This not an "ask" letter. You're getting this email because you've generously supported Step-Up in the past and we'd like to take a moment, as we prepare to yearly and graduation exams, to thank you for your help and tell you a little about what went on at Step-Up this past spring.
Thanks to you support, in September 2011-April, 2012 we had 6,725 classes taught, including 1,260 classes taught by volunteers.
This year three students graduate from the 11th grade and are going to take notorious Unified State Exams in Russian and Maths. One of those three will be also struggling with Physics. They work hard at this final stage. We are proud of them and they are a great source of inspiration to other Step Up students.
Seven students are already taking state exams for the 9th grade and soon will get full value diplomas for low secondary school. It is both an extraordinary experience and big achievement for them. They have been studying 3-5 years, often combing work at day time and studies in the evening, to come to this point. We all cross fingers and wish good luck to this year graduates!
You know that at Step Up we pay attention not only education but to building social and life skills. We are trying to enrich traditional classes with some innovative forms aimed to develop presentation skills and creativity. On May, 20 Step-Up hold the 5th conference in the Get-to-know-a-country series. This year’s conference was dedicated to Germany and was the result of many hours of work by both students and teachers. Our students did a great job of summarizing the best of Germany’s diverse culture, people, industry and geography.
In a super ordinary presentation Group 1 staged the tale by Grimm Brothers about the straw, the coal and the bean. Thanks to students from Group 5-1, we were then transported to Berlin’s museum island, the centre of Germany’s world-renowned museum culture. Of course, no conference on Germany would be complete without a story of the country’s great composers and poets – Schubert, Beethoven, Bach, Wagner and Goethe. Students of Group 5-2 were our guides in a virtual tour to Germany’s cultural treasury. The country’s flora and fauna, as well as its geographical location, were described in the presentation by Group 6-2. Maxim M. showed a film he had produced himself about a BMW car factory – it was really cool! Finally, Group 7 revealed the secrets of German aviation in WWII demonstrating design of flying saucers and that of a flying wing.
The content and creativity of the presentations show a new level of competence amongst our students and their determination to master new topics. The conferences are not a competition, but an opportunity to share new knowledge on interesting topics with both students and teachers in a supportive environment.
I attached a Step Up Newsletter for April 2012 for your kind attention.
Thank you very much for all your support.