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'Teamwork, Collaboration' Make Lyncrest Blue Ribbon School, Principal Says

Lyncrest Principal Kelly Diee and Fair Lawn Supt. Ernest Palestis.
Lyncrest Principal Kelly Diee and Fair Lawn Supt. Ernest Palestis. Photo Credit: Submit
Students celebrate at Lyncrest Elementary School in Fair Lawn.
Students celebrate at Lyncrest Elementary School in Fair Lawn. Photo Credit: Lyncrest Elementary School

FAIR LAWN, N.J. — Lyncrest Elementary School in Fair Lawn is among the six public schools in New Jersey to be named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

A total of 10 New Jersey schools — 6 public and 4 private — were among the 329 to receive the national honor Wednesday.

Blue Ribbon schools demonstrate that students can achieve high levels or have made progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Most impressive to Superintendent Ernest Palestis is that Lyncrest's application was reviewed by both the New Jersey and U.S. departments of education.

"Unlike other recognition programs that exist in our country, we know a panel of educators reviewed our application," he said. "And to me that provides authenticity as well.

"Lyncrest is among the best in the country."

Teamwork and collaboration are what make Lyncrest Blue Ribbon-worthy in the eyes of its principal, Kelly Diee.

"Truly everyone works together for one purpose," she said. "And that's to educate each and every child."

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