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South Middle Helps ACS

As part of the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life” program, South Middle School held its inaugural “Relay Field Day.” Fundraising for the Relay Field Day was done individually by students, and by grade with the selling of $1 fundraising cards. The PTA donated $100 and three $50 Amazon gift cards to the highest fundraising student in each grade. The PTA also donated festive balloons and ice pops for the event. Two school clubs, Student Organization Community Action (faculty advisor is Linda Musmeci, mathematics teacher) and Student Organization Service (faculty advisor is Frank Bua, social studies department head), donated money towards the dunk tank activity. The clubs also donated the huge arch of welcoming balloons. Collectively, over $12,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society.


Relay Field Day began with a kick-off ceremony in the auditorium at which cancer survivors Margo Christofer, health teacher, and Claudia Re, science department head, spoke to students about their experiences with cancer. The Relay for Life program also raised awareness about skin cancer prevention.


The weather was glorious for the Relay Field Day. On the athletic field/track, students, grouped by grades, engaged in a variety of activities including tug of war, pizza box relay, and dunk tank, where Principal James Welsch was dunked over 10 times.


The eighth-grade Peer Leaders (faculty advisor is Ryan Nadherny, guidance department head) played an integral part in running the Field Day events. Thanks are also due to parent Spyro Dimitratos and Peter Mamais, owner of North Shore Farms, for donating lunch for the Peer Leaders.


Throughout the day, Thomas Williams, district audio-visual technician, provided invaluable assistance working the sound system and various microphones.


Main organizers for Relay Field Day were: James Welsch, principal; Gina Cartolano and Gerald Cozine, assistant principals; Jennifer DiPalo, health department head; Cathleen Dnyprowsky, physical education department head; Catherine Graybosch, librarian; Mr. Nadherny; and Audrey Rudin, office staff. 


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

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