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NCSS hosts education summits
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Newton County School System parents are invited to get more involved with the education of their children at several educational forums scheduled this fall.

NCSS Superintendent Samantha Fuhrey will host the three education summits for parents. Each will offer workshops, panel discussions, community vendors and continental breakfasts. The forums are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Eastside High School; Saturday, Nov. 2, at Newton High School; and Saturday, Nov. 9, at Alcovy High School. Parents, business and community leaders, and all others interested are encouraged to attend.

"As we strive to ‘Be the Best’ and develop a ‘college-going’ atmosphere, it is important to provide opportunities for our community to interact in a way that demonstrates education as the ‘key’ to future success," Fuhrey said.

"Our education summits represent community agency collaboration with a laser-like focus on our most precious asset — our students. We intend to host education summits each fall and spring. As a community, if we value education, then we must talk the talk and walk the walk."

Workshops on a variety of subjects are planned during the summits, including:

• Support and Resources for Students with Disabilities.

• Understanding Title I.

• Support for English Language Learners/English to Speakers of Other Languages, Students and Parents.

• Understanding Curriculum.

• Developing Parent Leaders.

• A Day in the Life of Your Elementary/Middle/High School Child.

• Accessing Web-based Programs from Home.

• How Kids Can Get Involved in Special School Programs.

• Planning Together for Newton’s Future.

• Workforce Development — Planning for Your Child’s Future.

• Recreational Activities for Youth and Families.

• Arts and Cultural Activities for Youth and Families.

• Keeping Our Schools Safe.

School system officials said each summit is scheduled so guests can attend the continental breakfast after registration; hear the superintendent’s address; and be present for breakout sessions, of which there are four. If guests attend all three summits they will have the opportunity to attend all breakout sessions. Spanish sessions will be available at the Nov. 2 summit at Newton High School.

"We encourage parents and stakeholders to attend one of the summits, as a key indicator of student success is parent involvement," Fuhrey said. "We are hosting the summits at our three high schools in hopes of reaching parents from all geographic locations in the county. Hopefully one of the three summits will be convenient to attend. Of course, parents are welcome to attend each one, if they’d like."