GEAR UP Maine Bulletin
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December, 2017


GEAR UP Maine staff

Grant Must Do's
December Must Do's

College Access Team Members
  • Provide service summary and receipt documentation to CAT member who is responsible for overseeing the request for reimbursement process.  
Data Stewards
  • Add students who enroll during the month of December.
  • Add students who are GEAR UP Eligible to the GEAR UP Program in SCRIBE (Identify GEAR UP eligible students).
  • Exit students who withdraw during the month of December.
  • Enter October 11, 2017 PSAT 8/9 and/or 10 scores and verify on the District Data Review sheet. Check with your school counselor to see who in your school may have taken either of these tests. (if applicable)
  • Clean up missing or incomplete 2016-2017 Data. Most importantly these three:
    2017 Graduates
    Service Participation that’s missing
    Unexcused Absences
  • Enter participation in SCRIBE for all services that took place during the month of December as described in your GEAR UP Action Plan. Reference the roster that’s attached to the service. Enter Service Summary Form into SCRIBE.  
  • Generate and Distribute the Service Summary Forms 
    for next month’s services
What's Happening
Wisdom Freshman & Sophomore College Trip!
Does your school document college visits? If so, share with to highlight in the next bulletin!

By Tyler Blint-Welsh • November 27, 2017, Bangor Daily News

It was Julian McKenney’s junior year at Fort Fairfield Middle/High School, and he was struggling academically for the first time.

In addition to his regular classes, he was taking a full year of college-level chemistry and a semester each of college-level anthropology and psychology as part of a special agreement between his school and the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He was also balancing being a cheerleader with working three shifts a week at Bath and Body Works in the Presque Isle Mall.

The stress compounded, and he continued to fall behind on his coursework, he said. That’s when his teachers, with whom he had close relationships, stepped in and made sure he got caught up.

All throughout Aroostook County, it appears adults — whether teachers, family members or business owners — are making a point to catch and encourage young people in their schooling, so they might continue on to some type of college....READ MORE 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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