At the assembly, Principal Shireen Fasciglione welcomed assembled guests, including Board of Education members, administrators from across the district, elected officials, PTO members, and former Hillside staff members.
Dr. Fasciglione also thanked the team who worked on the detailed Blue Ribbon submission to the U.S. Department of Education: teachers Miss Mathews, Mrs. Burke, Mrs. Druzynski, Mrs. Herrington, Mr. Lasher, Mr. Fisher, and Mrs. Mason; Library Media Specialist Mrs.Ubriaco; parents Mrs. Polsinelli and Ms. Gallo; and school secretary - Mrs. Lynne Felczak.
The celebration included the presentation of the National Blue Ribbon School
flag and the plaque from the U.S. Department of Education. Town Supervisor Joe
Landry, state Assemblyman Phil Steck, and representatives of U.S. Congressman
Paul Tonko and state Senator Hugh Farley also congratuled Hillside on the award.
"Hillside did not just get a Blue Ribbon, it had to earn it," said another.
"Everyone had to contribute. The teachers did their part by teaching so students
would learn. Students did their part by working hard and getting good grades.
And the parents did their part by volunteering and helping the students."
"I'm honored to be the principal of such a fine school with such fine students and wonderful, supportive parents, and the most talented and best staff around," Dr. Fasciglione said. "I cannot tell you the pride that I feel each and every day when I come to Hillside School knowing that I work with such a fabulous group of people. And, to our students, I am so proud of all of you. Congratulations on your Blue Ribbon."
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