CLARK, NJ - Carl H. Kumpf Middle School was redesignated a School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform recently. Kumpf was first designated a School to Watch in 2014.

Through the Schools to Watch initiative, the National Forum identified 167 schools exemplary middle-grades schools in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia this year.

Kumpf principal Richard Delmonaco, expressed his gratitude for the recognition and his pride in the staff that made it possible.  "We are so appreciative of the New Jersey Schools to Watch Committee for recommending Kumpf Middle School for redesignation.  It is a true reflection of all the hard work of our teachers and students each day,” he said. “It also exemplifies the cooperation between the Kumpf Staff, the parents, and the Clark Board of Education in support of our programs and efforts to help our students be successful.” 

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According to the Forum, “each school was selected by state leaders for its academic excellence, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels.”

Selected schools are also deemed to have strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement.

Selection is based on a written application that required schools to show how they met criteria developed by the Forum. Schools that appeared to meet the criteria were then visited by state teams who observed classrooms, interviewed administrators, teachers, students, and parents, and looked at achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons, and student work. Schools are recognized for a three-year period; and at the end of three years, schools must repeat the process in order to be re-designated.

In reflection of the accomplishment, Delmonaco shared his thoughts about the school community he leads. “Personally, I am so fortunate to work with such a wonderful staff, parents, and students. It is a pleasure to be a part of the Kumpf community,” Delmonaco said.  “I would like to thank Mrs. Clarke, the Kumpf Schools to Watch Committee, our parent volunteers, and most of all the students for helping Kumpf to achieve this recognition."

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the National Conference cermony was postponed to December.  

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