YONKERS, NY – December 8, 2017 –  This week, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano joined the Yonkers Board of Education, Yonkers City Council and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Edwin M. Quezada to present the School of the Month Award for November 2017 to the deserving administration, faculty, staff, parents and students of the Enrico Fermi School. Under the leadership of Principal Mark Ametrano, Enrico Fermi is achieving great success and is at the forefront of inquiry-based learning by engaging students in rigorous academic curriculum, at the same time exposing them to real world experiences to prepare them for the future.

Enrico Fermi was recognized for their signature CORE program – Careers, Opportunities and Real World Experience.  Students from Kindergarten through 8th grade not only research various career options for their future, but also study the skills and education necessary to be successful in that chosen field.

“Enrico Fermi, under the leadership of Mark Ametrano, is impacting Yonkers students with the school’s diverse methods of education,”said Mayor Mike Spano. “The administrators, teachers and staff should be proud of the work they’ve accomplished by exposing their young ones to so many real-life experiences at a very early age.  Through their CORE program, technology and art, the teachers and administration are cultivating an environment that promotes confidence, success and a curiosity of the future.”

“Enrico Fermi is a great example of inquiry-based learning,” noted Dr. Edwin Quezada, Superintendent of Schools.  “Principal Mark Ametrano fosters a diverse environment of creativity and their CORE program is successfully exposing our young people to real world experiences outside of the classroom.”

Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez added:  “The students, teachers, staff and parents of Enrico Fermi are experiencing success in the classroom, while also soaking in a tremendous amount of knowledge about possible future careers through their CORE program.  This school exemplifies the Board’s goal for creative learning that leads to academic success in our school district.”

Mayor Spano’s School of the Month recognition program began in January 2014 as a way to celebrate the significant academic success, extracurricular achievements and community volunteerism of Yonkers’ students, teachers, administration and staff at Yonkers Public Schools.