Department of Defense Education Activity

Welcome to the Community

Community Involvement, Community Connections

Our community involvement includes the mutual collaboration, support and participation of families, community members and agencies, and school staff in activities and efforts that directly and positively affect the success of children's learning and progress in school.

The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) was established on April 2, 1951 in Rocquencourt, France. It was intended to be a military arm of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). SHAPE continued in that location until 1967 when, upon France's withdrawal from NATO's integrated military structure, SHAPE was relocated to its current location in Casteau, Belgium.

After the disbanding of the Soviet Union in 1990, countries of the former Warsaw pact including Russia were invited to join NATO. In 1994 the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program was launched, a program of bilateral cooperation between Euro-Atlantic partner countries and NATO.

blueribSHAPE Elementary School is proud to have been named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School. The Department of Education bestows the honor on schools for high academic achievement, as measured by performance on state assessments or nationally normed tests.

Continuous School Improvement (CSI) Goals:
  • Goal 1 (Reading Comprehension): All students will meet grade level benchmarks in reading comprehension skills as measured by TN3, BAS, SRI, Raz-Kids, and common grade level assessments.
  • Goal 2 (Math Problem Solving): All students will meet grade level benchmarks in math problem solving skills as measured by TN3, IXL, Exemplars, and common grade level assessments.

School Advisory Committee (SAC)

Public Law and DoD Directive, to foster the concept of participation in school affairs, establish the advisory committee by members of the school community. The committee is responsible for making recommendations and advising the principal on all matters within the jurisdiction of the SAC. These include:

  1. School policies involving students and parents
  2. Instructional programs and educational resources
  3. Allocation of resources to achieve educational goals
  4. Student services (health, special education, testing, etc.)
  5. Student conduct and discipline standards
  6. DoDEA policies and standards related to the above issues.

Unlike the PTSA, the SAC does not raise funds to procure school equipment and supplies or grant student scholarships. Elected members of the SAC include four parents and four teachers. Liaison members (without vote) include the school principal and the school's liaison officer.

SAC meetings are the third Thursday of each month. Parents may bring suggestions or problems before the SAC by contacting a SAC member, or attending a SAC meeting. If a parent would like to be more involved, he/she may contact the school office.


Opportunities to volunteer are unlimited. Parents and other community members are often in the school working to help our students and their teachers or the office staff. Interested teenagers and adults should let the volunteer coordinator, receptionist, classroom teacher or any school employee know that they want to work in our school. Volunteers may offer their own idea of what they would like to contribute or someone at the school will find just the right job for each person.

Occasionally we have volunteers who speak no English or other language we understand. We are still able to find a job for them.