Moses Lake GEAR UP students visit Oregon State Colleges

“Earning the chance to go to the Oregon trip with GEAR UP was an amazing opportunity. I got the chance to visit the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and the Art Institute of Portland for free! I couldn't let the chance slip out of my hands therefore I turned in my application and I got elected to attend. Visiting these campuses was beneficial for me because I got the opportunity to learn more about the majors each university offered and the student life. I really enjoyed my time going to Oregon because I got to socialize with people I did not know and learn more about the opportunities available for me to attend a university” - Rosa Valdivia 11th grade student from Moses Lake High School.

Rosa’s experience attending the recent Oregon college visit trip with Moses Lake High School and Columbia Basin Secondary School GEAR UP program is a great example of what the 42 students who attended enjoyed about the trip. The students who attended gave up 4 days of their spring break to view colleges in the state of Oregon and learn more about their future options for postsecondary education. Many of the students commented on the fact that they now see going to a college in a bordering state as an option with the assistance of financial aid and scholarships. Some of the other students who attended commented:

“I have many new options for me to choose from.”

“I’m going to tell my parents how I learned to pick the right career path for me, and college.”

“I’m going to tell my parents that I’m planning on applying for scholarships, because I really want to go to college.”

“It encouraged me to do better in school so I can attend a college/university.”

For the 9th, 11th, and 12th grade students who attended from the HOH3 and HOH2 GEAR UP grants these four days were an excellent learning experience. Our students were able to visit Oregon State University, University of Oregon, the Art Institute of Portland, and the school of Architecture and Allied Arts through the University of Oregon. The students had the opportunity to tour each campus, meet with admissions and financial aid representatives, and in some cases were even able to meet with professors and students from the various programs to get a better understanding of what college life and academics are really all about. The students had a great time and learned valuable information about out of state options which will help them as they make their final decisions about where to attend college in their future. 

Moses Lake’s 3rd annual GEAR UP 4 Tomorrow’s Education Conference is a Success!

On January 25th Moses Lake GEAR UP hosted its 3rd annual GEAR UP 4 Tomorrow’s Education Conference at Big Bend Community College.  The day was a success with 350 participants and over sixty staff and presenters in attendance!  With workshops on scholarships, financial aid, making your high school years count, choosing the college that’s right for you, college admissions requirements, SAT and ACT, mastering your personal statement and much more, the conference had something for everyone! Parents and students selected four workshops that most interested them as well as listening to a great motivational presentation by professional speaker Mike Donahue as a kick off to the day. Parents and students also had the opportunity to attend a college fair in the morning and ask questions of college recruiters from universities from all across WA state.

Students and parents from both the Harvest of Hope 2 and Harvest of Hope 3 GEAR UP grants attended the event. Roughly half of the days participants were 9th grade parents and students from the HOH 3 grant! It’s great to see these students starting off high school with such a strong foundation and we know they will be college ready at the end of their high school career! 

We were also excited to see our HOH 2 parents and students return for the third year in a row to get the most recent information and complete their college admissions process with ease!

The GEAR UP 4 Tomorrow’s Education Conference happens as the result of a successful partnership between Washington State University GEAR UP, Moses Lake High School, and Big Bend Community College. We are so grateful for everyone who donated their time and expertise for the event and we look forward to another successful conference next year! 

MLHS has great GEAR UP tutors!

The 2013-2014 school year is off to a great start and Moses Lake High School GEAR UP students are well supported thanks to the help of our great GEAR UP tutors! MLHS has 14 great tutors who help in classrooms, AVID, and our before and after school tutoring programs.  Our GEAR UP tutors are crucial to the success of our students at MLHS. They help support hundreds of students through our in class tutoring as well as 200-300 students who voluntarily come to our before or after school tutoring center each month.  This year, our GEAR UP tutors support our 9th, 11th, and 12th grade students at MLHS through funds from our HOH 2 and HOH 3 GEAR UP grants.

MLHS and the GEAR UP program are so grateful to our awesome tutors for all they do to help support the success of our students!  Thank you Maritza, Conner, Nataliya, Delia, Lisa, Rachel, Rose, Sarisa, Kim, Mikayla, Irina, Gloria, Karen, and Martha for all you do! 

GEAR UP Ambassadors are changing the face of GEAR UP at Moses Lake High School

In August, 15 junior and senior students from Moses Lake High School traveled to Eastern Washington University to spend four days learning how to be a GEAR UP student ambassador. Over these four busy days the students went through the student ambassador workbook, participated in team building and leadership activities, and had some fun getting to know each other.  

The students worked hard to learn about GEAR UP’s history, what our grant goals and objectives are, how our cohort system works, created group norms and a mission statement, and strategized ways to promote and recruit for GEAR UP activities and events.

Since getting trained our GEAR UP student ambassadors have been very busy at Moses Lake High School.  They have started our GEAR UP club, promoted GEAR UP events at registration, hosted a GEAR UP Family BBQ, created a promotional commercial, promoted and led activities for National GEAR UP Week, and have helped with our evening parent college knowledge workshops.

Our student ambassadors are changing the face of GEAR UP at Moses Lake High School and are doing a fabulous job of promoting GEAR UP and college readiness for all.  Great job Hannah, Quennie, Perla, Phillip, Jamilett, Kim, Elayne, Maira, Rosa, Marco, Edgar, Chris, Brahiam, and Francisco!  You are exemplar student ambassadors!

SAT Prep Classes offered at Moses Lake High School

In March and April MLHS GEAR UP students participated in SAT Prep classes to help them prepare to take the SAT Exam. Classes were offered twice a week for four weeks and also on four Saturdays. A few of our MLHS teachers were trained and ready to help our students prepare for the SAT. There were over 40 students who participated in the math and English SAT Prep classes. Each student that completed at least 18 of the 24 hours of Prep classes had or will have their SAT exam paid for by GEAR UP.

There were 19 students that completed the required hours needed in order for GEAR UP to pay their test fee. Some of those took the SAT Exam on May 4th or June 1st. The other students that completed their hours for the SAT Prep classes will be taking the SAT in the fall.

SAT Prep classes will begin again in the fall to help our 11th and 12th grade students be as ready as they can for the SAT and prepare for their future.

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