Carol City Middle School Progress Report Card Review, Spring 2019

Each semester, St. Thomas students from a variety of majors get up early, attend training, and travel “up the road” to Carol City Middle School to conduct progress report card reviews and engage in mini-mentoring sessions with CCMS “Little Chiefs”.  STU mentors offer inspiration, practical academic tips, and vision for the student’s’ future.  This community engagement activity encourages self-confidence in CCMS students, while fostering critical thinking and leadership development in STU students, who reflect on root problems and community-based solutions.

St. Thomas University – Carol City Middle School Community Educational Partnership

Activities:

  1. FIU/CCMS After-School All-Stars Expressive Arts Groups – STU Graduate Counseling students led by Dr. Judith Bachay
  2. Progress Report Card Review – Open to any STU student interested in mini-mentoring (Dr. Devereaux, STU CCE)
  3. Community Work-Study:  Interventionists/Academic Coaches – Opportunity for STU students granted federal work-study Ms. Gaskin (CCMS), Dr. Devereaux (STU)

The St. Thomas University/Carol City Middle School Community Educational Partnership is a 5-year partnership aimed at leveraging the university’s teaching and research resources into student-success at Carol City Middle School – a school in one of the most challenged communities in State of Florida. While the long-term partnership will include efforts to expand science, arts, and business curriculum at the school, the goals of the first years will be to:

a) identify at-risk students, and specific intervention opportunities;

b) create a comprehensive educational plan to address academic challenges;

c) support students in overcoming social-emotional challenges and developing pro-social behavior; and

c) Support comprehensive referral to out-of-school social service support as needed.