JHS Named Prestigious NYS Essential Elements School to Watch

JHS Named Prestigious NYS Essential Elements School to Watch
Posted on 02/26/2018
JHS Named Prestigious NYS Essential Elements School to WatchLongwood Central School District is proud to announce that Longwood Junior High School has been re-designated as an Essential Elements School to Watch by the New York State Education Department and the Essential Elements Schools to Watch (EESTW) leadership team.

This prestigious designation recognizes the Junior High School’s continued commitment to enhancing school programs and practices. Initially designated in March 2012 and re-designated in in 2015, the school is one of three schools on Long Island, and only 30 in New York State, to receive this prestigious designation.

In a letter sent to the District by the State Education Department, Longwood Junior High was commended for developing a model educational program. “Through this rigorous application process and your successful endeavors, the Junior High School has been recognized as both a National and State School to Watch,” wrote Marybeth Casey, EESTW State Director.

State leaders selected Longwood Junior High School for its academic distinction, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. Also, the school was proven to show strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement.

“We are extremely proud and excited to hear that the Junior High School received this re-designation,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael R. Lonergan. “Through the leadership of Principal Adam DeWitt, the teachers and staff have dedicated themselves to continuous improvement as well as supporting students as they reach their full potential.”  

The EESTW is a state-administered national program that seeks to identify middle grades schools that adhere to a rigorous set of criteria and are on a pathway of continuous improvement. Each school earning the designation holds that honor for three years.  They must reapply and be reevaluated to continue the honor of calling itself a School to Watch. 

“Through the support of our Board of Education, administration, parents and community members we can continue the enhancement of the programs we offer,” said Junior High School Principal Adam DeWitt.  “We are proud to promote academic achievement in a safe and caring learning environment where each student is positioned to succeed in high school and beyond.”

Longwood Junior High School will be formally recognized at the upcoming National Schools to Watch Conference, June 27-30, 2018, in Washington DC.
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