In between the traditional spelling quizzes, essay writing, and times table practices, Guadalupe School students get to learn through equally important, hands-on, visual experiences. This last month was no exception, with various grades learning from classroom outreaches carried out by the local aquarium and Hogle Zoo, as well as through a field trip to the courthouse!
Grade schoolers had their curiosity peaked, but their comfort limits tested when a team from the aquarium brought by some creepy, crawly visitors to help teach about various environments around the world. The creatures included a boa constrictor, lizards, and a couple of giant cockroaches. The students had the option of petting each animal to see what their skin feels like, and learned all about their home environments and how they live.
Students also got to touch and feel in order to learn during the Hogle Zoo classroom outreach. Instructors let the children go through boxes of parts of different environments, that included various soils, plants, animal pelts, footprints, and more. The students were fascinated as they learned about what types of animals and vegetation thrive in different climates and geographical areas.
Older students had the opportunity to visit Matheson Courthouse downtown Salt Lake City. They not only toured the beautiful building, but got to sit in the jury seats and listen to a real judge talk about conducting trials. They also entered and sat in the Supreme Court, where they learned about how a panel of the highest judges in the state decide cases together. The kids loved the experience, and one girl even expressed how she wants to become a lawyer!
We can never thank our community partners enough. They help Guadalupe School to transform lives through education by ensuring our students enhanced learning experiences, and exposing them to the surrounding world. Thank you!
Last week Guadalupe School had some special visitors with a mission to give back to the community through service! Both Salesforce and Junior Achievement sent groups of volunteers to be put to work helping out at the school.
Salesforce is a consistent volunteer partner of Guadalupe School's, and has helped on a variety of projects including math tutoring and collecting school supplies. This time, the team took a new approach by funding and executing a playground project that made preschool teachers very happy. They replaced the dirt under the preschool swing set with wood chips, in order to make sure children do not encounter muddy puddles under the swings each time it rains. The Salesforce team did not hesitate to put on their gloves, and pick up a shovel or push a wheelbarrow! We are so grateful for their hard work and contribution.
Junior Achievement got in on the fun by sending accountants from all around the Salt Lake area to teach kid-friendly finance and business classes for the annual "JA in a Day" event. Charter School students all the way from kindergarten to sixth grade enjoyed learning new things like how to apply mathematics in practical situations, saving money, making profit, and learning what a supply chain is! It was fun for them to learn these concepts directly from community members who apply them in their real jobs.
Guadalupe School loves welcoming volunteer teams, and we are very thankful for the contributions of our community partners. Whether you are an individual, family, community group, or team of employees, don't hesitate to find out how you can get involved at Guadalupe School! Email Cassie at email@example.com to learn more, or visit our volunteer page. Thank you!
At Guadalupe School, we pride ourselves on facilitating opportunities for our students, young and old, to learn from community partners, and gain value and insight from exposure to the surrounding culture and industries of the Salt Lake area. Recently, Charter School students embarked on several fun, educational field trips that added real-world application to some of their classroom studies. Third graders learned from the expert architects and engineers at Fetzer Woodworking, fifth grade took a tour of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and sixth grade visited the studios of Telemundo Utah.
The Charter School's oldest students loved their visit to Fetzer Woodworking, Guadalupe's second time visiting in the last two years. They learned one way that math becomes highly applicable to real life, as Fetzer's engineers and woodworking professionals explained the processes of using measurements to produce perfectly accurate wood products, and how robotic machines help in the production lines! The kids enjoyed learning about the behind-the-scenes work necessary to make things like tables, doors, and even the iconic organ in Salt Lake's LDS Conference Center.
Another prominent partner of Guadalupe School, the University of Utah, took 5th graders and our amazing art instructor, Tracy Strauss, through the Museum of Fine Arts. Students were inspired as they observed creative works and learned about the artists who produced them. Guadalupe School encourages learning from all the fields of education - whether they be STEM studies, literature, or visual art!
Telemundo Utah has been a wonderful partner of Guadalupe School. Not only do they enrich the Hispanic/Latino community in Utah through their excellent news reporting, but also through their support of charitable organizations. Steve Downing, the Sales Manager at Telemundo Utah, sits on the board of directors at Guadalupe School. The Lead News Anchor, Silvana Effio, has been a key speaker and emcee for Guadalupe at a number of events. 6th graders were fortunate enough to hear from Silvana, who toured the students through the news studios, and showed them how a green screen works!
Guadalupe students are so fortunate to have opportunities to learn from amazing school teachers in the classroom, but also from community teachers willing to share what they do for the world and how they do it. Thank you to all of our partners who provide wonderful learning experiences for our students.
P.S. If you have a great field trip or assembly idea for Guadalupe School, drop us a line! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch.
