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Riversprings Middle Celebrates Family Engagement in Education Month

Photo left to right: Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart,Superintendent Bobby Pearce, RMS Principal Michele Yeomans with RMS students.


Riversprings Middle Celebrates Family Engagement in Education Month

November 10, 2015


Hosting Florida’s Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart, Riversprings Middle School helped the Department of Education kick off Florida’s Family Engagement in Education Month on November 2.


The purpose was to encourage parents, grandparents, and guardians to get involved and stay involved with their children’s education.


According to FDOE, research shows that regardless of family income or background, students whose families are engaged in their academic lives are more likely to have higher grades, test scores and graduation rates; better school attendance; increased motivation and self-esteem; lower rates of suspension; decreased used of drugs and alcohol; and fewer instances of violent behavior.


Families were invited to attend the celebration as Principal Michele Yeomans welcomed them, the RMS jazz band played, students gave speeches about the importance of family involvement, and AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) students spoke of how family involvement is a key component of this program that helps them get into and graduate from college.

Keynote speaker Commissioner Stewart said that Governor Rick Scott proclaimed November as Florida Family Engagement in Education Month. She noted that Florida is a leader in the nation in education and Florida’s graduation rates are at an all-time high. By encouraging strong family support, Florida can improve even further.


Superintendent Bobby Pearce added, “From my years as an elementary school principal, I saw first-hand that it is important to start parental involvement in their education early and continue to stay involved as they grow up. Parents want the best education for their children and our district excels at that. Involved parents are the backbone of making this happen.”


Florida Department of Education has developed a toolkit for schools and parents. It is available at http://www.fldoe.org/schools/family-community/activities-programs/parental-involvement.stml.