Welcome to the final Anadarko newsletter for the 2020-2021 school year. Within this newsletter, you will find updates on the Communities In Schools (CIS) of Mid-America programs currently supporting students and families at local schools in Anadarko. Read on to learn how CIS empowers students to stay in school and achieve in life.
A letter from CIS of Mid-America’s Tribal Services Director, Donna Richey:
It was a fantastic fourth quarter and year! Our team closed out the year by giving back to our generous partner and donor, The Kaleo Foundation. We volunteered to put food conversation boxes together and unpack and organize donated suits by the JOS A clothing company. We also spent a week strategizing and reflecting on this year in order to have a greater impact next year.
At the High School, Christine Armstrong held virtual Financial Literacy Classes with the Sophomore and Senior Life Skills classes as the guest of AHS teacher, Lori Sneed. She also organized prom clothing to outfit young ladies and gentlemen of AHS, ensuring that many students who would not have gone to prom were in attendance this year because they had appropriate attire to wear.
CIS of Mid-America provided all APS teachers with a Fresh Food Box donated by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for Teacher Appreciation Week.
At the Middle School, the new Site Coordinator, Cheyenne Bradshaw, continued to provide academic incentives with an ice cream social for students who improved their benchmark scores. She connected students to local partnerships like Wichita Tribe's Tribal Opioid Response Prevention and the Native Youth Connections.
Mission Elementary will never give up its Site Coordinator's support for the Attendance Challenge! Brooke Laurenzana again dressed for success to hand out her attendance incentives. Kids were excited to see the unicorn in front of their school when they showed up on time.
Sunset Site Coordinator brought in former High School Site Coordinator, and now Native Youth Connections Director, Chelsey Dorrough for Wellness Activities
Kassidy Williams, Sunset Elementary’s Site Coordinator, reopened the CIS Warrior Store after having to put it on hold due to COVID and safety and health standards. The students were excited to redeem Warrior Bucks based on any achievement they received from teachers and staff for effort, academics, character, attendance, and more.
The CIS Site Coordinator at the High School provided snacks for the End of the Year Spring Fling.
As we embark on a new school year, we will be saying our CIS goodbyes to Mission Site Coordinator Brooke Laurenzana as she accepted a teaching position. She has been a great asset to our team and our students, and we will still get to watch her impact on students.
To fill the open position at East Elementary, Theresa Plata will be joining our team! We can't wait to see what she accomplishes!
Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Through school-based coordination, Communities In Schools connects students and their families to critical community resources, tailored to local needs.