Awards & Recognition

6 Ways to ROCK Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8, 2015 Make Teacher Appreciation Week an extra-special week of memories for your hard-working middle school teachers. Organize a week-long program that recognizes every teacher’s dedication and appropriately thanks them for everything that they do for your school and students. We have six cool ideas to totally “rock” your teachers  Continue Reading »

Top 5 Items to Recognize Middle School Birthdays

Student birthdays are always a big deal, especially in middle school. Most students officially become teenagers during their middle school years. Of course, birthdays are always a celebration no matter what the students’ age, and you should be prepared for all of them. Recognize every middle school students’ birthday throughout the school year with these  Continue Reading »

3 Ways to Build and Award Character in Your Middle School Students

What is your middle school doing to encourage and reward good character? This is a question many middle schools have to ponder and answer. Character education units in a health or social studies class are one solution. Pledge murals may be another answer. Some schools hang banners in hallways with character attributes. We’ve got a  Continue Reading »

10 Things to Know About Customizing Your Products

Products that feature your school name and/or mascot are must-have items for any middle school. Follow these 10 tips and tricks to create custom products for your middle school.   Customization Steps 1. Choose the product you want to customize. 2. Pick your school colors. 3. Find your mascot. Seach our graphic library on andersonsmiddlezone.com  Continue Reading »

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Middle School Graduation

Celebrating a middle school graduation can be anything from a formal ceremony to casual get together to simple function. We have five fun celebration ideas for you to try next June. Choose the one that fits your middle school’s needs, style, size, and traditions. 1. Traditional Ceremony Go all out for your middle school graduation  Continue Reading »

5 New Ways to Practice Character with Your Students

With all the social and peer pressures that your middle school students face, it is important to remind them of what they can do and be. Teach your students the importance of character and self-talk during Character Week. Use one character trait for each day of Character Week, and encourage students to practice that trait  Continue Reading »

Middle School Milestone: The Completion Ceremony

Start a new tradition at your middle school with a completion ceremony, a once-in-a-lifetime milestone! A completion ceremony is similar to a high school graduation ceremony, but can be much less formal. Completion ceremonies are not so much about marking the end of a student’s middle school years, but the beginning of the transition into  Continue Reading »

What’s New? 10 Hot New Products from Anderson’s

It’s 2014! A new calendar year means there is only half a school year left. Even though your middle school students may view that fact as a positive thing, as a middle school educator we know you have a limited amount of time right now to finish lesson plans, motivate middle school students, and hand  Continue Reading »

Reward Students Who Reach Their New Year’s Resolutions

As a middle school educator, you can use the new year of 2014 as a unique opportunity in your character education class or unit. Have each student make a New Year’s resolution, write it down, and post it on your classroom bulletin board. Here are some New Year’s resolution ideas below you can use as  Continue Reading »

Year-End Student Award and Recognition Ideas

All achievements are worth celebrating; find a reason to honor every student. High School awards ceremonies are in full swing. While some students look forward to the occasion, recognition of their accomplishments is a big deal, others shy away. The event can feel awkward and even shameful; a reminder of their shortcomings. Why not celebrate  Continue Reading »