July 2, 2020

John Winthrop Middle School Receives New England Recognition Award

John Winthrop Middle School has again been recognized by The New England League of Middle Schools as a “NELMS Spotlight School”.  John Winthrop is one of 41 middle schools in the 6 New England States to receive this prestigious award. 11 middle schools in Connecticut have obtained this award.

The Spotlight School Award validates that JWMS provides an exceptional educational program anchored in the following best practices:

  • Rigorous curriculum that is appropriate to the concerns of adolescents.
  • Instructional practices planned to meet the needs of students.
  • Supportive educators who are skilled at teaching young adolescents.
  • A caring climate that supports a shared educational purpose and intellectual development.
  • Parents and communities that support student learning and healthy development.
  • Safe and Healthy environment developing caring and ethical citizens.

A visiting committee of middle school educators visited the school in December to observe and validate the NELMS standards demonstrated at the school. They reviewed curriculum, procedures, practices, met with parents and students and observed classrooms.

This is the second time John Winthrop Middle School has received the Spotlight School Award. In her letter of congratulations, NELMS Executive Director Barbara Needham stated “John Winthrop Middle School Continues to exemplify an excellent learning community for young adolescents and uphold the best practices for middle level education.”