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Principal of Peck Elementary selected to speak in Washington, DC

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The Principal of Peck Full Service Community School, Dr. Paul Hyry-Dermith, was selected to speak before the United States Senate in Washington, DC, Thursday.

Hyry-Dermith will speak from a panel on the full service community schools at a policy briefing sponsored by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown. 

He is expected to highlight the progress Peck has made as an example of a community school model.

"I'm proud that Principal Hyry-Dermith is heading to our nation's capital to represent our city and to present Peck Full Service Community School as a model for the rest of the country," said Holyoke Mayor Alex B. Morse.

Hyry-Dermith's issued the following statement on his invitation:

"It came as a complete surprise, and a great honor, to be asked by the Coalition for Community Schools to speak in the Senate about full service community schools. The basic premise of FSCS is that while we have dozens of great staff members here at our school, our students have many needs that we can't fulfill by ourselves in order for everything to be in place to support their long term success in meeting their goals and aspirations.

Therefore we, the school faculty and staff, work with both students' families and a broad range of partner organizations and institutions to develop and align partnerships around an identified set of program needs and priorities. In the case of Peck, examples of the priorities we address through partnerships with approximately 40 organizations include: student physical and mental health; after-school and summer learning programming; early college awareness; school climate, culture and behavior management; meeting families' basic needs; engaging families in supporting children's learning; strengthening classroom instruction; and integrating the arts into the learning process.

We are excited that in the past two years FSCS development has grown from Peck to include the Morgan and Kelly schools and next year will expand to the Lawrence building as Peck integrates the students from the district's Therapeutic Intervention Program and divides its larger student body into a K-3 campus at Lawrence and a 4-8 campus here at Peck.

In appearing in the Senate I will be sharing information about Holyoke's FSCS model and what we've accomplished and learned over the five years of FSCS development at Peck, including some of the impacts we have seen on our students and families."

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