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VPMS receives Promising Practice award for video project awarded Valley Park Middle School the Promising Practices Award for their Touchstone Video Project. The student-led video production project demonstrates the importance of Hawk PRIDE and how it is integrated throughout the school community.  


VPMS students and staff re-evaluated the school's core values to create Hawk PRIDE (Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and rEsponsibility). This touchstone embodies the actions, words, and aspirations of the model VPMS student. Students in each advisory class were asked to create videos showing what Hawk PRIDE looks like in different situations at school and in the community. Each advisory class collaborated to find an area of focus, create scripts or scenes and direct and shoot their videos. Videos explore topics such as what it means to have Hawk PRIDE in the classroom, sporting event, or at the bus stop. VPMS will use the videos to illustrate the expectations of VPMS students to parents, staff and community members. sponsors the annual Promising Practices Award program to showcase innovative best practices that are having an impact across the nation and abroad. encourages educators with similar needs to learn from and even replicate successful initiatives like the Touchstone Video Project. 


"These great ideas really highlight the creative efforts of amazing teachers all across America --- and the world," said Dr. Dave Keller, Program Director. "It's great to recognize what's going well in the classroom. These practices represent practical, effective ways to develop empathy, enhance conflict resolution skills, and inspire good citizenship." will honor the 2016 recipients at the National Forum on Character Education, in Washington DC, October 14-15, 2016. This is VPMS' 10th Promising Practice award since 2006.