The New School Year, Great Neck Public Schools
Often during July or August, I'll be asked a variation of this question: "So what do you do all summer?" The implication is that the school district staff are all "away" for the summer months. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, the calendar usually has from 50 to 55 workdays between the last day of school in June and the start of the new year in September, and all are crammed with activity in our schools. In July, we offer a most comprehensive enrichment, recreation and remediation program, some of which extends into August. This summer, more than 600 students took advantage of 59 separate courses, ranging from a whole spectrum of remediation to enrichment offerings in photography, music, art, first aid, advanced mathematics and much more. Our summer recreation program enrolled over 1,500 students in myriad activities.Working around all this school-based bustle and movement, somehow our custodial and maintenance staff manage to accomplish a huge amount of cleaning, repairing, updating and modernizing. Floors are stripped, waxed and sealed, filters and ducts are cleaned, masonry is repaired, lighting is always being upgraded for brightness and efficiency, fields and playgrounds are updated, painting gets done, and the list is virtually endless. It all got done in-this summer-53 workdays. Concurrently, the offices are abuzz with the scheduling of classes for students and teachers, ordering of books and supplies, hiring of new staff, and countless other tasks needed to ensure our schools are clean, safe, and "teaching and learning-ready" for the big day when we reopen in September. By mid-August, teachers come back to their classrooms, rearranging, changing, moving, and readying for the return of students.
Dedication of Trompe l'Oeil Plaque
A dedication was held at Daruma of Tokyo Restaurant recently to unveil the plaque standing beside the mural "A Handful of Keys." The donors who provided the funds to embark on this undertaking were invited to attend the ceremony and each donor received beautifully engraved and framed certificates thanking them for their generous contributions.
Juvenile Diabetes 'Go Wild for the Cure' Walk
The Long Island Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation recently held a kick-off luncheon at the Melville Marriott for volunteers participating in this year's annual walk to cure diabetes. The walk, whose theme is "Go Wild for the Cure," will take place on Sunday, Oct. 1, in Nassau County at SUNY Old Westbury and in Suffolk County at Belmont Lake State Park in Babylon. Having raised $1.2 million for diabetes research at last year's walk, the LI Chapter continues to set high goals as it will strive to raise $1.5 million at this year's event.
Girls Lacrosse in Great Neck
A fall girls lacrosse program is scheduled for this fall in Great Neck. The team is seeking to expand and grow its program for girls in second grade through high school. Coaches and/or parents with lacrosse experience are needed. Contact Donald Tanenbaum at dtanenb924@#aol.com
Welcome Back to School!