"Consistency Builds Trust"
January 2023 Edition
OUR CORE VALUES
Meet the Flight Crew
Co-Pilot -- Mr. Latino (Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction)
Bombardier/Radio Operator -- Mrs. Wermers (Assistant Principal of Discipline)
Navigator -- Ms. Blackwell (Principal Secretary)
Air Marshal -- Ms. Cockrell (Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction)
Gunner -- Mr. Blanc (Interim Athletic Director)
Control Tower Operator -- Miss VazquezDiaz (Discipline Secretary)
From The Cockpit (Principal)
From Our Ramp Crew (School Counselors)
Senior Class Accomplishments and Opportunities
71% of seniors have completed their ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan)
47 seniors have completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)- THIS IS A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT. All seniors and their families will be contacted individually to schedule times to complete this task. Students cannot receive their cap and gown and check out if this is not complete.
We will host another FAFSA night along with Pikes Peak State College on February 7th from 5PM-7PM in the Mitchell cafeteria. Bring your laptop and 2021 tax information to complete the FAFSA.
Seniors have you heard about Mitchell Promise? This is a scholarship for TWO FREE YEARS at Pikes Peak State College. To qualify, students must graduate from Mitchell with a 2.5 GPA minimum, and a 90% attendance rate for 11th and 12th grade years.
WIDA ACCESS Testing
Each year, students in English learner programs take the ACCESS for multi-lingual learners language proficiency test. The test measures academic English language proficiency for students learning English in our school and throughout our state. This assessment monitors students’ academic language acquisition in four domains: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The window for this assessment is open from 1/9 to 2/10. As with any state assessment, our participation goal is for 95% of eligible students to complete all four domains of testing. If you are the parent of a student who is learning English, please partner with us by ensuring that they have strong attendance during this window. You are welcome to reach out to our school assessment coordinator, assistant principal Renée Cockrell, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Is Your Student On Track?
- not receive more than one course failure each semester
- receive 12 academic credits each school year
Students who are on-track are three times more likely to graduate from Mitchell High School.
Core Value of the Month: Perseverance
Perseverance refers to the ability to pursue one's goals to completion, even in the face of obstacles. It draws on the positive characteristics that support well-being.
Perseverance relates to students' intellectual engagement and is closely connected to optimism, academic self-concept and academic buoyancy. Combined, these measures provide information about students’ self-perceptions of positive emotions and their ability to navigate everyday school life. Even if students don't achieve or master something right away, they can keep persevering towards their goal. For many students, perseverance can be challenging.
Perseverance is important because it strongly correlates with academic achievement and school performance. It is also an important characteristic for ongoing wellbeing throughout life and has been linked to high levels of academic attainment and sustained employment.
For a better understanding of academic buoyancy and perseverance log on to https://education.nsw.gov.au
By perseverance the snail reached the ark. ~ Charles Spurgeon
Extracurricular activities provide a channel for reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom, offering students the opportunity to apply academic skills in a real-world context, and are thus considered part of a well-rounded education. Recent research suggests that participation in extracurricular activities may increase students' sense of engagement or attachment to their school, and thereby decrease the likelihood of school failure and dropping out. All January student involvement will be celebrated in this issue.
Bilingual FAFSA Night
D11 hosted our Bilingual FAFSA Night at Mitchell High School, and it was an extremely beneficial evening for students and families, particularly those with Spanish as their home language, to hear information in an accessible way!
We heard a Financial Aid bilingual presentation, from Lee Saunders, CSU-Pueblo Executive Director of Admissions, that highlighted what financial aid does for students, and the importance of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Colorado Application for State Financial Aid (CASFA) to understand what your options and opportunities are after high school! We also heard from bilingual representatives at additional partner colleges – Janae Knipp from Pikes Peak State College and Jose Reynoza-Ayala from University of Northern Colorado – who answered family’s questions about financial aid, the process of paying for college, what was unique about their school’s financial aid packages, and more!
Families were able to then receive one-on-one guidance as they completed their FAFSA or CASFA –four families were able to submit their application, resulting in the exciting news that they will be eligible to receive a full Pell Grant Award – up to $6895 for tuition and fees per year!
One student who attended the event plans to pursue a Radiology Technician degree at Pikes Peak State College and completing the FAFSA allowed her to learn that her financial aid awards will more than cover the tuition and fees for her degree! This is a huge relief for families, and a great motivator to continue pursuing postsecondary goals!
