GEAR UP Maine Bulletin
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March, 2017


GEAR UP Maine staff

Here is what we have included this month

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Bulletin Highlights

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
March Must Do's

College Access Team Members
  • Provide services/activities and receipt documentation to Data Stewards & Business Managers
Data Stewards
  • Enter grades for courses (Trimester 2) if applicable. Use S1 for Term.
  • Ensure student enrollment is up-to-date.
  • Services, participation, & service summaries for February are entered.
  • September - February tasks not completed.
  • Due by Apr. 5.
April Must Do's

College Access Team Members
  • Duplication of Services 
  • Document activities completed
  • Provide services/activities and receipt documentation to Data Stewards & Business Managers
  • Begin to plan National GEAR UP Week for fall 2017
What's Happening
"Speed Meeting" at Fort Kent
Susan Dubay from SAD 27 (Fort Kent), organized a career learning activity that featured 67 different careers using a "Speed Meeting" activity.  
Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School Provides Accuplacer Prep for Seniors
A recent study by the Public Policy Institute of California ( found that only 16 percent of students enrolled in developmental education complete a certificate or associates degree within six years. Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School and GEAR UP are helping students avoid this barrier to college completion by providing Accuplacer preparation and testing opportunities for seniors. With the help of math teacher Todd Emerson, students reviewed concepts for the Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College Math sections of the test. English teacher Elizabeth Holub provided support for the Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills tests. Thanks to these opportunities made possible by our GEAR UP grant, 15 students were able to place out of 31 developmental classes! 
Students Bring SEEDS Training Activities Back to Their Schools

MSAD 59 used their Mini Grant Money from attending the SEEDS Training in October to conduct a project called Skyrocketing to Success. Students who attended the SEEDS Training program re-created the activities they learned at the training and had Jr. High students participate in a Silent Maze and an Agree/Disagree activity. Megan, Emily, and Brooke from MSAD 59 are pictured above.

All of our GEAR UP students have a story to tell. It's up to us to help them find their voice to tell it. Do you know a student who would be interested in sharing their story with GEAR UP Maine? Be it a story of success or struggle, we want to hear it and share it. It's so important now, more than ever, that our students' voices are heard. Please contact GEAR UP Maine Communication Specialist, Kayla Hopkins if you are interested in diving into this student story-telling adventure. 
SCRIBE Tips & Tricks
March Scribe Tip/Trick

With several months of SCRIBE use under our belts, it was time to review what our services look like in SCRIBE and the ease of their analysis. After several weeks of working with the data quality control director at SCRIBE, we are issuing this document that should make it easier to determine services and their entry to SCRIBE. 

During the next 2-3 weeks, we'll be transitioning to the service types listed in this document, 2017 GEARUP Maine Services Guidelines v2.4. 

Data stewards, watch for new service templates in SCRIBE, a how-to video for naming the services, and the go-ahead date to resume entering new services for 2016-2017.

Questions or concerns? Contact the GEAR UP Maine data manager, Becky Young at


for Regional GEAR UP Sessions: How to use data to guide the development of your year 4 GEAR UP action plan 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Aroostook Maine CATs at UMPI, Campus Center, 9am – 2 pm

Monday, April 10, 2017
Western/central Maine CATs at UMF, North dining hall, 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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UMF Summer Leadership Program
(Click on the picture below to be taken to the sign up form)

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The GEAR UP Maine program is funded through a grant (reference #P3345050037;
Karmon Simms-Coates, Project Officer) from the U.S. Department of Education to
University of Maine at Farmington administered by Syntiro.

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