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Board of Education Statement on North High Parking Lot
The members of the Great Neck Board of Education unanimously support all the line items contained within the May 2017 bond, which was passed by an overwhelming majority. We have heard the concerns of the neighbors regarding the parking lot at North High School, reviewed the procedures that led to the Bond vote, and are in agreement that due process was followed. Great Neck Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Prendergast, issued a letter regarding the project to the newspapers and shared the same letter at the last Board meeting (posted below). The decision making process has been explained by a representative of the North High School Shared Decision Making Committee, and it is clear that the safety of our students is the sole concern for the project. We continue our wholehearted support for the construction of this additional parking lot.

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Community Letter From Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Teresa Prendergast has posted an open letter to the community clarifying the facts pertaining to the North High parking lot project. View Superintendent Community Letter of 2/9/18...

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Registration Open for Elementary AM/PM Enrichment Program
Registration is open for the third trimester of the Great Neck Public Schools AM/PM enrichment program. This is a tuition-based program that offers enrichment courses for elementary students before and after school hours. Each course meets once a week over ten weeks. Read more...

College Night PPS Presentation -- March 1
A College Night PPS Presentation will take place on Thursday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the South High Library. The presentation will feature Julie A. Yindra, Director of Services for Students with Disabilities at Hofstra University. View flyer...

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Community Health and Wellness Fair -- May 8
The Great Neck Public Schools, in partnership with the United Parent-Teacher Council (UPTC), will host a Community Health and Wellness Fair on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. at North High School. This event will feature a keynote speaker, break-out sessions led by health and safety experts, and an exhibitor’s space in the gym. Read more... Take the Community Interest Survey... Complete an Exhibitor Proposal to share your knowledge or exertise as a presenter or exhibitor... Both surveys will be available online thru March 1. For more information, please contact David Zawatson, director of physical education, recreation and athletics, at (516) 441-4045 or dzawatson@greatneck.k12.ny.us.

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South Middle Presents Annie -- March 15-17
South Middle will present the musical, Annie, on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. in the school auditorium. This production is under the direction of Gabriel Carras, English department head at South Middle School. Tickets are $10. For additional information, please call (516) 441-4600..

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Board Approves 2018-19 District Calendar and Amends 2017-18 District Calendar
At the January 29, 2018 meeting of the Great Neck Board of Education, the Board approved a calendar for the 2018-19 school year. The calendar overview indicates the school vacation periods and inclement weather days. View 2018-19 GNPS Calendar...View 2017-18 GNPS Calendar Amendment...

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Board Approves Change to GNPS Optional Zone
At the January 11, 2018 meeting of the Great Neck Board of Education, the Board unanimously approved a change to the district’s optional attendance zone. To maintain the balance of student enrollment moving forward, the Board of Education adopted a revision that allows only students entering sixth-grade and residing within the optional attendance zone to attend North Middle School instead of South Middle School. Any other request for a school assignment that differs from a student’s designated attendance zone will only be considered through the variance process. View Optional Zone Map... Read more...

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Adult Learning Center Offers English & TASC Prep Classes
If you are an adult and you want to learn English or improve your English-language skills, or if you want to earn a high school equivalency diploma, the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Learning Center offers a variety of classes during the day and evening designed to meet your needs. A full-range of ENL (English as a New Language) classes are offered from beginning to advanced literacy. In preparation for the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) examination, classes are also available to improve math, reading, science, social studies, and writing skills. Once enrolled, students may take additional elective classes, such as Conversational English, Crossroads Café, and Citizenship, for an additional fee.

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Community Letter From Superintendent of Schools -- Jan. 18
Dr. Teresa Prendergast has posted a community letter to parents regarding the NYSED announcement of a breach of student data by vendor Questar. View Superintendent Community Letter of 1/18/18... View NYSED Press Release of 1/18/18...

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2018-19 SCOPE After School Child Care
SCOPE After School Child Care will host a pre-registration open house for current or incoming Kindergarten students on Wednesday, March 7 @5:00 p.m., and an open house for new students on Wednesday, May 2 @5:00 p.m., both at the p.m. program location. View SCOPE Flyer...

