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School TV Programs Available


Current program viewing over Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) includes: District Spotlight, The Pioneers and South High Winter Concert II. Program details and view times follow.

District Spotlight

Spotlight programs feature school news, sports and events from our district in a lively, magazine-format. This edition of Spotlight includes stories on South Middle School’s “Dancing Classrooms” (a ballroom dancing curriculum that integrates physical education, music, and character education), highlights from North Middle’s One Acts showcase, highlights from North High Junior Players’ production of Rent and from North High’s Winter Concert, US Armed Forces Veterans visiting with South Middle students and more.

Spotlight show times are: 10 a.m. and 2, 6 and 10 p.m.

The Pioneers

During the school year, South Middle’s TV/film department along with students and staff produce and star in an original film that is shown on the school’s closed-circuit TV news program in all homeroom classes (HTV). This year’s film is The Pioneers, made in collaboration with the school’s mathematics department. It is a comedy about four math teachers and their students who share a love of filmmaking, much to the chagrin of the math department head. He would rather they promote the upcoming Pi Day. Watch a short piece on the making of The Pioneers following the film.

The Pioneers show times are: 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m.

South High Winter Concert II

Watch the South High Winter Concert II, featuring Chamber Choir, Mixed Choir, Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra. The Concert was under the direction of Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental teacher and Dr. Pamela Levy, vocal music teacher.

South High Winter Concert II times are: 12, 4, and 8 p.m.

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, district educational cable TV producer/director, by phone at 516-441-4676, or by email at


School Budget News


On Tuesday, May 19, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., qualified residents of the Great Neck Public School District may vote on the proposed 2015–’16 school budget. Voting will take place at the E.M. Baker School, 69 Baker Hill Rd., in the multi-purpose room (for voters who reside north of the LIRR), and at the William A. Shine Great Neck South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd., in the west gym (for voters residing south of the LIRR). Additional budget information follows.


Preliminary Budget


Copies of the 2015-’16 preliminary budget for the Great Neck Public Schools will be available as of Friday, Feb. 27, at the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., school days, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will also be on the district website ( and available at Budget Meetings (listed below). Reference copies may be perused in each public school and in the Great Neck Library, all open branches.


Budget Meetings and Adoption


Budget meetings are scheduled during March, April and May. Weekday meetings follow student recognitions, which begin at 7:30 p.m. Meeting dates, times,and school locations follow:


Monday, March 16, 7:30 p.m., North High, 35 Polo Rd. (informal budget hearing).


Saturday, March 21, 9:30 a.m., South High, 341 Lakeville Rd. (budget discussion with administrative staff).


Monday, March 30, 7:30 p.m., South High, 341 Lakeville Rd. (informal budget hearing).


Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., North Middle, 77 Polo Rd. (official budget hearing and adoption of proposed 2015-’16 budget).


Monday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., South Middle, 349 Lakeville Rd. (budget discussion only).


Residents are encouraged to attend the budget meetings and to respond to the preliminary budget. Firm decisions on the budget will not be made until the board listens to the community’s concerns.


Voter Registration


Residents who have voted in any school or general election since 2011 are automatically registered to vote in the school election on May 19. Residents who have not voted since 2011, or are not registered, may register at the office of the district clerk, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., on school days, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents must be 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States and have lived in the district for at least 30 days. Registration deadline is Thursday, May 14.


Absentee Ballot Applications


Qualified, registered voters can obtain applications for absentee ballots from the district website (—click on Budget, then choose Absentee Ballot) or from the office of the district clerk, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., school days, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who are qualified voters and whose registration records have been marked “permanently disabled” by the Board of Elections will automatically receive absentee ballots. Completed absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19.


For Further Information


For additional information about the 2015-’16 school budget, voter registration, and/or absentee ballots, please call the assistant superintendent for business, at 516-441-4020, on school days.



New South High Courses

hsWEBSeveral more new courses were added for the next school year at Great Neck South High School. [Read more…]

Rare Double for North Fencers



Double Champs: Members of the Men’s and Women’s Nassau High School fencing championship teams pose with their awards. Standing, from left: coach Michael Calderaro, Chris Angelidis, Alec Li, Griffen Healy, Adam Parket, Patrick Gao and coach Dylan Healy. Kneeling, from left, are Cordelia Ding, Cuilee Sha and Yulia Yeung

The story behind the success of Great Neck North High School’s men’s and women’s fencing teams in both winning the Nassau County Championships is one in which egos and personal achievement were pushed far into the background. [Read more…]

Great Neck HS New Courses

Innovative and exciting new courses are slated to be added to the programs offered at Great Neck North High School and Great Neck South High School. The Board of Education approved four very diverse courses, two for North High and two for South High, pending any possible financial, staffing or scheduling constraints. [Read more…]

Great Neck Discusses Homelessness

Although dealing with a homeless student is a rare issue in Great Neck, the school district has long had guidelines in place and now the district has adopted a new policy. The Policy on Homeless Students was introduced by the board of education this past fall, read for a second time in November and approved at the last public action meeting on Dec. 15. This new policy follows the new guidelines set by both federal and state law.HomelessStudents_011615A

Following a review by the New York State Department of Education, as per laws set forth by the state’s commissioner of education, an audit found ways in which the school district could better comply with the federal law in addressing the educational needs of homeless students. [Read more…]

Great Neck Schools Vacations

The Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education set the school calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. The 184-school day calendar was approved at the Board of Education’s Dec. 15, public action meeting.

Teachers report 184 days. If the schools are closed for more than three inclement weather days, the make-up days are May 27, March 28 and April 22. [Read more…]

Great Neck School Issues

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThe Board of Education at the Great Neck School District has developed a new policy, The Policy On Staff Complaints and Grievances, to acknowledge such issues and to outline the method to address each one.

At the school board’s Dec. 15, public action meeting, the board approved the brand new policy. This policy encomopasses issues covered by bargaining agreements, and also addresses those not covered by such agreements. [Read more…]

Great Neck Siemens Finalist


Jay Zussman, national finalist in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

Jay Zussman, a senior at South High School, copped a top national award in the 2014 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, one of the most prestigious student competitions in the science community. He was named a national finalist in the Individual Category, one of six Individual winners and the only one from New York State. Jay earned a $20,000 scholarship. He had been named a Siemens Semifinalist in mid-October, advanced to become a regional finalist, and now a national finalist. This is the first time a South High student has won a top prize in the Siemens competition.

Jay’s project is “Zip1 C-terminal phosphorylation promotes Zip1-Sgs1 interaction in meiotic cells.” His study characterizes the importance and detailed chemistry of the interaction of two proteins involved in meiosis, a type of cell division in sexual reproduction that is essential to the maintenance of genetic diversity and may help scientists understand the beginnings of incapacitating diseases. [Read more…]

Great Neck School Board Sets Goals


The GNPS Board of Education (from left): trustees Donald Ashkenase and Monique Bloom; Vice President Lawrence Gross; trustee Susan Healy; President Barbara Berkowitz

With all of their goals, as always, centered around meeting the needs of every student, Great Neck School District Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz presented the 2014-2015 board goals. Berkowitz discussed each of the six goals at the October public action meeting.

Goal number one addresses communications, communicating “effectively” with constituents (parents, faculty and administrators) as well as the “larger community.” The board plans to reach out to share ideas; communicating with the district and the community by conducting an electronic survey. Berkowitz also said that they will also look for ways to increase participation in the budget vote. All of this will be accomplished by offering full support, with translations to Chinese, Mandarin, Spanish and Farci. [Read more…]