2016 NYSMSA Annual Conference

The New York State Middle School Association, the Watkins Glen School District, and all of NYSMSA Region 4 invite you to the 36th Annual New York State Middle School Association Conference. The theme of “On the Right Track “ is about highlighting and supporting college and career readiness, inquiry-based learning, and strengthening leadership and literacy across our systems. The conference takes place October 20th – 22nd.

The conference program is now available, click here to access it!

The conference promises something for everyone. From the pre-conference offerings, to the practitioner workshops, to the “Breakfast with Champions” on Saturday, this not-to-miss event is sure to help you grow professionally and network with middle-level minds from the State. This is also a great team-building opportunity. It provides something for everyone and will allow groups to explore themes and have a focus.

Watkins Glen is BEAUTIFUL in the fall. The region has so much to offer…so start making your plans, and we will see you at the conference!

General Registration – $150.00 for members/$200 for non-members (includes membership)- includes Friday (breakfast and lunch included) and Saturday (breakfast included)

Optional Thursday October 20th Pre-Conference Sessions ($140, lunch included)

Optional Thursday October 20th Banquet ($50)

As part of the Annual Conference, one-hour middle level education and program focused practitioner workshops will be scheduled throughout the day for Friday, October 21, 2016.

To learn more about the conference, visit this invitation. To register, click here.


NYSMSA Elections

The New York State Middle School Association has scheduled their annual elections. Results will be announced at the general assembly of the Watkins Glen conference general assembly on October 21, 2016.
Elections from the nominated candidates will run from September 1-September 15, 2016. Contact mfish@greenwichcsd.org to vote.
Carl Christensen has been nominated to the two year term for the statewide office of Secretary. All NYSMSA members may vote for the office of secretary.
Shawn Williams has been nominated to the three year term of Region 1 Director. All region 1 NYSMSA members may vote for this position.
Jay Hillman has been nominated to the three year term of Region 4 Director. All region 4 NYSMSA members may vote for this position.
Individual members have 1 vote. School membership has 3 votes.


What Works in Middle Level Schools and Programs

We know what works in middle level school in programs. The things that work are called the Essential Elements of Standards-Focused Middle Level Schools and Programs, usually referred to simply as the Essential Elements. The Essential Elements provide us with the guidance to deliver research-based, proven programs for our early adolescents. What are the Essential Elements? They are:

  1. A philosophy and mission that reflect the intellectual and developmental needs and characteristics of young adolescents (more)
  2. An educational program that is comprehensive, challenging, purposeful, integrated, relevant, and standards-based (more)
  3. An organization and structure that support both academic excellence and personal development (more)
  4. Classroom instruction appropriate to the needs and characteristics of young adolescents provided by skilled and knowledgeable teachers (more)
  5. Strong educational leadership and a building administration that encourage, facilitate, and sustain involvement, participation, and leadership (more)
  6. A network of academic and personal support available for all students (more)
  7. Professional learning and staff development for all staff that are ongoing, planned, purposeful, and collaboratively developed (more)


Join the NYS Middle School Association Today!

Ten reasons to become an active member of NYSMSA:
  1. Receive timely information on issues of importance to middle-level educators and keep pace with New York State’s rapidly changing middle-level landscape through regular publications (e.g., In Transition), Twitter, Facebook, a weekly “newsblast”, and special, in-depth reports on timely topics.
  2. Become part of a collegial Statewide network of middle-level practitioners available 24/7 for advice and encouragement.
  3. Have access to cost-effective, quality professional development opportunities tailored to your specific needs.
  4. For schools engaged in systemic school improvement, receive expert mentoring and guidance on best practices and current research from administrators and teachers of recognized Essential Elements: Schools-To-Watch® schools.
  5. Build connections and personal contacts among the middle-level professional community.
  6. Have priority for serving on EE: STW® site visit teams and/or presenting at the annual NYSMSA Conference.
  7. Receive special registration rates for attendance at the Annual Conference and regional workshops.
  8. Support the only organization in New York State whose sole purpose is to promote middle-level education (e.g., Essential Elements) and the academic and personal development of young adolescents.
  9. Become part of the solution by working with the NYSMSA Board of Directors and its regional networks to advocate for middle-level education, middle-level educators, and young adolescents locally and statewide.
  10. Have an opportunity to “give back” to the profession, to help others as well as yourself. Demonstrate your middle-level professionalism today by joining NYSMSA.

Join today or contact your Regional Director for more information!


Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch

Click on the Schools-to-Watch button from the above navigation menu (or click here) for all you need to know about the Essential Elements: Schools-to-Watch school recognition program.


Help for Implementing the Essential Elements

A set of three protocols have been developed to guide a school’s use of the Essential Elements of Standards-Focused Middle-Level Schools and Programs. Taken together, the three protocols represent a comprehensive set of tools and guidance for beginning and sustaining a system of continuous reflection and improvement based upon the research-based Essential Elements and their rubrics. Each protocol can be used independently of the others.