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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

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Momentum Academy

Mission Statement:

Momentum Academy will propel 21st century students toward success in life through a focus on student achievement for college and workforce readiness.

Momentum Academy Location

Address:
99 E. Woodward Heights
Hazel Park, MI 48030
Telephone:
(248) 336-5600
Website:
www.ihavemomentum.org

Momentum Academy Contact Information

Director:
Kevelin Jones, kjones@ihavemomentum.org
Management Company:
The Romine Group
Greg Lathrop, greg@trgschools.com
Board of Directors:
President : Robert Terwilliger, rob2655@aol.com
Vice President: Sarah Lindsey, slindsey@wnj.com
Secretary: Lisa Koski, lmkoski76@yahoo.com
Treasurer: Andrew Whitsitt, Andrew.whitsitt@gza.com
Trustee: Cora Morgan, cora.morgan.law@gmail.com
LSSU Oversight Officer:
Nick J. Oshelski
Executive Director Charter Schools
noshelski@lssu.edu

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Success for Every Grade

Momentum Academy will propel 21st century students toward success in life through a focus on student achievement for college and workforce readiness.

Preschool students have been busy learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. They watched tiny caterpillars grown into large caterpillars, form a cocoon and hatch into butterflies. Each student participated in releasing the butterflies out into the world. Also each student created their own paint project to put on display for Art night. As we begin to close on this school year, each student will make graduation caps to wear on graduation day.

Kindergarteners have had a big year. They can recite the alphabet, identify letters, sounds, sight words, read books on grade level and write in daily journals. They have been explorers in the classroom identifying living and non-living things through the use of binoculars. They have toured the world by learning about countries, cultures and tasting various foods. These students have studied about the different types of animals and can classify them into the different animal groups. They are able to add, subtract, measure and identify 3D shapes. Kindergarteners have learned something very special this year which is friendship.

As we continuously monitor the growth goals of our students, second graders are showing their enthusiasm to be the best that they can be. 17% of our second grade students were advanced in ELA, 67% were proficient, 17% were basic and 0% were below basic! These growth goals are monitored every 30 days utilizing Data Director Assessments.

Third and Fourth graders have enjoyed success and encountered interesting experiences in recent months. Remediation efforts have resulted in raising Data Director computerized testing scores. Students are poised in continuing to make progress goals for the upcoming Scantron testing. They showed their artistic skills and teamwork while creating a sand mural for our Art show. They even braved the unknown by eating crickets during a lesson on cultural differences.

During our Art show, fifth and sixth graders showed the talent by decorating flower pots. As these students are preparing to take the final series of the Scantron test, they are also focused on learning about Citizenship involvement and Public issues. Our goal is to end the school year by achieving higher testing scores than previously tested.

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Russell White

Russell White
Geology

"Professor Kelso had no qualms in throwing me into stuff thatís usually done for senior research," White says. "It was an opportunity that was instrumental to my success as a student and a pivotal moment in my life." [ more ]

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