The Pennsylvania School Study Council sponsored a visit to Jefferson Middle School for educators from around the state to learn what makes JMS a high performing school. This event gave the visiting educators a chance to learn about the best practices used at JMS to benchmark against their schools' processes for student achievement. The Pennsylvania School Study Council (PSSC) noted JMS ranking as the #1 Middle School in PA by StartClass.com, an educational research company. The ranking is based on state level data to determine a school's caring, engaging and rigorous learning environment.
The visit included a welcome by Central Office administrators, a question and answer session with JMS Principal Mrs. Kelly Szesterniak and Dean of Students Mr. Jeffrey Zieders, meetings with an instructional grade team, support team, writing clinician, and an explanation of software used for management and monitoring, and a tour of the building. The visiting educators were interested in identifying what high-achieving methods could be adapted to their schools.
According to their website, "Founded in 1947, the Pennsylvania School Study Council (PSSC) is a partnership between Penn State University and member school districts, intermediate units, and area vocational-technical schools. PSSC is dedicated to improving public education in Pennsylvania by providing up-to-date research information, professional development activities, and technical assistance that will enable its members to provide top quality educational services to students."
Congratulations to Mrs. Szesterniak and her staff on the selection of Jefferson Middle School by the PSSC as a model of exceptional teaching and learning.