Monday, August 9, 2021 written by Jennie Kwok.
Every year we invite some of our Guadalupe Graduates (GG’s) to come back and help during summer school. Read about GG experiences at Guadalupe School as well as their plans for the future.
My name is Melissa Nava and my family is from Mexico. I was born here and my first language was Spanish. However, I don’t remember this affecting my education since I learned English from my family members at a young age. I attended classes at Guadalupe School from 1st through 6th grade. The amazing teachers and staff are what made Guadalupe special to me. I liked that all of the teachers were really supportive. I needed a lot of help with reading throughout the years, so I appreciate the teachers who helped me improve my literacy skills.
My favorite part about going to school at Guadalupe was seeing my teachers, P.E., and art class. I am passionate about sports, so I enjoyed playing and participating in all of the different physical activities. During art class, I took joy in having a place to escape and express my imagination. Mr. Bryant was one of my favorite teachers. He took his time teaching every lesson to make sure that everyone in the class understood what was being taught. He was kind and motivated me to level up my reading proficiency.
Since graduating from 6th grade, I’ve been focusing on my studies and volunteering at Guadalupe School. It’s my first time volunteering and it’s a lot of fun! I help teachers and students—especially the ones that need extra instruction. Volunteering is a good opportunity for me to encourage current students to do their best. When I grow up, I want to join the law enforcement. I have always wanted to be a police officer or detective ever since I was a child. I am still friends with some of my classmates from Guadalupe. I like my small circle of close friends because it is more peaceful that way. My advice to current students is to not let others bring you down and don’t be a bully. Don’t ever give up and focus on learning, even if you don’t think it’s important. That’s how you get will get ahead in life. If you prioritize your education, you might even be able to graduate early from high school.
My family and I are doing well. We’ve been closer ever since the pandemic happened. Everything is going good right now and I’m grateful for that. I want to thank all of the staff at Guadalupe School for their support and the smiles that they brought to my face while I was there. I feel blessed for having such a memorable experience.
My name is Lesley Soledad and my family is from Mexico. I was born here, but my first language was Spanish. Because of this, I couldn’t understand my classmates or teachers unless someone translated for me. I was enrolled in classes at Guadalupe School from 2nd through 6th grade. The emphasis on comprehension and retention was something that made Guadalupe stand out compared to other schools. It’s incredible to be a part of this community!
My favorite part about going to school at Guadalupe was meeting new people. I’m glad that I went to school here because it gave me the opportunity to be introduced to some outstanding and nice teachers. For example, Ms. Jensen’s class was life changing for me. She helped me build a lot of my foundational skills during the first year of enrollment, and pushed us to do higher-level math by the end of the year. Thanks to Ms. Jensen, I’m more academically motivated and am currently taking advanced classes. Mrs. Cantu was one of my favorite teachers. She made learning fun and encouraged us to keep moving forward during difficult times. I also want to mention Mr. Bryant because he was reliable and followed the idea of having no student left behind.
Since graduating from 6th grade, I’ve participated in Science Olympiad, one of the largest K-12 STEM tournaments in the U.S. There are a lot of different categories, but my team competed in Science Application and Technology: Electric Vehicle and won 2nd place in state and 3rd place for regionals! I volunteered at Guadalupe School during my 6th grade year and I liked it so much that I’m doing it again this year. I enjoy the time I spend volunteering because it makes me feel happier. I’m helping the students, creating meaningful relationships, and gaining new skills. When I grow up, I want to become a forensic scientist because I find it super interesting and cool. I am still friends with a few of my classmates from Guadalupe, but I’m looking forward to making new friends at a new high school this year. One topic that was never spoken about as often as it should’ve been was self-care and how it fits in with school. My advice to current students is to take care of your mental health.
The pandemic is creating tough situations for everyone. At the beginning of it, my dad had to stop working for two weeks. Right now, we’re just trying to get the hang of things, being cautious, staying safe, and keeping loved ones around us safe. I want to tell the staff at Guadalupe School how much I appreciate everything that they did for us. Thank you to teachers for helping us learn, cafeteria workers for feeding us, and janitors for keeping the school clean. Everything was always prepared which fostered a positive learning environment.
My name is Ashlyn Hinostroza and my family is from Peru. I was born here and Spanish was my first language. This didn’t affect my learning since my older sister already knew English and taught it to me while I was growing up. I went to Guadalupe School from preschool to 6th grade. This place is unique because they really go out of their way to help the entire community. If students need anything, staff will reach out and go above and beyond to assist them. For instance, if a child doesn’t have a doctor, the school will host a variety of health clinics throughout the year. It’s a small school and everyone knows each other, so you always have someone to talk to. My entire experience has been filled with positive energy.
My favorite part about going to school at Guadalupe was learning and having fun. It was easy for me to grow and progress in school since all of the teachers were friendly and caring. Each new day was filled with an excitement for learning. I was especially grateful for the Afterschool program that provided opportunities for us to do homework with tutors, learn an instrument, or get some exercise with indoor or outdoor sports. All of my teachers encouraged me to fulfill my best potential since day one. As a result, school was more enjoyable and effortless. If I had to choose a favorite teacher, I would pick Mr. Bryant. He has a lot of patience with his students. He also jokes around and laughs with us!
Since graduating from 6th grade, I have been preparing to start middle school and volunteering at Guadalupe School. I’m volunteering because I want to accumulate volunteer experience for opportunities that might require it on down the road. I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but I’m enthused to discover what the future will hold for me. I am still friends with a couple of my classmates from Guadalupe, and I’m glad to have made life-long friends that are trustworthy and supportive. My advice to current students is to keep up the hard work so that you can achieve your goals. You will be able to succeed at anything if you stay motivated.
My family and I are healthy and happy. Thankfully, there are no problems right now. Regardless, I just want to say that people can be bullies, and it can happen anywhere. Just ignore them. You might want to give up when faced with challenges, but certain things have to take place to help you grow up. It also used to make me upset when I got bad grades, since I always got good grades, but I don’t let it bother me anymore. You can slip up, but that doesn’t mean you failed completely. If you fail, there is still hope just around the corner. It’s okay to make mistakes! I want to express gratitude to all of the staff at Guadalupe School for helping me prepare for the future. I’m proud to be a Guadalupe alumni.
Are you looking for some volunteer opportunities? We are in search of math, reading, and English language tutors for our toddlers, preschoolers, K-6th graders, and adult students. Options can range from one time projects to 20 mins – 3 hours a week to help strengthen a student’s comprehension, boost their confidence, and build important learning skills! Visit guadschool.org/volunteer to support an individual’s personal growth! Must have proof of vaccination.⠀