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Crown Point school receives national recognition

‘School of Distinction’ award presented

Crown Point Central School recently was named a “School of Distinction.”  Taking part in the award ceremony were members of the CFES student leadership team and faculty team. From left are CFES Program Director Tara Smith, guidance counselor Andrea McDonald, teacher Crystal Farrell, student Jake Mildon, student Kara Hunsdon, student Amanda Wolf, student Sam LaPointe, student Makky Coleman, teacher Shane Thelen, student Erick DuShane, teacher Dan Sheridan, Dean of Students Tara Spaulding.

Crown Point Central School recently was named a “School of Distinction.” Taking part in the award ceremony were members of the CFES student leadership team and faculty team. From left are CFES Program Director Tara Smith, guidance counselor Andrea McDonald, teacher Crystal Farrell, student Jake Mildon, student Kara Hunsdon, student Amanda Wolf, student Sam LaPointe, student Makky Coleman, teacher Shane Thelen, student Erick DuShane, teacher Dan Sheridan, Dean of Students Tara Spaulding.

— After winning its fourth consecutive “School of Distinction” award, students at Crown Point Central School have a new slogan.

Strive for Five!

During an awards ceremony that seemed like a pep rally, Crown Point students received the honor from College For Every Student, a national program that helps under-served students prepare for, gain access to, and succeed in college.

Crown Point is one of 25 schools recognized nationally. Ticonderoga Middle School was also cited.

After introducing superheroes Ironman, the Invisible Woman, Batman and the Incredible Hulk, teacher Shane Thelen urged students to continue their hard work.

“The real superheroes here today are you,” he told students. “We had three trophies, now we have the Fantastic Four.”

The CFES “School of Distinction” award recognizes schools that incorporate the program’s three core practices — leadership through service, mentoring and pathways to college.

“We had 25 schools that raised the bar this year and developed innovative and inspirational programs for their students to become college ready,” said Steve Boyce of Ticonderoga, who leads the “School of Distinction” program.

Schools are assessed through their end-of-year portfolios and final reports. They also demonstrate student gains in attendance, academic achievement and citizenship.

“These schools are the best of the best and I congratulate them for their great work in giving their students opportunities that are putting them on the path to college,” said Rick Dalton, CFES president and CEO.

“The ‘School of Distinction’ program was created four years ago and Crown Point Central has received the honor all four years,” Dalton said “They have shown and continue to show their commitment to providing students with the tools and skills they need to be college-ready.”

Andrea McDonald, Crown Point guidance counselor, emphasized the need for students to work together.

“We achieved this as a team, a first grade through 12th grade team,” she told students. “Everyone of you is part of this. You all deserve a round of applause for making us great.”

Tara Smith, CFES program director, presented the school with a “School of Distinction: banner.

“The CFES ‘Schools of Distinction’ program recognizes schools that go above and beyond the rest,” she said. “Crown Point is among the best of the best.”

Tara Spaulding, Crown Point dean of students, expressed pride in her students.

“We are truly amazing,” she told the crowd. “Look around at everyone. We should all be very proud. It’s a great way to start off a new school year. This year, we’ll strive for five!”

For more information about CFES, visit www.collegefes.org

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