Families Connected is 90 Schools Strong!
The Families Connected Project’s Partner School concept
Created and implemented by LSM Communications, LLC, (LSM) in 2015, the Families Connected project provides each Partner District or School with it’s own unique Families Connected wellness logo and webpage that they may use to connect their parent community with the social-emotional wellness (SEW) resources they personally provide to their students, as well as to the broader youth wellness resources available on the Families Connected website. Partner Districts and Schools typically add their unique Families Connected logo to their main website with a link so families can easily find their SEW philosophy and offerings, as well as the online Families Connected resource pages and videos that they choose to feature.
LSM privately funds the Families Connected website management, research, and content creation, including video production, all of which is shaped on an ongoing basis by parent advisors and administrators at its Partner Schools and Districts, as well as by input from website users via the online resources suggestion form. LSM is dedicated to continuing to make the website free and accessible to all in an ad-free, non-monetized space. Partner Schools and Districts are charged a fee for the creation of their co-branded Families Connected logo, webpage, and a monthly wellness communication blurb to send to their parents.
Families Connected Partner Districts and Schools in the South Bay Include:
South Bay families have access to branded Families Connected parent education events, support groups, a free monthly e-newsletter, an event calendar, and a parent and teen blog series, all of which are supported by the South Bay Families Connected not-for-profit and subsidized by LSM. Those offerings are made possible by our South Bay Families Connected volunteers and sponsors.
Manhattan Beach Unified School District - MCHS Families Connected, the SBFC Partner school pilot project, was est. August 2015. MBMS Families Connected, serving the middle school was est. May 2016. Together these two projects serve all 7 MBUSD schools in the district.
Rolling Hills Prep & Renaissance Schools - RUHS & Ren Families Connected was est. May 2016 and serves 2 schools.
Palos Verdes High School - PVPUSD Families Connected was est. November 2016 and serves all 18 schools
Redondo Beach Unified School District - RBUSD Families Connected was est. January 2017. In May of 2017 it was expanded to RBUSD Families Connected serving all 14 schools.
Hermosa Beach City School District - HBCSD Families Connected was est. August 2017 and serves 2 schools.
American Martyrs Catholic School - Martyrs Families Connected was est. August 2017.
Chadwick School - Chadwick Families Connected launched September 2017 and serves elementary school parents through High School.
Torrance Unified School District - TUSD Families Connected launched November 2017 and serves 31 schools.
El Segundo Unified School District - ESUSD Families Connected launched December 2018 and serves 8 schools
Launching January 2019:
Da Vinci Schools, 5 schools
Families Connected Partner School Co-Founders in the South Bay
Each Families Connected Partner School has a co-founder who was directly involved in the implementation of the project at that site. All co-founders provide ongoing input regarding the resources and information curated and produced by LSM on the Families Connected website.
MCHS Families Connected -- Ellen Rosenberg, former Manhattan Beach Unified School District Board Member & Sandi Gleason, Former Mira Costa High School PTA President, with support from Mike Matthews, MBUSD Superintendent, for the project to be expanded district-wide.
MBMS Families Connected -- Ann Marie Whitney, and Kristi Knowles, former former Manhattan Beach Middle School PTA Co-Presidents
MBUSD Elementary Schools -- Lisa Schlager, parent, and Jen Fenton, past former Robinson School PTA President
RHP and Ren Families Connected -- David Maher, Head of Schools, Rolling Hills Prep and Renaissance Schools
RBUSD Families Connected -- Dr. Nikki Wesley, Director of Student Services, Redondo Beach Unified School District
HBCSD Families Connected -- Kim Taylor, Principal Hermosa Valley School
PVPUSD Families Connected -- Linsey Gotando, Executive Director, Secondary School, Palos Verdes Peninsula School Unified District --
Martyrs Families Connected -- Monica Lucenti, former parent, American Martyrs Catholic School
Torrance Unified School District - Nancy Guitierez, Parent/Community Engagement/Homeless/Foster Liaison
El Segundo Unified School District - Jack Plotkin, Director of Innovation & Student Support Services, ESUSD, and Paulette Claudel, President, ROAD
Families Connect Partners Districts and Schools Nationally
The Families Connected Partner District and School concept is now available to schools throughout the United States.
To inquire about becoming a Families Connected Partner school, whether you are in the South Bay or anywhere in the United States, please fill out the form below: