Mentoring and Thunder Success (MATS) is a 55 minute class period held Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Students are assigned a mentor teacher they will keep all 3 years they are attending Centennial Jr High.
During their MATS class, students will work on creating and achieving daily goals, listen to the daily announcements, and participate in the Pledge of Allegiance in keeping with state law.
MATS classes are an invaluable time for busy students to do self-directed learning and complete those items they deem as their highest priorities each day.
Each student will meet with their mentor teacher one-on-one 3 times per term. During their one-on-one meeting they will establish a connection with a caring adult in the building who will check in with the regularly to review their progress and support their academic success.
habits of successful students
Have an Attitude - Want to learn. Be open to learning. Commit to learning. Make school a priority. Be willing to let go of old ways. Persist—try again and again.
Set Goals - Envision what goals you want to accomplish. Make a plan and stick to it—don’t second-guess yourself. Learn how to make quick decisions.
Schedule - Be organized. Keep track of what and when assignments are due. Study every day—if possible, give yourself the weekend off. Be prepared for every class (have books, pens, assignments, notes, etc.)
Be There - Never miss class. Come on time. Don’t leave early. Be actively involved in learning.
Do the Work - Avoid procrastination. Take good notes. Read, read, read—any kind of reading. Complete and turn in assignments.
Communicate and Connect - Ask, ask, ask. Ask your teachers, counselors, librarians, administrators, staff, and peers questions. Actively pursue answers to your questions. Listen well. Get help (math help, reading help, health services, financial aid, etc.). Discuss class work with friends and parents. Be open to making new friends. Get involved in school activities/organizations (clubs, sports, community service, etc.). Learn people’s names. Have fun!
Live Healthy - Eat the right food at the right time. Practice kindness and respect—good manners go a long way. Don’t sweat the small stuff. *Always have a “go-to guy.” Whether it is a parent, another trusted adult, or a friend that is a phone call away, successful students have someone they can turn to when they need help with an assignment or just need someone to talk to about the stresses of life.