OSWEGO, NY – Oswego City School District officials received notification that Oswego Middle School is now a Ã¢â‚¬Å“School in Good Standing.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Oswego Middle School has been removed from the New York State Education Department Ã¢â‚¬Å“Schools in Need of ImprovementÃ¢â‚¬Â list.
Bonnie Finnerty, entering her second year as the Oswego Middle School principal exclaimed, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I am thrilled by the announcement made by the New York State Education Department. The faculty and staff at Oswego Middle School are to be commended for truly coming together as a team in a collaborative effort to look objectively at our issues and creatively generate solutions.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Superintendent of Schools Bill Crist was excited over the news saying, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are very pleased with this announcement that the Oswego Middle School is now a Ã¢â‚¬ËœSchool in Good StandingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢. Our administration, teachers, staff and students have worked very, very hard on focused goals and improved student achievement.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Oswego Middle School was placed on this State Education Department list in the areas of Ã¢â‚¬Ëœeconomically disadvantaged and special educationÃ¢â‚¬Â population.
Crist noted, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have put in place initiatives in and out of the classroom that identify and support those two specific groups as well as focus on all of the other students as well. We have looked at Academic Intervention Services to provide more comprehensive support to students indentified to be in need of this type of service.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The superintendent added, Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is a great feeling and fantastic to know that the work that is done on a daily basis is paying off. We continue to focus our attention on all students as we provide a quality educational program for students in this community.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Finnerty said it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t easy to accomplish the task of being removed from the State Education DepartmentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s list.
Her teaching staff was critical in the success as she explained, Ã¢â‚¬Å“They asked tough questions, from facility related issues to instruction to food service to assessment and were willing to go above and beyond to do what was best for our students. I wish to thank our OMS parents and the Oswego City School District for fully supporting our endeavors this past year. I look forward to another excellent year and anxiously await the Sept. 9 arrival of our newest great minds. They will change the world one day.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Crist summarized the accomplishment by saying, Ã¢â‚¬Å“I see this as only the beginning of the great things, not only for the Oswego Middle School, but for the Oswego City School District as a whole.Ã¢â‚¬Â