GEAR UP Maine Bulletin
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January, 2017


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
  • Maine Singer/Rapper Spose visits MVHS
  • Maine Word About College Newsletter
  • Free Summer PD in Exploring Computer Science - with a stipend!
  • SCRIBE Tips & Tricks
  • SAVE THE DATES - Regional GEAR UP Sessions
  • Resource of the Month - FAME File Your FAFSA
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
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)
Data Stewards
  • Submit MEA assessment data for 2015-2016.
  • Services, participation, & service summaries for December.
  • Enter mid-year grades for courses if applicable. Use S1 for Term.
  • Update students’ records with these fields: CompletedHighSchool (gr 7-12) and FAFSASubmissionDate for gr 12, and 21stCenturyCertificate for 21C certificates distributed (ALL 7th graders), and the field ExpectedHighSchoolGraduationDate.
  • September - December tasks not completed
  • Due by Feb. 5.
February Must Do's
  • Parent and Guardian Financial Awareness
  • All students should have a college access plan in place
  • Provide services/activities and receipt documentation to Data Stewards & Business Managers
What's Happening
Maine Singer/Rapper Spose visits
Mountain Valley High School

Rapper and Maine native Spose was at Mountain Valley High School in Rumford speaking to students in grades 8-12 on Tuesday December 13th.  Spose is well known for his song "I'm Awesome". He began the assembly by performing his song Alternative Radio with the MVHS band.  His talk was focused on connecting with students and showing them that greatness starts in small towns like Rumford.  Spose grew up in Wells, Maine graduated from Wells High School and still lives in southern Maine.  He shared his experiences growing up in a small town, signing with a major label and striving to achieve his goals.  He talked to the students about the importance of being authentic, taking risks, bouncing back after failures and staying focused on reaching his goals.  While at MVHS Spose also visited with the Advanced Placement English classes and the Audio Engineering class.  Spose has a new album that was released in December.  This presentation was made possible through GEAR UP.
Check out Spose's performance at this link
Maine Word About College Newsletter
Check out this Maine Word About College Newsletter. It includes "questions about college from young Maine students, answered by old Maine students."
View PDF Here
Free Summer PD in Exploring Computer Science - with a stipend!
Looking for some free PD to introduce computer science into your class, school, or district? 

MMSA is recruiting for free summer PD (in fact, they pay you to attend!) to train teachers to implement the Exploring Computer Science curriculum. This is a survey course that focuses on computer science principles, inquiry, and equity. It provides an entry point to the broad field of computer science for students in grades 7-11. The course includes an introduction to programming, but covers so much more.
​You get​-
  • A free, week-long summer institute in Maine with overnight room, breakfast and lunch provided, plus four additional training sessions during the school year (usually on Saturdays​)
  • Access to five Maine-based video lessons that complement the ECS units, and emphasize computer science applications in Maine businesses and organizations
  • A copy of the ECS curriculum
  • Support from a growing network of ME teachers of computer science
  • A $300 stipend ($200 for the summer, $25 per Saturday session)
This year’s summer professional development institute will take place the week of August 7 through 11, 2017 and will most likely be at the UMA campus in Augusta.

We have ECS teachers from Madawaska to York and Rumford to Lubec! Join Cohort 3 and become part the network of almost 50 trained teachers from our first two cohorts. This is the last opportunity for stipend professional development in this NSF developed curriculum!! Applications are due by February 10, 2017.

Additional information and the application are available here
Please contact Tom Keller ( with any questions. 
SCRIBE Tips & Tricks
January Scribe Tip/Trick

CAT Leads!
Here’s a SCRIBE Tip that would be helpful to your team!

SCRIBE Goals and Objectives Reports
The reports under Goals and Objectives allow for users to identify students who have not participated in an event, who have not completed a certain number of hours of an activity, or who have passed/failed a specific course by 10th grade (e.g.).
These reports provide you Summary reports on % of students who meet the goal/objective as well as detailed lists of students that meet and do not meet the grant goals and objectives. This is a wonderful resource that is instrumental in planning activities during the year. Without these reports it sometimes feels like you’re looking for a needle in the haystack, now you can get to the students quickly.

Click here for the pdf instructions of  how to do SCRIBE Goals and Objectives Reports

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

There is money available to help pay for college, but you have to apply for financial aid!

All students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)The FAFSA is used by all schools to award federal and state financial aid. Many schools also use the FAFSA to award their institutional financial aid. Most families can complete the FAFSA in less than 30 minutes.

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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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