GovsPLUS is officially over the half way point in its five week summer program! Kids are getting into a routine and feel firmly as though they are a part of the Govs community now.
Students continue to work diligently in daily problem solving, communications, step, and nutrition classes at Govs while the afternoon program this week began to expose GovsPLUS students to the array of high school options they have. On Monday, the sixth graders did a workshop with Govs admission officer and GovsPLUS planner Mr. Ray Long ’96 and the seventh graders met with Govs admission and financial aid expert Mrs.Carolyn Kimball. The sixth graders talked about how to make themselves great candidates for future application purposes if interested while the seventh graders discussed the application process in more detail including how to set up interviews, visits, testing, etc. Students were encouraged to explore all sorts of high schools available to them — from independent to parochial to public — and were given tips on how to do so. Both sessions were beneficial not only for the content of the sessions but it was great for the students to meet more people from the Govs community.
To further students’ educations on different high school options, the seventh graders partnered with Prep@Pingree and visited Pingree School on Wednesday for a secondary school admission panel hosted by Prep@Pingree. Schools such as Central Catholic, Milton, Nobles, Phillips Exeter, Phillips Andover, and many more were at the panel. This was a great opportunity for the students to ask questions, to experience the process, and to start to build relationships with any schools that they are interested in.
While the seventh graders were away at the admission panel the sixth graders were busy too and spent the afternoon with Mrs. Trina Gary, Govs’ new Associate Dean of Faculty, freshman English teacher, and Multicultural Director. The afternoon focused on “finding yourself” through a series of exercises during an identity workshop. At time the workshop was emotional but it was great to see that the students were comfortable enough to let their guards down and fully participate in the exercises.
Students explored the Kaiser art studio on Thursday afternoon and — with the help of resident art directors and GovsPLUS staff Brett and Jalina — put their own spin on Vincent Van Gogh’s famous “Starry Night” painting through a piecewise mural. Check out their awesome work below!
For this Friday’s off-campus trip, students and staff kayaked across Joppa Flats (right past last week’s field trip destination) to Plum Island! For many students (and some staff!) it was the first time they had been in a kayak so some were a little nervous but all were very excited. The extreme heat of the day added its own level of challenge to the trip. Although it was a little tough to navigate the waters at first, the students ultimately worked in teams to master the kayak and had a great time!
GovsPLUS students continue to thrive, learn and play as we head into week #4!