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YONKERS, NY – February 1, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today joined members of the Yonkers City Council, Yonkers Board of Education, Yonkers Federation of Teachers and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada to present the School of the Month Award for January 2018 to the deserving administration, faculty, staff, parents and students at School 5 in the City of Yonkers. Under the leadership of Principal Dr. Geraldine Pisacreta, School 5, Pre-K through 8th grade, is achieving great success through their Path Program for their youngest students, and their Character Program for their oldest students.  The students of School 5 are developing enhanced cognitive skills inside the classroom and are consistently improving outside the classroom as well. 

In addition, community engagement has remained a prominent goal of School 5 with their cultural programs and afterschool activities focused on arts and music.

“School 5 has achieved academic success consistently this year in each grade and that’s started at the top, and made its way down to the students,” said Mayor Spano.  “The administrators, teachers and staff should be proud of the work they’ve accomplished.  Exposing our young ones to real world experiences at an early age is something that is crucial to their early childhood development.”

“On behalf of the Board of Education Trustees, we congratulate the entire School 5 community on receiving this well-deserved award,” noted Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez.  “The administrators, teachers and support staff are totally focused on the children’s success.  Through their ongoing support and with the help of the families, they have had an excellent school year that deserves this honor.”

“School 5’s Principal Dr. Geraldine Pisacreta, along with her teachers and staff, have consistently provided a cohesive academic program for students to succeed in,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada.  “Dr. Pisacreta is cultivating a learning community where everyone achieves together – I am so proud of the entire School 5 family.”

In addition to being honored by the City of Yonkers, Tom Esposito from McGraw-Hill Education awarded School 5 with a $5,000 gift certificate to use towards educational materials courtesy of the company.

Mayor Spano’s School of the Month recognition program began in January 2014 as a way to celebrate the significant academic success, extracurricular achievements and community volunteerism of Yonkers’ students, teachers, administration and staff at Yonkers Public Schools.