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Check out the new Communities In Schools documentary, The Push! This short film follows the journey of a student named Ja-Mez, who is about to graduate from high school, an event that once seemed impossible until he came under the wing of Darrell Smith, a caring Communities In Schools Site Coordinator. Watch this success story today, and you’ll see why CIS of Mid-America is !
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SAVE THE DATE for Caddo County Kids, Kites & Frights on Saturday, October 22! Communities In Schools of Mid-America, in partnership with the National Indian Education Association, the City of Anadarko, and Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Health & Fitness, will host a 5K Fun Run/1-Mile Walk to support students in Anadarko, Oklahoma. Visit our Facebook event page to learn more https://fb.me/e/2Q8myqgIV
CIS of Mid-America Student Support Coordinator Maurlon Bembry has continued to work with Rural Compassion, a non-profit ministry organization, to provide students with snacks and beverages whenever they are hungry. Thank you, Rural Compassion, for being !
Southwest City School
CIS of Mid-America Student Support Coordinator Maurlon Bembry is working with Samaritan's Feet International and Bella Vista Bible Church to create a shoe locker for McDonald County School District. Students can receive a free pair of shoes if the need arises. Community partners like these help CIS of Mid-America support our students!
Noel Elementary School
CIS of Mid-America Student Support Coordinator Valerie Shaw has started a Compassion Crew at Ottawa Middle School. The 6th graders in the group plan to participate in school compassion activities like writing positive messages on the sidewalk around the school, creating thank you cards for staff, and greeting individuals as they arrive at the school doors in the morning. 7th and 8th graders in the group will assist various community partners with tasks like sorting and tagging clothes at Thriftopia, reading books at a local retirement home, and assisting the local library with various tasks. Students are very excited about spreading compassion in their community!
CIS of Mid-America Student Support Coordinators Stefani Britton and Valerie Shaw were invited by United Way of Franklin County, KS Director, Leigh Hanson, to join her on KOFO Radio in Ottawa. They discussed what CIS of Mid-America does in Ottawa's schools, basic needs, tiered supports, and thanked the Ottawa community and schools for being wonderful partners to CIS.
Ottawa Middle School Ottawa High School
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At Royster Middle School, Student Support Coordinator Maggie Hubbard worked together with the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas to provide the whole school population with dental screenings during a duration of two days. Each child was also provided with a tooth brush to take home with them at the end of the day. The Community Health Center will also be returning to Royster to provide both vision and hearing testing in the future.
CIS of Mid-America Student Support Coordinator Maggie Hubbard kicked off the new school year by putting together a raffle basket for Royster Middle School's 6th grade orientation night. The raffle basket included a board game, card games, CIS headphones, a fuzzy blanket, an anxiety relief coloring book, coloring pencils, and mechanical pencils. Students entered the raffle drawing by getting a filled-out consent form in exchange for a raffle ticket. Maggie engaged with new students and parents by introducing the CIS program to them. Maggie said, "It was a great opportunity to start building that intentional relationship with students and their parents so that they knew they had someone on their team rooting for them!"
Before the school year began, Student Support Coordinator Stacie Jackson at Prairie Park Elementary School put together supply kits for students. Items for the kits were donated by the Lawrence Schools Foundation and other community partners. All students who needed supplies at Prairie Park received every item needed!
A huge thank you to Parsons City Manager Debbie Lamb and the Parsons Police Department for sponsoring guest speakers Austin Lanier and H.E.R.O. They shared the inspiring message of making good choices and reaching for your dreams and put on a fantastic concert. The kids at Parsons Middle School LOVED IT! Thank you so much for your support.
When Esteban came to Student Support Coordinator Shelly Crome because his glasses had broken, she jumped into action! SSC Shelly took him to the eye doctor during the school day. The eye doctors ordered Esteban a new pair of glasses, and when they came in two weeks later, Shelly drove him back to pick them up and get them adjusted. SSC Shelly likes that her students know they can come to her with any problem, and she can help them solve it.
✨This week’s shines on Troy Middle School student Kaylee!✨
Kaylee is a 7th grader who has attended Troy Middle School in Rural Missouri her entire middle school career. Kaylee has a positive attitude, according to her teachers, who have noticed that she is constantly putting her best foot forward. Kaylee was nominated for Student of the Week earlier in September by her teachers, who recognized that Kaylee is constantly coming to class ready to work.
Kaylee loves to dance and is a Troy Middle School dance team member. Kaylee also dances for a dance studio locally in Troy. In her spare time, Kaylee loves listening to music, going and partaking in festivals, playing with her dogs, Axel and Dash, and doing acrobats. “I love coming to see Mrs. Grote because she helps me do better and helps me want to do better. Plus, she listens, and I mean really, really listens to me,” said Kaylee.
