Incoming Freshman Visit Kennewick High School

On Saturday, March 15th over 250 incoming freshman students got to take a peak at their soon to be high school during Lion Adventure Day hosted by Kennewick High School and GEAR UP

Over 25 clubs/sports teams/ and school organizations set up informational tables where students and parents were able to get information on things there children could do while attending Kennewick High. GEAR UP was able to explain to every student and family its purpose, offerings, and have students work through an interest inventory planning goals for their high school career. Students were given a "Bingo" card that encouraged them to visit 16 booths in order to gain their "Freshman Survival Kit" including pencils, cinch sacks, pencil pouches, and GEAR UP information. Students and their families were also treated to a BBQ lunch served by GEAR UP and Kennewick High School Principal, Ryan Rettig

Families were able to leave the event with a stronger feeling of understanding on what resources and extra curriculars they and their student could take advantage of while in high school. 

Kennewick High School GEAR UP Welcomes New Student Achievement Specialist!

Kennewick High School GEAR UP is excited to announce that as of December 2013, Rick Copeland has joined the KeHS GEAR UP team as a Student Achievement Specialist!

Rick was previously a Student Achievement Specialist at Columbia Middle/High School in Burbank where he worked for five years dedicated to mentoring students and parents and helping them achieve success in their education and still communicates with many students and families who continue to come to him for guidance. Rick served our country in the United States Marine Corp after high school and from there spent time working at a youth ranch for at risk youth. Rick is a father of three children, one who attends the Kennewick School District, and is excited to be closer to home and work with the students at KeHS.

Rick has an amazing ability to connect with students and families from all backgrounds through his life and career experiences and he has jumped right in working with the students/parents and staff at KeHS building those important contracts and relationships.

Kennewick High School is lucky to have such a great addition to the team!

Kennewick High School GEAR UP Launches New Student Services

The transition into a new school is always a learning process, but Kennewick High School administration quickly embraced the GEAR UP program allowing for some exciting student service programs getting up and running!

The GEAR UP Site Manager has been working closely with the current Kennewick High School Success Coordinator for mentoring in the most successful way to integrate GEAR UP programs with currently offered school services. 

In the next few weeks, GEAR UP will be starting a new direct student pull out program for students struggling in their core classes where they will spend the majority of the semester getting assistance both academically as well as with organizational skills to enhance success throughout the rest of their education.

GEAR UP has been providing afterschool tutoring for students, but will greatly expand the capacity of students it will be able to serve with the news we will be receiving a classroom to serve as the main hub of student services and we can expand our tutoring to lunchtime as well.

GEAR UP is lucky to have such a great school administration support and we are looking forward to start serving students on a large cohort scale!

GEAR UP Enters Kennewick High School

GEAR UP is excited to make its way into Kennewick High School and start providing services to students! Through the summer, the GEAR UP program already began to support staff at Kennewick by sending four teachers to Palm Springs, California to attend a READ 180 conference, provided curriculum hours for math improvement, training in SureScore college readiness curriculum, and training to utilize the TI Nspire supplemental math program to increase students' understanding of math concepts.

Late this summer and starting into this early school year GEAR UP has or will provide the "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens' book for all freshman, fifty five iPads, four classroom sets of TI-Nspire calculators and a new supplemental science program.

We are excited to also begin to provide direct services to students and families in mentoring and tutoring utilizing a Student Achievement Specialist and tutors to be hired.

GEAR UP is thankful for all the teachers, staff, and administration at Kennewick High School who have made our transition so smooth and continue to give their ongoing support to our program and we are excited to see what adventures the 2013-2014 school year will bring and "Go Lions"!

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