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     Department of the Army
        West Forsyth High School JROTC Battalion

      1735 Lewisville-Clemmons Road

       Clemmons, North Carolina  27012

     


     

                                                                                    2014-15

     

     

    Dear Students and Parents,

     

    Welcome to West Forsyth High School and to our outstanding JROTC Program!  1SG Murphy and I are pleased you have chosen (or are considering) this elective.  The program is filled with many exciting activities to help you learn, to develop your leadership skills, and to have fun while doing so.

     

    ROTC received its name from the National Defense Act of 1916.  It provided for a

    Reserve Officer Training Corps at selected colleges and a Junior ROTC program at the high school level.  Despite its name, however, the high school course does not train students to be Reserve Officers.  Our mission is to motivate young people to be better citizens.  Enrollment does not obligate a student (called Cadet) in any way for military service.  However, should someone choose to enter the Armed Services upon graduation, JROTC experience may qualify him/her for advanced promotions worth multiple thousands of dollars.

     

    JROTC has a proud history at West Forsyth High School. Over the last 4 years, both the Drill team and Raider team have placed no lower than third overall in district competitions.  Our academic teams have consistently outperformed all schools within the district.  Our cadets have held the position as Brigade Commander and Brigade CSM for the district during this time frame.  In 2009 and 2012, after advancing through two phases of competition, West Forsyths High School JROTC Leadership team participated in The College Options Foundations 2009 and 2012 JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl in Washington, D.C., on the campus of George Mason University.  West Forsyth's HS JROTC team competed in two rounds of competitive online play against thousands of JROTC students from across the world to win its place in the Leadership Symposium and the trip to DC. During these rounds, students were tested on standard HS curriculum and leadership skills. Our team was one of only 40 in the nation to advance. 

     

    Our Program consists of two parts.  The first is a high school elective course (encl 1).  The procedure for academic grading of the course is at enclosure 2.  The second part consists of, fun-filled, extracurricular activities such as field trips, field training exercises (FTX), and various team competitions (encl 3).

     

    The program is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment while instilling self-discipline, self-esteem, and the need for teamwork.  It reinforces personal strengths and seeks agreement on areas that need improvement in a structured, interactive environment.  Rewards include greater self-confidence through a sense of accomplishment, the opportunity to develop a personal leadership style, promotions, ribbons, badges, cords and public recognition.  The very best have a chance to earn an appointment to a Military Academy or a college scholarship worth over $100,000!   

                                                                                                                                                       

    The Titan Battalion Cadet Staff plans various activities during the year.  Priority for attendance will go to those cadets who demonstrate maturity and good behavior.  Numerous opportunities are provided to develop leadership and personal skills in a safe, challenging environment.  Eligibility for any extracurricular activity at West includes passing 5 of 7 courses the previous semester, a 2.0 QPA for the previous 9-week grading period and participation in the voluntary Its My Call/Its Our Call drug/alcohol abuse prevention program.

                                         

    The US Army furnishes all books and the uniform that is worn every Wednesday without cost.  Parents must first agree to be responsible for the uniform items by signing a Statement/Agreement of Responsibility (to be issued to student 1st day of class).  Please read and sign both sides and have your student return it the first week of class.  It includes a statement of health (please list any concerns we should know about) and permission required by the Privacy Act.  We have never released any information to recruiters, nor have we ever been asked for any.  We are not recruiters!  The principal reason is to secure your approval for release of cadet achievements to the local media.  The Clemmons Courier has been very supportive of our efforts to publicize cadet accomplishments.  A Cadet Hand Receipt will also be issued.  Please read and sign in ink.  Parents can be of particular help in assuring that their cadet takes care of his/her uniform by hanging it properly and keeping it clean.  The shirt and socks are to be washed; all other items must be dry cleaned. 

     

    An area that received considerable attention in last years annual inspection was grooming.  Cadets who aspire to promotions and positions of greater responsibility are expected to meet JROTC grooming standards.  For males, that means having the hair cut so that it is not touching the uniform collar or the ears.  Sideburns may extend no lower than the opening of the ear.  For females, only small post earrings may be worn when in uniform.  Uniform items should never be mixed with other clothes.  Failure to wear the uniform as prescribed whenever on campus, school buses or in public will cause the cadet will lose credit for the weekly dress out and may result in a failing grade.

