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

Sun’s Out Books Out

June was one of the quieter months at Prosser High with the kids being gone for the summer but the GEAR UP staff at PHS has been busy working on the upcoming school year.

During the last week of school students were busy finishing up any final work that was permitted by their teachers in order for them to get their grades up. Freshman cohort students were particularly eager to pass all of their classes especially math. Our tutors were kept extra busy during this time answering any questions that students had and refreshing their memory about past chapters and concepts.

Summer credit retrieval through the APEX program began on June 9th. Out of the 150 students enrolled in APEX, about half are cohort students. This summer, GEAR UP has offered to help out with this program by providing an open lab for students to come in and use the computers to complete their work and get help from our tutor if they need it. We have made this resource available for students because sometimes they don’t have access to a computer at home and we want to ensure that they are able to use this resource to their advantage.

Coming up at the end of the month is the 4-H Leadership Conference held at WSU Pullman.  This year will be our second year taking cohort students and they are very eager to attend. For many of the students going, this will be their second time and they have not stopped talking about it throughout the whole school year. GEAR UP looks forward to this trip and is eager to hear about the students’ experiences.

May 2015 at Prosser High

The month of May has been a fast month here at Prosser High School. Students as well as staff have been keeping busy trying to get through this last full month of school. To start off the month, we continued with our lunch time credit retrieval program. On May 5th the M.E.Ch.A club, that some of our GEAR UP cohort students are involved in, put on the annual Cinco de Mayo assembly for the school. During this assembly students put on performances such as dancing and singing. There were a few of our GEAR UP cohort students that surprised us with their singing and dancing skills! The GEAR UP ambassadors planned a potluck to celebrate Cinco de Mayo after school on May 6th. Our students brought goodies, played games, did activities and even had a discussion about why people celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Some other events that took place this month was the FFA annual plant sale. On this day, students including our cohort kids were helping out in the greenhouse during their agricultural science classes throughout the day. This event was held from Friday May, 1 and wrapped up on Saturday the 2nd. The sale was open to the community and students had the opportunity to receive community service hours if they helped out on Saturday. The end of course exams are quickly approaching and will be keeping our students busy closing out this month. This test will cover the material that the students have learned throughout the entire year in math and science. Our students are so close to finishing this school year but GEAR UP is here to ensure that they get the help they need to finish the year strong. 

Blooming through April at Prosser High

Kassidy Bush showing her bunny to two kinder students from Keene-RiverviewWhile the flowers are blooming and spring is here, students are coming back from spring break and back in gear to get grades up.

Before Spring Break there were parent/ teacher/ student conferences. There were a total of about 390 of our cohort kids that came with parents to talk to their teachers and how they are doing so far in school. Both freshman and sophomore student saw what grades they have so far, if they are on track to graduate, if their community service hours are being met and what classes they will be taking next year. Teachers did let students know of the opportunities the school has to get caught up on credits. A few students are taking APEX at the moment to retrieve lost credit.

Once students came back from spring break the FFA club, and AFNR classes had their annual Griz’s Farm. Students that are in the FFA club or any AFNR classes were given the opportunity to bring in a farm animal and display it for the other students and other community members. This event took place at the high school outside of the Agriculture department. Students that have AFNR classes were there to help other students and community members around the farm. Elementary schools from Prosser brought their students over to enjoy seeing the animals. It was nice seeing our high school kids be tour guides to our future mustangs around the farm.

A few students were also inducted into the national honors society. There were 36 sophomore students with a 3.5 or above G.P.A and 39 freshmen. In total we had 12 freshmen students with a 4.0 and 13 sophomores. Congratulations to our freshman students who are Leah Blakney, Eliza Buttars, Jennifer Cantu, Curtis Clute, Natalie Gray, Cyndal Johnson, Natalie Norell, Seth Peters, Keely Teel, Davina Trujillo, Tania Villalba, and Cristyan Zepeda who were inducted into the honors society. Our sophomores are Destinee Berg, Lacey Desserault, Esequiel Godinez, Katrina Hansen, Kaylee James, Emily Lansing, Joshua Lancing, Gerald Lemmon, Luis Lopez, Alyssa Meza, Christian Rivera, Monica Serley, and Mackensie Smithyman were inducted into the honors society this year and all of these students were able to maintain a 4.0. Good job and keep up the hard work.

