OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) recognized Ossining High School for Programs of Distinction in music, school counseling and world languages.
The newly introduced Middle States Programs of Distinction initiative provides external validation of an accredited school’s accomplishments in specific areas of expertise and enables schools to take accreditation to the next level. “Our Programs of Distinction award recognizes high-achieving schools for their ongoing accomplishments in specific areas,” said Henry G. Cram, president of MSA-CESS. “These programs are models for other academic programs throughout the world.” The Programs of Distinction review process helps already accredited schools identify strengths and areas for growth and provides inspiration and recommendations for attaining a high quality program. MSA accredited schools are eligible to apply for Program of Distinction recognition for outstanding programs in 21st century skills, global literacies, world languages, visual arts, music, early childhood education, service learning, school counseling and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. The music award recognizes schools for fostering within students a deep appreciation for music as an expressive, creative art form. Music education is recognized as an essential component of the social and cultural fiber of society and the school. The school counseling award recognizes schools with a comprehensive and coherent school counseling program, which features counselors who advocate for ensuring equity in student access to all the school's educational opportunities. “At Ossining High School we are committed to providing an academic, artistic, athletic, and altruistic environment for all students,” said Principal Joshua Mandel. “The Middle States Programs of Distinction award validates the work of our teachers, staff and community in ensuring we uphold our commitment and equip our students with the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century.”
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