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Cocoa and Cram (Trimester 2)

Our second Cocoa and Cram is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th at 3:30 in the cafeteria. This is open to all 9th graders. It will be a great time to study and prepare for trimester 2 finals. There will be Baxter's hot chocolate. GEAR UP and Link Crew hope to see everyone there!

LEAD Conference

Just a reminder:
All LEAD conference forms are due tomorrow, February 14th. Please turn them in to Mrs. Butcher if you plan on attending.


Mr. Keith Ritchie will be speaking to 9th grade students in Ms. Chaney's class on Monday, December 16th. Please make sure to log in and set up your KHEAA account.

Freshmen Breakfast

GEAR UP and Link Crew are hosting a freshmen breakfast this Thursday from 7:45-8:10. It will be located in the basement in Mr. Grubb's room. We hope to see each of you there.

Campbellsville College Visits

Remember all Campbellsville College permission forms are due this week. GEAR UP 9th graders will be visiting on November 12th and 26th.

Cocoa and Cram

Attention 9th graders:
The end of the 1st trimester is quickly approaching and with that comes final exams. The LINK CREW and GEAR UP are hosting a study session called, "Cocoa and Cram" to help you prepare for those final exams. It will be this Wednesday from 3:30-5:30. There will be hot chocolate and cookies. We hope to see each of you there.

EKU Trips

The trips to EKU will be October 17th and 22nd. I have a few spots left if any 9th graders is interested. There will also be an EKU representative at the October GEAR UP club meeting.

Freshman Families

Attention Freshmen Families

The 2013-14 school year is well under way and we hope it has been a smooth transition for your 9th grader. Through the 9th Grade Orientation, you were introduced to the Link Crew Senior Leadership and Freshman Transition Program. The goal of Link Crew is to help freshmen succeed academically and socially, using seniors as Link Crew Leaders. These Leaders were chosen through an interview process. They have been trained in confidentiality and to be effective mentors and motivators to help guide the freshmen in their Link Crews to success in high school.   

Throughout the school year, these Link Crew Leaders continue to get trained in communication, organization and leadership skills so that they can maintain their positive impact on freshmen through "Follow Ups."   

Social Follow Ups provide a social setting for Link Leaders and their freshmen to reconnect and build relationships outside the classroom. During the year, Link Leaders will offer freshmen supervised social events that may include activities like tailgating at sporting events or eating lunch together. 

With Academic Follow Ups, Link Leaders visit freshman classes throughout the year, teaching structured lessons on topics such as Using Your Available Resources, Managing Your Time, and Achieving Excellence. Beyond these structured lessons, Link Leaders will also make individual contact and support their freshmen when teachers or parents request Follow Ups. This may be requested for students who are struggling with grades, attendance or social skills. The power of the Academic Follow Ups is that younger students learn from older students who have had a variety of experiences, successes and challenges.
If you DO NOT give permission for your child to participate in these individual, academic Follow Ups, please sign, date and return this form to Jennifer Butcher (GEAR UP Academic Specialist) at PCHS by Monday, September 16, 2013. You may also call Mrs. Butcher or Lillian Norris (Counselor) if you have questions regarding the Link Crew Program.    

Thank you for your continued support of your child, PCHS, and the Link Crew Program!

KHEAA Presentation

Students in the Link Up class had the opportunity to hear from a guest speaker from KHEAA on Wednesday, September 11th.. Keith Ritchie spoke witht the classes about KEE's money, college, careers, and tips to be successful. He will be back each trimester to speak with students.  

Family Event

GEAR UP and Link Crew are sponsering a tailgating event for all freshman students and their families.  This will be an awesome experience that can make any football game fun.

Come support your Maroon football team at the first home game on Friday, September 13th, as they face Russell County.There will be free food, music, games, and face painting
 Where: Student Parking Lot
When: September 13th 5:00

All freshmen who attend will have FREE admission to the game. We hope to see you there! 


Lindsey Wilson Field Trip

I still have a few spots open for the Lindsey Wilson field trips next week. Please turn in your permission forms as soon as possible.


