The 2017-2018 Blackboard Awards For Schools & Principals

On Monday, December 4, the 2017-2018 Blackboard Awards for Schools and Principals, presented by New York Family, honored 15 of the city’s finest schools and principals in a special ceremony at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT). Jackie Made, a multimedia editor and staff writer for The Hechinger Report, was the co-host, along with Jonathan Moore, president of Family Media, and Mia Weber, the executive editor of New York Family. The event was sponsored in part by Bright KidsDK, NYIT, and the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer were both on-hand to each present an Award.

The Blackboard Awards honor excellence in local education in all sectors (public, private, charter, and parochial), and all grade levels (nursery through high school). The annual schools and principals’ ceremony is in the winter, and the annual teachers’ ceremony in the spring. Parents are welcome and encouraged to nominate their beloved schools and educators, and we typically hear from several thousand local families in the course of the year. We also have a board of advisors, experts in local education, who make recommendations as well (in fact, with the 2018 Blackboard Awards for Teachers coming up next, we would especially welcome nominations for wonderful teachers right now).

And the 2017-2018 Blackboard Awards for Schools & Principals Honorees are:

Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School (BUGS)
Executive Director & Co-Founder: Susan Tenner
Founding Principal: Linda Rosenbury

Columbus Pre-School
Principal: Julie Kandall

Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School
Principal: Richard Burke

East Side Elementary School – PS 267
Principal: Medea McEvoy

The Eubie Blake School – PS 25
Principal Anita M. Coley

High School for Environmental Studies
Principal: Amber Najmi-Shadid

Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights
Principal: Gareth Robinson

The Lower Lab School – PS 77
Principal: Sandra G. Miller

The Neighborhood School – PS 363
Principal: Dyanthe Spielberg

Nord Anglia International School New York
Principal: Craig Halsall

Our Lady of Pompeii School
Principal: Sr. Diane Mastroianni, ASCJ

Reece School
Executive Director: Dr. Duncan Lester

Saint Saviour High School
Principal: Dr. Paula McKeown

The Studio School
Principal: Janet C. Rotter

Yorkville Community School – PS 151
Principal: Samantha Kaplan

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Dwight School

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Discover the Dwight difference!</strong> Founded in 1872, Dwight School is an internationally renowned independent school dedicated to igniting the spark of genius in every child. We personalize the educational journey for each student, from preschool-grade 12, based on their interests, talents, and passions. Learn about our guiding spark of genius educational philosophy, academically challenging International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, outstanding athletics and arts programs, and more at an Open House (see schedule and register here: <a href="https://www.dwight.edu/newyork/admissions/visit-us">https://www.dwight.edu/newyork/admissions/visit-us</a><span style="white-space: pre-wrap;">).</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The IB is the gold standard in pre-university preparation worldwide, and we’re proud to be the first school in the Americas to offer the comprehensive IB curriculum, encouraging students to think critically, take risks, and become compassionate global leaders who can make our world a better place. Students in New York enjoy connecting and collaborating with their peers at Dwight Schools across our global network. With campuses in London, Seoul, Shanghai, Dubai, Hanoi, and online, we offer an exciting range of opportunities not found elsewhere. We invite your family to join us by applying here: <a href="https://www.dwight.edu/newyork/admissions/apply-now">https://www.dwight.edu/newyork/admissions/apply-now.</a></span></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-6f7803b0-7fff-37b3-3332-6c27303e0834"></span></p>

Language & Laughter Studio

<p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 12pt; margin-bottom: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">LLS is a French and Spanish language center and immersion French preschool located in the heart of downtown Brooklyn. Their programs nurture children and provide them with the building blocks needed for a lifetime of learning, critical thinking while exposing them to the benefits of speaking a foreign language in a supportive environment.  </span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 12pt; margin-bottom: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: #000000; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The French Nature Preschool "Mini Maternelle" program offers a unique hybrid of outdoor and classroom-based learning with as many mornings as possible spent exploring nature in Fort Greene Park. Children grow excited about learning by building on their own discoveries and interests and nature provides an incredible setting for these experiences. </span><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Arial; color: #222222; background-color: transparent; font-weight: 400; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-variant-east-asian: normal; font-variant-position: normal; text-decoration: none; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">100% of the children who graduate from LLS leave the program fluent in French with a real sense of ownership of the language. Many of them go on to attend public or private dual language (French-English). To Learn more, click the website link above.</span></p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-a1702257-7fff-c0d0-07e4-08e40fd16877"></span></p>

Amazing Explorers Academy Williamsburg

<p>Welcome to Amazing Explorers Academy, a premier STEAM-based preschool dedicated to fostering a love of learning and exploration in children aged 0 to 5. Our innovative and dynamic programs provide a nurturing environment where young minds can thrive and develop essential skills that will shape their future.</p> <p>At Amazing Explorers Academy, we embrace the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) approach, integrating these disciplines into our comprehensive curriculum. Through hands-on experiences and age-appropriate activities, children are encouraged to inquire, investigate, and discover, igniting their natural curiosity.</p> <p>We have many Enrichment programs included in our curriculum like Tiny Chefs, where your child is introduced to the joys of cooking and nutrition. Under the guidance of our incredible team, they learn to create delicious and healthy treats, fostering independence and creativity in the kitchen. Music and Movement is another integral part of our curriculum, enhancing children's motor skills, coordination, and self-expression. Beyond being a creative outlet, music’s rhythmic and melodic patterns stimulate the brain, exercising it and aiding memory development.</p> <p>We also place a strong emphasis on Nature Exploration, recognizing the importance of connecting with the natural world. Nature as a classroom allows children to engage all their senses, appreciate nature, and form stronger connections to their environment and community.</p> <p>Central to our philosophy is the belief in the power of play-based learning. We understand that children learn best through play, and our skilled educators design play-based activities that promote cognitive, social, and emotional development. Play-based learning nurtures creativity, problem-solving, and communication skills, all essential for success in the 21st century. Our highly trained and caring teachers are committed to creating a safe and nurturing atmosphere, where every child feels valued and supported.</p> <p>At Amazing Explorers Academy, we strive to inspire a lifelong love of learning, providing a solid foundation for future academic and personal achievements. Join us on this exciting journey of exploration and discovery, where every day is an opportunity to learn, play, and grow together!</p>