• The Freeport School District employs Family Resource Coordinators (FRC) at its kindergarten, elementary, and middle level schools. The objective is to promote the partnerships between schools and parents/guardians that enable children to learn, achieve and develop socially and emotionally.

    Where school-home links are strong, students’motivation, attendance and levels of academic achievement improve. The research overwhelmingly demonstrates that parent involvement in children’s learning is positively related to achievement. While parent involvement can take many forms, research shows active parent involvement such as working with your child at home, supporting school activities, helping out in the classroom and going on field trips result in greater student benefits.

    Each of the FRC’s has a caseload of 25 students. Referrals to the FRC can be made by your child’s teacher or by you as the parent/guardian.

    The Family Resource Coordinator's primary purpose is to improve student performance in 5 key areas: Academic Progress, Attendance, Tardiness, Behavior, and Health. Some of the ways the Family Resource Coordinator can help include:

    ACADEMIC PROGRESS

    • Provide needed school and/or homework supplies
    • Conduct a family needs assessment
    • Offer parents instructional strategies to use at home
    • Attend school meetings with parents/guardians, if requested
    • Assist parents/guardians with interactions and communication between school and home
    • Recommend student for support services, such as tutoring
    • Work with teacher, student and parent to develop interventions for improvement
    • Monitor student progress and interventions
    • Communicate regularly with teacher(s) and home
    • Work with student on reading and math skills (pull-in and/or pull-out)

    ATTENDANCE/TARDINESS

    • Make home visits as needed
    • Assist student/family in setting goals for improvement
    • Establish linkages with community agencies, if needed
    • Recommend student for support services
    • Provide student/family with an alarm clock

    BEHAVIOR

    • Conduct Second Step and Love & Logic workshops with parents
    • Work with teacher, student and parent to develop interventions for improvement
    • Consult with and/or recommend student to school social worker
    • Consult with and/or recommend student to Behavior Intervention Specialist
    • Assist student in setting goals for improvement

    HEALTH

    • Refer families to health and social service agencies
    • Assist in meeting district guidelines for student physicals and immunizations
    • Refer student to school nurse

     
    Contact information for the FRC at your child’s school is listed below:
     
    Blackhawk School - Gigi Ditzler
     
    Center School - Laurie Jurs
     
    Empire School - Vache Fleming
    Email: vache.fleming@fsd145.org

    Jones-Farrar IB World School - Lindsey Thomas
     
    Lincoln-Douglas School - Cindy Phillips
     
    Taylor Park School - Marie Stott
     
    Carl Sandburg School - Fantrances Terry
    Email: fantrances.terry@fsd145.org                                              
     
    Freeport Middle School - Deontae Collier
     
    Freeport High School - Anthony Dedmond