PCHS first club day is scheduled for this Friday, September 13th. All freshman are invited to attend the GEAR UP club meeting during 6th period. The location will be in the cafeteria. We will focus on college and career readiness with many great guest speakers. I hope to see each of you there.

LWC and EKU College Visits


Please remember to turn in your forms for our first two college visits to Lindsey Wilson in September and Eastern Kentucky in October. Slots are quickly filling up.

Tutoring/Homework Help

Do you need help with your homework? Are you having trouble with a particular subject? Each morning from 7:45-8:15 you can come to the Maroon computer lab for help. There will be Link Crew members and myself here to help you with your assignments and answer questions you might have.

Stars Over Appalachia

Welcome to a new school year. I am thrilled at the chance of getting to work with each 9th grade student this year at PCHS. Our first GEAR UP field trip is planned for September 6, 2013, at the Center for Rural Development. This will be a fun event with guest speakers and lots of music. Field trip permission forms were sent home to all freshman in the opening day packets and are due this Friday, August 16th. I am attaching a field trip form for any student who may have misplaced the permission form. I look forward to a fantastic year. Please feel free to email me with any questions that you might have.

Health Class/Camp Forms

Forms for the health class and the SCC summer camps are due today! Please let me know if you have any questions.

WKU Trip

Mr. Fabrizio's team will be leaving for WKU on Thursday at 8:30 and will return at 6:00. You must have someone pick you up at 6:00. If you plan to ride with someone other than your parent you will need to bring in a note to Ms. Jenkins that morning. I look forward to a fun trip on Thursday!

Asbury/Life Adventure Center

Please remember to turn in permission forms ASAP for the trip to Asbury and the Life Adventure Center scheduled for next Tuesday, April 16th. Parents will need to pick up at 5:00.

WKU Trip

Please remember that we will be leaving for the WKU trip at 8:20 on Thursday, March 28th. We will return at 6:00. You must have someone to pick you up. Please remember to bring a note for Ms. Jenkins if anyone other than your parents are picking you up.  I hope to see each of you Thursday!

March 5th Trip

The trip for March 5th has been rescheduled due to conflicts and weather. This trip will be on April 16th.

Leadership Event

Student permission forms for the leadership event are due ASAP. The event will take place on March 4, 2013 at Berea College.

Academic Trip

GEAR UP is offering an educational trip on March 5, 2013, to Asbury University  and the Life Adventure Center in Versailles.Students will be selected based on academics and leadership skills to attend. Students will leave NMS at 8:30 and will return by 5:00. Students who receive forms will need to bring the signed permission form back to Ms. Butcher by tomorrow if they plan to attend. Students will also need to make arrangements for someone to pick them up at school that afternoon.

SCC South Campus

A group of NMS students traveled to SCC's South Campus on Thursday, January 31st, for an exciting trip. Students had a chance to learn about Cosmetology, Aviation, Diesel Mechanics, Auto Body, Criminal Justice, Industrial Maintenance, and more about the programs that SCC offers. This was a great trip and the students enjoyed it.

Rogers Explorers Sessions

Are you interested in applying for Rogers Explorers?

Do you need help completing the application and writing your essay?

 Then plan to stay for help on the following dates:

January 23, 2013 3:30-4:30

January 30, 2013 3:30-4:30


We will meet in the library so that you have access to the computers.

See Ms. Butcher (GEAR UP) with any questions.

Department of Transportation Trip

GEAR UP will be offering a trip to the Department of Transportation on January 17th from 8:30-11:30. There will be 22 7th and 22 8th graders selected to attend. Permission forms are due back by Friday, January 11, 2013 for those who are interested. We will randomly draw from the forms submitted.

Rogers Explorers

The Rogers Explorers program is an intensive three- day, two-night program focusing on developing skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service. It is developed, coordinated, and supervised by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with The University of th Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, and Morehead State University. Students from the 45- county service area my apply during their eighth-grade year.

