2012 - The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has announced that
Margaret Buerkle Middle School, in addition to other schools and
districts from across the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and Singapore,
will receive the Promising Practices award. The Promising Practices
program recognizes schools and districts that have developed specific,
unique, and effective educational practices that promote character
development. This marks the third year in a row our school has been
recognized for this distinguished award.
show what positive impact educators can have when they use high-quality
character education strategies to bring out the best in their
students,” said CEP President & CEO Joe Mazzola. “CEP congratulates
these educators for helping today’s students become tomorrow’s citizen
This year’s winning practice was our six week anti-bullying program, "Step Into My Shoes
program was made possible by a $5,000.00 grant written by two Student
Council members from Buerkle Middle School! CEP sponsors the annual
program to showcase innovative best practices that are having an impact
across the nation and abroad. CEP encourages other educators to learn
from and even replicate these successful initiatives. “These practices
demonstrate how thoughtful, quality character development strategies can
successfully impact academic success, ethical decision-making, and
social responsibility,” said Lisa Greeves, Manager of the Promising
Practices Program. “We are excited to spread the word about their
The Promising Practices awards program is administered
by CEP as part of its National Schools of Character program. Based in
Washington, D.C., CEP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian
coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to helping schools
develop people of good character for a just and compassionate society.
To learn more about CEP and its national programs, visit www.character.org
“STUCO” (Student Council)
Student Council (STUCO) is a nationally recognized student council.
They are one of only 13 middle schools to be recognized as a gold level
honor council. They have also held gold honor council at the state level
for over 20 years. Student Council members are elected by their peers
and do various activities throughout the school year. Some of these
activities include hosting workshops for other schools, holding state
offices, holding Saint Louis area offices, mentoring other middle
schools, and sending a delegation to the local and state conferences.
Locally, our STUCO holds spirit days, has a staff breakfast, comes early
to help teachers get moved in to their classrooms, helps at night
events, holds a Senior Citizen Prom, host Buerkle's Big Blowout, sponsor
anti-bully activities, collects for charities, host mixers, and adds to
the overall school climate. Last year, one of Buerkle's advisors was
awarded Middle School Advisor of the year. Also, last year, Buerkle's
STUCO received a $5000 award to help with their anti-bully activities.
They used this money for guest speakers, to help purchase T-shirts, to
purchase supplies for activities, and to help spread acceptance of one
If you have questions about STUCO please contact Cathy
Helfrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.