April 11, 2016

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WOW What a Month!

Game of Life at EWMS

On March 21-March 24, Alicia McCormick from EWMS put together a week long lesson focused on teaching students about real life. Ms. McCormick's students used Virtual Job Shadow to complete this project. On day one, students began by using the Virtual Job Shadow Interest Inventory to determine what careers best suited their interest. The following days students were given a career and salary from their top two choices and a living/family situation. From that students had buy cars, buy homes, pay bills, and save money. This activity gave students a glimpse of what adulthood is like.

Career Days!

East Wilkes Middle School

March 17-18, 2016

West Wilkes Middle School

March 18, 2016

Eighth grade students GEARED UP for the Careers of a Lifetime at WWMS! This career based thematic unit is a three day time warp set during the Industrial Revolution. On Career Day, students rotated through eight career sessions. Sessions ranged from horticulture to crime scene investigation.

A. Johnson & J. Stinson

North Wilkes Middle School

April 1, 2016

All students at NWMS participated in an interactive career day. Students learned about a variety of careers. Professional local artist William Vance Nichols created a charcoal drawing while sharing with students his love for creating art. It was a tremendous opportunity for all.

K. Welborn organizer

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Spring GEAR UP Field Trips

CWMS Physics Demonstration at ASU

Central Wilkes Middle School's 6th grade students visited Appalachian State University on March 31st. During their visit, students were treated to a Q&A session with current undergraduate and graduate students, a physics demonstration by Dr. Tonya Coffey, and lunch on behalf of ASU's Gear Up in the Dinning Hall.
6th Grade ASU

NWMS Biltmore Careers

The 8th grade students at NWMS participated in a Career's Unit that explored the evolution of various careers at Biltmore Estate from 1889-2016. The culminating activity of the unit was a tour of the estate which highlighted current careers.

Nerdy Career Facts:

Biltmore Estate is the largest employer in Buncombe County. The 250 room home and 125,000 acre estate currently employees more than 2,000 people.

Biltmore offers paid apprenticeship opportunities with potential employees to college students in a variety of areas.

Career opportunities span the gamut from floral design, bee keeper, hotel management, , museum curator, food and beverage management to wedding planner.

F. Prevette organizer


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WWMS 6th Grade Biltmore Careers

The 6th grade student body will be traveling to Asheville to participate in the Biltmore Careers Scavenger Hunt on Thursday. They are incorporating the theme into their STEAMPUNK Unit this week.

K. Carroll organizer

Wake Forest University & Heritage Theater

April 5-6, 2016

The 7th grade students of WWMS toured Wake Forest University and Heritage Theater. While at Heritage Theater they learned abut Forces and Motion. The program was a hands on learning experience where students participated in reasoning and problem solving activities.

M. McGlasson organizer

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Body Worlds Exhibit at Discovery Place

April 7 & 14, 2016

NWMS 7th Grade won 200 FREE tickets from ASU GU to the Discovery Place Body Worlds

Exhibit. The BODY WORLDS exhibitions are first-of-their-kind exhibitions through which visitors learn about anatomy, physiology, and health by viewing real human bodies, using an extraordinary process called Plastination. Each exhibition features more than 100 real human specimens, including whole-body plastinates, individual organs, organ configurations and transparent body slices. Each with the purpose of educating the public on the inner workings of the human body and show the effects of poor health, good health and disease.

S. Faw & A. Welborn organizers

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WWMS 6th-8th Grades

All students at WWMS will be participating in STEAMPUNK events this month.

7th Grade

The 7th Grade STEAMPUNK thematic unit was set during the Industrial Revolution. Over the two days, all student rotated through eight sessions in individual classrooms centered around activities involving the Industrial Revolution, with the culminating activity of watching the STEAMPUNK movie, Tomorrowland.

