Mountain View MS M.A.P.S. Program
Now in its fourth year, the Mountain View Middle School MAPS (Mountain View Academic Personal Success) Program is an academic enrichment option taught by community volunteers during the early morning hours before school starts.
Parent Jennifer Hoskins developed the program to capitalize on morning hours between drop-off and first bell when kids are on campus with nothing to do. The MAPS program runs three mornings a week, for 45 minutes each.
Each day a different subject is offered and presented by a team of community volunteers. The program depends on community experts and speakers from across the community to participate. It is a yearlong commitment, and all of the volunteers are extremely generous in sharing their time and passion.
The classes range from scientists who share 3D printers, coding, drones and rocket launching, to engineers who discuss velocity & egg drops, and the structural engineering of bridges. Additional subjects include history, in which a speaker shared his experience from Desert Storm, and a world religion series, featuring a pastor. Currently the program is featuring a social justice unit called Change Makers, in which students are asked to see great things in the world, share and then create service projects with a local emphasis.
Each year, there is a $35 requested donation per student to fund the MAPS store. Throughout the year, kids can earn MAPS dollars to spend on things they love like treats or trinkets. MAPS dollars are earned by doing good deeds, participating in discussions, being a good community member and sharing their "good turn" they did each week. Any remaining funds at end of year are given to the Mountain View Middle School student body fund.
Two summers ago the program extended into the summer, and included "CAMP MOUNTAINEER," a half-day camp serving incoming middle schools kids (grade 3-5). Camp Mountaineer is a fundraiser where 100% of the camp fees go directly to the student body fund at Mountain View Middle School. Last summer the program generated $2,500. The camp was run by parent volunteers and existing Mountain View students were the camp counselor.