Multiple schools in the Royse City Independent School District have earned national recognitions through the ”Capturing Kids’ Hearts” program.
The program is managed under the Flippen Group, a consulting firm with a major focus on researching best practices for education. Schools that use the program learn methods that can help foster a welcoming and creative learning environment.
Examples of practices promoted by the program include social contracts between students and teachers and shaking hands each day to reinforce communication skills. The company’s website states that millions of students have gone through the Capturing Kids’ Hearts program.
Campuses that best represent the mission of the program are given the “National Showcase Award” each year. Out of the 202 schools across the nation that made the list for 2019, seven were Royse City ISD campuses.
“Schools who make this short list represent the top 8 percent of participating campuses across the nation,” stated an April 9 district press release.
Assistant Superintendent Kenny Kaye Hudson helped implement the program at RCISD in 2003. She helped recognize the principals of the campuses at the April 8 school board meeting, and has described the program as “part of the fabric” of the district.
“Nearly every single educator in the district has received this training that simply promotes the development of positive relationships between teachers and students,” Hudson stated in the release. “It’s about making sure students know they are cared for every single day.”
Below is the list of schools that were given the “National Showcase Award”from RCISD, along with the name of the principal (in alphabetical order):
Anita Scott Elementary School, Principal Teresa Atkins
Davis Elementary School, Principal Cynthia Pense
Harry H. Herndon Intermediate School, Principal Shanna Brown
Miss May Vernon Elementary School, Principal Brittany Lancaster
Royse City Middle School, Principal Angelee Morales
Royse City High School, Principal Sean Walker
W.R. Fort Elementary School, Principal Wendy Prater