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:
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
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
South Breeze Elementary School, Newton USD 373
Sterling High School, Sterling USD 376
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Manhattan USD 383
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (785) 865-9942.
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