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

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With over 25 years transforming campuses, the Flippen Group recognizes 134 campuses nominated for the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards.

Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School Nominee 2017-2018

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 134 campuses are being considered for this honor for the 2017-2018 school year:

Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School, Wasilla, AK ● Principal Jennifer Schmidt-Hutchins*
Glacier View School, Sutton, AK ● Principal Wendy Taylor
Joe Redington Jr. Sr. High School, Wasilla, AK ● Principal Thomas Lytle II
Sherrod Elementary School, Palmer, AK ● Principal Dan Michael*
Sutton Elementary School, Sutton, AK ● Principal Joshua Rockey
Swanson Elementary School, Palmer, AK ● Principal Mary Kate Johnston
Teeland Middle School, Wasilla, AK ● Principal Jason Ross
Wasilla Middle School, Wasilla, AK ● Principal Casey Hull*

Camp Verde Middle School, Camp Verde, AZ ● Principal Danny Howe*
Cottonwood Elementary School, Cottonwood, AZ ● Principal Jessica Vocca
Country Meadows, Peoria, AZ ● Principal Danielle Skrip*
Thunderbolt Middle School, Lake Havasu City, AZ ● Principal Mari Jo Mulligan*

MicroSociety Magnet School, Jonesboro, AR ● Principal Amanda Turner
Southwest Middle School, Searcy, AR ● Principal Carrie Parsley

Burton Elementary School, Porterville, CA ● Principal Brooke Torres
Burton Horizon Academy, Porterville, CA ● Principal Matthew McCraken
Burton Middle School, Porterville, CA ● Principal Adriana Franco
Community Collaborative Charter School, McClellan, CA ● Principal Jon Campbell
Community Outreach Academy Elementary, McClellan, CA ● Principal Larissa Gonchar*
Gateway International School, Sacramento, CA ● Principal Principal Joi Tikoi*
Jim Maples Academy, Porterville, CA ● Principal Mitzie Styles*
Monte Vista Elementary, Lancaster, CA ● Principal DeeDee Anderson
New Temple Elementary School, South El Monte, CA ● Principal John Gannon*
New Vista Middle School, Lancaster, CA ● Principal Kymberlee Cochran
Oak Grove Elementary School, Porterville, CA ● Principal Troy Hayes*
Ocotillo Elementary School, Palmdale, CA ● Principal Larry Lueck*
Orangewood Elementary School, West Covina, CA ● Principal Janet Shirley
Palmdale Discovery Center, Palmdale, CA ● Principal Colleen Sawyer
Sacramento Academic & Vocational Academy, Sacramento, CA ● Principal Morri Elliott*
Sierra Elementary School, Lancaster, CA ● Principal Janice Forte-Watson
Summit Charter Academy Lombardi Campus, Porterville, CA ● Principal Stacie Fleischman*
Summit Charter Academy Mathew Campus, Porterville, CA ● Principal Lily Shimer
Summit Charter Collegiate Academy, Porterville, CA ● Principal Jorge Ramos
Sycamore Elementary School, Redding, CA ● Principal Susanna Winstead
Turtle Bay School, Redding, CA ● Principal A.J. Anderson*
William R. Buckley Elementary, Porterville, CA ● Principal Matthew Baxter
Yucca Elementary, Palmdale, CA ● Principal Terrie Dowling

Cedaredge Elementary School, Cedaredge, CO ● Principal Daniel Renfrow
Colorado Preparatory Academy, Westminster, CO ● Principal Sheila Stevens
Jenkins Middle School, Colorado Springs, CO ● Principal Darren Joiner
King Elementary School, Colorado Springs, CO ● Principal Christopher Lehman
Lincoln Elementary School, Delta, CO ● Principal Jennifer Magner
Ridgeview Elementary School, Colorado Springs, CO ● Principal Theresa Ritz

Pine Grove School, Avon, CT ● Principal Jess Giannini*

Bagdad Elementary, Milton, FL ● Principal Daniel Baxley*

Gower West Elementary School, Willowbrook, IL ● Principal Gina Rodewald*
Riverdale Elementary School, Riverdale , IL ● Principal Shinora Montgomery

Central Elementary, Nevada, IA ● Principal Christiana deNeui
Emerson Hough Elementary, Newton, IA ● Principal Jolene Comer

Challenger Intermediate School, Goddard, KS ● Principal Jess Herbig*
Freeman Elementary School, Haysville, KS ● Principal Dr. Donna Ferguson*
Goddard High School, Goddard, KS ● Principal Douglas Bridwell
Goddard Middle School, Goddard, KS ● Principal Lisa Hogarth*
Haysville High & Campus High School, Wichita, KS ● Principal Myron Regier
Haysville Middle School, Haysville, KS ● Principal Dr. Michael Maurer
Haysville West Middle School, Haysville, KS ● Principal Ildo Martins*
Nelson Elementary, Haysville, KS ● Principal Michael Mitchener*
Oatville Elementary School, Wichita, KS ● Principal Natalie Rust
Prairie Elementary School, Haysville, KS ● Principal Dr. David Engelking
Pray-Woodman Elementary School, Maize, KS ● Principal Nils Gabrielson*
Rex Elementary School, Haysville, KS ● Principal Brian Howard
Ruth Clark Elementary School, Wichita, KS ● Principal Carla Wulf*
Tri-City Day School, Haysville, KS ● Principal Gina Keirns
Vermillion Elementary, Maize, KS ● Principal Michael Dome
Village Elementary School, Emporia, KS ● Principal Judy Stanley

