Communities In Schools expands to five schools in county

The Communities In Schools (CIS) of Northeastern Nevada program has expanded its reach in Humboldt County to five schools with the most recent additions of Grass Valley Elementary School and Sonoma Heights Elementary School. 

The addition of the two new schools makes its footprint in Humboldt County span nearly 2,500 students across five schools and 12 schools in total spanning Humboldt and Elko County school districts. 

“Humboldt County School District is incredibly fortunate to have created a strong relationship with Communities in Schools of Northern Nevada,” said Humboldt County School District Director of Student Services Colby Corbitt in a press release. “For the past two years we have seen the benefits their site coordinators provide to students at Winnemucca Grammar School and Winnemucca Jr. High School, ensuring that we meet the needs of the whole child. In the past year alone, CIS has added their valuable presence and services to three additional schools in our district. We eagerly anticipate further collaboration and growth with our partnership with Communities in Schools and cannot thank them enough for the generous support they have provided.”

In December 2020, CIS also added French Ford Middle School to its growing roster. CIS site coordinator, Alexandra Schirrick continues to work with students, identifying their needs and supporting student goals through CIS’ services and programs.

Since the new school year began on August 30, coordinators Allison Ballard and Ann Lampshire have been working closely with Grass Valley and Sonoma Heights elementary schools’ faculty and staff to evaluate their greatest needs and identify the appropriate services and supports to meet their needs. 

A Community Resource Room was establish to expand the capacity to ensure that CIS could meet the most critical basic needs of any student within a district, working with school and staff administration to meet a student’s news when identified at the school site. 

“We are also thrilled for the addition of a CIS Community Resource Room, providing a centralized resource ‘closet’ to meet our students’ needs,” added Corbitt. “Every student in our school district, regardless of school site, has access to school supplies, backpacks, clothing, coats, blankets, pillows, and toiletry kits. These resources allow our school district to meet a child’s basic needs, which translates to a student feeling safe and comfortable to learn in our classrooms.”

“We are so excited to expand our student reach in Winnemucca with the addition of Grass Valley and Sonoma Heights elementary schools,” said CIS of Northeastern Nevada Executive Director Sarah Goicoechea in a press release. “We are grateful to be able to continue to expand our support of students and school in Humboldt County.  If there is anything we’ve learned these past couple of years, it’s that students and families need support now, more than ever and we are eager and ready to deliver where and when needed. We are especially grateful to our community partners and donors who enable us to do what we do best – identify the barriers that prevent our students from crossing the graduation finish line and recognize the best versions of themselves, both in school and beyond.”

CIS employs a network of over 100 community agencies and nonprofits, using an evidence-based methodology to help students graduate. 

More information about CIS Nevada can be found online at