SHS nominated for a Capturing Kids' Hearts national showcase award

Staff Writer

Sweetwater High School has been nominated for a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2017-2018 school year by the Flippen Group. Four years ago, school administrators began an initiative to transform the campus into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come together with a love for learning.
After researching programs used by many of the nation's most successful schools, Sweetwater High School chose to join hands with the Flippen Group to bring Capturing Kids' Hearts-, to its campus. Teachers and staff have continued to learn the processes needed to connect students with their peers and adults on campus and to create classrooms where students are excited to learn every day. As a result of implementing Capturing Kids' Hearts, the school has experienced a reduction in major discipline referrals, improved daily attendance and increased academic achievement as measured by the TEA SHS 2017 campus report card.
Over the next several months, a Flippen Group site team will visit Sweetwater High School to observe the progress taking place and decide whether the campus qualifies to become a recipient of this year's Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools awards.
Since 1990, campuses across the country have experienced amazing outcomes with Capturing Kids' Hearts tools and processes, creating the socio-emotional safety conducive to learning. Flippen Group provides 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 Capturing Kids' Hearts implementation...To read more, please refer to our print or online edition.