This fall, a group of Everett Middle School students embarked upon a new musical adventure, learning the ukulele during their time in the Mission Community Beacon! Each week, 10 students have dedicated their afternoons to learning five new chords and six songs that use these chords. They meet twice a week to hone their skills and prepare to present what they're learning to others.
All of this hard work will culminate at the Beacon's first ever Luau this Friday, where the students will perform some of the songs they have learned for their fellow classmates. The Luau will celebrate and feature all the students have learned this semester, even beyond music: they will also perform a traditional Hawaiian folk tale, demonstrate how to make Hawaiian leis, and display colorful, handmade maps of the state of Hawaii. Everyone from the Everett and Mission community are welcome to attend - generous helpings of traditional Hawaiian food from Pa’ina Restaurant in San Francisco will also be provided!
Searching for Cohort 8 at College Connect
|High School Coordinator Ivan beginning the interview process|
Every fall, College Connect begins the recruitment process to find the next cohort of first-generation college students. After spending the summer and fall presenting in classrooms, the applications begin rolling in.
The College Connect staff then begins reading applications, setting up interviews and meeting with parents. With over 50 applications for 25 spots, it has not been a simple process. Slowly but surely however we are moving through the interviews and getting closer to selecting a new cohort of dedicated students excited about college!
The most important part of the process is the interview. With the help of several community members, volunteers, and current College Connect students, the College Connect staff have been getting to know these students. Often back to back during the afterschool hours, the team has been sifting through the applications, hoping to find 25 students ready to work.
|Ivan and College Connect student Karen interview a potential member of Cohort 8|
During the interview, the applicant's desire to go to a 4-year university right after high school is gaged, as well as their commitment to the program schedule and identifying what kind of family support they have at home. The questions aim to highlight areas that will ensure each student is successful in this program as well as display their desire to be a part of a program like College Connect.
The decision is difficult because the students are dedicated to their education and also committed to making a difference in their family and community. However we must narrow the decision down to 25. With only a few more interviews left we are planning on making our choice before the end of November and welcoming our new Cohort in early December. We are extremely excited to see this program’s growth and look forward to attracting new members to participate.
~Abram Castaneda, Communications Intern
|Marshall students working as a team to securely nail a piece into place
Mission Graduates Extended Day Program offers a plethora of enrichment activities for all program participants with the aim of maximizing each student’s exposure to the arts and sciences in various fields. One such example of this is the 3rd grade class’s weekly field trip to the Mission Science Workshop.
Every Friday, students from Ms. Sarah’s class take a trip to the Mission Science Workshop for over an hour of hands-on scientific exploration. This semester, the focus of these workshops have been on woodwork and building basics. Students have been learning how to safely and effectively operate tools to build projects that have ranged from wooden boxes to battery-operated wooden cars.
|A 3rd Grader gets assistance from a staff member while using a saw
These workshops also open up opportunities for students to explore life sciences. Each session begins with 10-15 minutes of “Exploration” where students, with the help of Mission Science Workshop staff and volunteers, get up close and personal with the live animals, animal bones, cased insects, machines, and – a confirmed favorite amongst the 3rd graders – a giant wooden hamster wheel, all of which are housed at the Mission Science Workshop.
The 3rd grade class has made tremendous strides over the past couple of months, as exhibited by their finished wooden products and increase in overall command and control over building tools that were once unfamiliar. Weekly field trips to the Mission Science Workshop continues to be the highlight of our students’ week, and we are excited to witness how far hands-on learning has taken our students.
~Sarah Cargill, 3rd grade Classroom Coordinator
|A Beacon student posting on the "My Story" wall|
Join Our Family of Supporters
Mission Graduates has an amazing community of volunteers, donors and supporters. Join us today and make a difference in the life of a future college graduate from the Mission!
We are always on the hunt for ways to support our students in the classroom. Technology is becoming a maninstay in the classrooms and we are striving to introduce our students and families to the many ways they can integrate education into their "screen time". Help us expose more students to fun, literacy computer games by donating new/gently used laptops, tablets and cameras.
Contact Jenna Casey, Development Manager, with any questions or if you'd like to donate to our amazing students.
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This past weekend, lawyers from Hiscox helped College Connect high school seniors prepare their University of California and California State University applications.
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