GDPST RE-ENTRY AND RECOVERY UPDATES
Bluff City High School
- We welcomed and celebrated our first graduating class with a Class of 2021 Senior Kickback. This event helped prepare these 12th graders for a non-traditional senior year.
- To remain connected with our students we hold monthly assemblies to celebrate our grade level students of the month.
- Not to leave out parents, we hold monthly P.A.C.K. meeting via Zoom with our parents to share updates, receive their feedback, and answer questions. At this meeting, we announce and celebrate our parents of the month. We appreciate when parents support the PACK. Also, for parents we have Parent University.
- Parent University was created as the primary strategy to build the capacity of parents to be actively engaged in their child's education. The goal of the program is to educate and empower parents as partners, advocates, and lifelong teachers in their child's education through educational courses and leadership opportunities.
- Each month, we hold incentives to celebrate our students’ attendance and academics. During these online celebrations, students have won Nike gear, tablets, and flat screen TVs. These great prizes ensure students are focused on their academic achievements.
- Through diligent planning, we have been able to host several on-campus academic and celebratory events. These small, structured events allow us to engage with students while following the necessary precautions to ensure our students and staff are safe.
- In keeping with our mission of preparing students for college, leadership, and life, we have held monthly lunch in learn series that focus on these topics. We have had college beauty queens, Army staff sergeant, a movie stunt double and actress, and music producers meet with our students virtually to discuss pursing your dreams.
- We are looking forward to continuing to support our students through the return to in-person learning. To date, we have about 60 students on campus who are able to receive the safe, face-to-face instructions they need to make academic gains. Through the implementation of a robust safety plan, we have ensured the safety of our staff and students and have not had to report any COVID-19 transfer cases.
Fairley High School
- The Fairley alumnae and community provided financial support to over 10 families for utility assistance.during the pandemic
- We are having a successful transition to in person learning
- Our students have shown growth from iReady window 1 to 2, proof that our teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure students are receiving solid instruction
- We have strengthened community partnerships, enabling more stakeholders to assist in supporting the students at Fairley
- We have increased enrollment through second semester
- Decreasing chronic absenteeism and increase graduation rate. We have made great strides but know we can do much more to improve these metrics for our school.
Kirby Middle School
anybody can serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Serving others has always been a passion of mine and has played an important role in my leadership style over the past few years. Servant leadership has been especially important during this pandemic as the need for additional support for our stakeholders has grown. At the start of this school year, my approach was the same as any year. I reflected on the previous year and used those takeaways to cast the vision for the next school year. The presence of the pandemic made this process more important this year due to the uniqueness of the challenges at hand. However, the greatest challenges often make this work more rewarding, and we have already begun to see some of the fruits of our labor. My vision for this year was for students, parents, and staff members to truly feel cared for, supported, and served. After working to gain buy-in from the team to truly up our creed which proclaims that “Cougars CARE”, we have been able to make those C.A.R.E. Values (community, academics, respect, & excellence) come to life in ways that we’ve never been able to before.
- Our team has made more calls home and has conducted more home visits than ever before.
- We have had restorative conferences with multiple families and have worked to provide additional support to our students who have disabilities or extra obstacles preventing them from being able to attend school.
- Back in September, we opened our doors to some of our students who needed to be in person at the school to get assistance with virtual learning.
- I’m most proud of the way that GDPST has worked to provide additional resources to address opportunity gaps and have ensured that we’ve been able to meet our students’ most basic needs. Because of that, all of our students now have a laptop which has not only expanded the teaching and learning methods but has also given our students the opportunity to be that much more prepared for the technological demands and educational experiences aligned to college.
- I’m also proud that we’ve been able to continue to provide food assistance to families through our partnership with the YMCA, MSFB, & SCS Nutrition Services.
- During this difficult time, our school community has also come together to be able to support some of our families who have experienced loss and tragedies themselves including house fires and deaths. With each tragedy, the Kirby community has demonstrated such resilience, unity, and love, and this has been extra motivation that I have needed to lead our school’s team and community during this time.
- Our students still get to talk about the current events that they see on student news daily.
- Our school community still practices mindfulness and meditation daily.
- We still have community circles where students are free to express themselves. We have encouraged our students to reach out to us if they feel that they need counseling or someone to talk to.
- Our teachers have prioritized developing relationships with students and connecting with their students in different ways to keep our school spirit up.
- We have continued to plan student events and incentives to give our students something to work for every day.
Wooddale Middle School
- We are welcoming 100+ students to in-person classes daily.
- Our Safe and Civil Teacher Leader Team created the model supervision plan that included all COVID-19 guidelines for G.D.P.S.T.
- We currently maintain a 0% transmission rate between staff and students.
- We developed a twenty-one-step cleaning protocol for all common areas and classrooms.
- We offer additional resources to our students, including food, clothing, housing assistance, water, shoes, utility bill assistance. This process is completed with the support of several of our community partners such as N.I.K.E., Communities In School, Mid-South Food Bank, Walmart, M.L.G.W., and Greater Community Temple C.O.G.I.C.
- Our Wooddale Middle School Staff personally provided monetary gifts weekly to our families in need during the COVID-19 lockdown.
- Created emotional support areas for students and staff to support mental wellness.
- Increased communication with students and families via personalized calls/ text, emails, and home visits to ensure our students continue to grow academically and support daily attendance.
- We continue to ensure every stakeholder has a sense of belonging by maintaining a positive school culture through our weekly student incentives, celebrating our student/ parent successes with home visits that include surprise home visits, yard signs, and gifts.
- Ensure that every student, parent, community member, and staff feel valued, supported, and loved whenever they are on our school's campus.
- Continue to model, develop a passion for learning, and instill the belief that success is possible in every student we serve.
- Become the school transformation model for the entire world by ensuring that all of our students are prepared for high school, leadership, and life when they leave our doors.
Need WiFi at home?
Green Dot Public Schools TN understands the technology gap that exists for families in our communities. We are proud to be able to partner with Comcast to provide six months of free internet service to enrolled families who qualify. After the six months of free service, families will have the opportunity to continue, with a nominal fee.
We have extended this opportunity to all of our current students and have received an overwhelming response. Fortunately, we are able to extend this to newly enrolled students as well. So, if there are families contemplating enrollment but are afraid they will not have access to internet for their students to attend distance learning, we will work to get them enrolled, assign a laptop and set them up with Comcast for WiFi.
Please email your full name, your student's full name, and your best contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org or call your student's school to sign up today!
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