Successful Students

Our work is best shared through the stories and images of our students, and testimonials from others touched by the work we do. We invite you to click on a box below… and be inspired. If you have a story or a comment about how Communities In Schools made a difference in your life, please share it with us.

From Middle School to High School

Starting this month at the high school has been such a rewarding experience. I have had the opportunity to see the growth that students have made from middle school. One boy in particular comes to mind. He is a freshman now and is excelling in high school.…

Robotics Club

Teamwork and facing challenges are lessons being learned in CIS robotics.

Peer Mentee Grade Check-In

At Sehome High School we have started extensive check-ins with our mentees in our Peer Mentor Program. So, far I have received positive feedback about our program from the participants I have spoken to. They all had good things to say about their mentors and they felt…

Middle School Mentoring

During the third week of school, I was given a student to mentor, David. I was thoroughly excited realizing that this would mean one on one time to build a healthy, positive, adult relationship with this student. After reading over David’s school profile I was surprised by…

On the Road to Success

None of R.C.’s siblings have graduated with their HS diplomas. Of course, this is one of our goals with her. We want to get her to believe she can graduate on time, and to see herself as a success on her way to graduation. On average she…

Sehome High School Learning Center Challenge a Big Success

Evan continues to go to the Learning Center because he knows it is the best place to get his homework completed!

Lighthouse Mission

I have witnessed the students’ love those that are strangers to them and that are often seen as outcasts by our community due to their homelessness. I am proud of the way they are representing Shuksan Middle School and as individuals who care and want to help…

Meeting Basic Needs

Jennifer Smith is a student who does not have the luxury of buying new clothes often and does not always have a lunch. As a resource coordinator for the school, Jenny knows she can come to me for any of these needs. Almost every day, Jenny comes…

Informal Mentoring

I work for Communities in Schools at Squalicum High School and have gotten to know a lot of the students very well. There are a handful of students that are not involved in any of my formal structured programming but come into my office to chat, eat…

Bullying at School

The bell rang Tuesday morning for first period and I was on my way to a Spanish class to help out a few students read. Monica, a 6th grader, and I had connected in the lunch room during the first 2 weeks of school and I was…

Graduation Coaching

Katie went from failing all but one class with a 0.8 GPA in the first quarter to passing all of her classes and raising her GPA to 1.9 at the semester. With regular check-ins with the CIS AmeriCorps members, Katie finished the year strong with a 2.5…

Finding a Home

Juana is a 17 year old married student who was living with her husband and her baby , Julio, before she became homeless. Her husband kicked her and her baby out and when she asked him to at least look after baby Julio he told her that…

Mentor Program Takes Off

The mentor program, called See You in School!, targets high school students, mostly freshmen, who are struggling academically.

Reaching Kids Through Improv

Improv builds student confidence and much more.

Building a Program

For the past few weeks I have been working at Kulshan middle school in the LAUNCH program. This is an extended learning program that is still very new to Kulshan culture. I am continually offering support and ideas, and I have helped create a method of tracking…

Jacob and Samuel

After a tragic loss, Samuel needed extra attention in school. Jacob guided him back on track.

Mentors Using Edmodo

Starting this year, we are encouraging all of the Graduation Coaches and their mentees to create Edmodo accounts as a way for them to communicate directly that we can still monitor. Although some matches are still dependent on me to relay messages and last minute schedule changes,…
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Breaking Down Barriers

While spending time in classrooms this past month, I met and started forming a relationship with a third-grader, Sara.  She is sweet and friendly, and I noticed she is still a “striving reader and writer,” meaning those academic areas do not come so easily to her.  I…

News from Nooksack

What a busy time of year it is! Communities in Schools in the Nooksack Valley is very excited about several programs that will be taking place in the next several months. We can not wait to start Improv for Education on Dec. 5th. Our students always look…

Success Looks Different to Everyone

My role at Kulshan middle school allows me to have a great amount of direct service with students. I contribute by doing goal tracking in an Extended Learning program. I get to meet with students individually and assess what support the school and partners can offer them…

Gayle’s Story

Gayle struggled with failing grades, low self-esteem, learning disabilities, and little belief that she could succeed. Until she met Marlene.

Kevin and Doug

"Growing up I had very few black male mentors or teachers. I wanted to give Kevin the opportunity to see that there are black males doing positive things in the community."
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