Happening at the Great Neck School District

Happening at the Great Neck School District

Great Neck High School chapters recognized by DECA

DECA has announced North High School and South High School as winners in the 2022–23 DECA Chapter Campaign Program. Each high school earned an Achievement Level award in recognition of their respective chapter’s growth, involvement, engagement, and outstanding activities.

Both high schools boast thriving DECA programs, which prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. This year, North High’s chapter has 205 members and South High’s chapter has 161 members.

All of these students prepare for DECA competitions, which include role play events, written manual events, and online competitions such as the Stock Market Game and Virtual Business Challenge. Great Neck students consistently achieve success at the regional competition and DECA State Career Conference, with top scorers advancing to the DECA International Career Development Conference (ICDC).

“Your chapter is to be commended on its efforts to showcase the impact that DECA has in preparing your school’s emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for college and career success,” reads a congratulatory message from DECA. “We thank you for your commitment to supporting experiential learning opportunities through your DECA chapter to assist in the development of academically prepared, community-oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.”

DECA faculty advisors are Richard Marchese and Paul Rodriguez at North High, and Sheryl Demetres and Rick Vine at South High.

Lewis E. Love Memorial Award supports science education in Great Neck

The Great Neck Public Schools is pleased to expand upon its exceptional science offerings through a generous gift from The Lewis E. Love Memorial Science Education Award. The award was established by the Great Neck North High School Class of 1963 to support education initiatives in honor of beloved science teacher Lewis E. Love, who inspired many students to pursue a career in science throughout his 40 years as an educator in Great Neck.

The award is a gift to the Great Neck Public Schools from its alumni, and Mr. Love’s family, friends and supporters. It was established to demonstrate their gratitude for the deep and lasting effect Mr. Love’s teaching skill and exemplary character had on their lives, and to honor his extraordinary teaching career in Great Neck.

This year’s award, totaling $10,000, will support a variety of learning experiences for middle school and high school students, including the purchase of a Sustaining Membership to the Dolan DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (DNALC), which includes field trip and research opportunities for students, as well as access to lectures and professional development workshops; funding for two additional class field trips to science research facilities; the creation of an additional Science Olympiad Team; and funding for science-based activities to inspire disadvantaged students, especially English Language Learners.

“This generous award enables each of our secondary schools to expand upon opportunities for students to discover and develop their passion for science by participating in true scientific endeavors,” explains Dr. Stephen C. Lando, assistant superintendent for secondary education. “Supporting our next generation of scientists is truly in keeping with Mr. Love’s legacy.”

This is the second Lewis E. Love Memorial Science Education Award presented to the District. In the 2021–22 school year, the first grant from the Lewis E. Love Award, in the amount of $7,500, was used to sponsor trips to the DNA Learning Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Two hundred and eighty-eight seventh-grade students visited the DNA Learning Center over three days in February 2022.

North Middle Spelling Bee

The North Middle School English Department hosted the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee school-wide competition on Jan. 12.

Forty-three contestants in grades 6, 7 and 8 earned a spot in the school-wide event by winning their respective classroom-level spelling bee in December. After more than ten challenging rounds and 230 words, seventh grader Lila Halpert and sixth grader Brian Liu (pictured here) were the final two contestants on the stage. Brian triumphed as the winner by correctly spelling the championship word, “marauding.”

Brian will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional Competition, where he will test his skills against other students from across Long Island.

North High presents The Magic Flute

North High School will present The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, on Friday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, February 11 at 8 p.m., in the school’s Bernard Kaplan Auditorium, 35 Polo Rd. This opera is a student production, from the singers who will perform in German (with English supra-titles), to the musicians in the orchestra.

The Magic Flute is a love story with elements of fantasy, free-flying imagination, and easily accessible charm. The handsome hero, Tamino, is on a quintessential and, ultimately, successful quest to rescue the beautiful and courageous Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night. He is accompanied by Papageno, the bird seller. To aid them in their task, the Queen’s three Ladies-in-Waiting give Papageno a set of chimes, and Tamino, the magic flute.

This opera is produced and music directed by Dr. Pamela Levy, fine and performing arts department chairperson. The stage director is Robert Stivanello, the artistic director is Leonard Antinori, and the conductor is Dr. Esther Noh.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students/senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased online at https://juniorplayers.ludus.com/index.php. For more information, call (516) 441-4851 or email [email protected].

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