National GEAR UP Week California Roundup



National GEAR UP Week is September 10-14, 2012. Across the nation and in California, school communities will mark this occasion through activities, contests, college fairs and other events in celebration of college access for ALL students.

This year’s celebrations truly serve as an acknowledgement of the wonderful (and hard) work that you do every day to get our students ready to enter and succeed in college and beyond.  Everyone participated, from the U.S. Secretary of Education; to Members of Congress (shout out to Rep. Chaka Fattah and Sen. Patty Murray); to Governors; Mayors; other elected officials; NBA starsthe media; community partners; local businesses; university sports teams; parents; teachers; faculty; staff; and most importantly… our students.

Here in California, schools celebrated across the state including Jackman Middle School’s Dream Wall, Berendos Middle School was ‘expecting more‘, Happy Valley Elementary hosted an ice cream social where families were invited to eat and visit with their student’s teachers and other families where they set up an information table with a college awareness trivia game. Vista Middle School launched College Mondays event during lunch and students participated in college awareness and A through G activities.

Hudson Middle School held weeklong activities that included NGUW writing prompts, College Wear Day, and the ever popular Dream Wall. The Accelerated School held a great college pledge banner that all students signed.

Tincher Middle School held activities every day: Monday/Tuesday: Teachers revisit College Vocabulary and students do their own vocabulary based activity and teachers will have students write a “College Goal” using the Baldrige goal setting tools. Wednesday/Thursday: College door or window decorating contest. -Friday: Announce winner of Door/Window contest and College Spirit Wear Day.

Madrid Middle School in El Monte made a College Chain made from students who completed a slip, “I want to go to college because ______________.”  The slips were stapled together to make the chain that ran throughout the hallways.  On Friday the students and staff will wear college clothes.

California GEAR UP proclamation ceremonies were held at a luncheon hosted by Elk Grove Unified School District and attended by Greg Darnieder, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education on College Access, community leaders, board members, principals and teachers, students and GEAR UP staff.

GEAR UP is a program of the U.S. Department of Education, developed to provide school-based services to ensure that students and their families have multiple college and career choices after high school. Since 1999, California GEAR UP has effectively served over 300 schools across the state by providing local and efficient community based services.

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