Specific Transition Planning for Military Families:

At Tommy Smith Elementary School, we are fully committed to providing robust transition support to military families. Our school has a notable enrollment team, which includes the Registrar, Guidance Counselor, and Administrative staff. This team works tirelessly to ensure that the transition process for military students and their families is as seamless as possible.

Scott Bruce, School Counselor, serves as the Military Point of Contact, he is readily available to assist military families with any questions or concerns. With a significant number of military students enrolled in our school, we understand the unique needs of military families and are prepared to provide the support they require. He can be reached at (850) 767-1688.

Specific Academic Planning for Military Families:

Our dedication to academic excellence extends to military families. We recognize the importance of tailoring academic plans to meet the unique needs of military students. Our academic team is well-prepared to assess and adapt these plans to ensure each student's educational success. We carefully review the cumulative folders of new military-connected children to ensure we’re providing a seamless transition of both academics and other related services.

Resources and Educational Opportunities for Military Children:

Tommy Smith Elementary School places a strong emphasis on patriotism, which is woven into the foundation of every school project and initiative. We proudly cultivate a sense of community and patriotism, and this commitment remains unwavering. We believe in nurturing and encouraging student leaders and we place a high priority on bringing in guest speakers, including active-duty and military leaders to share inspirational stories with our student body.

Student-Led Transition Team:

Our Purple Pals are trained to take the lead as campus mentors and they play a significant role in guiding and supporting military children. They are vital members of the student-led transition team and are recognized for embracing their roles with pride and responsibility.

Support for Military ESE Children:

Our commitment to inclusive education is unwavering. We ensure that the unique needs of military children with exceptional requirements are met. We offer Self-Contained, Resource, and Inclusion settings, as well as Speech & Language services, Social Skills groups, and ESE counseling to provide comprehensive support for every student.

Military Recognition Events:

Tommy Smith Elementary School actively participates in a variety of military recognition events, including the celebration of Purple Up Day, Veterans Day, and other special ceremonies. These events honor and pay tribute to our military community, fostering a deep sense of respect and gratitude.

Access to Mental Health Services:

We understand the importance of mental health support for military children. Our school offers comprehensive mental health services through our dedicated on-campus mental health team. We maintain a strong connection to the district mental health team for additional support, ensuring that the well-being of our military students is a top priority.

OCSD Resources

BDS Resources for Military Families

The Bay District Schools website has a detailed list of Military Family Resources and Educational Opportunities to best assist your family. It contains a PCS document, services, programs, educational resources, and so much more to aid in the success of your educational goals.

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