by: File photo, Randy Trani

State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo has announced that Corbett Middle School has been named Oregon's first and only 'School to Watch.'

The national award recognizes middle schools that exhibit academic excellence, responsiveness to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence, social equity and outstanding organizational structures and processes.

'This is a tremendous honor for Corbett Middle School,' Castillo said. 'The award says a lot about the leadership of Superintendent Robert Dunton and Principal Randy Trani. They believe that students in middle grades can achieve at very high levels, and they lead teams of educators who inspire young students.

'Under Oregon's new diploma requirements, middle schools across the state will be looking at how they can work to prepare their students for more rigorous coursework in high school. Corbett Middle School is a shining example of what can be achieved,' Castillo said.

Schools to Watch was founded by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999. The National Forum is an alliance of more than 83 educators, researchers and officers of national associations and foundations dedicated to improving schools for young adolescents across the country. Oregon is one of 16 participating states.

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