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First Star Greater Washington Academy Week 1, Summer 2014

We were all so excited to begin the second immersion at the George Washington University.  Mentor training on July 5 and 6 went very well.  Thank you to our wonderful board members, Susan Barker Clem and Wayne Clem for the delicious home made dinner on Saturday night.  Check in for students was smooth on July 7 and the casual pizza dinner was relaxed and fun.  Important safety information was discussed in the evening as well as the daily schedule, academics and expectations.

This summer the Academy is reinforcing English and Math skills through small group, individualized instruction.  Art Professor Dandee Pattee has created a Ceramics Class which will earn our students two college credits.  After lunch and athletics, the students work on Reading Plus, an on-line comprehension and vocabulary program which is self-paced and has already helped students improve their reading level. Following Reading Plus transitions classes on important topics such as Organization, Hard Work, and Dreams and Reality expose students to skills required for college.  The speakers for the first week range from discussion of careers in immunology, cooking, writing, security and child development.  A big shout out to the volunteers who gave of themselves to the students.

On Saturday, July 12, we spent the day touring the African-American Museum, Native American Museum, and the Hirshorn Museum.  As a requirement for the Ceramics class, the students had to select three different pieces of art and write a summary explaining why they chose that object.  In addition, they were required to sketch one piece of art.  Later that evening, after journaling and vocabulary review, all settled down to tea and meditation.

We are off to a wonderful start.