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LA Receives the GEAR UP Grant!!!

posted Apr 18, 2018, 9:52 AM by Lauren Coffman

Livingston, TN (April 18) - The Tennessee Higher Education Commission announced today that Overton County Schools/Livingston Academy  is the recipient of a $832,395 GEAR UP grant over the next six years. The grant funds will provide services to students and families with the aim of increasing enrollment and success in postsecondary education.

The funding is part of the U.S. Department of Education's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, which aims to increase the number of low-income students in Tennessee who are accessing and succeeding in higher education. Overton County Schools/Livingston Academy is one of 15 communities selected to receive funds. The communities were selected through a competitive application process by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the administrator of the state's GEAR UP TN grant.

"Most jobs require some sort of post-secondary education.  This includes training and education at Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, Associate programs at Community Colleges, 4 year Bachelor’s degrees and even advanced educational programs.  Today's students have more options than ever.  We don't want to wait until the senior year to share all these options with students,” stated Director of Schools Dr. Mark Winningham. 

According to LA Counselor Vanessa Farris who wrote the grant, “The Gear Up Grant will allow us to serve students starting in 8th grade next fall and help ALL students develop college and career plans to ensure future success. We are very excited about being one of the 15 school systems across the state chosen for the Gear Up Grant." 

As part of the project, Overton County Schools/Livingston Academy will form a local, community-based GEAR UP TN Collaborative to provide college access and success-focused services to students at all Overton County Schools with 8th grades:  Allons Elementary, Hilham Elementary, Livingston Middle School, Rickman Elementary, and Wilson Elementary.  Students in the Class of 2023, who are currently in the seventh grade, will receive services as a cohort through middle school, high school, and their first year of postsecondary education.

Seniors at Livingston Academy will also receive direct services that will help them 
prepare for college and apply to postsecondary programs. Services will include one-on
-one mentoring, tutoring, college visits, and financial aid counseling. GEAR UP TN will also provide students across the state of Tennessee with college and financial aid resources, including a college access and success website, CollegeforTN.org.

Each GEAR UP TN Collaborative includes formal partnerships with at least one middle school, one high school, a higher education institution, a local board of education and at least two community-based organizations. Partners will help implement grant activities and ensure that the momentum of college access work continues beyond the six-year grant

OCS/Livingston Academy GEAR UP TN Collaborative will partner with Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Volunteer State Community College and Tennessee Tech University to educate students about college choices and admission procedures, how to access financial aid and scholarship and the opportunities available to them locally.  The Chamber of Commerce will also partner with Gear Up to help students connect education and the world of work.   Many local businesses already partner with LA by providing industry visit days and internships for students; Gear Up will work to expand these and partner with more local industry. 

This is Tennessee's third GEAR UP grant; it is the first GEAR UP grant for Overton County. Tennessee's first GEAR UP TN project, which began in 2005, resulted in a 22.8 percent increase in college-going rates in the nine rural school districtsCommunities served by Tennessee's second GEAR UP TN grant, which began in 2012, have shown impressive results, including over 9 percentage points of growth in college-going rates since 2012Tennessee was one of testates awarded a GEAR UP grant as parothe 2011 competition.

For more informationplease contact Vanessa Farris, Livingston Academy School Counselor at vfarris@overtoncountyschools.net or 931.823.5911.

About GEAR UP TN

GEAR UP TN is a locally driven project that works to prepare students for success in middle school, high school, and postsecondary educationFunded through a seven-year grant from the u.sDepartment of Education and administered by the Tennessee HigheEducatioCommission, GEAR UP TN works with community-based Collaboratives in 1counties across the state to promote college readiness and successBetween 2017 and 2024GEAR UP TN will provide variety of services 
including mentoring, tuto
ring, college visits, and financial aid counseling, to ensure more Tennessee students can enroll and succeed in postsecondary education


Vanessa Farris, Ed.S

ANNOUNCEMENTS 4-18-18

posted Apr 18, 2018, 6:37 AM by Marla Dailey

·        All students who applied for STAND Leadership needs to see Ms. Crisp this week for their informal interviews… 

·        If you have an outstanding lunch balance, don’t forget to pay it.  ASAP 

·        Senior meeting – Wednesday during HEH.  All seniors going on the Senior Trip are required to be there.  

