YONKERS, NY – June 20, 2019 – Mayor Spano this week joined members of Yonkers City Council, Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada to present the School of the Month Award for May 2019 to the deserving administration, faculty, staff, parents and students at Westchester Hills School 29. Under the leadership of Principal Steven Murphy, Westchester Hills School 29 was recognized for its outstanding academic successes this school year, as well its commitment to educating autistic students in the City of Yonkers. Westchester Hills School 29 is home to more autistic students than any other Yonkers Public School.
“The administrators, teachers and staff of Westchester Hills School 29 should be proud of the work they’ve accomplished this school year,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “The teachers have a great deal of pride in their school and the students are committed to learning. From the academic success to the charitable endeavors, I could not be more proud that this school community is responsible for molding nearly 700 youngsters on a daily basis in the City of Yonkers.”
Westchester Hills School 29 also achieved great success through community partnerships and school initiatives such as Unity Day, St. Patrick’s Day March, National Gun Violence Prevention and the “College Is My Future” program.
Dr. Edwin M. Quezada, Superintendent of Yonkers Public Schools said, “At Westchester Hills School 29, every day is a celebration with Principal Murphy and the energetic staff. I congratulate the students, parents, faculty, staff and administration on their success of the 2018-2019 school year, as well as being named School of the Month.”
In addition, the Westchester County Historical Society recently dedicated a historical marker on the school’s property, recognizing the school as historic ground of the ‘Battle of White Plains’ during the American Revolutionary War.
Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez added, “On behalf of the Board of Education trustees, I would like to acknowledge how grateful we are for Principal Murphy and his staff’s commitment to the wonderful children of School 29. The family atmosphere of this school between the teachers, staff and students is evident as soon as you walk through the door.”
In recognition of this award, McGraw-Hill Education, the official educational publishing partners of Yonkers Public Schools, awarded Westchester Hills School 29 with a $5,000 gift certificate to use towards educational materials for the 2019-2020 school year.
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.