California GEAR UP Schools

Closing Thoughts on California GEAR UP 2017

  Friends of California GEAR UP:  This is the final edition of our newsletter as we celebrate the end of the 2011-2017 grant cycle. Across the country, graduation ceremonies mark accomplishment and success – for students and the whole school community.  As another school year ends, we join our school leadership teams, families and friends in extending CONGRATULATIONS to the class of 2017! Since 1999, the GEAR UP network has continued to thrive.  We have expanded our reach to share experiences, resources, lessons learned and success stories with the growing GEAR UP community.  Along with many other States, we have …

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GEAR UP Leadership Day in North State is a Hit

(original article appears in the Red Bluff Daily News) Corning, CA. Nearly 800 Tehama County eighth-graders were invited Thursday to join the third annual Leadership Day at the Rolling Hills Casino event center, with five local schools participating. This seven-day college preparation workshop event, put on by the Tehama County Department of Education, California GEAR UP — Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs — Tehama County high schools and College Options, has continued to engage students with workshops to help guide them through the next four years and beyond. The Rolling Hills Casino Foundation and Expect More Tehama …

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School Success Stories: Using Tech to Support Students

One of our amazing schools, Jefferson Middle School, has a story to tell. We caught up with Darlene Pope, teacher and GEAR UP Leadership Team Member, who shared with us some of the technology she uses in her class to support her students and stay in touch with families. Zoom video conferencing (and it gaining in popularity across many fields, not just education) is free up to 40 minutes, but I have a subscription. I meet every Wed evening in a virtual online face to face session with students and parents. I meet for an hour. I answer clarifying questions. I …

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Rep Lowenthal Honors Tincher Spirit Assembly

This summer Tincher Preparatory Academy, a California GEAR UP school,  was re-designatated for the third time as a National Schools To Watch model school. As part of this honor, Tincher went to Washington DC for the annual Schools to Watch conference in June to not only receive their award as a third time designee, but also to present at the conference how to successfully create a college going culture at a pre-K-8 school. Tincher is the only school in Long Beach and the first K-8 School in the state to hold the honor of  three time recipient of National Schools to Watch. Teachers Erin Brady, Anne-Marie Lander, Tim Schugt, Principal Rosemary Sissons, and GEAR-UP Representative …

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California GEAR UP Announces 2015 Fall Events

  Whole School Services Regional Events Professional Development for GEAR UP Middle Schools throughout California PURPOSE:  To develop regional support networks to provide opportunities for GEAR UP schools to learn from each other and problem solve together about common concerns and issues.  These events will be facilitated by Whole School Services Coaches with content based on advice from School Leadership Team members.  Events are customized to meet the needs of participating schools within each region and in alignment with target areas of growth identified in the GEAR UP School Self Assessment Rubric. September 30, 2015 Southern California Fall Regional Institute Downey, …

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2015 California GEAR UP Program Update

  The goal of the California GEAR UP Program is:  To develop and sustain the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare all students for high school and higher education through a systemic network of support for adults who influence middle school students, specifically their counselors, faculty, school leaders and families. This expanded capacity is expected to result in a higher proportion of students, particularly from backgrounds and communities that have not historically pursued a college education, enrolling and succeeding in higher education. The ultimate outcome expected from this Program is that a higher proportion of students will be prepared …

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GEAR UP Schools Participate in US Navy SeaPerch

Underwater Robotics Three GEAR UP schools (Hamilton, Tincher, Madrid) participated in the US Navy’s 2015 Los Angeles Regional SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge at the indoor pool at the University of Southern California.  Twenty eight schools, primarily high schools and middle schools competed in three different events, an obstacle course, ring retrieval and oral presentation/design of their prepared poster.  The challenge was formidable, particularly the ring retrieval and all of the students were highly engaged and fabulous under pressure.  The opportunity to be on the vibrant USC campus was an added benefit with the Trojan Invitational Track Meet going on right …

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Middle Grades Alliance Honors Vista Prep Academy

    Red Bluff Union Elementary School District superintendent William McCoy and board trustee Adriana Griffin were recognized by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and the California Middle Grades Alliance (CMGA) on Thursday for modeling effective governance and leadership throughout the transformation of Vista Preparatory Academy. Vista Preparatory Academy (formerly known as Vista Middle School) has been a California GEAR UP school since 2011. The school was reconstituted in 2013 in order to establish a student-centered learning environment that better supported the educational needs of the Red Bluff community and has been largely successful in this turnaround. The …

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California GEAR UP: Partnering for Student Success

By Christian Smith – CA GEAR UP Project Coordinator California GEAR UP: Partnering for Student Success The CA GEAR UP partnership with the California College Guidance Initiative (CCGI) has had great results during the 2014-2015 school year. By working in collaboration with PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) we now offer GEAR UP middle schools and their feeder high schools on-site training, utilizing Californiacolleges.edu as a tool to engage students and families and help promote a college going culture on campus.  Students will receive a systematic baseline of guidance and support through this technological tool for the college and career planning and preparation …

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Sunnymead Middle School Hosts GPA Reward BBQ

For the second consecutive year, California GEAR UP middle school Sunnymead hosted a GPA rewards BBQ for students who earned a 3.0 or higher. We had 612 students with 3.0 and above for first trimester attend the BBQ! This is the second year the event was held and the students were very excited and motivated. They enjoyed the food, music, and games played with friends and the DJ.   This event highlighted college preparedness starts in middle school and our students are aware of the A-g requirements. They need to have the grades for high school graduation and acceptance to college. This is why we do such …

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