John Kennedy Earns NYS Recognition
John Kennedy Intermediate School was named a 2018-2019 Recognition School by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for high marks in achievement and in progress. The school will receive a certificate of recognition from Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.
“It’s gratifying – but not surprising – that John Kennedy earned this distinction,” says Superintendent of Schools Christopher J. Dailey. “Backed by a dedicated Board of Education, our administrators, teachers, and staff work tirelessly with students and their families to help children reach their potential.”
As NYSED aims for a more holistic approach to school and student achievement under New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan, 2018-19 Recognition Schools exemplify success in this mission with high academic achievement, student growth and graduation rate, and demonstrated progress during the 2017-2018 school year. The criteria used to determine the Recognition School status includes student growth; met or exceeded either the school or state measures of interim progress for English language arts and mathematics, rate of chronic absenteeism, and college-, career-, and civic-readiness; and met the federally required 95 percent participation rate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments.
Batavia’s Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Molly Corey, noting that John Kennedy is one of only 562 in the state and one of only 328 at the elementary level to be regarded as a Recognition School, said, “I commend the teachers at John Kennedy and their principal, Dr. Amanda Cook, for this accomplishment. Their hard work and dedication to all students is evident.”
Expanding on that, Dr. Cook added, “Our entire team is committed to engaging students and their families in activities that build excitement for learning in ways that help children want to come to school to be a part of making memories together. We focus on creating a school learning community.”
Dr. Cook pauses for a photo with students.
JK staff host a pep rally to kick off the One Schoo/One Book program.
JK families enjoyed One School/One Book activities on a Saturday morning.
Students, in STEAM class with Mrs. Calandra, gather around to get a close look at the 3-D printer.
Mrs. Restivo and student work together to make silly putty.