/16/16 - Two high school juniors have been selected for the highly prestigious 2016 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir to be held in Grapevine, Texas, in November. Zachary Lee, from North High, was selected a Bass 2 singer, and Noah Harouch, from South High, was selected Bass 1.

  • 6/9/16 - Jeffrey Gilden, North High School English teacher, is one of this year's four outstanding high school teachers to receive the prestigious Williams College George Olmsted Jr. Class of 1924 Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching. Each year, Williams seniors nominate high school teachers who have played influential roles in their lives and learning. Alex Paseltiner, North High Class of 2012, nominated Mr. Gilden and credits him with his decision to major in English at Williams.

  • 6/9/16 - North High School junior Zachary Lee and North High's instrumental music teacher Joseph Rutkowski have attained outstanding musical achievements. Zachary's original musical composition, The Song of Spring and Winter--original male singer version, was selected for performance at the Long Island Composers Alliance 43rd annual "Music By and For Students" concert. The concert was held in May at Hofstra University.

  • 6/9/16 - Four high school 2016 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Awards in Writing recipients have recently been announced. Rachel Berkower and David Liu are the North High School winners, and Yiqing (Elissa) He and Benjamin Newman are winners from South High. All were nominated by their respective English departments for this honor and received award letters and certificates of commendation.

  • 6/2/16 - Two-hundred nineteen students from North and South High Schools are winners in the National Spanish Exam, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Their teachers at North High are Department Head Madalyn DeLuccia, Caitlin Gorta Healy, Isrrael Henriquez, Bessie Karanikolas, Christopher Pipala, and Alison Silk. The South High teachers of Spanish are Department Head Gala Handler, Fatima Colman, Geraldine Finazzo, Ana Tavares, and Brooke Zaiff.

  • 6/2/16 - Eighty secondary students were award winners in the 2016 National Latin Exam. These students were guided by Latin teachers Johanne Lynch at North and South High Schools and by Maria Giannopoulos at North and South Middle Schools. North Middle students, current sixth-graders, will be eligible to take the exam in eighth-grade.

  • 6/2/16 - Seventeen high school students are winners in the National French Exam (Le Grand Concours), Nassau County Level. Joanna Asvestas is the French teacher at North High School. She and Mary Ann Schwartz are French teachers at South High.

  • 5/26/16 - South High School senior Haley Roach has been selected to receive the Student of the Year Award from the Long Island Association of Special Education Administrators.

  • 5/26/16 - Sharon Melamed, a senior at North High School, and Jonathan Arevalo, a senior at South High, will be inducted into the Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Education Center Chapter of the National Technical Honor Society.

  • 5/26/16 - Students from Great Neck North and South High Schools have recently received a trove of science awards, including I-SWEEEP, Long Island Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, Long Island Psychology Fair, Long Island Congress, Long Island Science & Engineering Fair, New York State Science Congress, New York State Science & Engineering Fair, Science Olympiads, and WAC Science Fair.

  • 5/19/16 - South High School, Lakeville School, and Saddle Rock School have been named New York State Reward Schools, placing them among the 220 high achieving and high progress schools in the State. According to the New York State Education Department, "Reward Schools are schools that either have high academic achievement or have made the most progress in the State and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups."

  • 5/19/16 - North High School sophomore Amy Shteyman is an American Fine Arts Festival (AFAF) Competition winner in piano. Amy was judged based on a recording she submitted. As a winner, she will perform in concert on June 11, at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

  • 5/19/16 - Members of South High School's Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Club recently took home a trove of medals, including over a dozen First Place, at the recent state competition. Some 45 students competed and 27 will advance to the national level to be held in Nashville, TN, in late June. Students medaled in such categories as: Creative Problem Solving, Clinical Nursing, Dental Science, Epidemiology, Forensic Medicine, Human Growth & Development, Medical Math, Medical Law, Medical Ethics, Pharmacology, Transcultural Health Care, and Veterinary Science.

  • 5/19/16 - At the John F. Kennedy School's recent Fifth-Grade Spring/50th Anniversary Concert, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth presented Principal Ronald Gimondo with a special Proclamation in honor of the Anniversary.

