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Hoisington is full of character
Kansas honors 25 schools, districts for character development
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School and districts receiving recognition were:

Kansas Schools of Character, 2016
Valley Center Intermediate School, Valley Center Unified School District (USD) 262
Lincoln Elementary School, Clay Center USD 379
Kiowa County Elementary and Junior High School, Greensburg USD 422

Emerging School of Character, 2016
Beloit Junior/Senior High School, Beloit USD 273

Promising Practice in Character Education, 2016
Sabetha High School, Sabetha USD 113
Pittsburg High School, Pittsburg USD 250
Valley Center Middle School, Valley Center USD 262
Cheney District, Cheney USD 268
Morgan Elementary School, Hutchinson USD 308
Hoisington Middle School, Hoisington USD 431

Enhanced Spotlight Recognition, 2016
Sabetha High School, Sabetha USD 113
Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School, Seneca USD 115
Blue Valley Southwest High School, Blue Valley USD 229
Logan Avenue Elementary School, Emporia USD 253
Valley Center Middle School, Valley Center USD 262
South Breeze Elementary School, Newton USD 373
Sterling High School, Sterling USD 376
Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, Manhattan USD 383
Hoisington Middle School, Hoisington USD 431
Dodge City Middle School, Dodge City USD 443
Miller Elementary School, Dodge City USD 443
David Brewer Elementary School, Leavenworth USD 453
McDermott Elementary School, Liberal USD 480
Merriam Park Elementary School, Merriam, Shawnee Mission USD 512

TOPEKA — Hoisington Middle School was honored May 6 at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka as one of 25 Kansas schools and school districts offering excellent character education that focuses on students’ social, emotional and character development.
Recognition for these character-focused schools and districts is given though the Kansas School of Character Recognition Program and sponsoring organizations —,, the Kansas State Department of Education and the Brown v. Board site.
Character touches everything we do. Preparing students for this challenging world means offering not only academic preparation but character development, too. Character education is a proactive effort by schools, districts and communities to help students develop important core ethical and performance values, such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking and respect for self and others.
The social, emotional, and character development programs and initiatives in these schools prepare our students with the attitudes and skills necessary for both college and career readiness.
“Character development is an integral part of the Kansas State Board of Education’s new vision for Kansas education, which is Kansas leads the world in the success of each student,” Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Watson said. “I want to congratulate each school and school district on this wonderful achievement.”
The Kansas Standards for Social, Emotional, and Character Development Standards, adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education in 2012 give structure to the process. The Eleven Principals of Effective Character Education by provide a framework to evaluate the programming in schools.
For more information about Kansas’ character development programs, see the Kansas Schools of Character website at or contact Noni Cremer by email at; Sue Kidd by email at or by phone at (785) 865-9942; or Kent Reed by email at