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State High School Honor Concert Band Winners

Four students from North High and South High Schools have been accepted to perform in the New York State Band Directors Association (NYSBDA) High School Honor Concert Band, to be held in Syracuse in early March 2014. Two additional students were chosen as alternates. These students were selected by a statewide panel of NYSBDA music educators after evaluating recordings of their performances.

North High School honorees include Chris Peter Angelidis (oboe), Casey Poon (tuba), and Jasmine Wong (clarinet) with Cordelia Ding (piccolo) as an alternate. Their music teacher is Joseph Rutkowski.

South High’s winners include Elliot Horowitz (baritone saxophone), with Jay Zussman (bass clarinet) as an alternate. They are taught by Mark Boschen and Michael Schwartz.

More than 425 applications were submitted for High School Honor Band consideration. From those, 115 students were selected to participate; another 22 were designated alternates. These students will be rehearsing and performing a concert with some of their most talented peers in grades 9–12. Their performance will be conducted by a college wind ensemble director.

—By Great Neck Record staff

News

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.


Sports

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.


Calendar

Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10



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