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

KaHS G.L.A.M. Event

Freshman and Sophomore girls travelled to Columbia Basin College on Oct. 14th to participate in the annual GLAM event. There were female students from high schools from all over the Tri-Cities area in attendance to learn about STEM and how it relates to today's growing manufacturing industry.

Girls Learning About Manufacturing (GLAM) is hosted at CBC in partnership with the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC). GLAM encourages girls to explore the breadth of STEM careers associated with manufacturing, engineering, and technology in a fun, creative, problem-solving environment.

GLAM is an educational program introducing female high school students to the exciting world of manufacturing. Girls participate in creating a team project using their creativity and problem-solving skills alongside two motivating female industry professionals as they are educated on academic pathways that lead to a variety of career opportunities within the manufacturing industry.

The girls were tasked with creating a product to assist people with real-life problems. For example, The Doodle Buddy Pillow was created by a group of students from Kamiakin and Richland high schools. This pillow was developed to assist Alzheimers patients with memory retention and therapy. This project was just one of many problem-solving sessions taking place throughout the day at the GLAM event. Also of note, every group had a professional advisor from one the 32 different businesses on-hand sponsoring the event, dedicated to assisting the group with problem-solving their assigned challenge. These professionals were all women who are working everyday as successful individuals in their fields within the manufacturing industry.

This was a great opportunity for the GEAR UP students at Kamiakin High School and the girls voted unanoumously that GEAR UP should provide this opportuntiy again next year for the students at Kamiakin High School.

GEAR UP Informational and Senior Panel Event

On September 17, 2014, the GEAR UP Program at Kamiakin H.S. held an event in the library for its freshman and sophomore parents. This event provided a great opportunity and rare insight for parents to hear about the experiences and personal journeys of current Senior students enrolled at Kamiakin H.S.. The Seniors volunteered to partner with the GEAR UP Program and chair a panel to answer questions from the GEAR UP staff and the audience.

Jay Scott, Site Manager, opened the event by introducing the GEAR UP staff and providing a presentation about the GEAR UP Program and what services and opportunties students and their families can take advantage of over the next four years at Kamiakin H.S.. Upon completion of Mr. Scott's presentation, Carolyn Paxton, KaHS GEAR UP Student Achievement Specialist, began facilitating the radio-style question and answer session with the Senior Panel. The Seniors were AMAZING!!! The Seniors answered every question asked by GEAR UP with the passion and honesty you couldn't script even if you wanted to, they had everyone in the room engaged. Seniors didn't hold back with their answers regarding their experiences over the last three years at Kamiakin, good or bad, they shared all and delivered invaluable information to the parents and students in the audience.

At the end of the night, Mrs. Paxton opened up the floor to parents and students in the audience for questions to ask the Senior Panel, and hands went up instantly. Parents and students were asking great questions and the Seniors were providing tremendous feedback to the audience members.

The GEAR UP Informational and Senior Panel Event was HUGE success and the GEAR UP staff at Kamiakin H.S. are already planning another Senior Panel event for next year!!!

GEAR UP at Kamiakin High School...Things are coming along!

What a month October has been! Kamiakin High School students and staff have been very busy getting the 2013-2014 school year underway. GEAR UP has been busy getting acquainted with the students and staff and making a ‘home’ for our co-hort on campus. The GEAR UP room is almost complete. We have designed a space that welcomes students, provides supplies and a place for homework and also is conducive to group activities and collaborative works. Our room has 6 laptops for student use and a tall table with fun college logo stools (purchased by the school) that provides another place to work on homework or group projects.
Things are coming right along and we are excited to report that our room is starting to see activity. October was filled with our 2ndmonthly Freshman Parent Night, our first “Why Try” student group, our first professional development trainings for staff and our lab served as a staging room for Homecoming.

We are excited to Welcome Mrs. Carolyn Paxton to our Kamiakin GEAR UP team! Mrs. Paxton comes to us with a wealth of experience and knowledge and we are thrilled to work with her and having the opportunity to learn from her experience with working with school-aged children. She is serving our students by being in classrooms as a tutor and co-facilitates student lunch time groups and has presented to staff on subjects that she has experience and knowlege in that she gained from her volunteer work with the World Relief Organization. Kamiakin GEAR UP is continuing our work with the freshmen class. We are focusing our attention on freshmen who are flunking one or more classes, getting them into tutoring and in discussions with their teachers in an effort to correct the issue before it hinders them later on in their high school careers.

Kamiakin GEAR UP is an exciting and fun place to be! If you haven’t checked us out, come by and do so – we would love to meet you!

Kamiakin High School GEAR UP

September 2013! What a busy and exciting month we had here at Kamiakin High School. School is back in full swing, there are lots of activities, events, socials, homework, studying and learning going on! GEAR UP has also been busy.

September 23-27 was National GEAR UP week and we celebrated that with several activities. GEAR UP partnered with Kamiakin staff to host Freshman Parent Nigh on Tuesday, September 24, with Senator Sharon Brown as the guest speaker. We had many parents and their students attend this event. Mr. Chelin welcomed them to Kamiakin, introduced staff and the many services and activities available here at Kamiakin. Mrs. McCallum, the GEAR UP Student Achievement Specialist, also welcomed parents and students, introduced herself and the GEAR UP program and invited them to visit the GEAR UP Room. Wednesday, September 25, GEAR UP took 5 freshmen to WSU Tri Cities for a field trip and the week ended with Cookies for College Day on Thursday. Teachers who agreed to wear college gear to school on Thursday had their names entered into a drawing, 10 teachers won cookies for their classrooms. With each delivery of cookies, the counselors and Mrs. McCallum asked the teacher where they went to college, why they chose that particular school and some of their favorite college memories. This was a great conversation starter, many teachers sent feedback talking about how this generated college discussions in all of their classes whether they won the cookies or not!

We are well on our way and very much looking forward to all the great experiences this new school year will bring. Stop by the GEAR UP room and see what exciting things are planned for October – you’ll know you’re in the right place when you see college banners hanging from the ceiling in the hallway.

Kamiakin and GEAR UP are partnering to prepare students for college, work and citizenship.   Be the best you can be – GO BRAVES!

Kamiakin High School GEAR UP

Here they are….the class of 2017! Welcome to Kamiakin High School

This is going to be an exciting year as our co-hort begins their high school career. Kamiakin is an incredible school offering students many opportunities to grow academically, explore their interests, and with the added help from GEAR UP, prepare for a post high school education. Kamiakin staff is professional, dedicated and very excited to be a part of the next 4 years with our students. GEAR UP staff is honored to be joining the Kamiakin staff this year. The new GEAR UP room is located off the cafeteria in room 165 and will be open before school, during lunch and after school to assist students. The GEAR UP room will have 6 computers and homework stations for student use. Our staff is working closely with Kamiakin administrators and staff to create an environment and program that will empower students to be successful academically. Let’s make this a great year!

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