Category Archive: BLOG

May 20

Wrapping Up the Year at Shaw Heights

The YESS program at Shaw Heights Middle School finished the school year strong. Many mentees are preparing to be mentors in the 2016-2017 school year, and many mentors are saying goodbye to Shaw Heights Middle school. As we ended the school year, students learned more about how to be community leaders, recognizing injustice, and how …

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May 17

This Is Why We Do What We Do

These months are among the most joyous of the year in our world of education.  Why do we do what we do? Bleeding hearts, social justice, equity, second chances, not giving up on young lives… All the despair during dark winter months with struggling, rebelling students who don’t seem to make any progress, is wiped …

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May 09

Springtime at North High School

North Engagement Center and Main Campus students are working on becoming career minded this week. Students have taken aptitude tests, researched possible careers and have looked at pathways to get to those careers. Students have chosen the 1 career they believe is best suited for them and are now creating a PowerPoint or Prezi presentation. …

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Apr 22

April Showers, West High School

Taxing is a fun word to use during a month of state testing. Our students were as ripe as they could possibly become by this time of the year and now their trial begins. Students spend 4 to 7 hours a day sitting, reading, bubbling, and typing away at a keyboard to demonstrate that they …

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Apr 15

Springtime at Scott Carpenter Middle School

This has been a busy time at Scott Carpenter! Ms. Coleman, who took over the program while I was on leave, is a top-notch educator. She made sure the core YESS content was delivered while creating a fun, safe environment for the participants. The students really learned a lot, especially about handling stress and overcoming …

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Apr 08

Life After Spring Break at Ranum Middle School

This week is a wild one coming back from Spring Break. Students had it extended by having no school on Monday but 7th and 8th graders were welcomed back with PARCC testing from Wednesday to Friday. Tuesday we had a fun lesson on budgeting for a completely made up life. It started with giving all …

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Mar 18

Getting College-Ready at North High School

As the end of the school year rolls around our seniors at North High School are starting to make the hard choice of what they will being doing after graduation. College visits and applications have consumed much of their time! This week they have been diligently working on their current classes, graduation requirements and scholarship applications! This month students …

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Mar 11

March at Abraham Lincoln High School

Well here we are, the month of March! Our mentors here at Lincoln are really trying to cram work on their mentees. The month of March and the first couple of weeks of April are going to be hectic here due to all the big tests coming up. Getting the students’ grades up and getting …

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Feb 26

February at Scott Carpenter Middle School

The month of February was filled with some fun filled activities as well as some topics that really impacted some of the kids in the YESS program.  We started out the month talking about communication skills and we did some activities regarding communication. The second week we talked about getting to know our anger. Most …

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Feb 19

Ranum College Week

This week at Ranum has been all about college and culminated with a field trip to the University of Colorado at Denver. The short week began with a few questions for students to see how much they already know about college. Questions such as what do you think when you hear the word college, who …

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