Bayonne community school recognized with national award

Woodrow Wilson Community School is the recipient of the 'Distinguished School' award

A Bayonne elementary school has received a national award, according to Superintendent John Niesz and Board of Education President Maria Valado.

Woodrow Wilson Community School at 101 West 56th Street has been chosen by the United States federal government as a recipient of this year’s National ESEA Distinguished School Award. This award recognizes excellence in special education and Title I Programs for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Annually, the National ESEA Distinguished Schools Program, a project of the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators, publicly recognizes schools in the U.S. for their outstanding achievements in education. This award is an especially prestigious honor Niesz said, as only two schools per state are selected each year as National ESEA Distinguished Schools.

The award is given after the collection and analysis of two years of educational data by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Schools are selected by the DOE and must qualify under one of the following categories: exceptional student performance and academic growth for two or more consecutive years; closing the achievement gap between student groups for two or more consecutive years; excellence in serving special populations of students.

“We would like to commend and thank Principal Maureen Brown and all of her students, faculty, and staff for all of their amazing hard work supporting and educating all of our learners,” Niesz said. “We also thank our parents and the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEPAC) for working as a team in educating our students. The Curriculum and Instruction Department, led by Asst. Superintendent Dr. Dennis Degnan and our Special Education Department, led by Asst. Superintendent Ms. Jennifer Vecchiarelli and Director Ms. Kim DeMedici, are very humbled to accept this award on behalf of the entire school district.”

The district will celebrated the achievement by having a no uniform day district-wide on Nov. 24. Niesz said there will be a celebration scheduled at Woodrow Wilson School in December.

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