Happening at the Great Neck School District

South High Principal Dr. Christopher Gitz, faculty members John Motchkavitz and Matthew Corrigan, and student representatives from the Rebel Robotics team and the Support Our Troops club are photographed with the 9/11 monument in the school’s memorial garden.

South High dedicates 9/11 memorial

A piece of steel and concrete from the World Trade Center has found a new permanent home in a memorial garden on the South High School campus. South High administrators, faculty, and students recently gathered for a small dedication ceremony to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

This project was a joint effort by the South High Rebel Robotics team and Support Our Troops club, which were the recipients of a piece of steel and a piece of concrete from the Twin Towers in Manhattan. Both of these pieces were joined together to form a single monument to remember the events of 9/11 and honor those who were lost.

The monument has been incorporated into a memorial garden on the South High campus, located outside the Business/Technology wing of the building. The garden area, which was designed by former students in the Business/Technology Department, serves as a space for quiet reflection for the school community.

“The undertaking of this project stemmed from the importance of remembering the events of 9/11, the brave souls that were lost and those still suffering today,” explains John Motchkavitz, business/technology department head and Rebel Robotics mentor.

Students and faculty from South High’s Facing History classes, Rebel Robotics team, and Support Our Troops club attended a dedication ceremony in the memorial garden on Sept. 15. Speakers included Principal Dr. Christopher Gitz, Mr. Motchkavitz, and student representatives from the Rebel Robotics team and Support Our Troops club.

Mentors for the Rebel Robotics team are John Motchkavitz and Matthew Corrigan, business/technology teacher. The faculty advisor for the Support Our Troops club is Michael Passuello, business/technology teacher. Jonathan Ruvio, technology department head at South Middle, supported the project with his welding skills.

School board meetings available via livestream

The Great Neck Board of Education is pleased to announce that upcoming Public Action Meetings will be available for online viewing via livestream. A livestream link will be posted before each meeting on the District website at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us.

The Board of Education resumed in-person meetings in July 2021. The new livestream option will allow residents to watch Public Action Meetings on their personal devices in real-time.

Please note that the livestream does not provide a chat function, so online viewers will not have the ability to ask questions during a meeting. Residents who have matters to present to the Board but cannot attend a meeting in-person may communicate in writing. Letters should be addressed to: Board of Education, Great Neck Public Schools, 345 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, NY 11020.

A complete list of Board meeting dates, times, and locations can be found on the District website at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/meetings. This web page is also a resource for meeting agendas (posted before a meeting) and presentations (posted after a meeting). For additional information, call (516) 441-4001.

Calendar notices for October 2021

Please note that meeting dates, times, and locations are subject to change.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

  • Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 p.m., at E.M. Baker School, 69 Baker Hill Rd. Info: www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/meetings or (516) 441-4001.

Monday, Oct. 25

  • Early Registration for 2022–23 Universal Pre-Kindergarten begins (through Nov. 12). Applications must be submitted online. Forms and instructions available at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/registration. Info: (516) 441-4080.

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