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2012 08 20 cyp update cnrse newsletter recap 2011 2012 school year

  1. 1. Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter Academic Anchor Anchoring military families from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast YEAR IN REVIEW:Transition Support 2Special NeedsNavigation 3Around the Region 4—5Communication &Connections 6—7Partnerships inEducation 8—9Deployment Support 10Homeschool Linkage 10Florida Family Café 11Commander, NavyRegion SoutheastSLO Directory 12 - 13 Guantanamo Bay, Cuba 2012 Bay at the Bay 1 Commander, Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter
  2. 2. Pensacola JS2S Presents Awards The Escambia County JS2S teams consist of student volunteers who are supervised by classroom teachers and Carissa Bergosh, NAS Pensacola SLO. The program participantsTransition Support received on-site training from MCEC on the needs of inbound and out- bound students with particular attention paid to “Academics, Relationships, and Finding the Way.” This student-led club provides school Photo: Faculty and students in Escambia County display the tours, offers community information certificates each was awarded following the completion of about the local culture, and hosts a JS2S training. “lunch buddies" program so no one has to sit alone in the cafeteria. Sponsors of the JS2S (Junior Student 2 Student) Transition and S2S (Student 2 Student) programs in Bay District Schools gathered for a time of camaraderie and learning best practices during a Symposium Planning in that was held on 13 December 2011. The Symposium, which was facilitated by Lynda Kent, Panama City School Liaison Officer at NSA Panama City (seated center), also served as a welcome and training experience for new sponsors of the programs. 2 Commander, Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter
  3. 3. EFMP means Exceptional Service! June is Exceptional Family Member Category 1: Enrollment for monitoringProgram (EFMP) month. Throughout the purposes for medical, mental health andentire month, school liaison officers and educational needs.EFMP liaisons/case managers will be work Special Needs Navigationto promote this program and share important Category 2: Pinpoint overseas and remoteinformation with qualifying military families. continental United States (CONUS) The Exceptional Military Family Program assignments. Care is usually available atis designed to provide support to military most members with special needs. TheEFMP is a multidisciplinary assignment tool Category 3: No overseas assignments.that interfaces with other military and The exceptional family members medicalcivilian agencies to provide comprehensive condition, mental health condition, andand coordinated medical, educational, educational needs preclude assignment tocommunity and personnel support to most overseas locations.exceptional military families. EFMP goalsare as follows: Category 4: Major medical areas with continental United States to include Ha- coordinate with overseas screening to waii. Military assignments must be within confirm the availability of medical and 50 miles of a major medical treatment educational support at overseas locations, facility. identify those who require assignment Category 5: Homestead Program. The with major medical areas, and EFM’s needs are highly specialized, complex and/or severe requiring continuity identify those who are eligible for home- of care. steading. Category 6: Temporary category. The This program requires mandatory EFM’s condition requires a stable environ-enrollment per OPNAVINST 1754.2C series ment for six months to a year due tofor any family member who resides with the ongoing treatment or diagnostic assess-sponsor, is enrolled in DEERS and who ments.meets the following criteria: Military families interested in gathering is affected by a physical, mental health, more information about this program may or education condition, or contact the installation EFMP Liaison or local school liaison officer. Requires ongoing special medical care or special education services not generally available in isolated or overseas location. Once enrolled, qualifying military familymembers will be placed in one of six cat-egories based on the type, severity, and fre-quency of medical and educational inter-ventions required. Detailers will use this in-formation for future assignments. 3 Commander, Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter
  4. 4. Success...from the East Coast to the Gulf Coast Florida Educators Celebrate Purple UP! Day April is the Month of the Military Child. Tocelebrate the contributions and recognize thesacrifices of military children, Operation: Mili-tary Kids (OMK) challenged educators aroundthe country to wear purple on Friday, April 13,2012. The employees and administrators of BayDistrict Schools (Florida) did just that! Every-one in the district wore the color purple in sup-port of the military children and their familiesserving at NSA Panama City. Purple UP! CBC Gulport Partners with Local Schools Kevin Byrd, the School Liaison Officer for CBC Gulfport facilitated the partnership between the training command and a local elementary school in need of a sponsor. These types of Partnership in Education events help strengthen community bonds. 4 Commander, Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter
