by Sam Fontaine
Community Engagement Coordinator, Enka Middle Community School
by Sam Fontaine
by Wendy Logan Cuellar, MA.Ed., LPC
School Counselor, Enka Middle School
Growing up, my family didn't have a lot of money, but we always had food on the table and a consistent, stable home to live in. Unfortunately, as a school counselor for Enka Middle School, I see far too many students in my school and across Buncombe County who are not as fortunate.
Alex Woodhouse and Sam Fontaine are the new Enka Middle Community School staff for the 2014-2015 school. They'll serve as the full-time staff members for one year through the Americorps VISTA program. One of last year's staff members, Anna Gettles, sat down with Alex and Sam to find out a little bit more about them. You can also read about Anna's year at Enka Middle online.
Middle school youth are my favorite age group to work with because of their desire to learn and play at the same time. In this age group students are undergoing immense physical, emotional, and intellectual changes and it can be a difficult time for everyone including students, parents, families and teachers.
In the two most recent blogs, I’ve talked about the Community School model and shared some of the research on how it works to support students, families and schools.
It seems strange on the heels of my blog about guns that I now want to talk about community schools. This may be a time when parents and school staff are thinking about locking out the community from our schools. But let’s talk about it…
It's the new buzz term for kids’ brain hibernation over the summer vacation. It happens a little bit to all students, but most significantly to those who have few opportunities to exercise their minds.