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Benefits of 8th graders shadowing

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Alondra Rodriguez

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8th Graders from John Muir and Castillero

The impact of shadowing

Every school year, the leadership class visits schools like John Muir Middle School and Castillero Middle School to recruit 8th graders. The reasoning behind this is to have them shadow Gunderson and make them interested in coming here and possibly being apart of the Leadership class.

This is an opportunity for the students to learn more about Gunderson and receive an in-person experience of the campus itself.

Abel Correa visited Gunderson and stated, “For me, visiting the school was okay. It was really cool that they gave us a tour of the campus in a fun way.” This reflects that the attending students here at GHS were very welcoming towards them.

“It’s a chance for 8th graders to get to know the school and make friends with us high schoolers for when it’s their time to come. It also shows them that what they’ve heard from people and what they actually experience are two completely different things,” said Charlotte Campbell.

This year, we had 4 days of shadowing: January 17, 18, 24, and the 25. The leadership class interacted with them by playing games and some even took them to classes. Some of  the games played were “birdie on the porch” and “human pyramid.”

Leah Medina mentioned that some of the students were very shy and quiet. “The games made them laugh and we even had some of our leadership students go up to them and asked to be partners so that they know Gunderson has friendly people.” This is a great way to show them how companionable the school is.

It’s important for them to come here to shadow because “more students means more participation and classes,” stated Kaleb Gittens. If they do end up coming here next year, then they will hopefully choose a class that interests them, which results in participation.

It also helps them learn where all of the classrooms are located. “Coming here made me learn more about the school, where the classes are, and I even was able to meet some of the teachers,” said Isaiah Martin, an 8th grader that currently attends John Muir Middle School.

In addition, another benefit could be changing their opinion and perspective on the school. There have been words said about Gunderson such as it being called ghetto.

“It shows them that the school isn’t as ghetto as people usually describe it, and that the school’s reputation is different from the actual school,” stated Campbell.

Shadowing is also a great way to show them what Gunderson is really made of by making them interested and hopefully giving the school a shot.

From Angel Gaytan’s perspective, “Making students want to come to gunderson is important because we are an amazing school overall! We offer rigorous courses, an amazing media program including a professional studio (GHS LIVE), many clubs, league winning sports, and a newly introduced dance team as well as band.”

Overall, we hope that the students took that opportunity to visit Gunderson and wish to come here in August.

“We want incoming students to feel apart of the grizzly community. Everyone is welcoming and kind. We can’t wait to see the incoming Grizzlies!”

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