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Staying on Track

Thank you to all those who attended GEAR UP Talks! on Thursday, January 14th! Even with the small challenges at the start of the event, you stuck it out and provided great questions regarding credits, high school graduation pathways, and 8th to 9th grade transitions! If you have any lingering questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s school counselor, Admin team and/or your GU site coordinator!

Your 9th grader(s) has either been pushing their first year of high school or it is fast approaching for your 8th grader(s). Some things to consider are that teenagers tend to live in the moment. Especially in times of crisis! On-line learning and a global pandemic can really cause your student to focus on the right now, and not look ahead to the possibilities of the future. Often cause and effect is a hard concept for students to grasp when it relates to high school graduation and college admissions requirements that are still years away. It is important talk to teens about how attendance, challenges, failures, grades, and overall credit accumulation in high school will affect their future. Remember, failure is not bad! As long as your student learns, asks questions and continues to grow, they are on the right track for success!

Did you know that there are ways to tell if a child is “on-track” or “off-track” for high school graduation?  Research has shown that there some ways to predict when a student is struggling or off-track. For example: 

  • Attendance: Missing 20 days or being absent 10 percent of school days.
  • Behavior: Two or more mild or more serious behavior infractions. 
  • Course performance in high school:
    • a GPA of less than 2.0.
    • two or more failures in ninth grade courses.
    • failure to earn on-time promotion to the tenth grade or accumulate 5 or more freshmen credits.

Even if there are valid excuses for any of these symptoms, they have a negative effect on school performance and engagement.  

If your child is showing one or more of these signs it is important to step in, find the root causes of the problem, and find a solution that addresses the specific needs of your child. For example, you may need to help your child find tutoring or a mentor. GEAR UP can help! Don’t hesitate to email your site coordinator and they can connect your student to resources to get them back on-track! The most powerful thing a parent or guardian can do to help is get involved.

Did You Know?

A college education is worth more today. There’s a wider earnings gap between college-educated and less-educated Millennials compared with previous generations.



  1. COVID 19 has impacted our community in unprecedented ways- Please complete the Free/Reduced Lunch application, available on the district’s website!
  2. Money Maze
    On February 11, from 6:00-8:00pm, CTE will be hosting a FREE Financial Aid Workshop! Money Maze is a presentation designed to address the major issues students and families face as they pursue all the types of merit and need-based financial aid programs. It will cover: Cost & Value of College; Types of Financial Aid; FAFSA/WAFSA; and Private Scholarships! Come learn how your 8th and 9th graders can begin financially preparing for college! Registration is required! For attending the workshop each family will receive a copy of, "The Money Maze Finding Money for College", a workbook that matches the PowerPoint presentation, as well as other valuable college planning resources. Interpreters are available!
  3. After-School Tutoring 

    All 8th & 9th graders have after school tutors available to help them with any classes or missing assignments.
    Mondays – Wednesdays: 2:30-4:00 PM; Thursdays: 2:30-5:00 PM
    Schedule an appointment or you can email your Site Coordinator if you need help!

  4. Washington Business Week
    WBW is back and it is all virtual. This is an incredible summer opportunity for your student to gain TWO (2) college credits while in high school. In partnership with WBW and Renton Technical College, you can sign your student up for a week-long summer excursion where they will take the lead as their team races against the clock to develop a world-changing idea and pitch it to potential investors at the end-of-week competition. Guided by a mentor from a local business, students learn to work as a team, explore careers, build a network with professionals and future leaders. This is a free event for GEAR UP Students. If you are interested, please email your GEAR UP Site Coordinator and they will guide through the registration process. You can go to WBW’s website for more information.
  5. Husky STEM Club
    •  Monthly STEM challenges​
    • Students have 4 weeks to complete​
    • Email the challenge to Ms. Yip
    • Or post on social media and tag us @uwgearupskc​
    • Find more information on our website