South Orangetown Middle School Interim Principal Chad Corey, School Support/Dean Michael Ryan and teachers Debra DiTuri and Christa Loughran traveled to Washington, DC, to represent SOMS at the National Forum 2018 Schools to Watch Conference, June 27-29. SOMS was one of 90 high-performing middle-grades schools across the U.S. celebrated for earning redesignation this year. In addition to accepting the Schools to Watch redesignation plaque, the team delivered a presentation at the conference, “It Takes a Team! Ideas to Develop a School Culture and Program to Support All Students,” which focused on learning structures and tools to support the development of a respectful and developmentally-responsive school culture.
“SOMS is honored to receive the re-designation title of being a School to Watch. It’s a tribute to our dedicated, talented and hardworking staff and our amazing students,” noted Principal Chad Corey, Ed.D. “We look forward to continuing to promote this school community and our focus on educating the whole child.”
During their time in the nation’s capital, the SOMS team also met with a legislative aide from Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s office to discuss several issues, including the need for increased funding for mental health services in Rockland County.