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Hoover Community Based School

 

In an effort to continue to meet the needs of our students and their families, Hoover is currently in the process of transitioning to becoming a Community Based School.  A core team visited Milwaukee last February to learn more about what this would mean for our community.  That team included school staff, a parent, and members of our community.  We were excited about our new learning and what this transition could mean for our community.

The key component to this work is incorporating a Shared Leadership model with our four key stakeholder groups.  Increasing the voice and identifying the needs of our students, staff, parents, and community members will drive our work in increasing student achievement while also addressing essential needs outside of the building.  Our building will become the hub of the community, and provide opportunities that will meet needs we will identify through our needs based assessments and asset mapping through our community partners.  From enrichment and increased academic opportunities for our students to open communications with our families to find additional supports we might be able to provide outside of the traditional school day, we are becoming partners with our community in ensuring our students have the opportunities to be successful that should be available to all children.

Our work will center on the key pillars of successful Community Based Schools.  Those pillars include culturally relevant instruction, restorative justice practices, high quality teaching, and community partnerships with the school that will include wrap around services.  We are in the beginning stages of this process. However, we have already begun supporting our families with a weekly food and clothing pantry on Thursday nights, which is working to meet some of our essential needs.  We have also provided opportunities to voice input with a survey during family conferences, and the first of many scheduled coffees with the principal.  We will also be putting the survey on our social media outlets to continue to gain input from our families.  Some of our community partners have also already supported our students with a gardening club during the day that supports our onsite school garden, and includes growing food through hydroponics, and checking the Ph levels of our water.  We are also meeting monthly with the core group of community members we have been working with, to continue to ensure that we are doing all we can to match assets from the community to our families and staff.

Please contact us to set up a visit or share your thoughts if you would like to learn more.  As the first Community Based School in the state, we are very excited about the changes ahead for our students, their families, and our community at large.

Clint Stone

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