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Amber, Crowley High

When 17 year old Amber began her senior year, she felt like she was on top of the world. The year that she had waited her whole life for was finally here. Unfortunately, Amber fell in with a fast crowd and found her grades and attendance slipping. She was partying more than she was studying and before she realized it, life was spiraling out of control.

 

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Leslie Davis - In Our Schools

We all have vivid memories from our childhood. It might be the smell of cotton candy at the state fair, the rush of sliding into home plate in a little league game, or the splash of a cannonball into a pool on a perfect summer day. For most people, these memories from childhood are of friends, family, and happy times. For Leslie Davis, however, most of the vivid memories from her childhood aren’t happy. Most of her most vivid memories are memories no one wants to have.

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Crowley High School

When 16 year old Jasmine started as a sophomore at Crowley High School, she used words like “stupid”, “worthless”, and “useless” to describe herself. She often skipped class because she felt left out amongst her peers, and she felt she lacked the intelligence to complete her school work.  Jasmine was sent to truancy court for her frequent absences. She expressed that she was simply “biding her time” until she was old enough to drop out of school.

 

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Better Behavior and Bigger Dreams

 CB is an eight grade student CIS began working with last year. She and her brother, another one of my CIS students, were adopted several years ago due to physical and emotional abuse. CB was frequently in trouble for being disrespectful, unprepared and not participatory in class. Over the year, with the support of CIS, these negative behaviors have improved. CB’s teachers and parents even notice her being calmer, more respectful and a better student. After beginning equine therapy...

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Hoover Elementary

Seeing Timothy’s bright eyes and wide smile, no one would imagine that he lives with a genetic hormonal disorder. Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome requires many doctor visits, surgeries, and medication. This disorder has effecting his skeletal and digestive systems, has been a part of Timothy’s world since birth. Money is tight at Timothy’s house because his mom must stay at home to care for him.

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Hitting a Home Run in the Classroom

Ms. Esperansa is one of the first students CIS Project Manager, LaShun Neal, met upon starting with Communities in Schools at T.A. Sims Elementary. She was very shy and hesitant to open up. After a month or so, Esperansa asked Ms. Neal if she could read one of the books in her office about children with divorced parents. Esperansa said “I need to learn about this and I may need help because I have difficulty reading.” She was very excited when Ms. Neal gave her a highlighter and told her to highlight the words...

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Central Junior High

When Lon enrolled in Communities In Schools in the 9th grade, he was frequently in trouble the with law enforcement, fighting with his mother, and regularly using drugs to cope with problems in his life. Lon soon transferred to Central Junior High, where he was able to be involved in the CIS program under Project Manager, Ms. Wagle. Ms. Wagle soon noticed that Lon was sleeping in class, failing his courses, and spent much time in ISS due to poor behavior.

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Encouragement Inspires Motivation

JM was once on the verge of dropping out of school but has triumphed over many personal hurdles and managed to complete all his high school credits, in addition to passing all sections of exit level TAKS. While grades were never JM’s problem, he struggled with substance abused and relapsed on several occasions, making it difficult for this smart student to excel in school. When CIS first starting working with him, JM had no interest in graduating high school. He even withdrew from school before Christmas...

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Versia L. Williams

Alejandro is a kindergarten student at Versia L. Williams Elementary who has struggled academically and socially throughout the 2012-2013 school year. Like many students at Versia, his family toils to make ends meet and speak very little English. Our CIS Project Manager (PM) works with Alejandro’s school counselor, diagnostician, and speech therapist to ensure he gets the best education possible.

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Crowley High

When CIS first started working with Jonathon, he was failing two classes with a zero in Physics and Math Models. He was simply not attending class and not doing his classwork. After talking with Jonathon, our CIS Project Manager (PM) found that he was having trouble at home and had given up in school. At this point, he thought he could never graduate with all the incomplete credits stacking up.

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Parkway Elementary

Kevin is a second grader at Parkway Elementary and has been enrolled in the CIS program for two years. He and his family had a very positive relationship with the CIS Project Manager. When Kevin’s family experienced an unexpected tragedy, the CIS Project Manager was there to help.

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Conquering Cultural Barriers

Sharon is a student who joined Bellaire this past August. Not only was it her first year here at Bellaire, but she had just recently relocated from Mexico. She didn’t know the school, city, neighborhood or English language. Her first days were extremely hard- she was so scared and spent her mornings in the nurse’s office. Sharon suffered from anxiety and stress about going to school each morning. After CIS began working with her, she slowly started to open up and make new friends.

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Bellaire Elementary

Evan, a student at Bellaire Elementary, first joined the Communities In Schools program in the fall of 2012. At first glance, Evan seemed to be doing very well. He conversed confidently with others, had a sharp intellect, and was always alert. It wasn’t until closer examination, however, that the CIS Project Manager (PM) discovered that Evan was experiencing a troubling home life.

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Empowering Students to Graduate

Senior year: a time for fun, friendships, prom and graduation. Going to the movies, shopping and going out to eat are typical activities for high school seniors. However, making friends and going out is not as easy for those who struggle, like Emily at Azle High School. Ms. Haas first met Emily at the beginning of the school year and spoke with her mother who needed to have water and electricity turned back on. Emily’s mother had struggled financially since becoming a single parent and needed help.

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Watauga Elementary

Brianna is a fifth grade student at Watauga Elementary. She was first referred to the CIS program by the school nurse, who noticed that Brianna exhibited poor social skills, was struggling academically, and had caused several classroom interruptions due to her behavior. Brianna was enrolled in the CIS program, and immediately established a healthy rapport with the CIS Project Manager.

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Refugee Goes a Long Way with a Little Help

Benita is a refugee from Africa who moved to the US when she was just eight years old. She lives with her mother, who is unable to speak or care for herself due to a stroke, and an aunt was is also disabled and speaks no English. When she first met her CIS Project Manager, Ms. Olivarez, Benita seemed very depressed and quiet. She wore the same things everyday. Ms. Olivarez was able to get her new shoes, donated from Payless, and found a teacher to sponsor her for Christmas.

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Euless Junior High

Leticia is a student at Euless Junior High School, and was recommended for CIS services by a parent. She was also recommended by a teacher, who was concerned that her older brother was involved with alcohol and drugs. Leticia struggled with making good choices, prioritizing academics, and low self-esteem. When our CIS Project Manager began working with Leticia, she noticed that the student was associating with peers who skipped school, used drugs, and encouraged Letitia to participate in risky behavior.

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A Family’s First High School Diploma

Gaby is a senior at Diamond Hill Jarvis High School who is the first in her family to receive a High School Diploma. She has faced many obstacles in her life; including violent relationships and struggling to excel as a student while caring for her two daughters. Over the last year, she has grown increasingly committed to her studies and worked to build her self esteem, despite others putting her down. Gaby has successfully overcome many challenges, academically and personally, and will walk the stage at graduation this year!

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Eastern Hills High School

Donovan is a sophomore at Eastern Hills High School. When our CIS Project Manager first met Donovan in December of 2012, he had given up hope on graduating. With a two year old child and another on the way, Donovan was struggling to make time for school. He was working to provide for his growing family, which caused him to fall behind in his coursework. Between work and incomplete credits, Donovan began to doubt the benefits of graduating with a high school diploma. Dropping out to work, he thought, would be a better solution for him and his family.

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