Award Year: 2013

Watson Elementary School

515 Marion Avenue
Massillon, OH, 44646-3005

(330) 832-8100

Nicholas Huskins, Principal at time of Nomination

Perry Local School District

School Website

Mission

To emphasize excellence in learning by providing opportunities for every child to realize his/her potential in a safe environment.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 90%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application

Watson Elementary School is one of five Elementary buildings within the Perry Local School District. Our schools are located in Perry Township, just between Massillon and Canton in Ohio. Watson houses approximately 365 students in grades K-4.

Teachers at Watson have high expectations for all students; designing lessons that are not only differentiated and rigorous; but engaging as well.

Watson Elementary earned the rating of “Excellent with Distinction” during the 2011-2012 school year. This marks the ninth consecutive year our building has earned a rating of Excellent or higher from the State of Ohio. This is no small feat; it takes dedication, hard work and perseverance on the parts of both staff and students.

So how does a school with such a diverse population consistently achieve such a high level of success? First, our dedicated teaching staff delivers high quality core instruction; centered on a framework that emphasizes Marzano’s highly effective instructional strategies. In addition to this, staff members have collaborated through District Language Arts and Math committees to choose and implement curriculum’s to help our students achieve success as we move towards the new Common Core Standards.

In addition to a strong curriculum, delivered through daily core instruction, students at Watson Elementary receive skill based intervention during our built in Panther Time. Individual skill needs are identified through the use of a screener that is administered three times throughout the year. This information allows us to use a tiered services approach; students are then provided research based interventions and their progress is tracked and monitored through weekly grade level data check-ins.