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Three Sheridan School District schools have been named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools®. Sheridan Elementary School, Sheridan Intermediate School and East End Intermediate School were among just 468 schools nationally to receive this honor in the 2022-23 school year.

The Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools® Award recognizes and celebrates schools producing exemplary outcomes using the Capturing Kids’ Hearts® Process. Award winners demonstrate a high level of performance and a positive culture and climate for learning.

Schools across the United States participate in Capturing Kids’ Hearts (CKH). In 1990, a small group of educators experienced the first Capturing Kids' Hearts® training at founder Flip Flippen’s home in College Station, Texas, and it is now introduced to 37,000 educators nationwide annually. The Sheridan School District has been participating in the Capturing Kids’ Hearts® Process since 2019.

According to the CKH web site, “Because of the rigor of our evaluation process, the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools® Award is both a high aspiration and an exemplary recognition of excellence. Capturing Kids’ Hearts® is proud to recognize the outstanding educators who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of our children.”

“Every day we want to model for our students the importance of building relationships by creating a culture of family,” said Lindsey Bohler, SES principal. “We greet each student every morning, share good things, follow a social contract, and launch at the end of the day. Being a CKH National Showcase School means we have succeeded at building meaningful, productive relationships with every student and every colleague.”

“Our goal at EEI is to create a nurturing, secure and cordial environment for all students,” said Jayme Steinbeck, EEI principal. “We are using the CKH EXCEL Teaching Model to help us achieve our objective (Engage, X-Plore, Communicate, Empower, and Launch). Being chosen a CKH National Showcase School means we are producing exemplary outcomes toward this goal.”

“The primary focus of CKH is to develop healthy relationships between students and teachers, as well as student-to-student,” said Teresa Knight, SIS principal. “The power of positive words or affirmations can make all the difference a kid needs each day!”