GEAR UP Maine Bulletin
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August, 2018


GEAR UP Maine staff

We're wishing a WONDERFUL 2018-2019 school year to all our GEAR UP Maine students, parents, family members, teachers, and administrators!
Grant Must Do's
August Must Do's

College Access Team Members
  • Update CAT membership - Identify at least one student and parent CAT member
  • Prepare and plan for National GEAR UP Week in September
  • Establish and plan for financial awareness informational sessions for students and families (to be completed prior to February 2019)
  • Submit documentation to your Data Steward detailing summer activity participation
  • Submit services/activities in SCRIBE and provide Request for Reimbursement Packet to Business Managers 
College Access Team Lead
  • Sign roles and responsibilities and submit them to your district’s Regional Facilitator by September 15. These will also be added to your school’s contract that will be signed by the superintendent. 
  • Complete Contacts form and return it to the GEAR UP Maine Data Team
  • Have roles and responsibilities Acknowledgement signed by the Data Steward, and submit it to the GEAR UP Maine Data Team
  • Duplication of Services (This applies only to high schools who have Talent Search or another TRIO program)
What's Happening
GEAR UP Aroostook Scholars Pilot Celebration

The first cohort of GEAR UP Maine Aroostook Scholars wrapped up their year with a celebration and a chance to review the data compiled during their year in post-secondary. The Scholars where joined by Aroostook Scholars Coach Chris Young,  GEAR UP Maine Project Director Mary Callan, and XCaliber director of research Dr. Tricia Brainard who is heading up the research part of the Scholars Pilot.   As a token of our appreciation, each scholar received a GEAR UP Maine travel mug and plaque (pictured below). Thank you scholars!


GEAR UP Data Steward Annual Refresher
Monday, October 15, 2018
Bangor Hilton Garden Inn

9 am - 3 pm
8:30 registration & refreshments
Working lunch to be included
Agenda & registration materials available in early September
Required participation for all data stewards.


GEAR UP Orientation for New Data Stewards
Online - ZOOM Conference Call
Two time slot choices:
Friday, September 7, 2018 - 8:30-10:00 am
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 2:30-4:00pm
Scribe for GEAR UP
**Important information**
  • SCRIBE will default to the 2018-19 school year on August 27. 
  • Import file templates are being updated with features that should make data entry easier.
  • The Calendar of Monthly Tasks is being updated to reflect a new school year with only a few changes.
September Data Steward To Do:
Download the 2018 GEAR UP Week Toolkit HERE

GEAR UP Maine Student Videos

GEAR UP Maine highlighted two students from Fort Fairfield High School about their experience being a GEAR UP student. GEAR UP is creating a better college-going culture in Maine schools and students are becoming more excited and ready for a postsecondary experience. Check out these two student videos and please share far and wide!
GEAR UP Maine Julian
GEAR UP Maine Mikayla

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. 
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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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