ISD school board lauded Acton Middle School for recently being named to the
list of “Texas Schools to Watch” by the Texas Middle School Association. The recognition came at the school board
meeting on January 23, 2017.
Dawson presented background and requirements for the school’s designation.
As part of
the commendation only bestowed upon a handful of middle schools in the state,
AMS is honored as a high achieving school, designated as a model school, and
recognized as a school for others to visit.
The campus was chosen following an extensive application process, which
culminated with a site visit in early December.
Each year, the program identifies middle
schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially
equitable, and structured for success. The sites selected to be Texas Schools
to Watch model schools meet the unique challenges of their student populations
and share a strong, ongoing record of student achievement. Designated schools are not perfect, but they
are on a trajectory toward excellence and have a passion for sharing what works
on their campuses.
is implemented by TMSA along with the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades
Reform. Dawson and other school officials will be asked to present at future
TMSA conferences as well as a national conference to be held in Washington,
D.C. in June.
AMS will host a workshop/campus highlight visit sometime in the next three
years and will also partner with other middle schools to share best practices
and ideas for student excellence.
The program strives to: create a research-based definition of the
characteristics shared by high-performing middle schools; identify
high-performing, high needs middle schools throughout Texas; share the
real-world strategies in place at these sites with educators from middle
schools throughout the state; provide a nationally proven self-study and rubric
that all middle schools can use to evaluate and improve their school's
instructional program; and establish a statewide network of high-performing
middle schools, with every high-performing school actively involved in
assisting struggling middle schools that share either a geographic region or
student population characteristics.
Pictured above are (left to right) Dawson, Julie
Morris, assistant principal Kristy Berryman, counselor Jeri Ann Dewberry, Scott
Carpenter, Rosa Magallanes, instructional specialist Mindy Badgett, Autumn Lane,
and Kristen Callihan.