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University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound INSIDE THIS ISSUE Academic Year Schedule…...2 Director’s Welcome…………..2 Super Saturday Schedule…..3 Eight Tips for Excellence….4-5 Senior Spotlight………………….6 ACT Dates…………………………..7 Why Get Good Grades?........7 SGA Welcome and Officers...8 Strategies for Learning………..8

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August 2016

“Whatever you do, strive to do it so well that no man living and no man dead and no man yet to be born could do it any better.” Benjamin E. Mays Here’s a challenge—memorize this quote, and say it every day until your every action shows that you want to be the best at whatever you do. In doing so, you will find your strengths and identify areas where you still need to improve. Learning takes place over a lifetime; challenging yourself to do well in all of your endeavors takes PERSEVERANCE, HEART, and GRIT. It seems like yesterday that we were starting the summer program. Now, it’s a new school year. Whether you’re a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or a senior the tips you will find inside this edition will help you to start out and finish your fall semester with EXCELLENCE.

The University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound program serves first generation and low income students in Bibb, Chilton, and southern Shelby counties. Our goal is to help students successfully complete high school and navigate college options successfully so that they will earn a four year University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound—A Federally Funded Program


University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound 2016—2017 Academic Component Tuesday, September 20 Returning Students ONLY

Monday, October 3 New Student Orientation/Returning Students Academic Session

Tuesday, October 18 Tuesday, November 1 Tuesday, November 15 Monday, November 28 Monday, December 5 Tuesday, January 10 Monday, January 23 Tuesday, February 7 Monday, February 27 Monday, March 6 Tuesday, March 21 Monday, April 3 Tuesday, April 18 Monday, April 24 Greetings Upward Bounders, I am so excited to welcome our returning students back for another year and new students to an adventure that’s going to change your life. We are excited about the 2016-2017 academic year. This year you will see some familiar faces with our tutors and instructors as well as some new faces who will join our team. We will focus on improving your grades in your home schools (all As and Bs) and increasing your ACT scores. Our goal is for each and every student to be admitted to their “pie in the sky” school. Please utilize our FREE tutoring, academic advising, essay writing assistance, career and personal counseling, ACT Prep and postsecondary visits. Remember, we are here to help you succeed in high school. This year is the last year of our current Upward Bound grant (2012-2017). We will be writing a new grant proposal this fall and will seek your input on new and innovative approaches to provide services. There is also a possibility that we may also write an Upward Bound Math/Science grant. Again, we are so excited about this year. Have a great school year! Sincerely, Sharon M. Gilbert, M. Ed. TRIO Upward Bound Director 2 University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound—A Federally Funded Program

Super Saturday Sessions 2016—2017 8:30 am—12:30 pm Comer September 24

October 8 October 22 November 5 November 12 December 3 December 10 January 14 January 28 February 4 February 18 March 4

March 18

April 15 April 29

EXPLORE / PLAN Testing (9th and 10th grades Make Up) TUTORING; Super Spectacular Senior Success Saturday; Senior Scholarships & Senior Portfolio; Computer Access Last date for EXPLORE / PLAN Testing; ACT Prep; TUTORING; Senior Admissions and Scholarships, Computer Access ACT Prep; TUTORING; Senior Admissions and Scholarships, Computer Access ACT Prep; TUTORING; Senior Admissions and Scholarships; Computer Access ACT Prep; TUTORING; Senior Admissions and Scholarships; Computer Access; SENIOR FAFSA DAY ACT Prep; TUTORING; Senior Admissions and Scholarships; Computer Access Senior Admissions and Scholarships; TUTORING; Computer Access; TUTORING Senior Admissions and Scholarships; Senior Portfolios; TUTORING; Computer Access Senior Admissions and Scholarships; Senior Portfolios; TUTORING; Computer Access Tutoring, Senior Admissions, Scholarships; FAFSA; Computer Access; TUTORING; Senior Portfolio ACT Prep; Senior Stuff, Bridge, Scholarships; Computer Access; TUTORING ACT Pre Test (Required for ALL 10th and 11th graders); Senior Stuff, Bridge, Scholarships; Computer Access; TUTORING before CAREER DAY ACT Pre Test MAKE UP (Required for ALL 10th and 11th graders); Senior Stuff, Bridge, Scholarships; Computer Access; TUTORING, ACT Pre Test; Scholarships; Computer Access ACT Prep; Senior Admissions and Scholarships; Computer Access; TUTORING; Senior Portfolio Senior Admissions and Scholarships; Computer Access; TUTORING University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound—A Federally Funded Program


