Mike Laster and Team 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!

The New York State Middle School Association Announces the 2019 Cohort of Essential Elements: Schools to Watch!    NEW!

Congratulations to the administration, staff, and students of our newly designated Essential Elements: Schools to Watch. Those schools initially designated this year include; the Corning-Painted Post Middle School (principal Richard Kimble), Millbrook Middle School (principal Steven Cabello), Mineola Middle School (principal Andrew Casale), the Plainedge Middle School (principal Anthony DeRiso), and the Rocky Point Middle School (principal James Moeller). Also see the Commissioner’s Press Release congratulating our newly designated schools <here>.

We are also pleased to announce our re-designated EE: STW schools. Redesignated for the fourth time (that is twelve years!) is the North Salem Middle School (principal Vince DiGrandi). Two schools re-designated for the third time are the Bay Trail Middle School (principal Winton Buddington) and the Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School (principal Frank Ruolo). Also to be commended are two schools being designated for the second time; Honeoye Falls – Lima Middle School (principal Shawn Williams) and the Johanna Perrin Middle School (principal Patrick Grow) as well as the North Shore Middle School (principal Robert Dennis) being re-designated for the first time. Congratulations to all our EE: STW schools for a job well done!

The 17th Annual NYSMSA Middle-level Institute – Registration Now Open!     NEW!

The Institute will be again be offered at the Tec-Smart facility just outside Saratoga Springs on Monday, July 1st and Tuesday July 2nd, 2019. There will be four workshop sessions, each for the two full days. Sessions include your choice of “Using Restorative Practices to Build Trust at the Middle-level“, “Tools and Strategies for Deep Learning“, “Inside the Lives of Instagram and Snapchat Kids“, or “Wondering How to Address the Essentials Elements – Wonder No More!“. For more information, download the program brochure here. Registration is now open and can be accessed by clicking here!

NY Essential Elements: Schools to Watch Training for Site Visitors    NEW!

July 30th and 31st in Liverpool (OCM BOCES)

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 should not miss this professional development opportunity. This event is specifically designed for administrators and teachers in New York State. The two day session will familiarize participants with the components of a high quality middle-level education program designed to meet the needs of young adolescents. Training participants will gain familiarity with NY’s Seven Essential Elements of a Standards Focused Middle-level Program, develop an understanding of the four domains of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform School to Watch Criteria, and be introduced to a process and tools for evaluating their own and other Middle-level programs.

If you are interested in seeking New York State and National School to Watch recognition for your school, or you wish to be a part of New York’s School to Watch leadership team as a site team or paper reviewer you should not miss this opportunity. Registration is now open (Registration Form and Flyer can be downloaded here). The program is offered free of charge by the NYSMSA and the NYSED. For a list of nearby hotels, <click here>.

The 39th Annual NYS Middle School Association Conference    NEW!

October 24-26, 2019  Verona, NY

Call for Presenters

As part of the 39th Annual NYS Middle School Association Conference, 50 minute middle level education and program focused practitioner workshops will be scheduled throughout the day, Friday October 25, 2019. Individuals or groups are invited to submit a Call for Presenters application. The Conference will be held at Vernon-Verona-Sherill Middle School, Vernon, New York.

Please note that if your presentation is accepted you MUST register for the conference. Please go to www.nysmsa.org for more information and upcoming news on the conference.

Applications are due by August 1, 2019. Click here to access the Call for Presenters Form.

If you have any questions, prefer a PDF form, or paper copy, please email Monica Kwiatkowski at Mkwiatkowski@crcs.wnyric.org c/o Cuba-Rushford Middle School 5476 Route 305 N Cuba, NY 14727 Phone: 585-968-2650 Fax: 585-968-2651

Technology Requirements
Presentations must be web based or flash drive. Internet access, Smartboard, digital projectors, speakers, and computer workstation will be provided.

 EE: STW Principals Attending the NYSMSA Annual Conference 2018

Included in the photo is the newly appointed Co-Director of the Essential Elements: Schools to Watch program, NYSED Associate, Christine Radez (center left in white sweater). Also pictured is the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform Executive Director Ericka Uskali (center wearing blue blazer). EE: STW Co-Director Brian Sherman not pictured – he is taking the photo.

Call for Submissions: Articles to be Published in In Transition, the NYSMSA Journal

In Transition is a juried publication; all manuscripts are reviewed and approved for publication by a panel of members from the NYSMSA Board of Directors. Manuscripts describing successful programs, stimulating projects, exemplary teaching techniques, unique team concepts, action research, and promising practices are welcome. To examine previous issues of the publication and to review the “Submission Guidelines”, <click here>.