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Briarcliff High Writing Program Cited For Excellence

English teacher Samantha Fishman works with Briarcliff High School senior David Kaminsky on a college essay in the school’s writing lab.
English teacher Samantha Fishman works with Briarcliff High School senior David Kaminsky on a college essay in the school’s writing lab. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. -- Briarcliff High School’s Writing Lab has seen hundreds of students come and go for more than 15 years, and the New York State English Council has recognized its impact.

“It is my pleasure to announce that the Writing Lab has been recognized as a Program of Excellence by the New York State English Council,” announced Jamie Mandel, Briarcliff High School’s English department coordinator. “The award is presented to programs which support creative instruction and learning.”

The Writing Lab is an interdisciplinary, collegial program that offers students the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with English teachers during their free periods to go over their writing in subjects ranging from chemistry lab reports and science research papers to college essays.

“There is very little that does not come through here,” said English teacher Samantha Fishman.

Teacher Karen McCarthy will attend the NYSEC conference in Albany this fall to present about the Writing Lab as a Program of Excellence.

“We want to thank the administration and the Board of Education for their continued support of the Writing Lab and their belief that every student can be successful when given the time, the instruction and the tools to do so,” said Mandel.

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