2007-2008 Family Café Schedule
Parents and Family Members of Students in Grades 1-4 9:00am to 12:00pm
Parents and Family Members of Students in Grades 5-12 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Saturday, September 1 Orientation/Welcome
Learn about the SEMAA Program: the staff, curriculum, community partners, pipeline programs, and NASA’s current involvement in the future of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Information shared is relevant to SEMAA participants both new and old. Parents will learn about the purpose of our program and the Family Café, the special programs planned for parents, the importance of parental involvement and the ways in which parents can actively participate in learning with students.
October 6 Earth Science Week
What’s so special about Earth Science? Is it important or relevant today? And what about this global warming thing? How are these sciences related to the geosciences, astronomy, and archeology? We have a special panel of experts who have committed their time to answering these questions for you. Please don’t miss the opportunity to learn about how so many sciences are integrated, the university scholarships available and the employment opportunities available to students interested in a future in earth science and the geosciences.
November 3 Field Trip: The Adventure Science Center
Through a unique collaboration with the Adventure Science Center, the SEMAA Program will host a special field trip there at no cost to you. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend, but must RSVP by email to ensure we keep the number of attendees under 400. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in a class level scavenger hunt with door prizes and special awards.
December 1 Forum: Developmental Assets and Great Group Games
Susan Ragsdale and Ann Saylor are nationally recognized trainers and program consultants in the youth and community development field and author’s of the book, Great Group Games. Susan's experience comes from being a fifteen-year veteran in this work with the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. Ann has worked with multiple schools and community organizations since 1992. As co-founders of the Center for Asset Development, they have coached and trained numerous youth-serving agencies and schools on empowering and developing youth leaders, team building, service-learning, program strategies and youth development best practices. They have a passion for helping youth succeed through discovery and empowerment, as well as sustaining professionals in the youth development field.
January 12 Forum: Parent's Choice
I surveyed parents of the Family Café to inquire what you would most like to learn or discuss in the Family Café. The overwhelming response, chosen by 94.7% of 141 respondents, was study skills. This choice was followed by organization/writing skills, and how much involvement is good parental involvement? In Part I of a 2-part series dedicated to these three choices, we will have an open forum and round table discussion to examine current evidence and practices, then formulate questions and typical problems for discussion to take place in Part II to be held on Saturday, February 2 with experts on this topic.
February 2 Forum: Parent's Choice
In Part II of a 2-part series dedicated to study skills, organization/writing skills, and parental involvement, we will hear from a panel of experts on these topics followed by an open forum to inquire on topics identified in Part I of this series held on Saturday, January 12th. This time should be very valuable and insightful considering the questions will be formulated in a group setting prior to the time spent with the experts and answered by members of a panel who have varied perspectives and experiences.
March 1 Parent Work Day
Graduation is always a big day for the SEMAA Program. Parents are needed to help prepare the decoration, signs, and T-shirts for the students. This is a great way to show students we value their dedication and hard work over the course of the school year. Please plan to attend so that parents and students know what to do and have NASA-SEMAA T-shirts to sport at Graduation.
April 5 Graduation Ceremony
Graduation has always been a HUGE event for us at the TSU Nashville site. Every speaker has been phenomenal and the food spectacular! More than anything else, students develop a sense of belonging to a community dedicated to their continued success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Who knows who will deliver the welcoming address or speak to our students before certificates are awarded, but it will be hard to top those given by Mayor Purcell and Dr. Richard Milner last year! Yet, we promise to try…