Opportunities: Mobilizing Together for Action
There will be opportunities that require us to mobilize with the community for school-based assistance and districtwide projects. These opportunities allow WS/FCS and the community to share feedback and match needs with resources.
Previous opportunities to mobilize for action have included:
- Opening a Remote Learning Center (RLC) to support small groups of students and mitigate barriers with remote learning
- Being a mentor for high school seniors participating in Senior Academy, a prorgram hosted in partnership with Greater Winston-Salem, Inc.
- Complete survey to aid the development of the social-emotional skills that students need to build successful relationships, set goals, manage their emotions, and succeed in school
The end of the year brings final exams which means our schools will be in need of proctors. We need your help!
When will exams happen? Exams typically occur within the last 10 days of the school year: May 26 - June 9, 2022.
How much time is required? As a volunteer proctor you may be asked to serve up to five hours on an exam day. Exam times will vary by school. Elementary schools can test up to 3 hours; middle and high school can test up for four hours. All exams have built-in break time.
What will I do as a proctor? Proctors are extra eyes and ears for the test administrators and help communicate with the administrator if a student needs help, look for prohibited behaviors, escort students to the restroom or other spaces, and other duties as assigned by the test administrator.
What am I NOT allowed to do as a proctor? Proctors are not allowed to hand out any test materials, deliver any part of tests, or assist with student questions about the test.
Do I need to apply? Yes. All interested volunteers must visit www.wsfcsvolunteers.com to complete an application. After setting up an account and completing the application, you’ll receive an automated email confirmation. You will need to verify your application using the link provided in the email. Once a background check has been successfully completed, you will receive another automated email confirming your service.
Is training required? Yes. Some schools will conduct brief training sessions on the day of exams when you arrive, however others ask that you review the training materials that are provided below ahead of time. When a school confirms your availability, they may also provide additional training materials to review.
How do I express interest? After completing the volunteer application (if you haven't already done so) and receiving your clearance notification, please contact one of our schools directly to see what days and times they have needs for proctors or reach out to Steve Pierce in the WS/FCS Testing and Assessment Department (firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-727-2964) to be assigned to a school.
Are there specific schools in need of proctors? Yes! As of May 18, the following schools have reached out specifically requesting more proctor assistance between May 26 and June 3, with May 26 being the most requested date: Caleb's Creek Elementary, East Forsyth Middle, Konnoak Elementary, Philo-Hill Magnet Academy, Moutn Tabor High, Sedge Garden Elementary, Speas Elementary, Virtual Academy, and Walkertown Elementary.
HELP TEACH A CHILD TO READ. CHANGE A LIFE.
We're teaming up with Project Impact and Read Write Spellto organize an army of Reading Warrior volunteers: people like you who know that our community’s success depends on our children’s success. And that helping student’s to learn to read is a community commitment to closing the achievement gap.
How can you help? Volunteer just an hour a week tutoring a child, K-3, and be a part of this all in community effort to close the childhood literacy achievement gap.
The partnering organizations will give you all the support you need. Training. Materials. Check-ins. An easy-to-use, structured curriculum. Your choice of schools and a range of available times. All our kids need is you and you can change their life for the better, forever.
Reading Warriors has ended for 2021-2022, however we welcome Warriors to express interest in joining us in 2022-2023.
Here's a glimpse, by the numbers, into Reading Warriors during 2021-2022:
- 332 Reading Warriors volunteers registered with WS/FCS and completed the background check process.
- 210 volunteers selected a school to serve as a Reading Warrior. Of the 210 volunteers, 157 selected 1st grade and 53 selected kindergarten.
- 118 tutors completed the 1st grade training to serve one first grade student.
- 32 tutors completed the kindergarten training to serve two kindergarten students.
- 141 kindergarten and 1st grade students served in the 2021-2022 school year.
WS/FCS Core Connectors
We need your help to build a team of diligent, enthusiastic leaders who promote the core values of WS/FCS and come together for greater impact in our communities! Become a WS/FCS Core Connector and let's work meaningfully together.
- Serve as a liaison between the district and community: receive key updates and important information to help us strengthen awareness and keep the community informed
- Share outcomes and challenges: help us to better support and celebrate the remarkable opportunities and experiences that inspire every student's pursuit of greatness
- Inspire new collaborations: we'll keep you posted on opportunities to participate with the district (new volunteer programs, school needs, district task forces and advisory groups) and we encourage you to keep us posted on ways we can support your work (booth at festivals and fairs, speaking engagements).
Become a Core Connector
Jump at the Sun
Jump at the Sun, a community partnership between the WS/FCS Social Studies department and Action4Equity, Bookmarks, Triad Cultural Arts, and Read Write Spell is working to cultivate a spirit of multicultural education and understanding for students in our school system. One of the partnership’s ongoing projects is to provide texts connected to the African American and Hispanic Infusion lessons provided for teachers and students in K-5. The first set (6 books) of texts purchased through this initiative arrived at schools in late November. 2020 This is an on-going project that we plan to expand into all grade bands.
- Current Mobilization: Book Drive
Our goal is to provide every WS/FCS school with a copy of each selected book that its teachers need to successfully teach lessons that are infused with the histories and cultural stories.
Want to learn more or discuss ways you can help meet this need?
Contact Mark Batten, Executive Director of Community Engagement: email@example.com, 336.865.2739
- Current Mobilization: Book Drive