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!
The staff of Communities In Schools of Wilkes County has been happy to see the culmination of our 13th Annual Stuff the Bus campaign this year! This outreach effort sees its peak as school counselors and staff come to collect donated supplies for distribution among area learners.
- Will these supplies cost anything?No. Supplies are collected through in-kind and monetary donations throughout the summer months. Communities In Schools provides these items to area primary and secondary schools to be distributed to students entirely free of charge.
- Who qualifies for these items?
Currently, there are no income requirements necessary to receive free supplies in association with the Stuff the Bus program. All students who do not have the supplies necessary for academic success are welcome to see their school counselors for assistance in procuring these items.
- How do I / How does my student receive free supplies?
Contact the school counselor at any of our public area elementary or secondary schools, including Wilkes Early College. Counselors picked up supplies Thursday, August 21, 2014 — and will have items available for pickup should your student have need.
- Are any of these resources available at local colleges?
Currently, Communities In Schools does not provide any supplies to area colleges, though items are available through Wilkes Early College.
- Where do I sign up to receive these items?
There are no forms required to receive access to these resources. Simply talk to the school administration at your respective school sites — they will be happy to help!
- Where can I pick up these resources? / Can I pick up these resources directly from your office?
Unfortunately, Communities In Schools does not have the space or manpower necessary to undertake the distribution of our materials on site. As such, items will be distributed to school employees prior to the start of the school year. To collect, please address inquiries to your respective school administration.
For additional questions or more information, you are welcome to email us at email@example.com, or contact us by phone at 651-7830.
The school year may be over, but we’re still finding ways to enrich the lives of our students here at Communities In Schools. Currently, we’re offering two different options for learners throughout the month of June.
One of these programs is in its second year: June Bugs! This group is designed for girls in the 3rd to 12th grade, and meets at the Communities In Schools office twice a week. Each session is devoted to a unique healthy activity, volunteer effort, or self-esteem building exercise.
|June Bugs head to Smoot Park during their first session!|
The girls start each session with a healthy lunch, with some time for fun and fellowship among their varying age groups. Through the program, CIS seeks to nurture comradery between girls of all ages — therein building peer-mentoring relationships that enable positive self-images and beneficial life choices. June Bugs is offered entirely free of charge, with support coming from individual donations, CIS site funding, and Dreams and Kite Strings. If you would like to donate towards one of these activities, please click here for more information.
Our second summer program is for 1st through 8th grade students, and is hosted at the Moravian Falls Community Learning Center. Like June Bugs, this Forensic Investigation Summer Camp meets twice a week.
During each session, the group works to solve “The Cookie Jar Mystery” through various forensic investigative techniques — fingerprint and shoe print analysis, fiber analysis, and more! This six session course will culminate with a trip to the Wilkes County Courthouse, where participants will work together in a mock trial to find the culprit.
If you would like to know more about our Forensic Investigation Summer Camp, contact Tiger Posey at 651-7830 or by email here.
Our great challenge for an even greater cause is just around the corner! Bring your friends and family along in May for the 11th annual Headed to College Race for Communities In Schools!
Featuring a 5k, 8k, Uphill Battle, 1 Mile Color Run, we offer a little something for everyone. Whether you’re just getting started in the realm of fitness or you’re a certified enthusiast — join us May 16th and 17th for fun, fellowship, and a good run.
Information is available at our race website. Contents and easy navigation are listed below:
Click here to find out more about our New Century Scholar program, the beneficiary of funds generated in the 5k and 5k Races. Also, learn more about the Wilkes Art Gallery — this year’s sponsor of our first ever Color Run!
Navigate to this page in order to find out times, starting locations, and registration information for each event.
Sign up online and save paper — and money on the registration fee! All the more motivation to go green, right?
**Coming Soon!** Find a current list of race sponsors — alongside level pricing and contact information for those interested!
From water stations to a face painting, Communities In Schools hopes to offer it all in this unique and philanthropic endeavor!
Navigate here to find out what’s new to our 11th Annual Race.
Can’t come to the race but still want to donate to the cause? Head on over this way and make a donation online!
Click here to view our brochure, and remember to share! 🙂
Are You Smarter than an Elementary School
Student? Join us on Friday, March 21st at the Stone Center to find out
— and see how some local celebrities compare as well!
When: Friday | March 21, 2014 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: The Stone Center
Admission: Adults: $5 | Middle and High: $2*| Elementary: Free!
*Middle and High School Students free with two paying adults.
We will have several celebrity guests out to test their knowledge during the event, with select students from area elementary schools there to assist as needed! Popcorn, drinks, and silent auction items will be available for purchase as well, so be sure to come out and join in on the fun!