As some of you may have noticed there’s a new room on main street. This new room is for the new Junior ROTC program. This is the program’s first year at Millard South. The program exceeded its projected enrollment goal of 70 students and is currently enrolling 114 students.
“I’m from Bellevue so this gave me a good chance to sort of get into the area, plus this is the best school in the area,” Tech. Sgt. Peter Mamula said. Mamula teaches the course alongside Maj. Ryan Bagley. The main goals of the course are to teach students communication and leadership skills while also teaching them how to help their community.
“I really wanted to mentor our students,” Bagley said. “When I was their age I didn’t have as many opportunities, so I want to help today’s kids,” he said. The JROTC program does more than just teach leadership skills; they also offer academics in aviation, health and wellness, and go on the occasional field trip to places such as Offutt Air Force Base or The SAC Museum.
“JROTC is definitely helping me think and prepare for my future,” Cadet Mackenzie Welty said.
The JROTC’s main goal is to help students prepare for their future. The course also includes days where they train physically and teach students good ways to stay in shape and live healthy lifestyles.
“It’s helping me get better at public speaking and giving me valuable leadership skills,” Welty said.
“We work very closely with our Color Guard team; the team here is really phenomenal,” Bagley said. The Color Guard ceremonies that are done by the JROTC will be presented at every game that is played at Buell Stadium.
“I think it’s an honor that we get to present the colors at every game, we get to represent the entire district,” Bagley said.
For the first time in years, Millard South has closed enrollment for potential students residing outside the designated attendance zone. If an incoming student were to apply to attend Millard South but lived outside the mandated boundaries, they would be denied admission.
The freshman class currently has about 625 students, which is partially due to the new programs such as ROTC, College Possible, and Early College High School. According to Principal Heidi Weaver, the biggest contributor to the increase is the boundary redraw.
Before the map was, students were opting to attend Millard West and Millard North even though they lived closer to Millard South. Because of this, Millard South now has the biggest and most populated boundary out of the three schools.
Millard South registrar Matt Fedde also commented on closed enrollment and the increase in school population.
“We hit a quota number of students that the district approved and said we will no longer accept new enrollment students this year.”
This is due to the number of students per teacher; Millard South simply doesn’t have enough teachers at this time to accommodate the growing student population, he said.
Ultimately, the district has the final say when it comes to closing enrollment, and they are expecting the same number of incoming freshman next year. Due to the increase, the district will most likely have to hire more teachers. The district requires an average class ratio of 1:20, but with the addition of so many students, more staff will be needed to meet this goal.
For this freshman class there is absolutely no space remaining for open enrollment. According to Rebecca Kleeman, Communications Director for the district, “It is very likely that next year we will have to close enrollment again for incoming freshmen after the capacity is met.”
With expanding the school’s student body comes consequences: lunch is more crowded, the halls are packed, and students hoping to change their schedules are finding that class sections are full. This year the impact is concerning, but not detrimental. However, in the near future the district and school will be forced to accommodate to the growing numbers.
Yes, it’s true, students. Common Sense is back, with a lot of goodies going on under the hood! This site will run along our Twitter page, MSHS Newspaper @MSHSCommonSense, posting exclusive content that didn’t make it on the next issue! New content will be released daily to weekly. Videos, audios, you name it. The year is still early, so it’s never too late to check it out!
The cat is out of the bag folks, Common Sense newspaper is the latest contender in the field of Interwebbin’-newsbringin’ (the technical term for “news online”).
This website literally opens the floodgates for how much material our staff has the ability to put out. In the months coming, this website will be in a “test run”, which essentially just means that we are only going to post things that run in our print issues as well. Eventually, this website will become something that allows us to write and publish stories or “news-tweets” within a seconds notice.
Along with the increased flexibility and punctuality of our content, our website allows us unlimited space to upload pictures that didn’t quite make the cut, publish full interviews, and even print stories that otherwise would never have made it out of room 130.
Our mission here at We Are Millard South Online is simple, to increase the Common Sense staff’s ability to provide awareness of whats happening in the school and entertain the student body with what is relevant to them.
We promise, this website will be awesome!
Collin Lynch (Online EIC) and the Common Sense Staff