  5. 5. Operation: Shoe Box Gives in Fort Worth Parent Workshops in Florida’s Panhandle Written By: Chris Hendrix, NAS Whiting Field SLO The School Liaison Officers for NAS Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field decided to team up and offer parent workshops every month. The times and the locations of the workshops will change in order to make it convenient for as many people as possible to attend. The first meeting was held November 2011 at the Crosswinds, the conference center located on board Corry Station. The topic for this workshop was Home- School Support and included guest speak- ers from the Escambia County School District, the Family Fitness and Wellness Center from Corry Station, the Pensacola LIFE Home School Assoc., the new National Flight Academy,, NAS/JRB Fort Worth School Liaison S.O.A.R., and the NASP Library. Military home-school families were able to network with each other and ask questions from countyOfficer, Michael Arnett, was contacted personnel, and use this valuable information to help educate theirby Como Montessori Middle School to children.assist with the school’s Operation ShoeBox activity. The students learned The December workshop was hosted at Pace High School inlessons of selflessness and joyful giving Pace, FL. This workshop focused on Response to Intervention (RtI),as they filled shoeboxes with toiletry Early Steps (Ages Birth-3yrs), Child Find (Ages 3yrs & up), and otheritems for deployed military troops special education programs. The program directors for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and RTI for the Santa Rosa County Schoolsacrificing for our nation. The students District as well as representatives from the county Healthwere excited to present to military Department were available to explain to parents what the countyservice members from the base the boxes does to help their children who have special needs. The parentthey had filled. Arnett stated, “It was workshops continued for the next several months and includednice to see students learning important topics such as postsecondary planning, financial aid, and anti-lessons about patriotism.” bullying programs.Photo: Mike Arnett, NAS/ JRB school liaisonofficer (left) joins Sailors in accepting studentsholiday gifts. 5 Commander, Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter
  6. 6. Kevin , NAS Jacksonville Initiates the Written By: Kaylee LeRocque, NAS JacksonvilleCommunication & Connections School Liaison N.A.V.Y Mentoring Program Deputy Public Affairs Officer facilitated A ceremony was held November 29, 2011 at Cochrane also talked about Capt. Scott the Nathan B. Forrest High School to kick off Project Speicher, a Forrest High School graduate who partn Navy Appreciating and Valuing Youth was killed during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq Kevin (N.A.V.Y.), a pilot program which promotes and whose remains were recently returned home Byrd, the mentorship of students by Navy personnel. to Jacksonville. “Like the Wright brothers, he School Sailors from NAS Jacksonville and NS May- dared to dream too; he dared to be brave, and he Liaison port commands are partnering with four Duval dared to change the world,” said Cochrane. Officer for County Schools – Forrest High School, Ribault NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer CBC Gulf- Middle School, Stillwell Middle School, and Captain Jeffrey Maclay stated, “We in the Navy George Washington Carver Elementary School to do what we do around the world to make sure that port facili- connect with students and provide positive role our children and all of you inherit a safer and tated the models. more peaceful world. What you do with that partner- Duval County Public Schools Superin- world depends in large part on your teachers and ship be- tendent Ed Pratt-Dannals thanked those in their commitment to making your education the tween the attendance and offered his remarks. “We are very most meaningful they can. We in the Navy hope training fortunate that the Navy has chosen to partner with to help with that commitment and to promote command these schools. Navy personnel are exemplary excellence in each of you by acting as tutors and and a lo- citizens and outstanding role models in providing mentors.” cal ele- service to our community and to our country and Forrest High School Principal Dr. Alvin Bren- mentary will be great mentors to our students,” said Pratt nan closed the ceremony by saying, “I’m sure my school in -Dannals. colleagues will agree and understand the signifi- cance of partnering with the Navy, and what it need of a will do for our schools. I know that at Forrest sponsor. High School, it will bring a wealth of opportunity Partner- for our students as they transition into adulthood. ship in I’m really excited about this collaboration and the Education benefits it will provide.” events help strength- en com- munity bonds. ership be- Photo: Forrest High School AFROTC Unit presents tween the colors during the playing of the National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance. training command Also attending the kick-off event was NS and a lo- Mayport Commanding Officer, Captain Doug cal ele- Cochrane who gave the students a short history Photo: Dr. Alvin Brennan, Forest High School Principal (far mentary lesson about the Wright brothers and how they left), is joined by Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals (center), school in fulfilled their dreams doing something they loved. and Captain Jeffrey Maclay (right) at the inaugural event for “On a cold, windswept day on the North Carolina the N.A.V.Y mentoring program. need of a sponsor. dunes, they changed the world forever. They were Partner- dreamers. Their previous business ventures failed “It’s a win-win partnership and a great idea to because with great achievement there frequently get our Sailors involved in the schools to help ship in comes failure,” he said. these students,” added NAS Jacksonville School Education Liaison Officer Dawn Mills. events help 6 Commander, Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter strength-
