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Communities In Schools of the Permian Basin (CIS/Permian Basin) provides educational support and guidance within the school setting to those students who are at the highest risk of dropping out. The State of Texas adopted the Communities In Schools (CIS) model in 1979 specifically to address the State’s high drop out rate. The program in the Permian Basin is one of a twenty-seven member state network that has been very effective in helping young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life. The five CIS basics are based on the belief that every child needs and deserves:

A personal one-on-one relationship with a caring adult
A safe place to learn and grow
A healthy start and a healthy future
A marketable skill to use upon graduation
A chance to give back to peers and community

CIS/Permian Basin is currently serving eleven campuses in MISD and ECISD, where students are referred to CIS by teachers, counselors, administrators, and parents. Once in the program students receive help in the form of homework assistance, personalized tutorials, and access to computers. CIS/Permian Basin monitors academics, attendance, and behavior. Progress must be made in all areas for continuation of services. CIS acknowledges that those students who are failing one or more subjects, who have high incidence of absenteeism and behavioral issues are at a high risk of not graduating. While personalized tutorials, homework assistance and access to computers do get a few back on the right track, far too many require year round support to remain in school and be successful.

CIS CIS takes field trips to local college and universities.

MFHS students participating in the CIS program visited Angelo State University in 2013. The purpose of the trip was to familiarize the students with the college experience.

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Midland Teen Court is a "hands on" educational opportunity which allows both offenders and volunteers to experience our system of justice. Participating in Teen Court is a great way to serve your community and better understand our judicial system.

Location: Midland County Courthouse, 200 W. Wall (enter ramp on SW corner)
Time: Check-in at 5:00 pm (must be on time)
Dress Code: Long pants or skirts/dress (shirts MUST be tucked in)

Midland Teen Court also offers monthly educational seminars free of charge on varying topics helpful to all youth. A youth with a case in Teen Court will receive 3 hours of community service for each seminar attended. Please note registration is required in advance.

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Upward Bound is a federally funded program designed to encourage high school students to complete their high school education and pursue a higher education. This program assists students with college selection and application, assistance in career planning, scholarships, and financial aid to attend college.

9th grade students enrolled at MFHS may qualify for selection into the program by:
Being a potential first-generation college student (this means neither parent has a bachelor’s degree from a four-year post-secondary institution).

Meeting income guideline established by the U.S. Dept. of Education (this income is taxable income, not gross based on family size).

Exhibiting academic potential and need.

Planning to attend a post-secondary institution after high school graduation.

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Step Up To Success is a one day youth development conference sponsored by the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The students selected to participate in the conference attend workshops and listen to motivational speakers. The conference is held in November each year.

For more information on this program, visit with your school councelor.