East's Weekly Newsletter for Students, Families, and Staff
Friday, February 12th, 2021
East Students Continue Singing Valentines Tradition
East students won't let Virtual Learning stop them from carrying on the tradition of Singing Valentines! Each year music students travel from classroom to classroom performing pieces for students. This year students joined Zoom classes to share their pieces. Thanks for sharing the love during this unusual school year Purgolders!
Black History Month Celebrations Continue At East
Black History Month continues with various celebrations of Black culture, history & contributions. In some classes this week, as students are joining Zoom, teachers have been playing a Black History Month playlist on Spotify of songs by Black artists. Students can then suggest songs for the following day and share the playlist link with students in the chatt. In some Spanish classes students are investigating influential "Afrolatinos" and "Afrohispanos" (People who identify as Hispanic or Latinx with African ancestry) and discussing their contributions. The Purgolder Black Student Union (BSU) has also been virtually sharing local Black owned businesses and featuring the incredible contributions of Black filmmakers and authors. "Storytelling has always been a great asset in our community—at one point it was all many of us had to remember and relive some of the most gruesome, challenging, empowering and uplifting moments," East BSU posted to their Instagram page. To learn more, follow East's BSU on Instagram (@purgolder_bsu) and Twitter (@ehs_bsu). #BlackHistoryMonth
AVID Students Learn About Organization From Guest Speakers
East Administrative Assistants, Janelle and Judith, have been making their rounds to all AVID classes. They shared their educational and career journeys and how they navigated the twists and turns in life. They also demonstrated how organization fits into their jobs, and how they developed the habit of organization. They specifically talked about organization of email, Google Drive, and the Google Calendar, and gave tips for being organized and why it matters. The AVID students and teachers are so grateful to have these strong and interesting women as role models!  
Open Interviews Begin for City Of Madison Interships
Applications are currently open for Common Wealth Development's Wanda Fullmore Youth Internship Program and the first rounds of virtual) open interviews start next week! Due to COVID, the program will be 80% virtual, with youth focusing on a community project that connects them with various City of Madison departments. Youth will also have the opportunity to spend additional time doing in-person, socially distanced community service projects.
Interns will work up to 16 hours per week focused on their project and other additional professional development workshops. Wages start at $10.50/hour for this 8-week summer opportunity.
In order to be considered:
  • Students must reside in the City of Madison limits OR attend a Madison Metropolitan School and be at least 14 years of age when applying
  • Interested students must:
  1. Submit a completed YOUTH and PARENT/GUARDIAN application
  2. Attend one VIRTUAL open interview time (dates, times, and locations are listed on the youth application and a staff member will reach out with invites/more details
***Students will not be considered if they do not have complete these two components of the application
For more information and for the links to the online applications, check out Common Wealth Development's Website.
FREE Virtual FAFSA Workshops For Seniors
Upward Bound, an East community program partner, created this Next Steps video for Seniors who have completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Haven't filled out the FAFSA yet? College Goal Wisconsin has three upcoming workshops scheduled:
Tuesday, February 23, starts at 6 p.m. Registration opens on February 15, at noon.
Thursday, March 4, starts at 11:30 a.m. Registration opens on February 24, at noon.
Thursday, April 15, starts at 6 p.m. Registration opens on April 6, at noon.
Students should attend with a parent or guardian if possible and bring specific materials necessary to complete the FAFSA. If parents are unable to attend, students may attend alone and bring these materials. Independent students should bring their own income and asset information.
For more information, contact Ciara Wade, East's Upward Bound Program Manager.
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