Hot off the news that Ossining High School was named a finalist in the Intel Schools of Distinction Award, it also has the distinction of being named “Best Community for Education” by the NAMM Foundation. Read below for more from the school district on the honor.
For the second year in a row, Ossining has been named as a “Best Community for Music Education” by the NAMM Foundation, a national not-for-profit organization aimed at promoting music education.
School districts are chosen for their commitment and support for music education as part of the core curriculum. To be considered, districts must answer detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instructional time, facilities, support for the music program and other relevant factors in their communities’ music education programs.
“We know that communities are struggling to maintain funding for many education programs and we applaud these communities that remain committed to a complete and quality education that must include music and the arts,” said NAMM Foundation Executive Director Mary Luehrsen.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Phyllis Glassman said “I am so proud of our wonderful Ossining cultural arts community. Appreciation extends to Bradley Morrison, our director of cultural arts, for his leadership, to our music faculty for their inspiration and expertise and to our students for their talent and commitment.”
Ossining’s student musicians are consistently recognized for their performance skills. Earlier this year, three middle school students and two high school students were chosen to perform with the New York State Band Directors’ Association Middle and High School Honor Bands. And nine OHS students were chosen to perform with the New York State School Music Association Area All-State Band and Orchestra. Additionally, the Anne M. Dorner Middle School Seventh and Eighth Grade Bands earned ratings of Gold With Distinction conferred by the New York State School Music Association.