The Cushing Elementary School was recently named a School of Recognition by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

According to Superintendent Ron Griffin, DESE identifies the top schools in the Commonwealth based on student achievement, growth and/or closing the achievement gap.

“There are over 2,000 schools in the state and Cushing was one of only 57 selected for this honor,” he said.

Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley presented the awards at the State House on June 7.

The Cushing team attended the ceremony to accept the award as a School of Recognition in the Commonwealth for student achievement.

“Our high achievement is the result of the dedication and commitment of our staff to our students, our solid partnerships with families, and our ongoing efforts to progress monitor students' growth academically, socially, and emotionally,” Cushing Principal Donna Moffat said. “As a team, we strive to instill within our students a growth mindset, and it was evident that instruction is paying off.”

Students persevere, self-reflect, self-assess, and take risks enabling them to grow at their own pace, Moffat added.

“Their achievement on MCAS is just one of the many ways students have demonstrated their learning and progress," Moffat said.

Griffin called the award “a testament to the entire faculty and staff.”

“They have high standards for every student and they work so hard to support every one of their students,” he said.

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