NYSMSA Region 3 Update-Summer 2018

Region 3 Co-directors: Lisa Meade and Patti Siano


We are excited to showcase and celebrate the exciting events, programs and aspects of middle schools in our region! All of these special events highlighted correspond to 1 or MORE of the Essential Elements of a Middle School!

If you have a news story to share, please contact the regional directors so that we may share in our next publication!

Patti and Lisa

Essential Elements Schools to Watch Update!

Congratulations to 4 middle schools in our region who earned re-designation as Essential Elements Schools to Watch: Glens Falls Middle School, Oliver Winch Middle School (South Glens Falls district), Ballston Spa and Indian Lake Central School!

Are you interested in learning more about the EESTW program, including being trained as a reviewer? Check out the website for more information:


Publicizing Schools to Watch designation is important! A big shout out to Ballston Spa Middle School for not only publishing a great article on their website, but also links to multiple area print publications. Many families research schools before buying a home. Let's get this important information like STW designations out there! Click on the link below to the BSPA web page as a model:


Glens Falls Middle School Attends the National Schools to Watch Forum in DC!

A big shout out to GFMS for sending a delegation to Washington DC to accept their re-designation award at the national forum.

Click on the link below to read more about their visit:


Queensbury Middle School New Programs for 2018-19

Click on the link below to hear QMS Middle School Principal, Michael Branigan, and Asst. Supt, Kyle Gannon, discuss the exciting new additions to their middle school educational program to better prepare students for high school. Bravo, QMS!


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Hudson Falls STEAMWORKS Summer Enrichment Program Engaging Students!

Check out the Hudson Falls website to learn more about their cutting edge summer enrichment program for students in grades 2-8:

"Hudson Falls summer enrichment program is designed to allow students entering grades two through eight non-credit Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math related experiences. The program is not meant to take the place of regular school curriculum, but rather encourage students to explore additional specialized areas that are of interest to your child. Courses are designed to engage and offer motivated students hands-on activities that are both challenging and experiential."

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Indian Lake Celebrates their 3rd Designation as a School to Watch

Kudos to ILCS!!

As seen on their Facebook page:

"Indian Lake Central School was redesignated an Essential Elements "Schools to Watch" recently in a presentation from David Payton and Brian Sherman at the Middle and High School Awards ceremony.

Schools to Watch is a national recognition of exemplary middle school programs. Teachers, students, community members and administration participate in the application process and site review that takes over a year to complete.

This is the third recognition for ILCS. The award, given on a three year cycle, recognizes academic excellence, developmental appropriateness and social equity."

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Broadalbin-Perth Middle School College and Career Fair is a Success!

A big shout out to the BPMS for holding a unique college and career fair! From their web page:

"It’s not often that a Harley Davidson motorcycle, spin art, robots, and the county’s district attorney are all in the same room. But thanks to the Broadalbin-Perth Middle School’s annual college and career fair, students had the choice to learn more about organizations and industries represented by more than 40 professionals. In addition to the SUNY network and HFM BOCES, students mingled with representatives of Harley Davidson, the Paul Nigra Arts Center, a variety of local banks, law enforcement, emergency management and more."

Click on their website to learn more:


Annual NYS Middle School Conference is Scheduled!

Remember to mark your calendars and make your plans for the annual conference in October! This year's conference will be held in Verona, NY!

We are also looking for conference presenters! Do you have information to share? Do you have middle school colleagues with a great idea, program or concept to share?

Please consider presenting to our middle school colleagues!

More information on the conference can be found on our NYSMSA website: