Lake Middle School in Media Awarded “Schools-to-Watch” Status
Rose Tree Media School District’s
Springton Lake Middle School has been named a Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn
Schools: “Schools to Watch” as part of a recognition program developed by the
National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.
As a School to Watch, Springton Lake is
recognized for its strong, challenging curriculum, academic and emotional support
for students, continued learning opportunities for teachers, and excellent
involvement from parents. The report notes over a dozen strengths of the
school, including the school’s strategies for involving students in learning
and providing them with age-appropriate responsibilities.
wonderful award is a direct result of the hard work of each and every member of
the Springton Lake educational community,” said Rose Tree Superintendent James M. Wigo, Sr. “Everyone in this
community owns a piece of this recognition and should see it as validation of a
combined effort. We are excited to be able to fulfill a vision of having one of
our schools recognized as a model school.”
that Springton Lake is a School to Watch, other schools from around the country
will have the opportunity to speak with administrators and tour the school as
an example of exemplary academics and student support. The
designation as a School to Watch lasts three years, when Springton will be
re-evaluated for its growth on specific goals appointed by the National Forum.
Lake will be recognized at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level
Education State Conference at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State
College on Feb. 26, along with the other three newly designated schools.
The school joins a prestigious group of 38
Pennsylvania middle schools that have been awarded this recognition. With 17
states participating in the National Forum, Springton Lake is now one of only 100
schools across the country to receive this designation.
“These schools demonstrate that
high-performing middle grades schools are places that focus on academic growth
and achievement,” said National Forum President Bruce Vosburgh. “They are also
places that recognize the importance of meeting the needs of all of their
students and ensure that every child has access to a challenging, high-quality
The National Forum works in partnership
with Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Association for
Middle Level Education, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, Shippensburg
University, Horace Mann Service Corporation, and Vibra Life to evaluate middle
schools based on a written application, observation visits, and interviews with
the school community for the “Schools to Watch” recognition.