and Selvidge Middle
were among 14 schools named Missouri Schools of Character by Character.org on Jan. 31.
CharacterPlus, the Missouri affiliate for the State Schools of Character process, evaluates all Missouri schools and districts who apply. This recognition is given to schools who have achieved a standard of excellence in the area of character development through their exemplary implementation of Character.org's 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, a framework for whole-school improvement. Nationally, 81 schools and seven school districts received the honor this year, as did one international school. State Schools of Character earn the designation for five years and are considered for National School of Character status, which is announced in May.
Selvidge was recertified as a Missouri School of Character after first earning the honor in 2015. Crestview earned the honor for the first time this year.
"We are extremely proud of the Selvidge community to have earned this honor for a second time," said Selvidge Principal Dr. Mike Anselmo. "The hard work and great people that make up our Selvidge family will be delighted to share with the world what we already know: Selvidge Kindness Rocks!"
Schools of Character demonstrate a focus on character development that has positively impacted academic achievement, student behavior and school climate.
During Crestview's tour, CharacterPlus representatives got the opportunity to observe student-led morning announcements, the library, a seventh-grade language arts class, an eighth-grade history class and a seventh-grade Academic Stretch class.
"It's a big honor. We do all these things because they're the right things to do," said Crestview Assistant Principal Kelly Sollberger. "We believe in serving, learning and leading, and that directly correlates to what the 11 principles are."
speaks to the general condition that we have and expectations for our
kids," added Crestview Assistant Principal Ali Krinski. "We are going to go above and beyond. It’s our expectation to really
demonstrate who we are as a community and a school community.”