Friday February 3. 2006
Eisenhower Event at EA brings Pittsburghers,
By Patrick Cloonan
Daily News Staff Writer
Educators from the
Steelers garb at
a Thursday meeting at
sixth annual National Cluster Workshop.
Tukwila is one of six
Such schools are characterized by a strong core instructional program, enrichment activities designed to expand
learning opportunities, and a full range of social services that safeguard children’s well-being and remove barriers to learning.
FSCS sites also are in Lancaster, two Iowa cities, Maryland and East Allegheny. The national workshop took place
Thursday and continues today at the Holiday Inn in
“You’re just going to observe our ongoing work,” Mon Valley Educational Consortium Executive Director
Dr. Linda Croushore said to workshop visitors at the monthly EA District Leadership Design Team.
Croushore said FSCS status helped East Allegheny make a transition from a junior high school to a middle school.
The middle school, now located in the high school complex, will move into a new building nearby.
Ground was broken for Logan Middle School Jan. 21. Acting Superintendent Roger D’Emidio said bids to build
Adding to Super Bowl coincidences was the presence of East Allegheny parent Patricia Batch. Her nephew is
batch, Steeler backup quarterback and
“Pretend they’re not there,” Croushore had to remind the
from across the
While at the meeting, Eisenhower Foundation workshop participants got to see how the FSCS program was
tailored to meet the need of students, families and the community. Parents and school officials have attended two
sessions of the Governor’s Institute for Parental
the middle school-high school complex.
As site coordinator, MVEC’s Christopher R. Edmonds oversees a schedule of community outreach,
after-school activities, tutoring, summer programs, and parent/family involvement opportunities.
The meeting was led by Croushore, D’Emidio and former Superintendent Dr. Thomas Knight.
A subject broached was how to reach out to parents in a district where 65 percent of kindergarten
students will move out before their high school graduations.
“We are a very transient district,” noted East Allegheny Education Association President Barbara Bacco-Viola.
“We really need to listen to the parents,” said the Rev. Deshawn Coles, an associate pastor at
Potter’s House Ministries and a panelist who sent four sons to
Her suggestion of a welcoming basket for parents of new students was picked up, with Bacco-Viola
suggesting it include letters from their prospective teachers.
One observer, Michael Munoz of Des Moines, Iowa, suggested that teachers call parents of new students.
“It’s a little thing,” Munoz said, “but it goes a long way.”
Croushore said EA’s team get 95-100 percent attendance for meetings that are rarely cancelled.
“I’m impressed with their ability to reach out to the community,” said Martha de Acosta, foundation education
and training program director.
De Acosta presented a “collaborative leadership” award to the team and MVEC after the 90-minute meeting.