August 29, 2018

The administrators, teachers, students, and parents, are excited to return to home of the Volunteers, Jefferson Davis High School (JDHS) located in Montgomery, Alabama. Over the next nine months, we have planned educational yet entertaining programs designed to motivate students to improve their test scores. Administrators and teachers are promoting a spirit of respect, punctuality, discipline, academic achievement, state testing, Eprep ACT testing, short and long term career goals for students. Site Facilitators, Telma O’Neal and Larry Turner, are collaborating with the administrators, teachers, counselors, community leaders and the Parents Teachers, Students Association (PTSA) to accomplish the principal’s academic goals and GEAR UP Alabama core values. In addition, Team Leader, Anteidra Martin is working with O’Neal and Turner to establish an external GEAR UP Alabama (GUA) Community Group consisting of teachers, parents, civic organizations and community leaders. Site Facilitators are coordinating with Activities Director, Aliki Brooks, and 10th Grade English Instructor, Darnita Mincey for social media support of JDHS and GEAR UP Alabama (GUA) events during the school year.

On July 25, 2018 and July 26, 2018 respectively, we conducted the 10th Grade Class Orientation and 11th Grade Class Orientation to students and their parents. Site Facilitators conducted a briefing on the purpose, goals, and objectives of GUA. We highlighted Kaplan Monday, Summer Camps, Summer Youth and Employment Opportunities scheduled during the school year. Site Facilitators discussed state testing and Eprep ACT testing for the 10th and 11th grade classes along with requirements for dual enrollment. Site Facilitators and the Team Leader are collaborating with both 10th Grade Assistant Principal, Takecia Barlow, and   11th Grade Assistant Principal, Walter James, to execute the principal’s academic goals and GUA core values.

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On Tuesday, August 14, 2018, Principal Bobby E. Abrams, Jr., conducted the “Man Laws” and “Law of the Ladies” briefing to students in the school’s gymnasium. Subsequently, Turner and O’Neal conducted a presentation on the following subjects: College and Career Night scheduled for Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Renaissance Hotel, Montgomery, Alabama; GUA National Kickoff Week scheduled Monday, September 23, 2018 through Saturday, September 29, 2018; and the Let Us Make Man Conference scheduled at the University of Alabama on Saturday, September 29, 2018. We provided an overview of the GEAR UP Alabama (GUA) objectives, Kaplan Monday, Summer Camps, Summer Youth Employment Opportunities, JDHS and GUA annual calendar of events for the school year. In closing, we discussed the state testing and the Eprep testing for the 10th grade and 11th grade classes to include the requirements for dual enrollment.

On Saturday, August 18, 2018, Accountability Interventionist, Shenitra Dees, Coach Larry L. Knight, and site facilitators conducted a Mathematics and Science Cross-Curricular Professional Development Workshop. There were eight 10th Grade and 11th Grade Mathematics and Science Instructors in attendance from Jefferson Davis High School. We strongly recommended  the usage of the Kaplan Foundation and Kaplan Advantage books. Teachers were instructed to provide the site facilitators with a student sign-in roster for the utilization of the Kaplan Books. They were reminded of Kaplan Monday.

In collaboration with 10th Grade History Instructor Rico B. Cox, the following activities, events, field trips and rigorous academic developments have been scheduled:

School Wide Voter Registration for Seniors on September 5, 2018; Community Outreach with Salvation Army on September 15, 2018; City Council Meeting on September 18, 2018; Field Trip to Birmingham Civil Rights Museum and 16th Street Baptist Church on September 28, 2018; ACT Prep with Montgomery Sheriff Department on October 2, 2018; Montgomery County Commission Meeting on October 15, 2018; Mock Election for (9th and 10th grade classes) on October 23, 2018; Mock Election for (11th and 12th grade classes) on October 24, 2018; Volunteer at a Nursing Home on October 30, 2018; Alabama State Connection Day on November 3, 2018; Youth Judicial Competition (Mock Trial) from November 3, 2018 through November 5, 2018; Montgomery City Council Meeting on November 20, 2018; Field trip to Washington D.C. from March 15, 2019 through March 19, 2019; Field trip to Atlanta, Georgia on March 29, 2019; and Field trip to Law Society in Montgomery, Alabama on May 3, 2019.

In keeping in line with the leadership philosophy of “High Touch and Future Proof” Site Facilitators, O’Neal and Turner will continue to brief, motivate and encourage 10th grade and 11th grade students at JDHS to achieve the principal’s academic goals and GEAR UP Alabama core values.

Submitted by:

Telma O’Neal & Larry D. Turner