Students Help Food Pantry

By Jordana Cohen & Joan Lazaunik

The officers of the Great Neck North Key Club, during a break in Regents week, decided to participate in one final altruistic endeavor, characteristic of their need to give back to our community. They found a time when no one had an exam and they met at Waldbaum's in the Gardens of Great Neck Shopping Plaza. Using money raised from bake sales, they carefully shopped for the best prices on sale items so they could maximize the money they spent. All the canned and dry goods they purchased were then delivered to the non-denominational food pantry in the St. Aloysius School building on Breuer Avenue. The donation was gratefully accepted and the students had a very gratifying finale to an event-filled, productive year. The Key Club's mission is community service and operates under the guidance of Kiwanis International, a group dedicated to serving children, one community at a time. Club faculty sponsors are Jordana Cohen, guidance counselor, and Joan Lazaunik, guidance department office staff.


Congressional Art Winner

A South High School senior won First Place in the Congressional Art Competition for the Fifth Congressional District. Her winning piece, The Devil Is in the Details, will be on display in the US Capitol (Canon Tunnel) for one year, along with winners from other Congressional districts nationwide. The annual local component of the Competition was held at the Nassau County Museum of Art. She attended the Awards Ceremony and Opening Reception in Washington, DC., at the invitation of Fifth District Congressman Gary Ackerman. High schools in Congressional districts throughout the country submitted visual art to their local Congressional district competitions. In the Fifth District, schools could submit up to eight entries. Pieces were juried by the school art teachers for submission. In addition to the winning piece, Honorable Mentions were won by three other studnets: one, for a watercolor sketch titled Istanbul; another, for her photograph, Nest; and the third, for her watercolor painting, Times Squared. There were four other student entrants. Competition entrants were students of South High art teachers Karen Cuchel, department chair; Katherine Heller, or Lisa Stancati. This year's First Place winner is the fourth South High student to have work displayed in Washington, DC, representing Congressman Ackerman's district.


District Calendar Online

The Great Neck Public Schools 2011&endash;2012 District Calendar is now available Online at The Calendar can be viewed, printed, and/or saved as follows -- Click on "Calendars" in the left-hand blue column, under "Information Menu"; click on "2011/2012 Calendar"; click on "Calendar Pages" to view months from Sept. 2011-Sept. 2012; click on "Text Pages" to view text portions of the Calendar. The printed Calendar will be mailed in August to households with students entering prekindergarten through grade 12 in September. For further information on the Calendar, please call 441-4940, Monday-Thursday, between 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


August at the Adult Program: Arts, Crafts, & More

The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program invites you to enroll in a class with us this August. Fine arts, pottery, printmaking, humanities, defensive driving, and SAT/PSAT preparation are among those offered. Detailed descriptions follow. All classes meet at the air-conditioned Cumberland Adult Center, 30 Cumberland Avenue. For more information or to register, please call the Adult Program at (516) 441-4949, or visit our Web site at for online catalog and registration.

Drawing the Landscape & Florals with Charcoal

The landscape offers a limitless variety of expression in style and media. Explore the potentials through composition, perspective, atmosphere, and three-dimensional space. Several sessions of floral drawing from life will be included. These will be discussed and demonstrated. You will have the opportunity to work on specially prepared surfaces, with unique results. A variety of papers and supplies will be available for experimenting. Work from photographs, or view from the window, memory, or imagination. Diane Lieberman teaches this class on five Tuesdays, Aug. 2-30, from 1-4 p.m. Fee: $106 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents, age 59 or under; $66 for Great Neck and Manhasset senior citizens and high school students; $116 for nonresidents.

Drawing & Painting the Face: All Media

If your attempts at portraiture leave you frustrated and ready to give up, this class will remove the pressure. Creating a likeness is a state of mind--the key is your approach. Learn a multi-leveled process that starts with understanding the head. Focus on the basic proportions of the face and then apply concepts of space, shape, form, and perspective to achieve greater accuracy. All levels are welcome and you can work with the medium of your choice. Four models are included in fee. Barbara Silbert teaches this class on four Tuesdays, Aug. 2-23, from 1-4 p.m. Fee: $119 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $129 for nonresidents.


