Beck named 2017 National School of Character
Beck named 2017 National School of Character
Posted on 05/08/2017
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Beck Elementary School

Beck Elementary School has received the 2017 National School of Character distinction, a recognition awarded to just 83 schools across the United States and only nine in Texas.

The distinction honors schools across the nation that exemplify character-focused educational standards for the betterment of students. Beck, which has already been named a 2017 Texas School of Character this year, took part in a rigorous evaluation process with awarding organization Character.org to receive the distinction.

Schools that receive the recognition must demonstrate how they use Character.org’s 11 principles for effective character education (including education initiatives focused on ethics, values, challenging academics and more). Committees from the organization then visit with schools to score their character-focused measures.

Principal Sandy Conklin said the state and national distinctions serve as an affirmation to the work the school’s staff places on quality character and academic education.

“As a school, we know academics are important, but as parents and community members, we also know character goes a long way in defining our students,” he said. “This designation really serves as a testament to the collective effort our staff take in ensuring our students act with character and have a positive influence in our community.”

The Schools of Character application process is open to any school – ranging from early childhood schools to high schools – located in the U.S. Schools located in states with participating School of Character distinctions must first apply for the state-based honor in January before being considered for the national designation. National finalists are then judged in March and April.

Mr. Conklin said Beck’s application process, which included a site visit from a committee, allowed the school’s staff to showcase their commitment to excellence.

“This is an honor our entire staff and school worked very hard for,” he said. “We take pride in our students, and any chance we get to show off their hard work is extremely rewarding.”

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