Sessions Included:

Ms. McGlasson Science- STEM Innovations-Boat Float &Catapult Launcher

Mrs. Hurley Math- STEAMPUNK Fashion Clothing Design and Similarity

Mrs. Lyalls Language Arts-The Adventure of the Speckled Band (Sherlock Holmes)

Mrs. Blackburn-Science-The Morse Code

Ms. Newton & Ms. Stotler-Social Studies-STEAMPUNK Industrial Revolution Bodgery Masks & Industrial Revolution Symbols and Jewelry Making

Mrs. Rhea Math-STEAMPUNK Scale Drawings

Mrs. Yount Language Arts-The Titanic & The Industrial Revolution

K. Lyalls & T. Newton

8th Grade

Eighth grade students GEARED UP for the Career of a Lifetime Unit. This career based thematic unit is a three day time warp set during the Industrial Revolution. Sessions ranged from horticulture to crime scene investigation. The Industrial STEAMPUNk theme ran throughout each integrated lesson.

Sessions Included:

Clockwork Worlds -Buy, sell & trade in the American Wild West

Green Steam- Mad Scientists control the world food supply

Elementary My Dear Watson- Crime Scene Investigation technology available to Holmes

Automatons & Mechanical What-Nots- Automaton design and construction

HeiBluftballon- Build your own hot air balloon

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-Early ocean exploration

La Contes Philosophiques- Create your own STEAMPUNK Video or comic book

STEAMPUNK Emporium- Create your own googles, hats, and jewelry

Forevertron to the Raygun Rocketship and Beyond- Career Fair

A. Johnson, B. Cole, J.Stinson & R. Watts

Spring Break at WCC

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Summer Programming

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Wilkes Community College

Wilkes GEAR UP Summer Opportunities at WCC

STEAM Academy

Session 1: June 13-24 (M-F)

Session 2: August 1-12 (M-F)

  • Any rising 6th-8th grade student in GU cohort
  • Approximately 20 different courses (some offered during both sessions)

Baking, robotics, animal science, auto mechanics, gaming, pottery, song writing, construction, architecture, photography, 3D design, cosmetology, math, first aid…

  • Courses vary in length; majority are one half day either morning 8-1 or afternoon 12-5. Some courses are two mornings (gaming) or three full days (baking)
  • Lunch will be provided for every student each day
  • May 2 marketing materials will be delivered to school system with hope to distribute by May 13
  • Additionally, will be advertised in WJP, FB, with students that have taken prior WCC courses, on WCC website

May 24 Registration Night for all STEAM courses at WCC Alumni Hall from 5-8pm

  • scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, every student entitled to one scholarship and additional scholarships may be need based or based on household income
  • The number of scholarships per student are still being discussed. This will be clearly communicated on marketing materials.
  • If spaces remain after registration night, students and parents will need to complete registration paperwork with Bekah Gardner by appointment only.

Career and College Leadership Camp

July 25-29

  • Rising 9th grade students (strongly encourage those that applied to WECHS yet were not accepted to apply)
  • 20 accepted (will take a waitlist)
  • Most likely will use google forms to complete applications
  • Day camp starts and ends at WCC 8am-5pm: Explore programs of study each morning and each afternoon visit local employers
  • Information disbursed of save the date and when to apply to schools week of May 16
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Appalachian State University


ASU Lead is a summer program that targets rising 8th and 9th grade students. Students will stay on campus in the residence hall on ASU's campus. During their stay, students will participate in teambuilding activities, learn more about college, develop leadership skills, and prepare for their high school careers.

Wilkes ASU LEAD Dates

Rising 8th Graders: July 11-12, 2016

Rising 9th Graders: July 13-15, 2016

Coding Camp

GEAR UP has partnered with High Country Coding Corps (HC3) to provide a coding camp that uses Minecraft to help students gain STEM and 21st Century Skills. Students will spend time at Boone's new Center 45 climbing gym where they will develop and gain physical strength during this camp.

Wilkes Coding Camp

June 27-July 1, 2016

ASU Juntos Summer Camp

The Juntos initiative provides culturally-appropriate services for Latino Students and their families. This summer, ASU will provide a summer camp experience for those students.

Wilkes Juntos Camp

June 27-29, 2016

school Board Updates From Grant Year Two

April Marr
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UCAN May 2016

Monday, May 16th, 4pm


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