Mike Laster from Brian Sherman on Vimeo
Mike Laster, Principal of the Farnsworth Middle School, talks about the benefit for a new administrator to participate in the EE: STW program. The Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch program in NY recognizes exemplary middle school programs. The program is a partnership between the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, the NYS Middle School Association, and the NYS Education Department.


Special Updates!

NYSMSA 2017 Annual Conference Information – Saratoga Springs

The conference committee for the 2017 conference has been hard at work and much of the planning has been completed. The conference will be hosted in Saratoga Springs, October 19 – 21, 2017. Keynote speaker is the incredible Jack Berckemeyer, and over 100 workshops have been planned. The embedded links provide the Announcement Flier and Tourism Information on the areas of interest in and around Saratoga Springs. Tickets for those interested in the Fall Foliage Train Ride from Saratoga to North Creek and back sell out almost six months ahead of time, so if interested in this while continuing your weekend in Saratoga after the conference ends, get your reservations in early.

New Legislation for Lead Testing in Potable Water

This new legislation went into effect on September 6, 2016 which requires all schools to file their reports on lead and copper contamination in drinking water to SED. Secondary schools have a reporting deadline of October 31st, 2016. The NYSMSA is working with the RJ Lee Group, an accredited water testing lab which can assist interested schools in receiving kits to use in meeting testing and reporting requirements for NYS. They are offering discounts to NYS schools struggling to meet this new requirement. If you wish to download a document on their services with contact information to share with your district facilities director or superintendent <click here>, or you can access their website directly at: http://go.rjlg.com/ny-schools-lead-in-drinking-water-analysis .