Socially Distanced Outdoor Galas Celebrate Scholar-Athletes
WHAT:Charter School of Educational Excellence, one of New York’s highest-performing charter schools, holds socially distanced, outdoor athletics awards galas to celebrate accomplishments of student athletes during the 2019-20 academic year.
Monday, July 20, 10 am-1:30 pm – Middle School Scholar-Athletes
Tuesday, July 21, 10 am-12:30 pm – High School Scholar-Athletes
WHERE: CSEE Parking Lot, 260 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701.
WHO: Monday’s ceremony will feature remarks from CSEE and Cardinal Hayes High School graduate Tyler Roche, who is attending St. John’s University on a baseball scholarship.
Tuesday’s ceremony will be attended by Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, City Council members, CSEE Founder Eduardo LaGuerre and other dignitaries, and will feature awarding of the inaugural Daniel Reyes-Goldberg Scholarship, named for an accomplished Yonkers scholar-athlete and public servant who died in 2013 at age 33.
WHY: The pandemic prevented CSEE from honoring its scholar-athletes in the usual way, so the school has created an appropriate way to celebrate sports accomplishments while observing health and safety guidelines. Temperature checks and health screenings will be provided by St. Joseph’s Medical Center.
QUOTE: CSEE Founder and Board Chair Eduardo LaGuerre said: “Athletics provide a vital component to a students’ social emotional and physical wellness. Education-based athletics are a great way for scholars to learn core life values including teamwork, accountability, discipline, work-ethic and passion. Our athletics culture is not only nurturing but student centered. Coaches, administration, teachers, board members, and the greater community are fully devoted to the program and the endless beneficial impacts it has for the students and future leaders of our society.”
About CSEE Athletics
The CSEE Owls athletic program offers 20 interscholastic sports at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The program was founded in 2012 and has grown tremendously over the past eight years. The mission of the program is to create student-athletes who are prepared to become leaders in our society. The program is focused around character building, community service, and the importance of academics through athletics. Sports offered to the student body include flag football, soccer, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, volleyball, baseball, and softball.
The program has already helped produce multiple alumni that have received NCAA academic and athletic scholarships to Division 1,2 & 3 colleges. We currently have a former student athlete who has received a full scholarship to St. John’s University to play baseball and will be a top prospect in next year’s MLB draft.
The Charter School of Educational Excellence is a tuition-free, charter public school that educates approximately 850 students in grades K-9 and will grow to K-12 in the next three years. Upon completion of the high school campus, CSEE will be serving approximately 1,150 students. Parent demand is very high, with some 500 students on CSEE’s waiting list.
CSEE is one of New York State’s highest-performing charter public schools, and earlier this year it was recognized for the 6th straight year by the Board of Regents as a “recognition school.” That puts CSEE among a select group of “exemplary public schools that demonstrate that all students can achieve at high levels with the right supports and resources,” according to Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa.
CSEE has outperformed the Westchester County and statewide averages in every academic category. Last year, 97% of CSEE 8th graders scored proficient on the ELA assessment and 100% of 8th grade students took the high school level math and science exams. More than 92% passed the Algebra I Regents and 90% passed the Living Environment Regents, earning credits towards high school graduation.