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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...]

Great Neck School Tax Due

The first-half 2014-2015 School Taxes are in the mail; they are due and payable without penalty until Nov. 10, 2014.  Mailed payments must be postmarked by the US Postal Service on or before the last day to pay without penalty.  By law, office postage meters are not official postmarks (NYSRPTL-Sec 925).

Although school taxes are collected by the Receiver of Taxes, payments you make in response to the school bill are forwarded to your local school district and local library district, if applicable, and do not fund the operation of town government. The factors that determine the amount of your school bill are beyond the control of the Town of North Hempstead. These factors are:

•The assessment on your home, which is determined by the Nassau County Department of Assessment.

•The budget and tax levy approved by voters and adopted by your local Board of Education.

•The percentage of your school district’s tax levy paid by property owners in your property tax class.

All property owners, except those whose taxes are paid through a mortgage escrow account, should receive a tax bill.  If you misplaced your tax bill, please call 311 to request a duplicate. If calling from outside the Town of North Hempstead, please call (516) 869-6311.  Please have your School District, Section, Block and Lot number available.  When paying by mail, please include your remittance stub(s) with your check in the return envelope (previously provided). When paying in person, please bring your entire bill. This is the only School tax bill you will receive. PLEASE KEEP YOUR SECOND-HALF STUB IN A SAFE PLACE.

Please include your Bill Number(s) on your check and make checks payable to: CHARLES BERMAN, RECEIVER OF TAXES

Regular office hours are 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.  For your convenience, the tax office will be open extended hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 10.  Additionally, you may pay at these convenient local collection sites:

First-Half 2014-2015 School Tax Local Collection Sites

Fri. Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Fuschillo Park,Carle Rd. & Broadmoor Ln., Carle Pl.

Fri. Oct. 31, 1  to 2 p.m.  Yes We Can Community Center 141 Garden St., New Cassel

Mon. Nov. 3,10 a.m. to 12 p.m.   Clinton G. Martin Park, Marcus Ave. & New Hyde Park Rd., New Hyde Park

Mon. Nov. 3, 2 to 3 p.m. Broadway Park, Broadway & County Courthouse Rd., Garden City Park

Wed.  Nov. 5. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Great Neck Senior Center, Inc.,80 Grace Ave., Great Neck

Wed.  Nov. 5, 11 to 3 p.m.  Michael J. Tully Park, Evergreen Ave. New Hyde Park

Thur. Nov. 6, 10 a.m.  to noon Port Washington Parking Dist., 15 Vanderventer Ave., Port Washington

Thur. Nov. 6, 1  to 2 p.m. Hector Gayle Roslyn Community Center, 51 Orchard St., Roslyn Heights (Parking Lot on Lincoln Ave.)

Fri. Nov. 7, noon to 1 p.m. John D. Caemmerer Park, Wentworth Ave., Albertson

Great Neck Alum Launches Book

Laura (Laurie) Deutsch, a longtime Great Neck resident, will be launching her book, Writing from the Senses, on the East Coast at the Book Revue in Huntington, on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. with a discussion, reading and a Q&A. The public is invited. Recently published by Shambhala Publications, Inc. (Writing Down the Bones, etc.), Deutsch’s new book helps writers tap into an endless source of engaging material, using their senses as prompts. It contains personal essays and memoir from Deutsch’s years in New York and abroad, as well as instruction and writing exercises.

Deutsch graduated from Great Neck South in 1964, daughter of Dr. Enoch and Edith Deutsch of Lake Success. Editor-in-chief of The Southerner, Great Neck South’s newspaper, she graduated from Bryn Mawr College and the University of Chicago Law School. Her studies included a year in Europe and a year in Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar. Deursch’s brother, Daniel, and sister, Margery, also graduated from Great Neck South.Book_101014B copy

Deutsch has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1972. A writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher, her personal essays, features, travel and humor pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco magazine, MORE magazine, Time Out, Eating Well, a travel book published by Simon & Schuster, and other publications. Her writing has been anthologized in many collections, including Travel Stories from Around the Globe, Best Women’s Travel Writing, and Leave the Lipstick, Take the Iguana (lead essay in a collection published by Traveler’s Tales). Her commentary has aired on public radio. [Read more...]

Pre-K Registration For 2015-16

Enrollment for the Great Neck Public Schools Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) is now open for the 2015–2016 school year. This program is offered to all district residents at no cost. In order to be eligible, children must be for years old by Dec. 1, 2015.

The UPK program is housed primarily at the Parkville School, 10 Campbell St., New Hyde Park. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. Bus transportation is only provided to and from the Parkville School for either the a.m. or p.m. session. In compliance with the New York State Education Department, some students can attend our UPK collaborative agency, the Great Neck Community School, 225 Schenck Ave. Transportation is not available to this location.

UPK registration is being held schooldays at the Office of Registration and Attendance, located in the Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., from Oct. 20 to 31. You can register your child between 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. according to the following schedule: last names starting with the letters A–E, register on Oct. 20 and 21; F to J, on Oct. 22 and 23; K to O, on Oct. 24 and 27; P–T, on Oct. 28 and 29; and U to Z, on Oct. 30 and 31.

Please note that no placements will be made until the close of the registration period. Therefore, it is unnecessary to register ahead of time. If you have not received a registration packet in the mail, you can download the registration forms from the district wePlease bring the following information to registration (it is not necessary to bring your child): proof of district residency (deed, current tax bill, or closing statement if ownership, current signed lease or current rent receipts if rental); three pieces of current, official mail, online mail is not acceptable; child’s original birth certificate; parent or guardian valid photo ID; parental control papers (if applicable); and immunization certificate signed and stamped by a physician or an authorized health agency.

For more information about UPK registration, please contact the Registration Office by phone at 51) 441-4080, or by e-mail at

For additional information about the UPK program and the optional “Fun for Fours” enrichment program, please visit the school district website at, and click on the Parkville School logo that appears in the scroll near the top of the screen.

Great Neck Scores Well In Core Tests

The Common Core? State testing scores? While Great Neck School District Superintendent Thomas Dolan recently stated that “the jury is still out” on the state-mandated Common Core curriculum and standardized tests, he also noted that the school district does not want to “over-emphasize” testing.


Thomas Dolan, superintendent, GNPS

Dr. Dolan reviewed test scores at the most recent school district Board of Education meeting and reported that Great Neck School District students out-performed students through-out Nassau County “at every level, throughout the region.” He emphasized that Great Neck students are outperforming students in the region, “with more difficult tests.” Yet, scores did not always portray this achievement.

When school districts were afforded the option of students taking either the Algebra Regents or the Common Core test, the district chose the Common Core test. The Common Core test turned out to have a scoring system that was vastly different from the Regents scoring, and, as a result, though Great Neck students did impressively well with the Common Core tests, the scoring forced scores lower. And although the district has written to the Board of Regents for some sort of dispensation, as yet there has been no answer. [Read more...]