'Schools To Watch' Recognition Ceremony Scheduled

(Edenton) - Chowan Middle School will receive the distinction of being named a "School to Watch" by the North Carolina Middle School Association at a celebration to be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at the Northern Chowan Community Center at 1:30 p.m.

Chowan Middle School is only one of three North Carolina middle schools to receive this honor this year and it is the only school in the Northeast region of the state to receive the honor. State and local leaders will be in attendance as the school administration, faculty and staff accept this honor. Chowan Middle School is located at 2845 Virginia Road, Tyner, NC 27980 (The Northern Chowan Community Center is adjacent to the school ).

For more information contact: Michelle Maddox at 252-482-4436 or mmaddox@ecps.k12.nc.us .

More About Schools To Watch:
The Schools to Watch initiative has been recognizing outstanding middle
schools across the state since 2003 and since then only 37 schools have made the list including the three newly named schools. The Schools to Watch initiative is sponsored by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. The National Forum is an alliance of more than 60 educators, researchers, and officers of national associations and foundations dedicated to improving schools for young adolescents across the country.

Through the Schools to Watch initiative, the National Forum identifies
schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum's criteria for high performance by demonstrating they are:
(1) academically excellent-these schools challenge all students to use their minds well.
(2) developmentally responsive-these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.
(3) socially equitable-these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.

According to the Forum, "To achieve this level of performance, high-performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence. They have a sense of purpose that drives every facet of practice and decision-making." Recognized schools are featured in state and national publications, and will be visited by educators from around the country looking to see where "things are being done right." Schools will also participate in professional development and will serve as a model for other schools using the Schools to Watch Criteria to guide school improvement and reform.

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