About our Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence:
PACE is a national initiative which all NSCS chapters are involved in. The objective is to get middle school students thinking and planning for their future through the help of mentoring, tutoring, school visits, and the March to College Day. We have also started an open tutoring session Monday thru Thursday mornings for any kids who would like some help. If anyone would like to become a tutor, email contact Kelsy.
What is PACE?
A national initative of NSCS’s to mentor and guide middle school students on their path to college. This may include sharing with them stories about college, helping them choose classes to take in high school, or even tutoring them. A PACE mentor is meant to just be there for the child for whatever they need you to help them with.
Mentors will meet with their child once a week for about an hour. It is crutical that the mentor sticks to this and is not absent. 24 hours notice must be given if you cannot meet with the child. Mentors will be awarded a half point for each hour they spend with their child.
Some documents about PACE:
- Guidelines & Info
- Matching Survey will be given to the mentors and the students to help pair the mentors with a student with the same interests.
- Instructions for Hands Activity (For the piece of construction paper)
- Mentor Survey that will be filled out at the beginning of the program and at the end.
- Teacher Survey to be filled out by the teachers at the beginning of the program and at the end.
- Mentor Agreement to be signed before mentoring/tutoring can take place.
- After School Help Agreement to be signed before after school coaching or helping can take place.
- Volunteer Sign Up Sheet for Michelle to turn into Winona Middle School before volunteering can be done.
Some documents to use during your PACE sessions with the student:
- College Life: a brief list of what itís all about.
- High school vs. college: 3 pages of comparisons between high school and college, arranged under the categories of tests, grades, personal freedom, classes, teachers vs. professors, and studying.
- High school vs. college questions: some major questions about both to facilitate discussion.
- Middle School Planning: some tips on how to plan during middle school for high school and beyond.
- High School Planning: some tips on how to plan during high school for college and beyond.
- Why not go to college?: a handout of reasons some might have to forget about attending college.
- Why go to college?: a handout of reasons some might have for wanting to attend college.
Michelle made a website for her interpersonal communication class that gives information and tips for mentors to improve their communication and effectiveness with the child.