In accordance with New York State Education Law, free transportation for the 2013–14 school year will be available to children attending private or parochial school who meet these walking distance-from-school requirements: To be eligible for free transportation, the walking distance from a pupil’s home to a private or parochial school must exceed 0.5 mile for students in grades K–5; 0.75 mile for students in grades 6–8; and 1 mile for students in grades 9–12. Transportation is limited to a maximum distance of 15 miles. Other rules may apply to children with disabilities (please consult with Pupil Services, 441-4970).
Residents of the Great Neck school district who seek free bus transportation for their children to private or parochial school in September, and who meet the walking-distance requirements above, must submit an application, hand-delivered or postmarked, by April 1, to: Transportation Office, Great Neck Public Schools, 345 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, NY 11020. This April 1 deadline is determined by state law. The “Non-Public School Transportation Request Form” is available on the district website (www.greatneck.k12.ny.us). Click on “Forms” in the blue left-hand column, then on “Transportation.” Info: Great Neck Public Schools, 441-4060, on school days.
On Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., qualified residents of the Great Neck Public School District may vote on the proposed 2013–2014 school budget. Voting will take place at the E.M. Baker School, 69 Baker Hill Road, in the multi-purpose room (for voters who reside north of the LIRR), and at the William A. Shine-South High School, 341 Lakeville Road, in the west gym (for voters residing south of the LIRR). Additional budget information follows.
South High School’s Instrumental and Vocal Concert will take place on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the school’s auditorium, 341 Lakeville Road. This year’s concert will combine the outstanding performances by South’s students with the fundraising efforts coordinated by the music department to help defray the cost of the restoration of one of South’s two Steinway Grand Pianos. This piano was built in 1958 and is used primarily in the choral room. Over time, the piano has deteriorated to the point where it now needs to be restored so that it will last for many years to come.
Five students from North and South High Schools were named semifinalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search, a program of Society for Science & the Public. Intel is the country’s oldest pre-college science competition and is considered by many to be the most prestigious.
North High School’s semifinalists are: Deriam Chirinos, Meng Lu (Matilda) Dong, and Julia Zhuang. Deriam and Matilda’s faculty sponsor was Dr. Marie van Nieuwenhuizen, science research teacher. Julia’s faculty sponsor was Alan Schorn, science research teacher.
South High’s semifinalists are: David Kim and Cyrus Zhou. David’s research project was done independently under the guidance of a professor at Hofstra University. Cyrus worked under the guidance of a researcher at NYU, as well as with science research teachers Drs. Carol Hersh and James Truglio.
Four new special events, with culinary accents, sponsored by the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Program, are on the agenda for spring. Read about them below. For more information or to register, call 441-4949. For the complete catalog and online registration, go to www.greatneckadulted.org.
At an informative Lunch & Learn, at the new Shish-Kebab restaurant in Great Neck, Yan Kharkover, a doctor of physical therapy, will provide simple steps to reduce your risk of falling and protect you from injury. Following Dr. Kharkover’s presentation, enjoy appetizers, Greek salad, choice of kebab entrée with rice and vegetables, assorted pastries, soft drink, coffee, and tea. This special event takes place on Tuesday, March 12, at Noon. Fee: $39. You must be pre-registered. Meet at Shish-Kebab, 132 Middle Neck Road.
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