SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Spotswood's Memorial Middle School, overseen by Roxbury High School graduate Brian Kitchin, was recently named a Promising Practices school by along with 246 other schools across the nation.

Memorial will be honored along with the other recipients at's National Forum in Washington D.C. in March. In addition to being recognized, Memorial has also been asked to present the two Promising Practices that earned the middle school national recognition.

"They named us a Promising Practices school for two different practices we have in the building," Kitchen said.

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Memorial was named a Promising Practice school for its program aimed at addressing students struggling with their academic subjects. The other is a peer mentoring program for the staff designed to help teachers improve their teaching through utilizing the large pool of educational expertise in the building.

Normally, there is a special ceremony for the schools recognized for their Promising Practices by, however because of the coronavirus pandemic, schools were notified by email.

Kitchin and the Memorial staff are proud of their accomplishment, but are even more excited by the prospect of presenting at the upcoming national conference in March in D.C. They also remain focused on their ultimate goal, which is to become a National School of Character.

"We are extremely proud to recognize the schools and organizations that have developed and implemented a Promising Practice," said Arthur Schwartz, president of "Each of the programs and initiatives have demonstrated significant impact and strongly align with the principals that help schools and organizations create a culture of character."