Only school in NY State this year to be named a 2016 Essential Elements School to Watch
Glen Head, NY, - On June 10th, North Shore Middle School students, faculty, staff, MS PTSO members, NS administrators, and members of the Board of Education all gathered in the gymnasium to participate in a School to Watch Designation Ceremony & Celebration.
Congratulations go out to Principal Dr. Marc Ferris and Assistant Principal Rachel Green as well as the entire North Shore Middle School community for being the only school in NY State this year to be named a 2016 Essential Elements School to Watch (EE:STW).
To an enthusiastic audience, Dr. Ferris kicked-off the ceremony by congratulating his students, faculty, and staff for contributing to this high honor. He spoke about the importance of the E3 philosophy (Everyone Matters, Everyone Cares, Everyone Learns) at North Shore Middle School and how it is integral to the success of his students and the whole building.
“I am so proud of the work that our teachers and students at North Shore Middle School are accomplishing every day,” he said.
After a beautiful performance of Imagine (written by John Lennon) by the North Shore Middle School band and chorus under the direction of their music teachers, Dr. Ferris presented the following students with awards for their outstanding E3 efforts and for making a difference in our community. Awards went to Jack Levin (Juvenile Diabetes Foundation), Richard Perez (American Cancer Foundation, Kick Brass, and Relay for Life), Mackenzie Olitsky (Multiple Sclerosis Foundation), Kyle Soscie (Tech Buddy Program), Zoe Varkaris (toiletries for the homeless in NYC), and Lola Scarpone (toiletries for the needy in South Africa). Then Dr. Ferris presented Social Studies teacher, Tom Curtin, with a plaque for his years of dedication to the North Shore School District and wished him luck in his retirement.
Following, Dr. David Payton and Mr. Brian Sherman, two representatives from EE:STW, presented Dr. Ferris with the 2016 Essential Elements School to Watch Award. A banner with this designation is currently on display on the front of the school building. North Shore Middle School was praised for being the only school in NY State this year to be named a 2016 Essential Elements School to Watch and one of 14 schools in the nation to receive this prestigious designation. Dr. Ferris will be formally honored at the upcoming National Schools to Watch Conference on June 22-25, 2016 in Washington D.C.
Principal Ferris stated, “It is a really nice feeling to be recognized as a model middle school in both New York State and across the Nation. In the near future, representatives from other middle schools across the United States will visit our school and learn what a truly outstanding middle school looks like.” He concluded by stating, “This high honor sends a clear message to our students that when adults in an organization collaborate and work hard, it pays off.”
For more information regarding the New York State Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch Program, please visithttp://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/eestw/and www.schoolstowatch.org.
Photo Caption: Article and photo by Shelly Newman
Pictured is Principal Marc Ferris (center) from North Shore Middle School, which was named a 2016 Essential Elements School to Watch, surrounded by Trustee Toni Labbate, Trustee Sara Jones, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Rob Chlebicki (back), Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick, Assistant Principal Rachel Green, Trustee Lara Gonzalez, and Mr. Brian Sherman and Dr. David Payton, two representatives New York State Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch Program.