Waseca has been getting more than its share of good press lately! From being nominated for the "Small Business Revolution" TV show, and making it to the Top 10 Finalists, to their athletic department in the school district working getting jerseys approved through the MSHSL to honor Officer Arik Matson. Now, they are being recognized again, this time it is specifically the Jr and Sr High School.

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The Waseca Jr and Sr High School have been named the 2020 Minnesota School of Character, by Character.org, and their state sponsor, Synergy & Leadership Exchange. They are in elite company, nationally only 81 schools and 7 districts have received this prestigious award for 2020.

According to the media release:

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 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 Jr. & Sr High 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 recognize Waseca Jr and Sr High School at the Character Recognition and Awards luncheon on May 20, 2020. Congratulations to the Waseca Jr & Sr High School for being named a Minnesota School of Character, one of only 2 schools to be named, the other being Cologne Academy, a charter school located in Cologne, MN that serves grades K-8.

Sources: Character.org, Waseca Public Schools

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