Month: May 2016

GEAR UP Schools Honored at Schools To Watch

13 high performing schools were honored at the annual Schools to Watch Luncheon in Sacramento, two of which were California GEAR UP Vista Heights Middle School and Sunnymead Middle School. To earn this designation, schools must complete an extensive application that is reviewed by middle grades experts. In order to retain the designation, each school is re-evaluated every three years. Schools must show they are academically excellent — these schools challenge all students to use their minds well. They are developmentally responsive — these schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence. They are socially equitable — these schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, …

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Sparks Career Day Is College Culture

As part of the California GEAR UP grant, Sparks Middle School proudly hosted its annual Career Day on January 15th, 2016 with 20 different presenters. Some of the presenters were Sparks alumni and included police, chiropractors, NFL players, accountants, engineers, and EMT’s. Serving over 475 students, every 7th and 8th grader heard four different presenters share about their careers and professions. As part of Sparks College Campaign, they want all students to “Own Their Future.” All students are encouraged to “Dress for Success” wearing ties, slacks, dresses, and other nice clothing. A tie station was set up in the morning with ties that …

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