GEAR UP Maine Bulletin
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December, 2016


GEAR UP Maine staff

Here is what we have included this month

(Don't forget to click "view entire message" at the bottom of this email to view all of our updates)

Bulletin Highlights
  • Fort Kent HS student has article published
  • College Door Decorating
  • Maine Robotics Expo
  • SCRIBE Tips & Tricks
  • SAVE THE DATES - Regional GEAR UP Sessions
  • Resource of the Month -
Be sure to visit our GEAR UP Maine Portal often for new resources, grant mandates, schools sharing with schools and much more!
Share your GEAR UP successes and challenges with us to share in Bulletins to come!

The GEAR UP  Maine Staff

Grant Must Do's
December Must Do's

College Access Team Members
  • Provide services/activities and receipt documentation to Data Stewards & Business Managers
Data Stewards
  • Services & participation for November, 2016.
  • Ensure that the Service Summary information for each service is complete, Sept – Nov., 2016.
  • September - November tasks not completed.
  • Tasks due by Jan. 5.
January Must Do's

College Access Team Member
  • Provide services/activities and receipt documentation to Data Stewards & Business Managers
Student CAT members
  • Parent and Guardian Financial Awareness (FAFSA)
What's Happening
Fort Kent Community High School student has article published!
Fort Kent High School Student Amber Sandstrom had her article Schools Need to Encourage Student Leaders published by MPBN! Way to go Amber and Fort Kent HS!
Door Decorating Fun at RSU 24
Looking for a fun activity to do with your students to promote college access? Door decorating is exciting, creative, and engaging! Take a look at some of the doors that were decorated at RSU 24. Their activity was part of GEAR UP Week in September, but you can do activities like this at any time during the year!
Robotics Expo December 10, 2016

On December 10th students from all over Maine attended the FIRST LEGO League Championship at the Augusta Civic Center. The FIRST® LEGO® League is an international STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) program based out of Manchester New Hampshire.  In Maine, we run the FLL, coordinate with many teams, and host the Maine FLL Championship.  Each year the program hosts a new theme and missions for the robots to complete.  This year's theme was Animal Allies. Check out the collage below catpuring the intense competitions and you can also find more images here on our facebook page
SCRIBE Tips & Tricks
December Scribe Tip/Trick
Click here to learn How to use FAFSA Data to Help Design Financial Aid Services


for Regional GEAR UP Sessions: How to use data to guide the development of your year 4 GEAR UP action plan 
Monday, April 10, 2017
Western/central Maine CATs at UMF, North dining hall, 9am – 2 pm

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Aroostook Maine CATs at UMPI, Campus Center, 9am – 2 pm

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Downeast Maine CATs at UMM, Reynolds Conference Room, 9am - 2pm
Resource of the Month

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