FAMILIES AND SCHOOLS TOGETHER
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How F.A.S.T. Began
This program was first created in 1988 by Lynn McDonald to help enhance student’s social and academic performance. For over 30 years, F.A.S.T has been embraced by over 20 different countries around the world. The goal of this program is for each child to thrive academically and socially. The F.A.S.T Program has used evidence-based practices to enhance student-parent relationships at home and increase parents and community engagement in student learning. It also encourages family bonding and involving the community in the school system. Research also shows that the F.A.S.T Program has improved education and helps schools succeed.
F.A.S.T. Program at School #4
The goal of the F.A.S.T Program, Families and Schools Together, is for school and families to come together to improve student academics and behaviors through the increase of involvement of all stakeholders in the school’s community. This is achieved by creating Family Nights that include academic activities, raffles, and a light supper with grant money that is donated through our Linden Education Association. F.A.S.T Events give students the opportunity to learn and have fun at the same time. Parents get the chance to be involved with their child or children’s learning and are provided with helpful resources that could be used at home. Our hopes are that these events will continue to motivate students to reach their highest success inside and outside of the classroom. This is done through teamwork and collaboration of staff members, the community, and, you, the parents and guardians.
Pictures from our F.A.S.T. Event “School #4 Travels the World”
As the coordinator of School #4’s F.A.S.T. Program, I held an event on November 29, 2018. The event was called “School #4 Travels the World”. Students and parents got the opportunity to learn new information about the 7 continents of the world. As they moved from station to station, they visited each continent where they learned numerous facts about the continents. They also completed hands-on activities at each station. These activities ranged from crafts to traditional dances. Mr. Gorbunoff, the Technology Teacher, provided the students with a virtual reality tour of each continent on IPads. Mr. Grasso, our Social Studies Supervisor, provided large maps of the continents that gave students an opportunity to have an interactive experience by being able to walk on the map and locate different places on the maps. At the end of the event, the students took home their very own “suitcases” that contained a map of the world and a passport that has all the continents. Board members, supervisors, other community members, our L.E.A. President, administration, teachers, students, and parents came out to enjoy this night full of fun and learning. Here are some pictures from the event:
Upcoming F.A.S.T. Event
The next F.A.S.T Event, “Summer Slide Olympics”, will be held on May 9, 2019. It will include a series of differentiated language arts and mathematics activities for all grade levels. There will also be a raffle and light supper provided. More information will follow about this event. If you have any questions about the next event or would like to participate, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Di Vito
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