Principal Message

Posted on 08/26/2020

August 26, 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian:

I hope the school year has started successfully for all of you.  As a parent/guardian of a student in Erwin Middle School, I am writing this letter to let you know that Erwin Middle School has been designated as a Targeted Support & Improvement Additional Targeted Support (TSI-AT) school by the North Carolina State Board of Education.  As stated in ESSA Section 1111(d)(2), North Carolina had to identify schools for targeted support and improvement. TSI-AT schools in North Carolina are those that have a subgroup that is under-performing. The intent of this opportunity is to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction.

As a TSI-AT school, Erwin is required to develop a comprehensive plan that specifically addresses how the school will improve student achievement. The plan will also include how our district will support us and monitor the progress of our school.  The comprehensive plan will address the following areas:

  • Standards-aligned Instruction
  • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Recruitment & Retention of Effective Teachers
  • Support for Grade-to-Grade Transitions
  • Implementation of a Tiered Instructional System
  • Data-Driven Decision Making
  • Student Support Services
  • Family and Community Engagement

 Our students need to experience higher achievement levels, but it will require hard work on the part of staff, students and families. Here are some strategies Erwin Middle will be implementing:

  • Formative assessments throughout the school year
  • Scheduled Professional Learning Community time
  • Support from Buncombe County Schools academic coaches
  • Scheduled time for teams to meet to discuss student performance
  • Reading enrichment to promote literacy              

Parent engagement is at the heart of our school improvement efforts. Here are some ways we can work together:

  • Be are aware of academic expectations for your student this school year.
  • Make sure that your student is prepared and attends school each day.
  • Monitor your student’s homework.
  • Monitor the progress your student is making and attend meetings with your student’s teachers.
  • Join the Erwin Middle PTO.

Sounds like a lot but preparing our students so that they can succeed is not easy and is a group effort. Here are some resources available to help:

We’re excited about this school year and are working to make it a success for your student.  If you have questions about the content of this letter, please contact me at or 828.232.4264.

“local boards of education of low-performing schools shall include with their online plans a brief explanation that low-performing identification continues pending assessment data from the 20-21 school year”


Steve Molinari