Month: September 2009

MLK Jr. achieves 47 point API Increase!

Congratulations to California GEAR UP school Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy, Twin Rivers Unified School district for a 47 point API increase from 2008-2009. This increase is part of the 60 point API increase at MLK over the last two years. It takes an entire school working together to realize such gains, and California GEAR UP is proud to have you as one of our schools! For more information on what the API is, follow this link:

National GEAR UP Day Press Conference at Valley High School

Valley High School in Elk Grove Unified School District in Sacramento hosted a press conference and a wide array of activities for honored guests on September 18, 2009 in celebration of 10 years of California GEAR UP. Highlights of the day included visits to the GEAR UP Parent Center, a panel of GEAR UP Leadership Skills Initiative Students, and a press conference featuring State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, a student speaker from the Leadership Skills Initiative (LSI), and a parent volunteer. An amazing turnout of education professionals, state political figures, and national and international education organizations. Guest list …

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Franklin Middle School is GEARING UP California Style

Students at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Vallejo, CA pose in front of their GEAR UP bulletin board. Teachers at Franklin are preparing to implement GEAR UP services at their school by changing all teacher team names on campus to that of community college and UC colleges. They are also sending oversize thank you letters to their US Senators and Representatives to show their gratitude in supporting America’s future leaders….the students of Franklin Middle School.

Agenda for National GEAR UP Day San Francisco Announced

UNITY UNIVERSITY Sponsored by California GEAR UP EVERETT MIDDLE SCHOOL September 17, 2009   1-pm-2pm       Horace Mann Students Arrive at Everett Middle School Video viewing: “GEAR UP 10 Years” and NCCEP: 16 Summers  Welcome Address from School Principals   Keynote Speaker: Rod Santos, San Francisco City College  Mayor Gavin Newsom staff: Presentation to GEAR UP programs  ACT-Explore student announcement  2pm – 3pm      The College Experience: Student workshops SF State student panelists SF Ed Fund (translation) Student QandA *Raffle for Prizes and Gifts*   Ice Cream Social: Sponsored by California GEAR UP THANK  YOU   San Francisco Unified School District GEAR UP …

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Agenda for National GEAR UP Day Sacramento Announced

September 18, 2009  VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL BEATING THE ODDS A Collaborative Commitment to Close the Achievement Gap 8:00-8:10am   Morning Announcement: National GEAR UP Day 8:10-8:45am   Press Conference with Superintendent O’Connell Opening Welcome: Principal McDonald Recognize Special Guests Remarks: Superintendent Steven Ladd Remarks: Shelley Davis The Valley-GEAR UP Collaborative Presentation to Superintendent O’Connell REMARKS BY SUPERINTENDENT O’CONNELL Family Speaker:  A School Community in Action Student Speakers:  Beating the Odds at Valley 8:45-9:20 am  Campus Tour Valley/GEAR UP Family Center Valley Classroom Visitations 9:20-10:00am     Principal MacDonald Refreshments Student Achievement Gap Panel

Rivera Middle School Celebrates Students Dreams

Rivera Middle School in Merced, CA is celebrating National GEAR UP Day by having a dream wall in their gym. All day on Friday, September 18 students will be talking about their college and career dreams in class and walking down to the gym and placing them on the wall.  We are looking forward to posting photos of the wall when completed! Thanks Rivera!