Manor ISD’s Decker Middle School has received a great honor by being named a Texas School to Watch—recognizing the campus’s significant academic gains while serving high-needs populations.
“What a tremendous recognition for Decker Middle School. We are truly honored that Texas Schools to Watch awarded Decker’s astounding progress and the efforts of its teachers, administration, and staff,” Manor ISD Superintendent Dr. Royce Avery said. “Principal Jon Bailey and his team truly exemplify ‘Growth Through Innovation.’”
As a Texas School to Watch, Decker Middle School will be connected to resources and material from the Texas Middle School Association that will further enable its progress in the classroom. Current and previously selected Schools to Watch also serve as mentors, coaches, and facilitators for members of the Texas Schools to Watch Network by sharing materials, successful practices, and encouraging members to share with other schools who are continuing to improve.
In addition, Decker Middle School administrators will be asked to speak at upcoming conferences and events including the TMSA conference in January and the National Schools to Watch conference in the Washington DC area in June.
“Being listed as a Texas School to Watch is a huge honor for us,” Bailey said. “This goes to show that every day Decker Middle School teachers and staff live our mission statement to ensure all students learn at a high level, collaborate, and apply knowledge as contributing members of a global community.”
Decker Middle School is an AVID Demonstration campus, which helps student prepare to be college and real-world ready. It is also transitioning into becoming a fine arts academy starting in the 2017-18 school year.
The award came after representatives from Texas Schools to Watch visited Decker Middle School in December, where they got a firsthand account of its innovative programs and teaching methods. Representatives met Bailey and other leaders to discuss the keys to Decker's academic gains in the classroom. They also got a chance to speak with AVID students, followed by classroom visits.
The lead agency for Texas Schools to Watch is the Texas Middle School Association. The goals of the Texas Schools to Watch program are to create a research-based definition of the characteristics shared by high-performing middle schools; identify high-performing, high needs middle schools throughout Texas; and share the real-world strategies in place at these sites with educators from middle schools throughout the state.