By Shelly Newman
Congratulations go out to Principal Dr. Marc Ferris and Assistant Principal Rachel Green as well as the entire North Shore Middle School community for being the only school in NY State this year to be named a 2016 Essential Elements School to Watch.
In a letter to Dr. Ferris, Marybeth Casey, the New York State Department of Education's Essential Elements: School To Watch Director, wrote, "this prestigious designation recognizes your continued commitment to enhancing your school program and practices. You have developed a model educational program in New York State that is consistent with the Regents Policy Statement on Middle Level Education, the Essential Elements of a Standards Focused Middle Level School, and the National Forum’s Schools to watch criteria.” (See letter on right)
Principal Dr. Marc Ferris said “I am so proud of the work that our teachers and students at North Shore Middle School are accomplishing every day. The NY State Department’s site visit gave us time to reflect on our practices and how we can continue to improve as an exceptional school.”
After participating in a rigorous application process, North Shore Middle School received word that five educators from the EE: STW visitation team would be spending two days at the school. During this time, they visited classrooms, observed students and faculty, viewed team staff meetings, talked to students, secretarial units, custodians, principals, and administrators, observed the daily operations of the school, and conducted focus groups with parents as well as students in grades 6-8.
Through the Schools to Watch® initiative, forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle schools.
North Shore Middle School will be formally recognized and honored at the upcoming National Schools to Watch Conference, on June 22-25, 2016 in Washington D.C.Dr. Edward Melnick, Superintendent of the North Shore Schools, said, “Congratulations to our students, parents, faculty and staff of North Shore Middle School for being designated as a 2016 Essential Elements School to Watch (EE: STW). This honor is truly well-deserved.”
For more information regarding the New York State Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch Program, please visithttp://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mle/eestw/and www.schoolstowatch.org. To read the letter, click here.
Article by Shelly Newman
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