Purposeful, Engaging, and Respectful: Ingredients for Academic Achievement for All
A Message from Our Principal
Dear Mingus Families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I hope you have all had a restful and festive summer break making memories with friends and loved ones. Here at Mingus, we have been busy finalizing schedules, making some updates to our facilities and software, and planning and preparing for the return of our amazing students! I hope you relaxed and are ready for a new year of learning!
I am so excited to continue this journey as your principal. After accepting the position in mid-January, I can’t wait to start this school year from the beginning! Last year I had the opportunity to meet many of you, and I look forward to continue building a strong relationship with each of you. As we enter this school year, I want to let you know that we are focusing on writing and organization across content areas as part of our AVID framework for learning. This is also the first year of power hour and advisory period. Power hour, advisory, and AVID are our major initiatives for the school year.
It’s a really exciting time to be at Mingus!
Power Hour is a one-hour time slot in the middle of the school day for students to eat lunch, socialize, take care of school business, and get required academic assistance if they need it. Students who have a D or F will attend mandatory academic overtime during power hour. They will have a 30-minute lunch and 30 minutes of academic overtime with their teacher. If students are passing all of their classes, they can enjoy their lunch then socialize, visit the bookstore, check in with their counselor, visit the library, study, work out, etc. Juniors and seniors who are on track to graduate and are passing their classes may enjoy a one-hour lunch off campus. Freshman and sophomores will remain on campus. We want our students to get the help they need during the school day. Academic overtime is mandatory for struggling students because we want all of our students to be successful. Power hour will be power-full!
Each student will attend advisory period each Wednesday with other grade level peers. Advisory class will focus on social-emotional learning, college and career prep, team-building, and academic support. We want every student to feel a connection to school, peers, and caring adults. Advisory will answer that call.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is our instructional framework. We are entering our second year of AVID implementation and will be expanding the use of high-yield instructional strategies campus-wide. Our teachers got trained and are ready to roll! We want instructional strategies that reach every student; learning should be accessible to everyone. AVID will get us there. We will encourage our students to have a growth-mindset and to not allow minor setbacks to impact their dreams. We will encourage “productive struggle” – it’s okay if you don’t understand the first time and it’s important to keep trying. Challenges help us grow!
We encourage our students to get involved and build sustaining relationships with peers and adults. There is power in collaboration with families and the community; it truly takes a village. We are focusing on increased parent communication through personal phone calls, automated calls, use of social media outlets, and we are implementing parent-teacher conferences. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns at any time.
At Mingus Union High School, our mission is to lead students to become life-long learners with an inextinguishable curiosity and a mindful approach. Mingus offers a challenging educational program, award-winning visual and performing arts programs, a robust athletics program, a variety of career and technical education courses, and a myriad of club opportunities that offer something for everyone. We hope all of our students find a sport, club, or activity that they can enjoy!
At Mingus Union High School, with respect at the forefront, we teach the mind and reach the heart. I can’t wait for you to see what we are doing for our students!
Thank you for the privilege of educating your student; it’s an honor.
Principal and Treasure Hunter
Mingus Union High School