March is Middle Level Education Month!
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Celebrate Great Teaching and Education in the Middle Grades: Nominations Now Open for VMSA Awards
It is no secret… Virginia boasts some of the best and brightest educators in the middle grades! Nominate an outstanding teacher, counselor, media specialist, instructional coach, or administrator today for the VMSA Master in the Middle Teacher of the Year or Educator of the Year Awards. Honorees will be recognized at the VMSA Annual Conference at JMU in October and receive complimentary conference registration and hotel stay.

The nomination process has been streamlined. Simply click on the appropriate link below and complete the nomination online. Deadline for nominations is March 24.
Greeting from VMSA President Barbara Nichols
Greetings from VMSA!
I hope you are enjoying a successful school year!  Thank you to all who participated in the annual conference.  We received great feedback about the workshops that were provided.  One of our main goals is to provide relevant, purposeful professional development for middle level educators.  
Our regional directors are working to offer regional experiences that are more tailored to the needs of individual schools.  Please contact your regional director to find out more information about upcoming events in the Spring.
Best wishes to you for the remainder of the school year!
Lake Ridge MS in Prince William Co. will host a VMSA Northern Virginia Regional Symposium March 11.
Click here for more information or to register.
AMLE is the go-to international source for middle grades research, tools, and support. VMSA is a proud affiliate of AMLE.  
Three Virginia Schools Recognized as New Schools to Watch
Over 100 middle level educators volunteered to take part in this year's Schools to Watch selection process. The commitment of time, energy, and resources is vital to this program and VMSA appreciates everyone who volunteered their time to participate, Thanks to you, VMSA and Virginia STW is stronger than ever. 

Three Virginia schools have been newly designated as Schools to Watch and will be honored at the National Schools to Watch Conference in June and the Annual VMSA Conference in October. They are:

Bailey Bridge Middle School (Chesterfield Co),
Kume Goranson, principal
Robius Middle School (Chesterfield Co),
Dr. Derek Wasnock, principal
Swift Creek Middle School (Chesterfield Co),
Dr. Calvin Frye, principal

In addition, eight Virginia STW schools were re-designated:

Blue Ridge Middle School (Loudoun Co)
Brion Bell, principal
Gainesville Middle School (Prince Wm Co)
Catherine Prter-Lewis, principal
Harmony Middle School (Loudoun Co),
Eric Stewart, principal
Marstellar Middle School (Prince Wm Co)
Dr. Roberta Knetter, principal
Northside Middle School (Roanoke Co)
Dr. Paul Lineburg, principal
Pennington Traditional School (Prince Wm Co)
Joyce Stockton, principal
Rachel Carson Middle School (Fairfax Co),
Gordon Stokes, principal
Stone Hill Middle School (Loudoun Co)
Kathryn Clark, principal

For more information about how your school can use the Schools to Watch criteria to build on your strengths and implement best practices in the middle grades, please visit the website or the national Schools to Watch program website at Additional middle grades resources are at

VMSA is very appreciative of Sandy DuTemple's willingness to fill in as interim STW director this Spring. We are now taking applications from middle level educators willing and able to serve as director for next year. Please click here for more information. 


Admiral Byrd MS (Frederick Co) Students in Math Competition

Cave Spring MS (Roanoke Co) Discover Kindness Rocks!

Central Academy MS (Botetourt Co) Students Build VDOT Bridges

Dunbar MS (Lynchburg) Students Step into Black History Month

Great Neck MS (Virginia Beach) Students at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Hanover County Middle School Students Awarded for Patriotism

Lynnhaven MS (Virignia Beach) Students Reach Across the Atlantic

Read Mountain MS (Botetourt Co) Spread Kindness

Richmond and Henrico County Middle School Students Perform Original Poetry

Skyline MS (Rockingham Co) Students Experience Discovering Justice Mock Trial

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