Curriculum and Instruction

Congratulations: 2014 Essential Elements - Schools-to-Watch

The New York State Department of Education in partnership with the New York State Middle School Association, the Statewide Network of Middle Level Liaisons and the New York State United Teachers announces the 9th 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 who 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 to re designate three schools; two of which were originally identified as Schools to Watch for the first time in 2011 and one originally designated six years ago in 2008. All three of these fine middle schools have maintained their commitment to the young adolescents they serve.

2014 Schools Designated for the Second Time

Garden City Middle School
Peter Osroff – Principal
Garden City, NY

Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School
Marilyn Rodahan – Principal
Port Washington, NY

2014 School Designated for the Third Time

Pioneer Middle School
Melissa Prorok – Principal

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

Last Updated: July 2, 2014