  • 5/12/16 - South High School students in Robert Zahn's TV/Film classes won awards in four categories--the most of any school entered--in Nassau County's 3rd Annual Drug Alternatives Public Safety Announcement (PSA) Contest. First Place winners were: Francesca De Shadow and Nicole Marinescu in the Depression category for their video, Be That Friend; and Hailey Rich in the Bullying category, for her video, You're Not Alone. Richard Lau took a Third Place in the Depression category for his video, Words Have Consequences. Honorable Mention went to Haley Raphael and Michael Shen in the Depression category for their video, Demons and Darkness. First, Second, and Third Place winners received cash prizes; all winners received citations.

  • 5/12/16 - South High students Ernest Fok, Jin Mo Koo, and Josephine Zheng took Third Place in the Group Website category of the New York State National History Day Competition. The three are in Frances Tria's Advanced Placement US History class.

  • 5/12/16 - South High School drama students recently participated in the annual New York Educational Theatre Festival. The Festival affords students from across the state the opportunity to meet; take performance, theater business, and technical workshops from professionals; and perform in individual events.

  • 5/12/16 - 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. Rotary honorees were: North Middle Students Maya Garfinkel and Audrey Yeganeh, and South Middle Students Derek Delson, Joelle Siong Sin, and Valerie Deligiannis.

  • 5/5/16 - By Rachel Brenner and Azim M. Keshwani, South High School DECA Co-Presidents As presidents of South High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), we'd like to offer an update on our most recent competition--International Career Development Conference (ICDC)--recently held in Nashville, TN. Since ICDC is the final stop in our yearly journey, we find it appropriate to give a brief summary of where our journey has taken us. Recruiting and Regional and State competitions were all extremely successful this year. We have approximately 180 DECA members, with over 100 students qualifying for States, and 24 students who attended ICDC.

  • 5/5/16 - South High School Robotics Team, "Rebellion," recently competed at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri. They qualified for the Championship event after winning the Chairman's Award at the Finger Lakes Regional in Rochester, NY. The World Championship was attended by over 40,000 students from 40 countries. After four rigorous days of competition, the team won the prestigious Underwriters Laboratories Industrial Safety Award. In addition, Safety Captains Avery Strongin and Clara Goldberger were named "Safety Stars of the Day," for their leadership in promoting team safety. South was the only Nassau County team at the World event and the only Long Island team to be awarded a trophy.

  • 4/21/16 - A team of South High School students--Katelyn Chang, Angela Chi, Allan Lee, Angelina Wang, and Ann Zhang--was named Nassau County and overall Long Island winners in the recent Long Island Regional Envirothon Competition. The team will now compete in the New York State tournament at the end of May.

  • 4/21/16 - Five talented music students from South Middle School have been selected to perform at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center "Young Ensembles Concert" on Thursday, May 26, at 11 a.m. Pianists Eugene Hong and Benjamin Rossen will perform Wolfgang A. Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K.448 (First Movement). The ensemble of Christiana Claus, flute; Michelle Foo, oboe; and Jeffrey Ma, oboe will perform Johann Joseph Fux's Sinfonia in F Major for Flute, Oboe and Keyboard (IV. Allegro).

  • 4/7/16 - Two Village School (VS) students, Evan Racsko and Emma Strassberg, recently qualified and competed in the 2016 International Bridge Building Contest, under the auspices of Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Model Bridge Contest was held at the Brookhaven Lab in Upton, NY. This was the first time that VS students participated in this demanding event and they showed a very respectable standing, finishing in the top half of all competitors.

  • 9/24/15 - The Great Neck Public School District garnered the only First Place Award of Excellence, in the DVD/Video Category, in the 36th Annual Communications Contest, sponsored by the New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA). The Award is for The First 200 Years video, made in conjunction with the district's 200th Anniversary.

  • 9/24/15 - James Truglio, science teacher at South High School, and Cristina Lai, a 2014 South High graduate, are co-authors of a scientific paper recently published in Analytical Biochemistry, a peer-reviewed journal.

  • 9/17/15 - Daniel Weinstein, a long-time English teacher at South High School, will be a workshop presenter at the New York State English Council's (NYSEC) 65th Annual Conference, to be held in Albany, in mid-October. The workshop, "Teaching Literature Through Mind Maps," will teach teachers a variety of creative ways to have students approach notetaking through mind maps, which are colorful, visual expressions of students' notes.

