Military Connection




Military students are highly mobile. Cumberland County Schools have several programs in place to make transitions as seamless as possible.


Student 2 Student/Junior Student 2 Student (information obtained from Military Child Education Coalition)

The MCEC Student 2 Student (S2S) program trains civilian and military-connected high school students to establish and sustain peer-based programs in their schools to support mobile children as they transition to and from the school.

Building on this successful program, the MCEC Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S) program is for middle school students, addressing the needs of a vulnerable age group.

The Student 2 Student Initiative includes the high school Student 2 Student (S2S) and the middle school Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S)programs. Each meets very real transitioning student needs with:

  • Immediate peer credibility
  • Positive peer relationships
  • Valued information about the school and the community

A delegation from the school is trained to return to their home campus to provide leadership to support students who are transitioning to or from their school. The team is composed of advisors and students. The focus is student-centered, and is student-led, with close supervision. The development of student trainers who can return to their home campus to train other peers is critical to the success and credibility of the program.

Three researched-based modules are used for this training:

  • Academics: (Requirements, Processes, Access) e.g., Test Assessments, Progress Reporting, Programs and Opportunities, Enrichment Support
  • Relationships: (Acceptance, Attributes, Friendships) e.g., Faculty/staff, Groups, Organizations, Peers, Local, On/off Campus
  • Finding the way: (Attention, Orientation, Appreciation) e.g., The Community, the Campus, the Culture, Rules/Policies, School Documents, Structures

The researched-based modules incorporate planning, technology, resources, goal setting, support systems, and elements of transitioning in and out of the campus. Through the training, the team develops well-prepared local lesson plans and clear team assignments for implementation at their home campuses.


Transition Tips 

  • Military OneSource is a national service to support active duty and reserves service members and their families with any of their concerns: help with child care, personal finances, emotional support during deployments, relocation information, or resources needed for special circumstances. It includes a website with useful information, online seminars, and links, a 24-hour hotline for counseling, and in person free and completely confidential sessions (6 sessions) with civilian social workers or mental health providers. The Military OneSource hotline is also available to service members outside the country.
  • The Military Child Education Coalition has several resources to assist students in transition.
  • The Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) is a national organization representing school districts that serve high concentrations of military children.  The Military Families on the Move section includes transition checklists, sample military-friendly school board policies, and other suggestions for schools.
  •  National Military Family Association (NMFA), “The Voice for Military Families,” is dedicated to providing information to and representing the interests of family members of the uniformed services.
  • Military Youth on the Move is for children and youth in military families who are anticipating or are experiencing relocation. It has articles, tips, and stories to help ease the transition.
  • The National Network for Immunization Information has state school entry immunization requirements. This information can help parents be more prepared and expedite the registration process.
Published by Shirley Carter on September 24, 2019

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