NSOC Announcement

Good afternoon, LMS Parents and Families. 
I am VERY PLEASED to be able to share the official notification that Ladue Middle School has been named a 2014 National School of Character!
This recognition is given by the Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the Character Education movement.  The National School of Character (NSOC) program recognizes schools that have demonstrated the use of character education and development to make a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate.
This is an incredible honor and well earned by our staff and our students.  This year, along with Ladue Middle School, only 41 other schools and 3 districts were named across the United States for such a recognition.  Since its inception, CEP has awarded over 250 schools with the distinction of a National School of Character
The National Schools of Character program is not a competition—but rather an opportunity to go through a rigorous process of feedback and coaching, as well as recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character development through CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework. Ladue Middle School will hold its designation as a National School of Character for five years and be showcased in an annual publication, as well as on CEP’s website.
Character education is the proactive effort by schools, districts, communities and states to help students develop important core ethical (recognizing what’s right) and performance (doing what’s right) values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking, and respect for self and others. Through character education, students learn how to be their best selves and how to do their best work while making school a place where students and educators feel comfortable and able to work.
While I am incredibly grateful for the contributions of the LMS staff and our students, I also recognize we could not have achieved this recognition without your support at home.  You send great, caring kids to us every day and it is our privilege to help them to learn and to grow as individuals and as a school community.  Thank you, for all you do, to support our efforts here at LMS.
Ladue Middle School will be honored by CEP at the 21st National Forum on Character Education, to be held the weekend of October 30, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Visit http://www.character.org to learn more about the National Forum, the NSOC program and the other 2014 national finalists. To find out more about this program in general, visit http://character.org/2014NSOC
We plan to do some celebrating here at LMS this week and it begins with me being able to share this news with you today.


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