  • 9/17/15 - Fourteen highly talented high school music students have been selected for the competitive 2015 New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) All-State Conference, to be held in Rochester, Dec. 3-6. In addition, 11 students were named alternates for the event.

  • 9/17/15 - Samantha Ng and Elora Aclin (center, left and right, respectively) have been selected for the highly prestigious 2015 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, from Oct. 25-28.

  • 9/17/15 - Rachel Coons and Aaron Engel, June 2015 graduates of South High School, are recipients of college-sponsored scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

  • 9/17/15 - Sixteen seniors in the Great Neck Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the prestigious 2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC).

 

2014-15 School Year

  • 8/20/15 - North High School is ranked the second highest school on Long Island and South High School the fifth highest in Newsweek magazine's annual rankings. North and South placed among the top 200 nationwide, with North ranked at 105, and South at 196. The list was compiled by Newsweek and Westat, a Rockville, Maryland, research group. The information was compiled from federal databases and surveys. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics were from the 2012-13 school year. Surveys used data from the 2013-14 school year.

  • 8/13/15 - Isabella Malfi, an incoming junior at Great Neck South High School, recently starred in the National Theatre for Student Artists' premiere production of Expedition, by Rae Binstock, at the Fourth Street Theatre, in Manhattan. She was selected for her role after a rigorous audition-interview process. Isabella has performed in several of her high school's productions under the direction of Thomas Marr, drama teacher, who guided her to join NTSA.

  • 7/9/15 - North High School 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.

  • 7/2/15 - 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 Schools, and Anthony Pontone at South High. North Middle School did not offer Latin this past school year.

  • 7/2/15 - 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. Awards were garnered for Best Broadcast of a Live Performance, Student Category (for South High School's opera, The Magic Flute); and for Best Original Drama/Comedy, Professional Category (for Four Score and Seven, an original Film/TV Studio staff- and student-produced film made to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address).

  • 6/25/15 - South Middle School Technology Department Head Deidre Elzer-Lento's photo, "Special Delivery," is featured in the Art League of Long Island's "The Family of Man Redux 2015" exhibit.

  • 6/11/15 - Haarika Reddy, South High School's 2015 Dartmouth College Book Award recipient, holds her award, a copy of Theodor SUESS Geisel, by Donald E. Pease, a Dartmouth professor. The book focuses on one of Dartmouth's famous graduates--Dr. Seuss. The Award, sponsored by Dartmouth College and the Dartmouth Club of Long Island, is "designed to encourage intellectual excellence and to recognize the achievement of a third-year secondary school student." The recipient should "be in approximately the top 5 percent of his or her class, have demonstrated intellectual leadership, and made a positive contribution to the extracurricular life of the school."

  • 6/4/15 - South High School's Quiz Bowl A Team recently placed among the Top Ten at the National Quiz Bowl Tournament, held in Chicago. Team members: Lucia, Jacqueline, Aaron, Jacob, Christopher, and Allan. Team advisor is Deborah Cassetta, science teaching assistant. Quiz Bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity with challenging questions that cover the spectrum of high school curriculum.

  • 6/4/15 - Talented young musicians from Saddle Rock and Kennedy Schools took top ratings at the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Major Organizations Festival held in May. Saddle Rock's Orchestra and Band were each awarded the Gold Medal. Kennedy's Chamber Strings earned a Silver Medal.

  • 6/4/15 - North High School juniors Abigail Berkower and Olivia Descorbeth are winners of the 2015 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Awards in Writing. They are among 141 winners nationwide, from 650 high school juniors nominated by their English departments. Winners received NCTE award letters and certificates of commendation. Each student submitted two pieces of writing that were read by national judges. Papers were judged on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style.

  • 6/4/15 - North High School's student newspaper, Guide Post, recently took 15 top Long Island Press Awards, including five individual first place awards and two group first place awards. The 200th Anniversary Special Edition (84 pages in full color) took First Place for Special Issue/Magazine. Layout Overall earned a First Place and Online Site took a Third Place. First Place awards went to Julia Kaluta and Julia Margalit for Layout/Single Page; Graelin Mandel for News Design; Ashley Radparvar for Q&A; and Deborah Soufian for both Arts Feature and Arts Review. Danielle Ajodan and Won Jung won Second Place for Sports; and Ling-Ling (Sally) Bishop took Second Place for Column General. Third Place awards went to Danielle Ajodan for School Feature; Keva Li for Government Local; Natalie Metaxas and Ashley Radparvar for Editorial; Joshua Nouriyelian and Alec Rich for Technology; and Matthew Wigler for Column School. Guide Post's faculty advisor is Jodi Kahn, journalism teacher and study skills department chair.

