The Norwalk Board of Education honored students, staff and incoming staff for their accomplishments and endeavors Tuesday night.
Brien McMahon High School nurse Barbara Lialios was named the Connecticut School nurse of the year by the Association of School Nurses of Connecticut.
"Her compassion, and judgement and wisdom have made Barbara a true leader at McMahon among her fellow nurses and colleagues," said Heidi Keyes. "In addition to her daily work as a school nurse, Barbra is also recognized for her extraordinary dedication to wellness initiatives in Norwalk Public Schools."
The board also honored Norwalk High School's winter percussion ensemble which recently took home the silver medal at the 2014 Winter Guard International Competition in Dayton, Ohio. The team of 32 musicians competed against a field of 44 teams from thoughout the United States.
Funding for the ensemble's endeavors relies almost entirely on the efforts of parents and teachers, who want the board to help with rising costs.
"The assessment for winter percussion is $1100, which by the way is on top of the $600 assessment, we've already paid for marching band, which is an accredited graded course in school, so each program has personal fundraising opportunities, but let's face it, there's only so many times during the year you can ask the same people over and over again for money," said Laraine Mehr-Turlis of Norwalk Marching Bears Inc.
The Board welcomed Nathan Hale Middle School's new incoming principal Albert Sakey. Albert Sakey, is currently the assistant principal at Western Middle School in Greenwich and was recently named the 2014 Connecticut Assistant Principal of the year by the connecticut associate of middle School Educators.
"With all of us working in unity and all of us working together supporting our parents, supporting our students, I will be reaching out to all of you and the community as well," said Sakey.
Sakey will receive his doctorate degree in education in the spring and official take the position as Nathan Hale's principal in July.