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Allegany County Public Schools Are Sustaining Successful Programs of School, Family, and Community Partnerships

Dr. William J. AuMiller, Superintendent of Schools, supports the district and schools’ work on partnerships.  Under his leadership, opportunities are available for parents and community partners to join educators in making a commitment to students. He has identified Mia Perlozzo, Public Relations Specialist, as the District Key Contact for the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS).  Mrs. Perlozzo guides the schools’ work on School, Family, and Community Partnerships and encourages them to share best practices.

Allegany County returned 100% of their schools’ 2008 School Update Survey (21 schools) in addition to their District Update Survey. Returning the Update Survey is an NNPS requirement to renew memberships.  All schools received membership renewal materials which included the 2008 Promising Partnership Practices book.  Three of Allegany County’s schools’ best practices were included in this year’s edition: 

  1. Cresaptown Elementary School in Cresaptown, Maryland showcased their “Math Day” activity.  Last year they highlighted their Heart Hop activity.
  2. John Humbird Elementary School in Cumberland, Maryland showcased their Watch DOGS program.
  3. Flintstone Elementary School in Flintstone, Maryland showcased their Community Connections activity.  They were also one of 38 Maryland Schools Recognized for Character Education.

The Allegany County Public School System’s best practice “Focus on the Future Showcase” was highlighted in the 2007 Edition of the Promising Partnership Practices book.  They will host the 3rd Annual Focus on the Future Showcase on Tuesday, November 11, 2008, and Thursday, November 13, 2008, at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in the multi-purpose building from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. each day. 

South Penn Elementary School’s “South Penn Family Fair" was also showcased in the 2007 Promising Partnership Practices book. 

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Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council

The Board of Education of Allegany County recognizes the importance of parents as full partners in the education of their children and has formed the Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council on a local level.  The goal of the local Parent Advisory Council is to support the efforts of the public schools and to strengthen parent/family involvement for all children.  This group consists of school and central office administrators as well as parent and community representatives from all of Allegany County's 23 public schools.  The PAC meets once a month for the duration of the school year and discusses an array of topics related to increasing student success. 

For more information, please contact Allegany County Public Schools.


Academic Endowment Funds

The Allegany County Public School System currently has three Academic Endowment Funds and one scholarship foundation in operation.  Allegany High School, Mountain Ridge High School, and Washington Middle School formed their respective AEF's in order to support academic endeavors as defined by the school's staff and administration.  These groups are made up of parents, teachers, and school administrators.  The main purpose of these funds is to supplement existing academic programs in areas where there is a need.  They are strictly limited to academics and can and have helped provide additional technology resources, specialty supplies, field trips, and other academic requests.  Fort Hill High School recently established a scholarship foundation in order to assist graduating seniors with reaching their full potential to attend the college of their choice.  The foundation has a board of directors that works closely with the school's administration and Faculty Scholarship Committee to ensure that the organization's goals and objectives are met.

For more information, please contact Allegany County Public Schools.


3 ACPS Schools Featured in NNPS 2008 Promising Partnership Practices

Three Allegany County Public Schools were featured in the 2008 edition of the National Network of Partnership Schools' Promising Partnership Practices.  Cresaptown Elementary School, Flintstone Elementary School, and John Humbird Elementary School were fortunate enough to be three of the more than 200 submissions chosen for the publication.  Cresaptown spoke of the success of its annual Math Day organized to help students learn math facts, to show parents how math is taught and reinforced in school, and how they might continue to assist student learning at home.  Flintstone's best practice revolved around its off-site Community Connection Workshops which were organized to ease the struggle to unite teachers and those parents living in rural areas of the county.  Each workshop afforded the group the opportunity to share pertinent information about academic programs.  John Humbird was recognized for the implementation of its Watch DOG program, which is part of a nationally organized program standing for Dads of Great Students.  The school believes that positive male role models would help to increase students' academic and non-academic success. 

For more information, please contact Allegany County Public Schools.

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