Francis Howell Middle School Named a National School of Character – Again!

Posted on 05/11/2017
Francis Howell Middle School Named a National School of Character – Again!

The Francis Howell School District is proud to announce that for the second time in the past decade, Francis Howell Middle School (FHMS) has been selected as a National School of Character. Each year, and its state affiliates select schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities.

“Nine years later, after first being named a NSOC, this just confirms, affirms, and solidifies the work our ‘family’ is doing each day,” said FHMS Principal Dr. Ted Huff. “It is all about building those relationships with students, each other, and our parents. I am humbled and honored at the same time to be a part of Francis Howell Middle School, this incredible family and community we call home.”

Only 83 schools from around the country were selected for the prestigious award this year. Through an in-depth and rigorous evaluation process, these schools were found to be exemplary models of character development. Criteria for selection are based on’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, a framework to assist schools in providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

Dr. Huff says that character helps to define the FHMS culture. “The 2017 National School of Character distinction goes well beyond the title, the honor. It means much more to our Howell Middle family. Character education is ingrained in who we are as a school community. It speaks to our philosophy, belief system, and practices. It tells us that building relationships is the key to creating a successful and positive school community.”

FHMS was selected to receive this honor for their work in demonstrating outstanding character education initiatives that deliver positive results in school climate, student behavior, and academic performance. FHMS works hard to create a caring environment where all will feel welcome. Character education is intentionally integrated into the academic program to promote a sense of responsibility, caring, and respect for the community and the environment.

To see a video of Dr. Huff’s NSOC announcement, visit the FHSD Facebook page.

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