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Pennsylvania School Continues to be Recognized for Helping Students Achieve

South Allegheny Middle School, McKeesport, P.A.


South Allegheny Middle School has been redesignated as a 2012 Pennsylvania School to Watch by the Pennsylvania Middle School Association (PMSA). South Allegheny Middle School is part of a very select group of 21 schools in Pennsylvania and 300 nationwide that have been designated as Schools to Watch. South Allegheny was selected for its academic excellence, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. In addition, South Allegheny's strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability bring about continuous improvement.

School Pride Drives Academic Success

Meadville Area Middle School, Meadville, P.A.


Meadville Area Middle School is only 1 of 21 middle schools out of the 572 middle schools in Pennsylvania to receive the honor of being named a School to Watch. Both students and staff at Meadville take great pride in their school because everyone in the school is focused on making sure everyone learns to achieve academic success.

Cutting-edge Strategies Young Learners Succeed

Avonworth Middle School, Pittsburgh, P.A.

Avonworth Middle School was redesignated as a National School to Watch. The school was recognized and awarded for its academic institutions for implementing cutting-edge education strategies and best practices that help young adolescents to succeed. Avonworth is known for engaging pre-adolescent learners through project-based learning.

Pennsylvania School to Watch

Abington Heights Middle School, Clarks Summit, P.A.

Abingdon Middle School was recognized as one of Pennsylvania's Schools to Watch for the second time since 2009. The school is a welcoming environment where students and staff all get along and build each other up. The school's positive culture drives student achievement and makes staff members excited to come to work. Abingdon is definitely a school to watch.

School Creates Positive Change in the Community

Trinity Middle School, Washington, P.A.

Trinty Middle School was recognized as one of Pennsylvania's Schools to Watch for its commitment to creating positive change within the larger community. Students and staff are actively engaged in the community and are always looking for new ways to challenge themselves. The student's ability to succeed while continuing their efforts in the community makes Trinty Middle a force to be recognized with.

School Family Supports and Challenges Students

Jericho Middle School, Jericho, N.Y.

Jericho Middle School is a “family” of staff, students, parents, and community members whose goal is to support students as they develop intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, and ethically. Flexible organizational structures provide teachers with forums that allow open dialogue and encourage team teaching and team planning. Curriculum is challenging, integrative and exploratory; the integration of technology is emphasized in order to provide students with a tool that is easily integrated across curricular areas.

School Prepares Students to be Good Leaders and Future Citizens

Russell Middle School, Colorado Springs, C.O.

The community of Russell Middle School sought to be the change they desired to achieve; to “live out loud” by a set of principles worthy to be carried forward to the next generation. They wanted to know that their students were prepared, not only to be good citizens in the future, but also to grow into leaders today. Since its beginning, the integration of the character education program has been an integral component of the universal school improvement process.

Bulldog B’s: Be respectful; Be responsible; Be prepared; and Be a Student of Character

Southern Middle School, Sinking Spring, P.A.

Southern Middle School students and teachers started the 2011–12 school year dedicated to making character an integral part of each day. Teachers, parents, and students collaborated to incorporate the district’s seven core values into the four “Bulldog B’s.” These expectations, displayed throughout the building, state: Be respectful; Be responsible; Be prepared; and Be a student of character. Exposure to the “Bulldog B’s” occurs in writing prompts, readings, cooperative activities, and advisory lessons. WSMS believes students who demonstrate good character will have a positive influence in the community.

Service-Learning improves School and Community

Brentwood Middle School, Brentwood, M.O.


Educators at Brentwood Middle School, a school that consistently makes AYP and has parent involvement and no major behavioral concerns, decided to perform a complete overhaul of its culture and daily activities. Why? They did not want to become stagnant or settle for good; they want to strive for excellence. Teachers infuse character into lessons. Students create service learning projects to improve the school and community. Parents and community members flock to volunteer their services. BMS has become more than good; it is an excellent place to learn and grow. Excellence in all we do and say, that is the Brentwood way!

Charter School Promotes Parents as Primary Educators

Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School, Franklin, Mass.

Established in 1995 as one of the first charter schools in Massachusetts, Benjamin Frankilin Classical Charter Public School (BFCCPS) also has the distinction of being among the first schools in the country to be named National Schools of Character, in 1998. Named a National School of Character again in 2011 by whole child partner the Character Education Partnership, the mission of BFCCPS is to assist parents in their role as primary educators of their children by providing students with a classical academic education coupled with sound character development and community service.

One of the key strengths of BFCCPS is its determination to maintain its original unique and focused vision to integrate virtues not only into its mission but into what takes place there every day—and its history of success in doing so. In addition to providing an education based on the cardinal virtues of the ancient Greeks, BFCCPS uses a teaching strategy borrowed from an American founder, Benjamin Franklin, to set weekly character goals which enable staff and students to focus on these virtues in both academics and personal interactions, in order to help develop virtuous habits. Also, the school incorporates current research based strategies taken from Responsive Classroom, such as class meetings and service opportunities, to facilitate reflection on the character goals and practice in achieving them.

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