As part of the Louisiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP!), the Glenn Oaks High club sponsored a College Knowledge Night this for freshmen and their parents earlier this school year. Presentations were given by local colleges, such as Louisiana State University, the Baton Rouge Community College, Southern University and Capitol Area Technical College. Other speakers included representatives of Upward Bound and the school’s graduation coach. About 70 students, parents, staff and volunteers attended the event.
GEAR UP! Is located in 61 schools across the state, working with students now in the eighth and ninth grades through their 2013-2014 academic year. Participating schools were selected through a competitive process based on eligibility for free/reduced lunch, district ACT scores, percentage of students requiring remedial courses and geographic location. For more information, call the state office at (225) 342-4253.
Explorers Clubs are extensions of Summer Learning Camps throughout the academic year that reinforce peer leadership skills, a focus on community service, encouragement of attaining personal goals and support for academic growth.
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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