Mayfield Middle Named a National 'School to Watch'
By WestKyStar & Mayfiled Middle School Staff
MAYFIELD, KY - Mayfield Middle School has received the prestigious “National Forum School to Watch” designation by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform. MMS joins an elite class of only 12 middle schools in Kentucky with the status.
According to its website, “The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform is an alliance of over 60 educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations and foundations committed to promoting the academic performance and healthy development of young adolescents.” Academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and an organized supportive structure must be in place to receive the designation. Following a rigorous application process was a two-day on-site visit. During that time, a review team attended classes, interviewed faculty, staff, parents and students, and monitored policies, expectations and accomplishments.
Mayfield Middle School Principal Kim Reed explained the process went exceptionally well, “They were very complimentary on all aspects of the visit, especially the culture of our school, commenting on how much everyone cares for one another. They were very impressed with our students and their positive interaction with one another.” Assistant Principal Kelly Stinson added that the team expressed that it was easy to name Mayfield Middle School as a "National Forum School to Watch."
Reed was thrilled with the honor, but not surprised, “The designation confirmed what I have known for nineteen years. We have something special happening here. The STW team felt that.” Stinson summed up why this was a particularly special accomplishment, “It wasn’t just academics; it wasn’t just social equity. We had to meet all four components, which we do, which shows that we are whole as a school, we’re teaching the whole child.”
“This says a lot about our school, school district and the community we live in,” said Reed. “I am so proud for our students, faculty, staff and parents. I cannot imagine being anywhere else.”