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BLYTHEWOOD MIDDLE EARNS RE-DESIGNATION AS A NATIONAL SCHOOL TO WATCH

1/23/2023

Blythewood Middle School is celebrating its re-designation as a National School to Watch. Since earning the distinction initially in 2008, Blythewood Middle continues to impress the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. This is the fifth time it has been re-designated a National School to Watch.

The National Forum’s Schools to Watch program seeks to identify and honor middle schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable, organized and structured for continuous improvement, and are exemplars of the implementation of the National Forum’s Schools to Watch criteria.

Karis Mazyck is in her ninth year as principal of Blythewood Middle School.

“This re-designation demonstrates our school's commitment and dedication to providing a quality education for all students through continuous improvement. The Schools to Watch panel visited every classroom at Blythewood Middle to assess teaching and learning. They talked to staff, students, community members, parents, and district office staff. We received these commendations from the panel, ‘This is a model school. Every school that wants to be a School to Watch should come visit this school. Anyone can write an application, but we saw every bit of it during our visit,’" said Mazyck.  

School leaders will be recognized in March at the annual conference of the South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education in Myrtle Beach and will be presented the award this summer at the National Schools to Watch conference in Washington, D.C.