North & West Districts Newsletter

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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…

8th Grade Students of WWMS are attending an WECHS visit on

Monday, January 11, 2016

8th Grade Students of NWMS are attending an WECHS visit on

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


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.
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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.
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What will be included in my FREE account?

Digital Job Shadow Videos

Engaging videos that capture a day-in-the-life of professionals in a wide range of careers. Real people, real work places, and real advice! English and Spanish Closed Captioning.

Post Secondary School Search

Find the right schools for your career path based on location, degrees, certifications, tuition, financial aid availability, SAT averages, and much more.

Career Search

Discover the perfect career to match your abilities and interests. Sorted by the 16 career clusters in Career Central. Also searchable by educational level or keyword.

Job & Internship Search

Search for jobs and internships in your career field. Updated daily with local job opportunities automatically highlighted on your school's customized dashboard page!

Interactive Features

Awesome tools to reinforce learning and enhance user engagement. Take fun Pop Quizzes, watch Interactive Q & A career advice videos, create Playlists plus much more


Appalachian State University GEAR UP Juntos Mentoring Program

Congratulations to WWMS for being selected to participate in the Juntos Mentoring Program! The program is designed to link selected 6th-8th grade Latino students who need extra support with a positive college-going bilingual role models.

Free Discovery Place Tickets

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.

GU101 Lesson 16 Why Work Hard in School?

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.

GEAR UP UCAN Council Meeting

Monday, Jan. 11th, 4pm

Central Wilkes Middle School Media Center

Please join us!

Jody Freeman

Gear Up Coordinator

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

Fun Times!