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Phillips, Pueblo Vista and Napa Junction Magnet Elementary Schools Receive Awards from National Education Nonprofit
Posted 2/6/20

The Magnet Schools of America (MSA) announced the recipients of their 2019/20 Merit Awards, and three NVUSD schools were honored. These national awards recognize the top magnet schools in the United States. Phillips Magnet School received an award of Excellence in the New and Emerging category and Napa Junction and Pueblo Vista Magnet Schools each received an Award of Distinction.

The MSA Merit Awards recognize magnet schools that demonstrate commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation and diversity efforts, and consistent delivery of high-quality educational services to all stakeholders. The Magnet School of Excellence is the top merit award category given to a select group of magnet schools, and recipients are also eligible for a cash award. The Magnet School of Distinction is the second-highest award of recognition.

“Phillips Magnet School's staff, families, and students are so honored and excited to receive the Award for Excellence in the category of new and emerging magnet schools. This award is a tribute to the hard work of our teachers and all of the hours they have spent building an engaging and innovative program for our students, said Matt Manning, Principal of Phillips Magnet School. “Our students are developing leadership skills that will help them build success throughout their lives, and I could not be more proud of them,” said Manning.

“As a result of our magnet work, Napa Junction has become an exemplary school in the eyes of Magnet Schools of America and the New Tech Network. We have closed the achievement gap, increased test scores significantly, and created a program that engages, connects, and challenges our students,” said Donna Drago, Principal of Napa Junction Magnet School. 

“The goal of the magnet program is to reduce minority group isolation for race and socioeconomic status,” said Helen Rocca, Principal of Pueblo Vista Magnet School, who praised her hard-working faculty.

MSA is a national nonprofit professional education association whose members are schools and school districts. The association represents and is a resource to magnet schools, parents, teachers, school boards, administrators, business leaders, community organizations, and institutions of higher education. In April, the Magnet Schools of America will present the awards at its annual conference in Las Vegas. 

“These three schools showcase our district goals and initiatives for student learning, achievement, and access,'' said Dr. Christine Gross, Director of the NVUSD Magnet Grant Project. “Our magnet schools are an essential part of NVUSD’s portfolio of diverse and engaging educational offerings.”