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NCTE Writing Award Winners

Sragovich Zhang

Adi Sragovich, from North High School, and An Zhang, from South High School, are 2017 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Achievement Awards in Writing recipients. Both received award letters and certificates for Superior Performance in Writing. Student’s writing (with the student’s name crossed out) is carefully reviewed by a committee of the school’s English teachers, which selects the pieces for submission to NCTE. Each student submitted two pieces of writing--best and themed--that were read by national judges. Papers were judged on content, purpose, audience, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style. NCTE Achievement Awards are open to current juniors. This year, 517 juniors were nominated. From that group, 106 were selected as Achievement Award in Writing recipients. The Achievement Awards in Writing, established in 1957, are designed to encourage high school students in their writing and to publicly recognize some of the best student writers in the country.


District Retirees Recognized


The Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education and professional associations representing teachers, administrators, and civil service staff recognized 36 district employees who retired during the 2016-17 school year.

Retiring principals - (with their schools in parentheses) are: Susan Elliott (South High), Phyllis Feldman (Lakeville), and Bernard Kaplan (North High).

Retiring teachers - include: Karen Cantor (South High), Rhona Jones (Parkville), Barbara Kiprik (Cumberland), Debbie Morris (Parkville), Jodi Rauch (South Middle), Neil Saggerson (North High), Helene Scharf (Kennedy), and Marie van Nieuwenhuizen (North High).

Confidential, and secretary to the Board of Education - Agnes Buckley, retired from the superintendent’s office.

Retiring from Office Staff - Anita Femia (Lakeville), Roseann Imperato (South High), Judith Kalinowski (Lakeville), Barbara Parker (Phipps), Phyllis Riskin (North High), Jessica Vega (Cumberland), and Carol Young (South High).

Paraprofessionals who are retiring - Vivian DeMartino (North High), Maria DiCarlo (Parkville), Susan Feierstein (South High), Margery Frost (Saddle Rock), Edith Gontarek (Parkville), Margaret Hackett (South High), Bernarda Mordachini (Saddle Rock), Eileen Owens (Parkville), Patricia Scida (South Middle), and Rose Tome-Buffone (North High).

Retiring from Buildings & Grounds - Dominic Ambrosio (districtwide), Michael Binda (Clover Drive), Randy Brauer (districtwide), James Gumm (Baker), Stephen Hutter (districtwide), Louis Papasodero (South High), and Vincent Rosati (districtwide).


25-Year Employees Recognized

Twenty Five Year

Great Neck Public Schools 25-year employees were recognized by the Board of Education and professional associations representing teachers, administrators, and civil service staff.

Teachers who were recognized (with their school in parentheses) - Soheila Afkhami (North High), Diane Caplain (South Middle), Jane Chatelain (Baker), Sandi Cooper (South Middle), Wendy Mamberg (Saddle Rock), James Morrow (South High), Michele Parker (North Middle), Helene Scharf (Kennedy), and Michael Schwartz (South High).

Paraprofessionals recognized - Susan Feierstein (South High) and Janet Gainer (Baker).

Members of Buildings & Grounds who have served for 25 years - Stephen Hutter (districtwide), Paul Koontz (North Middle), and Glen Ryder (Kennedy).