SHS, East Ridge, and Southeast Are Named National Showcase Schools

SHS, East Ridge, and Southeast Are Named National Showcase Schools

Sweetwater High School, East Ridge Elementary and Southeast Elementary Named Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools

Sweetwater High School, East Ridge Elementary and Southeast Elementary have received a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools award for the 2017-2018 school year from the Flippen Group.

Five years ago, SISD Campuses began an initiative to transform the campuses into an emotionally safe and relationally connected place for students, staff, and parents to come alive with a love for learning.

After researching programs used by some of the nation's most successful schools, SISD leaders chose to join hands with the Flippen Group to bring 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. As a result of implementing Capturing Kids' Hearts, the SISD campuses have enjoyed increased attendance, improvement in grades and improved student/teacher relationships.

Since 1990, campuses across the country have experienced amazing outcomes with Capturing Kids' Hearts tools and processes by creating socio-emotional safety conducive to learning. The Flippen Group provides educators the skills they need to change the trajectory of students' lives. Openness replaces defensiveness. Judging and feelings of being judged are replaced with acceptance and real connectedness to the school. "Discipline problems nearly non-existent," and "Academic achievement constantly improving," are common feedback following Capturing Kids' Hearts implementation.
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.

Capturing Kids' Hearts campuses across the country were considered for these 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.

A Flippen Group team visited each nominated campus to gather additional quantitative and qualitative data, and to interview students, teachers, administrators, and parents. They used a matrix of key measurements to gather information during the campus walk-through. Finally, an additional survey was conducted to collect feedback regarding the perceived climate and culture of the campus and its conduciveness to learning. Following this visit, the selection team reviewed all accumulated data and selected the campuses to receive the Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools awards.

The Flippen Group is proud to recognize these outstanding individuals who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of our children. As we identify these remarkable schools, campus leaders, and teachers each year, please join us in celebrating them as some of the most skilled and effective educators in the country!

For more information about the Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase Schools awards, go online:

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Ben Edwards Named Sweetwater High School's Alumni Spotlight for April

Ben Edwards Named Sweetwater High School's Alumni Spotlight for April

SHS' "Alumni Spotlight" for April:


Ben Edwards

Sweetwater High School - Class of 2006

Texas A&M University - Agricultural Economics and Business Degree - Class of 2011

Currently works with The Wood Group of Fairway as a loan officer. Married to Kristin Edwards and has a son Clayton and daughter Hudson.  They reside in Houston, TX.


Do you know a Sweetwater High School graduate who should be recognized in our Alumni Spotlight?  Please submit their information (including contact information) via email to SHS Counselor RuthAnn Campbell at

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Texas National Bank Awards Good Grades Pay Winners at Sweetwater High

Texas National Bank Awards Good Grades Pay Winners at Sweetwater High

SWEETWATER, TX – Thirty-nine Sweetwater High School students made the A-Honor Roll in the 4th six weeks of the 2017-2018 school year, and Texas National Bank continued with its commitment to recognize and award one lucky scholar from each grade with $50.  

The winners of the Texas National Bank Good Grades Pay Award for the 4th six seeks of the 2017-2018 school year were Andrew Ramey (9th Grade), Alena Aguilar (10th Grade), Annisa McCollom (11th Grade), and Isak Alvarez (12th Grade).  

Other students making the A-Honor Roll were:
Ninth Grade: Jacqueline Arellano, Ethan Cortez, Kyla Daniel, Krystian Gomez, Jeremy Le, Ana Lynch, Jazmin Medellin, Gabriella Pena, Ridley Reed, Samantha Torres, Mia Valdez, and Jazel Villa.

Tenth Grade: Madyson Gilmore, Kei’arriyen Griffin, Garrett Logan, Andres Neri, Isaiah Pena, Devin Perez, Lily Smola, and Collin Stafford.

Eleventh Grade:  Shania Boyd, Mya Jackson, and Kara Lehnert, 

Twelfth Grade:  Brianna Alcala, Taya Carr, Avery Garcia, Trenton Hicks, Jason Hoover, Mason Maxwell, Jaelynn Page, Lauren Rodriguez, Tiana Santiago, Shania Towner, Jacob Trevino, and Kurt Wetsel.

Congratulations to those who made all A’s during the six week period, and to the Good Grades Pay winners.  Texas National Bank wants to remind students to apply themselves, set goals, and study hard, because Good Grades Pay!

The Good Grades Pay program was established by Texas National Bank in 2012 to encourage Sweetwater High School students to do well in school and pursue higher education.  To date, the bank has awarded $6,400 to local students.  

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