Hyannis West Elementary, Eastham Elementary honored by state

Both campuses named 2016 Massachusetts Commendation Schools

The Baker-Polito Administration today held a ceremony at the State House to recognize 51 schools for high achievement, narrowing achievement gaps between groups of students or making strong progress. The schools were recognized as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools, state-designated Commendation Schools or National Title I Distinguished Schools.  Eastham Elementary School and Hyannis West Elementary School are among those honored as Commendation Schools.

"I'm proud that our Massachusetts K-12 education system is one of the best in the country, and I thank the educators and communities across the Commonwealth who are leading the way and providing high-quality educational opportunities for their students every day," said Governor Charlie Baker. "It's an honor to recognize these schools, their students and their families for all of their success and hard work toward closing achievement gaps in Massachusetts."

"It is a pleasure to recognize these high-performing schools from all corners of the Commonwealth," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "Their communities should take great pride in their shared accomplishments, and we look forward to each school continuing to build upon their hard work in the future."

"Today's ceremony is another chance to celebrate Massachusetts' strong public school system and to acknowledge that excellence can be found in a variety of types of schools and settings," said Education Secretary James Peyser. "I am grateful to all the educators, students and community members who made these schools strong."  

"The schools we are recognizing today are doing tremendous work for their students," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. "It is a pleasure to honor these 51 schools and the educators, students and communities who support them."

The schools are being recognized in one of the following categories:

2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools (three schools): Each year, the U.S. Department of Education asks the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to nominate a small number of schools for consideration as National Blue Ribbon Schools. The program recognizes schools whose students achieve at very high levels or schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap. More information is available at www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html. The school names were released in late September.

Commendation Schools (46 schools): Each year, a subset of Level 1 schools is recognized as Commendation Schools for their academic accomplishments. A school can be commended for demonstrating very high achievement, showing strong progress overall, and/or for making strong progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps. The schools were initially announced in September.

National Title I Distinguished Schools (two schools): Each year, the National Title I Association asks states to nominate two schools where students perform at very high levels, where the school has made significant progress in closing the achievement gap or where the school has demonstrated excellence in serving special populations of students. More information regarding the Title I Distinguished School program is available at www.titlei.org/ds.

The recipients are as follows:

2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools:

  •         Daniel Butler Elementary School (Belmont Public Schools)
  •         Morris Elementary School (Lenox Public Schools)
  •         Merrymount Elementary School (Quincy Public Schools)

2016 National Title I Distinguished Schools

  •         Pawtucketville Memorial School (Lowell Public Schools)
  •         Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School

2016 Massachusetts Commendation Schools

District

School

Acton-Boxborough

Raymond J. Grey Junior High

Arlington

Brackett

Barnstable

Hyannis West Elementary

Bellingham

South Elementary

Belmont

Mary Lee Burbank

Daniel Butler

Benjamin Banneker Charter Public (in Cambridge)

Boston

Donald McKay

Manassah E. Bradley

Mozart

Patrick J. Kennedy

Brooke Charter School East Boston

 

Canton

Lt. Peter M. Hansen

Chelsea

Edgar A. Hooks Elementary

Concord

Alcott

Eastham

Eastham Elementary

Foxborough

Mabelle M. Burrell

Gateway

Littleville Elementary School

Hingham

Plymouth River

Hingham

South Elementary

Lawrence

Health & Human Services High School

Lenox

Morris

Lowell

Pawtucketville Memorial

Manchester Essex Regional

Manchester Essex Regional High School

Marblehead

Malcolm L. Bell

Masconomet

Masconomet Regional Middle School

Medfield

Dale Street

Melrose

Herbert Clark Hoover

Nashoba

Center School

Needham

John Eliot

High Rock School

Newton

Mason-Rice

North Reading

L. D. Batchelder

Quincy

Merrymount

Sharon

Heights Elementary

Shrewsbury

Spring Street

Somerville

Benjamin G. Brown

Springfield

White Street

STEM Middle Academy

Swampscott

Stanley

Wachusett

Thomas Prince

Walpole

Old Post Road

Wellesley

Joseph E. Fiske

Westborough

J. Harding Armstrong

Westborough High

Westwood

Downey

Williamstown

Williamstown Elementary

Winchester

Lincoln Elementary

Vinson-Owen Elementary

Worcester

Chandler Elementary Community

West Tatnuck

 


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