Schools—and teachers— were the stars at the fifth annual Blackboard Awards ceremony, held Oct. 19 in the elegant auditorium of Claremont Preparatory School on Broad Street in lower Manhattan.
Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey and Gabriella Rowe, director of the Mandell School, co-hosted the evening’s program. Dennis Walcott, deputy mayor for education and community development, presented six awards for charter school renewals to kick off the awards ceremony. UFT President Randi Weingarten was also on hand to give awards to two public school teachers honored that night.
Several elected officials attended the event, including Assembly Members Daniel O’Donnell and Pete Grannis; Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum; Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer; and Council Members Gale Brewer and Jessica Lappin.
Each honoree was given an engraved glass apple and a certificate, but a few schools got a little something else. Brandeis High School, which won the Steve Zimmerman Accenture Technology Award, was presented with a $5,000 check from the company. And this year’s outstanding religious middle school, the Cornelia Connelly Middle School of the Holy Child, received a new microscope from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Princeton Review also donated a scholarship for test preparation to the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, this year’s outstanding public high school.
The mayor issued a proclamation (above right) in honor of the Blackboard Awards.