Emery ES named Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School

April 12, 2017

Dr. Debbie Emery, school namesake and Flippen Group representative, visits Emery Elementary School on April 12 to announce that the campus earned a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award.
Dr. Debbie Emery, school namesake and Flippen Group representative, visits Emery Elementary School on April 12 to announce that the campus earned a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award. 

April 12, 2017—Emery Elementary School has received a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2016-2017 school year from the Flippen Group.

Through the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools awards, the Flippen Group recognizes and celebrates campuses that go the extra mile each day, building an environment where students and staff feel safe and connected. The Flippen Group believes unsung heroes who produce exemplary outcomes in schools and pave the way for other schools to follow, need and deserve recognition for a job well done.

Dr. Debbie Emery presents Emery Principal Michelle Merricks with Capturing Kids Hearts scholarships courtesy of the Flippen Group.
Dr. Debbie Emery presents Emery Principal Michelle Merricks with Capturing Kids Hearts scholarships courtesy of the Flippen Group. 

School namesake and Flippen Group representative Dr. Debbie Emery paid a surprise visit to the campus during its April 12 staff meeting to make the announcement.

“Last year we started the National Showcase Schools program for schools that implemented the program and were making big differences with the culture, the climate and discipline referrals,” Dr. Emery said. “Some team members did a showcase visit in February and came back so excited about what they had seen and heard. They were very impressed.”

Emery staff applaud after learning that their campus received a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award.
Emery staff applaud after learning that their campus received a Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award. 

Capturing Kids’ Hearts campuses across the country were considered for the awards based on the following criteria: 1) nomination based on observation, 2) level of implementation of Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes by all staff as measured by online surveys and 3) data demonstrating that Capturing Kids’ Hearts has made a significant improvement in attendance, discipline, climate/culture or academics.

Emery is one of 53 National Showcase Schools picked out of thousands of Capturing Kids’ Hearts participants over the last two years.

Emery opened in 2010-2011 with a goal to create an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff and parents to come alive with a love for learning. In bringing Capturing Kids’ Hearts to its campus, teachers and staff learned processes to increase students’ connectedness with both peers and adults on campus. They learned how to create a classroom environment where students are excited to enter and learn every day.

Dr. Debbie Emery congratulates Emery Principal Michelle Merricks on the school’s Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award.
Dr. Debbie Emery congratulates Emery Principal Michelle Merricks on the school’s Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase Schools award. 

“It has been wonderful to see in the community, with our teachers and Emery faculty,” said Michelle Merricks, Emery principal. “The relationships they have help building blocks and connections for the kids wanting to come to school to want to learn. It has been profound for our school.”

Schools throughout the country have experienced positive results through Capturing Kids’ Hearts tools and processes that create socio-emotional safety conducive to learning. With the Flippen Group’s methodology, openness replaces defensiveness and judging is replaced with acceptance to create a sense of connectedness to the school.

Dr. Emery said she thinks the long-term impact on participants will help change the world.

“As this generation of children grow up understanding, How do you treat each other? What does it look like to have a good relationship? How to be kind to one another?, I truly believe that will then start to spread until we have a world where we are caring for and connecting with each other,” she said. That’s really my sincere hope.” 

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