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Thin Ice Improv at North High--May 22

NH Improv

The premier performance by North High School’s Improv Club of “Thin Ice Improv,” will be presented on Monday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the school Commons, 35 Polo Rd. The Improv performance replaces the Repertory Theater class presentation of past years and is the conclusion of Artfest, the annual celebration of the school’s fine and performing arts. Improv is described as being performed with “no sets, no scripts, no safety nets, but with a group of brave actors presenting a fully improvised show. You, the audience, will decide what happens by suggesting topics, settings, characters, and more, for a series of scenes that will be created on the spot! Be prepared for a whole lot of fun!” Improv cast members include: Spencer Berman, Rayna Cooke, Leeor Elias, Skylar Epstein, Eyal Hakimi, Joshua Kahen, Solly Kasab, Zachary Lee, Alex Mousazadeh, Molly Racsko, Frederick Sion, Aral Soykan, Omeed Tartak, Aaron Young, and Elaine Zhang. The event is free and the public is warmly welcomed. For more information, contact Ilana Meredith Schikler, director/drama teacher, at


South High Concert II--May 24

The South High School Spring Concert II will take place on Wednesday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m., in the Ruel E. Tucker auditorium, 341 Lakeville Rd. Featured will be: Symphonic Band, Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Senior Concerto with Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Symphony Orchestra.

The Symphonic Band - will open the evening with “Semper Fidelis March,” by John Philip Sousa; “Crush,” by Robert W. Smith; “Opening Night On Broadway,” featuring music from The Producers, Avenue Q, Spamalot, Wicked, and The Lion King; and “Toward the Sunrising,” by James Curnow

The Chamber Choir - with Noah Harouche, student director, will follow with “Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11,” by Gabriel Faure.

The Concert Choir - will perform: “Requiem, Kyrie, Dies Irae,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “A Nightingale in Berkley Square,” by Manning Sherwin; “Autumn Leaves,” by Joseph Kosma; “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel,” a Spiritual; and “Finale” from Sunday in the Park with George, by Stephen Sondheim.

The Senior Concerto - with Symphony Orchestra will perform: “Symphonie espagnole,” by Edouard Lalo, featuring Kathryn Lam, violin; “Flute Concerto in D major, Op. 283,” by Carl Reinecke, with Lucia Geng, flute; “Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 (Gypsy Airs),” by Pablo de Sarasate, with Zhengkuan Huang, violin; “Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68,” by David Popper, with Joshua Lee, cello; and “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 47,” by Jean Sibelius, with Christine Suh, violin.

The Chamber Symphony Orchestra - will end the concert with “Curtain Up!” featuring: “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “One,” “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “If He Walked Into My Life,” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”

Concert - will be under the direction of Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental director, and Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal music director. The concert is free and the entire community is invited. For further information regarding this concert or other musical activities at South High, please contact Mr. Schwartz at (516) 441-4851.


LI Children’s Museum Exhibit Winners

SH Museum

Self-portrait art by South High students Rena Chen, Chloe Metz, and Rachel Schneider was selected for exhibition at the Long Island Children’s Museum for their recent exhibit, “Portraits by Many Hands.” Their teachers at South High are Karen Cuchel, department chairperson, and Colleen Campbell. The exhibit featured portraits by artists young and old, novice and experienced. Works were selected on the basis of artistic expression. Student artists also had to submit examples of their previous work and a brief written description of their self-portrait.


North High Debate Team Wins Awards

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At the American Debate League Fall Classic, the North High School Debate Team won the First Place Novice High School Team Award, Second Place Advance Team Award, and Team Sweepstakes Award. Team members Shi-In (Daniel) Kim and Matthew Weinstein excelled at the recent Westchester Classic Debate Tournament where they were Quarter Finalists and also captured Fourth and Fifth Place Top Speakers, respectively. At the South Shore Debate League Competition, Daniel and Matthew took a Second Place Award. Dr. Libra Lane is the Debate Team faculty sponsor. “The North High Debate Team joined the American Debate League this year and has been one of the most successful teams in the League,” said Richard Connelly, director of the American Debate League.


Rotary Recognizes Middle School Students

MS Rotary

The Rotary Club of Great Neck annually recognizes students from North Middle and South Middle School who have demonstrated “an exemplary level of community service, as determined by their school administrators.” Receiving this year’s Rotary Youth Merit Award were: Kelly Chu and Avery Park from North Middle School; and Eli Goodwin, Patrick Rau, and David Wang from South Middle School. Joining the students at the recognition were Great Neck Public School administrators and teachers, and Rotary officers. Leonard Katz, Rotary official, said of the recognized students, “It is our extreme privilege and pleasure to recognize the dedication and commitment of these students for their efforts in living up to the Rotary Motto, ‘Service Above Self.’”


ASL Club Helps Out

ASL Walk

Members of South High School’s American Sign Language Club recently participated in the 5K Helen Keller Walk. They helped raise $315 for deaf-blind individuals.


Young Playwrights Festival Winner

SH Weber

Benjamin Weber, a senior at South High School, was selected to participate in the Guest Playwright Observation program for his play, Coffeehouse Bridge, at the recent 12th annual O’Neill Young Playwrights Festival, held at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. He was one of 16 young playwrights selected for this honor from 186 nationwide entries. The Festival is open to one-act plays written by middle and high school students. Plays must be approximately 15 minutes in length. Style, content, and genre are up to the playwright. Coffeehouse Bridge was also one of the productions at South High’s annual Young Directors One Act Play Festival, held earlier this month. Faculty advisor for One Acts is Thomas Marr, South High drama teacher.


Village School Earns National Award

The Village School has been named among the “100 Best W!SE High Schools Teaching Personal Finance.” This means that Village School students performed among the highest in the country on the W!SE standardized Financial Literacy Certification Test. Jeffrey Bernstein, Village School social studies teacher, commented on the value of this award for his students: “Sometime, in the not-so-distant future, these students will be living on their own and will be responsible for their own financial well-being. This program teaches students the basics of banking, savings, loans, investing, insurance, and other things that are so important to help them become successful, independent adults. As former students often tell me when they come back to visit, this program provided among the most immediately useful and practical things they learned in high school.” Established in 2003, W!SE (Working in Support of Education) is a NYC-based educational not-for-profit focused on promoting student financial literacy nationwide.


Adult Learning Center Registration for English & TASC Prep Classes--May 31 & June 1

If you are an adult and 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 summer classes during the day and evening designed to meet your needs. Register for summer classes at the Adult Learning Center, 105 Clover Drive, on Wednesday, May 31, or on Thursday, June 1, from 9 a.m.-Noon, or from 6-9 p.m. Registration must be done in person. Please allow two hours to complete the registration process. Students must commit to attending all 15 classes. A range of English-language classes will be offered, from beginning literacy to advanced ENL (English as a New Language). In preparation for the TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion) examination, classes will be available to improve math, reading, science, social studies, and writing skills. Once enrolled, students may also take elective classes such as Conversational English, Crossroads Cafe, and Citizenship, to name a few, at no additional charge. The annual, non-refundable processing fee for classes is $50 for those who live or work in Great Neck (proof of residency or employment is required), and $100 for nonresidents. Payment, at time of registration, can be made in cash, credit card, check, or money order (payable to Great Neck Public Schools). For more information, please refer to the Community Education catalog, phone the Adult Learning Center at (516) 441-4950, or visit