Students pose in front of Sasquatch, the mascot for Spokane Community Colleges. Students toured both the Spokane Community College campus, as well as the Spokane Falls Community College in the spring.Students learned about the colleges programs, including law enforcement and corrections, nursing, art, culinary arts and cosmetology. Students ate in the cafeterias with college students and got to experience a little bit about campus life while "rubbing elbows" with college goers. Students said that they enjoyed their experience very much and that they found the information about the colleges to be very valuable in helping them make decisions about where to go to college later on.
October 23 - ACT test and Saturday open library
October 29 -30 - Breaking Boundaries Camp, CWU
November 6 - SAT test
November 10 - National College Fair, Spokane
November 23 - College night & Student-led conferences
Cathy Kehm, testing consultant for GEAR UP schools, came to Brewster on September 21st to speak to the seniors about writing personal statements and on October 15 to speak about testing. On September 21st she showed them examples of personal statements and explained that they need to focus on how an event effected their lives and to not just write about an event by itself. On October 5th she spoke to them about preparing for the SAT test and how studying in advance is highly recommended and will improve their scores, helping them get into the college of their choice. She also recommended that the students consider taking the ACT test as well as the SAT, especially if they are strong in science.
The GEAR UP after school open library program kicked off on September 13th. The library is open from 2:50-4:00 and a late bus takes students home at 4:10. Students must participate in the library program in order to ride the bus home. Bus tickets are given out at the 4:00 to students who have attended that day. Brewster's school districts then staffs the library until 7 pm for students wanting to study late or who can't make it to the earlier session due to sports participation. Students attending the sessions seem to be focused and working hard.
Most of the senior class and at least one parent or guardian attended a mandatory senior class meeting. Attendees heard Mr. Austin speak about the requirements of the senior project. Mrs. Johnson spoke about GEAR UP, it's goals for the seniors for ths coming year and the program's mission and purpose. Johnson spoke about the main goal of GEAR UP for 2010 - 2011 to ensure that all seniors will have apply to post-secondary education. This is but one goal of the program for the coming year.