By Cassie Bingham, Communications Specialist
Can you believe summer is almost over? Time passes too quickly! That is precisely why at Guadalupe we know it is important that we use our time to our full advantage. This year we are ready to offer even more quality education, fun, and support to our incredible families. Our early learning programs and charter school have officially begun, and students have been excited to meet their new teachers and get a jump-start on learning. We have several new staff members who are eager to start the year off right and provide the best for the kids of Guadalupe.
Here's some things to remember right off the bat:
-Guadalupe School is a nonprofit that offers FIVE programs to support community members literally from birth all the way up through adulthood in learning the academic and practical skills they need to move forward in their education and professions, as well as with their endeavors to learn English as a second language. Our mission is Transforming Lives through Education.
-Guadalupe students are provided with smaller class sizes and one-on-one attention by their teachers and classroom assistants, and have the opportunity to apply for participation in added helps such as after school tutoring and enrichment activities.
-Here at Guadalupe we LOVE parties and fun! There will be several events throughout the year that will give families the chance to come enjoy food and good conversation with Guadalupe staff and teachers. We are kicking this year off with a Back to School Carnival on Wednesday, August 31, at 5 pm here at the school. Be there!
We wish the best to all of our amazing students and their families and hope to be of help in all ways possible. If you have questions about enrollment or school policy, or would like to set up an appointment with the school principal or a teacher, please do not hesitate to contact us at (801) 531-6100 ext. 100.
Have an amazing school year!
By Kate Brainerd, Adult Education Director
What’s your career pathway? And where you on your professional journey? What’s your next step? These aren’t questions that our adult students, newcomers who are working to learn English and gain a foothold in this country, are used to hearing. But in Guadalupe School’s Adult Education program, immigrant and refugee adults are encouraged to focus on success and plan for it.
Adult students at Guadalupe School have an 82% employment rate. They are bakers, drywall hangers, cooks and machinery operators who work long hours to make a living. That’s why we focus on teaching our hard-working students to look ahead and learn skills that will help them thrive in the workplace. For a student who is a beginner in English, the career pathway will begin with skills like counting money, filling in forms and learning to phone their place of employment when they are sick. Language for the career pathway includes understanding instructions from a supervisor, asking for help when it’s needed, or participating in a performance review. As students’ language skills advance, they will develop resumes, practice interviews and learn to advocate for themselves in the workplace.
Olivia loves her quality control job at Stampin’ Up, and understands that the next step on her career pathway is a more advanced certification in her field. With a license in Cosmetology, Erika will start her own business. Josefina can become a Certified Nursing Assistant if she can get a little tutoring to supplement her studies. Francisco works as a roofer and wants to learn the vocabulary relevant to his trade. Your support allows our students to see themselves not only earning, but growing and learning. Transforming lives through education.
By Danielle Lankford, Communications Specialist
When Brayden* came to Guadalupe School to start the sixth grade, he was at a third grade reading level. But, it wasn’t because he didn’t enjoy reading or wasn’t good at it - he simply did not fully understand the language.
Brayden came from a family that speaks Spanish at home, and just like anyone who tries to sit in a class taught in a foreign language, he was doing his best just to keep up.
At Guadalupe School, our objective is to take students just like Brayden who tend to fall behind their more affluent peers academically due to socioeconomic circumstances and language barriers, but are just as talented, intelligent and eager to learn. Our classroom model uses small classes managed by a teacher and a paraprofessional who are able to give the support our students need. With two professionals in each room, children like Brayden can receive one-on-one tutoring to catch up and excel in school.
With Brayden’s own dedication and the help of his tutor, Mr. Ocampo, he worked hard to practice reading daily. Sometimes, Brayden would become frustrated when he could not pronounce a word in English just right, but he said Mr. Ocampo made reading fun using funny voices and engaging him in stories that interested him.
His favorite genre, he said, is biographies. Brayden likes to read about people like Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and his personal hero - basketball legend Michael Jordan. These people inspired him to persevere and stick with his reading practice, and to set his own goals. He told his teachers he wants to be at a sixth grade reading level before he leaves Guadalupe School.
After one year of receiving extra support and encouragement, Brayden is almost there. The last time he was tested, he had jumped TWO full grade levels in reading comprehension - a result that impressed himself and left his teachers in awe.
With all that hard work, Brayden says he has learned how important it is to stay determined and set his own goals so that he can make the most out of his education. He even told me a story he learned reading all those biographies with Mr. Ocampo. He read that in high school, his hero Michael Jordan, didn’t quite make the cut for the varsity basketball team, but he didn’t give up. His setback inspired him to keep practicing diligently until he achieved his dream.
And, just like MJ, we at Guadalupe School know that Brayden - and all of our students - have the drive and the smarts to accomplish great things in his future, despite where he started out.
* Names have been changed to protect student confidentiality.