Schools To Watch

EE:STWThe New York State's Essential Elements: Schools-To-Watch (EE:STW) program began in 2004 to:

  • promote school improvement and
  • identify and recognize middle schools/programs that are academically excellent, developmentally appropriate, social equitable and organized to ensure continuous improvement.

  • Oliver Middle School began researching the EE:STW program during the 2015-16 school year. The school and district agreed the benefits of the program were significant and submitted a 200-page application to the state in 2018. The district incurred no cost to participate in the process.

    Oliver's application had sufficient documentation to support a visit from a team of middle level experts on December 2 and 3. OMS is one of six schools granted a visit and the only school in Monroe County.

    The visitation team will gather and document evidence that affirms that Oliver is worthy of being recognized as a Schools-to-Watch school.

    OMS Principal Melody Martinez-Davis is excited about the program and stated, "the process is more important than the designation." She and her team explained at a recent board meeting that the process has encouraged the school to look at every aspect of their programs and policies. Their teacher leaders with building administrators and other members of their staff were engaged in identifying strengths and areas in need of improvement. Working together, they have created a well-developed, research-grounded, school-based improvement plan.

    The site visit team will make one of the following recommendations to the State Director:

  • designate an Essential Elements School to Watch
  • designate a Rising School to Watch
  • do not designate

    We are very proud of OMS for the hard work they have put into this process and look forward to seeing the outcome.

    Reprinted from November 2019 Connections Newsletter.

    Presentation made to the Board of Education 

  • The following link was shared with our OMS students and staff on November 25 to announce and communicate our Schools to Watch visit.  Video Link

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