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BPS101 music education program receives national recognition

Jun 06, 2016 11:17AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Batavia Public School District 101 has been honored once again with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. BPS101 joins 476 districts across the country in receiving the prestigious award in 2016.

The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate out­standing achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Districts that have been recognized by the NAMM Foundation are often held up as models for other educators looking to boost their own music education programs.

“This is the second time in three years we have received this recogni­tion…we must be doing something right!” joked Lisa Hatfield, BPS101 fifth-grade band teacher. “This designation just continues to prove that our students, staff, administra­tion, and community members highly value music education in our schools. It is such an honor to be a part of something that brings Batavia together in such a fun and creative way, while enriching the lives of our students one note at a time.”

BPS101 offers music education from the elementary through high school levels. Approximately 65% of students are involved in some musical ensemble throughout each year. Enrollment numbers have been increasing steadily, and with that has come larger performances and com­munity support.

Thank you to all of the music educators for making this designa­tion possible and for inspiring the lives of Batavia children every day: Peter Barsch, Rob Buckley, Lisa Hatfield, Kate Hillman, Mary Jensen, Laura Lauderdale, Katie McCann, Chris Owen, Keith Ozsvath, Sherry Reiss, Laura Rexilius, Nathan Sack­schewsky, Kate Truscello, Rachel Uffelmann, Brian Van Kley, Jamie Vanmersbergen, and Walt Zimmer.