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FAMILY & COMMUNITY E(ngagement) UPDATE:  February 2019

Greetings! E(ngagement) Updates keep you informed of the latest Family and Community Engagement resources and information. 


Happening This Month...

February                     Florida Black History Month

February                     Career and Technical Education Month

February                     National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This national effort raises awareness of abuse in young adult relationships and promotes programs to prevent violence among teens and young adults.

February 14                Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 15                Family and Community Involvement Award nominations are due.

February 17-20           At-Risk Youth National Forum, Myrtle Beach, SC

February 20                Hartwick Symposium Series 2019: Self-Advocate & Family Focus, Tampa, FL

February 20-23           Beyond School Hours Conference, Atlanta, GA


Upcoming Events…

March 5                      Florida Legislative Session begins. With the release of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission’s initial report, school safety matters will continue to be a priority.

March 24-29               Florida Children’s Week  This annual celebration filled with the voices of children, the “Hanging of Hands,” and thousands of child advocates, captures Florida’s commitment to children and youth.

April                            Florida School Volunteer Appreciation Month

April 12                       Global Youth Service Day

June 4-6                      National Fatherhood Conference, Nashville, TN. This inaugural event will support fatherhood efforts by highlighting research, sharing best practices, and engaging in meaningful conversation to elevate fathers’ roles in families and communities. 

 Stay tuned! Outstanding School Volunteer Award winners will be announced soon. Thank you to all who submitted applications, and CONGRATULATIONS to all the district winners!

Barriers to Parent-School Involvement for Early Elementary Students, a Statistics in Brief released January 2019 by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), examines the level of parents’ involvement in activities in their children’s schools, describes the types of barriers to participation that parents face, and reveals how barriers to involvement differ across child, family, and school characteristics.


Resources & Grants…

Celebrate Valentine's legacy of love with these ideas for classrooms and programs which teach tolerance and engage families in celebrating diversity, love and kindness all month!  

The Champion of Service Award was established to honor outstanding efforts in volunteerism and service.  Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis.  The Champion of Service Award may be given to an individual or group (informal, organization, agency, educational, government or business) who:

ü Demonstrates excellence in volunteerism, community service, civic, social or corporate responsibility,

ü Plays a leading role in advocating for volunteerism in local community, and

ü Provides an outstanding contribution to community service efforts.


Join the School Grant Webinar provided by Action for Healthy Kids at 2pm on February 19 to learn more about the parent-led grants that support physical activity and nutrition programs. $1,000 grants are available. You will learn specific grant details, eligibility, and receive helpful tips for applying.


2019 Black History Month Student Essay Contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.  The contest is open to Florida students grades 4-12. In addition, students may participate in the Black History Month Art Contest, and educators may be nominated for the Excellence in Education Award.  All entries must be received by March 4


Kindness Week

February 11, 2019

Parents - MSE students and staff are celebrating Kindness all next week.  Students will be bringing home a heart this week.  We are asking you to write a note or poem on the heart and return it to school by this Friday.  We will place your hearts around the school to encourage students to be kind with your words of wisdom.

Congratulations to MSE's January 2019 Students of the Month

KG - Michael Selvereo (Front Right)

1st - Aubrie Shank (not pictured)

2nd:  William Morris (Back Right)

3rd:  Deagan Devlin (Front Left)

4th:  Henry Montoya (Middle Back)

5th:  Breanna Ealum (Back Left)

Fun at Science Night

January 25, 2019

MSE celebrated all things science on January 15th.  Here are some future scientists at work!


FAMILY & COMMUNITY E(ngagement) UPDATE: January 2019


Greetings! E(ngagement) Updates keep you informed of the latest Family and

Community Engagement resources and information. Please share with your districts!


Happening This Month...

January is National Mentoring Month. The goal of this annual campaign is to celebrate and

promote mentoring. Mentoring, which involves pairing young people with caring adults, is

a youth development strategy that creates a path to successful adulthood for children.


Mentoring is one of 15 strategies for dropout prevention as defined by the National Dropout

Prevention Center Network. Research suggests that youth who have a mentor are more

likely to attend and be more engaged in school, finish high school and continue on to post-

secondary education, and form more positive social attitudes and relationships.


Check out these resources and information on the impact of mentoring:

?      The National Mentoring Partnership offers program resources, information on national initiatives

and youth mentoring, collaborative webinars, toolkit, and virtual trainings. Their next webinar,

Maximizing Volunteer Engagement, will be held January 24 at 1pm.

? offers opportunities to become involved and resources to include free marketing

materials for National Mentoring Month or your own mentoring programs


(ESSA) Conference, Kansas City, KS


Upcoming Events…




February 15

February 20

June 11

National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. This national effort raises

awareness about abuse in young adult relationships and promotes programs to

prevent violence among teens and young adults.

Family and Community Involvement Award nominations are due.

Hartwick Symposium Series 2019: Self-Advocate and Family Focus, Tampa, FL

Hartwick Symposium Series 2019: Secondary Symposium, Orlando, FL

The Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education hosts two symposiums on

February 20 and June 11 to promote postsecondary options and resources leading

to employment and careers for students, families, and all who work with students

with intellectual disabilities.


News and Information …

The Florida Department of Education recently released the 2017-18 Five Star School

Award winners. These schools are recognized for their commitment to incorporating

family and community members into the school environment to enhance student learning

and success. Statewide, over 700 schools earned the recognition. Congratulations to

Florida’s winning schools!

The 2018-2019 Family & Community Involvement Award application is

now available. State award nomination applications must be submitted

via the district volunteer coordinator online. For additional information,

please contact our office.


Congratulations to Osceola Magnet Elementary School in Indian River County for reporting the highest

percentage of dads and male role model participation in the 4th Annual Dads

Take Your Child to School Day event. The school

was honored with a virtual visit from Chancellor

Lyons and received a $1,000 award to continue

developing        their       fatherhood        engagement

programs.      Special Thank You to districts and

schools that participated in the 2018 Dads Take Your Child to School Day survey.


Resources and Grants …

With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Florida Humanities

Council’s Community Project Grants respond to the needs of local communities and often

address topics of statewide interest that promote collaboration, civic engagement and

community dialogue. Grants are awarded throughout the year.


We Want to Hear from YOU!

As always, we look forward to collaboration and open communication. Please contact the Family and

Community Engagement Team:

Bonita Hampton, Director,, 850-245-0842

Clifford Jackson, Program Specialist,, 850-245-9882

Cindy Huffman, Educational Consultant,, 850-245-7858


Please share feedback, requests, and staff contact information changes, by clicking here.

*Disclaimer: Links provided for information and reference. The Florida Department of Education does not endorse a specific program or source.

Maude Saunders kicked off Literacy Week with district personnel, city officials, and retired teachers serving as guest readers in our K-3 classrooms.  The readers chose a favorite children’s book to read to the class.  The children were excited to hear the stories and we appreciate everyone who took time to come read to our Little Warriors!


2019 ESP of the Year

January 24, 2019

Congratulations to our Educational Support Person of the Year:  Mr. David Shields