Red River Elementary School, Coushatta, LA ● Principal Shenell Deville

Bauerwood Elementary, Jenison, MI ● Principal Crystal Morse
Challenger Elementary, Kentwood, MI ● Principal Teressa Gatza
Conner Creek Academy East, Roseville, MI ● Principal Karen Smith*
Covert Public Schools, Covert, MI ● Principal Claire Kliss
Crestwood Middle School, Kentwood, MI ● Principal Donald Dahlquist
Endeavor Elementary, Kentwood, MI ● Principal Mark Bea
Lillian Fletcher Elementary, Homer, MI ● Principal Heather Cahill
Scotch Elementary School, West Bloomfield, MI ● Principal James Scrivo
Walton Charter Academy, Pontiac, MI ● Principal Mona Boersma

Lake Road Elementary, Poplar Bluff, MO ● Principal Erica Weadon
Poplar Bluff Junior High School, Poplar Bluff, MO ● Principal Candace Warren*
St. James High School, St. James, MO ● Principal Joe Stammers
St. James Middle School, St. James, MO ● Principal Kaaren Lepper*

Deming Intermediate School, Deming, NM ● Principal Eulalio Mendoza

Burton Magnet Elementary School, Durham, NC ● Principal Dr. Kimberly Ferrell

Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science, North Charleston, SC ● Principal Jacob Perlmutter
League Academy of Communication Arts, Greenville, SC ● Principal Mary Leslie Anderson
Marlboro School of Discovery, Clio, SC ● Principal Ashley Taylor
Memminger Elementary IB World School, Charleston, SC ● Principal Dr. Abigail Woods*
R.B. Stall High School, Charleston, SC ● Principal Jeremy Carrick*
Riverside Middle School, Greer, SC ● Principal Kate Malone

Aikin Elementary, Paris, TX ● Principal Kimberly Donnan
Alvin Primary, Alvin, TX ● Principal Karla Klyng
Anson Jones Elementary, Bryan, TX ● Principal Linda Montoya
Butterfield Elementary School, Sanger, TX ● Principal Larry Beam
Chisholm Trail Elementary, Sanger, TX ● Principal Alice Ford
Clute Intermediate School, Clute, TX ● Principal Christopher Loftin
Coleman Elementary School, Cleburne, TX ● Principal Marla Roth
Crockett Elementary School, Bryan, TX ● Principal Debi Ehrhardt*
Crow Elementary, Arlington, TX ● Principal Jamie MacDougall
Davis Elementary, Royse City, TX ● Principal Cynthia Pense
Dubiski Career High School, Grand Prairie, TX ● Principal Kristin Booth
E.C. Mason Elementary, Manvel, TX ● Principal Dixie Jones*
East Ridge Elementary, Sweetwater, TX ● Principal Vicki Mayberry*
Emery Elementary, Katy, TX ● Principal Michelle Merricks*
Five Palms Elementary, San Antonio, TX ● Principal Gregory Martinez
Forest North Elementary, Austin, TX ● Principal Amy Jacobs*
Frank Madla Elementary, San Antonio, TX ● Principal Jo Ann Buchanan
Fredericksburg High School, Fredericksburg, TX ● Principal Ralf Halderman
Fredericksburg Middle School, Fredericksburg, TX ● Principal Missy Wright
Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, Grand Prairie, TX ● Principal Maria Schell*
Haynes Northwest Academy, Wichita Falls, TX ● Principal Cindy Underwood
Hereford Preparatory Academy, Hereford, TX ● Principal Amy Clifton
J.P. Cowen Early Childhood Center, Sweetwater, TX ● Principal Crystal Meneses
Jack Frost Elementary School, Georgetown, TX ● Principal Dr. Janet Mormon
James and Maydelle Crouch Elementary School, Grand Prairie, TX ● Principal Delisse Hardy
John H. Cherry Elementary, Bay City, TX ● Principal Merideth Dodd
Johnson Elementary, Bryan, TX ● Principal Amy Newbold*
Lamar Elementary, Wichita Falls, TX ● Principal Amanda Garcia
Liberation Academy, Meadows Place, TX ● Principal Dr. Audrey Sanders*
Liberty Middle School, Liberty, TX ● Principal Rhonda Smith*
Lytle Elementary, Lytle, TX ● Principal Wendy Conover
Lytle Primary School, Lytle, TX ● Principal Wendy Conover
Melba Passmore Elementary School, Alvin, TX ● Principal Rosemary Reed
Miss May Vernon Elementary, Fate, TX ● Principal Shannon Hayes*
Pat Cooper Elementary, Georgetown, TX ● Principal Susan Peacock
Ridgegate Elementary School, Houston, TX ● Principal Felicia Holmes
San Jacinto Elementary School, Liberty, TX ● Principal Tom Connelly
Smithfield Elementary, North Richlands Hills, TX ● Principal Melissa Minix
Southeast Elementary, Sweetwater, TX ● Principal Peggy Elliott*
Sweetwater High School, Sweetwater, TX ● Principal Kathy Smartt*
Thomas Justiss Elementary, Paris, TX ● Principal Renee Elmore
Union Hill Elementary, Round Rock, TX ● Principal Kimberly Connelly*
Vandagriff Elementary, Aledo, TX ● Principal Stephanie Covington*
W.R. "Bill" Fort Elementary, Royse City, TX ● Principal Danette Dodson
Wells Branch Elementary Arts Integration Academy, Round Rock, TX ● Principal Belinda Cini
White Rock Elementary, Dallas, TX ● Principal Lee Walker
Xenia Voigt Elementary, Round Rock, TX ● Principal Cheryl Hester

*Indicates schools that received a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2016-2017 school year and have again been nominated to be considered for the 2017-2018 awards.

Creating high performing classrooms is no easy task.

The typical classroom comprises 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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