Another successful month for the GEAR UP team at both Housel Middle School and Prosser High School. November was very productive and we are very excited as we move forward. The GEAR UP team continues growing in our roles and serving students together.
On November 4th our GEAR UP team attended a Socratic Strategies Seminar to help us learn skills that help us to create a better approach towards our students in and out of the classroom. Who would have known that “hijacking a conversation” was possible?! The GEAR UP team spent all day in training listening to different examples of strategies and trying different tactics with other GEAR up staff in our region who also attended the training. It was a really productive opportunity for us tutors, as we not only learned new information and skills, but also received insight from other GEAR UP staff who might have similar experiences.
This month we also were able to help out with student led conferences from November 6th- 8th. This was a very good experience as we had the opportunity to collect surveys from our 8th and 9th grade parents. We also got to meet our students’ families and had the opportunity to translate and offer after school help to some of our students.
On November 22 the AVID class from Housel took a trip to Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Christina Rivas, one of the AVID students got back to dance practice that evening after the field trip and mentioned to her friends, “It was a really nice campus, I had fun!” Another student, Samantha Zapien, mentioned that there was a stir fry option for their lunch break and also said “It was cooler than I thought it would be.” Without a doubt, early exposure to the possibilities of potential future college choices does help open the students’ eyes.
That same evening on the 22nd the annual College Family Night was held in which GEAR UP helped sponsor. The staff also collected surveys and provided information to the students and parents of the services that we offer at both the middle school and high school. It was a night full of fun, food, and information for the families. The Next Generation crew helped put on the event and also had dancers who performed various dances for the families who attended. Delicious Mexican food was provided including cake for dessert. Speaker, George Mendoza, Assistant Superintendent of Morrow County, a Prosser High School alumnus connected his background with our students and parents. To see pictures, go to Prosser School District photos on the GEAR UP early outreach page.
Overall, November brought the GEAR UP team new skills, new opportunities, and we are excited to see what December has in store for us! Go Mustangs!