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Black History: More than just a month

Chasity Hurd | CIS of Mid-America Site Coordinator at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School Those who have no record of what their forbearers have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history. Carter G. Woodson Woodson, known as the Father of Black History Month, understood these words. Woodson reminds us […]

Sincerity in Relationships

Jen Falletti | CIS of Mid-America Site Coordinator at Lakeside Elementary School in Pittsburg, KS As a Site Coordinator for Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America, coming into a school as a brand new program that helps students succeed can sometimes be off putting for existing school staff. Anyone working at the school could possibly […]

What’s love got to do with it?

Rachel Harrington | CIS of Mid-America’s Field Director of Prevention Services I attended the ESSDACK Moving the Needle Conference for the first time in October, 2018.  It was there that I had the privilege of hearing a gentleman by the name of James Moffett speak.  If you know him and/or have had the opportunity to […]

Temporada de Agradecimiento – Season of Gratitude

Jania Wester | Communities In Schools of Mid-America’s Managing Director in Tulsa, OK Por alguna razón u otra durante el mes de noviembre muchos en EE.UU. tomamos tiempo para pensar en lo que estamos agradecidos. Quizás sea por el Día de Acción de Gracias o porque está cerca de las fiestas navideñas. Sea la razón […]

Let’s Talk About It

by Victoria Partridge | Communities In Schools of Mid-America’s Director of Communications When it comes to picking a blog topic, I always look at what is being celebrated during the month. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month. Additionally, Red Ribbon Week is highlighted October 23-31, Mental Illness Awareness Week is […]

Isabella & Joel’s Story

Isabella and Joel are siblings that have attended the school for several years. The whole time they have been here, teachers and school staff have pushed Mom to take them to the eye doctor because of their extremely poor eyesight. Teachers had been frustrated, sharing that they struggled to teach the kids because they can’t […]

Violet’s Story

From the desk of a CIS of Mid-America Site Coordinator: Violet* entered her sophomore year a little apprehensive of how it would go. Last year, her family had experienced some stress and she had felt unsafe where she was staying. She got poor grades and had been suspended at the end of the year for […]

The Boy’s Group Success Story

Every two weeks, the Boy’s Group met. Each meeting began with a dance to the instrumental of “The Billy Bounce” (chosen by the group). Following this, we would do the “Rose and Thorn” activity. This was the opportunity for the students to come together and share one awesome thing about their day (a rose) or […]

Sam’s Success Story

Sam started this school year a little rough and was constantly in the focus room for poor behavior choices. She could be violent; kicking and screaming at the top of her lungs, which would lead to her being escorted home by the School Resource Officer. This happened multiple times during the start of the school […]

Standing at the Crossroad of Comfort & Change

by Camille Abdel-Jawad | AmeriCorps VISTA 2018-2019 As a new school year creeps in, I’ve been thinking a lot about change. As humans, we learn to despise change. To resent new beginnings for the anxiety it fills us with. We have this incessant need for things to stay the same for the sake of comfort, […]

Unicorn People

by Sophie Archuleta I had worked so hard for this moment. It was the culmination of seventeen years of late night study sessions and diligently choosing the right class schedule. It was taking college courses starting sophomore year and all of the extracurricular activities I could shove in a semester. Graduating from high school was […]

Educating Children Beyond the Classroom

We are approaching the 400-year anniversary of the first documented slaves arriving in the United States of America in August of 1619. The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “We may have arrived on different ships but, we are all in the same boat now.” This quote as leader causes a self-reflection of the […]

One Powerful Relationship

Fall is my favorite season.  Watching the leaves change, feeling the crisp air, walking into a warm home after being outside on a chilly day, and spending extra time with family and friends are just a few of the reasons that I’m grateful for fall.  As I focus on gratitude this holiday season, there is […]

Welcome!

  It seems fitting that our first blog entry coincides with the start of the school year. It’s late August 2018, and if school hasn’t begun in your community, it soon will. In our blog, you’ll hear from a variety of writers…staff members, board members, stakeholders, community members, and others.  We’ll cover a lot of topics, […]