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SOAR (Skills, Organization, Achievement and Responsibility)
Freshman
Teacher – Melissa Muro mmuro5@cps.edu

Freshman year is a paradigm shift year and the transition from grammar school to high school can be challenging, frightening and invigorating. S.O.A.R. understands this and spends the year getting your student “On Track,” to graduate in four years by knowing their way around, who their resources are, what is expected of them, how to self advocate, what they have to look forward to and how to get involved in the Taft Community; paving the way for a healthy high school career and independence beyond. Freshman S.O.A.R. utilizes Sean Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, S.O.A.R. students move on to sophomore year with goals, a plan to achieve those goals, and an executive functioning system that maintains their organization, class readiness and how to use time efficiently, making the most of their academic days. Furthermore, they will understand how to analyze grades, the impact of missing work, how to prevent it as well as knowing the right questions to ask and how to study with minimal teacher prompts. They will be on track with obtaining their Freshman Service Learning project hours through use of class time and will have received many lessons involving collaborative skill enrichment as well as student centered supplemental reading, critical thinking, comprehending, writing and social emotional skills. Most importantly S.O.A.R. aims to keep students motivated and the love of learning alive by focusing on their strengths and introducing resources that can assist with their challenges and well as teaching lessons that reinforce vital skills such as using graphic organizers, writing basics, reading comprehension and critical thinking. The school year’s four quarters are broken into the following topics concentrating on multiple intelligence and student needs.

Quarter 1: Where do I begin? Introduction to High School; the skills you need to succeed.

Quarter 2: The Development of Me; Character Development.

Quarter 3: Decision Making, Writing Skills and Service Learning Completion.

Quarter 4: Self Initiating, Post Secondary (College) Research and Test Taking Skills.


We are designing a new website for
Taft High School

Educational Networks is currently designing a new website for Taft High School. It will look beautiful when we finish it. But it will take a few weeks.

What you are looking at is not your new website. It's just a temporary site that allows us to build the content areas while our designers are working on the new design. When the new design is finalized, all the content on this site will be automatically transferred to the new website, and this site will be closed. This way, your new website will already contain a lot of content from day one. Sounds exciting?

Although this temporary site is accessible on the Internet, it is not advertised anywhere. It is just our secret place that allows us to do our work.

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We promise, you will love it! The new website will not only look beautiful, but it will be also very easy to update. It will be a place for the entire community. Not only the website administrators, but also teachers and staff members will be able to post information on their own sections. If you are a teacher, you will be able to easily create pages to introduce yourself to the community, build your own photo albums, upload videos, create class pages, and even post homework assignments that will be displayed not only on your class pages, but also emailed to the parents and students automatically every day.

How easy is it?

Very easy! If you use the most standard Internet services such as email and Facebook, or do online shopping on websites like Amazon.com, you are already qualified. No worries...

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The rest will be easy. Upload your profile photo, create as many new pages as you wish, create your classes, photo albums, and even your own video gallery.

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