New York State defines community schools as “public schools that emphasize family engagement and are characterized by strong partnership and additional supports for students and families.” It is the mission of the Middleburgh Central School District Community School Program (CSP) to support school improvement efforts that lead to better student outcomes.
During the school year, our focus has been on providing both remediation and enrichment after school. Students have the opportunity to receive snack, learn relaxation and mindfulness techniques, get homework help, and gain access to computer-based learning.
So far CSP has successfully partnered with the Schoharie River Center to provide three six-week modules for students to learn science concepts and learn about their community. Those modules are “What is our watershed,” “Recycle, reuse, and restore,” and “The place where we Live.” We also have partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension to provide Parent-Child Cooking Classes. In addition, we are in the process of having MCS hosting a Cornell Cooperative Extension 4 H After School Program. Recently, through a partnership with several Schoharie County agencies, CSP will bring both mental health services and youth leadership development/team building opportunities for students.
Some of our primary goals moving forward involve nurturing our community connections and grow them. If you have ideas and/or would like to partner with us please contact the CSP Coordinator.