Communities in Schools
Susan Stewart - CIS Site Coordinator
Phone #: 832-4531 x 2162
"To surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve life"
GROUPS: Spirit Squad, 6th grade Girls Talk, 6th grade Boys Group, 5th grade Girls Group, Eighth Grade Chess Club.
RESOURCE: Everyone in a community can make a difference in the lives of children and youth. Turning Trouble Talk into Healthy Talk
How can we encourage children to engage in healthier friendships? Below are suggestions from Trudy Ludwig and recommendation by Drs. Charisse Nixon and Cheryl Dellasega in their book, Girl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying.
Catch children in the act of kindness and acknowledge it.
Connect with your children's friends....and their parents.
Help children establish healthy boundaries in their friendships.
Find or create safe spaces for children at risk.
Promote positive emotional expression through journaling and role playing.
Extend children's support network of people who care about them.
Be a good listener and friendship role model yourself--don't be a Trouble Talker.
Role-play with children to improve their critical- thinking skills and problem-solving strategies.
Balance computer and phone time with face-to-face encounters.
If it's beyond your ability to help, talk to a professional.
"If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney 1901-1966
Communities In Schools (CIS) is a voluntary program available on your child's campus. CIS believes in connecting community resources to the school setting and partnering in the support and ultimate success of the students we serve. It's a great way to ensure your child has all the support he or she needs at school and prepare for life. CIS strives to help your child improve in academics, behavior, and attendance. CIS is also available to assist parents with social service referrals. We believe that every child needs and deserves the Five Basics.
1. A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
2. A safe place to learn and grow
3. A healthy start and healthy future
4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation
5. A chance to give back to peers and community
CIS school-based programs are designed to provide students with at least one of these REAL basics.
CIS Six Components
1. Supportive Guidance and Counseling
2. Healthy and Human Services
3. Parental and Family Involvement
4. Career Awareness and Employment
6. Educational Enhancement