  • 5/28/15 - For the past six years, Great Neck South Middle School has hosted their version of the Academy Awards with a program titled, "Akidemy Awards." Leading up to the Awards, approximate 85 seventh-grade students, completed documentaries that are submitted for Award contention. Topics covered in this year's documentary entries included: animal testing, cell phone addiction, gender and sports, graffiti as art, paper vs. paperless, pay equity, plastic bag use, police cameras, robots, school uniforms, Stepping Stones Lighthouse preservation, and vaccinations.

  • 5/28/15 - South High School drama students recently participated in the sixth annual New York Educational Theatre Festival. The Festival affords students from across the state the opportunity to meet; take performance, theater business, and technical workshops from professionals; and perform in individual events. Students who chose to perform were rated by professionals and several took awards. These included: Christine Cimpian, Noah Harouche, Isabella Malfi, Alexis Pramberger, and Benjamin Weber who all earned Accomplished Ratings (the highest). A scene acted by Benjamin Weber and Noah Harouche won the Best in Fest prize. Christine Cimpian won a $2,000 scholarship from the Masterworks Theatre Company for her performance of a classical monologue. In addition, six students were chosen to sit on the State Thespian Officer Board. They are: Jack Doremus, Noah Harouche, Isabella Malfi, Alexis Pramberger, and Jonathan Schindler. Faculty advisor for the Festival was Thomas Marr, South High drama teacher.

  • 5/28/15 - Forty-four young scientists from North and South High Schools took awards at the WAC Lighting Foundation Invitational Science Fair. Students displayed research projects in such categories as behavioral science, chemistry, computer science, molecular biology, and physics. Projects were judged by academicians and professionals from the NY Metro area.

  • 5/21/15 - 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. Rotary honorees from North Middle School are: Claire, Julia, and Nicole. Honorees from South Middle are: Andersen, Katelyn, and Rachel. North Middle faculty advisors are: Patricia Crisafulli, Dr. Krisann Johnson, and Zehava Vitberg. South Middle faculty advisors are: Gabriel Carras, Daniel Isaac, Linda Musmeci, and Brian Pernice. Rotary president is Leonard Katz.

  • 5/7/15 - North High School's specially auditioned Jazz Choir, a select group of the school's chorus, joined with other high school vocalists at Carnegie Hall, in April, to perform Wynton Marsalis' Abyssinian Mass. Mr. Marsalis was in the audience during the performance. Jazz Choir members: Gabriella, Sophia, Meira, Juyeon (Heather), Julia, Julia, Peri, Sofia, Polina, Eliana, Adi, Brenda, Evita, Katie, Kejia (Mady), Arleigh, and Cecilia. North High vocal teacher is Dr. Janine Robinson, instrumental teacher is Joseph Rutkowski, and Neil Saggerson is fine & performing arts department head. North High musicians have been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall over a dozen times since 1997.

  • 5/7/15 - South High School students recently participated in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) state conference where many won medals and a chance to compete on the national level. In addition, Ramya Kumar's T-shirt design was chosen as the official shirt design for the state convention. The design was also made into a button to represent NYS at the national convention in June.

  • 4/30/15 - Ten students from North and South High Schools took awards, including two First Place, at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair (LISEF). LISEF is known as a Varsity Research Fair for high school students.

  • 4/16/15 - Talented music students from South High and South Middle Schools have been selected to perform at prestigious Lincoln Center concerts.

  • 4/16/15 - For the ninth time, the Great Neck Public School District has 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.

  • 4/16/15 - North High School's student newspaper, Guide Post, received two First Place Awards at the Adelphi University Quill Awards for Outstanding Journalism, held last month. Top awards were for Most Outstanding Newspaper and for Best Layout.

  • 4/9/15 - South High students Michelle Mu Yang, Annie Yang, Annabelle Ng, and Emma Lu took First Place in the Group Website category of the LI Regional National History Day Competition. They will now advance to the NYS Level Competition, held at the end of April. The four are Advanced Placement US History students of Frances Tria.

