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Okanogan Valley Gear Up

Brewster November/December 2009 Newsletter

Brewster GEAR UP tutors Alma Arevalo, Monika Garcia, Mariela Campos, Erik Gomez, Erandy Montiel and Blanca Vega work with Daniel Perez. Tutors attended a Wenatchee Valley College class on how to effectively tutor other students. The tutors earned 2 credits in education and worked for 30 hours during a training/practicum phase. Tutors now get paid by GEAR UP to tutor other students.

What's Happening

10th Grade Event

January 9-16 - Saturday Study Sessions for High Schoolers, 9-noon

January 23 - SAT test administered in Brewster

January 6-27 - 9th grade event held during advisory period each Wednesday in January

On Decemeber 17th, two mentors with the Bridges Program, a program funded by Central Washington University, came to Brewster High School to talk to tenth graders about setting goals and dreaming big for the future. Mentors told their personal stories and encouraged the tenth graders to write down their dreams and aspirations, no matter  how big. Students then shared their dreams with the class.

 

Students Visit SCC

Tutoring Class Ends, Tutors Begin Working

Five GEAR UP students traveled to Spokane Community College on November 19th and toured the culinary arts and cosmetology departments. Students ate a meal prepared by college students in the culinary arts program and also visited a holiday poinsetta show put on by the horticulture department.Brewster GEAR UP tutoris ended their class and internship for ED 130 - Tutoring. In the college class, tutors learned skills for teaching others, such as how to help students learn according to what type of learner they are. Learner types include those who learn better by seeing and those who learn better by "doing". Student tutors can now earn $9 per hour tutoring in the after school program in the library every day except Friday from 3-4 pm. There are seven tutors currently working in this program. Also hired were three adult tutors who also work in the after school program. Attendance in the after school program has exceeded eighty students in November and December. Three certified teachers plus high school tutors are on hand to help students with their work. There is an after-school bus that leaves at 4:10 and only students who attend the after-school program are allowed to ride the bus.