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Rural School Takes Meeting Student Needs Seriously

Rugby Middle School, Hendersonville, N.C.
 

Rugby Middle School (PDF) is a 2012 North Carolina Middle School Association Redesignated School to Watch. Located in rural western North Carolina, the school takes meeting the students needs seriously. Rugby is a "community of practice, going beyond rhetoric to reality." Teachers, staff, and administrators do whatever is necessary, creating clear-cut, well-understood expectations for everyone in the building. All students are eager to talk about how good their school is and how much they enjoy being there. The school feels warm, safe, and inviting, providing a rich teaching and learning experience for all.
 

Leadership Drives School Success

Mint Hill Middle School, Matthews, N.C.
 

Mint Hill is a 2012 North Carolina Middle School Association Redesignated School to Watch. Located in a "bedroom community" in the Matthews area east of Charlotte, the school is exceptionally well run from top to bottom, with effective leadership at the office and classroom level and strong support from central office. The school leadership creates a safe and stable learning environment in which all students acquire the skills to become confident, self directed, lifelong learners. Visitors to Mint Hill find themselves drawn into the lessons they observe, often leaving with many ideas about how to strengthen their own programs and practices.
 

Strong School Leadership and Collaboration Drives School Success

Woodbridge Middle School, Woodbridge, V.A.
 

Woodbridge Middle School’s transformation is a story about strong principal leadership working collaboratively with the entire school staff to teach each student. This was not a school in need of a transformation; rather it was a school that due to boundary shifts experienced a rapid demographic change necessitating a close examination of instructional practices to meet the needs of entering students. Today’s school in no way resembles the school that was in existence in 2005. Then, the students were mostly white and middle class; today, there is no majority group among the 1038 student,s and almost 50 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged. Then, student achievement was average; now it is significantly above average.
 

New Leadership Revives Storm Devasted School

Lafayette Academy Charter School, New Orleans, L.A.
 

Established as a public charter school in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans community it serves, the true rebirth of this preK–7 school of 800 occurred in 2007 with the appointment of a new head of school. Since then, the student body, which is nearly 100 percent economically disadvantaged, has been the beneficiary of a shared leadership model, intensive staff development, strengthened community connections, and equal access to rigorous coursework. The results are an impressive upward trend from the disappointing 33 percent passing rate on the required 4th grade state tests in 2006 to a 100 percent passing rate in 2010 and 2011, earning the state’s top designation as a Center of Excellence. 

Engaged Leadership Creates Success

Longwood Junior High School, Middle Island, N.Y.
 

Staff leadership at Longwood Junior High School is a major factor for the school's 2012 School to Watch honor. Staff members at Longwood are fully engaged in helping their students learn and are willing to learn and adapt themselves as needed to meet the needs of their students. Professional development is a priority for all staff to stay abreast of the latest research. The staff always stays positive, collectively working to make connections and build relationships with students.
 

An Education Community Aids Student Transition

Pleasantville Middle School, Pleasantville, N.Y.
 

Pleasantville Middle School is an education community that is dedicated to understanding and facilitating the positive transition from childhood to adolescence. Community and staff are committed to providing educational experiences where learning is valued, differences are accepted, wellness is encouraged, and accountability is realized, to assure the development of each students’ intellectual, educational, physical, personal, and social growth.
 

Pennsylvania School Continues to be Recognized for Helping Students Achieve

South Allegheny Middle School, McKeesport, P.A.

 

South Allegheny Middle School has been redesignated as a 2012 Pennsylvania School to Watch by the Pennsylvania Middle School Association (PMSA). South Allegheny Middle School is part of a very select group of 21 schools in Pennsylvania and 300 nationwide that have been designated as Schools to Watch. South Allegheny was selected for its academic excellence, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. In addition, South Allegheny's strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability bring about continuous improvement.
 

School Leadership and Collaboration Drives Student Success

Youngsville Elementary/Middle School, Youngsville, P.A.
 

Youngsville Elementary/Middle School was recognized as one of Pennsylvania's Schools to Watch. The school was chosen for its outstanding school leadership and collaboration among its students and staff. Youngsville is a positive learning environment where eveyone'e enthusiastic attitudes drive success.
 

School Creates Positive Change in the Community

Trinity Middle School, Washington, P.A.
 

Trinty Middle School was recognized as one of Pennsylvania's Schools to Watch for its commitment to creating positive change within the larger community. Students and staff are actively engaged in the community and are always looking for new ways to challenge themselves. The student's ability to succeed while continuing their efforts in the community makes Trinty Middle a force to be recognized with.
 

School Prepares Students to be Good Leaders and Future Citizens

Russell Middle School, Colorado Springs, C.O.
 

The community of Russell Middle School sought to be the change they desired to achieve; to “live out loud” by a set of principles worthy to be carried forward to the next generation. They wanted to know that their students were prepared, not only to be good citizens in the future, but also to grow into leaders today. Since its beginning, the integration of the character education program has been an integral component of the universal school improvement process.
 

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