Category Archive: BLOG

Feb
27

February at Scott Carpenter Middle School

February was a short, productive month here at Scott Carpenter Middle School. I’m pleased to see the kids are beginning to settle in and become comfortable with each other. The mentors are acting as leaders in the classroom and the mentees are following their example. Not only am I witnessing the growth that’s occurring, several …

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Feb
20

Ranum Life: Experiences, Values, Accountability and More!

    This month at Ranum we have focused on the many circumstances that life can throw at us and how they influence our values and decisions. Students spent a significant amount of time thinking about the experiences that they have gone through and how they have shaped the people that they are today. All …

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Feb
13

Senior Success at North High School

We are officially past the half-way mark for the academic year, and North High School seniors are working hard to solidify their plans for after graduation! Last week in YESS mentoring, our students did a “College Decisions” research project as a fun way to learn more about the schools they are interested in attending. We …

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Jan
31

2015 at Shaw Heights Middle School – Off to a Great Start!

2015 at Shaw is off to a great start. This semester the mentors met their mentees and progress is already being made. I am very happy to see the mentors taking their role so seriously. A few mentees had trouble getting to class on time this semester. Many mentors suggested that they walk their mentee …

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Jan
27

Strenghtening Relationships and Setting Goals at Lincoln

The first semester has finally come to an end! It was a challenging but successful month here at Lincoln High School. The students were admittedly pushed by their mentors through December to raise their grades and complete all their work before finals.  The majority of the students have said despite being a stressful month, it …

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Jan
20

New Year at West High School

The Holidays can be a stressful time for many of us, and our youth are no exception.  We have had two breaks from school here at West and while some students had time to relax some spent their breaks working while some traveled as far as Mexico to be able to spend time with their …

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Jan
09

Kicking Off Second Semester at Scott Carpenter Middle School

At the last update from Scott Carpenter Middle School, the mentors had just started. This time, the mentees have begun! Tuesday was the mentees’ first day and their nervous energy has already given the mentors opportunities to use their training. Prior to the holiday break, I led the mentors through a series of lessons regarding …

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Dec
19

Welcome Ranum Mentors!

We finally reached the moment where Ranum Middle School's mentors were able to officially be welcomed into The YESS Mentoring Class! Students were very patient over the last couple of months while counselors and administrators worked hard to figure out exactly how to fit each student into a class with the complicated scheduling that is …

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Dec
12

Practicing Gratitude at North High School

      This holiday season, YESS students at North focused on gratitude. In class, we discussed how gratitude is a practice that removes us from the daily struggle of “not good enough,” reminding us to focus on the things that really matter—our support systems, our strengths, and even the challenges that dare us to …

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