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DCSS Notebook - Sept. 15, 2013

Morningside Implements New Mentoring Program

The Morningside Elementary School “Success for All!” Mentor Program was recently established to provide students in 4th and 5th grades with individual attention and academic support. The mentors serve as role models and demonstrate values such as dependability, punctuality, and reliability. They help students understand the importance of education and its relation to their personal and future goals.

The goal of the program is to help students gain the skills and confidence needed to assume responsibility for their future. Because students of this age are at a vulnerable period in their lives, positive role model mentors can be the highlight of a child’s day.

Earlier this month, two of Morningside’s mentors, Lieutenant Terron Hayes and Officer Jada Bell from the Dougherty County Sherriff’s Department, spoke to the students. They encouraged the students while sharing their personal success stories. Lt. Hayes has worked in law enforcement for 17 years and is the director of the Champs Program which promotes healthy actions and safety. Officer Bell is an administrative assistant with the Dougherty County Sheriff Department. She helps coordinate the activities for the Champs Program.

ISECS Holds Drive-Through Workshop for Parents

Parents of students at International Studies Elementary Charter School had an opportunity to participate in a drive-through workshop at the school on August 30. They were greeted by head of school Zeda George, assistant head of school John I. Davis III, parent facilitator Roslyn Berryhill, parent volunteers, and staff members. As parents dropped off their children that morning, they received packets containing information about upcoming events, engaging activities to use with their children, tips for effective parent-teacher conferences, and volunteer opportunities at the school. More than 150 families participated in the workshop.

St. Paul’s Church Donates Uniforms to Sherwood Acres

For the second year, Betsy Holman and Anne Wilkin from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church are heading up an outreach program to help children attend school in new uniforms. Teachers submit names of students in need of uniforms to the school counselor who then coordinates with Holman and Wilkin.

So far this school year, eleven students have received four uniform pieces each to help them start the year off right. The donations are a big help to students who have outgrown uniforms since last year and whose families are unable to provide the necessary clothing. St. Paul’s has also donated backpacks and school supplies. The outreach program is a generous gesture that helps all children feel valued and included.

Teleperformance Donates Supplies to Morningside Students

Late last month, several Morningside Elementary School students received book bags filled with school supplies donated by The Teleperformance Company to help families in need. Presenting the book bags to Morningside principal Dr. Ronald Lewis were Okeya Gambrell, Eve Gashay, Christine Scott, Yuvonda Kitchen, and Shaina Morrell. The Morningside family is grateful for the support shown to its students by Teleperformance.

TTL Makes Generous Donation to Turner Reading Program

Turner Elementary School teachers and students began the 2013-2014 Accelerated Reading Contest with song, dance, and poetry led by the “AR Pep Team” while Sunday Williams, the school’s media specialist, explained the point system for the contest.

Students were excited to see the various prizes, all donated by Tuscaloosa Testing Laboratories, Inc. (TTL), that they could win by achieving the required point level for their grade. Turner principal Dr. Deborah Jones, along with Becca Burnett from TTL, showcased the prizes for the students. Students must make a minimum of 80% on each reading test they take in order to be eligible to win prizes such as iPods, Nintendo DSLs, V-Tech tablets, flat screen televisions, bicycles, electric scooters, and many others.