For years, Guadalupe School has not only provided transformative academic programs that educate and prepare children and adults for higher education and careers, but has also collaborated with invaluable community partners to offer families services that would otherwise be too expensive for many.
Throughout the school year, our campus is visited by various mobile clinics. Last year alone, families enjoyed visits from 6 medical clinics, 6 vision clinics, a dental clinic and a flu shot clinic. All 300 charter school students were vision screened, and 90 received new glasses. Similarly, all Adult Education students were screened, and 91 received new glasses. The mobile medical and dental clinics provided routine checkups for free, and offered recommendations for any advanced services needed.
Guadalupe School is very grateful for the assistance offered by the Salt Lake community. Our families are better able to take advantage of their education, to focus, and too succeed when they are in optimal health!
For the second year in a row, Guadalupe School held a September benefit breakfast called "Pancakes with a Purpose" at the Fall Events Center. The development team and board of directors at Guadalupe enjoy the opportunity to plan and provide events that community members can attend where they will learn more about the programs, services, and mission of our organization.
This year, guests were especially privileged to hear from Luis Garza as the keynote speaker. Luis is the executive director of Comunidades Unidas, a community partner of Guadalupe School that advocates for the mission of "empowering the Latino community in Utah to recognize and achieve their own potential and become a positive force for change in the larger community" and its goal of "healthy and united families." Luis spoke about the work of Guadalupe School, Comunidades Unidas, and similar organizations in helping the citizens of Utah to stand strong in their support of the immigrant community, by learning about people from different backgrounds, empathizing with them, and helping them gain access to necessary resources like quality education.
In total, the sponsors and attendees were able to contribute $25,000 to go towards Guadalupe School's programs. We are so grateful for the generosity of our donors, and can guarantee that this financial support will be used in ways that transform the lives of individual students and families at Guadalupe. If you couldn't make it to the breakfast, but would still like to donate, please visit our give page. In addition, keep your eye out for upcoming Guadalupe School fundraising events, such as our annual "Love Guadalupe Movie Night" that will take place on February 12, 2019.
What is the “summer slide?” Summer slide is the tendency of students to lose some of the achievements they have gained during the school year over the summer break. Studies have shown that children do worse on standardized tests taken at the end of summer than they did on the exact tests taken the beginning of summer. On average, children lose two months of reading skills over the summer. Kids lose 2.6 months of math skills, and one to two months of total learning is lost over the summer break. It takes six weeks of a new school year for children to regain what they lost over the summer. By the end of sixth grade, students who have experienced summer slide over the years are about two years behind their peers academically.
The good news is that summer slide can be reduced or reversed completely. What can be done to prevent summer slide? Parental involvement is vital. Children whose parents read with them every day are less likely to experience summer slide. Try to incorporate reading into your routine. Read with your child right after breakfast, or have a bedtime story each night.
Ways to make reading more appealing:
Maybe you have a child who dislikes or struggles with reading. Here are some tips to encourage reading:
Another way to combat the summer slide is to enroll children in summer school or summer reading programs. Summer reading programs have been shown to raise children’s test scores. Summer school programs have been shown to reduce the summer slide, however, these programs are most effective when children attend regularly, so make sure your child attends every day.
Summer is also a time when children could lose levels of physical fitness. Why is physical fitness important? It matters because physical health is known to increase academic performance. In fact, regular exercise can improve concentration and increase math and test scores.
Here are some ideas to incorporate physical fitness into your summer: Start early. Summer is hot! Try to get outside early in the morning when it’s cooler. There are many inexpensive ways to exercise. Some ideas are, go to the park. Playground equipment is fun and active. Play a sport with your child, like soccer or basketball. Go for a walk or bike ride. Exercise can be done in the home. Create a circuit routine for your child such as having your child do 15 jumping jacks, 20 sit-ups, run in place for 30 seconds, etc. Make exercise fun by asking your child to imitate animals, i.e. hop like a frog, run like a cheetah, flap their “wings” like a bird.
Sources: www.brookings.edu http://www.ascd.org http://www.pbs.org https://medium.com
Any first or third Thursday of the month one could visit Guadalupe School’s After School program and see a few adult volunteers dressed in business attire sitting with smiling Guadalupe children, as they read together or work on homework problems. The volunteers are employees from First Utah Bank, and they arrive twice a month to help our organization provide students with individualized tutoring and extra reading practice. This is incredibly valuable, especially for students whose parents may not speak or read English, and need extra support helping their children with homework and reading assignments in English.
Volunteering with the After School program is only one of many ways in which First Utah Bank supports Guadalupe School. The bank is a regular donor to Guadalupe’s programs, and sponsor at our fundraising events. Last year, First Utah not only contributed as one of the sponsors of our UNITE Benefit Concert, but also funded a televised news spot to help promote the event and Guadalupe School’s services. This year, the bank bought a table at our spring fundraiser, the THRIVE Benefit Dinner, where Brad Baldwin, First Utah’s President, and his wife attended and lent their support.
