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Middle States Recognizes 124 Schools for Commitment To Excellence
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS) announced today that 124 schools and school systems in eleven states, as well as Puerto Rico and fifteen other countries, have earned accreditation or reaccreditation, the gold standard for measuring and advancing school improvement.
 
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March 2018 Newsletter
March 20, 2018
The March 2018 edition of The Standard Newsletter is available online here
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Helping Students Feel Safe by Demonstrating the Best of Who We Are
Message from MSA President Henry G. Cram, Ed.D.
After the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. last month, I heard an interview with one of the students who pointed out he was born after Columbine and has never known a feeling of complete safety.

This struck me. The fact that an 18-year-old student has never felt totally safe speaks to a deeper concern and a more insidious symptom of our society.

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Middle States Accredits First Learning Service Provider in Puerto Rico
March 20, 2018
Congratulations to Forward Learning, the first learning service provider in Puerto Rico to earn accreditation by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Forward Learning integrates innovative teaching strategies with technology to develop 21st century skills in students and teachers of public and private schools in Puerto Rico, as well as the Dominican Republic and Spain.
 
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Middle States Employees Head Back to Class for Read Across America Day
March 20, 2018
In celebration of Read Across America Day, March 2, Middle States employees shared their favorite books with students at Saint Anthony of Padua School in Camden, N.J. Read Across America Day, sponsored by the National Education Association, celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the joys of reading for children and adults alike.
 
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Did You Know? Middle States Offers Program of Distinction in School Counseling
March 20, 2018
The first week of February each year marks National School Counseling Week, which focuses public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do.
 
At Middle States, we have long realized the importance of school counseling programs, not only in meeting the academic needs of students, but also in meeting their emotional and social needs.
 
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St. Francis Prep’s Music Program Setting the Bar High
March 20, 2018
Congratulations to St. Francis Preparatory School in Queens, N.Y. for being invited to present at the 2018 Biennial National Association for Music Education and New York State School Music Association conference in February.  

St. Francis was the first school to earn a Program of Distinction in Music from Middle States.
 
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Q & A with Middle States Commissioner Michael Kuchar, Ph.D.
March 20, 2018
Michael Kuchar, Ph.D. served as superintendent of the Bergenfield School District in Bergenfield, N.J. for more than a decade and is currently president of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators. Dr. Kuchar has been involved with Middle States since the 1990s and has participated in over 15 school accreditation visits. A Middle States Commissioner for the past six years, Dr. Kuchar discusses his career path from seminarian to superintendent, his love of college basketball, and his lifelong hero. Hint: It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
 
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