YONKERS, NY – January 16, 2018 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today, joined by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada and the Yonkers Board of Education, presented the School of the Month Award for December 2017 to the deserving administration, faculty, staff, parents and students of Community School 13. Under the leadership of Principal Isabel Hernandez, Community School 13 is achieving great success as an active participant in the newly formed YASA program – Yonkers After School Academies. In cooperation with YASA, School 13 students have been excelling in a detailed after-school curriculum that specializes in entrepreneurship. The Kindergarten- 8th grade school, located at 195 McLean Avenue in Yonkers, has also experienced success as a STEAM Magnet School (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math,) which is just one of their numerous technology infused programs.
In addition, community engagement has remained a prominent component of Community School 13, with their consistent involvement with the Yonkers Police Department. School 13 has been one of the most active schools with YPD’s “Cops & Kids” in-school program since its inception six years ago.
“School 13 has made a significant positive change that started at the top and has made its way to the students,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “The administrators, teachers and staff should be proud of the work they’ve accomplished – exposing our young ones to diverse experiences which they can apply to the real world and is crucial to their early child hood development. By affording our students the opportunity to find their passion, we’re cultivating a learning environment each and every day.”
“On behalf of the Board of Education Trustees, we congratulate the entire School 13 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 and the students’ commitment to learning outside of the classroom is inspiring.”
“Community School 13’s Principal Isabel Hernandez, along with her teachers and staff have revamped their curriculum and technology practices to provide a cohesive academic program,” added Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada. “I’m also very proud of the commitment and early success of our Yonkers After School Academies.”
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 the students, teachers, administration and staff of Yonkers Public Schools.