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Springton Lake Middle School wins School to Watch Award


Springton 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.
“This 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.”
Now 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.
Springton 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 education.”
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.