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Communities in Schools & ACE

Communities In Schools (CIS) is a voluntary program available on your child's campus. CIS believes in connecting community resources to the school setting and partnering in the support and ultimate success of the students we serve. It's a great way to ensure your child has all the support he or she needs at school and prepare for life. CIS strives to help your child improve in academics, behavior, and attendance. CIS is also available to assist parents with social service referrals.

MustangFor information about CIS at Shallowater ISD, contact:
Susan Stewart
Email: sstewart@shallowaterisd.net
Phone #: 832-4531 x 2162

MustangYou can also visit Communities in Schools of the South Plains for additional information.

MustangCHESS is available for 2nd – 8th graders.  Contact Susan Stewart for more information.

FIVE BASICS

We believe that every child needs and deserves the Five Basics.
1. A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
2. A safe place to learn and grow
3. A healthy start and healthy future
4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation
5. A chance to give back to peers and community

CIS school-based programs are designed to provide students with at least one of these REAL basics.
CIS Six Components
1. Supportive Guidance and Counseling
2. Healthy and Human Services
3. Parental and Family Involvement
4. Career Awareness and Employment
5. Enrichment
6. Educational Enhancement

MISSION

"To surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve life"
GROUPS: Spirit Squad, 6th grade Girls Talk, 6th grade Boys Group, 5th grade Girls Group, Eighth Grade Chess Club.
RESOURCE: Everyone in a community can make a difference in the lives of children and youth. Turning Trouble Talk into Healthy Talk
How can we encourage children to engage in healthier friendships? Below are suggestions from Trudy Ludwig and recommendation by Drs. Charisse Nixon and Cheryl Dellasega in their book, Girl Wars: 12 Strategies That Will End Female Bullying.

  • Catch children in the act of kindness and acknowledge it.
  • Connect with your children's friends....and their parents.
    "If you can dream it, you can do it." Walt Disney 1901-1966
  • Help children establish healthy boundaries in their friendships
  • Find or create safe spaces for children at risk.
  • Promote positive emotional expression through journaling and role playing
  • Extend children's support network of people who care about them.
  • Be a good listener and friendship role model yourself--don't be a Trouble Talker.
  • Role-play with children to improve their critical- thinking skills and problem-solving strategies.
  • Balance computer and phone time with face-to-face encounters.
  • If it's beyond your ability to help, talk to a professional.

The Afterschool Centers on Education, ACE,  is grant funded through Texas Education Agency as a part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grants.  ACE provides students in grades two through twelve, at no cost, a safe environment for expanded learning and enrichment opportunities before and after school hours. Programs also offer enhanced academic and tutorial services to help students meet state and local academic achievement standards in reading, math, science and social studies.

In addition to the academic components, ACE offers students a broad array of additional services, enrichment programs and activities such as youth development, drug and violence prevention, fine arts, science, technology, physical fitness, health, wellness, nutrition, community service, mentoring, college preparedness, career exploration, work force readiness and civic responsibility. Families of students participating in ACE are also offered opportunities for literacy, parenting, technology and related educational development opportunities.

ACEFor information about the ACE Program at Shallowater ISD, contact: Sandra Oliver, Jennifer Banks or Jamie Reep.

ACEYou can also visit the TEA website to learn more about Texas ACE.