Partnerships are Key to Student Success

Roosevelt Middle School wins national award for partnership with parents, community

Roosevelt This week we highlight the accomplishments of the Partnership Team at Roosevelt Middle School in Blaine, MN.  Anoka-Hennepin Parent Involvement supports the great partnerships created to support student success. We thank Anoka-Hennepin’s communications department for this information.
Roosevelt Middle School in Blaine, MN is being recognized for its effective partnership program that gets families and the community involved in student achievement.

The 2015 Partnership Award from the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University was given to Roosevelt’s Parent Partnership Team, which works with school staff and the community to further school goals.

Roosevelt is one of 12 schools in the country to receive the award.

“We’re excited. We’ve had incredible parents in leadership roles doing fantastic things for our students, our staff, our schools and our community,” said Roosevelt Principal Greg Blodgett. “They’re doing award-winning work.”

The school’s Parent Partnership team consists of five parents and three staff members who meet monthly and work together to create strategies to reach specific school goals. Dozens of volunteers help enact the team’s vision throughout year.

Those goals include improving student organizational skills, developing relationships with stakeholders, and increasing literacy. To help reach the literacy goal, for instance, students write letters to soldiers, and the school holds a book exchange right before summer break each year. Students who donate three used books get a ticket for a free book.

“The whole goal is getting more books in the hands of kids over the summer,” Blodgett said.

To help students improve organizational skills, the team created a scavenger hunt for sixth graders that requires them to work with their parents and a planner and rewards them with prizes.

The school was recognized by NNPS for making excellent progress in strengthening and sustaining its comprehensive program.

“Roosevelt Middle School is applying research-based approaches to strengthen its welcoming climate and to engage parents and community partners in ways that improve student achievement related to study skills and literacy,” said Dr. Joyce L. Epstein, director of NNPS.

NNPS is a research-based model out of Johns Hopkins University; Roosevelt has been participating in it for the better part of the last decade. Blodgett said when he first arrived, he was looking to increase parental involvement to the school beyond basic volunteering. At the time, two other schools in the district were part of NNPS.

“The core is that it’s not about anything related to fundraising. It’s about having a leadership team of parents and staff working together to support school goals,” he said. “I love this model. And this team should be recognized for greatness.”

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