  7. 7. Kings Bay Host Education Forum Communication & Connections Photo: Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay School Liaison Officer, Clainetta Jefferson (far right), stands with legislators, educators, and community and military leaders at the 2011 Georgia Military Family Education Forum. Identifying the educational issues facing military families is a complex mattergiven the diversity found among the branches of service and the unique communi-ties served by them. Finding solutions to those issues can be as simple or asdaunting as bringing the right people to the same table. That is exactly whathappened at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay! In an effort to facilitate thecommunication among military and community stakeholders, Clainetta Jefferson,the school liaison officer, coordinated the first Georgia Military Family EducationForum in October, 2011. The two-day event began with guest speaker Mr. Dan Carter, then Georgia’sAssistant Superintendent of External Affairs and Policy, meeting with CamdenCounty School System administrators and touring several local schools. Thefollowing day, Mr. Carter, military leaders from the Air Force, Coast Guard, andNavy, state legislators, and school administrators from around the state of Georgiawere taken on a private tour of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay and one of theNavy’s finest submarines. With over 100 in attendance, Mr. Carter shared important information aboutchanges taking place in Georgia’s educational system at that the state level.Seeing the value of this statewide forum, the Robins AFB school liaison officer isworking with Air Force leadership and other school liaison officers around the stateto host this event in September, 2012. 7 Commander, Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter
  8. 8. NAS Whiting Field Celebrates PartnershipsPartnerships in Education Photo: NAS Whiting Field SLO Christopher Hendrix (standing far left) is joined by Colonel Grace (second from left) Commodore of Training Wing 5, Student Control Officer LCDR Ttoy Sallee, mentors and educators at a breakfast hosted by Milton High School. Faculty in appreciation of Navy mentors. “It takes a community to raise a child!” said Santa Rosa County School Superintendant Tim Wyrosdick when asked about the impact that NAS Whiting Field’s partnerships has had on education in Santa Rosa County. One of those partnerships was recently celebrated when the Training Wing Five Commodore, COL. Grace and the STUCOM LCDR Sallee were invited to a breakfast at Milton High School to honor the work officers who tutor at the school as part of the mentoring pro- gram. For over two years, Training Wing 5 officers who were either waiting for training to begin or waiting for a follow-up assignments, have served as full-time tutors and mentors at Milton High School. Principal Mike Thorpe has credited this partnership with helping the school’s rating improve from a “D” to an “A”. He also credited the partnership with helping the school achieve a 100% pass rate on the winter end-of- course tests for algebra. He said, “Without these officers working every- day with these students, most of whom are no longer in an algebra class, there is no way we would have been the only school in the county with a 100% pass rate.” 8 Commander, Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter
  9. 9. Navy and Air Force SLOs Join Forces Talk about ‘force multipliers!’ The Partnerships in Education collaboration between Florida’s Navy and Air Force SLOs has provided great opportunities for the school liaison officers to share best practices in addressing the needs of military families moving the Florida Panhandle area. Each quarter these school liaison officers meet to share ideas about how to use resources, assist families, and build more meaningful and long-lasting partnerships with local education agencies. What collaboration! NAS Corpus Christi Sailors Give Back! This past February , Mary Garza, NAS CorpusChristi SLO arranged for nearly 20 Sailors to visitSmith Elementary School. For two hours theSmith Elementary students and the militaryvolunteers learned from each other. During theirtime together, students and Sailors read books toeach other and shared lunch in the schoolcafeteria. Local educators appreciated the timeand effort invested by these active duty servicemembers. Kings Bay Host Partnership “Meet and Greet” At the invitation of the NSB Kings Bay SLO Clainetta Jefferson (left and with Kelly Wirfel (right), Deputy Public Affairs Officer, school and district educators met with command volunteer coordinators to align program needs and available command resources. With over 45 in attendance this event was a huge success! 9 Commander, Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter
