The New York State Department of Education has re-designated North Salem Middle School as a 2010 Essential Elements School to Watch in recognition of its excellence in academic programming, developmental responsiveness, social equity and structural organization. School to Watch-designated schools are held as an example for other school and district leaders in the state.
The North Salem Middle School is among 17 other schools in New York and just over 200 schools nationwide in its designation as a National School to Watch and will be honored at the annual Schools to Watch conference in Washington, D.C., in June.
This is the second time the school has received the coveted School to Watch designation, which also recognizes a school’s dedication to the Regents Policy Statement on Middle Level Education and the Essential Elements of a Standards Focused Middle School. North Salem Middle School was named a New York State School to Watch in 2007.
“North Salem is among an elite group of recognized schools across the nation,” wrote The State Education Department’s Marybeth Casey in a letter to North Salem Middle School principal, Dr. Patricia Cyganovich. “Your middle school is truly a model on both the state and national levels, and you are to be commended for the fine work you do to educate the students in your district,” she said.