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ACMS Earns Level 2 Status in NFHS School Honor Roll
Published by Kelley Ambersley-Ray on November 16, 2020
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NFHS School Honor Roll

Anne Chesnutt Middle School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is the sixth school in the nation – and fourth in North Carolina – to earn Level 2 status in the School Honor Roll program recently initiated by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
All four of the North Carolina schools to earn Level 2 status are in the Cumberland County Schools in Fayetteville – Westover Middle School, Mac Williams Middle School, and Anne Chesnutt Middle School in Fayetteville, and Gray’s Creek High School in Hope Mills.
The NFHS School Honor Roll is a new national recognition program designed to promote professional development for high school coaches by completing specific online education courses through the NFHS Learning Center (www.NFHSLearn.com).

In earning Level 2 status, more than 90 percent of the coaches at Anne Chesnutt Middle School in the Cumberland County Schools (CCS) completed courses that pertain specifically to sports they coach, along with “First Aid, Health and Safety,” “Heat Illness Prevention” and “Student Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.”

“We want to congratulate the coaches and administration at Anne Chesnutt Middle School in becoming the sixth school across the country to earn Level 2 status in the School Honor Roll,” said Dr. Karissa Niehoff, NFHS executive director. “This is a tremendous accomplishment and a strong indication of the school’s commitment to professional development for its coaches. These courses will be very beneficial for the coaches at Anne Chesnutt Middle School in handling their daily tasks, and we hope this encourages other schools to follow their example.”

“We are really excited that Anne Chesnutt Middle School has achieved Level 2 status,” said Vernon Aldridge, student activities director of the Cumberland County Schools. “Principal Phyllis Jackson, Athletic Director David Greene and the Anne Chesnutt coaching staff should be proud of this achievement. It shows that they put their children first and are committed to educating the whole child. Anne Chesnutt Middle School is a great example of how important education-based athletics is to our athletes and community.”

“Anne Chesnutt Middle School is committed to the health and safety of our student-athletes through the utilization of educational resources provided by the National Federation of State High School Associations,” said David Greene, Anne Chesnutt Middle School assistant principal/athletic director. “Through the guidance of Cumberland County Schools Student Activities Director Vernon Aldridge, and the support of our Head Principal, Phyllis Jackson, the coaches and staff at Anne Chesnutt Middle School have been able to successfully complete the required NFHS Learn educational courses to attain the Level 2 Honor Roll Status. Anne Chesnutt Middle School looks forward to continued partnership with NFHS Learn as we seek to provide one of best and safest middle school athletics programs in the state of North Carolina.”

As a physical sign of completing Level 2 certification, Anne Chesnutt Middle School will receive a large Level 2 display banner for its school gymnasium to commemorate the school’s accomplishments and dedication to professional development and education-based activity programs.

Anne Chesnutt Middle School previously earned its Level 1 status (and banner) when 90 percent of its coaches completed the core course “Fundamentals of Coaching” along with three of the Learning Center’s most significant courses – “Concussion in Sports,” “Sudden Cardiac Arrest” and “Protecting Students from Abuse.”

A Level 3 banner will be awarded for schools that reach 90-percent completion for the “Sportsmanship,” “Strength and Conditioning,” “Teaching and Modeling Behavior,” “Engaging Effectively with Parents” and “Bullying, Hazing, and Inappropriate Behaviors” courses.

“Earning the NFHS School Honor Roll banner is a symbol that the school and its coaches are committed to providing a great experience for young people, and it’s something that everyone can be proud of within their communities,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS Director of Educational Services.