FCSD to hold Parent Summit Tuesday

The Forrest City School District will hold a Parent and Family Engagement Summit on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Forrest City Junior High School.

The theme for the event is Family Matters: Building Essential Connections for Learning. According to LaSandra Bean, FCSD Parent Coordinator, the event will focus heavily on literacy.

"This year, we are focusing on family literacy because November is Family Literacy Month. We want to encourage the kids to read," Bean said. "We also want to emphasize that the school is there for parents and build a connection between the parents and the schools.

Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the event will include featured speaker Vaughn Thompson, parent sessions on a variety of topics, dinner and door prizes. In addition, free books will be given out to students as part of the literacy initiative.

Thompson is an educational consultant who has served as a school leader in New York and served as a consultant in New Jersey and Tennessee. He is currently the executive director of The Achievement Network – Tenneessee. Bean said that Thompson has worked with FCSD in the past, primarily for staff development.

"He has worked with us in the past, and he was great. He is great at engaging audiences," she said.

Several door prizes will be offered during the event. The prizes include a Chromebook, Beats wireless headphones and a Smartwatch. There will be one grand door prize winner per school, according to Bean.

"These prizes would be a great early Christmas present that parents could possibly win for their children," Bean said.

A new initiative is being tested during the parent summit. There will be a Caring Conversations Cafe, which will be held in one of the Junior HIgh classrooms. This cafe is a chance for parents to discuss issues and learn "what other parents are going through," according to Bean.

"Our vision is to provide the necessary resources for our parents, build relationships with them and assist them in helping their students succeed with us,” said Bean.

For more information contact Bean at 870-633-1485, ext. 111 or by email at lasandra.bean@fcmustangs.net.