National Forum on Character Education Recognizes CMS for Excellence
Chatham Middle School was recognized as one of only three middle schools nationally to receive the distinction of "National School of Character" at the 2011 National Forum on Character Education - "Building Ethical Communities" - held in San Francisco October 19-22. CMS received this honor after having been selected as a school with "Promising Practices" in 2008, a school with Distinction in 2009, a State School of character in 2010, and then both a State and National School of Character for 2011-2015 after a rigorous application procedure and site visit.
Guidance councilors Jackie Hoffman and Cyndi Herron, with technology teacher Sara Murray, attended the forum and accepted the award on behalf of CMS. In addition to accepting the award, Mrs. Murray, Mrs. Herron and Mrs. Hoffman presented an interactive workshop on "Creating Character through Serving Others" and participated in professional development that included seventy workshops and key note presentations from leaders in Character Education, including a nationally renowned bully prevention speaker.
The National School of Character Award included a $1,000 grant to be used to off-set the cost of the trip.