Students at East and West Alexander Middle joined a nationwide movement on Thursday, October 3, 2014 by hosting this year’s first “Friends of Rachel” meeting. These clubs form in light of “Rachel’s Challenge,” a nonprofit campaign geared at decreasing school violence, bullying, and suicide.
A safe place to learn and grow.
A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult.
A healthy start, and a healthy future.
A marketable skill to use upon graduation, and
A chance to give back to the community.
Parents and Teachers: Please encourage your teens to bring in canned goods and nonperishable items to help this great cause! If you have any questions regarding acceptable donations, please feel free to email Brittany Loudermilt, or contact her at 828-632-7565 ext. 333.
There is always a need for more willing and able tutors for our Reading Partners program. If you, or someone you know would be interested in volunteering, please contact Angie Yates by email or at 828-409-0231 today!
Communities In Schools would like to extend a heartfelt congratulations to West Alexander Middle School, as it was recently announced they exceeded expected growth during the 2013-2014 school year!
Similar in concept to height and weight charts found in your child’s doctors office, expected growth of a school compares changes in academic performance of the student body on a longitudinal level. Simply put, scholastic fortitude and understanding are expected to increase a given amount between grade levels. These levels vary year to year, with great inclines in knowledge during early years transition to more gradual growths during a learner’s later school years.
By exceeding expected growth, West Alexander Middle students’ test scores reflect greater performance and understanding than would have been projected when compared to those of 2012-2013. What a great achievement for WAMS pupils and faculty!
Higher testing scores are, accordingly, linked with higher levels of proficiency in subject areas. Currently, all Alexander students have a 60.2 % overall proficiency in Reading, 49.3% in Math, and 73.1% in Science. With site coordinators now located at East Alexander Middle, West Alexander Middle, Alexander Central High, and a reading program at Taylorsville and Hiddenite Elementaries, it is our goal to see these numbers continue to rise in the coming years. Stay tuned to see what we accomplish together!
CIS is sure to see a decrease in retention, a decrease in dropping out, and an increase in on-time graduation by intervening at this earlier age. To reach this goal, however, we will need your help! If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering with “Reading Partners,” please contact Angie Yates by email or at 828-409-0231 today!
If you or someone you know may be interested in volunteering for or donating to Communities In Schools, please contact Angie Yates at 828-409-0231 or by email today!
In January of 2014, our executive director, Glendora Yarbrough, was given the opportunity to recognize five businesses for contributions towards our organization. As a nonprofit, our work among area learners would be crippled without the support of contributors, donors, funders, and volunteers — and we are ever grateful for those who find it in their hearts to contribute to our cause. Together, we are making strides to impact the lives of Alexander County students, providing them with the tools necessary to succeed academically, and achieve in life.
|(Left to Right) School Board Member David Odom, School Board Chairman Bridgette Rhyne, Duke Energy Representative Robin Nichols, CIS Executive Director Glendora Yarbrough, and School Board Member Milton Campbell.|
Currently, our business partnership levels are as follows:
• Honorary – under $1,000
• Silver – $1,000 – $2,000
• Gold – $2,000 – $3,000
• Platinum – $3,000 and above
The following businesses were those recognized for their contributions toward our work in Alexander County.
- Duke Energy (Platinum Partner)
- Craftmaster Furniture (Gold Partner)
- Hancock and More (Gold Partner)
- HSM Solutions (Gold Partner)
- Foundation for the Carolinas / Shurtape Industries (Honorary Partner)
|(Left to Right) School Board Member David Odom, School Board Chairman Bridgette Rhyne, Craftmaster Representative Kevin Mann, CIS Executive Director Glendora Yarbrough, and School Board Member Milton Campbell.|
Kevin Mann accepted a plaque on behalf of Craftmaster Furniture and Robin Nichols accepted a plaque on behalf of Duke Energy. The remaining plaques were distributed to the businesses unable to attend the meeting.