A huge shout out to our Mitchell High School Counselor, Christine Braun, who coordinated the logistics of bringing families from all D11 to their building and ensuring that the students had the resources and space they needed to have a successful FAFSA experience!
“Circuits and Reaction Times” - The new robotics class has been hard a work building projects. For their first project they learned about open and closed circuits. When a circuit is closed it sends a single to the computer that students can program responses for. For their first project students had to build 3 separate circuits each with a different programed response their Micro:bit had to show…..
“Paper Tower Challenge” - I always love starting a new semester off with the Paper Tower Challenge. It’s a great way to assess how students learn, problem-solve, and work with others. The Challenge is for students to build the tallest tower using only paper. Students have to come up with a plan, try it, and reflect to improve their plan…..
“Bird Houses and Jenga” - First semester was the first time in 2 years Mitchell had a construction class available. During the first semester students learned the safety requirements for a work site. They started using large power tools, many for the first time. However, the best part they built projects applying their newfound skills to make something they had never done before…..
8th Grade Open House
United Way Food Distribution
The Mitchell Marauders are serious about being college ready! 74 students visited CSU Pueblo this month. Students from all grade levels attended. We went on a campus tour, heard from a student panel, and had lunch in the dining hall. CSU was extremely impressed with our students and shared that they asked some of the best questions they have heard from high schoolers. We have had several seniors already apply to and be accepted to CSU-P! This college is a great option for Mitchell students, and they offer several scholarships to help make college affordable!
The MHS Special Education Department had several students participate in the District 11 Unified Bowling Program this Semester. The Unified Bowling experience has been nothing short of heartwarming and rewarding experiences. From the start, we had so many students and staff who were eager to participate and support us! Leading up to each event, students couldn't contain their excitement; many class periods were spent anticipating these events! When we finally made it to the bowling alley, the Unified Athletes and their Peer Partners made all the preparations worth it! The entire bowling alley was filled with smiles, laughter, and lots of strikes! Not one participant stopped bowling or talking to one another the entire time. Every single student was cheering on one another; and even supporting the other schools! That was the best part of this event. We had so many students and adults supporting one another, regardless if they knew each other or not. We are excited to expand our Unified Sports teams and see our Mitchell athletes grow!
Thank you Miss Drieling for putting together the Mitchell High School Unified Bowling Team!
Monthly Awareness/Observations: January
- National Mentoring Month
- Mahayana Hew Year (Buddhist) Jan. 7th
- Chinese New Year
- Makar Sankranti (Hindu)
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 16th
- No Name-Calling Week Jan. 16th -20th
- Un Holocaust Memorial Day Jan. 27th
Air Corps (Guest Teacher) Spotlight
She received her undergraduate degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, in Rochester, NY, in Electrical Engineering Technology. After graduating she worked in various part time jobs while figuring out what she wanted to do when she grew up and decided that she wanted to go to Medical School, to be a surgeon. She started taking classes at UCCS, and while there decided to get her Master’s Degree. While she was working toward her Master’s Degree, She taught Anatomy and Physiology labs at UCCS. When not at school, she is part of a singing group here in town. You can find Miss Nath with a Starbucks cup in her hand meeting and greeting students in the hallways as she walks to her classroom here at Mitchell!
Next-Mission (Month)- At-a-Glance
Scholar Awards Ceremonies
ACCEPT Scholar Ceremony - 10th Grade
Wednesday February 1, 2023
9:20 AM - 11:00 AM
ACCEPT Scholar Ceremony - 11/12th Grade
Friday February 3, 2023
9:20 AM - 11:00 AM
Add To Your Passport (Afterschool Programs and Clubs)
After School Tutoring
Help create everlasting memories!
Join Yearbook Club .Come to Ms. LaCroix’s Room 112 every Thursday after School and help create memories that will last a lifetime! Questions? See Ms. LaCroix or Mrs. Hull for more details.
Save the Date: School Accountability Committee (SAC) meetings have started up again!
Thursday, Feb. 9th, 5:30pm
1205 Potter Drive
Colorado Springs, CO
Now Boarding New Flight Cadets (Community Partners and Stakeholders)
Board Of Education Meeting
Wednesday, Feb. 8th, 5:30pm
Colorado Springs School District 11, CO, USA
Meet Your New Marauder
Prepare for Landing.............Back to the Hangar
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