From: Montana GEAR UP []

Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:26 AM

To: Herndon, Aspen

Subject: Corrected May 2013 MT GEAR UP Newsletter



   May 2013



  Director's Note         


What plans do you have for the summer?   For many of us, it's a welcomed time of year-- just right for creating fun activities with family, visiting one of our great state parks, or just hanging out with friends.  Too many kids, however, cannot afford too much fun in the summer.  I am pleased to share with you the multitude of opportunities available to GEAR UP students this summer.  We are offering an array of summer programs to all GEAR UP students, either on a college campus and/or at their local GEAR UP schools.  Local summer programming offers enrichment camps with a focus on STEM, leadership, and transition programs for at-risk students.  Local programs also offer credit recovery, often utilizing the Montana Digital Academy, to current 12th grade students earning their high school diploma as well as to rising 7th-12th graders.  Check out the map below to learn more about these camps.  If you find yourself traveling the state, be sure to stop by a GEAR UP sponsored camp to see students having some summer-time fun. Enjoy!



Calling all High School Juniors to look out for your ACT Plus Writing test results which could begin arriving at the students' homes and high school counselors soon.  Summer is a good time to put some time into planning for what you want to get out of your senior year and plan for college.  Attend a GEAR UP camp, check out college websites or visit a campus,  catch up on credits, take dual enrollment classes, read books that keep your brain busy.



Jan Lombardi 



GEAR UP Spotlights


  Troy Mascot

Troy Public School   

Check out Troy's Middle and High School mentoring video 



Arlee Schools

Congratulations to Family and Consumer Science teacher
Joyce Auer on receiving the Outstanding Leadership Award!  




Browning High School                                                   

Check out the article "Program Working to Keep Native American 

Kids in School" on Browning.



To all 2013 Pathways Scholarship winners

 Montana GEAR UP Pathways Scholarship valued




GEAR UP Spring Planning Meeting

Nearly 100 GEAR UP team members convened for a two day planning meeting at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel April 29th-30th. Planning for the 13-14 school year was a success with school teams utilizing data from a variety of sources, including David Leitner of Pacific Research Associates. We thank Governor Bullock, President of Chief Dull Knife College Dr. Dick Littlebear, Dr. John Cech, School Administrator of Montana Executive Director Kirk Miller, Sarah Sadowski, Sarah Davis and several Office of Public Instruction representatives, including Chief of Staff Madalyn Quinlan, Policy Advisor Deb Halliday, Jean Howard, and Justine Jam.    











ACT Plus Writing updates  

The individual students results for all Montana high school students who took the              

ACT Plus Writing in their high schools on a school day will be in the mail to the  

students' homes and high school counselors soon. Reports are mailed in batches  

so receipt of the reports may be staggered.  Students who took the ACT Plus Writing  

without accommodations or with ACT-Allowed accommodations will receive their score

reports 3 - 8 weeks after their answer booklets were received by ACT and mailed to the  

schools in August. Included with the reports is the Using Your ACT Results booklet.  

Schools will distribute these to the students. Online resources on understanding and  

using the results to share with students, parents, and school staff:

Prerecorded webinar on the ACT Student Score Report:  Handout to

accompany the webinar:


Dollars and $ense

Match Matter$ -- Strong and diverse partnerships are key to Montana GEAR UP's success.  The funding framework requiring a dollar-for-dollar match provides an inherent incentive to seek partners, but the necessity to build collaboration is so much more fundamental. Partners continue to build a stronger foundation for serving students.

A good question to ask when trying to determine if a specific item or activity qualifies as allowable match is:  "Does the GEAR UP program benefit in any way from this activity or expense and how can I document it?"  

The GEAR UP Technical Assistance Manual (TAM) has match tips.



Meet a GEAR UP Partner                                                        


This summer GEAR UP students are participating in one of three MedStart Summer Camps, in Bozeman, Great Falls, or Missoula due to a new a partnership between Montana GEAR UP and Montana's Area Health Education Center.  GEAR UP and AHEC share a common goal:  to increase the number of minority and underserved and underserved youth pursuing healthcare careers. 

In the week long MedStart Summer Camp, high school rising sophomores and juniors will job shadow health care professionals at local facilities, take part in health science symposiums and tours, and participate in science lab activities.   Students will also find mentors and resources to support them as they navigate the path to and through college to earn a degree in one of the many healthcare fields they will learn about this summer. We encourage GEAR UP schools with students attending this camp to learn more about starting a Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) in your school. Click here for more information on MedStart.





Policy Research Topic


To be launched later this year, Montana GEAR UP MESA is a  

collaborative effort with the Student Assistance Foundation,

Montana credit unions, and the Montana Credit Unions for  

Community Development (MCUCD).This innovative program  

will be the first of its kind to help students save for college  

offering a 5:1 savings match with an individual investment cap of  

$500, resulting in an additional $2,500 for a student's postsecondary  

expenses.  This spring a team from the University of Kansas met
with state staff,   GEAR UP teams from Arlee and St. Ignatius to  

assist with identifying the MESA opportunities and challenges.

The following is their analysis:  



Check out these Opportunities                         


U.S. Department of Education is currently seeking applications         

for the Advanced Placement (AP) Test Free Program. Deadline June 3, 2013. 

Click here for more information


Recruiting for an MCAN VISTA  




Conventional college route shifts to "education buffet" ..."new type of college student, one who doesn't start and finish at a single brick-and-mortar campus, but picks and chooses credits toward a degree or job from a veritable buffet of education options. 

Now Accepting Nominations for Juneau's Student Advisory Board

click here for more information.


Find the Right College For You College Navigator 


NEW-Dual Credit Courses Summer 2013/Fall 2013 Schedules Now Available

Montana Conservation Corps Mcc

invites YOU to join us for a summer of camping, hard work, new friends, and cool adventures.


2013-14 MSU Native Americans in the Arts and Architecture Scholarship 








State Farm is collaborating with Youth Service America (YSA) to offer
 grants up to $1500 for programs enhancing student achievement            
through service-learning in K-12 public schools.  The program requires a
14 week Semester of Service starting in the Fall, 2013 and ending on
Global Youth Service Day, April 11-13, 2014. 


College Board Advocacy & Policy Center:


Montana teachers in hard-to-fill positions eligible for Student Loan Repayment Program. For more information click here



National Service Briefing Grants Alert:12 grant and award opportunities from YSA and our Global Youth Service Network partners.




Summer Feeding Programs-USDA Resources 



The Montana Historical Society is seeking your help in acknowledging women in an upcoming project





Dates to Remember

  • NCCEP: July 14-17, 2013(San Francisco)
  • GEARS data deadline: June 10th, 2013
  • NASAI 2013 Conference: May 30-31, 2013
  • GMM Summit: June 18th, 2013 


Check out these cool 2013 summer camps for GEAR UP students



MT GEAR UP will sponsor 897 GEAR UP students at 35 summer programming opportunities statewide.Click here to view a detailed map that provides: summer program, location, dates, grades, and type for each flag (camp opportunities).   


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