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Rogers Middle School once again named “Texas School to Watch”

Rogers Middle School once again named “Texas School to Watch”Rogers Middle School was recently recognized for the second time as a School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) as part of a national recognition program. Rogers is among only about 55 other schools across Texas to earn such distinction and honor.

Leaders selected Rogers for its academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structure and processes. In addition, Rogers has proven to have strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction and a commitment to assessment and accountability that brings about continuous improvement.

“Being named a School to Watch is such an honor and privilege. It truly speaks to the level of commitment that our Rogers’ family shares in ensuring that students receive support academically, socially and emotionally in a caring environment that encourages creativity and collaboration,” Rogers Middle School principal Ajunta Thomas said.

The Schools to Watch selection process is based on a written application that requires schools to show how they meet criteria developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Schools that appeared to meet the criteria were then visited by state teams, which observed classrooms, interviewed administrators, teachers, students and parents, and looked at achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons and student work. Schools are recognized for a three-year period and, at the end of three years, must demonstrate progress on specific goals in order to be re-designated.

“Rogers is a family that, “STRIVES, THRIVES, and ADVOCATES” for the success of everyone who enters our building. We truly are the best middle school in the universe because of our unified efforts to support our students’ and staff’s achievement working very closely with our families to make learning experiences positive for all.” Tomas said. “We celebrate our diverse differences at our campus with a variety of 30 different languages spoken making the learning experience a melting pot of minds”

Rogers administration will be recognized in Austin at the Making Middle School Matter Symposium hosted by TASSP on March 5-7. The school will also be recognized nationally with other Schools to Watch from across the country in Washington DC at the National Forum's National Schools to Watch Conference on June 22-24. Additionally, campus administration is currently planning a celebration to be held in late Spring to celebrate the achievement.

“We continue to keep moving forward and achieve success because of each of our Rockets’ unique contributions to our success. Thank you for continuing to build Rogers and Pearland ISD proud,” Thomas said.

About Schools to Watch

Launched in 1999, Schools to Watch began as a national program to identify middle-grade schools across the country that were meeting or exceeding 37 research-based criteria developed by the National Forum. The Forum developed the website featuring online tours of schools, as well as detailed information about selection criteria used in the recognition program. There are now 17 states which have trained Schools to Watch State Teams with more than 480 schools recognized across the country.