Curriculum and Instruction

Congratulations: 2013 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 8th 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. New York is proud to designate two new schools for the first time in 2013 along with three that are earning a designation for the second time and one that is being recognized for a third time.

2013 Newly Identified Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch

Johanna Perrin Middle School
Brett Provenzano - Principal
Fairport, NY

Honeoye Falls-Lima Middle School
Shawn Williams – Principal
Honeoye Falls, NY

2013 Schools Designated for the Second Time

Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School
Vanessa DeFonce – Principal
Yorktown Heights, NY

Merton Williams Middle School
Tim Dobbertin – Principal
Hilton, NY

Bay Trail Middle School
Winton Buddington – Principal
Penfield, NY

2013 School Designated for the Third Time

North Salem Middle School
Patricia Cyganovich - Principal
North Salem, NY

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

Last Updated: April 18, 2013