Week #3: In the groove!

GovsPLUS and the Groundwork Lawrence Green Team group photo (w/Big Papi!) after Friday's awesome day of service together!

GovsPLUS and the Groundwork Lawrence Green Team group photo (w/Big Papi!) after Friday’s awesome day of service together!

You learn something new everyday at GovsPLUS. This was our third week running and things are looking excellent!   The students continue to attend their normal classes and enrichment classes and are really beginning to feel a sense of what the Govs community is like.

This week many Govs faculty have stopped by to help us out during the afternoons. Monday, each grade attended a session where they discussed about the ‘high school process’ at varying levels.

Mrs. Kimball shares HS admission details with the 7th grade class. They will go through that process next school year!

Mrs. Kimball shares HS admission details with the 7th grade class. They will go through that process next school year!

Mr. Long discusses the many and varied high school options with GovsPLUS 6th graders

Mr. Long discusses the many and varied high school options with GovsPLUS 6th graders

Mrs. Gary connects with the 8th graders about transitioning from middle to high school!

Mrs. Gary connects with the 8th graders about transitioning from middle to high school!

On Tuesday the students spent the afternoon outside participating in a field day ran by faculty member Mr. Gold and his son, Govs student Andrew Gold ‘17. They played soccer, kickball, and versed each other in an obstacle course which staff members were ‘dared’ to also participate in.

Mr. Gold explains the obstacle course...

Mr. Gold explains the obstacle course…

Competition heats up at the dizzy bat portion!

Competition heats up at the dizzy bat portion!

Thi nails the bean bag toss!

Thi nails the bean bag toss!

Ricky and Yosvani lead off the counselor competition!

Ricky and Yosvani lead off the counselor competition!

The 7th graders attended the Prep@Pingree secondary school admission panel on Wednesday at Pingree School. There the students were able to acquire information on many different types of school. Afterwards they introduced themselves and asked any remaining questions they had.

7th graders hear from 11 different schools at the P@P Admission Panel!

7th graders hear from 11 different schools at the P@P Admission Panel!

 

Students meet-and-greet with the panel of schools... What an opportunity for all involved!

Students meet-and-greet with the panel of schools… What an opportunity for all involved!

Meanwhile the 6th and 8th graders stayed behind and participated in an identity workshop with Govs faculty member Mrs. Gary.

Thursday the students came together for an afternoon of ZUMBA taught by Katy!

We were also fortunate to be visited by a variety of guests this week including representatives from the admission office at St. John’s Prep School, the executive team of the National Partnership for Educational Access (http://www.educational-access.org), and a former member of the Govs faculty who brought along his two adult children too! Brett Bidstrup (student-instructor for GovsPLUS 2013) even made a breakfast appearance! We love showing off what we do at GovsPLUS and thank these visitors for spending time with us in our classes!

Chloe, Maria, and Estebanya plant peppers in the Groundwork garden. What a great place to spend the day!

Chloe, Maria, and Estebanya plant peppers in the Groundwork garden. What a great place to spend the day!

Finally, Friday was field trip day and this week we stayed right in Lawrence to service our community! We joined Groundwork Lawrence’s high school-aged “Green Team” to harvest, water, and weed the community garden at Costello Park.  Shameless plug for Groundwork Lawrence (http://www.groundworklawrence.org) — what an awesome organization!

 

After the work was done we had lunch and headed over to Misserville park. There we did some more weeding and cleaning in order to beautify the park and our city. The students worked hard all week and deserve much praise! Signing off until an even better week – week #4 which will be highlighted by a week-ending kayak trip!

GovsPLUS challenges the Green Team to a post-project bball game. Victory for GovsPLUS!

GovsPLUS challenges the Green Team to a post-project bball game. Victory for GovsPLUS!

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