What a great first half of Summer Jump Start Academy! Over 40 incoming 6th and 7th graders joined us this summer to get a head start at TAF Academy, and they are already figuring out what it means to be a part of the TAF family. The access to all our technology seemed daunting at first, but over the course of two weeks they have already learned how to operate their laptops, Smartboards, audio and video equipment and more. By the time school begins in September, our students will be pros at handling their classroom technology and be able to assist their peers.
Last week, Master’s in Training students from Seattle University organized a Community Heroes Symposium for our students, right here at BCLS. Students (dressed in business attire) got to meet real-life community heroes, including our own Trish Millines Dziko. Our heroes inspired us by sharing their college and career stories, as well as their personal backgrounds, and encouraged us to explore our dreams and goals, noting that if they could do it, so could any of us. Students left the symposium feeling empowered and ready to create their own heroic story.
Most schools start preparing their students for college their junior year in high school. Not at TAF Academy! Our 6th and 7th graders are already researching various expenses related to college, including tuition, housing, transportation and supplies. By creating charts and graphs, they have determined the differences between in-state and out-of-state colleges, private vs. public universities and community colleges vs 4-year institutions.
I can’t wait to see what else our students will accomplish over the next half of Jump Start. I am inspired by their enthusiasm for learning every day. Our students will get to showcase their efforts during our Summer Exhibitions on Thursday, August 15 at TAF Academy – all are welcome to attend and congratulate them for a job well done. Stay tuned for more updates!