Uniondale, NY - December 14, 2016 - The Uniondale Union Free School District announced that Turtle Hook Middle School has been recognized as a National School of Character. This prestigious honor recognizes schools that have demonstrated a dedicated focus on character development programs that show positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate. Turtle Hook Middle School was one of only 68 finalists in the country for this award.
“The District is proud of all the students, teachers and staff members at Turtle Hook Middle School who helped create the culture of excellence which led to the school’s designation as a National School of Character,” said Uniondale Superintendent Dr. William K. Lloyd. “Turtle Hook Middle School continues to be part of a network of Schools of Character that serve as models to other educators throughout the state and the nation.”
Character education is instilled by fostering a positive learning environment for students and creating a school culture which promotes increased academic achievement. Turtle Hook Middle School focuses on providing educational, social and volunteer opportunities that empower students to become responsible global citizens by infusing the Character Education Pillars into the school culture and climate. The School of Character designation is given by a team of state evaluators to schools that implement The 11 Principles of Effective Character Education. National Schools of Character hold their designation for five years.
“Our next goal is to continue to share the message of character with other schools and our local community,” said Turtle Hook Middle School Principal Dr. Donald Humphrey. “Character education has positively changed the culture of our school. The lessons students learn, including how to contribute positively to their environments, will stay with them their whole lives.”
For additional information regarding Uniondale School District please visit the district’s website or call 516-560-8800.