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Registration Open for Elementary AM/PM Enrichment Program

Registration is open for the third trimester of the Great Neck Public Schools AM/PM enrichment program. This is a tuition-based program that offers enrichment courses for elementary students before and after school hours. Each course meets once a week over ten weeks.

Early morning courses include a variety of academic and physical activities for students in second through fifth grades. This trimester, the enrichment program is introducing new after-school courses for fourth and fifth-grade students that focus on world languages. These offerings include French, Greek, Mandarin, and Spanish courses.

The AM/PM enrichment program is available at Elizabeth M. Baker, John F. Kennedy, Lakeville and Saddle Rock schools. Course offerings and times vary by school building.

The third trimester of the elementary AM/PM enrichment program will begin on March 12 and run through May 25. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register before March 5; offerings may change after March 5 based on the level of interest for each course.

The fee for each course is $100. For a complete list of course offerings and registration information, please view the program catalogs on the Recreation Department page of the GNPS website at

For more information about the elementary AM/PM enrichment program, please contact David Zawatson, director of physical education, recreation and athletics, at (516) 441-4045 or


South Middle Presents Annie

Photo of South Middle Annie Cast

South Middle School will present the musical, Annie, on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday, March 17 at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m. All performances will take place in the school auditorium, 349 Lakeville Road.

This production will be under the direction of Gabriel Carras, English department head at South Middle School. Tickets are $10. For additional information, please call (516) 441-4600.


John F. Kennedy School Celebrates Kindness Week

Photo of JFK faculty and staff for Kindness Week

The John F. Kennedy School celebrated Kindness Week from Feb. 12 through Feb. 15. The celebration kicked off with a building-wide assembly, where Student Council representatives led their classmates in a kindness pledge. Fun and meaningful activities took place throughout the week to reinforce the concept of kindness and encourage good deeds.

This program was sponsored by the Student Council and coordinated by Assistant Principal Mrs. Murray and fifth-grade teacher Mrs. Schapira, with support from the entire JFK staff.


South High Wins Second Place at Regional Science Bowl

Photo of the South High Student Regional Science Bowl Team

A five-member team from South High School won second place at the Long Island Regional High School Science Bowl at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Jan. 27. The team of Adrian Chen, Shawn Kang, Yuhan Liu, Jennifer Wang, and Anthony Zhan competed against 19 other teams at this regional event.
Teams faced off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.

South High has taken high awards at the last three Regional Science Bowls, placing first in 2017, third in 2016, and second in 2015. The team’s coach is Dr. James Truglio, biology teacher at South High.

“The National Science Bowl continues to be one of the premier academic competitions across the country and prepares America’s students for future successes in some of the world’s fastest growing fields in science, technology, and engineering,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.

The Science Bowl is one of the nation’s regional competitions of the 27th Annual DOE National Science Bowl (NSB). More than 14,000 students compete in NSB each year. Approximately 275,000 students have participated in NSB in its 27-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.


North High Students Attend Leadership Conference

Photo of North High Juniors on the Athletic Leadership Club

Six juniors from the North High School Athletic Leadership Club joined students from all over Nassau County for the 15th Annual Student Athletes as Leaders: Leadership On and Off the Field conference at Hofstra University on Feb. 1. Great Neck North High School was represented by student leaders Nicole Victory, Alexis Namdar, Kayla Ebrani, Matthew Nabatkhorian, Maor Amar and Benjamin Veliz, as well as Principal Daniel Holtzman and Athletic Director Eamonn Flood. The conference included speakers, workshops and discussions to support positive student leadership throughout Nassau County schools.


North High Musicians Present Young People’s Concert

Photo of Administrators, Teachers, and Performing Students at the 27th Annual Young People's Concert

Instrumental musicians from Great Neck North High School presented the 27th Annual Young People’s Concert at Saddle Rock School for an audience of fifth graders from three elementary schools on Jan. 26.

This year’s concert was titled, “Music That Tells a Story,” and featured popular selections by Giuseppe Verdi, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner, Johann Strauss, Andrew Lloyd Weber and Leonard Bernstein.

The first Young People’s Concert was developed in 1991 by Dr. Victor Caliman, who was Assistant Principal of Saddle Rock at the time, and Joseph Rutkowski, instrumental music teacher at North High. The program was created to inspire young musicians and increase the number of students participating in the secondary instrumental music program. For the inaugural performance, the North High band had 29 members and the orchestra had 16 members; the band and orchestra now boast enrollments of more than 80 students each.

Since 1992, the Young People’s Concert has taken place each winter during Regents week, when high school schedules are modified for testing. The older students were bused to elementary schools that “feed into” North Middle and North High –– E. M. Baker, John F. Kennedy, and Saddle Rock schools –– to perform for fifth graders and their teachers during the school day.

Changes to the testing schedule over recent years have made it increasingly difficult to schedule this annual event. This year, 20 dedicated musicians from North High woke up early on the day of the performance to take a mid-term exam at 6:45 a.m. –– while dressed in formal concert attire –– in order to participate in the Young People’s Concert later that morning.

This year’s performance was billed as the final Young People’s Concert due to these scheduling complications, but Mr. Rutkowski hopes a similar performance will continue to take place in the future, perhaps during a different time of the school year. He expressed his gratitude to the many individuals who contributed to the success of this program over the years, including administrators, district staff, music faculty, North High music boosters, and parent chaperones.

At the conclusion of the concert, administrators and music teachers from the elementary schools thanked Mr. Rutkowski for his dedication to the music program and presented him with flowers as a token of their appreciation.