Westhampton Elementary recognized on Beacon Hill

  • Teachers from Westhampton Elementary School traveled to the Statehouse on Friday, June 7, for the 2018 Massachusets School of Recognition ceremony. Pictured on the left is Commissioner of Education Jeffrey Riley with sixth grade teacher Jennie Finnie, first grade teacher Shelby Marowitz, and kindergarten teacher Jennifer Thomas.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

Staff Writer 
Published: 6/17/2019 9:34:00 AM

WESTHAMPTON – Westhampton Elementary School was among 57 schools across the state recognized for high academic achievement at a Statehouse ceremony this month. 

Accepting the award on behalf of the school were kindergarten teacher Jennifer Thomas, first grade teacher Shelby Marowitz, and sixth grade teacher Jennie Finnie. Elementary school Principal Deane Bates said these “veteran” teachers have made a large impact on the school’s academic success. 

Westhampton Elementary was recognized for high achievement, high growth and exceeding targets on last year’s MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System), and was named a 2018 Massachusetts School of Recognition at a June 7 ceremony. 

“It’s a nice recognition for the school community and an acknowledgment of a job well done,” Bates said, adding that it is the third time in a decade the school has received such a distinction. 

“In terms of school choice, it makes Westhampton Elementary a more population destination that parents might want to send their kids to,” Bates said. 

Marowitz noted that while MCAS testing is for grades three through six, the preparations begin as early as pre-school. 

“It’s a school effort – from pre-school to sixth grade,” Marowitz said. “All teachers are looking at the common core standards and implementing state standards in everyday lessons.” 

While visiting the Statehouse, state Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa, D-Northampton, gave Westhampton teachers a tour of the building, showing them the House and Senate floors. 

“I’m blown away by their work,” Sabadosa said. “Westhampton is a small community that works hard to support their teachers and it shows.”

Marowitz said the behind the scenes look of the Statehouse made the teachers feel welcomed and valued.

“It was our time in the spotlight," Marowitz said. 

Luis Fieldman can be reached at lfieldman@gazettenet.com 

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