Wells Middle School Named National School of Character
For the first time ever, Wells Middle School was named a 2017 National School of Character. Wells was the only school in the state of California to earn this honor from Character.org, a national non-profit that validates character initiatives in school and communities across the United States. They are the first school in the Dublin Unified School District to earn this distinction. Eighty-three schools and four school districts from 21 states were honored.
Wells has received the state honor as a California School of Character in 2010 and 2012 and 2017. In 2011, Wells was selected as a Promising Practices school by the National Character Education Partnership. Wells was also honored earlier this month as a 2017 California Gold Ribbon School by the state Department of Education.
“We are honored to be recognized by Character.org as a National School of Character for our work,” said Wells principal Dr. Ean Ainsworth. “Wells Middle School has a rich history of valuing the social-emotional development of all our students. Our students, teachers, parents, and community have partnered together to develop a character education program that establishes a deep-rooted understanding of how to make positive decisions.”
Over the past two decades, Wells’ character education “journey” has been rooted in growth and change, reflective of the growth and change in the district as a whole. The school community has taken proactive steps to ensure that the Character Education program is steeped in rigor, remains relevant, and engages the key stakeholder group: the students. Wells has utilized three resources in its Character Education program, Capturing Kids Hearts, Integrity in Action and Student Body.
“Character education is something we have long emphasized in our schools and no one has led by example more than the students, staff and leaders at Wells Middle School,” said Superintendent Dr. Leslie Boozer. “We are proud that Wells received this prestigious award.”