CENTREVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL HONORED BY MCCE AS A 2012-2013 SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

Centreville Middle School Character CountsCENTREVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL HONORED BY MCCE AS A 2012-2013 SCHOOL OF THE YEAR

The Maryland Center for Character Education (MCCE) at Stevenson University honored Centreville Middle School along with Principal, Amy Hudock and School Counselor, Pam Edwards for being a 2012-2013 School of the Year. In partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MDSE) and the Character Education Partnership (CEP), MCCE honored 38 schools from throughout Maryland. The awards program held on October 3rd recognized schools or districts that demonstrate an outstanding character education initiative yielding positive results in student behavior, school climate, and academic performance. The school was nominated locally for the award by QAC Character Counts!Coordinator, Jacki Carter and QAC Supervisor of Student Services, Brad Engel.

“ Centreville Middle School definitely deserves this character recognition.  The school staff and administration see the way that the character coaches fit into the Olweus and PBIS programs which are character-building initiatives.  They work well with our volunteers making everyone feel a part of the CMS family.“- Jacki Carter

MCCE is dedicated to making an ethical difference in the lives of individuals and the entire community through education. The Center encourages teachers and administrators, in public and private schools to teach, model, and reinforce moral values and ethical behavior.

“The best part of Character Education is seeing the principles working practically in everyday life and in conjunction with other like or complimentary programs of PBIS and Olweus. It’s like pieces fitting together in a puzzle.”- Pam Edwards, CMS School Counselor

As part of the submission process Centreville Middle School demonstrated how it utilized 3 of the 11 Primary Principles of Character in its daily operations. Those principles included using a comprehensive, intentional proactive and effective approach to character development; engaging families and community members as partners in the character building efforts; and creating a caring school environment. Caring one of the 6 Pillars of Character was demonstrated by students through service learning projects in which the sixth grade implemented multiple school beautification projects including planting shrubs and creating flower boxes for birds to nest and raise their young, the seventh grade fed the hungry by creating a food drive and serving food at a local soup kitchen, and the eighth grade collected home goods and published a cookbook and sold them raising over a thousand dollars for Hospice of QA’s.

QAC Character Counts! is a part of the Queen Anne County Local Management Board, Community Partnerships for Children and Families. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact QAC Character Counts! Coordinator, Jacki Carter, at 410-758-6677 orjcarter@qac.org.