Happening at the Great Neck School District

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Happening at the Great Neck School District

North High PTO & SDMC to host auditorium naming event on Dec. 11

The Great Neck North High School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and Shared Decision Making Committee (SDMC) will host a ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022, to celebrate the naming of the North High School auditorium in honor of retired principal Bernie Kaplan. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. at North High School, 35 Polo Rd., Great Neck. Past and present students, faculty, and parents are invited to attend the event, which will feature live performances and speeches leading up to the unveiling of a plaque. For additional information, email the North High School PTO at [email protected]

John F. Kennedy students, staff enjoy activities during Reading Week

From Nov. 14–18, elementary students at the John F. Kennedy School celebrated the building’s annual Reading Week with this year’s theme, “Camp JFK Reads S’more.” The week included a variety of camp-themed activities and special guests to promote a love for reading.

One of the highlights of Reading Week was the Campfire Share activity, where classes gathered together around a “campfire” in the school gymnasium to hear read-alouds led by Assistant Principal Ai-Huei Chang-Lau and Coach Roger Telsey. Students also enjoyed read-alouds by mystery readers – including parents and teachers – who visited classes throughout the week to share their favorite books.

Additional Reading Week activities included decorating Camp JFK t-shirts, reading in pajamas on Pajama Day, and guest author visits. Two acclaimed children’s book authors/illustrators spoke with students about their processes for developing creative stories and powerful illustrations. Students in prekindergarten through second grade were treated to an assembly with author/illustrator David Biedrzycki, while third through fifth-grade students met with author/illustrator Chris Soentpiet.

Reading Week is an annual event at Kennedy School to support literacy initiatives and develop the students’ love of reading. Activities are coordinated by a Reading Week committee led by Andrea Gerstenblatt, library media specialist.

North High juniors attend leadership conference

On Nov. 17, five juniors from North High School joined hundreds of other high school students from across Long Island at the 2022 Compassion Without Borders leadership conference at Centereach High School.

The goal of this annual conference is to encourage and inspire young leaders to make a difference in their schools and community. This year’s program, “Moving Ahead – Stronger Than Ever,” included a keynote speaker and breakout sessions for students to gain leadership experience while networking with their peers.

North High was the only high school from Nassau County to participate in this regional event. Representatives from North High were Ethan Bloom, Amitha Kumar, Matthew Shlomo, Lily Weiner, and Brooke Zar.

 

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