Communities In Schools is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. – and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase on-time graduation.
CIS Honors Graduates
This year 25 seniors who have participated in the CISMC tutoring program over their years in high school, graduated from Madison High School. These students succeeded in receiving their high school diploma through their hard work, determination, and the help of Beth Herdman, the CISMC Site Director for the high school and her multitude of community volunteers.
CISMC—Community In Schools of Madison County—is able to offer this tutoring program with a grant from the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council, and support from Communities in Schools of North Carolina. The program, called Madison Team Success, provides tutoring in math, English, history and science, as well as mentoring. Herdman, who runs the program, also monitors the student’s attendance and grades with the parent’s permission. The goal is to ensure that each student is on track to graduate with their class, with a future plan in mind.
Tutoring takes places throughout the school day. In addition to tutoring, Herdman coordinates tutors to provide one-on-one, and small group help and encouragement. This year a team of fourteen volunteers from the community and from Mars Hill University worked at least one day a week with students. In addition, CISMC was able to hire Amy Holcombe as a part time math assistant. A total of over 80 students were served this year and an additional 100 students received occasional services. Herdman also provided tutoring once a week after school with MHU Bonner Scholars and math tutoring two times
Information about Madison Team Success will be provided when students sign up for classes. If parents want their child to participate in the CISMC program or a student wants to receive a little extra help, they can sign up for the program at the beginning of school. Herdman will begin monitoring a student’s success from the time she starts working with them, and often follows students for all 4 years of high school.
Communities In Schools is a nationwide, nonprofit organization that matches local people and resources to the needs of local children. CIS is dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life. CISMC performs its important work through the generosity of community members who support Madison County children through donations of time and funds. For more information about CISMC, how to volunteer, or to donate to its programs for Madison County students, contact Interim Director Bruce Murray at 649-9276 extension 248 or online at:firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the CISMC website: http://madison.communitiesinschools.org.
Tom Field, the Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Madison County (CISMC) for the past eight years, has taken the job of Madison County GEAR UP Coordinator. In his place the CISMC Board of Directors has hired Bruce Murray as the Interim Director to complete the school year.
Bruce Murray has been working as the part-time site coordinator at Brush Creek Elementary School for CISMC bringing a math tutoring program to fourth and fifth graders. He will continue to tutor students, while he takes on the Interim Director job.
“I’m completely committed to the goals of CISMC and excited by the challenge of taking on the management of the organization that does so much to help the children of Madison County,” said Murray. “My strength is knowing the community and having an ability to talk to people. I look forward to learning the details of the job.”
Field has led CISMC through good times and rocky times. He has been a strong and effective director and will be missed. Fortunately he won’t be far away and will continue to provide a vital service to the students of Madison County.
“This is a win-win for the children of Madison County,” said Field. “While CIS helps keep students in school and graduating, GEAR UP will guide kids beyond high school into further education for a successful life.”
GEAR UP stands for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs” and is a national college access initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Field will be tracking students from Madison Middle School through high school.
Communities In Schools is a nationwide, nonprofit organization that matches local people and resources to the needs of local children. CIS is dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life. CISMC performs its important work through the generosity of community members who support Madison County children through donations of time and funds. For more information about CISMC, how to volunteer, or to donate to its programs for Madison County students, contact Interim Director Bruce Murray at 649-9276 extension 248 or online at: email@example.com. Visit the CISMC website: http://madison.communitiesinschools.org.
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS OF MADISON COUNTY
Jump Start 2014: Information Sheet
WHAT: A one-day summer program designed to introduce incoming 6th grade students to Madison Middle School BEFORE the start of school. Students will take part in a variety of fun activities, learn about lockers (and how to open them), and the school’s rules and procedures. The emphasis of the day will be on fun, learning, and best of all, IT’S FREE!
WHEN: We will be offering the same program on two different days. Students can register for only one of these sessions. To make this program available to the widest group of incoming sixth graders we have scheduled both sessions for the week just prior to the first day of school. The sessions are limited to 40 students, and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. The session dates are:
Session 1 ~ Aug. 13, 2014 Wednesday / Session 2 ~ Aug. 14, 2014 Thursday
TIME: 8am – 4:00pm
Students who need to come early or stay late will be allowed to play games or relax in the gym starting at 7am and ending at 5pm. The extended hours are to allow for working parents to be able to have their child participate. This program is designed for a full day (8am – 4pm) and we ask participants to be present for the full day.
WHERE: Madison Middle School. We will start and end each day in the gym. Please look for signs.
SNACKS AND FOOD: We will be providing lunch, snacks and drinks throughout the day, all at no cost. Your student may choose to bring their own lunch which is fine.
CLOTHES: We will be walking and in the gym all day so please wear tennis shoes and play clothes.
***Helping parents get ready***
This year Jump Start will coincide with the Middle School’s 6th Grade Orientation which will be held on the same days from 4pm to 6pm. This will allow for a “one stop shopping” experience where students can come to Jump Start and Parent/Guardians can get the information they need and pay fees (etc.), when they come to pick up Jump Start participants.
****All Participants must be preregistered ***
How do I sign-up to attend? You may reserve a space for your child by e-mailing or calling Communities In Schools of Madison County, C/O Tom Field at 649- 9276 ext 248 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include contact information (e-mail or phone), your name, your student’s name and the day you wish to participate (Wednesday 8/13 or Thursday 8/14). You will be contacted to let you know that we have registered your child.
Your child MUST have a signed release form on the day of the program. You may sign this when dropping off your student or print it from the web site and send it with your student on the day of the program. Printable registration forms are available at : http://madison.communitiesinschools.org/
Hard copies of this information sheet and the release form are also available at Hot Springs, Mars Hill or Marshall Public Libraries and at Madison Middle School.
If you have any question regarding registration PLEASE call or e-mail Tom Field. Tom Field, 649- 9276 ext 248 or E-mail: email@example.com
CIS North Carolina Executive Director, Eric Hall, and Susan Pennock, CISNC Western Regional Consultant, visited Madison County to attend CIS Madison County’s Board Meeting.”
Connie Buckner, Director of the Madison Campus of A-B Technical Community College, retired this fall after 42 years with AB Tech.
Communities In Schools of Madison County
Achieves National Accreditation
Communities in Schools of Madison County has achieved National Accreditation by demonstrating compliance with all Communities in Schools Total Quality System (TQS) standards.
The national office of Communities in Schools (CIS) established TQS as a common set of operational and business standards. These standards, based on non-profit best practices, define what it means to be a successful CIS affiliate that serves students well.
Communities in Schools of Madison County (CISMC) began to implement the TQS standards in January 2012. Executive Director, Tom Field, recalls that starting on TQS was, “kind of scary, but kind of exciting also.” It took a lot of work by Field, the Board of Directors, and the CISMC staff, Annette Riddle and Beth Herdman. Riddle and Herdman run the Madison Team Success programs in Madison Middle School and Madison High School. This year these programs provided over 120 students with tutoring and mentoring services. CISMC surrounds students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and succeed in life.
“We’re really proud of achieving the high standards required by TQS,” said Tom Field. “It was a lot of effort to ensure that all our records, operations, and practices met the standards. Most importantly, the process provided additional resources to serve students better.”
Communities In Schools of Madison County is among the first to receive its national accreditation among the nearly 200 local affiliates that comprise the Communities In Schools network in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Working in nearly 3,300 schools in the most challenged communities, CIS serves more than 1.3 million young people and their families. It has become the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, and the only one proven to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates.
For more information about CISMC and its programs, contact Tom Field at 649-9276 extension 248 or online at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the CISMC website: http://madison.communitiesinschools.org.