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OMS re-designated as Essential Elements School to Watch

Brockport Central School District is proud to announce that A.D. Oliver Middle School (OMS) has been re-designated by the New York State Education Department as a 2023 Essential Elements School to Watch. The New York State Middle School Association and the Essential Elements Schools to Watch leadership team chose OMS in recognition of the continued commitment to enhancing the school program and practices.

OMS was originally designated as an Essential Elements School to Watch in the Spring of 2020. After three years of collaboration with multiple stakeholders, OMS finalized and submitted a 200-page application to solicit this prestigious designation.

The team worked to identify strengths within the middle school and areas in need of improvement. Together, they used the evidence collected to update and align the building's strategic plan and set targeted focus areas. In order maintain the honor, the school must go through the submission and review process every three years.

The re-designation committee consisted of OMS Principal Jerrod Roberts and OMS staff members Chris Dobson, Bryon Rockow, Lisa Lancia, Kerry Mallon, John Akers and Tresel Vick.

This fall, OMS hosted a site visit from the NYS Essential Elements State Committee that included visits to classrooms and meetings with all stakeholders including district and building administration, board of education members, staff, students and families.

According to the NYS Education Department, the educational program developed by OMS is considered a "model program" that is consistent with the Regents Policy Statement on Middle Level Education, the Essential Elements of a Standards Focused Middle Level School and the National Forum's Schools to Watch criteria.

"The Schools to Watch process allows us to review our programs and make sure we are always looking for continuous improvement to best support our students, staff and families," said OMS Principal Jerrod Roberts. "Oliver Middle School continues to demonstrate a strong commitment and dedication to excellence."

“We are extremely proud to receive this re-designation,” says BCSD Superintendent Sean Bruno. “Our teachers and staff at Oliver Middle School are dedicated to continuous improvement and to helping all students reach their full potential.”

OMS will be formally recognized and honored as a State and National School to Watch at the NYS Middle School Association conference in Albany and the National Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, DC.