Curriculum and Instruction

Congratulations: 2015 Essential Elements - Schools-to-Watch

Congratulations: 2015 Essential Elements: Schools to Watch
The New York State Department of Education in partnership with the New York State Middle School Association, and the Statewide Network of Middle Level Liaisons announces the 10th cohort of exemplary schools serving middle grades students. The Essential Elements Schools to Watch program is a state administered national program that seeks to identify middle grades schools that adhere to a rigorous set of criteria and are on a pathway of continuous improvement. Each school earning the designation holds that honor for 3 years then must reapply and be reevaluated to continue the honor of calling itself a School to Watch. New York is proud designate eighteen schools; two new schools, six schools which were designated for the first time in 2012, three schools which were first designated in 2009 and seven schools originally designated 9 years ago in 2006.  All of these remarkable middle schools are dedicated to the young adolescents they serve, and maintain a commitment to remain on a trajectory of improvement while implementing the Regents Policy on Middle Level Education, and the seven Essential Elements of a Standards Focused Middle School.

2015 Newly Identified Essential Elements: Schools to Watch

Ballston Spa Middle School                                South Orangetown Middle School
Pam Motler – Principal                                            Karen Tesik - Principal
Ballston Spa, NY                                                     Blauvelt, NY


2015 Schools Re-Designated for the First Time
(Originally Designated in 2012)

Farnsworth Middle School                                  Indian Lake Central School
Michael Laster – Principal                                      David Snide - Principal
Guilderland, NY                                                       Indian Lake, NY

Longwood Junior High School                          Martha Brown Middle School
Adam Dewitt – Principal                                         David Dunn – Principal
Middle Island, NY                                                    Fairport, NY

Oceanside Middle School                                    Van Wyck Junior High School
Allison Glickman-Rogers, Principal                     Steven Shuchat – Principal
Oceanside, NY                                                         Wappingers Falls, NY

2015 Schools Re-Designated for the Second Time
(Originally Designated in 2009)

Glens Falls Middle School                                               Jericho Middle School                 
Christopher Reed – Principal                                            Donald Gately - Principal
Glens Falls, NY        `                                                           Jericho, NY

A.A. Kingston Middle School
Mark Bennett – Principal
Potsdam, NY


2015 Schools Re-Designated for the Third Time
(Originally Designated in 2006)

Oliver Winch Middle School                                Twelve Corners Middle School
Timothy Dawkins – Principal                                 Robert Thomas - Principal
South Glens Falls    NY                                          Brighton, NY

Sayville Middle School                                         Moravia Middle School
Mr. Thomas Murray – Principal                             Bruce MacBain – Principal
Sayville, NY                                                              Moravia, NY

Barker Road Middle School                                Victor Junior High School
Shana Cutaia - Principal                                        Brian Gee - Principal
Pittsford NY                                                               Victor, NY

Calkins Road Middle School
Joshua Walker – Principal
Pittsford, NY



For more information on the Essential Elements Schools-to-Watch Program at both the State and National Level, visit:

Last Updated: March 16, 2015