“Community School is important because it brings the school and families together"
-Ms. Watkins- President Chamber of Commerce
Welcome to the Community pages of our website, Hempstead Union Free School District is dedicated to engaging with our community. When families, communities, and schools work together, students are more successful and the entire community benefits.
What is a Community School?
Community Schools support:
the whole child, the child’s family, and learning both inside and outside of the classroom
Every community school partnership shapes its programs and services to the needs of its own
community and students, but all models share many basic elements. Among the most prominent are:
- Focus on Education
- Continuous Support Along the Pathway to Productive Adulthood
- School, Family and Community Engagement
- Extended Hours and Expanded Learning Opportunities
- Whole School Transformation
Through their attention to school climate and to the school as a wellness environment, and through
what one prominent researcher calls “new institutional arrangements,” community schools become
more than the sum of their programmatic parts. While, compared to traditional schools, community
schools do indeed offer a wide array of programs for students and their families, the real hallmark of a
community school is the transformational effect of all the ingredients as they interact with one another,
every day. To learn more: Key Elements of a Community School
Partnership for the Future of Learning Community Schools video
Community Schools Pillars
Click each image to find out more about that Community School pillar.
Integrated Student Supports
Expanded and Enriched Learning Time and Opportunity
Active Family and Community Engagement
Collaborative Leadership and Practices
We are committed to connecting our families with important community resources. Our Community Schools Resource Guide contains a myriad of resources across the district
The Community Schools Resource Guide includes resources in,
- Adult Education, Medical Services, Job Readiness, Mental Health Services, Food Pantry, and Housing Services
Looking for support on something else? Contact the Community Schools team:
- ABGS: Tiara Adams, email@example.com
- David Paterson: Donna Raphael, DRaphael@fhi360.org
- Jacqui Thomas, JThomas@fhi360.org
We have an additional food pantry guide.
What are the ABC's of early warning indicators?
Each Community School (CS) is partnered with a lead CBO partner that provides additional supports and services for students, both integrated into the instructional school day, as well as before and after school. The CS partner to HUFSD is FHI 360.