After spring break PHS administration had a meeting with about 30 cohort students to talk about credit retrieval for Algebra. These students have the opportunity to get their lost credit for 1st semester in algebra. All these students need to do is show up during lunch Mondays and Wednesdays until the end of the year to get that credit back. Once their credit is earned he/she will be free to enjoy their lunch time with friends. Students have been showing up and are taking advantage of this opportunity that is being given to them. A contract signing took place as well.

Throughout this week there was a vehicle on campus to talk of the importance of our students to be responsible and to make wise and choices about drinking and driving. A guest speaker came in Wednesday to talk to students about drinking and driving. At the beginning the speaker engaged kids with jokes and life situations that had occurred in his life, towards the end he gave a positive message to the students to not drink and drive. He talked about his experience and hoped to reach out to the students. It’s not worth losing your life or putting others at risk while being under the influence. In ten seconds anything can happen. Live life to the fullest but be smart about the decisions you make. This month has indeed been a busy month for our students, now with basically one more month left, time is ticking and it’s now or never to start kicking gear to get grades up and ask questions on credits and anything that will help them succeed. On the 23rd of April there was a Drug and Alcohol parent awareness night.

Upcoming events May 1-2 FFA plant sale, May 4th Cinco de Mayo Assembly, AP testing 4-13,Migrant PAC meeting May 8, and AVID family night May 20.

March Madness 2015 at Prosser High

The month of March at Prosser High School has been hectic and very busy as students and staff prepare for conference week and for the upcoming spring break. At our most recent ambassador meeting, topics discussed included GEAR UP Week 2015 as well as the upcoming 4-H Conference that will be taking place this summer at WSU Pullman. Our students are very excited to have the opportunity to attend this event, some for the second year in a row. 

Here at GEAR UP, we are taking steps to both wrap up the end of the 2014-2015 school year and already planning for the school year to come. One thing we have been putting our attention towards is an event that we are calling  “GEAR UP’s Got Talent”. It is essentially a talent show that our Ambassadors will be using as a fundraiser. This event may also possibly include a silent auction and it will also incorporate facts and concerns about financial aid and college preparation. GEAR Up’s Got Talent will be held next school year in September during National GEAR UP week. Though it’s still a ways from now, our plan is to audition most of our acts in the coming months so that we can prepare and put on the best talent show we possibly can.

During conference week, our GEAR UP staff will be hard at work translating for parents and students who only speak Spanish so they can foster a greater relationship with the teachers and further expand the line of communication from parent, to student, to teacher.

After spring break there are only five weeks remaining in the school year, but the GEAR UP staff here at Prosser High School is dedicated to getting the most out of our students until the very end of the year.

Prosser HS 2015 Student success

This month we want to take the time to recognize 3 outstanding students.

Our vice president is Edith Raya and she is a 10th grader. Edith is very involved in school and her community. She is part of M.E.Ch.A and FFA. She also volunteers at her church as a catechist and volunteers in nursing homes. Her favorite subject in school is history because she enjoys learning new things every day. When asked what GEAR UP has done for her Edith replied, “GEAR UP has opened my eyes on opportunities that the different colleges offer and it’s helped me improve my communication skills.” Edith’s advice to other students is to stay in school, do their best, and ask for help because someone’s always there to help out. A goal Edith has is to complete 6 years of college and to become a chiropractor. 

Enrique is the co-vice president for GEAR UP and is involved in track, Explorers, and he volunteers at a bicycle shop. He is currently a sophomore and is also part of AVID. Enrique’s favorite class is English because he really enjoys reading and writing. One goal that he has for this school year is to earn at least a B+ in each class by the end of the year. As part of the GEAR UP program, one thing that GEAR UP has done for Enrique is motivate him to go to college. His favorite part of GEAR UP is learning about different colleges. When asked for any advice to other students Enrique replied, “Keep on going”. Enrique is a bright student and a hard worker.

Finally, we would like to mention Froy Contreras. Froy is the president of GEAR UP and takes part in many activities. He loves to play sports, work out, and spend time with his family. He takes part in track, basketball, and GEAR UP. His favorite class is science and one thing he hopes to do is maintain a high GPA throughout the school year. One thing that GEAR UP has done for Froy is teach him about scholarships and providing him with the information he needs to help him be prepared for college. Froy’s advice to other students is to don’t give up on school even if you’re more interested in other things like sports. Froy mentions, “my mom would always tell me to have a backup plan, that’s what motivates me to do well academically while I do sports.”

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