GAINING EARLY AWARENESS AND READINESS FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS (GEAR UP)

Brooklyn Cole represents Warden in the 8th Grade Career showcase!

Warden’s very own Brooklyn Cole represents Warden in the 8th grade Career Showcase! She is a smart young lady that is very determined. Brooklyn presented on being an Orthodontist and had her friend Sherlock there to help her. Sherlock is a skeleton head that she was able to use to show more about teeth to the audience. She had the crowd laughing but very interested through her entire presentation. She represented Warden well throughout her entire presentation.

Not only is Brooklyn our Career presenter, which means she out presented all other 8th graders in our entire school, but she is also a leader in our school. She works closely with GEAR UP staff in working our events and trying to assist us with our trips. She is involved in the ASB and is a major leader in our school. Brooklyn Cole will continue to be a great leader in our school and make us proud throughout her journey.

 

Career Awareness in Warden Middle School!

As the school year continues into the spring semester the Warden Middle School 8th grades are gearing up for another eventful Career Showcase. This annual event will take place April 25th, 2014. For the students preparations have already begin including taking the W.O.I.S. (Washington Occupational Information Service) exam where students are asked a number of questions regarding their different interests in Math, Science, Reading and Writing. The test then gives them reports of careers, that based on the way they answered the questions, would be good options for them to consider. The students will then choose a career that is of interest to him or her. They will compile information about the job and learn different aspects of that job from, how much schooling is involved, to what the annual salary is for someone in that occupation currently. They will also learn about job duties and other aspects of the business. Once the students have completed all of this they will then present their reports to Mrs. Brown, and GEAR UP site director Mrs. Bates. The top student will then attend the show case in April with the chance to win a laptop.  

Warden Tutors are all Alumni!

Warden GEAR UP has been lucky to have alumni students be willing to come back and tutor in their hometown. We started with Angel Gonzales, who has returned to us from WSU for a semester. He is a great organizer and loves helping our students. He assists in the GEAR UP room with student tutoring. Next we have LeAndra Gonzalez who is rolling into her second year with us. She is a strong tutorial tutor who loves to work with small groups. Our most recent hire is Robert Pruneda, who came to us from CBC in Tri-Cities and is also a graduate from Warden High School. He coaches at the school and has great connections with our young men and is able to help motivate them to get their work done. Lastly we have Michell Valdivia. She is our most recent graduate and loves math! She works with us after school tutoring in the GEAR UP room. Warden GEAR UP loves their tutors!

Careers in Criminal Justice for Warden High School

At the beginning of November students that were interested in Criminal Justice were able to attend a forum at Columbia Basin College. They were able to gather with students from all over the area and meet a variety of professionals related to criminal justice. They were able to start the morning off watching a mock play about drinking underage and how the police would react to the situation. Then a dog came through that is a professional K9 unit for the surrounding areas. The police office that works with the K9 gave a brief overview of what he does and how the K9 lives.

There were judges and lawyers that came and described their daily activities and what they have to do on a daily basis. There was also a court recorder there that typed everything that was being said during the morning sessions. Once they were able to meet many different professionals, they were broken up into groups and given a case study to work through. They were given a certain scenario and asked what they would do in the situation. There was one professional in every group helping to guide the discussion if needed as well.

Warden Students show off their work!

The students in the Warden School District had parent teacher conferences in October. Students took the lead with their conferences in doing student-led conferences. This is when the students meet with their teacher and parents and discuss how things are going in school. This gives students the opportunity to lead a meeting as well as talk to their parents about what they are doing well, or may need to improve on in class. Teachers are able to express their feelings to the parents and have the students have an understanding of what they need to do.

During our student led conferences we had our GEAR UP room open and had students filing through as they waited for their parents or their conferences. Students were able to get a lot of work done and catch up in homework they may have been behind in. Parents were also able to stop by and see where our room is so they know where their students are going during or after school for extra help with their homework!

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