Parkland Pre-Engineering MS Named “Texas School to Watch”

Parkland Pre-Engineering Middle School has been designated a Texas School to Watch (TSW) by the Texas Middle School Association (TMSA) for its academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, social equity, and commitment to help all students reach high levels.

The TSW designation from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) has been awarded to about 50 schools across Texas, officials said.

“We commend Principal (Dr. Angela) Reyna and her staff, students, and parents for being a campus that does great things for all of their students,” said Leticia Menchaca, state superintendent of schools to watch in Texas. and TASSP Director for Middle-Level Services. “This school has demonstrated that a high performing college is a place that focuses on academic growth and achievement.

Parkland Pre-Engineering Middle School is a place that recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of all students and ensuring that every child has access to a stimulating, high-quality education,” added Menchaca.

Parkland Pre-Engineering Middle School was chosen for the TSW designation after demonstrating strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement. State teams conducted site visits to schools that met the criteria to observe classrooms; interview administrators, teachers, students and parents; and examine pass data, suspension rates, course quality, and student work.

“It’s such an honor to be one of 50 campuses designated as Texas Schools to Watch,” said Dr. Angela Reyna, Principal of Parkland Pre-Engineering Middle School. “Our accomplishments are a testament to the dedication and teamwork of our teachers and staff, as well as our students and their parents. Middle school can often be a vulnerable time for children, which makes it even more important for us to ensure they get the instruction and support they need.

Parkland Pre-Engineering Middle School will be recognized at TASSP’s Making Middle School Matter symposium taking place February 27-March 1 in Austin, and at the National Forum Schools To Watch conference taking place June 23-25 ​​in Washington D.C.

“Schools to Watch” are recognized for a period of three years, and after three years they must demonstrate progress on specific goals in order to be recognized. Unlike the National Blue Ribbon School recognition program, these campuses not only identify strengths, but also focus on areas for continuous improvement.

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