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Release Date: 3/5/2018 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

Cromwell Valley Elementary named a 2018 National Magnet School of Excellence

TOWSON, MD. - Cromwell Valley Elementary Magnet School has been named a National Magnet School of Excellence by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.

“The Cromwell Valley Elementary community is thrilled and honored to receive the Magnet Schools of America Excellence Award for 2017-2018,” said Principal Cathy Thomas. “This comes on the heels of being one of 55 schools to be nationally certified by Magnet Schools of America.”

Thomas added, “What makes CVE an exciting place for students to learn and grow is our belief that all students benefit from a learning environment where student inquiry is valued and fostered through opportunities for collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Additionally, we believe that strong partnerships with families and other schools across the county strengthen our [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] magnet theme and ultimately the achievement of our students.”

Thomaswill be recognized and receive a National Magnet School of Excellence Merit Award on behalf of the school during an awards ceremony held at Magnet Schools of America’s 36th National Conference hosted by Chicago Public Schools in Chicago, from April 25-29, 2018.

Magnet School of Excellence Awards are given only to a select group of magnet schools. Schools of Excellence are eligible to receive monetary awards and are eligible to be named the nation’s top Elementary, Secondary, or New & Emerging Magnet School. One of the Schools of Excellence will also be selected to win $5,000 and the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which is considered the most prestigious magnet school award in the nation.

To receive a national merit award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme.

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