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    Governor's Work Ethic Certification Program (PRIDE)

    Governor’s Work Ethic Certificate- PRIDE Program for graduating seniors

     One aspect of our College and Career Readiness Initiative is the Governor’s Work Ethic Certification program. There are a limited number of school corporations in Indiana who are currently providing this opportunity to students. Earning this certificate is a way for students to demonstrate that they possess the employability and character skills needed to be successful as they enter post-secondary institutions, apprenticeships, the military or the workforce.

     Student’s receiving the Governor’s WEC are measured in nine areas of academic and work ethic competency. Five subjective measures (Persistence, Respectfulness, Initiative, Dependability, and Efficiency) will require three teachers each to sign stating a student has met these requirements. Students must also complete 6 hours of community service, have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, meet all graduation requirements, have an attendance rate of 98% and one or fewer discipline referrals for the year.

    The Miami County EDA is currently working with our business community and post-secondary institutions to determine how they will commit their support of this program and to the students earning the certificate. Based on the feedback received from the business community it is obvious that they place value on employees being at work on a regular basis and on time, being able to work with others, being able to solve problems and being a self-starter.

    Seniors have been encouraged to enroll in this program.  Upon successful completion, students receive a certificate signed by the Governor at Senior Awards, a cord to wear at graduation, a county-wide breakfast, as well as eligibility for a monetary award.  This certificate is recognized by employers and colleges as an achievement reflecting a student's character, work ethic and potential for success.  Please encourage your senior to take advantage of this opportunity.

    Maconaquah High School


Connecting at Maconaquah High School
SRT improves students’ time management
By Eric Stoff,

In an effort to reduce the number of missing assignments at Maconaquah High School, Principal Chad Carlson proposed a new way to connect students and teachers.

Last school year, Student Resource Time (SRT) was introduced to MHS. It’s a daily 25-minute block of time, during which 15-20 students meet with a designated teacher to work on assignments, gain extra assistance, and make up quizzes and tests without missing valuable class time.

Carlson said SRT teachers complete weekly grade checks and track each student’s missing assignments. It is similar to a study hall, but it is more involved and has a mentoring component.

“The teacher serves as a mentor for those students,” Carlson said. “Teachers work hard to establish positive relationships with their SRT students and help motivate them to achieve higher levels of success.” 

Carlson said this mentor relationship between SRT teachers and students is very valuable, and it is important “for teens to have adult mentors who care about their well-being and success.”

MHS freshman Ian Baker said he finds SRT to be beneficial.

“It helps a lot,” he said. “It takes time out (of our day), and let’s us get work done.”

Baker’s SRT teacher is Kristina Woolf, and he said it’s nice to have a staff member that he can come to for assistance or advice.

Baker added there are no grades assigned for SRT, which makes the students and teachers more relaxed.

P.E. teacher and coach Mark Hartman said he sees a change in some of the students in his SRT group.

“Knowing they have someone who is checking their grades and sending progress reports to parents (holds them accountable),” he said. “Like anything, it will benefit the students who are willing to use it.”

January is National Mentoring Month. As a way to celebrate, Maconaquah School Corporation is providing a look into the many mentoring and remediation programs offered across its four school buildings. Be sure to check back throughout the month for more stories and photos detailing how Maconaquah provides these services for its students.