GEAR UP Maine Bulletin
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March, 2016


GEAR UP Maine staff

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Grant Requirements- Must do's and To do's

  • Document activities completed
  • Submit invoices
  • Document student information regarding who completed the fafsa, number of college applications filed, and number of college acceptances in the GU database
Bulletin Highlights
  • District Share Sessions
  • Mount Blue Middle School Read 180
  • GEAR Up Maine staff spotlight - Eleni Margaronis
  • Grant Opportunities
  • GEAR Up Maine Partner highlight - Virtual Job Shadow
  • Summer Experience - Know of one? Contact us!
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The GEAR UP  Maine Staff

Grant Must Do's
March Must Do's

College Access Teams
  • Document activities completed
  • Submit invoices
  • Document student information regarding who completed the fafsa, number of college applications filed, and number of college acceptances in the GU database
April Must Do's

College Access Teams:
  • College Access Plans Documented in GEM 
  • Document activities completed
  • Submit invoices
  • Document second semester/trimester grades
  • Document student information regarding who completed the fafsa, number of college applications filed, and number of college acceptances in the GU database
  • Student Representative Contact Information (see your Regional Facilitator) 

Get to Know Your GEAR UP Maine Staff

Eleni Margaronis
Program Assistant

1.) The book I could read a hundred times over: It is hard pick just one! Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert is probably my favorite light read.

2.) I would love to travel back to: Aegina, Greece where my father was born and where my father's family still resides.

3.) When I'm not working I'm:  Mountain biking, snowboarding or teaching yoga. Sugarloaf is one of my favorite places on earth to be to snowboard and mountain bike. When I'm not 'in the valley,' as some call it, I teach yoga to elementary students, teachers and community members in RSU 9, at the Community Center in Starks, and in downtown Farmington. 

Eleni received her Masters of Education in Educational Leadership in 2014 from University of Maine at Farmington. As a national exchange student, Eleni studied Elementary Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington and completed her B.S. in Sociology, with a minor focus in Elementary Education from University of Southern Maine in 2009. Eleni recently received a certification in Educational Technology from UMF. Her prior experience includes working with grants designated by the State of Maine that focus on education and civic engagement in addition to special education from the elementary level to adults. Eleni is a first generation college student and has lived all over the state  of Maine (northern, central, southern, and now western). Eleni brings her work and personal experience as a first generation college student to the GEAR UP team. 
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District Share Sessions


Be sure to check your e-mails as well as the GU Portal for more information on the District Share Session in your region.
Session info:
Western Maine Regional Sharing Session
April 28, 2016  8:00am - 2:30pm
UMF North Dining Hall
Register here

Northern Maine Regional Sharing Session
April 26th  9:00am - 2:30pm
UMPI Campus Center 
Register here

Downeast Regional Sharing Session
April 14th 9:00am - 2:30pm
UMM Campus
Register here
Mount Blue Middle School One-Million Words and Counting!
FARMINGTON - Seventh-grade students at Mt. Blue Middle School who are participating in the Read 180 program were given a challenge last fall: read one million words.

The students on the Bigelow and Saddleback communities recently surpassed their goal and are well on their way to their next million.

“We are very fortunate to have this state-of-the-art reading program at MBMS,” remarked Principal Gary Oswald. The program is funded through a grant from GEAR UP Maine, which includes the University of Maine at Farmington among its partners.

The 40 students who were selected to participate in the program during this pilot year rotate daily through a series of stations which include software, high-interest books provided by Houghton-Mifflin, and small group instruction which includes a textbook.

“We are so proud of the students in this program,” Oswald noted. “Lexile levels are going up, and we’re delighted to announce that we will expand the program to include more students next year.”

GEAR UP Maine’s goal is to “significantly increase the number of students who graduate high school and enroll and succeed in post-secondary education.”

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We're thrilled to announce our March partner highlight - Virtual Job ShadowRead more about Virtual Job Shadow and how GEAR UP Students are using it on the Partners Page of our website!
Grant Opportunities


The Portland-based Lerner Foundation today announced a five-year, $2 million commitment to youth development programs focused on raising the aspirations of middle school students in rural Maine. Read more...
Apply for Funding


The Maine Department of Education, under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act  (ESEA), is undergoing the mandatory state processes to allow the development of proposals and eventual grant awards to implement local 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) programs. Local 21st CCLC programs provide comprehensive academic support services that allow students and their families to gain knowledge and new abilities, with the goal of helping students meet state and local learning standards. 
View the RFP

Summer Experience
Know of any Summer Experience opportunities in your area that high school students are able to: 
   ~ live on a college campus & experience life in a dorm with a roommate,
   ~ take academic course work, and;
   ~ participate in the social life on campus.

GEAR UP Maine is looking to help fund a summer experience for 2 GU students from each of the GEAR UP High Schools, summer 2016!

View our list we've put together of 2016 Summer Opportunities we know about 

Please contact Corda Ladd Kinzie at for more information.
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