Two schools in the East Islip School District – East Islip High School and Timber Point Elementary School – were named “Reward Schools” in an Aug. 30 announcement by the New York State Education Department.
The high school and Timber Point are two of 250 schools in 164 school districts in New York to receive this recognition for the past school year. According to the Education Department, Reward Schools are those that have either made the most progress or that have the highest achievement in New York state and do not have significant gaps in student achievement that aren’t being closed.
“This is wonderful news for the whole Timber Point community,” said Principal Lisa Belz. “The teachers and students have worked very hard and this recognition is proof that it has paid off.” William Brennen, the principal at the high school, also expressed great pride in the Reward Schools designation on behalf of all concerned.
"These designations are a tribute to the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of our administrators, teachers and support staff," remarked Superintendent of Schools John J. Finello. "All of the East Islip schools are in good standing and have a fine academic program in place for our students. We applaud and are proud of the efforts of all of our faculty, staff and parents."
"Congratulations to Dr. Belz, Mr. Brennen, their staff and students on this achievement,” added East Islip Board of Education President Ken Cronin.