|COMMUNITY IN SCHOOLS|
Communities In Schools of the Permian Basin (CIS/Permian Basin) provides educational support and guidance within the school setting to those students who are at the highest risk of dropping out. The State of Texas adopted the Communities In Schools (CIS) model in 1979 specifically to address the State’s high drop out rate. The program in the Permian Basin is one of a twenty-seven member state network that has been very effective in helping young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life. The five CIS basics are based on the belief that every child needs and deserves:
A personal one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
A safe place to learn and grow
A healthy start and a healthy future
A marketable skill to use upon graduation
A chance to give back to peers and community
CIS/Permian Basin is currently serving eight campuses in MISD and ECISD, where students are referred to CIS by teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents. Once in the program students receive help in the form of homework assistance, personalized tutorials, and access to computers. CIS/Permian Basin monitors academics, attendance, and behavior. Progress must be made in all areas for continuation of services. CIS acknowledges that those students who are failing one or more subjects, who have high incidence of absenteeism and behavioral issues are at a high risk of not graduating. While personalized tutorials, homework assistance and access to computers do get a few back on the right track, far too many require year round support to remain in school and be successful.
|CIS FIELD TRIP TO MIDLAND COLLEGE|
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MFHS students participating in the CIS program visited Midland College in January. The purpose of the trip was to familiarize the students with the college experience.
|DRUG FREE YOUTH IN TEXAS|
D-FY-IT is a voluntary program for youth to learn leadership skills and assist their peers to stay drug and alcohol free. The community and merchants offer discounts and incentives for those youth who participate in staying drug free.
D-FY-IT is offered to those youth in grades 7th through 12th who attend an accredited school, public, private, or home school.
The S.O.U. L. Club (Student Organization for Unity and Leadership)is a new club on campus. The purpose of the organization is to:
1. Help students develop leadership qualities by providing opportunities for community service, decision making, goal setting activities, and career exploration.
2. Promote academic excellence, achievements, and individual talent by encouraging tutorial attendance, providing peer tutors, encouraging involvement in other clubs and organizations, and participation in creative activities.
3. Learn about social and political issues that affect the African-American community by utilizing speakers and role models in the community.
4. Become culturally competent by helping students embrace their heritage and deepen their understanding and appreciation for their own roots, especially during Black History Month.
Mrs. Gilbert, Coach Sadler, and Mrs. Spraglin are the club sponsors. You may contact one of them if you have any questions.
Meetings are held every other Thursday morning at 8:00 a.m. (temporarily in the library). Everyone is welcome.
Midland Teen Court is a "hands on" educational opportunity which allows both offenders and volunteers to experience our system of justice. Participating in Teen Court is a great way to serve your community and better understand our judicial system.
MFHS students who volunteer to participate in Teen Court may earn extra credit in their history class. Please see your history teacher to obtain further information.
Teen Court 2008-2009 Schedule (Mondays 5-7 pm)
November 10, 17
December 1, 8
January 12, 26
February 2, 9, 23
March 2, 9, 30
April 6, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18
Location: Midland County Courthouse, 200 W. Wall (enter ramp on SW corner)
Time: Check-in at 5:00 pm (must be on time)
Dress Code: Long pants or skirts/dress (shirts MUST be tucked in)
Midland Teen Court also offers monthly educational seminars free of charge on varying topics helpful to all youth. A youth with a case in Teen Court will receive 3 hours of community service for each seminar attended. Please note registration is required in advance.
The goals of the Talent Search program are to encourage youth to complete high school and enroll in college, to help dropouts re-enter secondary and post-secondary education programs, and to publicize the availability of financial aid.
High School Activities include:
Financial Aid Application Assistance
Help Understanding/Meeting College Admission Requirements
ACT and/or SAT Registration/Preparation Assistance
Study Skills Workshops
Upward Bound is a federally funded program designed to encourage high school students to complete their high school education and pursue a higher education. This program assists students with college selection and application, assistance in career planning, scholarships, and financial aid to attend college.
9th grade students enrolled at MFHS may qualify for selection into the program by:
Being a potential first-generation college student (this means neither parent has a bachelor’s degree from a four-year post-secondary institution).
Meeting income guideline established by the U.S. Dept. of Education (this income is taxable income, not gross based on family size).
Exhibiting academic potential and need.
Planning to attend a post-secondary institution after high school graduation.
|STEP UP TO SUCCESS|
Step Up To Success is a one day youth development conference sponsored by the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The students selected to participate in the conference attend workshops and listen to motivational speakers. The conference is held in November each year.
For more information on this program, visit with your school councelor.