John A. Carusi Middle School
Cherry Hill, NJ
Cherry Hill Public Schools

Carusi students tell visitors they feel even more cared about at Carusi than they did at their elementary schools. Science teacher Angela Warrington notes, “We at Carusi are so committed to our students’ success. We all believe we can make a difference.” The hallways and classrooms are covered with student artwork, posters, and documents that publicize the school motto: Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve. The motto, however, is much more than words on a wall or poster. It embodies a school that infuses character and academics into every class, every interaction, every day. Character education informs every decision at the school, including curriculum design, student–teacher relationships, and approaches to discipline. A seventh grader who wears a hijab reports that she has never been made fun of at Carusi and says that the “school teaches us to accept all people for who they are and what they enjoy.”

Signature Practices


Lesson Plan: “Honesty is the Best Policy” – George Washington
The goal of this lesson is to have the students reflect upon the importance of honesty and the consequences of lying. The students should be encouraged to speak freely to promote social interactions within the classroom.

Contact Information

Ms. Theresa Wisniewski
Teacher and Character Education Committee Chairperson
315 Roosevelt Rd. Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Phone: 856-667-1220 x. 3568
Email: twisniewski@chclc.org
Website: http://carusi.cherryhill.k12.nj.us/CarusiMiddleSchool/Home.html