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where Mustangs learn to run
By samantha Carpenter
Students entering J.W. Mitchell Eliminate Academic Tardiness), which dedicated to eating, the other half to clubs,
next year during the 2009-10 school year will be utilized by all teachers, counselors HEAT, and various study halls.
will be facing a far different freshman and administrators in an attempt to The research proves that
experience than that of the upperclassmen assist students in achieving academic high-performing schools have “an
before them. Next year Mitchell will success. HEAT is a 10-step process extraordinary commitment of resources
be implementing its newest program, which includes mandatory homework and and attention to the ninth grade,” and
Mustang University. The academy is classwork detention to complete missed students who feel a sense of belonging
exclusive to ninth graders, beginning with or incomplete assignments, mandatory are less likely to drop out of school.
the graduating class of 2013. tutoring sessions, and individual teacher This is the goal of Mitchell’s Mustang
According to administration, the conferencing, whenever a student has University. Though some are skeptical
reason for the introduction of Mustang a falling grade, accumulates zeros and of the program, the administrators
U is based on research that has shown excessive absences. working on the project insist that the
that the transition between middle school In addition to this plan is the driving forces behind creating Mustang
and high school is eased when students behavioral intervention plan. This is U are the infusion of “rigor, relevance,
are scheduled in teams and housed in another 10-step process which includes and relationships in every aspect of [the
common areas on campus. conferences with the student’s team student’s] transition to, and successful
The most important foundation teachers to discuss their choices, lunch completion of, ninth grade.”
of the new academy is “building detentions, advisory detentions, parent/ The first annual Mustang
relationships between the students, their teacher conferences, Saturday detentions University summer orientation will be
teachers school and their staff.” A team of and referrals. Both of these intervention held on August 12-13 from 9 a.m. to 3
teachers, counselors and administrators plans are intended to promote a zero p.m. on the Mitchell campus. During
will be running the program and the tolerance policy towards failure as well as the orientation, representatives from
Mustang University committee also increase attendance, the graduation rate vital areas of JWMHS will explain The logo for the new Mustang University.
recently selected 50 senior-level students and the average freshman GPA. It instills their individual departments, programs
to serve as mentors, tutorers, and peer a clear common purpose between the and clubs, and the student “wranglers”
mediators in the core classes of the ninth students and their teachers. will also be available to lead student school. All orientation activities are free
grade academy, referred to as “wranglers.” Even lunch will be a whole new groups through team building initiatives to incoming freshmen, including breakfast
What sets the Mustang experience for next year’s freshmen. and important freshmen activities. and lunch for both days.
University experience apart from the Every Wednesday, rather than being Administrators involved in Mustang Mitchell’s Mustang University
average school year is its dedication to shoved into three different lunches with U will be in attendance to discuss high is based on the principle that what
several set standards of performance. upperclassmen, members of the ninth school requirements and expectations. happens in ninth grade is key to success
Freshmen will be required to comply grade academy will have their own Only students who attend both days of in high school. For more information on
with the academic intervention plan, lunch called ONE lunch (Opportunities the summer orientation will receive their the academy, contact Carin Nettles, the
based on a policy called HEAT (Help Never End). Half of ONE lunch will be class schedule prior to the first day of Assistant Principal for the program.
Relay for a lap around the track. Also, continuing
with tradition, at the beginning of the
relay doves will be released, and at 9 p.m.
the luminaries will be lighted with the
names of the cancer survivors on them.
As a newly-established custom this year,
there will also be musical entertainment.
world in 18
By Cheyanne ChamBers theme.
Our favorite celebration of including
survival is almost here; the annual Relay some of
for Life occurs on May 8 and 9. the clubs
Mrs. Davis, who is currently at Mitchell
on the Relay for Life committee, has like Interact, National Honor Society,
recently said that their goal for this year Band and JROTC, will pick a different
is $175,000. She feels doubtful that they country and decorate their booth with garb
will achieve this goal, however; “with the commonly found in that place. They will
economy the way it is it just doesn’t seem also sell foods and products themed from
likely.” their country.
They remain optimistic however, Carrying on the festivities until
as Mitchell’s Relay for Life just received the following Saturday there will be a kids
some unexpected exposure when Trinity walk, “so the [kids] can feel like they are
Elementary was honored with the “cool doing something too.” says Mrs. Davis.
school” award. Trinity holds their relay at For more information you can After weeks of sales, the luminaries will be lit in honor of those cancer survivors that Mitchell
Mitchell’s track annually. visit the website: www.Relayforlife.org/ student’s have chosen to honor.
The ceremony will begin after trinityFl.
cancer survivors and their caretakers take
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