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

Soap Lake Freshmen and Sophomores Look to Future

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!

Senior Parent Night September 23 in Soap Lake

September 23rd is Senior Parent Night in Soap Lake and all seniors should attend with at least one parent. Parents and students will be able to ask questions of the administration, counselor, or GEAR UP staff. Presentations will be made by the counselor and GEAR UP staff for all those who attend.

In addition to senior projects and graduation requirements, GEAR UP will be presenting information on college applications, scholarships and FAFSA. All parents and students will receive valuable information on all of these topics and they will leave the meeting with a valuable timeline for their seniors. These deadlines are important to know because scholarships and college applications all have different deadlines that they will need to know in a timely manner.

Seniors bring your parents and parents bring your students to this important first meeting of the year for seniors!

Soap Lake Seniors Nearing End

Soap Lake HS GEAR UP Seniors are seeing the rewards of their hard with acceptance letters arriving in the mailboxes. Soap Lake will be graduating 16 seniors this year. This has been one of the most successful years for seniors going to college. While some seniors will be attending Big Bend Community College locally, many will be attending universities from out of the area. Acceptance letters include Washington State University, Central Washington University, Whitworth University, University of Dallas, Portland State University, Utah Valley, and Brigham Young University. Others will be attending community colleges that are out of the area such as Everett Community College.

GEAR UP has followed these seniors since the 7th grade. We have tutored them in classes and before and after school. GEAR UP staff has even suffered through many science fair projects with them. As 8th graders they all prepared for the WSU TC Career Showcase. GEAR UP taught classes with them that included College Preparedness and Study Skills. We have even been there with them through the summer schedule. Trips to National College Fairs and college campuses were offered to all throughout the years.

GEAR UP is proud to be a part of the success of these seniors and we look forward to having them report back over the next few years.

Bailey Covey Represents Soap Lake

Bailey Covey represented Soap Lake Middle School at the GEAR UP 2014 WSU Career Showcase. The event was hosted on April 25 at the WSU Tri-Cities campus. Schools throughout the area competed at the event. Eighth grade students from Soap Lake MS each prepared a 3 to 5 minute speech on a career of their choice. Each student researched the career for information on training, education, salary, job description as well as other relevant information. After researching the career, they prepared a Powerpoint presentation to go along with their talk.

Bailey’s chosen career was veterinary medicine. She spoke about her desire to go into the field resulting from her personal experience with large animals. She has had many animals at home including horses, goats, and sheep. Her experience caring for these animals sparked an interest in the field at a very early age. She spoke of a personal experience where one of her sheep had a head wound that she had to care for including dressing the wound and giving antibiotic shots. “The experience was very rewarding when I saw the animal improving and getting better.

Soap Lake MS is thankful for the opportunity to prepare and send students to such a quality event such as the GEAR UP Career Showcase. Awards included iPads and TI graphing calculators. The top prize was an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC.

Soap Lake 8th Graders Attend Career Day

Soap Lake 8th grade GEAR UP students were treated to a day away from school when they attended the Career Day at Big Bend Community College. Over 700 students from Moses Lake, Warden and Soap Lake attended the April event where they listened to community professionals talk about education and careers.

GEAR UP was fortunate to have community professionals who took time out of their busy day to speak to our students. Community health professionals speaking to our students included doctors, nurses and dentists. Law enforcement, military, engineers and employees from the Grant County PUD spoke to them about the importance of choosing the correct career. Some speakers talked to the students about properly preparing for employment in general. “Be very careful about what you put out on social media. Employers will search for your profile on the internet and if they see pictures of you at parties and posting inappropriate behavior, they will move on to the next candidate.” That was the advice of a speaker from the Grant County PUD who talked to our students about employment at the Public Utility District.

Soap Lake students overwhelmingly approved of the event. Students learned a lot and made new friends from other schools in the area.

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