Holt Middle School and Woodland Jr. High have been named to the 2017 Arkansas Diamond Schools to Watch by the Arkansas Association of Middle Level Education. Holt and Woodland join McNair Middle School and The Owl Creek School as FPS schools that have been named to the Schools to Watch list in recent years.
“I am so pleased to see this recognition for Holt Middle School and Woodland Junior High School. Teachers and staff members at these schools are very special people, and I join many others in congratulating them for their dedicated service to our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Matthew Wendt. “I also congratulate our students, their parents, and families. In a collaborative model, Holt and Woodland are removing the barriers to learning and providing pathways for success in the classroom.”
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 schools 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-grades 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.
On June 21-24, 2017, Holt Middle School and Woodland Junior High School will be honored at the annual National Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, D.C., as part of the network of over 150 schools throughout the United States that have achieved this elite status.