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Oliver W. Winch Middle School re-designated as 2015 Essential Elements School-to-Watch

June 5, 2015

Students with the new School-to-Watch bannerOliver W. Winch Middle School has been named a 2015 Essential Elements School-to-Watch for its fourth consecutive three-year term and will be recognized for its achievement at the state and national level.

The school held a ceremony on Thursday, June 4, that included a representatives from the state’s Essential Elements Committee, Assemblywoman Carrier Woerner and a representative from the office of State Senator Kathy Marchione. The event included the presentation of a new designation banner and a proclamation from Assemblywoman Woerner, as well as a musical performance by the middle school’s chamber orchestra.

“We are honored as a school community to be recognized by the State Education Department. I am so lucky to have inherited this building filled with a caring, professional staff from a strong leadership team in Mr. Fish and Mr. Anguish,” said OWWMS Principal Timothy Dawkins. “The faculty and staff at OWWMS are dedicated to implementing a strong middle-level program that focuses on rigorous academic standards coupled with essential social-emotional development and support in order to give our sixth- through eighth-grade students the best school experience possible. This designation is a true recognition for the hard work that goes on in this building every day.”

The OWWMS Chamber Orchestra plays.The purpose of the program is to promote school improvement and identify and recognize middle-level schools and programs that are academically excellent, developmentally appropriate, socially equitable and organized to ensure continuous improvement. The designated schools are also able to serve as examples for the successful implementation of the Regents Policy Statement on Middle-Level Education and the NYS State Education Department’s Essential Elements of Standards-Focused Middle-Level Schools and Programs.

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