We are pleased to announce our 5th annual Schools of Excellence. The creativity and brilliance in individual programs was truly a sight to behold. From CDs, DVDs to scrapbooks and even puzzle piece boards, these applications showcased the diversity of our Penny Harvest schools.
Scored by the Common Cents staff members, the applications were judged on the demonstrated quality of their program, depth of their described program, innovations and overall detail and presentation of their application.
Ultimately, these 30 selected schools were awarded the distinction of School of Excellence. Specifically, the top 50% of schools were awarded First Honors and overall top 25% received the distinction of Highest Honors. Download the Judging Rubric and Scorecard used to select this year’s winners.
All 30 schools will receive their certificates of recognition at our Penny Harvest Professional Development sessions in the Fall. Stay tuned for live updates in September!
Each school demonstrates strategies that embrace one of the four pillars of Penny Harvest: Community Partnerships, Curriculum Integration, Student Leadership and Whole School Involvement. Within each category, the schools specified a special ingenuity. Each application has tools and tips; scroll down and take a look!
PS 19 The Curtis School, Coach Jeanne Raleigh, Highest Honors – A Year in Service
PS 205 Fiorello Laguardia, Coach Carol Skoski, First Honors – Parent Involvement
Baychester Academy, Coach Susan McCarthy, First Honors – Surpassing Service Standards
PS 116 Elizabeth L. Farrell, Coach Brita Daemgen, First Honors – Meaningful Service
PS 1 Alfred E. Smith, Coaches Eleanor Christian and Harriet Savitz, First Honors – Long-term Partnerships
IS 49 Berta A. Dreyfus, Coach Victoria Trombetta – Crossing Generations
IS 72 Rocco Laurie, Coaches Josephine Palmeri and Clifford Hagen – Bridging Voices
Accion Academy, Coach Stan Weinberg – Community Resources
Castle Day Care, Coach Barbara Monaco, Highest Honors – Early Childhood
PS 119 Amersfort, Coach Genevieve Berretta, First Honors – Writing
Pave Academy, Coach Katherine Sing, First Honors – Philanthropy/Professionalism
John W. Lavelle Prep Charter School, Coach Serena Mohamed – Advocacy
Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, Coach Sarah Kay – Mathematics
PS 64 Pura Belpre, Coach Angela Cooper – Career Day
PS 112 Dutch Kills, Coach Karty-Pierre Phillips – Mathematics/Philanthropy
PS 112 Lefferts Park, Mary Czado, Highest Honors – Website/Communication
PS 112 Jose Celso Barbosa, Irma Colon, Highest Honors – Website/Advocacy
PS 7 Abraham Lincoln, Susan Pavane, First Honors – Mentoring
PS 188 Kingsbury, Heather Gambeski and Tracy Dykeman, First Honors – Taking Action
JHS 190 Russell Sage, Laura Glass, First Honors – Utilizing Talent
PS 22 Thomas Jefferson, Rosemary Hamel, First Honors – Encouraging Service
PS 48 William C. Wilcox, Terrie Guthrie – Writing Letters
PS 175 Henry H. Garnet, Rebecca Dreisinger – Student Autonomy
PS 213 The Carl Ullman School, Beth Revello – Redefining Leadership
IS 239 Mark Twain for the Gifted and Talented, June Gevertzman – Speaking Up
PS 211, Richard Feldman, Highest Honors – Connecting to Community/Community Walk
PS 144 Col Jeromus Remsen, Elizabeth Schneider, Highest Honors – School Presentations and Voting
W. T. Clarke Middle School, Debbie Marks, Highest Honors – Whole School Roundtable
PS 69 The New Vision School, Ivonne Valdovinos and Nina Galfano – Mentoring/Buddy system/Voting
PS 215 Lucretia Mott, Lois Mann – Uniting School