GEAR UP Happenings

January & February 2016

Coming Soon & Ongoing Activities

GEAR UP Oversight Committee Meeting

The next GEAR UP Oversight Committee Meeting will be held at Watauga High School on March 14th from 11:30am-2pm. Lunch will be provided. Further details will be emailed closer to the meeting.
  • Discovery Education Studio Opportunities (PD for Teachers)
  • 1st Annual Watauga County Schools GU Ambassador's Leadership Summit--February 24th (More information below)
  • Bethel & Cove Creek 7th grade College Visit to UNC-Asheville--February 25th
  • Gravity Games Training at Discovery Place February 26th
  • Mountaineer Mentoring (Resuming Mid-February at BE, CC & MA)
  • BizWorld at Mabel & Bethel
  • Green Valley 7th Grade Discovery Place/Body Worlds Educational Trip--March 25th
  • Gravity Games, Saturday April 23rd in Lenoir, NC
  • Virtual Job Shadow
  • Juntos Program
  • YES! program with Justin Hicks
  • Summer Camp Opportunities
  • Transition Activities
  • ***When traveling with GEAR UP Funds, please remember you are responsible for turning in a copy of the trip agenda and student/chaperone roster to your school's bookkeeper once you return from the trip!

National School Counselor Week 2016

While, the 2016 National School Counselor Week was the first week in February and my newsletter did not make it out by then...I wanted to take a moment to say a special "Thank You" to Christy, Sandra, Patti and Lindsey! GEAR UP and countless other activities would not be possible with out you! Thank you so much for continually working for what is in the best interest of all of our WCS students!
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New Procedures for Reimbursement!!!

When using GEAR UP funds for trips with students, we are now required to separate out the rosters for chaperones and students. Additionally, any purchases for meals or tickets to an event, must also be on separate receipts. ASU will not accept our reimbursement packet with out the information correctly separated. Please see your school's bookkeeper with questions prior to any trips.

***We are working to create a specialized report that can be printed via PowerSchool to make this process easier for you. Look for an email update from me soon with this information!!!

Student Ambassadors (chosen by each school) and Club Sponsors (school staff) from each school are invited to attend the the first Leadership Summit at ASU on Wednesday, February, 24th. The button above is linked to the agenda for the day. The RSVP's are below:


At any time, if you are using GEAR UP funds and wish to receive reimbursement, you must submit a roster of those in attendance along with all other WCS financial documentation. App State GEAR UP cannot reimburse Watauga County Schools without this information; therefore, we cannot reimburse you without this documentation! This procedure should be followed for any services when GEAR UP funds are used e.g., parent nights, field trips, guest speakers, etc.

If you have questions please direct them to Laura!

The 2016 Gravity Games will be held on Saturday, April 23rd in Lenoir, NC. Teachers will be attending a training at Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC on Friday, February 26th.

Watauga Teams & Coaches:


1 Team

John Downs

Adrienne Stumb

Green Valley:

2 Teams

Gail Richards

LeAnne Hilderbran

Robbie Mains


1 Team

Christy Welch

Richard Tidyman

Jackie Farmer


1 Team

Justin Hicks

Teachers attending Discovery Place Training on Friday, February 26th:

John Downs

Gail Richards

LeAnne Hilderbran

Richard Tidyman

***Substitute pay, meals & mileage for these teachers will be funded by WCS GEAR UP

Kid President's Pep Talk to Teachers and Students!