and Selvidge Middle
have been named 2020 National Schools of Character by Character.org.
The two Rockwood schools are among 84 schools and seven districts recognized nationally, including 16 schools and one district in the state of Missouri. Selvidge was recertified as a National School of Character after first earning the honor in 2015, and Crestview earned the honor for the first time this year.
Both were also named Missouri Schools of Character in January.
"Being named a National School of Character is definitely positive news for our school community during this difficult time," said Selvidge Principal Dr. Mike Anselmo. "We certainly wish that we could celebrate this accomplishment with all of our community members in person, but we are extremely grateful for the work that our students, staff and parents have put in to make Selvidge such a wonderful place for all. Thank you to our student leaders, the SMS CREW - Champions Reflect Empathy and Wonder - along with their sponsor, Assistant Principal Kristi Davis, for their leadership through the application process. Now everyone outside of our school community will know how special Selvidge Middle School is!"
"Selvidge students and staff are the reason we have been recognized as a National School of Character," Davis added. "I am in amazement each and every day with the amount of character our students portray. We have an amazing family here at Selvidge and strive for choosing kindness always."
Schools of Character demonstrate a focus on character development that has positively impacted academic achievement, student behavior and school climate. 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.
"It is a great honor to be recognized as a National School of Character," said Crestview Principal Dr. Gary Jansen. "Crestview has worked hard to instill strong character in our students, especially around the idea of leadership. We have been able to infuse character education into our weekly Mentor Time. The recognition is a testament to the great work that happens on a daily basis by our students and staff at Crestview. We have an amazing staff, awesome students and a wonderful community that supports us. These three pieces contribute to the ongoing success at Crestview, and this recognition shows how good things happen when all three of these pieces are in place. We look forward to celebrating this great accomplishment with our students and staff when we are all back together."
Character.org will honor the 2020 National Schools of Character during its next National Forum. Blevins Elementary
and Lafayette High
earned National School of Character designations last year.