57 Campuses Nominated For Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools Award

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With over 25 years transforming campuses, the Flippen Group recognizes 57 campuses nominated for the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards.

Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools Nominee 2016-2017

Since 1990, campuses nationwide have experienced amazing outcomes with Capturing Kids’ Hearts tools and processes, creating the socio-emotional safety conducive to learning. Through the National Showcase Schools awards, the Flippen Group is again recognizing and celebrating schools that go the extra mile each day, building an environment where students are relationally connected and eager to learn.

These 57 campuses are being considered for this honor for the 2016-2017 school year:

1) Andrew Jackson Middle School, Grand Prairie, Texas ● Principal Robert Wallace
2) Anson Jones Elementary, Bryan, Texas ● Principal Linda Montoya
3) Ash Fork Schools, Ash Fork, Arizona ● Superintendent Seth Staples*
4) Bagdad Elementary, Milton, Florida ● Principal Daniel Baxley
5) Camp Verde Middle School, Camp Verde, Arizona ● Principal Danny Howe*
6) Canyon Creek Elementary, Austin, Texas ● Principal April Crawford
7) Central Elementary, Nevada, Iowa ● Principal Joel Fey
8) Challenger Intermediate, Goddard, Kansas ● Principal Jess Herbig
9) Conner Creek Academy East, Roseville, Michigan ● Principal/Assistant Superintendent Karen Smith*
10) Community Outreach Academy, McClellan, California ● Principal Larissa Gonchar
11) Country Meadows Elementary, Peoria, Arizona ● Principal Val Barrett*
12) Crockett Elementary, Bryan, Texas ● Principal Debi Ehrhardt
13) Diane Patrick Elementary, Grand Prairie, Texas ● Principal Matt Brown
14) E.C. Mason Elementary, Manvel, Texas ● Principal Renea Rivas
15) East Ridge Elementary, Sweetwater, Texas ● Principal Vicki Mayberry
16) Emery Elementary, Katy, Texas ● Principal Michelle Merricks
17) Forest North Elementary, Austin, Texas ● Principal Amy Jacobs
18) Fort Elementary, Royse City, Texas ● Principal Danette Dodson
19) Freeman Elementary, Haysville, Kansas ● Principal, Dr. Donna Ferguson
20) Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter, Wasilla, Alaska ● Principal Jennifer Hutchins
21) Gateway International School, Sacramento, California ● Principal Joi Tikoi
22) Goddard Middle School, Goddard, Kansas ● Principal Lisa Hogarth
23) Gower West Elementary, Willowbrook, Illinois ● Principal Gina Rodewald*
24) Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, Grand Prairie, Texas ● Principal Maria Schell
25) Haysville West Middle School, Haysville, Kansas ● Principal Ildo Martins
26) Jim Maples Academy, Porterville, California ● Principal Mitzie Styles
27) Johnson Elementary, Bryan, Texas ● Principal Amy Newbold*
28) Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design, Knightdale, North Carolina ● Principal, Dr. James Argent
29) Liberty Middle School, Liberty, Texas ● Principal Rhonda Smith
30) Memminger School of Global Studies, Charleston, South Carolina ● Principal, Dr. Abigail Woods
31) Miss May Vernon Elementary, Fate, Texas ● Principal Shannon Hayes
32) Nelson Elementary, Haysville, Kansas ● Principal Mike Mitchener
33) New Temple Elementary, South El Monte, California ● Principal John Gannon
34) O'Neal Elementary School, Poplar Bluff, Missouri ● Principal Amy Dill
35) Oak Grove Elementary, Porterville, California ● Principal Troy Hayes
36) Ocotillo Elementary, Palmdale, California ● Principal Larry Lueck
37) Pine Grove Elementary, Avon, Connecticut ● Principal Jess Giannini
38) Pioneer Continuation High School, Redding, California ● Principal Els Prigmore
39) Poplar Bluff Junior High School, Poplar Bluff, Missouri ● Principal Bob Case
40) Pray-Woodman Elementary, Maize, Kansas ● Principal Nils Gabrielson
41) RB Stall High School, North Charleston, South Carolina ● Principal Jeremy Carrick*
42) Ridgegate Elementary, Houston, Texas ● Principal Felicia Holmes
43) Ruth Clark Elementary, Wichita, Kansas ● Principal Carla Wulf
44) Sacramento Academic & Vocational Academy, Sacramento, California ● Principal Morri Elliott
45) Sherrod Elementary, Palmer, Alaska ● Principal Dan Michael*
46) Southeast Elementary, Sweetwater, Texas ● Principal Peggy Elliott
47) St. James Middle School, St. James, Missouri ● Principal Kaaren Lepper
48) Stephen F. Austin Middle School, Bryan, Texas ● Principal, Dr. Brandon Jayroe
49) Summit Charter Academy Lombardi Campus, Porterville, California ● Principal Treasure Weisenberger
50) Sweetwater High School, Sweetwater, Texas ● Principal, Dr. Ron Morris
51) Taft High School, Taft, Texas ● Principal Angel Lopez*
52) Thunderbolt Middle School, Lake Havasu, Arizona ● Principal Mari Jo Mulligan*
53) Turtle Bay School, Redding, California ● Principal A.J. Anderson
54) Union Hill Elementary, Round Rock, Texas ● Principal Kim Connelly
55) Vandagriff Elementary, Aledo, Texas ● Principal Stephanie Covington
56) Voigt Elementary, Round Rock, Texas ● Principal Cheryl Hester
57) Wasilla High School, Wasilla, Alaska ● Principal Carol Boatman*

*Indicates schools that received a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2015-2016 school year and have again been nominated to be considered for the 2016-2017 awards.

Creating high performing classrooms is no easy task.

The typical classroom is comprised of twenty or more students with diverse family backgrounds and expectations for behavior, randomly assembled into a cohort, and required to learn together. Too often, the impact of peer pressure and outside influences create a classroom culture that passively or even actively resists learning.

Teachers are tasked with raising the bar on student performance while competing against social, environmental, and outside pressures as never before. While researchers and officials work to determine the most effective curricula, teachers struggle to manage their classrooms and meet parental and administrator’s expectations.

How can today’s teacher transform a classroom from a disruptive, reactive environment into a place where put-downs and criticism dissipate, and students’ minds become actively engaged in learning?

The Flippen Group, a national professional development provider founded by Flip Flippen in 1990, believes what the research demonstrates - that students are most likely to succeed when they are emotionally safe and able to reconnect with their natural curiosity. Flippen Group processes provide educators the skills they need to change the trajectory of students’ lives. Openness replaces defensiveness. Judging and feelings of being judged are replaced with acceptance and real connectedness to the school. “Discipline problems nearly non-existent,” and “Academic achievement constantly improving,” are common feedback following implementation of the highly acclaimed Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes.

The Flippen Group believes that when unsung education heroes produce exemplary outcomes in schools and pave the way for other schools to follow, they need and deserve recognition for a job well done. Please join us in congratulating and honoring these schools and their leaders for their dedication and commitment!

For more information about the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards, contact:
Tanya Peterson
Flippen Group
Office Phone: 1-800-316-4311
Office Fax: 1-877-941-4700

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