Come See Us In Action!

Basketball Club '13
Join us for a tour of Ross Elementary through the eyes of our site coordinator Sara Glascock. Learn of our exciting programs and hear all about the plans for CISTN in greater Nashville.
When: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time: 10am – 11am
Where: Ross Elementary 601 McFerrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Walk-Ins Welcome! Hope to see you soon.

Meet a Celebrity Artist and Help Kids

Young Nashville Party Auction Benefiting
Communities In Schools of Tennessee

Young Nashville Party is hosting an auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences, with the proceeds benefiting Communities In Schools of Tennessee (CISTN). The auction brings together such entertainment, among many others in support of CISTN’s programs empowering students to stay in school. Bidding has started and runs through Wednesday, October 9th.

Click HERE for the auction.

One hundred percent of net proceeds from the auction will benefit Communities In Schools of Tennessee, which serves over 1,330 students each year at four of the highest-need traditional public elementary and middle schools in East Nashville. CISTN, whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life, is addressing the Nashville dropout crisis by modifying the fundamental way in which student supports are delivered to schools and families in our city.

Highlights of more than 22 opportunities up for auction include:

• Eat and Greet with the Zac Brown Band at one of their concerts of your choice.
• Meet one of these artist at a concert of your choice: Shania Twain, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins,Darius Rucker, Kellie Pickler, Alison Krauss or one of the many artists supporting CISTN.
• Have coffee with Hunter Hayes before the concert of your choice and take home swag.
• Enjoy a private skybox for eight at Pretty Lights ILLUMINATION.

About Communities In Schools
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s leading high school dropout prevention organization, whose mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Working nationally with 1.25 million students in 27 states, CIS is the only organization proven to increase graduation rates and decrease dropout rates in the schools in which they serve. Since its founding in 2012, Communities In Schools of Tennessee (CISTN) serves over 1,330 students each year at four of the highest-need local elementary and middle schools. CISTN is addressing the Nashville dropout crisis by modifying the fundamental way in which student supports are delivered to schools and families in our city. CISTN places Site Coordinators, passionate and extensively trained social workers and counselors, directly into Metro Nashville Public Schools to support both individual students as well as school-wide needs.

Visit our website at and join our conversation on Facebook.

You Have To See It To Believe It: Visit Warner Elemenatary

You Have To See It To Believe It

Visit Warner Enhanced Option Elementary

Wednesday, October 2nd
626 Russell Street, 37206

At Warner Elementary School, CISTN provided case management for 35 students last school year. All case-managed students were individually monitored as they faced significant challenges, such as DCS removal from their homes, homelessness, and repeated school suspensions.

In addition to the many schoolwide services provided for all children at Warner, Mariana Merritt, the Warner CISTN Site Coordinator, helped each of her case-managed students decrease high risk social behavior, decrease suspensions, improve academics, improve behavior, and improve attendance.

Please join us to meet Mariana and learn more about what works to help students succeed. RSVP to

Find Out What We Do

We can’t wait to tell you about all the terrific progress our students made over the past school year. We’d love to share what is going on our in our schools to make a big difference. Join us on Wednesday, September 11th at 8:30-9:30am to visit Kirkpatrick Elementary. Natashia Slack, Program Manager and Site Coordinator for Kirkpatrick will take you on a tour and tell you all about how she helps surround students with a community of support.

Kirkpatrick Elementary Site Tour
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
1000 Sevier Street
Nashville, TN 37206


Third Quarter Report: Relentless Pursuit of Positive Student Outcomes

Quarter 3 Link to Full Report

Communities In Schools of Tennessee is encouraged by the continuous increase in positive outcomes for students over the past three quarters. When the school year began, CISTN developed school-level site teams, conducted needs assessments and drafted our principal-approved site plans. This first quarter was an important time as CIS site coordinators, school staff and partners built relationships. By the second quarter, we learned how to strengthen each of our partnership roles and maximize our benefit to students. We saw a significant increase in school-level site plan results, such as increased parent involvement and schoolwide academic/enrichment programming. This past third quarter, we are pleased to report that the positive outcomes for meaningful student impact in academics, attendance and behavior for our case-managed students have all been addressed and continue to progress.

Creating Student Success: A Parent Engagement Panel

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Creating Student Success: A Parent Engagement Panel
At East Nashville Magnet High School Auditorium
Wednesday, April 17th, 6:00-7:30pm

What should families look for when selecting a school? What can parents do to support better academic success in our schools? What are the most effective ways parents can advocate for their students’ needs? How do we build a school community?

Enjoy a Q & A with remarkable parent leaders in Nashville. Hear from:
Amy Frogge—Her parent leadership at Gower Elementary galvanized their school community. This deep school involvement helped her win a seat on the MNPS School Board.
Terri Patton—As PTSO leader at JT Moore Middle and Hillsboro High School, she is well-known for actively recruiting private school families to choose their community school and for engaging families of all backgrounds to support student success.
Marsha Pope—As the KIPP Parent Involvement Committee President, she played an active role in involving parents all over Nashville. This public charter school, with Saturday school, helped her support fellow parents and families in unique ways.
Denise Queener—Her role as the PTSO leader at Dan Mills helped focus parents on strengthening their feed to Isaac Litton Middle School.

Hosts: Communities In Schools of Tennessee, Dan Mills Elementary PTSO, East Nashville Magnet PTSO, MOMS Club of East Nashville – Inglewood Chapter, Glendale Elementary PTSO, Hillsboro High School PTSO, J.T. Moore Middle PTSO, Lockeland Design Center PTSO, MNPS Department of Family and Community Partnerships, Nashville Unites and Stand for Children