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Nagel Middle School named School to Watch

March 23, 2016

The Ohio Department of Education has named Nagel Middle School in Forest Hills School District as an Ohio School to Watch, a designation only 21 middle schools in Ohio currently hold.  This is the third time Nagel Middle School has received this designation.

Developed from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, the Schools to Watch program identifies high-performing, middle-grade schools that are academically challenging, developmentally responsive, socially equitable and have an organizational structure that fosters these characteristics.

To earn the designation, schools must complete an extensive application, be evaluated on 37 characteristics established by the National Schools to Watch Forum, meet state academic achievement guidelines at each grade level and be visited by a team of OSW evaluators.

During Nagel’s site visit, evaluators noted a wide variety of instructional styles and strategies, relationship building with students, teacher collaboration, staff-directed professional development and strong school leadership.

“This award is not only an honor, but a challenge for us to continually improve upon the methods we utilize to educate our students,” said John Vander Meer, principal.   “Earning this designation is possible because of the engagement, enthusiasm and abilities of our teachers, parents, students and community members. We are incredibly fortunate to have so much support for our school and, together, we will continue to excel and meet the needs of our students.”