September has been one of the busiest months for the GEAR UP staff. We have kicked off this year in full effect and tutors have been placed in Math, AVID and Science classes. They have been doing one-on-one tutoring or small group tutoring. This year GEAR UP was also able to help out with Freshman Camp that took place Sept 19. Freshman camp is only designed for freshmen students. Students were placed into link groups with link crew leaders. At the beginning they all met in the gym and did some activities with their assigned groups. In their groups they were assigned a letter from the alphabet and using that letter, they were to come up with a team name. Once they came up with a team they had to come up with a chant and use it every time they won a competition. Once those activities were done they all headed out to the stadium for more competitive activities. Some of those activities included the chicken throw, pantyhose competition, the tee shirt launch and other activities. Once they were done with the activities students had lunch and headed back to the gym to learn some cheers from the cheerleaders. They also learned about the different clubs that are on campus and learn traditional things that have existed at PHS. For example, the body cheer, PHS fight song, and mega phone competition. Once all of these activities were done, the whole student body came into the GYM to listen to guest speaker Houston Kraft. Once Houston Kraft wrapped up his speech, the first pep assembly of the year was kicked off.
Even though we were been busy with freshman camp our GEAR UP staff was also busy getting things ready for National GEAR UP week that took place September 22-27. The Prosser Superintendent Ray Tolcacher officially proclaimed National GEAR UP week at the Prosser School District and thanked all our staff for our hard work and dedication in making a positive impact in our cohort lives. Monday was Reflection Action Plan; a few English teachers participated in this and made it a required assignment for the students. Once we received the essay plan there were four winners which were Joshua Lansing, Daisy Deleon, Araceli Sandoval and Mackenzie Smithyman. Thanks to Mr. Witcraft, Mr. O’Brien, and Mr. Gamble for taking the time and making their students participate in the GEAR UP writing plan. Also, GEAR UP awarded Mrs. Felicijan the Champion award. Mrs. Felicijan has always been there for the GEAR UP staff and was always the first one to support our program in any way. We are truly thankful for her support and dedication to the program.
On Tuesday it was Teacher college reflection day. Teachers took five minutes out of their 1st period to talk about their college experience and select one suggestion that they would like to pass along to their students. Also, during lunch we had the spinning wheel with different categories. Students were able to spin the wheel and got asked a question on that category for a treat. On Wednesday it was the College door battle. Teachers and students decorated their classroom doors with any college of their choice. Mrs. Salyers-Smith took first place with her creative design and her college was Heritage University. Second place was a tie between the speech therapy department and Mrs. Blair. We also had our spin the wheel during lunch again with Prosser Mustang Mascot joining us as well. Another thing GEAR UP did was take students and parents to Columbia Basin College to listen to Guest Speaker Consuelo Castro Kickbusch. Our students loved her and everything she talked about, making our kids be more motivated to do their best. She talked about her struggles growing up, being in school and her life after high school. Overall, parents and students enjoyed the presentation very much and suggested that she come to speak at PHS someday. Thursday was College GEAR day in which students and staff wore any college shirt of their choice. Students that were wearing any college gear were given a goody for participating and also students were able to spin the wheel during lunch as well. This was a great way for students to get to know GEAR UP staff members and learn new information based on the questions given to them. Friday and Saturday was the Harvest fest in Downtown Prosser. GEAR UP was able to be part of that and have an information booth for our community and for our students. We had spin the wheel, college/ GEARUP trivia, prizes and games. Students who were our cohort were invited to stop by and drop off a raffle entry with their name and grade. Each hour we selected one winner to win some goodies. We definitely wrapped up GEAR UP with a huge success and are pleased on how our students participated all week. Thank you PSD, Prosser High School and our GEAR UP staff for their hard work and dedication. This is how we wrapped up September and are glad October is here.
Upcoming events PSATS Oct 15, 2014, Families for Colleges October 16, 2014, Mustangs Readers meeting October 17, 2014, and Tutor training October 22, 2014.