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This Institute for Learning Knows What it Means to Engage the Community

Segue Institute for Learning, Central Falls, Rhode Island

Segue Institute for Learning received the 2014 Rhode Island ASCD Whole Child Award for its work to engage the community in all aspects of its programs. The school has exemplified what it means to engage the community by embracing the involvement of its community partners and families to help support their students. Furthermore, they support their students through student driven advisories that revolve around culturally competent and engaging activities. Curriculum is geared toward success in high school and includes service learning, performance based assessment and portfolios. In addition, the health education curriculum includes social/emotional dimensions. Congratulations Segue Institute for Learning for this great honor!

Resource Center Unites School and Families in the Pursuit of a Successful Future

McLoughlin Middle School, Vancouver, Wash.
 

McLoughlin Middle School joins other top Washington schools in receiving the Supported Students Award from Washington State ASCD. Located in Vancouver, Washington, McLoughlin strives to connect with its students and their families on multiple levels. The school’s family community resource center serves as a central access point for the numerous support services offered in the area, from free school supplies to dental care. During the school day, students who have been identified as needing additional academic assistance are paired with mentoring advocates or attend support classes to help them boost their grades and succeed.

Harnessing Leadership Potential to Keep Teens in School

Fontana Unified School District, Fontana, Calif.

Fontana Unified School District, located in Fontana, California, has been awarded a grand prize grant in whole child partner National School Board Association’s 2013 Magna Awards. The district has developed and implemented the Fontana Leadership Intervention Program (FLIP). FLIP, which is directed at middle and high school students, offers students a variety of classes ranging from ethics to drug and alcohol resistance. The program also requires participation in community projects and seminars for parents as well. This multifaceted outreach has already made a visible difference in behavior issues at both the middle and high school levels.

Finding the Time to Meet Key Needs

Dutchman Creek Middle School, Rock Hill, South Carolina

Whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform has chosen Dutchman Creek Middle School as one of its South Carolina Schools to Watch. Located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, the school has been commended for its collaborative planning initiatives and flexible student support programs. Staff members work to meet the needs of their students by offering support before, after, and during school hours. Dutchman Creek is also driven by its extensive district and community support, factors which aid in its pursuit of excellence.

Central Kentucky School Proves the Importance of Community

Royal Spring Middle School, Georgetown, Kentucky

Whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform has named Royal Spring Middle School as one of its Kentucky Schools to Watch. Located in Georgetown, Kentucky, Royal Spring is the first central Kentucky school to be awarded this title. The school’s success can be largely attributed to the close bonds between the school and the local community, as well as the dedication of students, staff, and parents to the school’s daily proceedings. Royal Spring joins a select group of Kentucky schools in receiving this honor.

Supportive Environment Eases Middle School Transition

Marietta Sixth Grade Academy, Marietta, Georgia

National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, a whole child partner, has named Marietta Sixth Grade Academy as a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch. The academy—located in Marietta, Georgia—helps ease the difficult transition from elementary school to middle school. Principal Gabe Carmona emphasized that the school’s achievements have come about largely as a result of the collaborative efforts of students, staff, and the community as a whole. The school was recognized not only for its academic excellence, but also for its supportive environment among other factors.

Strengthening Bonds, Growing Confidence

Coastal Middle School, Savannah, Georgia

Coastal Middle School has been named a Georgia Lighthouse School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Located in Savannah, Georgia, the school works to develop well-rounded students through a strong extracurricular program that supports and enhances the academic experience. Principal Kelly Coursey cites the strong bonds and high levels of trust between her staff, the students, and their families as a major factor in the school’s success. This ongoing outreach initiative helps build rapport between the groups, which in turn creates a close-knit, supportive learning environment.

Setting Real Goals Makes Success a Standard

Ecker Hill Middle School, Park City Utah

Ecker Hill Middle School—located in Park City, Utah—joins an elite group in being designated as a Utah School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. After Ecker Hill implemented a schedule that allows students time to catch up on their work, the school has seen important improvements in student performance. Principal Traci Evans spearheaded these efforts, citing planning time as a crucial factor for successful student development and support programs. The school also views parents as integral players in academic success and employs an open door policy to strengthen those ties.

Community Stakeholders Motivate Middle School Excellence

Vilonia Middle School, Vilonia, Ark.

Vilonia Middle School joins twelve other exemplary Arkansas schools as one of whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform’s Diamond Schools to Watch for 2013. Located in Vilonia, Arkansas, the school prides itself on its staff’s “can-do” attitude and passion for learning and teaching. Principal Cathy Riggins cites the school’s ties to the local community as a source of support and motivation for continuing educational excellence.

School Library Program Engages Students and Meets Community Needs

Pine Grove Middle School, East Syracuse, N.Y.
 

East Syracuse Minoa’s Pine Grove Middle School earned the 2011 National School Library Program of the Year award from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The Pine Grove library program was given this honor for its ability to transform and meet the needs of the community. The library plays a vital role in providing students with learning experiences that embrace real world connections, interdisciplinary work and community partnerships. Efforts at the school have integrated the library program into curriculum, literacy, technology, and all areas of educating the whole child.
 

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