West Wilkes Middle School Parent Newsletter

Big image
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…



Students participating in the GEAR UP Club have won a FREE opportunity to hear Luis J. Rodriguez-the official Poet Laureate of Los Angeles speak on the campus of Appalachian State University on April 28, 2016 . Mr. Rodriguez is a poet, novelist. short story writer, and children's book author. He is well know for his community and urban peace activism.

While on the campus of ASU, students will also tour the college and have dinner in the dining hall.

Big image
The 8th grade faculty and students of West Wilkes Middle School visited Wilkes Community College and the Wilkes Early High School on January 11, 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.

This FREE activity was possible through a combined efforts of the WWMS Faculty & Administration, WECHS Faculty & Administration, GEAR UP WCS, & GEAR UP WCC .

  • 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


Big image

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.


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.



Week of January 18-22, 2016

GU 101 Lesson 17 Why People Work

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.

Week of January 11-15, 2016

GU 101 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.

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!

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

Virtual Job Shadowing Training Video

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

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

Big image