George Grant Mason named a ‘Reward School’

Designation allows GGM to compete for grants up to $300,000

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TUXEDO — George Grant Mason School in Tuxedo has been named one of 250 “Reward Schools” by the New York State Education Department for the 2012-2013 academic year.

According to the State Education Department, Reward Schools have made the most progress or have the highest achievement in the state and do not have significant gaps in student achievement that are not being closed.

This distinction now allows GGM to compete for a Commissioner’s Schools Dissemination Grant of up to $150,000 each year for up to two years and up to $300,000 for the entire grant period to further advance its students’ educational opportunities.

Only five of the 250 schools will receive the grants, according to the State Education Department. Additionally, after consultation with Reward Schools representatives, department staff will present to the Board of Regents options for consideration by which Reward Schools may seek expanded and/or expedited variances from certain provisions of the commissioner’s regulations beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.

GGM is the only mid-Hudson Valley school to be given Rewards School status, with the closest school being Cherry Hill Elementary in Suffern in Rockland County.

GGM’s designation was based on the percentage of students who demonstrated college- and career-readiness performance in ELA and math. In addition, in grades four through eight, measures of student growth in ELA and math were also taken into account in determining the accountability status of schools and districts.

“We are proud of our George Grant Mason students, faculty, administration and staff,” said Tuxedo School District Carol Lomascolo. “We strive for excellence and look forward to continued success.”

­- Nancy Kriz

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