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Yorktown Middle School Celebrates Blue Ribbon Award

YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- Yorktown's Mildred E. Strang Middle School celebrated its success last week, with three days of blue ribbon celebrations.

The middle school was notified that it was selected as a blue ribbon recipient in September.

According to the U.S. Department of Education website, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program "Recognizes public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve at very high levels and/or where the achievement gap in narrowing."

Mildred E. Strang was one of 19 schools in New York and one of 256 public schools nationally, selected for the award. Principal Linda Grimm said it was an honor to be recognized.

“At MESMS , our faculty, staff and administration are proud to offer a top quality, comprehensive middle school program for our students,” she said. “We are dedicated to enhancing student learning and to offering innovative programs and activities that maximize the potential and achievement of our students.”

Grimm, accompanied by teacher Sue Gilberti, received the award from the U.S. Department of Education earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

To celebrate the success, the school held events leading up to Thanksgiving break. On Monday afternoon there was a celebration held for the MESMS staff, followed by assemblies to raise the Blue Ribbon flag Tuesday morning.

At a previous board meeting, superintendant of schools Ralph Napolitano commended the school for their success when the award was announced.

“We strive to prepare our students to be caring, competent and cooperative citizens who will contribute to, and make a difference in our community and our world, and this honor reflects these efforts,” he said.

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