Southside principals meet to strengthen pipeline to Monroe High

The principals of Monroe High School’s feeder system, including, from left, Morningside Elementary’s Christine Ford, Southside Middle’s Fredrick Polite, Alice Coachman Elementary’s Melissa Brubaker, M.L. King Elementary’s Vontressa Childs and Lamar Reese Elementary’s Angela Shumate met with Monroe Principal Vinson Davis Thursday in recognition of Family Engagement Month (Staff Photo: Terry Lewis)

ALBANY — The six principals of “the Southside cluster,” four elementary schools and a middle school that make up the feeder system for Monroe High School, gathered Thursday at Monroe to stress the importance of bringing the cluster’s families together and to strengthen those bonds from elementary school to graduation.

The principals, Morningside Elementary’s Christine Ford, Alice Coachman Elementary’s Melissa Brubaker, M.L. King Elementary’s Vontressa Childs and Lamar Reese Elementary’s Angela Shumate, along with Southside Middle’s Fredrick Polite, also recognized November as Family Engagement Month.

National Family Engagement Month, also known as Parental Involvement Month, is a national celebration during which families are encouraged to get engaged in their school’s academic and schoolwide programs that increase and support student achievement.

“We have the opportunity to build on our past relationships in the schools we serve,” Polite said.

Davis said the initiative can serve parents, students and schools within the Southside cluster.

“We are really looking to strengthen the relationship between our parents and the schools,” the Monroe principal said. “If we do, then the student benefits along with the parents, schools and the community. There is also a social aspect involved, and we all have family coordinators.”

Shumate noted there is another benefit to the program.

“We (the principals) can get together and get to know each other and share ideas,” she said. “This will make our schools stronger.”

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