Freshmen and sophomores at Soap Lake HS are starting the year looking to build on past successes. Math has been a real emphasis at Soap Lake and most of our freshmen find themselves challenged in geometry after passing algebra I in the 8th grade. In addition, most of our sophomores are enrolled in algebra II because of the accelerated math track. GEAR UP has been supporting our students through in class and after school tutoring for years and students are getting the dividends.
Soap Lake is also emphasizing classroom note-taking strategies and organization. Each student is issued a binder, pencil pouch, and dividers to help them with organization. Cornell Notes are emphasized school-wide now as all teachers are committed to expanding these strategies throughout the school. Some of our new high school students initially find these strategies more work but our students that have been using them for years know that they work and eventually save them a lot of effort.
Our freshmen and sophomores also have some events to look forward to such as college visits and the National College Fair in November. GEAR UP is ready to help our students be a success!