Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00
Congratulations, and thank you, to our outstanding Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education! Let’s all take a moment to reflect on all that our school board does, for every single child, every single day. As we mark New York State School Board Recognition Week, from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1, let’s remember, too, to honor and recognize our very own board: President Barbara Berkowitz, Vice President Lawrence Gross and trustees Donald Ahkenase, Monique Bloom and Susan Healy.
As our schools and our students continually achieve levels of true excellence and, as well, our students who need some special help in one area or another receive this help in order for them to achieve, we have the school board to thank. Always supporting the children in every possible way, all of the board members spend unbelievably long hours paying attention to every detail at each school. The dedication and devotion that each one pours into his/her “job,” is most amazing, most incredible.
Our students, and our future, really do depend on our schools, school staff and administration, and it all depends so very much on our Board of Education.
Thank you to our exceptional board and their love for this community and for our schools.
—Wendy Karpel Kreitzman
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
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.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
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.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:23
The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
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.
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