Numerous community leaders partnered with Center Elementary School on April 7th to review report cards with Kindergarten through Fifth Graders, an event that students have been anticipating since the last report card conferences were held. Every student at Center Elementary was counseled and congratulated for their academic progress made from the second to the third nine weeks of school. Students enjoyed the one-on-one interaction and were inspired to continue to work hard to improve grades and set goals for their future. In addition, students received certificates of achievement or encouragement and a Center Tiger paw sticker.
The purpose of report card conferencing is to engage students with an adult (other than a teacher, parent or family member) who cares about them. It is a two-way conversation to promote student reflection about their education. In essence, the mentor acts as a mirror for the student to reflect upon their grades, their school year, and their goals.
Mrs. Susan Tison, Parent & Family Engagement Coordinator, invited community members to join in this mentoring opportunity with Center’s hard-working and high-achieving Center Tigers. “We always need more volunteers to encourage and mentor our students. We would love to have more community members to join us in this effort to motivate our students by sitting down to talk one on one with students about their academic success and progress. We appreciate the Waycross Chamber of Commerce for sending out a blast email to businesses in town. This advertisement helped to boost our community participation this nine weeks,” Tison noted.
Among the participants were Ware County educational leaders Superintendent Jim LeBrun, Ware County Board Member Mr. Denton Dial, and retired school teachers Deborah Taylor and Minnie Goettie. Also in attendance was Ware County High BETA member Gage Bray, who was working towards his community service hours.
Ware County’s civil servants present included firefighters Matt Hall, Matthew Grantham, and Evan Dixon; police officers Farrinda Durham, Jessica McIntosh, Sergeant Casey Caswell, Lieutenant Paul Crawford, and Lieutenant Gregory Young, Sr. Students always seem to enjoy seeing the men and women of our community in their uniforms. Many students shared with their mentor that they, too, would like to grow up to be a police officer or fire fighter. Other civil servants who participated were Adam Craft and Lindsay Hudgins from the Ware County District Attorney’s Office.
Members of the banking community also volunteered for this event, including Jaime Williamson, Gloria Sorrels, and Robyn Thomas from PrimeSouth Bank and Christen Fraley from Ameris Bank. Also from the business community were volunteers Ray Carter and Toni Atkinson with J. Smith and Lanier; Jana Dyke, Director of Waycross Development Authority; Lauralee Steverson, Marketing Director from Elite Primary Care and Vein Specialist; Manager Bertha Sue Dixon of Southern Forest World Environmental Center; Stanley Sinkfield with Brandy Killi, R.N., and Anna Callahan with Waycross Health and Rehabilitation.
Center Elementary staff members were among the mentors and leaders at the conference, including Tyler A. Bennett, Principal, Charlotte Taylor, Assistant Principal, Shelly Cox, Gifted Coordinator, Beulah Evans, Counselor, Pam Barnhill, RtI Interventionist, Sandra Frye, Media Specialist, and Susan Tison. All of these leaders work cooperatively to help our students achieve academic success. Their success is our school and community's success.
If you are interested in participating in this opportunity to partner with Center Elementary, please contact Tyler Bennett or Susan Tison at (912) 287-2366.
Pictureed: Student Jada W. conferfences with Waycross Police Officer Jessica McIntosh.