  10. 10. Deployment Support School Liaison Officers work to help educators understand how the emotional experiences associated with long-term separation or deployment can impact student behavior and academic progress. Together, local educators and SLOs work to identify strategies which will help students cope and adjust to the deploy- ment experience. Through professional development opportunities and one-on- one interactions, School Liaison Officers educate school leaders and classroom Developed by the Office of the teachers on what to expect in the class- Superintendent of Public Education room as military school age children deal in Olympic, Washington, the diagram with deployment-related issues. above shows the five stages of deployment experienced by military families. For many military families the choice to homeschool children is an easy decision to make. Homeschooling offers scheduling flexibility, more parental control, individual-Homeschool Linkage ized instruction, and fosters a sense of family unity. Although homeschooling may suit the demands of military life, it is not for everyone. The decision to homeschool must weigh several important factors such as family size, children’s ages, and the availability of time for instruction, curriculum development, and record-keeping. Consideration must also be given to the costs associated with purchasing books, resource materials, and other needed instructional supplies. In order to help balance the demands of active duty service and homeschooling responsibilities, many military homeschool families form tight networks in which they find support and encour- agement. In addition to sharing creative ideas with each other, homeschool families work closely with School Liaison Officers (SLO) to identify local, state, and national homeschool resources. For more information about homeschooling and how to get started, contact the School Liaison Officer at the installation nearest you. 10 Commander, Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter
  11. 11. Immediately following the close of the Florida Networking Conference the Family Café began. The Annual Family Café is a three-day statewide event designed to meet the need for information and networking among people with disabilities and/or special health care needs. The 14th Annual Family Café brought together state agency partners, not-for-profit organiza- tions, subject matter experts, and family members in order to offer a series of informative breakout Navy school liaison officers from all across sessions organized into ’tracks.’ The tracksthe Southeast region headed to Orlando, Flor- included Military Families, Smart Money, Mentalida in June, but not for the reasons you might Health, Employment, Disaster Preparedness,think. Joined by Army, Air Force, and Marine Advocacy, Youth, Recreation, and Birth to Ageschool liaison officers, they attended two Five.professional development trainings — Florida In addition to the informative breakoutNetworking Conference on Supporting sessions, the Family Café also included keynoteMilitary Children with Special Needs and the speaker and parent advocate Julie Beckett andFamily Café. Kareem Dale, Special Assistant to the President The Florida Networking Conference, held for Disability Policy within the Office of Publicfrom June 13—15, was sponsored through Engagement. The Family Café also included angrant funding made available to Operation Employment Expo where attendees could sharpenMilitary Kids. This training provided school their job search skills. With over 5,000 familyliaison officers, EFMP liaisons, service agency members in attendance, the Family Café wasrepresentatives, and parents updates from successful in bringing together service providersguest lecturers on legislative initiatives, pro- like the school liaison officers with exceptionalgram funding, and other issues impacting families from around the state and region.exceptional military families. Additionally, thisconference provided a venue for serviceproviders and families to discuss critical issuesand share best practices. During the two and a half day conference,attendees heard from guest lectures such asDr. Maria Barkmeier of the Office of Commu-nity Support for Military Families with SpecialNeeds (OSN), and Curtis Jenkins, FloridaState Department of Education SchoolGuidance Consultant. Many of the attendeeswere also invited to participate in panels toshare insights into available services offered Photo: Michael Arnett, JRB Fort Worth school liaison officer,to military families. assist family with important school resource information at the 14th Annual Family Café. 11 Commander, Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter
  12. 12. CNRSE SLO Directory Dawn Kaunike CNRSE Regional School Liaison E-mail: Phone: (904) 542-4566 NAS Corpus Christi NAS Jacksonville Mary Jane Garza, SLO Dawn M. Mills Phone: (361) 961-3311 Phone: (904) 270-6289, Ext. 1305 E-mail: E-mail: NAS / JRB Fort Worth NAS Key West Michael Arnett, SLO Suzanne Bryant Phone: (817) 782-5832 Phone: (305) 293-2621 E-mail: E-mail: NAVSTA Guantanamo Bay NSB Kings Bay Christopher Dickson, SLO Clainetta Jefferson Phone: (011) 5399-3664 Phone: (912) 573-8986 E-mail: E-mail: CBC Gulfport NAS Kingsville Kevin Byrd, SLO Jeanie Alexander Phone: (228) 871-21 Phone: (361) 516-6906 E-mail: E-mail: 12 Commander, Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter
  13. 13. Anchoring military families CNRSE SLO Directory from the East Coast to the Gulf CoastNS Mayport NAS PensacolaJudith Cromartie Carissa BergoshPhone: (904) 270-6289, Ext. 1305 Phone: (850) 458-6588E-mail: E-mail: carissabergosh@mchsi.comNAS Meridian NAS Whiting FieldCynthia McDonald Chris HendrixPhone: (601) 679-2473 Phone: (850) 665-6105E-mail: E-mail: christopher.p.hendri@navy.milNAS / JRB New OrleansTreva Lynn WaltersPhone: (504) 678-3654E-mail: treva.walters@navy.milNSA Panama CityLynda KentPhone: (850) 234-4334E-mail: 13 Commander, Navy Region Southeast School Liaison Newsletter