Samantha Speech from Brian Sherman on Vimeo
Seventh grade student, Samantha DiFiore delivers a congratulatory speech to her peers, the faculty, and guests at the 2015 celebration honoring the re-designation of the Glens Falls Middle School as an Essential Elements: School-to-Watch. Delivered with poise, in an articulate speech she wrote, Samantha explains the importance of the designation and the reasons her school was recognized.


Special Updates!

Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch Training Opportunity  (no cost)

The State Education Department, the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, and the STW Leadership Team have announced a free two day training opportunity for school administrators and teachers interested in learning more about how to develop and identify a comprehensive high performing middle level program designed toward achieving academic excellence, developmental responsiveness and social equity. If looking for ways to improve your middle-level program, you should not miss this professional development opportunity. To download the informative flyer and application form, <click here>.

14th Annual NYSMSA Middle-Level Summer Institute

The New York State Middle School Association Summer Institute has just been announced. The two day institute will be held at the Tec-Smart facility in Malta operated by Hudson Valley Community College, and located just outside Saratoga Springs. The program includes focused sessions on Technology and Literacy to Increase Student Engagement, the Concrete>Pictorial>Abstract Approach to Mathematics (CPA),  Response-to-Intervention, and an update on the shifts in middle-level social studies from the NYS Teacher-of-the-Year! For more information on the sessions and to download the information flyer and application form, <click here>.