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Magazine Awards

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.








The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.

To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.

At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.

The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also.  Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.


The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.

Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”

Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it  paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”

Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.


Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10


1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller,

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry,

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller,