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					Cartersville Middle School
Graduation Coach/Specialist
       Alfreda Sullivan
                       Graduation Coach
                           Priorities

8th Grade CRCT scores: Review 7th grade scores for remediation needs. This
   is a “gateway” exam to high school!
Attendance: Students missing over 15 days in the previous year or under 80%
   currently.
Retained Students: Look for repeaters and/or a history of retention. The
   Dropout risk multiplies with each grade retained.
Failed Core Courses/Poor CRCT scores: Low Math and Reading scores must
   be remedied EARLY.
Poor behavior: History of poor behavior marks and suspensions increase the
   dropout risk.
Transitions: These are the fragile years! Focus must be on transition
   programs into and out of middle school.
        Communities In Schools
   Communities in Schools is an organization in Georgia that has taken on a
    commitment to work with the Georgia Department of Education to provide
    support to ensure the success of every graduation coach and to help decrease
    and possibly end the graduation dropout rate and increase the graduation
    rate.

   At the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year, there were 29 operational
    Performance Learning Centers (PLC’s) in Georgia. A Performance
    Learning Center is a unique non-traditional learning environment for high
    school students who are not succeeding in traditional schools.

   Communities in Schools website address is www.cisga.org
Graduation Team



 A graduation team may consist of administrators, teachers, advisors,
 counselors, school social workers, etc. The graduation team may
 consist of the leadership or RTI team. The purpose for the
 graduation team is:

      A. To help identify at-risk students.
      B. Access school and student needs.
      C. Develop and coordinate appropriate interventions.
              State CMS CRCT Results (2007-2008 School Year)
Total Number of Ethnicity Failures (Males & Females) & Total Number of Testers in
                                 each Ethnicity Group
                        (See next slide for breakdown of numbers).
   CRCT Test Takers - (2007-2008 School Year)
Total Number of Ethnicity Failures (Males & Females)
 & Total Number of Testers in each Ethnicity Group

                       Males       Females   Total # in Group
                                                of Testers
Caucasian               12           14         179
African American        16           10          75
Hispanics               5            7           47
Multi-Racial            1            4           17
Asian/Pacific/Island    0            0            0
American Indian        00      0     0        1 0
Percentage of CMS CRCT Failures in each Ethnicity Group
                (2007-2008 School Year)
         (See next slide for breakdown of numbers).
Percentage of CRCT Failures in each Ethnicity Group
             (2007-2008 School Year)

       Caucasians 15%
       African Americans 35%
       Hispanics 26%
       Multi-Racial 29%
       Asian Pacific 0%
       American Indians 0%
           Graduation Coach Incentive Program

 Grad Coach Star Students of The Month
          (2007-2008 School Year)
                             September 07- Brandon Cole
                             October 07- Christian Brock
                           November 07- Yanelly Martinez
                             December 07- Darian Lyons
                              January 08 - Damian Diaz
                               February 08 – David Noll
                              March 08 – LaTerry Hardy
                              April 08 – Destinee Farmer
                              May 08 - Veronica Sanchez
This program was created to reward students who excel academically. They are
rewarded with a certificate, T-Shirt with school logo, other small items, and his or her
photo displayed in The Graduation Coach Star Student of the Month showcase. Each
month, the star student’s name and the congratulatory message is read with the
morning announcements school-wide.
       Graduation Coach Incentive Program

       Grad Coach Star Students of The Month
             (2008-2009 School Year)
                           September 08 - Alex Barger
                           October 08 - Morgan Woods
                          November 08- Rigoberto Reyes
                        December 08 - Whitney Edmondson
                           January 09 - Ezekiel Beasley
                          February 09 – Marissa Trevino
                             March 09 - Dylan Culver
                           April 09 - Adrienne Jackson
                           May 09 - (To Be Announced)
This program was created to reward students who excel academically. They are
rewarded with a certificate, T-Shirt with school logo, other small items, and his or her
photo displayed in The Graduation Coach Star Student of the Month showcase. Each
month, the star student’s name and the congratulatory message is read with the morning
announcements school-wide.
        Educational/Career Field Trips For CMS Students
On January 24, 2008, Mrs. Sullivan, Cartersville Middle School Graduation Coach
took 25 middle school students on an educational/career field trip to North Metro
Technical College. The purpose of the field trip was for motivational and educational
purposes.

On March 20, 2009, Mrs. Sullivan took 26 middle school students on an
educational/career field trip, and it was a success just like last year. The purpose of
these field trips is to motivate our students and to begin their career-building skills.
All 26 students were great and behaved professionally per our expectations and as
representatives from Cartersville Middle School. We toured Cartersville High School
Career Center, Georgia Highlands College, and North Metro Technical College. Our
tour guides were excellent and went above and beyond to make our visits worthwhile.
The teachers who assisted me were Mrs. Haley Davis and Mr. Blake Dudley.

The middle school students are chosen to visualize how pertinent education is and
what it takes to reach a particular milestone in one's life. Some students have
expressed a desire in attending one of the aforementioned institutions. Hopefully,
visiting the college campuses had a very positive impact on most of their lives and
definitely embarked the beginning stages of their career-building paths.
          Graduation Coach Website

I created a website for parents, teachers, students, etc., to view. I
update my website periodically, so viewers are aware of my
connectivity with CMS middle school students. There is also a
page with various links including educational and academic links
for students and parents to explore.


Check it out and be sure to register by including a contact email
address. My website is www.schoolrack.com/asullivan
     Tool Kit for Hispanic Families

I have a tool kit specifically for Hispanic
families. (Please see me for further
information).

This tool kit is designed to benefit those who
are economically, socially, or educationally
disadvantaged.
    Graduation Coach Tactics for Decreasing
               The Dropout Rate
    Besides the Star Student of the Month Incentive Program, other
    tactics or services have been successful. They include:
   My interaction with students one on one or as a small group.

   Educational/Career Field Trips

   CMS after school tutorial program, Boy’s & Girl’s Club tutorial program, Hand’s of
    Christ tutorial program, etc.

   Mentoring - currently, we have mentors for our middle school students and this program
    has been successful, thus far. Our mentors are referred by the local Chamber of
    Commerce. The mentors must complete a training program through the Chamber before
    pairing with a CMS student.

   My thoughts are to work with the PTC and get parents more involved in mentoring as
    well.

   If you are interested in becoming a mentor, you may contact me at (770) 382-3666 or
    contact the local Chamber of Commerce.

				
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