Capturing Kids' Hearts Honors Three Otsego Schools
Three OPS schools have received the distinction of being National Showcase Schools for Capturing Kids’ Hearts, a national program that puts the focus on relationships first, an Otsego focus.
In a Zoom call with Capturing Kids’ Hearts (CKH) founder Flip Flippen and his staff, all three schools named nominees earlier this year, received the official word that they were among the 324 schools selected as Showcase Schools for 2021. This is the first designation for Washington Street Elementary, and the second year in a row for both Dix Street Elementary and Otsego Middle School.
“CKH has always held a special place in my heart so to be recognized as a national showcase school is quite an honor. Our staff embraces the concept and truly believes in relationships before rigor. CKH is not just something that we do, it is part of our everyday culture,” says Melissa Koenig, OMS Principal.
The National Showcase Schools awards announcement states that “Capturing Kids’ Hearts recognizes and celebrates schools that go the extra mile each day, creating the social-emotional safety on school campuses that is conducive to learning.”
"I am so excited that Dix Street Elementary is being recognized for a second year in a row. The staff at Dix Street takes social-emotional learning very seriously. CKH is the perfect vehicle for building relationships and creating a team in each classroom that allows us to maintain and monitor social-emotional wellbeing in each student," says Dix Street Elementary Principal, Mark Rollandini, PhD.
“It is an absolute honor to be a CKH Showcase School. At Washington Street Elementary, we take pride in putting positive relationships with our students at the forefront of everything we do. As Flip Flippen would say, ‘If you have a child's heart, you have his head’,” says Jennifer Knight, Washington Street Elementary Principal.
For more than a decade, Otsego Public Schools has partnered with Capturing Kids’ Hearts for professional development across the district, “Through experiential training, expert coaching, and personalized support, Capturing Kids' Hearts equips professionals in K-12 education to implement transformational processes focused on social-emotional wellbeing, relationship-driven culture, and student connectedness,” states the CKH National Showcase Schools announcement. CKH began in 1990 by Flip Flippen with one school and has grown to serve 37,000 educators.