June has definitely been a busy month for our 9th graders. The last day of school was June 6th; a few of our students were finishing up finals while others were finishing up big projects and presentations for their class. All the students were excited to finally be able to take a long break from school. A few students will be traveling to sports camps or traveling out of town to visit family. Other students will be working this summer as well.
On June 10 we took 33 students to Eastern Washington University and to Spokane Falls Community College. The first stop was Eastern Washington University. Students were able to take a campus tour once we got there. After the campus tour students were taken to a student panel where a person from admissions was awaiting with a current student on campus. The admission personnel talked about the steps for getting admitted to EWU, Financial Aid, Scholarships, sport scholarships, work study, study abroad, intermural sports, the different types of clubs on campus, and where you can go to get help and tutoring support as well. One student had questions on why it is important to do well in high school and the admission personnel explained the things they look for in the application process. The student presenter talked about her experience and gave students a few do’s and don’ts. Once the presentation was finished, students were taken to the dining area to have lunch. Following lunch, students loaded on to the bus to leave to Spokane Falls Community College.
While arriving to Spokane Falls Community College our tour guides were waiting for us outside of the Admission building which is also known as the Student Union Building. Students were given a SFCC bag with information on the types of programs offered and the application for admission. The students took a campus tour; they also visited the math and the science department. Once the campus tour was done students were taken back to the Student Union Building for a presentation. In the presentation the presenter talked about the admission process, financial aid, different types of scholarships, sport scholarship’s, child care, different types of student services and organizations, and types of programs they offer. They also learned the difference between a community college and a 4 year university. Students were able to understand that if they didn’t want to go straight to a University they have the option of going to a community college to get an Associates in Arts, Associates in Fine Arts, Associates in Science Transfer, Associates in Applied Science, or a Direct Transfer.
Overall the students were exposed to both Colleges, which they know are both different but they provided a lot of student support, financial aid, and scholarships that can be available if they decide to choose one or the other.
Summer School sessions have begun. Summer school started June 16 and will run all the way to July 2. This year summer school offered an Algebra/ Geometry class, and also Washington State History. A lot of the students that are coming to the Algebra/Geometry classes were referred by their 8th / 9th grade math teachers. These students need a little more help in understanding and what a great way to get the extra one on one help. In the Washington State History class a few of our cohort students were able to get their credit either in middle school or their freshman year in high school so now some are taking it. So many students are doing summer school to get ahead or retake a class they need to graduate on time.
Another great event that took place in June was the 4-H Teen Conference. Prosser took a total of fourteen 8th and 9th grade students to this event. It took place in WSU Pullman June 22-24. This was the first time Prosser GEAR UP took students to this conference and it was also the first time for many of our students to be away from home. But overall it was a great experience for our students. They were exposed to the campus, took a campus tour, saw dorm life as a freshman, ate at one of the dining areas, met students from the state of Washington, did group challenges, met diverse guest speakers, and explored a few different workshops. A few of the workshops that students went to were Robots to the Rescue, Improv your way through life, make it count! High School and Beyond, Warp and Weft: An introduction to weaving, self-defense skills, teamwork for success and there’s always more to learn. Students also had an opportunity to meet a few college representatives. Our students were able to network and bond with students their age. Our students enjoyed the conference and are interested in attending next year as well. GEAR UP is exposing students to a higher education and making a positive impact on their life.
This month the GEAR UP staff have been transitioning from the middle school to the high school, which means that we are excited to finally have both grade levels under one roof and won’t be dealing with the split. We are pleased and excited to see what PHS has to offer for our students now that WSU GEAR UP will be on site. A few GEAR UP staff members have been moving boxes and equipment to our new home at Prosser High School. This has been a long ride but we are so glad to finally be with both our cohorts.