The Hampton Township Middle School is pleased to announce it has received the distinguished honor of being designated a 2019 “Schools to Watch.”
Schools to Watch is a program that rewards exemplary Middle Grades Schools in Pennsylvania and is administered by PA Don Eichhorn Schools in partnership with the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, Duquesne University, Edinboro University and the Horace Mann Service Corporation.
“I could not be prouder of all of the faculty, staff, students, and community of Hampton Middle School,” said HMS Principal Mrs. Marlynn Lux. “This ‘Schools to Watch’ designation confirms what I already knew about our extraordinary middle school. This prestigious recognition is a testament to the staff’s hard work and commitment to their students. It is an honor for me to work in such a positive and inspiring middle school.”
Hampton Middle School is one of three schools for 2019 joining 38 other Pennsylvania middle-grades schools previously recognized. Schools granted the honor will be recognized at the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education State Conference at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College on February 24, 2019. They also will be recognized nationally with other Schools to Watch from across the country during the National Forum’s National Schools to Watch Conference on June 27-29, 2019.
The Schools to Watch selection process is based on a written application that required schools to show how they met criteria developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Schools that appeared to meet the criteria were then visited by state teams, which observed classrooms, interviewed administrators, teachers, students, and parents, and looked at achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons, and student work. Schools are recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of three years, they must demonstrate progress on specific goals in order to be re-designated. Unlike the Blue Ribbon recognition program, “Schools to Watch” requires schools to not just identify strengths, but to also focus on areas for continuous improvement; thus the three year re-designation.
Schools that are designated as “Schools to Watch” are selected by state leaders for their academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structures and processes. Among the accolades listed by the Schools to Watch team which conducted the visit to and evaluation of Hampton Middle School is the school’s positive teaching environment, positive climate and culture, and building administrators with a passion for middle level best practices.
“Under the Extraordinary leadership of Mrs. Lux, Hampton Middle School fully deserves this prestigious recognition,” said Dr. Michael Loughead, Superintendent of Schools. “We believe our faculty, staff and students are a wonderful representation of Hampton’s Tradition of Excellence.”
Bruce Vosburgh, President of the National Forum, as well as the PA State STW Director, stated, “We congratulate these schools for being places that do great things for all of their students. These schools demonstrate that high-performing middle grades schools are places that focus on academic growth and achievement. 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.”