·        Tomorrow is the last day to purchase prom tickets…. 

·        SENIORS – Honor Guard????? – See Mrs. Padgett…

Outstanding Library Books – please return to the library…

PROM – Tickets go on sale Thursday and for next 2 weeks - $30.00 

·        ACT Word of the Week:  determine – verb – 1. Cause to occur in a particular way; be the decisive factor in   2.  Ascertain or establish exactly, typically as a result of research or calculation…

ANNOUNCEMENTS 4-16-18

posted Apr 16, 2018, 6:33 AM by Marla Dailey   [ updated Apr 17, 2018, 6:49 AM ]

·        All students who applied for STAND Leadership needs to see Ms. Crisp this week for their informal interviews… 

·        If you have an outstanding lunch balance, don’t forget to pay it.  ASAP 

·        Senior meeting – Wednesday during HEH.  All seniors going on the Senior Trip are required to be there.  

·        FCCLA after school meeting Tuesday @ 3:00… 

·        SENIORS – Honor Guard????? – See Mrs. Padgett…

Outstanding Library Books – please return to the library…

PROM – Tickets go on sale Thursday and for next 2 weeks - $30.00 

·        ACT Word of the Week:  determine – verb – 1. Cause to occur in a particular way; be the decisive factor in   2.  Ascertain or establish exactly, typically as a result of research or calculation…

ANNOUNCEMENTS 4-11-18

posted Apr 11, 2018, 7:05 AM by Marla Dailey

·        Order your yearbook.  There are 100 books left – 1st come – 1st serve – Order by April 13thwww.smart-pay.com 

·        2018-2019 STAND Leadership team applications are available – see Ms. Crisp in room #1… DUE back to Ms. Crisp by Wednesday, April 11th 

·        Project Grad Blizzard Sales – Friday - $3.00… 

·        SENIORS – Honor Guard????? – See Mrs. Padgett…

Outstanding Library Books – please return to the library…

PROM – Tickets go on sale Thursday and for next 2 weeks - $30.00 

·        ACT Word of the Week:  depict  -  verb  -  show or represent…

ANNOUNCEMENTS 4-10-18

posted Apr 10, 2018, 6:46 AM by Marla Dailey

·        Order your yearbook.  There are 100 books left – 1st come – 1st serve – Order by April 13thwww.smart-pay.com 

·        2018-2019 STAND Leadership team applications are available – see Ms. Crisp in room #1… DUE back to Ms. Crisp by Wednesday, April 11th 

·        SENIORS – Honor Guard????? – See Mrs. Padgett…

Outstanding Library Books – please return to the library…

PROM – Tickets go on sale through April 20th...- $30.00 

·        ACT Word of the Week:  depict  -  verb  -  show or represent…

ANNOUNCEMENTS 4-6-18

posted Apr 6, 2018, 7:09 AM by Marla Dailey   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 11:38 AM ]

·        LA Cheerleading tryouts for next school year  -have been postponed until further notice… 

·        FCCLA – Graduation Cord – see Mrs. Bilbrey or Ms. Halsell - $17. Deadline is April 6th 

·        Order your yearbook.  There are 100 books left – 1st come – 1st serve – Order by April 13thwww.smart-pay.com 

·        Beta Club Seniors – Beta Club stole for graduation – see Ms. Gore, Mrs. F. Smith or Mrs. Norton to order.  $18.00 – Due by April 6th  

·        The Bomb goes to – Lauren Coffman….. 

·        2018-2019 STAND Leadership team applications are available – see Ms. Crisp in room #1… DUE back to Ms. Crisp by Wednesday, April 11th 

·        SENIORS –             Honor Guard????? – See Mrs. Padgett…

Outstanding Library Books – please return to the library…

PROM – Tickets go on sale Thursday and for next 2 weeks - $30.00 

·        ACT Word of the Week:  demean  -  verb  -  cause a severe loss in the dignity of and respect for someone or something…

ANNOUNCEMENTS 4-4-18

posted Apr 4, 2018, 6:26 AM by Marla Dailey

·        LA Cheerleading tryouts for next school year  - see Mrs. Coffman for an application packet.  Tryouts will be held April 5th & 6th 

