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Hampton Middle School re-desingated as 'School to Watch'

Zachary D'Amico

Hampton Middle School received news on Monday, November 22 that it has once again been named a PA Don Eichhorn Schools: “Schools to Watch” from the Pennsylvania Association of Middle Level Education (PAMLE). 

Hampton Middle School earned this prestigious designation three years ago and was up for re-designation this year.  A team of educators visited HMS on October 26 to observe all classrooms and speak with stakeholder groups.

Earning the “Schools to Watch” designation is a testament to the exceptional teaching and learning opportunities that are happening each day at HMS, but also to the committed student body and supportive community. 

The Schools to Watch distinction affirms the following qualities and characteristics:

  1. Academic Excellence - High-performing schools with middle grades are academically excellent. They challenge all students to use their minds well.
  2. Developmental Responsiveness -  High-performing schools with middle grades are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence. 
  3. Social Equity -  High-performing schools with middle grades are socially equitable, democratic, and fair.  They provide every student with high-quality teachers, resources, learning opportunities, and supports. They keep positive options open for all students.
  4. Organizational Structures and Processes -  High-performing schools with middle grades are learning organizations that establishes norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence. 

The educational leaders from the state will be joining HMS sometime this spring to celebrate this prestigious designation.  Moreover, HMS will be recognized at the State PAMLE conference in February and at the AMLE National Conference in Washington, D.C.  

Schools to Watch will send an official press release on Wednesday, November 24.