It is with tremendous pride and excitement we share that our Firebaugh Middle School has been recognized as a School To Watch.
We want to congratulate the FMS staff and community - you are so deserving of this recognition. Your hard work and commitment to being the best you can be is contagious.
"Schools to Watch" is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999.
Through the Schools to Watch initiative, the National Forum identifies school across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum's criteria for high performance. Forum members believe that three things are true of high-performing middle-grade schools:
They are academically excellent — these schools challenge all students to use their minds well.
They are developmentally responsive — these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.
They are socially equitable — these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.
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.
The District is proud of each and every staff member who made this possible.
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