Kennewick High School GEAR UP students is excited about the 2015 school year. GEAR UP students has been extremely active in many educational programs this fall semester. Parent Night Open House, GEAR UP Week, College Fair, PSAT’s and CBC GLAM Conference are activities that encourage students to reach their secondary educational goal.
KHS doors were opened wide for parents and students during KHS Open House. Parents had an opportunity to meet with administration, councilors and teachers within all subjects. GEAR UP presented parents and students with information concerning colleges and universities to familiarize them with facilities and the process to prepare for college. Parents became familiar with higher education opportunities.
September 21st-25th we were pleased to announce a fun week of activities that brought Kennewick High School students information about colleges, how to pay for college, and ways to be successful once there. GEAR UP Week was hosted in fun educational activities that broaden student’s minds of different careers. National GEAR UP Week is an opportunity for us to help raise awareness in our community about the positive impact GEAR UP is having here in our own town.
On Monday September 21st students participated in a College Trivia. Students had to spin the wheel to receive a question and answer questions about different colleges/universities. The trivia was based off the game Trivia Crack. The game had six different categories: College of Liberal Art, Science, College Sports, College Entertainment, Geography, and History. College Trivia was focused to encouraged students to bring information that they learned to their parents.
On Tuesday September 22nd was “Gear Day” and student represented their favorite college/university that they learned about on Monday. This event was focused on letting the students express their educational institute goal.
Wednesday KHS had a “Help GU Help YOU!!” event before and during school. GEAR UP staff handed out a questionnaire with questions containing questions that students may have about preparing for college. Students wrote their response to the questionnaire and drop them off at the end of the school day. GEAR UP staff collected the questionnaire and use them to discuss college readiness with the students on an individual base. This event is targeted toward students and how GEAR UP can help them attend a postsecondary education.
On Thursday September 24th a bulletin “Advice to my High School Self” was displayed. The bulletin board took advice from Kennewick High School staff and displayed it on our GEAR UP bulletin board. Teachers and staff was thrilled to participate and give advice to students on how to choose a good college to fit individual interests.
In wrapping up National GEAR UP Week On Friday September 25th GEAR UP held a Dream Wall event before, during, and after school. The wall was dedicated for students to write their educational dreams on. We encouraged students to start a conversation about the Dream Wall with their parents/guardians and how GEAR UP has helped them reach those dreams by exposing them to resources on financial aid, choosing a college, and success tips.
October 13th Kennewick’s WSU Ambassadors assisted KHS College Career Fair that attracted universities, military academies and technical schools from across the state. KHS WSU Student Ambassadors used their leadership roles by assisting students to different booths and help directing to different universities based on future career interest.
“WSU Ambassadors were helpful because I had no idea which university or college would have the program that I want to be in when I get to college. I learned that CBC and WSU Tri-Cities both have a nursing program. I became less overwhelmed.” -Anonymous Student
The passion of KHS students didn’t stop there. Students were given the opportunity to take the PSAT’s at Kennewick High School in the Lion’s Den October 14th 2015. Sophomores and junior students at KHS saw that it is not possible to get “too much” practice especially when it came to a test as important as the SAT’s. The SAT test has such a big role in student’s future educational plans. The PSAT is offered once a year in October. Students did not assume the exam was just a practice test that doesn't have any real value. GEAR UP students learned that college admissions offices do not use the score to assess applications, however a good performance on the PSAT is still crucial. With A combination of sophomore and junior students a total of 250 students participated.
Kennewick High School is such on fire that Tuesday October 20th sixteen Kennewick High School female students participated in GLAM at Columbia Basin College. “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.” Students created objects that they felt would benefit the community in several areas, such as autistic children, elderly people, physical disabilities and the environment. “I loved working with girls from different schools on such a fun important topic.” said Ana Sandoval. “I learned from the instructors that women do have a voice in the business world. We are here to stay!” said Sajen Domach. Watch out, the Lions are roaming the pride lands! Go Lions!