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BOARD NEWSLETTER
July 2022
Hello, everyone! As hot as it is outside, it is hard to believe that back to school season starts in only a couple of short weeks. I hope you find the information below both interesting and beneficial. 
 
I’m looking forward to sending you our FY23 Government and Community Relations Plan soon. I think you will be excited and impressed with the robust work this team is planning.
 
Our strategic planning consultant has been selected; we are excited to begin work with Venture Leadership Consulting, under the direction of former CIS Exec VP Gary Chapman. 
 
Also, our brand awareness survey and work with our communications consultant is underway, as is the important groundwork for our evidence planning effort. 
 
We are busy, busy with the start of the new school year!
 
If you have any questions about any of the items in this newsletter or anything else, please don’t hesitate to reach out! 
 
All my best,
PROGRAM OPERATIONS
Celebrating Program Operations Staff
  • Strong Program Director leadership = strong staff performance - During the most recent validation of the Student Goal Achievement and Exit/EOY data, about 400 rows were found to need corrections, which was about 11% of the total rows reviewed, and only about half affected the Student Outcomes. These are incredible results in any year, but more so with a brand new system and all the changes that come along with it! (We usually hit around 15-18% needing corrections, with about half affecting the outcomes.) CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WHOLE POPS TEAM!
     
  • Imelda Panuco, the SSC at State Street ES in Topeka, has been named a 2022 YWCA Women of Excellence Award recipient for the YWCA of Northeast Kansas in Topeka. Check out this link for more information and share the news on Facebook.
SY 21-22 Program Performance Data
  • Our SSC’s provided 34,946 hours of individual and small group support this year, averaging 9.7 hours of support per student.
  • 278,637 basic needs items were distributed to students and families over the course of the school year.
  • Over 13,000 parent check-in’s were provided this school year.
  • Alumni Allies Network – Finishing the year with 43 alumni on caseload. These students met with Leslie Harmon outside of the school. Each of them completed a graduation plan and a sustainability matrix.
DEVELOPMENT
  • Bo’s Hog Wild BBQ & Kidsfest: Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 27th, and plan to join us for the 35th – yes, 35th – Bo’s Hog Wild Brewfest, BBQ & Kidsfest. The event features a new format this year and is packaged as a family-friendly event from 4 – 9 p.m. The Kidsfest activities will be staffed from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and include face painting, a live animal petting zoo, water balloon toss, hay bale climbing, Frisbee toss, and many more! The BBQ and Brewfest portion of the evening is 6-9 p.m. and features BBQ from four different barbecuers and beverages from six other micro-breweries in Ottawa and Lawrence. You can enjoy a meal and drink while listening to music under the stars from two live bands. This event's proceeds go to support four non-profit organizations in Douglas and Franklin Counties – CIS of Mid-America, Ottawa DARE, Douglas County CASA, and JustFood.
    • Bring your lawn chair and friends for an enjoyable evening outside while supporting the young people in Ottawa and Douglas County. Watch for more information soon on volunteer opportunities at this event, and click here to get tickets Children do not need an admission ticket for either event.  The event is at 393 E 1400 Road, Baldwin City, KS.
       
  • The Ducks are Back! The Topeka Duck Race is back at Lake Shawnee on September 17th and you could win some $$$!
    • Shout it to the mountain tops, click here, and adopt a duck!  Your “adoption” – 50% of your adoption fee -- supports Communities In Schools of Mid-America and gives you the chance to win some nifty prizes.  Are you curious about the nifty?  Adopt a duck to find out – you could win a Sporty 2012 Ford Escape, diamond stud earrings, and gift certificates from downtown Topeka businesses like The Pennant, Ash Boutique, Shana Cakes, White Linen, and Iron Rail Brewing, PLUS a chance to win $1 million dollars!
COMMUNICATIONS
  • Network Newsletter & Podcast
    • Our recent network newsletter featured a Letters from the Lunchroom podcast with Susan Hill, the Student Support Coordinator at Parsons Middle School in Parsons, Kansas. We invite you to listen to Susan's story, because her passion for working with students is contagious! If you are interested in being featured on a future podcast, please send us a message and we'll be in touch with you.
CELEBRATIONS
  • July Employee of the Month: Leslie Harmon, Special Programs Manager.  Here's what the nominator had to say about Leslie, who works with our Alumni Allies Network::
Leslie truly cares for each and every one of our graduates and makes a point to get to know them on a one-to-one level. Leslie is caring, kind, compassionate, and genuine and this is shown through the relationships she has built with both staff and students in the little time she has had this year. Leslie is always up for a challenge and does not back down when things get tough. Leslie really is encouraging students to “succeed in life!”

Congratulations, Leslie!
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