Capturing Kids Hearts
After researching programs used by some of the nation’s most successful schools, Haysville USD 261 leaders chose to join hands with the Flippen Group to bring Capturing Kids’ Hearts to its district. Five years ago, Haysville USD 261 began an initiative to transform it’s schools into emotionally safe and relationally connected places for students, staff and parents to come alive with a love for learning. “Capturing Kids’ Hearts provides us with an intentional set of tools to build connections among staff and students. We are excited to have four of our schools nominated as Capturing Kids’ Hearts Showcase Schools,” said Teresa Tosh, Assistant Superintendent Of Learning Services. “I am so proud of all of the hard work that happens throughout our district. To have that celebrated by CKH truly validates their efforts and work through this process. ”District schools nominated for the honor were Haysville West Middle School, Freeman Elementary School, Nelson Elementary School and Ruth Clark Elementary. Over the next several months, a Flippen Group site team will visit Haysville’s four nominated schools to observe and experience for themselves the remarkable impact taking place. Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country are considered for this award based on the following criteria: 1) nomination based on observation, 2) level of implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes by all staff as measured by online surveys, and 3) data demonstrating that Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant improvement in attendance discipline, climate/culture, or academics. Haysville West Middle School Principal Ildo Martins - “Capturing Kids’ Hearts has transformed HWMS. Greeting students with a handshake, and establishing Social Contracts that guide positive behavior have moved HWMS from Good to Great!” Representatives of the Flippen group visited HWMS on Tues., Feb. 7th for their site visit; they spent the day observing classroom instruction, walking the halls, and visiting with HWMS students and staff members. HWMS submitted a short video portraying the implementation of CKH tools as part of the process, you can find it posted on our Facebook and Twitter. At this point we are anxiously awaiting to hear if HWMS will receive the recognition of being a Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase School award winner!