High School Named Blue Ribbon School

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Earl L. Vandermeulen High School has been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School, which was announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today.
As part of the U.S. Department of Education, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program represents the full diversity of American schools, recognizing those that exemplify excellence, turnaround stories and closing achievement gaps among student groups.
“This distinction is a result of the value our community places on education and our schools,” said Superintendent Paul Casciano. “Our tradition of excellence is sustained through the tireless efforts of our staff, teachers, administrators, parents, and entire school-community of the Port Jefferson School District.”
Annually, the school boasts numerous AP Scholars, National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Students, who all demonstrate exceptional college-level achievement through their performance on national qualifying exams, in addition to the many athletic, musical, civic and volunteer accomplishments of its students.
“Our students, staff, parents and community members are to be commended for their collective efforts in achieving this honor,” said Principal Christine Austen. “The Blue Ribbon distinction recognizes our efforts to support our students academically, emotionally and socially and we will continue to build upon our success in the future.” 
The National Blue Ribbon School Program was created in 1982 to bring public attention to the best schools in the country and to facilitate communication and sharing of best practices within and among schools. Port Jefferson Middle School is celebrating its 30th anniversary of Blue Ribbon status. It was known as Port Jefferson Junior High School in 1987 when it received the honor.