1. SET HIGH SEMESTER GOALS. How do you know where you’re headed if you haven’t mapped out a plan for yourself? Create concrete GOALS for this (and each) semester to work towards achieving. If you are a senior, this includes improving your ACT, getting college acceptance, and applying for scholarships.

2. LEARN FROM YOUR TEACHERS. If you are a Sophomore or Junior, make sure you develop strong relationships with your teachers. They WANT to help you. All you have to do is show them you WANT to learn. For Seniors, start the semester out on a good note with your teachers and talk to them before, during (through class participation) and after class. Remember, you’ll need teachers who know your unique personality when it comes time for recommendation letters, during your senior year so getting to know each of your teachers on a personal level will certainly come in handy. The other life lesson you will learn by getting to know your teachers is that you will see that they, too, were once a student and that they are still learning with you.

3. MAP OUT DEADLINES AND DUE DATES Whether you decide to utilize an agenda, a calendar or your phone, make use of some sort of planner/calendar/system to keep track of important dates and deadlines from syllabus you receive in class, standardized testing dates, important admissions deadlines and any scholarship reminders. If you need a calendar, let us know and we will give you a very easy-to-follow calendar for the entire year that can fit in any binder/notebook. If you take the time to set it all up at once and get into the habit of continually updating it as necessary, it will become much easier to keep track of everything you need to remember.

4. SET UP A STUDY ROUTINE. Cramming just doesn’t work. If you are trying to build skills and actually RETAIN the information (which you should be trying to do), it is important to set up a study routine. Try to set aside a certain amount of time each evening to read over notes, read information in your books (or access information online) and focus on your classes for a minimum of two hours each evening. During this time, FOCUS on your classwork—avoid the phone and have a desk/table where you can STUDY and continue on your path to success. 4 University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound—A Federally Funded Program

5. GET ORGANIZED Yes, you want to go school shopping for clothes, but also make sure you have the school supplies you need. Usually, teachers will ask you to have a binder to organize your notes. DO IT. Take time every other day—it only takes about 5 minutes if you keep up with it—to organize your notes by subject. You can set up dividers with just a separate sheet of paper or a tab. Another great tip is to date your notes. That way, you can see where one day stops and another begins.

5. USE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU. Upward Bound posts on FB things that will help you. We have a series of daily helps: Motivational Mondays, Tutorial Tuesdays, Workshop Wednesdays, Thoughtful Thursdays, and Fantastic Fridays. These links or information is there to help you be the BEST student you can be. We also try to plan seminars/activities that will help YOU better yourself! We will be starting Super Saturdays in September to help you get extra help in your academics. Don’t let your circumstances be your excuse. Use the resources you have available to you to be the BEST !

6. CHALLENGE YOURSELF. Upward Bound is COLLEGE BOUND. So, since you’re planning to go to college, it’s important that you continue to challenge yourself throughout high school. Don’t slack in any area! This is in reference to academics but, also, in terms of extracurricular activities, high school clubs, part-time jobs, community volunteerism, and Upward Bound. Get involved, take control of your learning, and set yourself on the right path for success.

7. WORK ON COLLEGE TEST PREP REGULARLY. If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior, ACT will be part of your vocabulary. If you still haven’t reach your desired score, keep reviewing ACT type materials at least once a week. There are many ways to study—simply choose whatever works best for you on any given day and stick with it!

