Month: December 2009

Valley High School has College-Going Class

“This is very good news.  The most important point for future planning, in both student and school-based services, is the anecdotal observation of the impact of school-wide support.  School-wide engagement over multiple years is key to the commitment needed from all to make real change. Congratulations!” Don Watson, Ed.D, Watson Education Services Valley High School,  a California GEAR UP school, is hitting it’s stride this year. Valley High was recently awarded the Bronze Medal from US News and World Report, ranking them among the elite schools in the country. In addition, this week Valley learned that they have steadily increased the percentage …

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GEAR UP: 10 Years of Making a Difference

California GEAR UP Celebrates 10 Years of creating college-going culture across the state of California. Our partner organization, National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, produced a great video highlighting the success of the last 10 years and laying out GEAR UP plan for the future. Watch the video here: NCCEP 10 YEARS VIDEO

College Culture Sustainability: Maywood Middle School

Maywood Middle School showed off why they are one of our Continuing Sustainability Schools during a visit last week. They held a College and Career Fair door decorating contest that included: career field occupations (minimum of 4) names of colleges, universities, technical training schools programs offered by school for each occupation Students also participated in a Tri-Fold Poster contest that displayed the following: Left Side of tri-fold: Training Colleges Prgrams Center of tri-fold: Occupation What it is? What you do? Type of postions Where you work? Right Side of tri-fold: Forcast of jobs in the future Salaries Sites that might …

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Tincher GEAR UP Has High Expectations

California GEAR UP school Tincher Preparatory recently completed their Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) family program. California GEAR UP provides PIQE to all of their schools to engage families in the college access initiatives already going on as part of being a GEAR UP school. PIQE provides a nine week coursework that teaches families about college, financial aid, student advocacy, and positive education community activism. Upon completion of the coursework, families celebrate with an awards dinner where certificates are presented to families that guarantee a place in a CSU school as long as they meet the schools admission requirements. …

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California GEAR UP announces ‘Building Bridges’ Event

California GEAR UP presents ‘Building Bridges’, a partnership with local school districts and Sacramento State University to bring Valley High Students together with Oakridge Elementary school students to Sac State for a unique and engaging day of activities. This event is part of a shadowing program in which the elementary students shadow the high school students to increase their awareness for both high school and college. MEDIA ADVISORY California GEAR UP presents “Building Bridges” event with Valley High School, Oakridge Elementary, and Sacramento State University December 4, 2009 WHO: California GEAR UP, Elk Grove Unified School District, Sacramento City School …

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Valley High GEAR UP collaborates with

California GEAR UP Valley High School collaboration participated in a week long training on the interactive college prep website On the site students create a profile that allows them to track their progress towards college, including A-G requirements, career and interest assessments, grades tracking, and the ability to begin, finish, and submit their college applications directly to their chosen schools. Christian Smith is tasked with training all the Valley students in their English classes is supported throughout the state by its administrator, Michael Burton (pictured). Thanks Michael and Christian!