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Palmetto Middle "School to Watch"

Palmetto Middle School under the leadership of principal Barry Knight has been named a School to Watch for the second time by The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform’s Schools to Watch program. This program honors the work of middle schools implementing best practices in academic excellence, social equity, and developmental responsiveness, with organizational supports that put them on the trajectory toward excellence. Palmetto Middle completed an extensive self-assessment, submitted a peer-reviewed application, received a two day site visit by a trained visiting team, met the criteria for recognition, and was redesignated as a School to Watch.

Dr. Wayne Fowler, Anderson One Superintendent, said, “We are proud of Palmetto Middle and the recognition they have earned. They seek opportunities to self assess and strive for continuous improvement to be the best they can be. The students are the real beneficiaries and the school’s test scores are reflecting their success.”

Principal of Palmetto Middle, Barry Knight said, “Students are the recipient of our success in the School to Watch Program.  They profit from a staff that works together to plan, teach and assess every student at the highest level possible.  Being honored with a re-designation School to Watch Award is not a flash-in-the pan experience.  It is an on-going process of evaluating our roles, responsibilities, and goals; then making changes based on what is right for our students. Yes, we are blessed with a dedicated faculty and staff committed to helping students succeed.”

The hub of Palmetto Middle is the media center under the direction of media specialist Tamara Cox. She said, “I’m so proud of our students, teachers, parents and administration for achieving this honor. I believe that striving to reach the goal of becoming a School to Watch has helped all of us to evaluate ourselves and continue to improve. Our administration is so supportive of our teachers and encourages us to try new things and push ourselves to help our students. Students come first at Palmetto Middle and I believe this is why we truly are a school to watch.”

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