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VCHS and VCMS Music Departments Recognized Nationally

The Middle School and High School Music Departments both earned the 2019 Support Music Merit Award by the NAMM Foundation. The award acknowledges "outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students". This year only 98 individual schools earned the recognition nationally and 2 of them were right here at VC! This it the 2nd year that VCMS has been given this honor! Congratulations to our music and drama teachers! 


Micheal Gonzales, Chairperson

Deborah Simons

Ryan Cerullo

Justin Glodich



Kimberly Carver, Chair

Jennifer Budryck

Daniel Walker

David Miller


Below is the press release from the NAMM Foundation: 

Valley Central Middle and High School Receives National Recognition

Montgomery, NY – April 2019 – Valley Central Middle and High School have been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for outstanding commitment to music education. This is Valley Central Middle Schools second consecutive year receiving this award.

The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

This award recognizes that Valley Central Middle and High School are leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides policy implementation in the states and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing-while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.

About The NAMM Foundation The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,400 members around the world. The foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about the NAMM Foundation, please visit