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!

Congratulations To Our Newest Cohort Of Schools To Watch!!

On February 22nd, 2017 the NYSMSA and the NYS Education Department announced the names of the newly designated and re-designated Schools To Watch in the 2016-2017 Cohort. Our newest designees  are the Ada Cosgrove Middle School (Spencerport, NY – Principal Ned Dale) and Memorial Junior High School (Valley Stream, NY – Principal Bret Strauss). The Pioneer Middle School was re-designated for the third time, and the Garden City Middle School and Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School were designated for the second time. Congratulations to all five schools, their staff, and their students, and for Cosgrove Middle School and Memorial Junior High School, welcome to the STW Family!

NYS Middle School Association Names Tom Phillips as Executive Director

At their February 3rd meeting, the Board of Directors of the NYSMSA appointed Thomas Phillips as the Executive Director. Mr. Phillips is currently serving as the Superintendent of the Watkins Glen Central School District, a post he has held for the last eleven years. Mr. Phillips will be retiring as Superintendent in the fall. Throughout his 33 year career in public education, Mr. Phillips has been a strong advocate of quality middle-level education. Mr. Phillips has served the Association as a Regional Director for 13 years, Conference Chair of the State Middle School Conference in 2001, 2009, 2016, and assisted the Association with the creation of the Essential Elements of Standards Focused Middle-level Schools and Programs. These Standards are codified in the NYS Commissioner’s Regulations.

The Association looks forward to working with Mr. Phillips in an effort to advocate for quality educational programs focused on meeting the needs of all Middle-level children across the state.

NYSMSA represents Middle-level educators and advocates across New York. For additional information, contact Tom at phillips@nysmsa.org.

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.