(September 19, 2012) Superintendent of Schools Bernard P. Pierorazio and Mayor Mike Spano were joined by proud visitors today as they stopped by PEARLS Hawthorne School to congratulate its administrators, teachers, staff, families and students on being named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. After a brief presentation in the school’s library, principal Dr. Marjorie Brown-Anfelouss escorted Superintendent Pierorazio, Mayor Spano and guests to several classrooms to experience the educational environment that fosters such high achievement.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan honored PEARLS Hawthorne School as one of the 269 schools recognized as a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School based on overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels.
“Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential,” Duncan said. “Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement. Honored as an “Exemplary High Performing” school, PEARLS is recognized among New York’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.
“As the parent of two PEARLS students, I can attest to the high-quality education that its students receive,” said Yonkers Board of Education President Paresh Patel. “This honor is well deserved.”
Superintendent of Schools Bernard P. Pierorazio lauded the accomplishment. “This is yet another national award for the Yonkers Public Schools. The achievement is a testament to the commitment of the dedicated staff, highly motivated students, involved parents and the school’s principal, Marjorie Brown-Anfelouss.”
PEARLS curriculum emphasizes creativity, higher order thinking skills and experiential learning. Research-based teaching and learning strategies are used to meet the educational and social needs of all students.
“It truly ‘takes a village’ to raise a child,” said Dr. Brown-Anfelouss. “The commitment of our entire school community, unsurpassed by the efforts of our amazing students, brought this national recognition to PEARLS.”