Mac Williams Middle School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is the first middle school in the nation to earn Level 2 status in the School Honor Roll program recently initiated by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
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 Mac Williams 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.”
Mac Williams Middle School previously earned Level 1 status in the School Honor Roll program – one of 23 Cumberland County Schools to accomplish this feat – and is the first school in the nation to earn both Level 1 and Level 2 status.
“We want to congratulate the coaches and administration at Mac Williams Middle School in becoming the first middle school in the nation to complete the necessary courses 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 Mac Williams Middle School in handling their daily tasks, and we hope this encourages other schools to follow their example.”
“We are proud of our coaches for the hard work and commitment they've demonstrated to our students in completing the Level 2 School Honor Roll and thankful to the guidance and leadership of our superintendent and county athletic director, Dr. Marvin Connelly and Dr. Vernon Aldridge,” said Jim Cole, athletic director of Mac Williams Middle School.
As a physical sign of completing Level 2 certification, Mac Williams 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.
The school 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.
For more information on the NFHS School Honor Roll and to apply for participation in the program, please visit https://nfhslearn.com/home/administrators.