7:15 am: You arrive early to campus on this foggy Thursday morning to be sure you have enough time to see Mr. Nguyen during early morning office hours. Since Common Core standards have been part of your daily life for two years now, you know that you need to put in extra time because the math is different now and takes more time to actually solve real problems. You can clearly understand how people really use math in the real world now. If this were Spring 2018 (next semester), you would have your very first college course after lunch. So exciting!
7:45 am: You pass many familiar laughing and smiling faces as you walk to your first class, period 1 – English 9. After all, it’s year one at Unity MCHS and there are only 100 students right now. You are eager to pick up your Chrome book for the day, as this persuasive essay you have stayed up late creating your first draft, needed some refinement. At Unity MCHS, it’s like a family already and you know everyone so well. You are thankful that the activities in summer helped you to make friends before the first day of school. You think about how exciting it is to be one of the first graduating classes of Unity MCHS and thought of being able to take college courses next semester makes you almost forget where you are going. But you have to admit, it is nice not having bells for the start and end of class. It actually feels like…..college…..right now.
8:30 am: You just turned in the second draft of an argumentative essay you have been working on for the past three weeks. You enjoy how your English and World Geography teacher work together so each large assignment is coordinated between each class. English is your favorite subject and but you are also interest in design and math.
9:51 am: As you walk from English to Biology, you start to daydream and think about your 8th grade friends that did not go to Unity MCHS with you. Sometimes you miss them and wonder what your high school experience would be like if you went to a school with a large football team and lockers. You also believe you made the decision to come to Unity MCHS because you want to get a head start for college and believe Unity MCHS can provide this for you through all the adults who are so nice and caring.
12:00 pm: Before lunch is Family, and today is one of those days when a Community Circle seems like the right thing to do. Sometimes when everyone is needs insight and support, you do a Community Circle. It just helps. You believe that Family really lets you stay on top of your grades and you can work together on your project due next week.
12:30 pm: As family class ends, your stomach is also telling you that it is time for lunch. As you walk through campus to find an open table in the sunlight, you appreciate the calm, close, and familial atmosphere Unity MCHS provides. It’s easy to be yourself, like school, and talk about the difficult things.
3:00 pm: The official Unity MCHS end of the school day has arrived, but you are staying on campus. Even though tutoring is not mandatory because you have all As and Bs, you enjoy getting your homework done as soon as possible with your friends in your classes and teacher readily available to answer your questions. You quickly learned how much mental effort and time is required to be successful at Unity Middle College and working together on homework after school really helps.
Tomorrow is Friday, and you cannot wait for the Creation and Innovation lab to commence. As you experience a sampling of career pathway experiences this year in the 9 and 10th grade, you are almost positive you want to explore being an architect. Tomorrow should be fun, maybe a guest speaker, group challenge, hopefully both. As you think about your to-do list, you have a sense of pride and care for yourself, Unity MCHS, and your community.