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Board of Education Approves New Election Districts
At the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Dec. 6, the Board approved a resolution to expand the GNPS election districts from two voting locations to a total of four. This change is effective immediately and applies to all future GNPS annual and special elections. The Board of Education discussed expanding the number of polling sites after residents experienced long lines and wait times to cast their ballots at the district budget and bond vote last May. “We encourage all our residents to vote, and we want to make the process as convenient as possible,” explains Board President Barbara Berkowitz. View New Election District Map... Read more...

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Eighth-Grade Residency Re-Verification
The Great Neck Public Schools is currently undertaking the annual process of residency re-verification for all students entering ninth-grade in September 2018. This is done to collect documentation that will assist in assembling students’ records for high school, and to verify that all students who enter the district high schools are residents of the district and thus entitled to attend. 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 phoning your child’s middle school (441-4500 for North Middle, or 441-4600 for South Middle) or visiting our Eighth Grade Residency Re-Verification page. Re-Verification must be completed before a current eighth-grade student will be admitted to high school. Early submission of the necessary documents will facilitate this process. Therefore, all families with a current eighth-grader are urged to submit the required documents before Thursday, Feb. 15. The Board of Education considers residency to be an important component in confronting the district’s fiscal challenges. Re-verification is one tool to insure that every child who is being educated in the district’s schools is entitled to that education..

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Kindergarten Registration for 2018-19
The GNPS Office of Registration reminds all resident parents and guardians that enrollment for kindergarten for the 2018–2019 school year will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and run schooldays through Friday, Jan. 26, from 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Registration will be held at the Office of Registration, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Road. For more information about registering your child for kindergarten, please contact the Registration Office at (516) 441-4080, or e-mail: residency@greatneck.k12.ny.us. Read more...

UPK Registration
Enrollment for the GNPS Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) remains open for the 2018–19 school year. This program is offered to all Great Neck School District residents at no cost. To be enrolled, children must be 4 years old by Dec. 1, 2018. The UPK program is located primarily at the Parkville School, 10 Campbell St., New Hyde Park. There are morning and afternoon sessions. Bus transportation is provided to and from the Parkville location. Read more...

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Flu Guide and Vaccine Information for Parents
Keep your kids safe. Infants and young children are at greater risk for getting seriously ill from the flu. The New York State Department of Health recommends all children 6 months of age and older get the flu vaccine. View Flu Guide For Parents... View Vaccine Information Statement... [Chinese Version]... [Farsi Version]... [Korean Version]... [Spanish Version]....

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Summer 2017 Construction Projects
Numerous construction projects were undertaken during the summer of 2017. Many projects were completed prior to the first day of school, and other projects will continue towards completion throughout the fall. View Summer 2017 Construction Project Progress Photos...

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2017-18 NYSSMA Festival Information Now Available
The 2017-18 NYSSMA Festival Calendar and Forms are now available online. Please contact the music teacher in your child's school with any questions. View 2017-18 NYSSMA Festival Calendar...

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GNPS Community Education – Spring and Summer 2018
The Great Neck Public Schools Community Ed Spring/Summer 2018 Catalog, with its bright, seasonal cover, has been mailed out. We are excited to share this new catalog with you, complete with an updated format, and with reorganized chapters, providing you an improved way to explore our many offerings.
Registration - Registration begins on February 12 for Great Neck residents. Nonresident registration begins Tuesday, February 20. For our continuing students, we are thrilled to welcome you back. For those of you who are thinking of joining us, we warmly invite you to become a part of Community Education.

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GNPS/TV November Programs
Programs currently airing on Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) are: South High Winter Concert II, North Middle Spotlight, Focus on Education, and South Middle Spotlight. Programs are available online or may be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. Read more...
GNPS/TV Programming - GNPS/TV programming reflects the offerings of the Great Neck Public Schools and the achievements of its students and staff. For information about GNPS/TV and its programs, please contact Robert Zahn by phone at (516) 441-4676 or by e-mail at rzahn@greatneck.k12.ny.us. You can also visit the GNPS/TV On Demand Page or visit the GNPS/TV Web Site.

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Child Abuse Reporting Information
The toll-free telephone number of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to receive child abuse and neglect reports is 1-800-342-3720. For additional information, you may also access the OCFS Web site at http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps/​.