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Be a current 8th grader in the 45- county area
  • Have a strong interest in developing skills in leadership, technolgy, math, science, and community service
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least a 3.0

I have been in several classrooms sharing about Rogers Explorers and will be in the remainder tomorrow. The deadline to apply is March 1st. If students need help or have questions, come see me. I will also be offering some workshops for help with the essay and application in January. I will send dates when we return from Christmas break.

College Fair

NMS 8th graders had the opportunity to attend a college fair at the Center for Rural Development on Thursday, November, 8th. The students had the chance to hear from several colleges in Kentucky, learn about the Roger's Explorers Program, and about the Gatton School at WKU. The students received materials from the colleges and were given the chance to ask questions. Please view the slideshow to see pictures from this event.

Encore Field Trip

Eighth grade students will have a chance to participate in a trip to the Center for Rural Development on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. The students will have a chance to learn about careers and view a production by the Chamber Theatre. Permission slips will go home today and should be brought back by Friday.

Need Help?

Reminder: Every morning from 7:45-8:20 I am in the library for assistance. Come and see me for help on assignments, to work on projects, research papers, and more.

SCC College Day

On September 21, all 8th grade students will experience college life on SCC's campus. Students will have a schedule to follow, take a campus tour, and have the chance to ask all the questions they can think of about college. Permission slips for this trip are coming home today. Please sign those and turn back in to homeroom teachers by Friday. Stay tuned for pictures from this fun event!

5,000 Eighth Graders Begin Their Journey to College with Pep Rally and Concert

Eighth grade students from across southeastern Kentucky will gather at the Corbin Arena on Wednesday, August 29 for a two-hour college readiness kick-off.  Members of the Class of 2017 will hear from college presidents, watch performances from Chad Warrix and the Hall Pass Tour, and meet the other students participating in two national GEAR UP grant programs awarded to Berea College. This event is a partnership between Berea College, College For Every Student and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which sponsors the Stars Over Appalachia program.

WHO: Performers include Chad Warrix ( and the Hall Pass Tour ( Speakers include Berea College president Dr. Lyle Roelofs and Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Hasan Davis.

School districts served by Berea College GEAR UP grants include Berea Community, Bell, Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Garrard, Jackson, Jackson Independent, Knott, Knox, Lee, Leslie, Laurel, Madison, Owsley, Perry, Powell, Pulaski and Rockcastle County.

WHAT: A two hour pep-rally, concert and kick-off event for eighth grade students participating in the GEAR UP program. For an overview of the GEAR UP Appalachia! and GEAR UP Promise Neighborhood grants, visit

WHEN: August, 29 from 10 a.m. – noon.

WHERE: The Corbin Arena For security reasons, this event is closed to the public. Please make contact prior to the event for media access.

WHY: Research shows that peer groups are an influential part of students’ decision-making process about higher education. This event is the first of a series of events and programs that emphasize the importance of higher education and career planning for GEAR UP students.

In Kentucky in 2010-11, only 78 percent of students graduated high school, and only 56 percent of those who did went on to college. If we don’t intervene, then at these rates, 1,100 of the 5,000 GEAR UP students won’t graduate from high school.  Of the remaining 3,900 students, 1,716 will miss out on college.  We want each of these 5,000 eighth graders to have success in postsecondary education and beyond.

TCA Trip

All TCA hours are due by Thursday, August 23, 2012. Our TCA trip is scheduled for Friday, August 31st. Remember your goal is to have 10 hours completed. If you are having trouble, come and see me in the library. I am there every morning from 7:45-8:20 for TCA assistance.

CFES Kick Off Event

Our first GEAR UP trip is scheduled for August 29th at the Arena in Corbin, Kentucky. This is a celebration event for the 8th grade students. All permission forms were sent home on Friday. Please complete those and return to your homeroom teacher by Wednesday, August 22, 2012. Also, please complete the parent survey attached to the permission form. This is very important to GEAR UP and helps us plan activities during the school year.



Go Higher Kentucky



Individual Learning Plan
Update your ILP

Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority


CFES Kick Off Letter 

Field Trip form for Stars over Appalachia 

Gear Up Info Sheet 


Parent Night Letter