NCSS offers education summits

COVINGTON — Newton County School Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey will host three education summits for parents this fall, complete with informative workshops, panel discussions and community vendors.

“As we strive to be the best and develop a college-going atmosphere, it is important to provide opportunities for our community to interact in a way that demonstrates education as the key to future success,” said Fuhrey. “Our education summits represent community agency collaboration with a laser-like focus on our most precious asset — our students. We intend to host education summits each fall and spring. As a community, if we value education, then we must talk the talk and walk the walk.”

The three forums are set for Saturday, Oct. 19, at Eastside High School; Saturday, Nov. 2, at Newton High School; and Saturday, Nov. 9, at Alcovy High School. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parents, business and community leaders, and all other NCSS stakeholders are encouraged to attend. Admission is free and a continental breakfast will be served.

Special informative workshops on a variety of subjects are scheduled, including: Support and Resources for Students with Disabilities; Understanding Title I; Support for ELL/ESOL Students and Parents; Understanding Curriculum; Developing Parent Leaders; A Day in the Life of Your Elementary/Middle/High School Child; Accessing Web-based Programs from Home; How Kids Can Get Involved in Special School Programs; Planning Together for Newton’s Future; Workforce Development — Planning for Your Child’s Future; Recreational Activities for Youth and Families; Arts and Cultural Activities for Youth and Families; and Keeping Our Schools Safe.

Each summit is scheduled so guests can attend the continental breakfast after registration, the superintendent’s address and four breakout sessions. If guests attend all three summits they will have the opportunity to attend all breakout sessions. Spanish sessions will be available only at the Nov. 2 summit at Newton High.

“We encourage parents and stakeholders to attend one of the summits, as a key indicator of student success is parent involvement,” said Fuhrey. “We are hosting the summits at our three high schools in hopes of reaching parents from all geographic locations in the county. Hopefully, one of the three summits will be convenient to attend. Of course, parents are welcome to attend each one if they’d like.”

For more information, contact Deena Sams, school/parent/community collaboration coordinator for Newton County Schools, at sams.deena@newton.k12.ga.us.