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Three schools recognized as 2016 Kansas Schools of Character Other schools, districts also honored

Posted: May 9, 2016
Categories: KSDE
Author: Ann Bush

Ann Marie Bush, Communications Specialist     (785) 296-7921

May 6, 2016

Three schools recognized as 2016 Kansas Schools of Character

Other schools, districts also honored at special ceremony

TOPEKA — Three schools were honored for being 2016 Kansas Schools of Character on Friday, May 6, at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka. Those three schools, as well as 21 other Kansas schools and school districts, were honored during the Kansas Schools of Character Recognition Program for being character-focused.

The three schools recognized for being 2016 Kansas Schools of Character were:

  • Valley Center Intermediate School, Valley Center Unified School District (USD) 262
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Clay County USD 379 in Clay Center
  • Kiowa County Elementary and Junior High School, Kiowa County USD 422 in Greensburg

Recognition for these schools and districts is given though the Kansas School of Character Recognition Program and sponsoring organizations — KScharacter.org, Character.org, the Kansas State Department of Education and the Brown v. Board site.

The ceremony took place from 10 to 11:45 a.m. and included comments from Kent Reed, education program consultant for KSDE; Deputy Commissioner of Education Brad Neuenswander; Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Randy Watson; and Kansas State Board of Education member Janet Waugh.

“Character development is an integral part of the Kansas State Board of Education’s new vision for Kansas education, which is Kansas leads the world in the success of each student,” Watson said. “I want to congratulate each school and school district on this wonderful achievement.”

There also was an afternoon session, which included remarks from Bret Spangler, site director for Topeka Mars Chocolate North America; Dawna McCabe, president and chief operating officer for Century Business Technologies; and Melissa Jarboe, founder of the Military Veterans Project. The afternoon also included panel discussions with the State Schools of Character.

More information on Kansas’ Social, Emotional and Character Development Standards, which the state adopted in 2012, can be found athttp://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Career-Standards-and-Assessment-Services/Content-Area-M-Z/School-Counseling/Social-Emotional-and-Character-Development. The Eleven Principals of Effective Character Education by Character.org can be found at http://info.character.org/11-principles-download.

Other schools and districts receiving recognition were:

Emerging School of Character, 2016

Beloit Junior/Senior High School, Beloit USD 273

Promising Practice in Character Education, 2016

Sabetha High School, Sabetha USD 113

Pittsburg High School, Pittsburg USD 250

Valley Center Middle School, Valley Center USD 262

Cheney School District, Cheney USD 268

Morgan Elementary School, Hutchinson USD 308

Hoisington Middle School, Hoisington USD 431

Enhanced Spotlight Recognition, 2016

Sabetha High School, Sabetha USD 113

Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School, Seneca USD 115

Blue Valley Southwest High School, Blue Valley USD 229

Logan Avenue Elementary School, Emporia USD 253

Valley Center Middle School, Valley Center USD 262

South Breeze Elementary School, Newton USD 373

Sterling High School, Sterling USD 376

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Manhattan USD 383

Hoisington Middle School, Hoisington USD 431

Dodge City Middle School, Dodge City USD 443

Miller Elementary School, Dodge City USD 443

David Brewer Elementary School, Leavenworth USD 453

McDermott Elementary School, Liberal USD 480

Merriam Park Elementary School, Merriam, Shawnee Mission USD 512

For more information about Kansas’ character development programs, see the Kansas Schools of Character website at KScharacter.org or contact Noni Cremer by email at noni@KSCharacter.org or Sue Kidd by email at skidd.kschared@gmail.com or by phone at (785) 865-9942.

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