Kentucky Trail Elementary School
earned the State School of Character designation. Kentucky Trail is the only Kansas City-area school to earn the designation this year, and this is the second time it has earned this award.
Kentucky Trail earned the award for meeting Character.org’s rigorous standards, including its 11 Principles Framework for Schools. The national organization had a team of trained evaluators review Kentucky Trail’s school culture, climate and performance. Character.org determined Kentucky Trail deserved the designation for its school-wide effort in developing and implementing an intentional, proactive and comprehensive approach that embeds character into all aspects of school life. This includes its daily “Wish You Well” ritual in the morning to make students feel loved and remembered, their Ambassador Families program to welcome new families and students to Kentucky Trail and its Kids Character Council, which gives students ownership of their character education.
Principal Dr. Alisa Seidelman said, "It is an honor to work in a school where staff, students and families recognize the importance of strong character development in our children. We are able to accomplish remarkable things academically, socially and emotionally with our students because they know they are cared for and supported as they strive to be the best version of themselves."
The Kentucky Trail Character Education Team, including Megan Agnor, Jill Beck, Carey Hughes, Dr. Seidelman and Kristen Shackelford prepared the application.
Kentucky Trail is now eligible to apply for the National School of Character designation.