Guadalupe School is grateful for the generous support of First Utah, and is proud to bank with them, especially because they share our love of the immigrant community, and our commitment to helping those with international origins to be provided with opportunity. In 2005, First Utah Bank assessed the amazing diversity and international community of Salt Lake City, and decided they wanted to be more involved. This led them to open an international branch of the bank, where they have employed a diverse staff of immigrants who speak numerous languages, including Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Hindi, and Spanish. Jean John, First Utah Vice President, explained that the bank’s decision to hire international employees has allowed for unique trust from their customers, who appreciate that their bank “understands the culture of international customers, in addition to the language.” First Utah has also promoted several individuals from within the international branch over the years, adding to the overall diversity of perspective and leadership at the company.
Guadalupe School feels fortunate to share a strong partnership with a company that possesses a deep understanding of the wealth of knowledge and skills immigrants bring to any organization. We cherish the ongoing support of First Utah Bank, and look forward to many more years of working in unison to give back to the Salt Lake community.
Guadalupe School recently published a new video that helps explain our programs and mission. The video follows one of our families, who happen to be enrolled in four of our five programs! Meet Pascuala, and her sons Erik, Angel, Brian, and David, who are all progressing through the In-Home, Preschool, Charter School, and Adult Education programs. Watch their story below, and find out what it is that Guadalupe School does for its families!
Guadalupe School has been busy, busy, busy this Spring season, with all sorts of fun learning activities and events. Our organization holds the firm belief that it is of immense value to the individuals and families we serve, that they are exposed to the greater community, where they can become inspired and connected to the opportunities around them.
Charter students have recently benefited by learning from our community partners. Last month, Junior Achievement opened the doors of JA City to Guadalupe School, where 5th graders participated in the highly acclaimed Biz Town Program. Biz Town, "combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to this fully-interactive simulated learning facility." Guadalupe students were able to become employees and managers of various real-life Salt Lake City businesses for a day. One lucky girl even got to act as the Biz Town mayor, and give a speech! Students loved this hands-on experience, and learned a lot about how a community works, and what types of professions they can aspire to fulfill.
Even more recently, all students of the Guadalupe Charter School were able to meet and hear from two REAL soccer stars, Luis Silva and Jaoa Plata, at a school assembly. The players spoke in both English and Spanish about their origins in Mexico and Ecuador respectively, and how through hard work and determination they have been able to realize their dreams. They encouraged the students to value school and to remain disciplined. Their visit was sponsored by Cache Valley Cheese, who made a generous donation of $1,000 to support Guadalupe School.
Guadalupe families and staff feel so grateful for the community partnerships that allow our students amazing opportunities of learning and growth. Through our programs and the collaborations of trusted supporters, we are truly transforming lives through education!
This month, Guadalupe School had the honor of welcoming Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox and representatives of the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah Education Policy Center to tour our campus, hear from parents of Charter School students, and see our After School program in full swing.
Trisha Perry, Guadalupe School's After School Director, and her assistant Jamie Jensen, have worked tirelessly to create an experience that provides quality learning opportunities in many forms to After School students. Their willingness and effectiveness in collaborating with community volunteers and partners has allowed for things like science experimentation labs, music lessons, arts and crafts, and literacy camps to be included in After School education. Due to Trisha's hard work and enormous talent, Lt. Governor Cox was not disappointed with what he observed at Guadalupe School.
To begin the occasion, Executive Director of Guadalupe School, Richard Pater, welcomed the Lt. Governor and crowd by talking about how appreciative our organization is for the state funding that has allowed us to provide a high quality after school program to about half of our Charter students. He explained that especially for the population served at Guadalupe School, this is a huge benefit. Many Guadalupe School parents do not speak fluent English, and are unable to assist their children in the ways they would like to on homework that is in English. Additionally, many of them work long hours, sometimes at multiple jobs just to make ends meet for the family, and unfortunately do not have the luxury of being home with children after school in order to help.
The After School program provides Guadalupe students with an hour of homework assistance, followed up by an hour of extracurricular activities. Lt. Governor Cox was able to see a few of those activities, including a choir class, a violin class, and a tennis class. Guadalupe School is proud to be supported by community partners who have offered such services in order to better serve and stimulate Guadalupe School students.
Lt. Governor Cox and the other representatives who visited were very impressed with the good work Guadalupe School is doing. They especially enjoyed hearing from several parents who shared how fortunate they felt to have their children enrolled in various programs of Guadalupe, and even for some of them to be enrolled in the Adult Education program simultaneously.
Guadalupe School thanks Lt. Governor Cox and all of the other visitors for stopping in to see Guadalupe School programs in action, and to better understand our mission and services.