Intel ISEF Winner

A South High School student garnered two Third Place Awards at the recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), for her project, Strategies Utilized by People with Autism and Neuro-typical Individuals to Determine Emotion in Faces. The competition was held in Los Angeles. In the Grand Awards category, she won in the area of Behavioral and Social Sciences. In the Special Awards category, she earned an award from the American Psychological Association. In her research project, she worked to understand what strategies those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) use to determine the emotions of others based on their facial expressions; this can eventually lead to better treatment of ASD. She worked at South High and at the Genesis-Eden II School for autistic children. She developed a 24-slide PowerPoint presentation of happy and sad faces and showed them to autistic and non-autistic subjects. Subjects were instructed to pick out the happy or sad face from pairs of faces with varying happy and sad facial expressions. Her results suggested that people with ASD judge facial emotions based largely on the expression of the mouth and are not sensitive to the degree of emotion in the mouth, regardless of how exaggerated it may be. She has won four other awards for her ASD research project. She was a Semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search, took a First Place in Behavioral Science at the Long Island Science & Engineering Fair, a Second Place at the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium, and Best in Category at the Long Island High School Psychology Fair. Her faculty advisor is Carol Hersh, science research teacher.


Latin Exam Winners

Sixty-two students were award winners in the 2011 National Latin Exam. Students were tested on four Levels, including prose, poetry, and advanced placement. These students were guided by Latin Teachers Johanne Lynch at North High and South Middle, and Anthony Pontone at South High.

North High winners: three Gold Summa Cum Laude; two Silver Maxima Cum Laude, four Magna Cum Laude; and nine Cum Laude.

South High winners: 22 Gold Summa Cum Laude; nine Silver Maxima Cum Laude, and four Magna Cum Laude.

South Middle winners: six Gold Summa Cum Laude and four Silver Maxima Cum Laude.

Latin was not offered at North Middle School.


South High Pops Concert--June 1

The South High School Pops Concert will take place on Wednesday, June 1, at 7:30p.m., in the school auditorium, 341 Lakeville Rd. The evening will feature songs of Hollywood. The Concert Choir will perform Put on Your Sunday Clothes, from Hello Dolly, and The Trolley Song, from Meet Me in St. Louis. The South Singers will sing Big Spender, from Sweet Charity. A Capella will perform Bad Romance, by Lady Gaga. A range of other songs will be offered from My Way made famous by Frank Sinatra, and Gilbert & Sullivan?s Modern Major-General, from The Pirates of Penzance, to Glitter and Be Gay, from Candide. The Concert will be under the direction of South High Choral Director Pamela Levy. Admission tickets will be available at the door and by calling 441-4851


Art/Technology Exhibit at South High--June 1-8

South High School's year-end, annual Student Art/Technology Exhibit will run from June 1-8. Works can be viewed during regular school hours and on Wednesday, June 1, beginning at 6 p.m., the evening of the Pops Concert. The show will be in the General Purpose Room (near the main lobby), 341 Lakeville Road. All grades will be represented at the Exhibit, in many mediums: architectural drawing, ceramics, crafts, drawing and painting, furniture design, photography, and woodworking. Students are taught by art teachers: Karen Cuchel (department chairperson), Gina Cacioppo, Colleen Campbell, Safia Fatimi, Katherine Heller, Jennifer Scheinberg, and Lisa Stancati; and technology teachers: John Motchkavitz (department chairperson), Matthew Corrigan, and Michael Passuello. For more information, please call Ms. Cuchel at 441-4840 or Mr. Motchkavitz at 441-4841.


Stages Production at North High--June 2

North High School's annual Stages production will be held on Thursday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium, 35 Polo Rd. The event is free and the public is warmly welcome. Stages is a North High 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. Throughout the year, students examine, analyze, and create music and drama, culminating in the development and execution of a performable production. For the 30 students in the Stages class, that production is Staying Afloat, set on a cruise ship. The story is about a married couple experiencing relationship issues and the weekend that offers them an opportunity to change their lives. The student-written-and-produced show was guided by Stages teachers Roger Ames (vocal music), Susan Babkes (social studies department head), Jeffrey Gilden (English), and Neil Saggerson (fine & performing arts department head). For more information, please call Mr. Gilden at 441-4744.


Theatre Workshop at South Middle--June 3

South Middle School's Theatre Workshop will take place on Friday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the school auditorium, 349 Lakeville Road. The evening will offer entertaining, short sketches written and directed primarily by students. The event is free and the public is warmly welcomed. For more information, please contact Gabe Carras, faculty advisor, at


The ABCs of Reading

Kennedy students marked their Reading Week--The ABCs of Reading--with several related activities including an Alphabet Dress Up Day. Students came costumed as a word beginning with the letter assigned to their class.


Register Now for Summer Classes at the Adult Program

The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program invites you to take a class or a trip with us this summer. For pleasure, for knowledge, for fitness and well-being, there is something for everyone. Take advantage of our extensive array of summer classes and trips. Morning, afternoon, evening, and weekend hours accommodate every schedule. Explore new interests or hone an existing one. Most classes meet at the air-conditioned Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Ave. (half block south of Northern Blvd., off Lakeville Road). Some upcoming offerings are mentioned below. Many more can be found in our current Spring/Summer catalog with the bold butterfly on the cover. If you no longer have it, call us for another one. Register by June 10 and take $5 off each course over $99 (excluding driver education, trips, computer, and special events). Watch for the reminder postcard arriving in your mailbox shortly. For additional information or to register, please call the Adult Program at 441-4949. Or register online via the Adult Program Web site at View the course options and then simply follow the registration link. You will receive your registration confirmation by e-mail. Summer course highlights include computer skills and the latest in technology: Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, QuickBooks, keyboarding, social networking, eBay selling, Nook &Kindle, animation, Intro to the Mac, iWeb, iPhoto, and more. Fitness offerings include body workout, bone building, hand-weight training, aerobics, pilates, yoga, zumba, bollywood dance, jazz, and belly dancing. Fine arts and craft classes include painting, watercolor, pen and ink, drawing, jewelry making, and pottery. Singing for the new or returning student serious singer, cabaret singing, singing for fun, opera appreciation, foreign languages, literature, current events, a film series, and piano are also on the summer schedule. Upcoming day trips include visits to the Bronx Zoo, Maialino and the Union Square Market, New Britain Museum, Yankee Stadium, Bard College, Bateaux New York Harbor Cruise and High Line, LI Wine Country, Castles on the Hudson, the Whitney and Danny Meyer, West Point, National Yiddish Book Center, and more.


Summer Classes at the Adult Learning Center

The Great Neck Public Schools Clover Drive Adult Learning Center, 105 Clover Drive, Great Neck, will be offering ESL (English as a Second Language) classes and GED (General Equivalency Diploma) preparation labs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, from July 5 through Aug. 4, from 9 a.m.-Noon, and from 7-10 p.m. Registration for the July classes and labs must be in person, at the Center, on Monday, June 6, or Tuesday, June 7, from 9 a.m.-Noon, or from 6-9 p.m. Students must be willing to commit to all 15 sessions. Preference will be given to Great Neck residents and 2010&endash;11 Adult Learning Center students. The annual nonrefundable processing fee (July 2011-June 2012) for Adult Learning Center classes is $25 for those who live or work in Great Neck (proof of Great Neck residency or employment must be submitted; need-based scholarships are available upon request); $50 for nonresidents. Payment, at time of registration, is by cash, check, or money order, payable to the Great Neck Public Schools. For more information, please contact the Adult Learning Center at 441-4950.