What is Gear Up?
GEAR UP is a federally funded program designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college. Schools and community partners have teamed to provide services for students and families. As part of our charge and responsibility, Granite School District is committed to supporting all students in their preparation for and success in college. Our partnership with USU STARS! will provide and enhance the following services. Kennedy will be working in our 2nd year of Gear Up, which will involve our 8th graders this year.
- Academic tutoring
- Career exploration and advising
- College campus visits
- Summer academies
- Comprehensive mentoring
- Financial aid counseling/advising
- Counseling advising and academic planning
- Educational field trips
- Support in completing college and scholarship applications
For more information, contact Stan Drasutis, the GEAR UP College Advisor at 385-646-3597 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GEAR UP is sponsoring an 8th grade College, Career, and Educational Fieldtrip
All 8th grade students are strongly encouraged to attend this fieldtrip. Groups have been determined by the student teams which are based on their core classes. The Stanford Team will go on their fieldtrip on 11/12 and the Utah State Team will go on their fieldtrip on 11/13.
The fieldtrip will have three destinations on each day: University of Utah, UT State Capitol, and UT Pioneer Museum.
University of Utah
Field trips to the University of Utah are valuable learning experiences that sparks students’ interests, and sets them on a path toward higher education. Success in college can never start too early! These field trips have engaging, hands-on experiences to help students imagine themselves in college one day. The University of Utah emphasizes the value of college, while highlighting the fun aspects! All students will be provided with a free buffet style lunch at the University of Utah Heritage Center.
Field Trip Rules & Expectations:
- University of Utah Campus will likely be very busy with college students and professors going to class. Stay close to the group and do not wander, so you do not get lost.
- Remember that the U of U is a school. There will be students in class, taking tests, and doing research. Please be respectful of these students and keep voices down and do not run while inside University of Utah buildings.
- Dress appropriately. Abide by your school’s dress code and remember to wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. We will be walking outside for a portion of the field trip.
- Leave iPods, video games, and other entertainment at home. You may use phones and digital cameras to take photos periodically throughout the field trip, with your teacher’s permission.
- Show respect to University of Utah campus and everyone there! This includes showing respect to classmates, college students, teachers, professors, and volunteers. This also includes not littering and not climbing on structures throughout campus.
Utah State Capitol
As part of the Capitol Preservation Board, the Visitors Center Program ensures a safe, positive, and educational experience. Students from all over Utah have visited the Gold Room, observed the Legislative Session, and gazed up at the magnificent murals surrounding the seagull-clad dome of the Rotunda. This is a great opportunity to learn about the history of governing in our state and potential careers as a public servant in government.
Field Trip Rules & Expectations:
- The Capitol is a working, government facility. Visitors are expected to keep voices low and behavior respectful to prevent disturbing working employees and Official State of Utah Business being conducted.
- The Capitol facilitates over 4,500 events annually. Visitors are asked to respect roped off areas. This includes private events, the Gold Room, the Governor’s ceremonial office, the Supreme Court Chamber, and the House and Senate galleries.
- Respect the Capitol Hill Complex, its historic furniture and artifacts, as well as posted signage. Please do not climb on, needlessly touch or damage any part of the building. This will protect the 100+-year-old building, its materials, furniture, and artwork as well as the visitors themselves.
- Refrain from bringing gum, food, or drink on the tour. Please contact Visitors Services if you need to reserve the student lunch area, or utilize a space for sack lunch storage.
Utah Pioneer Museum
The Pioneer Memorial Museum is noted as the world’s largest collection of artifacts on one particular subject, and features displays and collections of memorabilia from the time the earliest settlers entered the Valley of the Great Salt Lake until the joining of the railroads at a location known as Promontory Point, Utah, on May 10, 1869.
As you enter the Pioneer Memorial Museum, you walk back into history. Here are the belongings of a hardy pioneer people who migrated 2,000 miles west across the plains from Nauvoo, Illinois, and from all parts of the world to seek religious freedom and to build a great city in the Salt Lake Valley and surrounding areas.
Questions or concerns please contact Stan Drasutis:
Phone: (385) 646-3597