Happening at the Great Neck School District

Happening at the Great Neck School District

Kindergarten registration for 2023–24

Kindergarten registration for Great Neck school district residents will begin on Jan. 17, 2023. All registration applications are processed online with a final required in-person meeting for verification purposes.

Any child who legally resides within the school district and will be five years old on or before Dec. 1, 2023, is eligible to register for kindergarten for the 2023–24 school year. All children who will attend public or private school kindergarten in September 2023 need to be registered. Please note that students currently enrolled in the district’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program do not have to re-register to attend GNPS Kindergarten.

The following items are necessary to register a child for kindergarten: (1) Proof of district residency (deed, current tax bill, or closing statement, if ownership; current signed lease or current rent receipts, if rental). (2) Three pieces of current, official mail. (3) Child’s original birth certificate. (4) Parent or guardian valid photo ID. (5) Parental control papers (if applicable). (6) Immunization and Physical certificate signed and stamped by a physician or other authorized health agency.

Directions for the online application process can be found on the district website at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/registration. For additional information about registering your child for kindergarten, contact the Registration Office by phone at (516) 441-4080, or by e-mail at [email protected].

Applications available for board advisory committee

The Great Neck Board of Education is currently accepting applications from community members and staff members who wish to serve on the newly established Board Advisory Committee for the 2022–23 school year.

The Advisory Committee will meet monthly regarding matters of school and community interest. Topics may include: community relations and modes of communication between the District and the school community; enrollment projections and the potential impact on the District; the annual budget development process and presentations to the community; review of potential future capital improvements; and intermunicipal relations at the local and State levels.

Committee meetings will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7–9 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 8 at Lakeville School, March 15 at E.M. Baker School, and April 19 at Lakeville School. Attendance is limited to committee members only and additional meetings may be scheduled. Committee members are expected to attend the meetings and to review materials provided, if any, in advance of each meeting.

Interested community members and staff members who are at least 18 years of age are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed by the Board and up to 40 individuals will be selected to serve on the Committee.

The Board Advisory Committee application is available on the District website at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/committees. Hard copies of the application are available in the Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Rd. The application deadline is Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023.

For additional information, please contact Patricia McShane, district clerk/secretary to the Board of Education, at [email protected] or (516) 441-4001.

Kennedy school staff adopt families for the holidays

Faculty at the John F. Kennedy School continued their long-standing commitment to supporting local families in need during the holiday season. Staff members “adopted” 28 families within the Kennedy School community and collected all the necessary items to help these families celebrate a happy and healthy holiday. Pictured here, (left to right) Nicole Zupa, Anna Reda, Gladys Ramirez, Malka Rahmanan, Assistant Principal Ai-Huei Chang-Lau, and Principal Ron Gimondo prepare festive gift bags with toys and clothing, as well as large cardboard boxes filled with non-perishable food items to be delivered to local families.

South High fencing teams shine at holiday tournament

South High School fencing teams competed against the best fencers on Long Island at the Brentwood Holiday Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 17. The Rebels had outstanding performances all around, with several students winning medals.

Top performances from the Boys Fencing Team included: captain Ryan Wong, gold medal in saber; Siyuan (Mark) Xiang, silver medal in epee; Jia (Justin) Jiang, bronze medal in foil; Maxwell Tse, fifth place in epee; Huan (John) Chen, sixth place in saber; and captain Drew Kim, ninth place in foil.

Top performances from the Girls Fencing Team included: captain Vicki Lin, silver medal in saber; Alyssa Wong, bronze medal in saber; Justina Hom, silver medal in epee; Audrey Gao, bronze medal in epee; and Ashley Nguyen, sixth place in epee.

The South High Boys Fencing Team, coached by Joshua Baravarian, are the reigning Long Island fencing champions and two-time Nassau County champions (2021, 2022). The Girls Fencing Team, coached by Catie Sagevick, has won the Nassau County championship four years in a row (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022).

Christa Fulton Memorial Teacher Award

The Great Neck Public Schools encourages alumni to consider nominating a GNPS educator for the annual Christa Fulton Memorial Teacher Award. The deadline to submit nominations is Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

The sole purpose of this award is to recognize GNPS educators who have had a profound impact on the lives of students. Alumni from North High School, South High School, and Village School may nominate an elementary teacher, a secondary school teacher, a guidance counselor, or a social worker for this award.

Nominations detailing how the selected teacher has had an impact on the individual’s life must be submitted to [email protected] by Jan. 31. Authors should identify themselves only by their student number, which may be obtained from the guidance office at the high school they attended (or for Village School graduates, the middle school attended). Please also include the name of the high school attended and the year of graduation.

A five-member award committee will carefully consider all nominations and select two recipients based on the perceived impact that the teachers had on their students’ lives.

For additional information about this award, including the nomination and selection process, contact Dr. Stephen C. Lando, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, at [email protected].

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