Springton Lake Middle School has been named a Pennsylvania School to Watch for 2017!
Springton Lake Middle School is one of just four schools from across the Commonwealth to garner this designation this year. We join a network of 34 other middle schools in Pennsylvania that have either been designated and/or re-designated since the program was launched in 1999. The Schools to Watch process is sponsored in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education (PAMLE) and is part of a larger, national program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. In order to receive the Schools to Watch designation, Springton Lake engaged in a comprehensive self-study that included the preparation of an extensive application. In November, a team of nine middle level educators from across Pennsylvania spent an entire day at Springton Lake in order to observe every aspect of our school. Our school was evaluated in the areas of academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structures and processes. In addition to identifying strengths of our program, the process will also serve as our roadmap for continuous improvement moving forward. In order to maintain the Schools to Watch designation, schools must undergo a re-designation process every three years. This honor and recognition is a tremendous point of pride for our entire school community and the Rose Tree Media School District. Springton Lake will be honored at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Professional Development Institute in February and at the National Schools to Watch Conference in June. We will also plan a school celebration in the spring.