·        Youth Leadership Applications are due Thursday, April 5th 

·        FCCLA – Graduation Cord – see Mrs. Bilbrey or Ms. Halsell - $17. Deadline is April 6th 

·        Order your yearbook.  There are 100 books left – 1st come – 1st serve – Order by April 13thwww.smart-pay.com 

·        Beta Club Seniors – Beta Club stole for graduation – see Ms. Gore, Mrs. F. Smith or Mrs. Norton to order.  $18.00 – Due by April 6th  

·        2018-2019 STAND Leadership team applications are available – see Ms. Crisp in room #1… DUE back to Ms. Crisp by Wednesday, April 11th 

·        SENIORS – Honor Guard????? – See Mrs. Padgett…

Outstanding Library Books – please return to the library…

PROM – Tickets go on sale Thursday and for next 2 weeks - $30.00 

·        ACT Word of the Week:  demean  -  verb  -  cause a severe loss in the dignity of and respect for someone or something…

ANNOUNCEMENTS 4-3-18

posted Apr 3, 2018, 6:21 AM by Marla Dailey

·        LA Cheerleading tryouts for next school year  - see Mrs. Coffman for an application packet.  Tryouts will be held April 5th & 6th 

·        Youth Leadership Applications are due Thursday, April 5th 

·        FCCLA – Graduation Cord – see Mrs. Bilbrey or Ms. Halsell - $17. Deadline is April 6th 

·        Order your yearbook.  There are 100 books left – 1st come – 1st serve – Order by April 13thwww.smart-pay.com 

·        Beta Club Seniors – Beta Club stole for graduation – see Ms. Gore, Mrs. F. Smith or Mrs. Norton to order.  $18.00 – Due by April 6th  

·        2018-2019 STAND Leadership team applications are available – see Ms. Crisp in room #1… DUE back to Ms. Crisp by Wednesday, April 11th 

·        SENIORS – Honor Guard????? – See Mrs. Padgett…

Outstanding Library Books – please return to the library…

PROM – Tickets go on sale Thursday and for next 2 weeks - $30.00 

·        ACT Word of the Week:  demean  -  verb  -  cause a severe loss in the dignity of and respect for someone or something…

ANNOUNCEMENTS 4-2-18

posted Apr 2, 2018, 6:40 AM by Marla Dailey   [ updated Apr 2, 2018, 8:47 AM ]

·        LA Cheerleading tryouts for next school year  - see Mrs. Coffman for an application packet.  Tryouts will be held April 5th & 6th 

·        Youth Leadership Applications are due Thursday, April 5th 

·        FCCLA – Graduation Cord – see Mrs. Bilbrey or Ms. Halsell - $17. Deadline is April 6th 

·        Order your yearbook.  There are 100 books left – 1st come – 1st serve – Order by April 13thwww.smart-pay.com 

·        Beta Club Seniors – Beta Club stole for graduation – see Ms. Gore, Mrs. F. Smith or Mrs. Norton to order.  $18.00 – Due by April 6th 

·        ACT Word of the Week:    demean  -  verb  -  cause a severe loss in the dignity of and respect for someone or something…

ANNOUNCEMENTS 3-28-18

posted Mar 28, 2018, 7:37 AM by Marla Dailey

·        Blood Drive – Wednesday, March 28… 

·        All students with outstanding Library books, please get those turned in asap.  

·        Juniors interested in Work Based Learning or Clinical Internship – See Mrs. Coffman for an application  -  due by Thursday the 29th 

·        LA Cheerleading tryouts for next school year  - see Mrs. Coffman for an application packet.  Tryouts will be held April 5th & 6th 

·        Voter Registration – Wednesday the 28th – 10:00 – 2:00… 

·        Seniors – Reminder – All local scholarship entries are due this Thursday.  No late entries will be accepted… 

·        Congrats to Leah Parker – Leah broke the school record in the Triple Jump… 

·        Order your yearbook.  There are 100 books left – 1st come – 1st serve – Order by April 13thwww.smart-pay.com 

·        Beta Club Seniors – Beta Club stole for graduation – see Ms. Gore, Mrs. F. Smith or Mrs. Norton to order.  $18.00 – Due by April 6th 

·        ACT Word of the Week:  deficit  -  noun  -  the amount by which something is too small…

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