Eight Brewster students and eleven Bridgeport students attended CWU-Bridges Breaking Boundaries weekend camp on October 29th. Students toured the Chimpanzee research center that works with the Chimpanzees with sign language. Students learned some sign language and how to behave around the Chimpanzees (behind glass) so that they didn't feel threatened. Students also participated in team-building activities, see above. Team building activities involved such things as building towers out of PVC pipes and lowering a plastic hoop to the ground as a group, which proved to be quite challenging. A nutrition activity was also part of the weekend.
December 7-10 - 12th grade booklets distributed
December 14th - 10th grade event
January 8th - Saturday Cram
January 15th - Saturday Cram
January 21st - End of 1st Semester
February 9th - Oroville Career Fair
Students attended the college and career fair in Brewster on November 22. Colleges represented included Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Wenatchee Valley College, Devry University and the Art Institutes of America. Many careers were represented, as well, and included a park ranger, an engineer, a massage therapist, a chiropractor, a Washington State Patrol officer, a firefighter and a paramedic. Over 100 students attended the college fair from the 7th-12th grade. Lindsay's restaurant in Brewster donated ice cream cones to every student who attended.
Six Brewster students attended the National College Fair in Spokane, WA on November 11th. The students were all juniors and were selected as having the top GPAs of their class. Students visited colleges' booths at the College Fair., then toured Gonzaga and Whitworth Universities. Students toured the main parts of the campuses and got to see a dorm room at Whitworth.
GEAR UP has been making a presence at the monthly PAC meetings are for parents of migrant students. Attendance at PAC meetings is typically over 60 parents. GEAR UP director Sue Johnson has been speaking at the meetings on topics such as early admissions deadlines, the importance of doing well in school, attending schooling after high school, undocumented students enrolling in colleges and scholarship opportunities.