North Wilkes Middle School Faculty Newsletter Issue 2

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GEAR UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a researched based, national college access initiative that provides critical early college awareness and support activities within our Wilkes County middle schools. The GEAR UP program model strives to increase the number of students who are informed about how to plan, apply and pay for college through the GU 101 curriculum, career exploration, college tours, cultural activities, and so much more…


Discovery Place Tickets Winner!

Congratulations to the 7th grade teaching team at NWMS for submitting the winning science lesson proposal to GEAR UP Appalachian State University! They will receive a FREE Discover Place package which includes 200 FREE tickets to Discovery Place, Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life, and lunch.


Trip Dates:

Team 1: April 7, 2016

Team 2: April 14, 2016

Hats Off to Ms. Hartzog's STEAMPUNK ART

Ms. Hartzog's 1st semester 8th grade classes made junk sculptures partially inspired by American artist Louise Nevelson but with a steampunk twist. We set out to assemble discarded pieces of donated junk into creatures or simply abstract compositions. The idea was to make something new from something old, assembling and painting our work to make something more than just the sum of its parts.
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The 8th grade faculty and students of North Wilkes Middle School visited Wilkes Community College and the Wilkes Early High School on January 12, 2016. Students visited classrooms, took part in a college tour, learned about the rigor and application process as well as participated in a WECHS student led panel discussion.
  • Meet WECHS staff, students and parents to answer questions.
  • Learn the benfits of WECHS including earning a FREE Associate's Degree.
  • Get a WECHS student application.

January 28, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Stone Center.

Pizza and drinks provided.

For additional information contact the WECHS


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Career & Technical Education Presentation

Eighth grade students met with Mr. Wayne Shepherd Director of Career and Technical Education. Students accessed their CFNC accounts and Mr. Shepherd walked them through a "Career Cluster Survey." This CFNC survey is directly aligned with the career cluster document that us used by Wilkes County Schools. Mr. Shepherd also spoke with students about the CTE classes available at each of the high schools.



  1. Be sure all students have taken the ACT Engage Survey. Final date of completion January 23, 2015.
  2. CFNC Accounts. Be sure your students have created CFNC Accounts and have made sure those accounts are active by signing back in after creation. Due Date: January 23, 2015.

Please see Mrs. Welborn or Mrs. Freeman if you need assistance completing either of these tasks.

Thanks for all you do to provide opportunities for all of our students!

This lesson comes directly from www.cfnc.org

Why People Work

NC Standards: Why People Work (P.CR.3.1; P.CR.3.2)

Students will recognize the benefits of work and gain awareness of factors that motivate adults’ career choices, including personal fulfillment, helping others, and earning a living.


This lesson comes from CFNC.

Why Work Hard in School?

NC Standards (EEE.SE.2.3; P.C. 2.2; RED.CR.3.3; EEE.CR.3.1; EI.CR.3.2;P.CR.4.1; P.CR.4.2)

Students will recognize the value of completing schoolwork and earning good grades, purpose of taking classes in different subjects, and learn to calculate GPA.

FREE Middle School Tutoring Resource!

Please encourage students to use Tutor.com as a resource for homework help both at school and at home. Students are able to have access to a tutor within minutes. These sessions are quality controlled, and students have access to a tutor who has at least a 4 year degree in the field in which they tutor. The Tutor.com site would also make a great resource to place on your teacher webpage for students to access.

We have one of the highest usages of the site in the state pilot!

Keep up the good work!

Tutor.com Class Access Form

It's a new semester and a great time to remind students of this great resource they have available to them to get homework help. As a reminder, teachers who want to introduce this to their entire class and have the class log on all at the same time, we now have that option. Just make sure you fill out the request form PRIOR to having a class log on.


6th-8th grade students county-wide created CFNC accounts and began exploring what careers they are interested in, as well as how to plan, apply and pay for college.

Account Name

Student ID/Lunch #



Student Birthday (no "0" placeholders)

Example:08/28/1992 would be entered as 8281992

To preview the site... http://www.virtualjobshadow.com/

All teachers have administrative right for their school.

Teacher Login: your school email address

Teacher Password: email user name

Example: ledfordu@wilkes.k12.nc.us


Student Login: Student ID/Lunch #

Password: jobshadow

Example: 863018


Please Join Us!

GEAR UP UCAN Council Meeting

Monday, Feb. 15th, 4pm

East Wilkes Middle School Media Center

Please join us!

GEAR UP District Coordinator

Jody Freeman

North Wilkes Middle School/West Wilkes Middle School

E-mail: freemanj@wilkes.k12.nc.us

Central Office Phone: 336-651-7049


Monday and Tuesday: West Wilkes Middle

Wednesday and Thursday: North Wilkes Middle

Friday: Central Office

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