GAINING EARLY AWARENESS AND READINESS FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS (GEAR UP)

It’s all About the Seniors for Dayton GEAR UP

It’s all about ordering caps and gowns, bringing baby pictures for the year book, choosing colleges, writing essays, applications and waiting for that acceptance letter. Seniors at Dayton High School are GEARing UP toward graduation. One event that started the seniors in their last high school year was freshmen orientation. Five seniors came with words of wisdom from their own experiences and encouraged the freshmen to start thinking now about their life after high school

Senior Haley Puckett said; “Since this is my last year of high school, I am trying to be a part of as many school activities as possible.” Haley has already been accepted into a college. Some seniors are taking more rigorous curriculum trying to get their GPA’s up, while others are taking classes from a community college. It will end all too soon for these seniors and we are glad that they  went through AVID classes and the GEAR UP Program, which is helping them make the choices they need to make. In January, GEAR UP is planning a FAFSA night for seniors and parents to learn about filing the FAFSA for financial aid to colleges.

Dayton’s New Student Tutor for GEAR UP HOH III

Dayton GEAR UP has hired a new student tutor to help cohort tutoring, especially in math.  Haley Puckett is a senior at Dayton High School and presently taking College Prep Math (14). She has taken Algebra I and II and Geometry which qualifies to help students in math.  Currently Haley has a 3.6 GPA. She has been involved with the GEAR UP program through her Middle/High School years and has participated in a number of GEAR UP events. Haley greets our 3rd period students with a smile, and a great attitude. She is also in tune with the teacher’s plans and participates as needed. Her plans for college are to attend Northwest Nazarene University located in Nampa, Idaho. She was recently accepted to the college. Here she will achieve her master’s degree in science, and then move to Bastyr University where she will fulfill her dream of becoming a certified midwife. Haley is showing her community she is responsible by being active in community services and projects. She goes beyond what is asked of her. We are proud of Haley that she allowed GEAR UP to be a part of helping her make choices for her future.

Dayton GEAR UP-Freshmen Orientation

Starting high school can be tough, but being armed with a little knowledge can help freshmen acclimate into high school. On October 8, the GEAR UP Program helped SHEO (Students Helping Each Other) sponsor an event held at the Running T Ranch. This event provided freshmen with information that will be valuable to them throughout high school and help them with any fear and trepidation. Five high school seniors came to share “Best Practices” and “Learned Lessons.” Here are some of the experiences the seniors talked about.

  • Freshmen year actually matters, so keep your grades up.
  • Avoid drama; tell people straight up that you want
  • nothing to do with it.
  • Stay clear of alcohol and drugs.
  • Start exploring your interests; take what you can handle and try lots of extracurricular activities and sports.
  • Keep a journal of all your awards and activities for your applications into college.
  • Strike a balance between work, sleep, and play.
  • Procrastination will get you nowhere.
  • Remember “You are the only one” accountable for your future.

YWCA Event Coordinator, Nancy Butler led team building activities to help the freshmen understand that entering high school is fun and serious. Structured activities were led by SHEO class advisor, Jason Noble. Jason’s activities led them outside into groups, forming new bonds by answering questions that pertained to school and life and then sharing their answers with each group. GEAR UP provided a booth with information on colleges and scholarships. Mayra and Claudia from GEAR UP WSU Tri-Cities spoke to the students about what GEAR UP can offer such as tutoring, ways to pay for college, and scholarships. The freshmen responded well and enjoyed the experience of Freshmen Orientation.

Dayton National GEAR UP Week - HOH II

In honor of National GEAR UP Week, September 22-25, Dayton had daily events to remind students about GEAR UP’s Mission statement and the services we provided. The week kicked off on Monday by giving all cohorts a string back pack with the Dayton GEAR UP logo; “College. My Dream, My Plan.”  Inside each back pack was a magnet with the GEAR UP Vision Statement, information about WSU Tri-Cities Career Fair and Fall Preview Day. It was interesting to see that some students placed the Mission Statement Magnets on their lockers. Posters were made on “College Myths and Facts” and posted throughout the school. Comments were heard between classes about the myths and facts. Trivia questions about college were announced each day.  Students were to report to the GEAR UP room with their answer. We trusted them not to look at their phones but of course, we’ll never know if they did or didn’t. Thursday was designated as Spirit Day. Students came with their favorite college apparel. The last day we had representatives from Boise State and Grand Canyon universities. Each representative was available to students between classes and had information to hand to the students. 

Dayton GEAR UP HOH III Giving Students Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

This year’s summer school was not “summer school.” We call it The Summer Science Program. It is designed to provide GEAR UP students an opportunity to experience science in a fun and interesting way. The return is students who look for career possibilities in science and math fields. This year’s focus was on participating in interesting science activities including: physics and engineering, designing, building and testing model structures. Students took a scientific look at the Touchet River and extracted enzymes from local fungi and analyzed them for biofuel production. The Summer Science Program was a hit. Students were able to work with DNA and analyze food for genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s). The program ran for six weeks with a high attendance of 22 students. Thank you to our Sciences teachers Clint Reser, and Doug Yenney.

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