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Get Involved at La Follette High School

Community volunteers are welcomed in our schools.  You do not need to have prior experience or any formal training; we will provide you with the resources and support you need to have a successful experience. There are many ways to get involved at Kennedy Elementary.

Enrollment

All on-going volunteers are required to complete the volunteer application. If the volunteer position will have you working 1:1 with students without immediate MMSD staff supervision, you must also complete and return the disclosure/background check. 

Volunteer application and background check 
Additionally, all volunteers must review and sign the Volunteer Expectations form

Volunteer Orientation and Training

We ask that all volunteers attend one of the following Orientation Sessions prior to starting their volunteer position.

2017-2018 School Year Dates:  

  • January 22, 2018 - 3:30-5:00 p.m. - Kennedy School Volunteer Orientation 
  • January 25, 2018 - 5:00-8:00 p.m. - Tutor Training (District-wide training opportunity) at La Follette High School
  • January 25, February 27, April 10 - Culturally Responsive Tutor (3-part series; District-wide training opportunity)

Literacy Tutor

Position Purpose: Volunteers are matched 1:1 with a student to work on literacy skills. Volunteer tutors work with students consistently throughout the semester or year on literacy. Specific reading resources are provided by the supervising teacher.
Position Responsibilities: 

  • Volunteers are matched 1:1 with a student to engage in reading.
  • Dedicate at least an hour a week to tutor. 

Time Commitment: 30 minutes - 1 hour per week or more, Monday - Friday, mornings and afternoons during the Literacy Block
Contact: Classroom teacher

Literacy Support Volunteer

Position Purpose: Volunteers serving as Literacy Support Tutors are an extra set of hands for the classroom teacher during the literacy block. The purpose of this position is to help support literacy skills to ensure that students are successful learners. Specific reading resources and curriculum will be provided by the supervising teacher.

Position Responsibilities: Volunteers will complete a wide range of duties which are likely to vary from day to day. Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Circulating throughout the classroom while the teacher is giving the core lesson for the day 
  • Working with small groups of students throughout the classroom to develop: 

- Foundational skills such as speaking and listening, print concepts, phonics, word study

- Reading

- Writing

Time Commitment: 30 minutes - 1 hour or more per week, Monday - Friday, mornings and afternoons during the Literacy Block
Contact: Classroom teacher

Math Support Volunteer

Position Purpose:
Extra set of hands…...The purpose of this position is to assist students in engaging with learning through mathematics. Math tutors will be matched one-on-one or small groups to support math skills to ensure that students are successful learners. 

Volunteers will complete a wide range of duties which are likely to vary from day to day. Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Circulating throughout the classroom while the teacher is giving the core lesson for the day
  • Working with one-on-one or with small groups of students throughout the classroom to gain confidence and competence in mathematics.
  • Be a caring adult who is there to listen to their mathematical reasoning, ask questions to guide their thinking, and help them experience success in mathematics

Math resources will be available online and through the supervising teacher. 
Time Commitment: 30 minutes - 1 hour/weekly, Monday - Friday, mornings/afternoons during the Math Section
Contact: Classroom teacher & Advanced Learner IRT

Classroom Assistant

Volunteers serving as General Classroom Assistants are an extra set of hands for the classroom teacher. 
Volunteers will complete a wide range of duties which are likely to vary from day to day.  Duties may include but are not limited to the following: 

  • creating bulletin board displays
  • photocopying materials
  • collating
  • prepping project materials
  • sorting or organizing classroom materials
  • reading with students
  • working with small groups of students

Time Commitment: Monday - Friday, 8:15 - 3:45 p.m. - Flexible times; A weekly commitment is preferred.
Contact: Classroom Teacher

Lunchroom and Recess Assistant

Position Purpose: The Recess Assistant and the Lunchroom Assistant will act as another set of eyes and ears during lunch and recess.

Recess Position Responsibilities:

  • Monitor recess for safe play
  • Participate and lead recess activities
  • Encourage positive engagement with activities and other students 
  • Help staff members gather students when it is time for them to line up for dismissal from recess. 
  • Lunchroom Assistant Position Responsibilities:
  • Help younger kids through the lunch line and learn how to open their milk cartons.
  • Interact with students at the peanut-free table.
  • Interact positively and monitor lunchroom expectations

Time Commitment: Monday - Friday
Grades K-2     Recess 10:40-11:15   Lunch 11:20-11:40
Grades 1 & 4  Recess 11:15-11:50   Lunch 11:55-12:15
Grades 3 & 5  Recess 11:50-12:25   Lunch 12:30-12:50

Contact: Assistant Principal

Breakfast Greeter/Assistant

Position Purpose: The Breakfast Greeter/Assistant will greet and engage with the students who during breakfast time.

Recess Position Responsibilities:

  • Help staff set up breakfast room
  • Greet Students as they enter
  • Talk and engage with students
  • Clean up Breakfast room

Time Commitment: Monday-Friday, 8:00-8:45a.m.

Contact: Principal

One-Time Special Event Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for a variety of positions to help make these the School and PTO events successful: set-up, take down, food preparation, food service, solicit donations, leading activities

  • Family Movie Night, February 16, 2018
  • Family Fun Night, March 12, 2018
  • PTO Science Night, April 23, 2018
  • Kennedy School Ice Cream Social, May 31, 2018

The Kennedy PTO hosts a number of valuable family and community engagement events throughout the year and welcome volunteers. To learn more, please check back with Kennedy School.

Leadership Opportunities

Volunteer leaders are also needed to participate in the following committees:
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
The Kennedy Elementary Parent Teacher Organization exists to support families, students and staff at our school. Our motto is: Every Child is an Honored Student. We welcome all families to volunteer, offer ideas and input, and work to make our school the best it can be.
To learn more and get involved, please visit the PTO website.