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Family Strand

What is Family Strand?

Simply defined---it’s the movement of a set class from the present grade level to next years grade level. This is a new concept or practice that would keep students together as a class while they move up each grade. This was developed secondary to our shift in becoming a community school and piggy-backs everything that defines a community school. This program is currently in its second year of implementation. Our objective is to plan activities that promote family involvement and accountability; regardless of diversity, ethnicity, social /economic class, education, or experiences.

Benefits of Family Strand:

  • Teachers gain extra teaching time “Getting to Know You” time becomes virtually unnecessary.
  • Teacher's knowledge about a student's behavior and intellectual strengths and weaknesses increases as the teacher gets to know the students.
  • Developing a school and family relationship forges a strong, mutual trust and purpose.

Social Advantages:

  • Students have less apprehension about the new school year and the new teacher.
  • Students may reap benefits from time spent on developing social skills and cooperative group strategies in subsequent years.
  • Students develop more confidence both socially and academically.
  • Family Strand encourages a greater sense of community and family among parents, students, and teachers.
Cohort One
Contact Sarah Bitner  Sarah Bitner Second Grade Teacher
Contact Jason Buchen  Jason Buchen Fifth Grade Teacher
Contact Lisa Maynes  Lisa Maynes First Grade Teacher
Contact Nicole Miner  Nicole Miner Second Grade Teacher
Cohort Two
Contact Julia Martinez  Julia Martinez Third Grade Teacher
Contact Katherine Williams  Katherine Williams Kindergarten Teacher