Do you know the difference between a monotype and a monoprint? Discover the answer while finding exciting ways to create unique prints. Concentrate on different approaches, including additive and subtractive inking, use of stencils, chine collé, Xerox transfer, and multiple-plate printing. Printmaking can broaden your painting skills and open new, creative doors that will encourage dynamic results. Open to students of all levels, including those who are new to printmaking. Water-based and/or oil-based inks can be used. Stephanie Navon Jacobson teaches this class on three Fridays, Sept. 9-23, from 1-4 p.m. Fee: $94.

Printmaking: Intermediate & Advanced

For those with general art or printmaking experience, printmaking is an excellent means of graphic exploration. Would you like to learn a variety of printmaking techniques? Or, perhaps, concentrate on one particular area? Use water-based and/or oil-based inks in a playful, free approach. Paint directly on the plate and create painterly, textural effects that cannot be obtained by working on paper or canvas. Even turn your drawings into prints. Further exploration of basic techniques, as well as traditional and experimental methods, will be demonstrated. Enrollment limited to 10. Stephanie Navon Jacobson teaches this class on three Fridays, Sept. 9-23, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee: $94.


Learn various methods of forming clay. Start with simple techniques and graduate to more complex combinations. Gain proficiency in hand building, wheel throwing, and glazing. Clay (one 25-lb. bag), glazes, and firing included in fee. Rosalie Dornstein teaches three sections of this class on three Wednesdays, Aug. 31-Sept.14: all levels from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 7-10 p.m. Fee: $99 for adults, age 59 or under; $69 for Great Neck and Manhasset senior citizens and high school students; and a beginner class, from 4:15-6:45 p.m. Fee: $95 for adults, age 59 and under; $67 for Great Neck and Manhasset senior citizens and high school students.

Jewish Life in Arab Countries

Starting with Cyrus the Great freeing the Babylonian Jews in 538 BCE and continuing to the present time, obtain a clear picture of Jewish life in Arab countries through the ages. Included will be the Ottoman Empire (1299-1922), Krystallnacht in Baghdad (1941), escape from Baghdad to Israel, and the war in Iraq and prospects for war in Iran. Gain a fascinating and personal perspective (as well as historical) from someone who spent his childhood and some of his adult life in Baghdad. Silas Saul Fathi teaches this class on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 2-4 p.m. Fee: $15.

History of Islam

Acquire an overview of the history of Islam, beginning with Muhammad and continuing to the present time. Learn the genesis of the Sunnis and Shia'ahs, who authored the Koran, the meaning of Jihad, the many occupying powers of Iraq, the emergence of Hussein and the return of Khomeini, the Pakistan nuclear factor, and more. Gain a fascinating and personal perspective (as well as historical) from someone who spent his childhood and some of his adult life in Baghdad. Silas Saul Fathi teaches this course on Friday, Aug. 19, 2-4 p.m. Cumberland. $15.

SAT & PSAT Preparation for High School Students

This intensive course covers the Math and Verbal content of the SAT and PSAT exams and the strategies for getting a great score on both. Students will be shown how to efficiently handle even the most difficult questions and how to speedily solve the simpler ones. Particular attention will be given to Word Problems (translating complicated problems into simple equations). Students will also learn to eliminate wrong choices when faced with unfamiliar vocabulary (students should review vocabulary on their own, since class time will not be spent on this). The Writing Skills section will also be covered. Purchase and bring to class: The Official Study Guide for the New SAT (published by the College Board); this book, the only one with questions from the actual exams, will be used throughout the course. Original, customized material will also be provided as the need arises. Anita Friedman teaches this course on five Mondays, Aug. 8-Sept. 12 (no class Sept. 5), from 7:15-9:15 p.m. Fee: $99 for Great Neck and Manhasset residents; $109 for nonresidents.

Defensive Driving: Insurance/Point Reduction

The Empire Safety Council, in cooperation with the NY State Department of Motor Vehicles, offers a way for drivers to lower automobile-insurance premiums, reduce driver-record violation points, and sharpen driving skills. This six-hour classroom course addresses accident-prevention skills. On completion, you will be eligible for a three-year, 10-percent discount on collision and liability premiums (including property damage, bodily injury, and personal-injury protection) on all vehicles for which you are listed as principal operator. Four points will also be deducted from the total on your driver record, if you have incurred violations during the 18-month period prior to completing the course. Allow 6-8 weeks for certification. Roger Chizever leads this class on two Tuesdays, Aug. 9 & 16, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fee: $40.