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Peter Pramataris is principal at Mount Sinai Middle (Credit: Heather Walsh)

Peter Pramataris is principal at Mount Sinai Middle School, one of four schools on Long Island to win a national "blue ribbon" for academic achievement. Pramataris attributed the award, in part, to emphasis on English instruction. All of the school's fifth- and sixth-graders receive 40 minutes of daily reading lessons and another 40 minutes of writing. (Sept. 7, 2012)

LI's 'blue ribbon' schools

Four Long Island schools were cited as "exemplary high performing" by the U.S. Department of Education: Timber Point Elementary School in East Islip; Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho; Mount Sinai Middle School in Mount Sinai; and South Woods Middle School in Syosset. (Sept. 7, 2012)

Joan Stony is a fourth-grade teacher at Timber
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Joan Stony is a fourth-grade teacher at Timber Point Elementary School in East Islip, one of four schools on Long Island to win a national "blue ribbon" for academic achievement. (Sept. 7, 2012)

Mount Sinai Middle School in Mount Sinai is
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Mount Sinai Middle School in Mount Sinai is one of four schools on Long Island to win a national "blue ribbon" for academic achievement. (Sept. 7, 2012)

Peter Pramataris is principal at Mount Sinai Middle
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Peter Pramataris is principal at Mount Sinai Middle School, one of four schools on Long Island to win a national "blue ribbon" for academic achievement. Pramataris attributed the award, in part, to emphasis on English instruction. All of the school's fifth- and sixth-graders receive 40 minutes of daily reading lessons and another 40 minutes of writing. (Sept. 7, 2012)

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Mount Sinai Middle School is one of four
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Mount Sinai Middle School is one of four schools on Long Island to win a national "blue ribbon" for academic achievement. (Sept. 7, 2012)

Michelle Burget is principal at South Woods Middle
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Michelle Burget is principal at South Woods Middle School in Syosset, one of four schools on Long Island to win a national "blue ribbon" for academic achievement. (Sept. 7, 2012)

Michelle Burget is principal at South Woods Middle
(Credit: Linda Rosier )

Michelle Burget is principal at South Woods Middle School in Syosset, one of four schools on Long Island to win a national "blue ribbon" for academic achievement. (Sept. 7, 2012)

First-graders at Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho, one
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First-graders at Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho, one of four schools on Long Island to win a national "blue ribbon" for academic achievement. (Sept. 7, 2012)

Students leave Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho as
(Credit: Newsday/Danielle Finkelstein)

Students leave Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho as the second week of school comes to a close. The school is one of four schools on Long Island to win a national "blue ribbon" for academic achievement. (Sept. 7, 2012)

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Students at Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho, one
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Students at Cantiague Elementary School in Jericho, one of four schools on Long Island to win a national "blue ribbon" for for academic achievement. (Sept. 7, 2012)

Lisa Belz is principal at Timber Point Elementary
(Credit: Ed Betz)

Lisa Belz is principal at Timber Point Elementary School in East Islip, one of four schools on Long Island to win a national "blue ribbon" for for academic achievement. Belz praised teachers for maintaining high academic standards despite recent staff cuts and increases in class sizes. (Sept. 7, 2012)

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