Local

November 8, 2012

Fort’s new school liaison officer has solid plan to support students

Tags:
Beth Bellizzi
Special to the Scout


With the enthusiasm of a teacher entering the classroom for the first time, Erin Schnitger presented her plan on Tuesday. Schnitger was hired one month ago to be the new Fort Huachuca school liaison officer, or SLO. She gave her initial quarterly Student Transition Response Team briefing at Expanding Horizons Child Development Center to educators, key garrison staff and parents of school-age children.

Schnitger described her position as “a one-stop shop for Families.” She is eager to take on that role so Families “are not running around going through hoops. I can get them in touch with the school district or any special resources children might need. But my job is also to be a resource for the community. Anybody who needs an extra hand with a school event or needs help with a homeschool group, that’s what I’m here for. I want to be involved in our community so I can understand the needs of our community,” Schnitger remarked.

Her three short-term goals are first to re-instate the Colonel Smith Middle School Student-to-Student, or S2S, program, which is designed to ease transitions for new students. “Not only does it [S2S] help incoming students, but it allows our current students to show their leadership skills and review all the great opportunities that we have here at Fort Huachuca,” said Schnitger. Second, she wants to ensure the Fort Huachuca Home School group is included in more post education events such as book fairs. Third, Schnitger plans to design an online welcome packet for incoming Families. She noted, “I have so many resources. It would be wonderful to be able to send them to parents before they arrive.”

Schnitger supports military students not only enrolled in Fort Huachuca Accommodation Schools, but those attending Sierra Vista, Tombstone and Palominas public, private and charter schools as well. Although the SLO for a short time Schnitger has been with the Fort Huachuca Child, Youth and School Services Division for over a year. Previously, she was a program associate for its Youth Sports and Fitness Program.

In addition to a review of the S2S programs offered at Buena High School and Joyce Clark Middle School, Schnitger highlighted other state and national education initiatives. She spoke about the importance of the Memorandum of Agreements that the garrison has signed between local school districts and community private schools. The agreements offer support for transitioning military Families. Similarly, on a national level, is the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Children. The compact, which is supported by 43 states, ensures a consistent treatment of military children transferring between school districts and states. More information about the compact is available at http://mic3.net/index.aspx.
Fortunately, Schnitger’s position is not unique to Fort Huachuca. According to online information from Military K – 12 Partners, a joint program between the Department of Defense and the Department of Education, “the Army has an active SLO program on each of its installations. The Army SLOs serve the active, National Guard/Army Reserve/Accessions Commands and geographically dispersed Families within a one-hour distance of their installation.”

The SLO quarterly Student Transition Response Team briefings are open to all interested parents, educators, and any member of the post military community. The next briefing is scheduled for Feb. 4, 1 – 2 p.m., at Expanding Horizons CDC. Schnitger may be reached at 533.0874 or erin.schnitger.naf@mail.mil.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Traffic changes at fort’s East Gate begin Monday due to major construction

The east gate on Fort Huachuca receives a major facelift beginning Monday. The project will impact traffic flow into the installation and there will be delays. Two lanes will be open for inbound traffic which will be routed through the outbound lanes for a portion of the road. Traffic will be inbound only from 5...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Young artist helps local PD catch criminals through her work

Courtesy photo Makenzie Sargent is pictured with some of her artwork. A young woman whose parents work on Fort Huachuca is helping the Sierra Vista Police Department take a bite out of crime through her artwork. Makenzie Sargen...
 
 

Sierra VistAbility Day, job fair to take place

Sierra VistAbility Day Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” In celebration, the City of Sierra Vista Commission on Disability Issues and the...
 

 
Alma-Dolores-Dancers-Arts-&-Humanities-award

Cultural programming comes to SV Public Library

City of Sierra Vista As a library located close to an international border, the Sierra Vista Public Library, or SVPL, staff strives to provide books, language programs, and events for all patrons as the cross promotion of both ...
 
 
WEObs1_20140826_Flynn

Women’s Equality Day: FH celebrates at Alvarado Hall

Before the Women’s Equality Day Observance Aug.26, Capt. Jessica Howell, Company C, 304th Military Intelligence Battalion, takes a moment to read historical facts about Women’s Equality Day on display at Alvarado Hall. The ...
 
 

Glass recycling now available in Sierra Vista

SIERRA VISTA – Clean glass bottles and jars can be dropped off for recycling at the new Sierra Vista Glass Recycling Depot as part of the city’s trial glass recycling project. The Glass Recycling Depot, located in the parking lot of the Pedro Castro Government Maintenance Center, is a glass collection point that is separate...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin