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Great Neck School Board Recognized

In celebration of School Board Recognition Week, students from North High School and South High School attended the November Board meeting to recognize the dedicated trustees who volunteer their service on the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education. North High School students Kelly Chau, Natascha Hakim, Oliver Pour, and Joshua Wigler presented a custom "GNPSopoly" board to each member of the Board of Education. Modeled after the Monopoly board game, the framed GNPSopoly board features properties named after GNPS schools, annual activities, and successful initiatives. South High School students Hyeonsu (Helen) Ji and Jingchen (James) Jian recited an original poem and gave copies to each Board member. The poem, which also had a board game theme, communicated the students' appreciation to the Board members for their tireless efforts. School Board Recognition Week is sponsored by the New York State School Boards Association to recognize school board members for their commitment to New York public school children. In conjunction with the annual Recognition, the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education is traditionally honored by students.


GNPS/TV Wins First Place at Regional Video Festival

Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) has won a first-place award from the Alliance for Community Media (ACM)-Northeast Region 2017 Video Festival. GNPS/TV received Best Video honors in the Educational Program category for their six-minute spotlight video, "GNPS South Middle Cultural Heritage Celebration, 2016." The Cultural Heritage Celebration is an annual event held at South Middle School. This award-winning video, which aired on the GNPS/TV Spotlight Show, features highlights of the event. The "GNPS South Middle Cultural Heritage Celebration, 2016" may be viewed at Congratulations to the GNPS/TV broadcast crew members who were involved in this production: Aaron Banwer, Jason Biviano, Alexander Dembner, Derek Delson, Raymond Gresalfi, Sidra Hussain, Samuel Katz, Benjamin Kobliner, Christina Liu, Nicole Marinescu, William Miecuna, Ethan Ng, Lauren Parrott, Abraham Rosloff, Michael Shen, Michelle Song, Lauren Wong, Ashley Yu, and Ethan Zeltser. Projects entered in the ACM Video Festival competition are produced all around New England and New York by students, professionals, and senior citizens competing in 20 categories. Earlier this year, GNPS/TV won two 2017 ACM Hometown Media Awards for Best Broadcast of a Performance or Concert (for the South High School production of the opera, Carmen) and for Best Film (for the 2016 film, Spaghetti Dinner, an annual South Middle School event). 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, district educational cable TV producer/director, by phone at (516) 441-4676, or by e-mail at


Adult Learning Center's Food Drive

Each year, just before Thanksgiving, the students at the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Learning Center donate food to Long Island Cares, Harry Chapin Food Bank. Several are shown here with some of the food donations. Joining them are (back row, left to right) Director of Adult Basic Education Dr. Errin Hatwood; Board of Education Trustee Donna Peirez; Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz; and Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Pupil Services Dr. Joseph Hickey.