  • 4/9/15 - On Sunday, April 26, the Great Neck School Community is invited to a celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Great Neck Public Schools. The event is called the "Showcase of Achievement: Celebrating 200 Years of Excellence and the Kickoff for 200 More!" The Showcase will be from 1-4 p.m., at South High School, 341 Lakeville Road.

  • 4/2/15 - Dr. Teresa Prendergast will be the next superintendent of the Great Neck Public Schools, effective July 15, 2015. Dr. Thomas Dolan is retiring, effective July 31, 2015. Dr. Prendergast's appointment was approved at the public session of the Board of Education on March 30. She will become Great Neck's 11th superintendent and the second woman to hold that position.

  • 3/19/15 - 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.

  • 3/19/15 - At its meeting on Monday, March 30, the Board of Education will introduce and appoint the new superintendent of the Great Neck Public Schools. Her start date will be July 15, 2015.

  • 3/12/15 - 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.

  • 3/5/15 - Mathcounts teams from North Middle School and South Middle School recently took awards at the Nassau County Mathcounts Competition. North Middle's team took Second Place and South Middle won Third Place, qualifying both teams to advance to the State competition at the end of March.

  • 3/5/15 - 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.

  • 2/19/15 - Four South High School seniors took top honors at the New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design Competition titled, "Long Island's Finest." They are: Sarah Haggerty, Samantha Klainberg, Jimin Lee, and Kimberly Yee. Kimberly received First Place, Jimin took Second Place, Samantha took Third Place, and Sarah received an Honorable Mention. Their art teachers are Karen Cuchel, art department head, and Lisa Stancati.

  • 2/5/15 - Twenty-eight student musicians in the Great Neck Public Schools excelled at this year's All-County Music Festival held at the Tilles Center, in January. Students earned positions of recognition after being tested for proficiency at rehearsals just prior to the All-County concerts.

  • 2/5/15 - South High School's Science Olympiad Team A took Second Place at the 2015 New York State Science Olympiad, Nassau West Regional, competing against 33 other teams. Team members are: Su Yeon (Rachel), Angela, Suann, Esther, Yiqing (Elissa), Lynn, Elliot, Robbin, Jacqueline, Jacob, Hamsavardhaan, Robin, Michelle Mu, Sherry, and Jaysen.

  • 2/3/15 - At the recent Nassau County Individual Fencing Championships, fencers from North and South High Schools took top awards, including three gold medals.

  • 1/29/15 - Three students from South High School were named winners in the 2014-15 Long Island High School Psychology Fair. There are two levels of awards: Best in Category and Honorable Mention. Jacob Mathai took Best in Category in Biopsychology. The team of Tooba Alwani and Ramya Kumar earned Honorable Mention in Interdisciplinary Psychology.

  • 1/22/15 - Four students from North and South High Schools were named Semifinalists in the 2014 Intel Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Intel (the former Westinghouse competition) is the country's oldest pre-college science competition and is considered by many to be the most prestigious. North High's winners are Monica Beeferman and Jessy Lin. Their faculty sponsors are Alan Schorn and Jessica Schust, science research teachers. South High's Semifinalists are Robbin Jang and Jay Zussman. Their science research teachers are Drs. Carol Hersh and James Truglio.

  • 1/15/15 - A total of 425 students from Great Neck 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 2014.

  • 12/29/14 - Four musicians from North and South High Schools have been selected to perform at the biennial 2015 NAfME All-Eastern Honors Ensembles, on April 12, in Providence, Rhode Island.

  • 12/14/14 - South High School seniors Elias Kokalis and Ji Ann Greenberg are each recipients of an Outstanding Physical Education Award presented annually by the NYS Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Nassau Zone.

  • 12/12/14 - The first-ever, LIVE broadcast of a GNPS/TV program took place on Friday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m.

  • 12/4/14 - Great Neck North and South High Schools have been named 2015 GRAMMY Signature School Semifinalists by the GRAMMY Foundation. They are among 120 public school music programs in the nation to receive this honor.

