alert Weather Alert alert
ln order to ensure the safe arrival of students and staff, the Great Neck Public Schools will operate
on a 2-HOUR DELAYED OPENING on THURSDAY, MARCH 22 to allow for longer travel times.
The AM and PM PreK and Fun For Fours Programs at Parkville School are canceled.
Community Education classes that begin before 11:00 a.m. are canceled.

New Web Site Announcement
One hundred years after our District first installed electricity in 1898, the Great Neck Public Schools launched its first Web site
on March 1, 1998. Twenty years later, we are launching a completely redesigned site later in the spring with modern aesthetics,
a clean look, consistent navigation, built-in translation, social media integration, an interactive online calendar, and much more.
The site will be ADA compliant, display responsively on all devices, and promote the GNPS brand across all schools and programs.
In honor of our Web site's 20th anniversary, you may view the new home page and view the new home page with annotations.

District Announcements Latest News
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Statement on School Safety From Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Teresa Prendergast has posted a statement on school safety and district security. View Superintendent Statement on School Safety of 2/23/18...For more information, read the Newsday article, Securing LI's schools: Districts review safety plans, featuring our district.

School District Budget Events
The vote on the proposed 2018–19 School District Budget will be held on Tuesday, May 15, from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. There are numerous budget events scheduled to take place over the next few months. View 2018-19 Budget Events...View 2018-19 Budget Details...

Transportation Registration for Non-Public Schools
In accordance with New York State Education Law, free transportation for the 2018–19 school year will be available to children attending non-public schools who meet the following walking distance-from-school requirements. Read more...

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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

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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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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: 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 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​.

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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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Guide Post Takes Top Journalism Award
North High School’s student newspaper, Guide Post, received four top awards, including first place honors, at the Adelphi University Quill Awards for Outstanding Journalism. Read more...

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Author Chris Crutcher Visits North Middle
Young Adult author Chris Crutcher visited North Middle School on March 6 to speak about the writing process and answer questions from students. Read more...

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Upstander Week at South Middle
Several inspiring guest speakers visited South Middle during the week of March 5—9 to remind students about our responsibility to be upstanders and speak out against intolerance. Read more...

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North Middle Student Wins Second Place in National T-Shirt Contest
Congratulations to North Middle seventh grader Jewels Rahmanan, who won second place in a nationwide t-shirt design competition for the Achilles Kids International Marathon Program. Read more...

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Board Commends North High Students
Seventy-one North High School students were recently recognized by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their school. Read more...

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
Four students from Great Neck Public Schools received awards at the Long Island Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) in February, and one student has been selected to participate in the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Maryland in May. Read more...

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Interschool Visits on Cyberbullying
Seniors enrolled in the Facing History course at South High visited fifth-graders at Lakeville School and Saddle Rock School to present lessons they developed on digital citizenship, with a focus on cyberbullying. Read more...

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Student Selected for Honor Orchestra of America
Megan Xu, a senior at North High School, has been selected to perform with the 2018 Honor Orchestra of America at a concert in Indiana. This is the second consecutive year Megan will perform with this prestigious ensemble. Read more...

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Middle Schools Participate in Math Competition
North Middle School hosted the 2018 Long Island MATHCOUNTS competition in February. Fifteen schools participated in this regional event, including both Great Neck middle schools. The team from South Middle finished in second place and will advance to the state-level competition at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on March 17. Read more...

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South Middle Wins Regional Middle School Science Bowl
A four-member team from South Middle School won the Long Island Regional Middle School Science Bowl at Brookhaven National Laboratory on March 3. The team of Matthew Moy, Matthew Tsui, Jansen Wong, and Charlie Yin competed against 19 other teams at this regional event. Read more...

E.M. Baker School Celebrates International Week
Each year, E.M. Baker School celebrates its cultural and ethnic diversity with a host of activities during their International Week. The theme of this year’s event was “This Is Me,” based on the book of the same title by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell. Read more...

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Village School Student Recognition
Village School (VS) students were recently recognized by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their high school. Read more...

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National Merit Finalists
Twenty-one seniors from North and South High Schools have advanced to Finalists (from Semifinalists) in the prestigious 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are now among more than 15,000 students who will be considered for some 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards that will be announced in coming months. Read more...

District News Archive
To read this year's GNPS press releases in their entirety, please visit our District News Archive.

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