Dear Principal Dodge:
On behalf of the NELMS and its Board of Directors, I wish to thank you, members of the professional and support staffs, and students for the time and hospitality provided to our visitation team on January 23 as part of your Spotlight School application process. Based upon evidence gathered during several meetings, classroom observations, and a tour of the facility during the recent visit I am pleased to inform you that Amherst Middle School will be designated a NELMS Spotlight School!
During the visit, the reviewers identified a range and variety of indicators that demonstrate. your school's commitment to effective instructional and assessment practices, collaboration, teaming, and a solid understanding of the young adolescent based on current research and best practice reflecting 21st century learning expectations.
The New England League of Middle Schools wishes to commend Amherst Middle School for the following:
To continue your improvement and commitment to best middle level practices, NELMS makes the following recommendations:
Please note that renewal of your Spotlight School status in three years is contingent upon successful implementation of the above recommendations.
We are pleased to congratulate and honor Amherst Middle School as NELMS' newest Spotlight School. Soon you will be provided with a Spotlight School banner that we ask you to display in a public area of your building as well as to note that you are a NELMS Spotlight School on your website. If you wish to have a formal banner presentation, please contact my office.
Jerome Frew Executive Director
cc. Kathleen Hill, Spotlight Schools Coordinator
Dona Boardman, NELMS NH Region 1 Representative
Amy Facey, Chair, Amherst School Committee