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North High Tri-M Takes Top Honor

The Great Neck North High School Tri-M Chapter 2605 is the First Place Winner of the National Association for Music Education (NAME) 2016-17 Tri-M Chapter of the Year, Senior Division. Kristen Rencher, NAME director of member and student programs, said of North High's achievement: "The students involved with Tri-M consistently show a commitment to their school music programs and to their communities. Chapters like yours continue to set an example of both academic and musical excellence. Thank you for your chapter's commitment to the Tri-M Music Honor Society!" As this year's winner, North High's Tri-M will receive a $1,000 check, plaque, and certificate. The scholarship is to be used to fund a musically enriching activity or music program scholarship. Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music director, said that the school's Tri-M Chapter plans to continue such projects as: communication and sharing of music through Skype to show support for the Afghanistan National Institute of Music; fundraising to benefit poor families of Long Island; performing at a local children's hospital, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities; hosting NYSSMA festivals; and presenting before-school Lobby Concerts. Mr. Rutkowski said, "This is what Tri-M is all about. It's the music that continues to connect us all!"


National Financial Literacy Awardee

Jonah Wolmark, recently graduated from The Village School, is one of five recipients nationwide of the 2017 W!SE Financial Literacy Ambassador Award. After he learned of his accomplishment, Jonah said: "I am deeply honored to be a recipient of this year's award. The Financial Literacy Program was the most practical portion of my education to date. The knowledge I gained will guide me to make good financial decisions through all stages of my life. I will always remember to never spend more than my earning power. The scholarship will help with the cost of my higher education." Jonah is now a freshman at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Jeffrey Bernstein is The Village School social studies/W!SE Financial Literacy Program teacher. Financial Literacy Ambassador Awardees were selected by a panel of 10 judges. To be eligible, students needed a perfect score on the W!SE national Financial Literacy Certification Test in the 2016-17 school year. In addition, each applicant composed an essay that addressed the most important lessons learned from studying personal finance in high school and how those lessons will be applied to life. "These extraordinary awardees deserve a round of applause for their perfect score on our Certification Test and stellar academic credentials," said W!SE president and CEO Phyllis F. Perillo. "In today's world, it is essential that all high school students are prepared for successful financial lives and we commend those high schools who are providing their students with a gift of a lifetime." The award was made possible through the sponsorship of Financial Literacy Outreach Mentors, a group of committed W!SE volunteers who help young people improve their knowledge of personal finance. 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.


High School Graduations on GNPS/TV

Tune in now to GNPS/TV to view the June 2017 Great Neck Public Schools commencement ceremonies for North High School, South High School, and the Village School by going directly to Programs may also be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. Show times given below are for Cablevision and Verizon viewing. The Village School graduation can be seen at 7 a.m., and at 1 and 7 p.m. Viewers can see the North High ceremony at 8:30 a.m., and at 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. South High's commencement ceremony airs at 11 a.m., and at 5 and 11 p.m. 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, district educational cable TV producer/director, via e-mail at, or by phone at (516) 441-4676.


ENL & TASC at the Adult Learning Center

The Great Neck Public Schools Adult Learning Center (105 Clover Drive) will be offering ENL (English as a New Language) and TASC (Test Assessing Secondary Completion, formerly known as GED) preparation classes Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon, and Mondays through Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. A range of English-language classes are offered from beginning to advanced literacy. In preparation for the TASC examination, classes are available to improve math, social studies, science, reading, 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. Registration for classes must be done in person at the Adult Learning Center on Wednesday, Sept. 6, or Thursday, Sept. 7, from 9 a.m.-noon, or from 6-9 p.m.; or on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m.-noon. Preference will be given to Great Neck residents and returning Adult Learning Center students. Please allow two hours to complete the registration process. The annual, non-refundable processing fee for Adult Learning Center classes is $50 for those who live or work in Great Neck (proof of residency or Great Neck employment must be submitted at time of registration), or $100 for nonresidents. Payment at time of registration can be made in cash, or by 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 the Adult Learning Center Web site at