West Wilkes Middle School Weekly Faculty Newsletter

Week of February 22-26, 2016

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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 moreā€¦

Latest Updates

GEAR UP Wilkes Community College

Wilkes Community College GEAR UP Program will be hosting an out of school day program on March 15.

Do you enjoy using power tools? Would you like to participate in a make and take woodworking project?

Join the experts of WCC's building construction program on March 15 from 8:00am-1:00pm and again that same day from 12:00pm-5:00pm for a FREE construction camp. Lunch will be provided. There is limited space available for 6th-8th grade students. See Mrs. Stinson, School Counselor for more information.

WECHS Interviews

The interviews will take place for West Middle on Wed, March 2 beginning in the conference room at 8:00. The schedule will be every 15 minutes. Principals will receive letters of acceptance/denial on Monday at their principals meeting. Mrs. Stinson will call students up and give them their letter. We had 29 students apply and not all will get an interview. According the the early college this is the best applicant pool they have ever had.

Career Interest Project

Over the course of the next few weeks, students will be working on a Career Interest Project. This project will include, students participating in a battery of interest inventories and career inventories that will lead to the completion of a career project product.

This project will encourage students to explore various careers of interest. Students will then narrow their focus to one career of interest. The final work product will focus on that single career. (Collect all student work until the end of the project)

Career Interest Project Portfolio-Jungian Type Scale 1.2

Students will identify characteristics of the 16 basic personality types and be able to explain why productive groups consists of a combination of those types. They will also be able to identify careers based on their individual type.https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B0YlJK3SNVnJWUFacktHcTFES3c

After completing the survey, please share the following information linked below with students.

(I will also email you this flyer link)

Grade Level Meeting Items

GU Data

Upcoming Events & Dates to Remember

8th Grade Transition Visit to WWHS

March 7, 2016


March 14, 2016 4:00pm-5:00pm

8th Grade Career Day

March 18, 2016

Juntos Family Nights at CWMS

March 15, 22, 29, 2016

7th Grade STEAMPUNK Industrial Revolution

March 16-17, 2016

WWMS Presents Peter Pan

Friday, March 18, 2016-8:30, 10:00, 1:00, 2:15 (Subject to Change)

Saturday, March 19, 2016 5:00pm

Jody's Schedule for the Week

My schedule will be different this week in order to participate in the various GU events taking place at each school.

Monday WWMS

Tuesday WWMS

Wednesday NWMS

Thursday Battle of the Books Judge (CO)

Friday Central Office

Hot off the Press!

Upcoming Events & Dates to Remember

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.


Below is a visual reminder of how students log in. Please review how to use tutor.com/appstate with students.

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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


Upcoming GU 101 lessons will require students be able to use their individual CFNC accounts. If you have students who have not created an account, or are unable to get into their created CFNC account, please list them on the google form.

Mrs. Stinson and I are working to be sure all students have access to their accounts before the GU lessons begin.

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

Please Join Us!

GEAR UP UCAN Council Meeting

Monday, March 14th, 4pm

West 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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