Butler County Times Gazette
  • CHS first Kansas National School of Character

  • CHS was chosen among 50 national finalists representing 16 states
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  • Circle High School has become the first Kansas school to receive the designation of National School of Character.  
    CHS was chosen among 50 national finalists representing 16 states.  The finalists were selected based on the quality of their written applications.
    All the finalists received an intensive screening process that included site visits, conference calls and analysis of the impact of their character-related efforts on academics, student behavior and school culture as part of consideration for the prestigious award.
    Circle High School has been working in a character-building environment for the past five years.
    Wendy Tien, CHS Character Developments coordinator, said, “We are honored to receive the designation of National School of Character.  Character development has become a part of the culture of our school and while we are pleased to be recognized with this prestigious honor, we are more pleased that Character Development continues to have a significant and lasting effect on our students’ behavior and attitudes. It is exciting to be the first from Kansas to receive this award.  We anticipate more Kansas schools will apply and receive this honor in the near future.”
    National Schools of Character hold their designations for five years.  CHS will be showcased in the Character Education Partnership (CEP) in an annual publication and on its Web site.  CHS has also earned the right to use the National School of Character name and logo.
    Belinda Larsen can be reached at blarsen@butlercountytimesgazette.com.

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