Bridge Project/Valley High School

Elk Grove School Board Honors GEAR UP Partnership

  Chet Madison-Board Member, Felicia Bessent-Principal of Harris MS, Yuri Penermon-Principal of Rutter MS, Bill Del Bonta-Principal of Harriet Eddy MS, Richard Wal- Principalof Smedburg MS, Mike Anderson-Prinicpal of Jackman MS, and Tina Penna-Associate Superintendent. Director Shelley Davis and Project Manager Crystal Robinson. On October 15, 2013 the Elk Grove Unified School District School Board recognized the long time partnership between the district and California GEAR UP with a presentation to Director Shelley Davis and Project Manager Crystal Robinson. Here is part of the text from the board resolution: We continue to be honored to work with EGUSD in this amazing partnership …

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National GEAR UP Week 2013 Round Up

Join thousands of students, parents, teachers, partners and college access professionals from across the nation to celebrate GEAR UP and the successes of your hard work and dedication! GEAR UP programs across the country celebrated many different ways, including videos, proclamationa, letters of support, student photo booths, Governor support, field trips, and of course many many dream walls. National GEAR UP Week is an opportunity for to raise awareness in our community about the positive impact GEAR UP is having locally.  It’s a time to engage all your stakeholders – local, state and federal elected officials, funders, partners, as well as …

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Jackman Middle School Culminates with GEAR UP Bridge Project

 (Education Trust Award Ceremony) This year marked the celebration of 480 eight graders completing their final year at Jackman middle school and California GEAR UP Bridge Model cohort. The California GEAR UP  Bridge Model is characterized by collaboration, student progress tracking, and data sharing among a family of schools across educational levels for the purpose of preparing all students in the cohort for college. Data is  collected to measure the impact on student achievement and retention and provide valuable information as to the importance of aligning curriculum, increased communication across educational levels.  California GEAR UP supports the entire school community in …

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EGUSD selected to participate in Linked Learning Pilot Program

January 9, 2013 The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD), a California GEAR UP Partner and Bridge Project school district has been selected as one of 20 participants in a new state pilot program designed to help students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and careers.  EGUSD will implement the four-and-a-half year pilot program in its 16 “Linked Learning” California Partnership Academies as well through other district-wide programs. The state-facilitated Linked Learning Pilot Program was established in 2011 through the passage of AB 790 by former Assembly Member Warren Furutani.  “Linked Learning” programs use coursework, technical training, …

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Valley High-GEAR UP Graduates 94 Percent of Seniors

Valley High School in Elk Grove, CA, a California GEAR UP school, celebrated last night as 94% of their senior class (the GEAR UP cohort) walked across the stage and received their diplomas. The atmosphere in the room was electric, as the seniors, their families, and school staff enjoyed a near perfect graduation rate. The California GEAR UP-Valley High School model focuses on a cohort of low-income students who began in Grade 7 at Jackman Middle School in 2005-2006 and who matriculated to Valley High School in 2007-2008. For 2009-10, services for the cohort of 11th graders expanded to include …

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GEAR UP Partner Interview: Ruthie Bolton

We are proud to be partnered with Olympic gold medalist and former Sacramento Monarch Ruthie Bolton, who works with GEAR UP students at Valley High School in Sacramento. Ms. Bolton has been working with the team as they work through the AIM (Attitude In Motion) series and California GEAR UP Leadership Skills Initiative, both programs highlights character traits and works directly with students on motivation, anger management, discipline, perseverance, self-value, respect and accountability. Ruthie was kind enough to sit down with us for an interview. Excerpts included below: CGU: What inspires you? RB: To see people happy and to help people …

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Valley High School Celebrates National GEAR UP Day

The Valley High School-California GEAR UP Collaborative celebrated National GEAR UP Day today with a business and community leaders breakfast. Attendees listened to testimonials from students representing various organizations across the school, including the student body president, AVID students, athletes, and Leadership Skill Initiative students who are all college bound thanks in part to California GEAR UP. Students had this to share: “Benefits of hard work are evident and GEAR UP showed us that.” “GEAR UP and AVID helped us to become financially literate.” “GEAR UP Leadership Skills Initiative taught us how to go from teenagers trying to do to …

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Valley High School Ready for National GEAR UP Day

Valley High School is finishing preparations for their second annual National GEAR UP Day celebration to be held on September 30. Activities include: Business and Community Leaders Breakfast starting at 8:00 am. Campus tours and classroom visits Lunch-time Student activities and performances An opportunity to network with business and community leaders, families, and educators. National GEAR UP Day is a celebration of transformative work of California GEAR UP – Valley High School Collaboration that includes dramatic gains in the statewide API, the opening of a Family Center, distribution of 100 Education Trust Awards, the implementation of a Leadership Skills Initiative, …

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Valley High Hosts Historically Black College Fair

On Saturday September 18 Valley High School hosted the 11th annual Historically Black College Fair.  Attending students were able to: On the spot admissions and Scholarships Application Fee Waived for Many Colleges Face to face contact with official college admission representatives Exposure to many Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) Assistance and information regarding SAT and ACT college admission tests The event was sponsored by Nehemiah Corporation of America and New Faze Development, Inc, California GEAR UP, Valley High School and in partnership with United Black Student Unions of California, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, The Alpha Academy, Greater Sacramento Urban …

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