Over the last three years, more than 80 schools have participated in the district’s Family Friendly Schools program which encourages schools to create a welcoming environment for their communities. The program includes efforts to recognize both families and staff. During a year-long certification process, schools participate in training sessions, administer school climate surveys and find ways to roll out the “red carpet” for visitors at their sites. Through “Super Service” commendation boxes, visitors can recognize staff members who provide exemplary service in their day-to-day jobs.
This week, 11 schools were recognized as the district’s newest Family Friendly Schools. Certified for 2010 are Hardy, Penn and Sequoia elementary schools, Montgomery Middle School and Madison High School. Schools nearing completion of their certification are Baker, Carver, Doyle and Normal Heights elementary schools, Creative Performing and Media Arts middle school and Mt. Everest Academy. Montgomery Middle also received a $500 award as the school that demonstrated the best representation of a Family Friendly School throughout the year. Pictured here are Myra Perdomo-Melendez, Montgomery vice principal (center), with members of the Board and Family Friendly Schools Committee. For more information, please visit www.sandi.net/familyfriendly .
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