The Twinsburg City School District recently announced that RB Chamberlin Middle School was designated as an Ohio School to Watch and as a National Forum School to Watch by the Ohio Department of Education.

The Ohio Schools to Watch program seeks to recognize high-performing, growth-oriented public middle grade schools to demonstrate what all middle grade schools are capable of achieving:

• Academic Excellence

• Developmental Responsiveness

• Social Equity

• Organizational Structures and Processes (which support the previous three categories)

On Dec. 3, RB Chamberlin Middle School received a site visit as part of the Ohio Schools to Watch application process.

"The visiting team had the privilege of exploring your school, visiting with students, teachers and parents," wrote Dan Stacy of the Ohio Department of Education. "It was gratifying to be able to see everything your team had written in your application in place in the school. Congratulations to staff and leadership for being designated as both an Ohio School to Watch and a National Forum School to Watch. This designation is about R.B. Chamberlin Middle School staff and leaders’ dedication to providing students with the best education possible. You all work very hard and it pays off in the success of your students and the school."

"The Twinsburg Board of Education and I wish to commend the RB Chamberlin Middle School administrators – Jim Ries, Principal, Lisa Moorer, Assistant Principal, and Michelle Lowden, Administrative Intern, as well as our teachers, support staff, parents and most of all our students for this significant achievement," said Superintendent Kathryn Powers. "The designations of Ohio School to Watch and National Forum School to Watch are acknowledgements of the dedication and support of our staff and families to ensure our students are provided with the best educational opportunities possible. I am very proud of RB Chamberlin Middle School."

As a newly designated Ohio School to Watch, RB Chamberlin Middle School will be recognized by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform at the National Schools to Watch Conference June 24 through 27 in Washington D.C. RB Chamberlin Middle School will also be recognized during The Ohio Middle Level Association Conference in October.

For more information about the Ohio Schools to Watch program, visit: http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Career-Tech/Additional-Resources/Ohio-Schools-to-Watch-OSTW online.