Some very big news for a city of Erie middle school. Roosevelt Middle School, now housed in the south wing of Central, is one of only three schools nationwide selected by the George W. Bush Institute to receive intensive on site support.
Roosevelt was chosen from a pool of 44 applicants who took part in a "Middle School Matters" program held in Austin Texas this summer. Lindale Junior High of Lindale Texas, and Uplift Mighty Preparatory of Fort Worth, are the only other schools chosen for this special initiative.
Middle school is a critical time when kids can lose interest in school. Now students at Roosevelt will have support to stay engaged, from some of the nation's leading experts in reading, math and writing instruction, and dropout prevention.
Principal Teresa Szumigala says it's an amazing opportunity. "This is huge to Roosevelt, with all the transition we had last year and putting Roosevelt back together. We're excited to bring the institute in and have the support to assist us in providing the best possible education we can for our kids."
Szumigala says Roosevelt was connected to this opportunity through the ongoing support the school receives from the GE Foundation. She added, "we will have on site support with researchers actually coming into the school, working with our teachers, providing feedback to our leadership team so we can ensure we have the things in place to make our kids the best in the area."