CIS of Mid-America is thrilled to help support Kaylee this 2022-2023 school year. Mrs. Grote and the Troy Middle School teachers are excited to see and hear about all the great things she will accomplish this year! 💛
CIS of Mid-America Senior Program Director Dwayne Anthony and Program Director Brandon McDonnell participated in Hoops 4 Literacy charity basketball game to support early literacy for Kansas children. CIS National Board Member Shaquille O' Neal attended the event and pledged to donate 1,000 laptops and shoes to local youth. Thanks for being !
Great job, SSC Teresa! Thanks for being
The Warrior Store is in commission at Anadarko Middle School. Students can earn Warrior Bucks from teachers and other school staff for academic, attendance, and positive behavior achievements. Students are very excited about spending their earned and well-deserved Warrior Bucks!
At Guadalupe Centers High School, the Attendance Team, in collaboration with CIS of Mid-America, hosted the first "Donut Be Late Attendance Challenge" of the school year to kick off Attendance Awareness Month. The first-hour classes with the best attendance received donuts and a healthy snack during class. We had 9 winning classrooms in total – 5 with perfect attendance (no absences or tardies) and 4 with 100% attendance (less than 4 tardies).
Student Support Coordinator Katie McClave hosted a Tier 1 event for Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. SSC Katie and school counselors set up a table in the cafeteria during lunch next to a banner each day during the week. Students wrote their response to the prompt on a sticky note, added it to the banner, and got a piece of candy for participating. The four themes were "Who supports you?" "What's your best coping skill?" "Self-care goals" and "I matter because..."
Help support Communities In Schools of Mid-America by adopting a duck for this year’s Annual SERTOMA Great Topeka Duck Race on September 17th! CIS of Mid-America will receive 50% from every adoption. CIS of Mid-America will use these funds to support our programming at Topeka High, Highland Park High School, Ross Elementary School, State Street Elementary, and Topeka West High School.
Adopt your ducks here: https://www.duckrace.com/topeka/teams/11749
Interested in volunteering for FutureNow: Finance? Send us a message or visit our event page https://fb.me/e/5FLOChBd2
Our partners at Communities In Schools of Mid-America are gearing up for their first "FutureNow: Finance" sessions of the school year and they need YOUR help! Click the link below to learn more about next week's session at Highland Park High School and sign-up to volunteer today!
FutureNow: Finance is a financial simulation for high school students, geared at helping them learn the skills necessary to make sound financial decisions later in life.
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Student Support Coordinator Taylor Kluck put a google form link in her school newsletter to inform families of The Pirate Pantry at LSE Middle School. The Pirate Pantry is sponsored through the school pantry program with The Food Bank of Central & Northeast Missouri. The Food Bank delivers non-perishable food items and basic hygiene supplies monthly to partnering schools. SSC Taylor was able to organize this month's donations to help families in need!
On the first day of school, Student Support Coordinator LC Davis at Pittsburg High School set up a welcome booth during the school's lunch period. SSC LC used a prize wheel as an icebreaker to engage with the students. He handed out business cards and consent forms and showed students where his room was. Our SSCs reach our students in unique ways!
Student Support Coordinator Angie VanLeeuwen knows that building relationships is what it is all about. It forms a bond, trust, and security for students. This year, SSC Angie has been passing notes between herself and caseload students to communicate when they can't meet face to face. SSC Angie said, "Just having someone you have that connection with to draw them a picture and invest in showing you care moves mountains!"
Today's ✨ highlights Student Support Coordinator and Employee of the Month for September, Winter Moore! When Winter was nominated for employee of the month, her nominator said, "The depth of knowledge Winter brings to CIS, Fort Scott Middle School, and everyone she interacts with is extraordinary. The passion she has for her work and students on an individual level is evident and motivating. KUDOS to her for sharing her knowledge and gifts with all of us."
We asked Winter some fun questions to get to know her better. Visit our blog to read her answers https://cismidamerica.org/2022/09/09/staffspotlight-winter-moore/
When Student Support Coordinator Imelda Panuco noticed a student having trouble getting out of her mom's car to go inside for school, she reached out to the student to see what was wrong. The student told Imelda that her shoes were so worn out that the student had to put toilet paper to cushion the pain in her feet. The student hadn't told her mom about the condition of her shoes because her mom doesn't have enough money to buy her new ones. The next day, SSC Imelda provided the student with brand new shoes. The student's smile was so big as she tried on her new shoes. The student said, "look, I can even step on my toes, and it doesn't hurt!" The student told SSC Imelda that it was the happiest day of her life. Our Student Support Coordinators go above and beyond for our students. Thank you, Imelda!
CIS of Mid-America celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020. It was established as CIS of Kansas in 1995 and, in 2014, became the first CIS state office to establish regional affiliates embedded in our 501(c)3. What began as a statewide network in 1995 serving communities across the state of Kansas now also serves communities in Iowa, Oklahoma, and Missouri. As an affiliate of the national non-profit Communities In Schools, this regional approach allows us to streamline the services we provide to struggling students and their families. The CIS of Mid-America network currently provides services in 57 schools to more than 30,000 students each year by placing individuals directly inside the schools to work with students.
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