Empowering Students: BOCTA Group Goes to Black Engineer of the Year Awards

At CIS NOVA, we believe providing opportunities for our students to learn, grow, and succeed is essential to their future success. That's why we were thrilled that the Gunston Middle School BOCTA group (Boys of Color TA) attended the Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) awards at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The BEYA recognizes African American scientists and engineers around the country who are shaping the future of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and promotes diversity and inclusion in the STEM pipeline. Led by Mr. Darrien, Gunston's CIS NOVA site coordinator, and thanks to the advocacy of the [...]

2023-04-03T15:24:19+00:00April 3rd, 2023|0 Comments

Reconnecting Students to Educational Pathways

From the MDRC site: https://www.mdrc.org/publication/reconnecting-students-educational-pathways BRIEF Reconnecting Students to Educational Pathways Learning from the Communities In Schools Reengagement Coordinator Initiative 01/2023 | Zeest Haider, Leigh Parise When students drop out of high school, substantial social and economic consequences can persist throughout their lives. They are more likely to be unemployed, to become teenage parents, to become involved in the criminal justice system, and to earn low wages throughout their lifetimes. Dropout rates soared during the COVID-19 pandemic as schools struggled to adapt and keep students engaged. Virtual classes, hybrid learning options, and unexpected closures characterized the 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 school years, complicating [...]

2023-03-16T21:07:32+00:00March 16th, 2023|0 Comments

Senior Spotlight: Juan’s Perspective

Since the start of the school year, life has been treating me pretty well. I have an awesome job that I love, and I am surrounded by co-workers who feel like family. Together, we've tackled some tough goals and come out stronger for it. Thanks to my friend who helped me get this job, I now have access to college tuition benefits, which I'm considering taking advantage of and sticking around for a management position after graduation. I'm also still taking architecture class; it's my favorite class. I've always felt like I have great leadership skills, and becoming a manager would [...]

2023-03-15T16:52:12+00:00March 15th, 2023|0 Comments

Senior Spotlight: Lilia’s Perspective

College admissions decisions are right around the corner! What if I don't get in? Not knowing is kind of nerve-wracking. My friend and I plan to record our admission letter openings together, and I'm excited to see what happens. Applying to my top school took courage. Aviation school in Florida? I really love that for me. I applied to several schools, so I'll be happy with whatever happens. If I don't get in, I'll keep trying. There's so much opportunity out there, and I have an amazing support system that's always got my back. They believe in me, and I BELIEVE IN [...]

2023-02-13T14:31:24+00:00February 13th, 2023|0 Comments

Senior Spotlight: Basma Believes

Basma believes that every kid deserves the opportunity to learn. She studies fiercely, knowing no one can take away her goal to graduate and become a successful entrepreneur. Basma understands that she can shape her future by staying focused on her dreams and working hard to achieve them. She plans to travel the world and help others, ultimately choosing a career that will allow her to leave a positive mark on the planet. She realizes her dreams are attainable; even if the path to getting there has sometimes been rough, her belief in herself remains strong. Basma and her family originate [...]

2022-12-15T16:58:13+00:00December 15th, 2022|0 Comments

Senior Spotlight: Lilia’s Going Places

When our Site Coordinators evaluate their schools' needs, they develop a plan to provide support where needed. Individualized support is necessary for some students to give them a real chance to challenge the systems and barriers that stand between them and their success in life. The student progresses, graduates high school, and is better prepared for life. Along the way, our Site Coordinators establish one-on-one caring relationships with these students and become someone that the child can trust, depend on, and look up to. For our senior student Lilia, Wakefield High School Site Coordinator Jackie helped give her the extra dose of empowerment [...]

2022-11-15T19:03:47+00:00November 15th, 2022|0 Comments

Senior Spotlight: Juan’s Journey

Senior Spotlight: Juan, a senior at Alexandria City High School. When Juan came to the United States from El Salvador, he had questions about how things would go for him and his family. One thing he was sure of, though, was that his family would be better off regardless of how difficult things would be here. Juan and his family left their home country, seeking a better shot at life. Juan is set to graduate from ACHS at the end of this school year and has already surpassed his own expectations. He was the first person in his family to learn to [...]

2022-12-15T01:02:30+00:00October 25th, 2022|0 Comments

Celebrating Seniors: Hewan’s Success

We have much to celebrate with the school year having come to a close, especially when it comes to our high school seniors who have graduated and will be moving on to a new chapter. We have been highlighting seniors on Twitter through our Senior Spotlight to commemorate the challenges they have overcome and the well deserved rewards of their efforts. See more below or on Twitter Follow @cisofnova One student especially deserving recognition is Hewan from Wakefield High School! Having immigrated from Ethiopia, Hewan and her family knew little about the college application process. Luckily, with the help of her CIS [...]

2022-06-28T19:17:26+00:00June 28th, 2022|0 Comments

Communities In Schools NOVA included in Transformative Investment to Help Combat Inequities in Education

February 3, 2022 - Communities In Schools of Northern Virginia (CIS NOVA), an affiliate of a national organization working to ensure every student, regardless of race, zip code, or history of marginalization has what they need to succeed in school and beyond, today announced it is part of a unprecedented gift from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to the Communities In Schools Network and National Office. Earlier today, Communities In Schools, Inc. announced the unprecedented $133.5 million donation from Scott. In addition to the CIS National Office, 40 affiliates of the 110 organizations in the CIS Network were also direct recipients of [...]

2022-02-13T14:23:18+00:00February 3rd, 2022|0 Comments

Awesome Blossoms!

When most adults reflect back on their middle school days, they’re plagued with the memory of an awkward adolescence! A typical middle school student will grapple with increasing responsibilities, challenging coursework, sustaining friendships, exploring their own individuality and dreams for the future. The challenges of adolescence are the same at Glasgow Middle School, but with over 1900 students it’s even harder to find yourself and your tribe. Girls particularly find it difficult to navigate relationships with their peers, especially when facing a conflict. They wanted an outlet to connect with each other and express themselves. That’s how Awesome Blossoms came about! Through [...]

2020-03-08T14:02:34+00:00February 2nd, 2020|0 Comments
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