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Commack High School Recognized for Creating Optimal Learning Environment

Invitational AwardWe are proud to announce that Commack High School was recognized with the 2016 Inviting School Award from The International Alliance for Invitational Education for its positive climate initiative and successful strategies for creating the optimal environment for teaching and learning. Respect, Trust, Care, Optimism and Intentionality are qualities that the awards committee and school assessors found consistently among the people and practices at the school.

During the 2015-2016 school year, more than 50 Hong Kong delegates representing the International Alliance for Invitational Education were welcomed by the staff and students at Commack High School. The High School was chosen for the visit with the overseas educators and students because of the outstanding learning environment that addresses each of the Five P’s (Places, People, Programs, Policies, and Processes) in its educational setting for students, parents, staff, and the community. In the spring of this year, the High School initiated an “Ambassador Program,” inviting the community and parents to attend classes during the school day that centered around the arts and humanities, STEM classes (science, technology, engineering and math), or college and careers programs that included IB and AP classes.

“The Ambassador Program at the High School offered our stakeholders a wonderful opportunity to really see and experience what goes on inside classrooms,” said Dr. Donald James, Superintendent of Commack Schools. “Student ambassadors guided the visitors around the building and answered questions, adding a very special touch to the tours. The program was such a success that we plan to expand it to our other schools in the coming year.”

The award was accepted on November 3, 2016, on behalf of Commack High School by CHS Assistant Principal, Susan Shapiro, CHS Librarian, Ann Libbey, and English teacher, Courtney Palazzo (holding banner), at the IAIE World Conference, held in Lexington, Kentucky. "We are grateful to be recognized as an Inviting School where our Commack High School Family feels welcomed, invited, and loved on a daily basis. The creators of the Award Portfolio, Mrs. Sandra Braun, Mrs. Ann Libbey, Mrs. Courtney Palazzo, and Mrs. Kim Radziul documented and highlighted the many 'People, Places, Processes, Programs, and Policies.' We are proud to accept this prestigious award on behalf of our entire Commack High School Family. With intentionality, we will continue to facilitate the inviting school Commack has become."

In photo, from left to right: Superintendent of Schools in Jessamine County Kathy Fields; IAIE Trustees Allyson Schoenhein and Edward Gwazdauskas; Susan Shapiro, Ann Libbey, Courtney Palazzo, and IAIE Trustees William Purkey and Joan Fretz.

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