Frost and JFK Recognized for ‘Beating the Odds’

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Two Deer Park schools – Robert Frost and JFK – were recognized for their exemplary work in boosting the achievement of economically disadvantaged students. The Better Outcomes organization presented certificates to the two principals, Dr. Eliana Levey of Robert Frost and Susan Bonner of JFK, as part of the “Beating the Odds and Building Opportunities” study, based on New York State demographic data and ELA assessments. The study’s results were shared by Better Outcomes Executive Director Manya C. Bouteneff at a SUNY New Paltz conference on June 8.

“Robert Frost Middle School is incredibly honored to be recognized for the hard work our teachers and students put in everyday toward success,” said Levey. “Our school community is dedicated to excellence and committed to providing a quality education to all of our students, regardless of any disadvantages and challenges they are faced with. It’s wonderful to receive accolades for our efforts.”

“I can't say that we even knew we'd be getting such an award, so it is an honored surprise,” said Levey, who cited numerous programs that assist Frost students in need, including the school’s free or reduced cost breakfasts and lunches , extra help, and holiday food drives.

“One of the biggest things is that there’s a lot of open communication between families, administration and teachers,” Levey said. “We often hear from families that are in need, and as a building, we pull together to give support. As long as we have students who can come to school socially and emotionally ready to learn by leaving family problems behind them, we hope to be able to make a difference.”