Military Programs at Silver Strand School
Our school is typically composed of approximately 75% of students from active-duty military families. We understand and do our very best to support the many unique challenges that these families face such as deployment and frequent relocations. Our priority in this regard is to provide students an environment where they are emotionally available to learn.
To begin this process, we assist new students on their first day by having the principal greet them and host them to their new classroom. Further, within a student’s first few days, our school’s Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) and a member of the Student Ambassador Club will give the student and family a tour of campus. Students are individually assessed in reading and math immediately upon entry to our school and placed in small group instruction in appropriate Academic Support and Enrichment (ASE) groups, and sometimes additional scaffolding is made available in our Before/After School ASE program. We have also developed partnerships with several outstanding organizations to provide further support to our military students and their families. Participation in these programs can come about by teacher recommendation or self/family request and each program is coordinated by our MFLC.
Examples of programs include:
- Operation Bigs: In affiliation with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of San Diego, this program pairs adult mentors with 2nd through 5th grade military students in a weekly after school program to play games, create crafts, talk, and work on school projects.
- Operation Pals: This program offers a combination of the same supports offered by Operation Bigs for military students in kindergarten and 1st grade after school on a weekly basis. Adult military volunteers are provided by ACU-1 and the USS America (LHA-6), with whom Silver Strand is a Partner in Education (PIE).
- Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC): Provided by through a Department of Defense contract, this full time licensed social worker is instrumental in coordinating and encouraging all support services for military families at Silver Strand Elementary and also provides counseling support to students and parents.
- Coronado Military Spouse Meeting: Meetings are held on 2nd Wednesday of the month at 8:30am, at rotating school sites, with topics presented by MFLCs. Click here for the 2016-17 flyer.
Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families: Tutor.com for U.S. Military Families is a DoD-funded program that allows eligible students to connect to a live tutor online at any time for one-to-one help with homework, studying, SAT/ACT test prep, proofreading and more. This service is available at no charge to all K-12 grade students and some adults in active duty, National Guard and reserve families. Click here for all the details.
- United Through Reading: Silver Strand School has entered into a partnership with United Through Reading (UTR) to be a host site for their program. Please click here to learn more about UTR, which offers military parents who are going on deployment the opportunity to be filmed reading a story aloud and recording messages to their children. The filmed session is then burned onto a DVD and given to the family so it can be watched whenever desired while the deployed parent is gone. Silver Strand School will be the first elementary school to act as a host site for UTR. Click here to find out how to participate in this program.
Other programs that support both military and non-military students and families include:
- Ambassador Club: These are upper grade students who are trained to host and welcome new students by acting as a “host” and explaining programs and opportunities available at our school. Each ambassador is given a blue jacket that identifies him or her as a member of this club.
- Peace Patrol: A small group of 4th and 5th graders who are trained by the school counselor provide conflict resolution to other students on the playground during recess. They are identifiable by their red Peace Patrol jackets.