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Community Health and Wellness Fair Scheduled for 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, 35 Polo Road. This event is open to the entire community, and residents of all ages are encouraged to attend.
The Community Health and Wellness Fair will feature a keynote speaker, break-out sessions led by health and safety experts, and an exhibitor’s space in the gymnasium.
The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Warren Seigel, Chairman of Pediatrics and Director of Adolescent Medicine at Coney Island Hospital. Dr. Seigel is also an associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics at SUNY-Health Science Center at Brooklyn.
The Great Neck Public Schools Wellness Committee is currently accepting proposals from individuals and organizations interested in presenting at the event. The committee encourages residents and service providers within the region to consider sharing their knowledge and expertise as a presenter or an exhibitor. Anyone interested in presenting at the fair must complete an exhibitor proposal form online at: The deadline for proposals is Thursday, March 1.
The Wellness Committee would also like input from residents about the types of information they would like presented at the fair. A community interest survey is available online through March 1, and survey results will play an important role in the exhibitor selection process. The brief, anonymous survey is available at:
For more information about the Community Health and Wellness Fair, please contact David Zawatson, director of physical education, recreation and athletics, at (516) 441-4045 or


GNPS/TV Current 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.
GNPS/TV programs are available on demand, 24/7, on the school district website, (click on the GNPS/TV logo near the top of the main page), or by going directly to
Programs can also be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. Airing times in program descriptions below are for Cablevision and Verizon viewing.
South High Winter Concert II
South High Winter Concert II featured the Symphonic Band, Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Mixed Choir. The Concert was under the direction of Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental teacher, and Dr. Janine Robinson, vocal music teacher.
South High Winter Concert II view times are: 8 a.m., and 1 and 6 p.m.
North Middle Spotlight
North Middle Spotlight focuses on several events at North Middle School. Highlights include: Valentines for Veterans, the Dancing Classrooms culminating event, highlights from the One Acts, excerpts from the North Middle Winter Concert, and more!
North Middle Spotlight airs at 10 a.m., and at 3 and 8 p.m.
Focus on Education
Focus on Education is an ongoing series hosted by Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast, highlighting what’s new and interesting in the district. This episode features an interview with Dr. Christopher Gitz, the new principal at the William A. Shine Great Neck South High School.
Focus on Education airs at 11 a.m., 4 and 9 p.m.
South Middle Spotlight
South Middle Spotlight takes a look back at some of the segments that originally aired on HTV (Homeroom Television), the live, daily, morning-news show broadcast to South Middle’s students and staff. These segments showcase a variety of events at South Middle, including: Winter Concert, Relay for Life, the opening day of school, Halloween, and more.
South Middle Spotlight airs at 12, 5 and 10 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. Programs are student-produced.
For further information, please contact Robert Zahn, director of educational television and broadcast media, by e-mail at, and by phone at (516) 441-4676.


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.
Trimester III registration will take place on Wednesday, February 28 and Thursday, March 1, from 9 a.m.–Noon, and 6–9 p.m.; and on Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m.–Noon. Registration for classes must be done in person at the Adult Learning Center, 105 Clover Drive. Please allow two hours to complete the registration process. Preference will be given to Great Neck residents and previous students.
There is a non-refundable processing fee for each semester of $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 by cash, credit card, check, or money order (payable to Great Neck Public Schools).
For more information, please contact the Adult Learning Center at (516) 441-4950, or visit us online at


North High Valentine Soirée

The Valentine Soirée at North High School will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m., at the school, 35 Polo Rd. The public is warmly welcomed to this free event.
This year’s event will feature the Jazz Ensemble, Concert Choir, and the North High A Cappella Troupe. There will also be vocal solos and duets.
The Jazz Ensemble will perform “Lil Darlin’” by Neil Hefti and a medley of love-themed jazz standards.
Selections to be performed by the Concert Choir include “All the Things You Are” and “What I Did for Love.”
The A Cappella Troupe will sing “Crazy” and “Some Nights.”
Solo performances will include “Can't Help Falling in Love,” “When I Was Your Man,” and “Your Heart is as Black as Night.”
The Valentine Soirée will be under the direction of Dr. Pamela Levy, department head for fine and performing arts and director of vocal music, and Mr. Joseph Rutkowski, director of instrumental music.


Chamber Music, Opera, and Piano Recital at South High

South High School will present its Chamber Music, Opera, and Piano Recital on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m., at the school, 341 Lakeville Rd.
This recital will feature three ensembles from the Great Neck South High School chamber music program that have been selected as winners of the 2018 Long Island Regional high school chamber music competition, part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Young Musicians Program.
The three chamber ensembles are: Susan Fendt, Eli Goldberger, and Soyoung Park performing Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen, “The Shepherd on the Rock”, D. 965; Samuel Levine, Christiana Claus, and Benjamin T. Rossen performing Doppler’s Andante et Rondo, Op. 25 for Two Flutes and Piano; and Andersen Gu and Benjamin T. Rossen performing Benjamin’s original composition, Rossen – A Conversation with Piano and Alto Saxophone. This composition won first place at the New York State and Eastern Division levels of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Composition Competition, as well as third-place at the national level of the competition.
This year’s recital will also include a preview of the school’s upcoming production of The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach, which will be performed on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. Students will perform two selections during the recital on Feb. 14: “Romance (Elle a fui),” with students Daniella Brancato and Soyoung Park, and “Barcarolle,” with students Susan Fendt, Ashley Yu, and Benjamin Rossen.
Event coordinators/directors are Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head/instrumental music teacher, and Dr. Janine Robinson, vocal music teacher.
For further information, please contact Mr. Schwartz at (516) 441-4851, or at