Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
South High School’s art and literary magazine, Exit 33, and South Middle School’s art and literary magazine, Rebel Pen, have each received the rank of Superior-Nominated for Highest Award (second place) in the 2012 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM).
Forty schools in New York State received first- to fifth-place rankings in the competition from the 417 schools that applied nationally. South High’s Exit 33 was one of nine high schools in the State to receive the second place award. South Middle’s Rebel Pen was the only middle school to achieve this honor.
Exit 33 is an annual publication that includes student poetry, short stories, memoirs, art, and photography. Student editors were then-juniors Elizabeth Li and Emily Zhou, and then-sophomores Lora Pavlovich and Christine Wong. Layout and design editors were then-senior Sharon Fan and then-sophomore Christine Wong. Literary advisor was English teacher Richard Ehrlich. Art advisors were art teachers Katherine Saltoun and Lisa Stancati.
Rebel Pen is published once a year. There is a core group of 25 students who write and create art for the magazine, but submissions are welcome from all grades—sixth, seventh, and eighth. Last year’s winning edition published 113 pieces from 54 contributors. The magazine’s theme was “Time,” inspired by the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11. The edition incorporated works from world languages, social studies, and technology departments. The magazine included poems (some bilingual), short stories, essays, line drawings, paintings, and watercolors. Editors-in-chief were then eighth-graders Emma Lu and Michelle Yang. Art director was then eighth-grader Annabelle Ng. Faculty advisors were English teachers Kirsten Kuhn and Nicolette Marr.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Once again the Great Neck School District received a host of gifts and donations. All were recently approved and accepted by the Board of Education at school board public action meetings.
Eight donations were received for the Robotics Club, to help offset some of the many costs associated with running a successful robotics program. Donations were sent from: the Rotary Club of Gold Coast, Cathy Sung, Stephen and Beth Wolf, Joel and Ellen Dressner, Jay and Judi Bosworth, Edith Novick and Dmitriy Tokar, Gary and Bianna Gal, Scott and Barbara Erlich and Jill A. Krieger.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Residents in the Great Neck School District vote on the proposed $209,442,904 2013-2014 school budget this coming Tuesday, May 21. In addition to the budget vote (Proposition No. 1), eligible voters also vote on the Great Neck Library budget (Proposition No. 2) and for one Board of Education trustee, Monique Bloom (who is running unopposed, having been appointed to the school board last year).
As always, by far the largest percentage of the budget is dedicated to instruction. This amounts to around 75 percent of each year’s budget.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Park District, in partnership with the Great Neck Figure Skating Club and the Great Neck School District, started the Therapeutic Skating program in February 2013. This program was extremely beneficial to students with special needs from Great Neck North Middle and High Schools. The skaters met bi-monthly at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink through Tuesday, April 23. They ended the season with a skating session as usual and then enthusiastically were awarded their trophies.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
The Great Neck Dodgers baseball team opened against Manhasset at the new Manhasset Valley Park on Saturday, April 27. Coaches Mat Rubin and Steve Menist cheered the boys through an exciting game on the brand new turf field. Pictured (l. to r.): Kevin Li, Brandon Walter, Kenny Li, Alec Rich, Noah Kniesly, Philip Menist, Brad Fritzhand, Jordan Seidenberg, Max Silverstein, Josh Rubin, James Kessler, Michael Jacobs, coaches Steven Menist and Mat Rubin.