St. Mark’s School designated a 2016 Minnesota School of Character

| June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments
St. Mark's School Principal Zach Zechser, second from left, receives the 2016 Minnesota School of Character Award May 26 on behalf of the pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade school. Courtesy St. Mark's School

St. Mark’s School Principal Zach Zeckser, second from left, receives the 2016 Minnesota School of Character Award May 26 on behalf of the pre-kindergarten to eighth-grade school. Also pictured, from left, are Kevin Brennan, Brigid Kostka and Paul Bernabei.   Courtesy St. Mark’s School

St. Mark’s School in St. Paul was named the 2016 School of Character May 26 by Synergy & Leadership Exchange, a North Mankato-based nonprofit.

The Minnesota School of Character program recognizes schools that exemplify the “11 Principles of Effective Character Education” as outlined by Character.org, formerly the Character Education Partnership.

Four key concepts at St. Mark are helping others succeed, communicating “you matter,” “honor the absent,” and “see the problem, own the problem.”

“Every person in our building can tell you what these are and what they mean,” said Zach Zeckser, St. Mark’s principal, in a May 27 statement. “They impact everything we do.”

With more than 200 students in pre-kindergarten to grade eight, St. Mark’s uses Top 20 Training practices and in 2015 implemented the Catholic IDEALS model.

Gov. Mark Dayton named May 26 Character Recognition Day in Minnesota.

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