Curriculum and Instruction

Congratulations: 2018 Essential Elements - Schools-to-Watch

Congratulations: 2018 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, the New York State United Teachers and the School Administrators Association of New York State announces the 13th 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. 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 and Program.

2018 Newly Identified Essential Elements: Schools to Watch

Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Middle School – Carrie L. Hodkinson, Principal 
Verona, NY

Fieldstone Middle School – Anthony Zollo, Principal 
Thiells, NY

2018 Schools Re-Designated for the First Time
(Originally Designated in 2015)

Ballston Spa Middle School – Pam Motler, Principal
Ballston Spa, NY

South Orangetown Middle School – Karen Tesik, Principal
Blauvelt, NY

2018 School Re-Designated for the Second Time 
(Originally Designated in 2012)

Farnsworth Middle School – Michael Laster, Principal
Guilderland, NY

Indian Lake Central School – David Snide, Principal
Indian Lake, NY

Longwood Junior High School – Adam Dewitt, Principal
Middle Island, NY

Martha Brown Middle School – David Dunn, Principal
Fairport, NY

Oceanside Middle School – Allison Glickman-Rogers, Principal
Oceanside, NY

Van Wyck Junior High School – Steven Shuchat, Principal
Wappingers Falls, NY

2018 School Re-Designated for the Third Time 
(Originally Designated in 2009)

AA Kingston Middle School – Dan Cook, Principal
Potsdam, NY

Glens Falls Middle School – Christopher Reed, Principal
Glens Falls, NY

Jericho Middle School – Donald Gately, Principal
Jericho, NY

2018 School Re-Designated for the Fourth Time 
(Originally Designated in 2006)

Barker Road Middle School – Shana Cutaia, Principal
Pittsford, NY

Calkins Rd Middle School – Joshua Walker, Principal
Pittsford, NY

Moravia Middle School – Bruce MacBain, Principal
Moravia, NY

Oliver W. Winch Middle School – Timothy Dawkins, Principal
South Glens Falls, NY

Sayville Middle School – Thomas Murray, Principal
Sayville, NY

Twelve Corners Middle School - Robert Thomas, Principal
Brighton, NY

Victor Junior High School – Brian Gee, Principal
Victor, NY

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

Last Updated: March 8, 2018