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November 1, 2019

Gray Stone Day School Nominated for National Award

By GSDS Staff

Gray Stone Nominated for National Award
GSDS Nominated for National Award

Gray Stone Day School was recently honored at the North Carolina Association of Compensatory Educators Conference in Greensboro for being nominated for the 2019-2020 National ESEA Distinguished School Award for Achievement. This is a National award and each state can send one school from each of two categories.

Ten schools in the state are nominated for the award for high achievement and ten schools are nominated for high performance. Over 1,000 schools qualify if they receive Title I funds as well as other federal grants.

"Less than 1% of the public schools that qualify are nominated," said Dr. Chris Vecchione, Director of Federal Programs for North Carolina. "These schools should be very proud of the work they have done."

In her address to the guests, Dr. Bev Emory, Deputy Superintendent, North Carolina Public Schools, shared that the schools nominated for the achievement award were judged on their culture and relationships in the school and with the surrounding communities. The relationships built among the faculty and staff as well as with students is one of the goals of every school. Schools in the achievement category were also judged on the rigor of their programs and the high expectations for students. The program also looks at innovation.

Although, Gray Stone did not win, all the nominated schools are regarded as exemplary schools. Dr. Vecchione said that the goal of the program is to identify schools that can share ideas with other schools as well as provide opportunities for visits.

Pat Bramlett, Gray Stone board member, was thrilled for the school to receive the honor. "It was a delightful afternoon and I am very proud that the school has received recognition for all their hard work."

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