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Instructional Technology in our Schools:
Great Neck Implements New Apple Classroom App
Elementary and secondary schools in Great Neck implemented the new Apple Classroom app to enhance the District's 1:1 iPad Initiative which now spans Grades 3-12 (Grades 4-12 in our south schools). This teacher-only app is linked to our student management system and mobile device management system to enable teachers to monitor student iPad screens while in class, see what apps are currently running, lock screens, group student iPads into learning teams, and launch apps and Web sites that lock in on individual or group iPads.

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Good To Know
Learn about the GNPS VOIP Phone System and use our online Administration Directory and District Directory to contact us.

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South High Wins Second Place at Regional Science Bowl
A five-member team from South High School won second place at the Long Island Regional High School Science Bowl at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Jan. 27. The team of Adrian Chen, Shawn Kang, Yuhan Liu, Jennifer Wang, and Anthony Zhan competed against 19 other teams at this regional event. Read more...

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North High Students Attend Leadership Conference
Six juniors from the North High Athletic Leadership Club joined students from all over Nassau County for the 15th Annual Student Athletes as Leaders: Leadership On and Off the Field conference at Hofstra University on Feb. 1. Great Neck North High School was represented by student leaders Nicole Victory, Alexis Namdar, Kayla Ebrani, Matthew Nabatkhorian, Maor Amar and Benjamin Veliz, as well as Principal Daniel Holtzman and Athletic Director Eamonn Flood. The conference included speakers, workshops and discussions to support positive student leadership throughout Nassau County schools.

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North High Musicians Present Young People's Concert
Instrumental musicians from Great Neck North High School presented the 27th Annual Young People’s Concert at Saddle Rock School for an audience of fifth graders from three elementary schools on Jan. 26.. Read more...

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E. M. Baker School Welcomes Interim Assistant Principal
The Great Neck Public Schools welcomes Don Sternberg, Ed.D., as an interim assistant principal at Elizabeth M. Baker School. Dr. Sternberg will fill this temporary role while the school’s assistant principal, Dr. Heather Sweet-Lazos, is on child care leave. Read more...

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North High Students Present at LI Psychology Fair
Eight Great Neck North High School students were invited to participate in the Long Island Psychology Fair at Roslyn High School on Jan. 11. The students presented their science research projects to a panel of psychology professionals, and two of the projects won awards in the biopsychology division. Read more...

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South High Ensembles to Perform in Young Musicians Concert at Tilles Center
Three chamber music ensembles from the Great Neck South High School chamber music program have been selected as winners of the Long Island regional high school chamber music competition, part of the 2018 Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Young Musicians Program. These students have been invited to perform in the 2nd Annual Long Island Regional Young Musicians Concert on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 11:00 a.m. at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post. Read more...

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Willem de Kooning Workshop with LICM
Students enrolled in Studio I and Foundation art courses at South High participated in an in-class workshop focusing on the life, art and inspiration of abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning. The students’ original creations, using de Kooning’s technique, will appear in an upcoming exhibit at the Long Island Children’s Museum (LICM) in Garden City. Read more...

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Regeneron Scholars Named
Seven students from the Great Neck Public Schools—three from North High School and four from South High School—have been named 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholars. They are Natasha Dilamani, Amy Shteyman and Megan Xu of North High, and Daniel Kim, Eric Kuang, Cindy Wang and Michelle Xing of South High. Read more...

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South High Athlete Honored by Newsday Sports Writers
Great Neck South senior Glory Chung has been selected by Newsday sports writers for the second team All-Long Island Field Hockey Team. She is the first field hockey player in Great Neck South High School history to receive this honor.. Read more...

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Lakeville Students Travel around the World
Over the past few weeks, each grade level at Lakeville School studied the geography, history, language, art, and culture of a different country: Australia, Canada, Ghana, India, and the Netherlands. Their studies culminated in a fair on Dec. 19, where students “traveled” to each country, viewed artifacts and student projects, and earned a stamp in their passport for correctly answering questions about each nation. Read more...

North High Sophomore Wins First Place at Manhattan International Music Competitiond
Congratulations to Great Neck North High School sophomore Jeremy Bernstein, who earned first place for his cello performance at the third annual Manhattan International Music Competition. As a first-place winner, Jeremy will perform at the Lincoln Center Library on Jan. 13, 2018. Read more...

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