The previous school year held a host of changes for Communities In Schools of Wilkes County. From our expansion into Alexander County, to a revision of our policies and procedures, to saying goodbye to five long-term board members – the year was eventful and emotional all around.
One change we were particularly excited to see was the addition of two sites in the Wilkes school system: Central Wilkes Middle and Moravian Falls Elementary. For the first time, we were able to serve these two schools with site coordinators.
If you are unfamiliar with site coordination at CIS, these staff members act as liaisons to bring resources, services, business partners, parents, and volunteers into their schools. This collaboration fosters a proven community effort to help students succeed.
Students at Central Wilkes Middle worked with site coordinator Lora Davis this year, who brokered in services such as Smart Girls and Wise Guys – our teen pregnancy prevention program – and Girls on the Run. She also organized special guest speakers for the students, such as Damon Nash who spoke on bullying prevention.
Working at Moravian Falls were Tiger Posey and Amie Rose, where students participated in our Friends of Youth and Lunch Buddies programs, as well as the physical and mental health program Let Me Run. The two also worked within the community to bring in volunteers and donations for the school, successfully securing a dance machine, grill, and over 500 English and Hispanic books through First Book.
The addition and continuation of these new sites was made possible through the Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation. In March of 2013, they provided CIS with $50,000.00 for salary support at the above two sites.
Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation is a supporting organization to the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas South Central Community. This is one of six Communities of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, an international order of Roman Catholic women religious founded in 1831. The organization seeks to promote systemic change and assist individuals to empower themselves to improve the quality of their lives.
The foundation’s special heart for women, the elderly, and – specifically – children, made Communities In Schools’ site coordination a perfect fit as grant recipient.
“This is the faith community at its best,” comments Glendora Yarbrough, executive director of CIS. “With separation of church and state an ever-pressing issue of concern and debate, far too many capable organizations shy away from assisting in an area of great need: the public school system. We hope our partnership with Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation shows what CIS is happy to do: offer a safe pathway for faith-based organizations to extend their reach into the school system, wherein they can have a truly beneficial impact on the lives of our students.”
We here at Communities In Schools would be lost without the invaluable support of all our donors, volunteers, and grantors – but we would like to extend a special thank you to the Sisters of Mercy for this generous effort.
Communities In Schools of Wilkes County – Alexander County Branch (CIS) is excited to celebrate our growing area partnerships! The Bojangles of Taylorsville and Bethlehem generously donated a portion of their proceeds to our organization during two recent Share Nights.
During a Share Night, ten percent of the profits made between the hours of 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm are filtered back to the receiving organization — in this case, CIS!
Pictured here are managers Jeremy Pope, Nathan Annas, and Jason Gregg from the Bethlehem store, following the Share Night of March 19th. Our most recent night was last Tuesday, April 23rd.
Please check this blog and our Facebook page often for news of more opportunities in which to contribute to the nation’s leading dropout prevention program! And from all of us at CIS to the staff of Bojangles and everyone who came out to show support, thank you!
Earlier this month, faculty and staff of West Alexander Middle School were treated to a special bullying prevention training session provided by Communities In Schools – Alexander County Branch. Held Wednesday, March 6th, those in attendance welcomed William “Billy” Lassiter of the Department of Public Safety, Division of Juvenile Justice — who provided this professional development training.
Bullying is a severe problem in the United States. Daily, 160,000 students miss school for fear of bullying. Sadly, with cyber bullying ever on the rise, this decision can offer little escape to those affected – so knowledge, prevention, and action within the school setting is key.
|Angie Yates, CIS Site Coordinator for WAMS; Billy Lassiter, Trainer; Dr. Chad Maynor, WAMS Principal|
The training consisted of defining bullying, exploring the causes of bullying, and looking for new ways to deal with bullying — all of which go along with the core Communities In Schools basic: a safe place to learn and grow. It is our mission to provide our students with the best opportunities and environments for success — and we thank Mr. Lassiter for his time and efforts helping us make this vision a reality. For more information about CIS – Alexander Co. Branch, please contact Angie Yates at 828-409-0231.