Merit Finalists Named

Twenty-two seniors from North and South High Schools and the Village School have advanced to Finalists (from Semifinalists) in the prestigious 2011 National Merit Scholarship Competition. These students are now among more than 15,000 who will be considered for some 8,400 Merit Scholarship awards that will be announced in the spring and summer.

Two Finalists from North High School; 19 are from South High; one is from the Village School.

PSAT scores for these students were among the highest in the state and their scores on a second examination were as good or better. Having demonstrated exemplary academic performance throughout high school, these students were fully endorsed and recommended by their high school principals. Each student also furnished biographical data and a self-description of interests, activities, accomplishments, and goals.


Science Bowl Team Winners

The South High School National Science Bowl Team recently won the Long Island Regional event and advances to compete at the National Event in Washington, DC, in April.

The winning Team has five members. Their faculty sponsor is science teacher James Truglio.

The National Science Bowl (NSB) is sponsored by the US Department of Energy. (NSB is the only science competition in the country sponsored by a federal agency.) Begun in 1991, NSB is a national academic competition among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced, question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy. Teams must solve technical problems in all branches of science and math. The NSB high school competition involves more than 13,000 students.

The April National event will include several days of science activities and competitions. There will be cutting-edge science seminars and hands-on science activities. All participants will receive certificates and have the opportunity to win small prizes for activities.

The teams that advance to the elimination rounds will earn a monetary prize for their school. Top teams also receive trophies and other awards.


GN History Comes Alive at North Middle

Several sixth-grade teachers at North Middle School decided to have Great Neck history come alive for their students in a new and meaningful way. In addition to students researching the history of Great Neck, they introduced a program of linking the past with the present--students interviewing students. Great Neck alumni from the '40s, '50s, '60s, and '70s were linked with current sixth-graders, becoming "alumni buddies."

Alumni were e-mailed some 30 questions designed to give their North Middle "buddy" a look back at what school life was like decades ago. Questions included: "Which Great Neck schools did you attend?" "What type of things did you learn in sixth grade?" "What was your favorite subject?" "What clubs and after-school activities did you participate in?" "How were you graded?" and "Did you receive report cards?"

The Great Neck History Project culminated with a showcase of student-made projects reflecting different aspects of Great Neck history and a panel discussion with several alumni and their buddies.


Teacher Named BOCES Education Partner

North Middle School science teacher Jonathan Zimmerman has been named one of 14 Education Partners by Nassau BOCES for improving the education of others. Mr. Zimmerman is being recognized as the founder of Comp4Kids, a computer recycling company.

Comp4Kids collects, refurbishes, and donates computers to low-income families and the disabled in Great Neck, on Long Island, and throughout the metro area. Computers are distributed through such organizations as United Way, Haven House, and the Family Service League.

Mr. Zimmerman began his company almost 10 years ago when, as a teacher, he realized that not every child had a computer at home. He wanted to do something to change that situation. He is often assisted by Great Neck students, who help with this community service project.

Education Partner recipients will be honored by Nassau BOCES at a ceremony in May. BOCES considers the program, began in 2007, as their answer to the Oscars--it recognizes "those whose impact on public education in Nassau County can be measured in a very tangible way." Mr. Zimmerman said he was "honored to be included [as an Education Partner] in a group of such amazing people."

He was previously recognized as a People magazine All-Star Finalist for his Comp4Kids work.


What's Cooking at the Adult Program

According to the Associated Press (1/24/11), "Eating at home may be one of the few changes from the recession that sticks." Culinary delights that you can replicate at home are on the April menu at the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program. Enjoy three food-filled, fun evenings--a cooking class featuring Passover desserts and two special events: an impressive make-ahead buffet with prep and presentation advice from a top caterer and a unique Shakespearean birthday celebration complete with a description of Elizabethan customs, lore, and food tastings. All take place at the Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. For more information and to register, please call the Adult Program at 441-4949. View the complete catalog and register online at

Passover Desserts

Michael Mignano, chef/owner of the popular Main Street Bakery, Port Washington, returns to demonstrate extraordinary recipes just in time for Passover. Learn how to make fabulous endings for the seder and desserts to serve throughout the holiday. Some recipes will be dairy, some pareve--all winners! Michael's impeccable credentials include Bouley, Lespinasse, Aureole, Balthazar, and the Pierre Hotel, NY. He was executive pastry chef at Hershey Entertainment 7 resorts and with Four Seasons Hotels and resorts. His bakery has received outstanding reviews. Class meets Wednesday, April 6, 7-9:30 p.m. Fee: $39.

Entertain with Style

This is a special event for people who love to entertain with the utmost style, but are short on time. Spend a delightful evening with Alexandra Troy, owner and chef of Culinary Architect Catering, Greenvale. Alexandra will show you how to make and serve a room-temperature, make-ahead buffet, which includes a lovely hors d'oeuvre and entrée with accompaniments, followed by a delicious dessert. Acquire quick and easy shortcuts and presentation tips from a busy caterer and mom. Taste delicious foods and take home recipes that can be easily duplicated. This class takes place on Wednesday, April 13, from 7-9:30 p.m. Fee: $45.

Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration

Celebrate the 447th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth (April 23, 1564) with a dessert party featuring Elizabethan sweets. Francine Segan, a James Beard finalist and food historian, and author of Shakespeare's Kitchen, will give a hilarious presentation on the fanciful foods, interesting table manners, and unusual dining customs of the Elizabethan era. Learn the reasons why Elizabethans started the practice of clinking glasses to make a toast and why, in fact, it was called a toast. Learn why gentlemen and ladies refused to eat with forks. You'll find that the feasts in Shakespeare's day were amazing, day-long events filled with great food, wine, and entertainment. Enjoy a sampling of a trio of delicious, authentic, Elizabethan desserts--all personally prepared by Francine from her morsel-filled cookbook, Shakespeare's Kitchen. The book will be available for purchase and autographing. Join us for this special event on Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. Fee: $25.