  • 11/20/14 - South High School music students, under the able guidance of Michael Schwartz, performing arts chairperson/instrumental music teacher, and Pamela Levy, vocal music teacher, have excelled in the school's chamber music programs and have consistently been chosen to perform at Lincoln Center, in the Chamber Music Society Young Musicians Concerts. It was a well-earned accolade, therefore, when Mr. Schwartz and Dr. Levy were invited by Derek Balcom, Lincoln Center's director of education, to assist with the handbook, "Building a Chamber Music Program, A Teacher's Guide," produced by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

  • 11/20/14 - Alan Schorn, science research and physics teacher at North High School, has been selected as a New York State Master Teacher Finalist.

  • 11/20/14 - Three South Middle School teachers--Sandi Cooper, Catherine Graybosch, and Justin Lander--were workshop presenters at the 2014 Long Island Technology and Education Summit.

  • 11/13/14 - Sixteen Great Neck Public Schools secondary students have been accepted to perform in the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) Honor Concert Bands. A middle school student was named an Alternate.

  • 11/6/14 - Niche, an education review Web site, has ranked GNPS as a top ten best public school district in the United States. Read the Business Insider Article or view the 2015 Niche Top 100 National Rankings.

  • 10/23/14 - The Village School has been named a W!SE Blue Star School having excelled on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. The award, to be presented in November, is for the 2013-14 academic year. Village School met the award requirements by having a majority of students who took the exam achieve an average score of 80 or greater. In conjunction with Village being named a Blue Star School, Jeffrey Bernstein, economics, social studies, and government teacher, has been named a Gold Star Teacher.
  • 10/16/14 - Two Great Neck Public Schools secondary teachers have excelled in professional writing and photography. Joseph Rutkowski, North High School instrumental music teacher, has articles appearing in the September 2014 editions of two professional music journals. Deidre Elzer-Lento, technology department chairperson and yearbook photography advisor at South Middle School, had one of her photos chosen as the "Photo of the Day" for October 3, by Imaging Resource, one of the largest photo news and review sites on the Web.

  • 10/16/14 - Four Great Neck South High School seniors have been named winners in the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Jay Zussman is a Regional Finalist. Named Semifinalists are: Justin Chen, Katie Tan, and Eric Zhong. The Competition gives students the opportunity to conduct original research and reveals the brightest high school minds in contention for this teen-science prize.
  • 10/9/14 - Fourteen secondary students were selected for the 2014-15 Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) Orchestra.

  • 10/9/14 - Pianists from North and South High Schools have been named Alternates to the ninth annual New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Piano Showcase, to be held in Rochester, on Dec. 5. Selected were: North High sophomore Zachary Lee and junior Kejia (Madeleine) Wang, and South High senior Ulani Qi.
  • 9/24/14 - Fourteen highly talented high school music students have been selected for the competitive 2014 NYSSMA Conference All-State, to be held in Rochester, Dec. 4-7. In addition, 10 students were named Alternates for the event.

  • 9/24/14 - Three students in the Great Neck Public Schools--Leerone, Maximilian, and Benjamin--are recipients of prestigious academic and music awards.
  • 9/11/14 - Twenty-five seniors in the Great Neck Public Schools have been named Semifinalists in the prestigious 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition (NMSC). John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School Semifinalists are: Daniel Hanover, Elliot Kohanbash, Nathaniel Libman, Jessy Lin, Evan Mironov, Cuilee Sha, Eric Wang, Matthew Wigler, and Jonathan Windsor. William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School Semifinalists are: Christine An, Justin Chen, Esther Cho, Rachel Coons, Brett Dieber, Aaron Engel, Danna Greenberg, Jin Hyup (Joseph) Hong, Andrew Hu, William Huh, Casey Li, Wan Kyoo Noh, Hamsavardhaan Pillai, Katie Tan, Samuel Tokar, and Jay Zussman. These Semifinalists are among the 16,000 named nationwide, having scored among the highest in New York State on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which they took last year.

  • 9/11/14 - Three South High School seniors have been selected for the highly prestigious 2014 NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles to be held in Nashville, Tennessee, from Oct. 26-29. Accepted for All-National are Diana Charlop, who will sing soprano in the Mixed Chorus, and Emily Zhou, who will play bassoon in the Symphony Orchestra. Chosen as an alternate is Rebecca Schifilliti. If accepted, she will play flute in the Orchestra.



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