Month: March 2010

Einstein Middle School and Cornell Collaborate on Bird Count

Albert Einstein Middle School in Sacramento shared this great activity with us today. Another great example of building a college going culture through instructional activities. Every year our school participates in the National Great Backyard Bird Count…which is held every President’s Day Holiday in February across the nation.  On February 12, 2010 ten of our students counted and tallied local bird species.  This recorded information is sent back to Cornell University for analysis.  I use the data in my classroom to have the students create graphs and analyze yearly patterns in our area.  We’ve been able to discuss hypotheses as …

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“I’m One in a Million” Scholarship Contest

As we posted here, California needs 1,000,000 additional college graduates by the year 2025 in order to meet our state’s workforce needs. Each student who successfully completes college is “one in a million.” Sponsored by the Campaign for College Opportunity, the contest is for all currently enrolled college students. Here is how you can go for it: Tell California leaders why you and your peers are one in a million and why they should support college opportunity to help you reach your college dream. A minimum of 20 scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 will be awarded throughout California. Contest Deadline: …

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Maywood March Madness is Here!

Maywood Intermediate School in Corning, CA celebrated it’s annual March Madness event this week. Here are some of the activities: The day of the event school staff all wear apparel representing the college they attended. During school assembly classes are assigned a group of schools selected from the 64 NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Classes have to find each college on a US map (timed) Free throw contest Throughout the week classes will learn about their selected schools and track their progress on the giant tournament bracket in the gym This activity is designed to increase awareness for college throughout …

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Rivera Middle School GEAR UP Crossword Challenge

Just submitted by one of our stellar California GEAR UP Merced, CA schools: This is one of our activities. Our Counselor set up an activity school wide for students to investigate GEAR UP. This crossword puzzle was up in our gym where students could see it and decorated by college logos our students created. Students were encouraged to pick up a flyer with directions and complete the crossword to win a pizza lunch with the Principal. The activity was based in raising awareness of GEAR UP and its presence on campus! Another great activity from one of our many amazing schools across …

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Entire Senior Class Accepted to 4-Year Colleges.

The entire senior class at Urban Prep Academy for Young Men, Chicago’s only public all-male, all-African-American high school has been accepted to four-year colleges. At last count, the 107 seniors had earned spots at 72 schools across the nation. That’s quite an achievement, especially considering that the overall college acceptance rate for Chicago public school graduates is 52.5 percent. Only 4 percent of this year’s senior class read at grade level as freshmen, according to Tim King, the school’s CEO. An excellent example of creating a college-going culture, success such as this is further evidence that California GEAR UP’s work in …

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Valley GEAR UP Recognized for Support of Injured Student

Valley GEAR UP Staff (pictured above with award) received recognition for fund raising and support. Will Barker was a recipient of a California GEAR UP Education Trust Award. On October 23, 2009 during a football game between Davis and Valley high schools, Valley student Will Barker was attempting to make a tackle and was seriously injured. Davis doctors administered emergency care and Valley coach Preston Jackson accompanied Will in the ambulance to U.C. Davis Medical Center. Will’s family, the Valley coaching staff, players and Athletic Director Stephanie Haas kept vigil while Will underwent six hours of surgery. Will suffered a broken vertebra …

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Everett Middle School Hosts Family University

California GEAR UP Family Initiatives Project (FIP) offers five-week sessions or one day, 5 hour sessions at selected schools based on the need for family programming strategies to enhance the participation of English speaking families at California GEAR UP schools. Schools take the lead in making community connections to ensure full participation. GEAR UP facilitators lead the interactive sessions. FIP Family University sample outcomes: FIP provides families with support, information and resources to increase family participation with the school and community so they can help their children succeed in school for a better future. The family gatherings focus on family involvement …

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Gaining Ground in Middle Grades: Why Some Schools Do Better

A new middle grades report from EdSource provided further affirmation of the capacity building efforts of California GEAR UP. What is particularly interesting for GEAR UP schools is the findings suggest schools who have high functioning Leadership Teams that focus the school community on a shared “future oriented” mission are far better off. Gaining Ground in the Middle Grades: Why Some Schools Do Better, is based on surveys from 303 principals, 3,752 English language arts (ELA) and math teachers in grades 6-8, and 157 superintendents in California. Educator responses were analyzed against spring 2009 scores on California’s standards-based tests in …

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