GO Center Monthly Activity Report

Meadowbrook Middle School | Feb 01 - Mar 31 (AY 2015-2016)


HBCU Showcase

Hosted mini college fair in the library which featured historically black colleges and universities. The fair was held in honor of Black History Month and aimed at exposing students to various postsecondary options including the rich legacy of HBCUs.

Four institutions were represented: Hutson-Tillotson University, Texas Southern University, Grambling State University, and Spelman College; 134 students rotated through the fair.

Jobs Skills & Career Development Workshop for Parents

Elma Kirkwood of Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County provided tools and tips for advancing career/job options through polished resumes. She provided information about what to include on a competitive resume and distributed templates for attendees to follow.

Parents of AVID students were targeted for attendance via flyers distributed to students and a postcard mailing to their listed residence, but unfortunately none showed up. However, we were still able to capture a small audience for the presentation. Ms. Kirkwood agreed to facilitate a future workshop. If you have any suggestions (besides food and extra credit as those strategies were used in this instance) on gaining parental involvement in such activities, please forward.

Ms. Jasso of Girls Inc. Tarrant County continues to work with a select group of MMS students during 7th period twice per month. Students are enjoying the program and have provided nothing but positive feedback.

BBYF Scholarship Winner!

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Finalists in this year's Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation scholarship program were announced. Anna Huynh is one of the 37 students chosen from over 250 applications across North Texas. In her application essay she wrote about Gandhi: "I've used Gandhi's actions in life to help better myself, because as a young Asian child growing up, I was always surrounded by violent and harsh people."

This is the first time Meadowbrook has had a winner. Special thanks to our 8th English teachers, Ms. Gaspard and Ms. Smith, for their support in making sure this opportunity was taken by our students. Anna will be recognized at UT Arlington on Sunday, April 17th.

High School Panel (College Week)

A panel discussion was held during college week for 8th grade students. Seniors and staff from Eastern Hills High School offered advice for a successful transition into 9th grade and high school completion thereafter. Students submitted questions prior to the event that were used to facilitate the discussion.

Parent Day + College Fair

Parent Day

Parents/guardians of students enrolled in the MSSI (GO Center) program were invited to attend afternoon classes with their child(ren); five parents were in attendance.

Parents were welcomed by Mr. Hayes and received a briefing from Ms. Shaw on parental support during STAAR testing before joining their student(s) in class.

Again, if you have any feedback on how to increase parent participation in events like this, please forward. Over 100 parents were invited through another postcard mailing, and a flyer with an attached RSVP form was also mailed home. We would love to have more parents show up to future events.

College Fair

College admission reps, community youth programs and employers were present to share information with students and their parents/guardians. Attendees included:

  • UT Arlington
  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
  • Girls Inc. of Tarrant County
  • City of Fort Worth (Rising Stars)
  • Waste Management
  • Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation
  • Oncor

All grade levels rotated through the fair which was held in the cafeteria.

College Experience

A district-wide event held on Saturdays throughout the academic year at various high schools; designed to help students and their parents gain first-hand knowledge about the college admission process and student life on campus.

MMS students from AVID, FWAS, and the GO Center program traveled to Southwest High School and participated in a college fair and three workshops hosted at the event.