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School Desk Blog: Life at Pomolita Middle School - A student's perspective

Pomolita is a middle school for kids 6th through 8th-grade students in Ukiah, CA. It's a great place to go to school. In addition to all of the learning, we have sports, rallies, clubs, dances, and a lot more to keep us interested in school. Sports at Pomolita include basketball, cheerleading, soccer, wrestling, and volleyball. We have electives like band, choir, digital media, art, and yearbook. We are proud to have Math Engineering, Science, and Art (MESA) classes too. 6th-graders have electives like band, choir, and MESA. 

 

At Pomolita we practice the core values of WE ROAR, which stands for: Wellness & Empathy - caring for yourself and others both physically and mentally; Respect - being considerate of people and property; Organization - setting yourself up for success; Attitude - determine to persevere and give your best effort; and Responsibility - do the right thing for yourself and others. The reason we have these values are to keep us safe, secure, and learning.

 

Pomolita, along with all of the Ukiah Unified School District's schools, has a free lunch program for all students. You don't need to sign up; all you have to do is type in your student ID number in the cafeteria. You can also either get a free breakfast in the morning or get it for free at break. 

 

We all love our after-school activities like dances, sports, and clubs. We also have a great After School Educational Support (ASES) program that allows us to get help with homework after school. We are currently raising money to keep our dances and other leadership activities going. These clubs and events give us something to do, so we are not bored after school. 

 

Pomolita has an Associative Student Body (ASB) program and Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) Student Leaders. WEB and ASB represent our student voices and helps us communicate what we want at school and for our education. Currently, students are running for ASB offices, and we will be hearing the candidate's speeches and voting for them in the next week or so. Students need to vote for the person they think will be a good representative of our school.

 

We started having an advisory period this year to get kids closer to teachers and to get closer to all students in every grade. During our advisory period, we learn about what WE ROAR stands for along with lessons to help us understand the values and achieve them. We also check in on our grades, and the staff wants kids to feel like they can talk to teachers.

 

In addition to our advisors, we have counselors to help students in need and a health technician in the library to help kids who get injured or don't feel well. Pomolita staff cares about our education, and our students need to feel safe.

 

This is what Pomolita is all about, from the perspective of three students who go there.