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 Mary Unverferth – presented at the National School’s to Watch Conference in DC in June. Middle School Teacher, Jamie Vallianos-Healy, accepted the award on the school’s behalf in Sacramento in February. Tincher was first designated as a Schools to Watch in 2008, redesignated in 2011, and again in late 2014.
While in Washington DC, they were invited to share their success with Long Beach Congressman Alan Lowenthal in his office with his staff, and as a result the Congressman visited Tincher today for the spirit assembly and Parade of Colleges where the school celebrates it’s college going culture.
Rep. Lowenthal taught psychology at California State Long Beach for many years and has been a pillar of the education community while serving as city councilman, state assembly, state senate, and now as congressman of the 47th district.
The GEAR UP Leadership Team has been preparing the students, the campus, and the Tincher families for the congressman’s visit on spirit day. The visit was at 9 am immediately following Dad’s Donut Day with the principal, which had more than a hundred fathers in attendance.
For the college parade, the GEAR UP team ordered college banners to display at each middle school classroom. The students researched specific colleges and decorated classroom doors, which were all used for the parade of colleges and pep rally. All of this is possible because of the dedicated staff at Tincher who go far and above their normal scope of duties and are committed to doing whatever it takes for all of their students to succeed and achieve their college dreams.
Tincher Preparatory School promotes a college-going atmosphere in grades K-8 with programs and activities such as a College vocabulary list that begins in kindergarten and builds at each grade level along with a week-long college awareness in the fall. The feeling of college permeates the halls during March Madness Academics and Fun while a school-wide college presentation in conjunction with a literacy, science, and math night allows parents to learn more about the A-G requirements needed for college admissions.
In addition to being a GEAR UP School since 1999, Tincher K-8 has also hosted a PIQE (Parent Institute of Quality Education) graduation ceremony last spring for parent graduates. This 9-week program is free to all participants. Parents and caregivers are provided with the tools needed to create a positive educational environment at home and school. Participants learn how to have an on-going dialogue with their children and their childrens’ educators to ensure academic success.
Tincher Preparatory School is a California Distinguished School, A Middle School ” Schools to Watch”, and a California GEAR-Up Lighthouse School.
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