8. CONNECT WITH FRIENDS. Why? Friends can help with your overall learning experience because they understand everything you’re going through. Not only can they can console your back to school blues, but they make going back to school much less painful. Once the semester gears up, seek out friends and study buddies to help you stay focused. University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound—A Federally Funded Program


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August 2016

Ravan Mullins Montevallo High School GPA: 3.7 ACT: 28 College Major: Musical Theater/Film How would you describe yourself? I would describe myself as ambitious. In all aspects, I have set very high goals for myself and I have always had big dreams. I believe in the motto ,“Go big or go home,” and I think this is prominently reflected in my personality and academic performance. What are your interests? Theatre, film, photography, writing, travel, live music, marine biology, cosmetics, and paranormal investigation What do you consider your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement is becoming the 2016-2017 Upward Bound President. It has allowed me to be in a position of positive influence for my peers and hopefully improve the Upward Bound program in any way I can. It has allowed me to motivate others as well as myself to become a more active member of my local Upward Bound program. What colleges are you interested in attending? The University of Montevallo, SAIC, Pratt Institute, The University of Chicago What will influence your final decision? I hope to attend a school that offers degrees in film, so having that major is a key factor in my decision; however, I will not be able to attend a school other than the University of Montevallo unless I am offered significant scholarships. What tips could you offer to other students who want to be successful? Don’t give up. Success is linear with overcoming obstacles, so as long as you are able to welcome challenges as chances to become better, you will always be successful in life. Keep a strong will, a sharp mind, and a sense of perseverance. What are your career goals? In the future, I would like to be a filmmaker and director as well as a playwright and stage actress. My aspirations lie in revolutionizing the entertainment industry. A favorite quote? “Don’t dream it, be it.” - Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show Ravan was selected for the Senior Spotlight because she is an achiever. She has already completed English 101 and 102 and serves as SGA President. She shines in writing and performance arts of music, & theatre. 6 University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound—A Federally Funded Program

Test Date Registration Deadline September 10, 2016 August 5, 2016 October 22, 2016 September 16, 2016 December 10, 2016 November 4, 2016 February 11, 2017 January 13, 2017 April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017 June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017

FEES $42.50 (No Writing) $58.50 (Plus Writing)

WHY GET GOOD GRADES? What’s your reason for doing your best in school? High school students surveyed in a national poll gave these reasons as the reasons they want to get good grades. Clarify your goals, set priorities, and stay focused. What’s your reason for getting good grades?  Make my parents proud of me  Improve / maintain my GPA  To get accepted into the college of my choice  Be smarter  Enjoy school more  Improve skills  Be able to take advanced level classes  Feel good about myself  Earn respect of classmates and teachers  Get scholarships

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I would like to welcome all new and returning students to the beginning of the 20162017 Upward Bound academic component. I hope you all had a wonderful summer and I look forward to being with each and every one of you as we create a productive and enjoyable school year. I encourage all of you to take advantage of tutoring, community service opportunities, and cultural enrichment. I believe it will be an exciting and successful year, and I hope to see all of the returning students on September 24th and then new students on October 3rd. Ravan Mullins 2016-2017 SGA President

2016-2017 TRIO Upward Bound SGA Officers President Vice President Secretary Bibb County Representative Chilton County Representative Shelby County Representative

Ravan Mullins Rose Enfinger Keandrea Mayfield Alliyah Underwood Dylan Levering Bethany Robinson

STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING What learning strategies work best for you? Is it digging in until you figure it out, or is it seeking help from a teacher. To the right is a small illustration of some of the strategies you can use when presented with new or difficult information. By using a combination of some of these strategies, you can become a focused learner and “expert” on the skills presented to you. 8 University of Montevallo TRIO Upward Bound—A Federally Funded Program

Grapevine August 2016  
Grapevine August 2016