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Brewster September/October 2009 Newsletter

Brewster GEAR UP students attended Washington State University on Sept. 19. They toured campus, visited departments specific to their interests, watched the cougars football team beat Southern Methodist University, and got to meet football player Bernard Wolfgramm, defensive tackle.

What's Happening

October 14 - PSAT test for Juniors - Brewster Library 8 am

October 17-31 - Tutoring 130 college class for GEAR UP tutors WVC Omak campus

Octoober 21 - Parent Dinner, H.S. Cafeteria

November 23-25 - Student Led-Conferences, grades 7-12, High School Commons

GEAR UP Parents Night

GEAR UP parent nights will be held every other  month  beginning with the first on October 21st. Topics for the first parent night will include important tips for parents to keep informed about their student's progress, the importance of setting goals and the importance of good study habits. There will be a student panel  of students who have had success in these areas. Parent  handbooks will be available, with the important points for each grade detailed in both English and Spanish. There will be a Mexican dinner after the panel speaks. The event will be advertised throughout the community by flyers, newspaper articles and radio announcement. Parents will also be invited by way of flyers and phone calls home. There will be door prizes in for form of gift certificates to Brewster Marketplace, among others.

Tutoring Program Begins

Brewster GEAR UP will provide tutoring to students by hiring trained students. Students undergo training by taking a college class at WVC for two credits and must also tutor for 30 hours in a practicum. Students then tutor other students for pay. This encourages students to seek training, college credit and the experience that working with other students provides. Some students in the GEAR UP program from other schools have reported that some students realize their calling to be teachers after working for GEAR UP as tutors. Tutoring is currently Monday-Thursday from 3-4 in the commons. This year GEAR UP will also hire adult tutors to work with students in the areas of math, science and  English. These adult tutors will work before school from 6:45-7:45 a.m. as well as after school from 3-4 p.m.

Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire. - William Butler Yeats


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