(We are using the word “college” to include four year colleges and universities, junior colleges, community colleges, technical colleges, and job training through the military.)
There is a new initiative from Governor Perry called Get There Texas. A major goal of this program is to establish a consistent statewide education and career planning system. Under this umbrella is another program called Texas Scholars - High School and Beyond, which focuses on students taking a rigorous course of study in high school. In addition, a new requirement has been added to encourage students to complete at least two courses eligible for college credit before they graduate from high school. At Mason High School, we offer over 40 hours of dual credit, in which students receive high school and college credit for the same course, and the majority of our junior and senior students take advantage of this opportunity.
We want to make sure all of our students see college as an option. We want them to picture themselves in college, technical school or the military. And we invite you to join us in encouraging your student to seek higher education after high school!
The following is a list of some of the activities and events the planning team is coordinating for the week of January 13-17: hall decorations, college defined, watching college recruiting videos, students researching colleges , universities and the military, students taking the college pledge, teachers displaying their own diplomas and discussing their college experiences, a daily college call in quiz show, college prize drawings. Our first event was the “College Q&A” with MHS alumni who are currently attending college last Thursday morning at 9:00 in the high school auditorium. Speakers included TJ Schovasja from the US Army, Jenny Smith a student athlete who play golf at Southwestern University, Dyllan Hofmann from Texas State University, Samantha Jordan from Texas A&M University, Korey Zavala, a student athlete who plays football for Hardin-Simmons University, Chance Stockbridge from Angelo State University and Kaitlyn Cavness from Texas A&M University. This event was held prior to the start of Puncher College Week while the college kids were still home on their winter break.
On Monday, we’ll kick off the big week with a student assembly at the high school. Everyone is encouraged to wear their college t-shirts for the start of Puncher College Week. On Thursday, Staff Sargent John Brittain of the US Army National Guard will give a presentation on the importance of post-secondary education with an emphasis on the opportunities offered to those who join the National Guard. Next Friday, we want everyone to come to school wearing college gear: t-shirts, caps, etc. The grand final will be a college pep rally in the high school gym at 10:00 on Friday morning in the high school auditorium. There will be lots of surprises and participation from students at all grade levels.
Upcoming events include the 8th grade field trip to the University of Texas in Austin, ASU First for first generation college students who are juniors and seniors in high school, and a pipe welding program shadowing day at Texas State University in Sweetwater for juniors and seniors.