Hartford Public Schools Distinguished as Magnet Schools of America District of the Year: 11 Schools Recognized for Excellence and Distinction:
HARTFORD (Friday, May 6, 2016) – The Hartford Public Schools system is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as Magnet Schools of America district of the year upon receiving the 2015-2016 Donna Grady-Creer District Award for Magnet Sustainability.
This annual award acknowledges a school district that exemplifies a commitment to equity, excellence, and diversity, as well as the highly sustained support for magnet schools against all odds.
“We are honored to be the recipient of the Donna Grady-Creer award and to be recognized as Magnet Schools of America school district of the year!” said Hartford schools Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez. “Our school district currently has 20 magnet schools that range from Sport and Medical Sciences to the Arts, Engineering and Journalism and Media, among others. And we will continue to create high quality education options for the residents of Hartford and all students in the region.”
This is the second year that this award has been presented by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), going to the Houston Independent School District in 2015. It is sponsored by MSA board member and first president Dr. Judith Stein.
“On behalf of our students, family and staff I would like to thank Dr. Judith Stein for her enduring commitment to promoting quality magnet schools and to the MSA Executive Board for bestowing Hartford Public Schools with this honor. In the spirit of this award honoring Ms. Grady-Creer, we pledge to keep alive her legacy as a visionary leader, putting children at the center of the work,” said Dr. Narvaez.
The 2016 national merit awards, presented Friday in Miami at the 34th National Conference on Magnet Schools, also acknowledged Environmental Sciences Magnet School, Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts, Pathways Academy of Technology and Design, and the Sport and Medical Sciences Academy as Magnet Schools of Excellence.
Annie Fisher STEM Magnet, Breakthrough Magnet School I & II, University High School of Science & Engineering, Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, and Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet School were recognized as Magnet Schools of Distinction.
In total, 11 of the district’s 20 magnet schools were recognized as either providing an education of Excellence or Distinction. This is an additional two schools recognized when compared to the 2014-2015 awards.
“I know that our principals continue to be valued contributors and top MSA award winners that bring their knowledge, expertise and experience to enrich our district and they are national thinking partners in magnet school development,” said Executive Director of Choice Enid Rey.
On July 1st, Rey will begin her two-year term on the MSA board of directors.
“I’m honored to serve as a new board member,” said Rey, who will become the first HPS staffer to serve on MSA’s board since incorporating in 1986. “Hartford Public Schools is a recognized national leader in socioeconomic and racial integration programs. Magnet schools are an important strategy to close the achievement gap.”
Last year, Breakthrough Magnet I received the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Merit Award, which is considered the most prestigious merit award by MSA. In 2014, Pathways Academy of Technology and Design was honored with the American Education Solutions, Inc. Secondary Magnet School of Merit Award.
“The announcement of our national merit awards is an extraordinary time for the magnet school community,” said MSA Executive Director Todd Mann. “This is a way for our association to recognize the most accomplished magnet schools in the country. These schools are making a lasting, positive impact on the lives of children. They are preparing them for the challenges of the future by providing them with unique learning experiences that give them the critical skills needed to be workforce and college ready.”
Magnet Schools of America press release: http://www.magnet.edu/files/press-releases/2016-magnet-sustainablity-award-press-release.pdf