Waseca Junior/Senior High School named 2020 Minnesota School of Character

South Central Service Cooperative member, Waseca Junior/Senior High School, was named a 2020 Minnesota School of Character by Character.org and its state sponsor, Synergy & Leadership Exchange. Nationally 81 schools and 7 districts received this designation for 2020. Since its inception, the Schools of Character program has positively affected nearly 3 million students, staff, parents and other community members.

Each year Character.org works in partnership with state sponsors to certify schools and districts that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development which has a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate. The Schools of Character application process is an opportunity for schools and districts to receive professional feedback for continuous improvement.
 
Waseca Junior/Senior High School serves nearly 1,000 students in grades 7-12. The school has used character development to drive positive results in academics, student behavior and school climate. We R4 the Bluejay Way is the school motto, encouraging all to "Respect yourself, others, property and learning."
 
“Character education has always been a part of our school. I have seen positive benefits for students and staff members,” said Karen Pfarr Anderson, Junior High Language Arts Teacher. “By learning about character education through staff development and independent research I feel that our school community has developed excellent methods of ensuring our students feel safe and they are held to the expectations of what it means to be a Bluejay.”
 
“Waseca Junior/Senior High School has a positive and welcoming atmosphere,” said a student when asked what he liked best about the school. “The atmosphere has been built on a strong foundation by all of our staff. This boosts the student’s attitudes and positively impacts the learning environment.”
 
Synergy & Leadership Exchange will celebrate Waseca Junior/Senior High School at the Character Recognition Awards luncheon May 20. Learn more about the program on the Synergy & Leadership Exchange or Character.org websites.

Senior High JUMP Leaders

Senior High JUMP Leaders help seventh graders transition to the Junior/Senior High School.