     

    For the JROTC Home Page, go to http://wsfcs.k12.nc.us/.  Please let us know how we can serve you (712-4400).

     

     

                                                                                        Sincerely,

     

     

     

                Bruce I. Murphy                                               John O. Brown

                1SG, USA (Ret)                                              LTC, USA (Ret)

                Army Instructor                                               Senior Army Instructor

     

     

    Enclosures:

    1.  JROTC Elective Program Scope (keep)

    2.  JROTC Grading Procedures (keep)

    3.  Extracurricular Activities and Team Descriptions (keep)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Enclosure 1:  JROTC ELECTIVE PROGRAM SCOPE

     

     

    PURPOSE:  The High School (Junior) ROTC Programs mission is to motivate young people to be better citizens.  It prepares students (cadets) for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens.

     

     

    VISION:  The vision is that the West Forsyth JROTC Program will help each student in a non-threatening environment to realize his/her potential and to confidently seek new possibilities.

     

     

    DESCRIPTION:  The Program of Instruction incorporates the latest educational theories.  McREL standards (www.mcrel.org/standards-benchmarks) have been linked to each lesson to show a cross-connection with this curriculum and the standard curriculum taught in high school.  The Program consists of seven main units supplemented by additional subjects of interest:

     

           Citizenship in Action                    Geography, Map Skills & Environmental Awareness

           Foundations for Success                      Citizenship in American History & Government

           Leadership Theory & Application                       Wellness, Fitness, & First Aid

           Service Learning/Community Service

                                                   

           Safety training is emphasized daily in and out of classroom.  Weekly safety slogans are posted and discussed, cadets give personal testimonies about hazards and precautions, and formal risk assessments are prepared for training activities. 

     

     

    PROGRAM OUTCOMES

     

    The program intends to teach cadets to:

     

                1.  Maximize potential for success through learning and self-management

                2.  Develop leadership skills

                3.  Incorporate principles of mental and physical wellness into behaviors and decisions

                4.  Build effective relationships with peers, co-workers, and the community

                5.  Apply physical and political geography to building global awareness

                6.  Correlate the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to the purposes of U.S. government

                7.  Relate events in U.S. history to choices and responsibilities Americans have today

    8.  Characterize the role of the military and other national service organizations in building a democracy and maintaining peace in a democratic society

     

     

     

    Enclosure 1: JROTC ELECTIVE PROGRAM SCOPE (continued)

               

     

    CORE ABILITIES                                         

     

     The program intends to inspire cadets to:

     

                1.  Build his/her capacity for life-long learning

                2.  Communicate using verbal, non-verbal, visual, and written techniques

                3.  Take responsibility for his/her actions

                4.  Do his/her share as a good citizen in the school, the community, the country, and the world

                5.  Treat themselves and others with respect

                6.  Apply critical thinking techniques

     

     

    COMPETENCIES                     

     

    The program intends to develop the competency to:

     

                1.  Make a decision

                                        2.  Perform a skill

                                                    3.  Perform a service

                                                                4.  Solve a problem

                                                                            5.  Create a product           

                6.  Document the experience in a Learning Log for a Portfolio

                                        7.  Apply the lessons learned to the next challenge

     

     Enclosure 2: JROTC Grading Procedures

     

    Progress Reports are both handed to the cadets and emailed every three weeks (if a valid email address is on file).

     

    The semester (final grade) will be composed of:

    A.     75% of the 1st and 2nd Term (Quarter)* grades (and the 3rd and 4th Terms)

    B.     25% of the Final Assessment grade (Elective courses give Final

    Assessments in lieu of final exams or end-of-course tests)

     

     

    *Each term (quarter) (approximately ten weeks in length) will be graded as follows:

    A.     40%: Academics: five to six objective evaluations based on quizzes or

    assignments

    B.  25%: Merits: weekly objective evaluation based on wearing the uniform as prescribed (called dress outs).  NOTE: Failure to wear the uniform weekly as prescribed will result in a failing grade for the entire quarter. 

    C.  25%: Leadership/Followership: this is a continuous, subjective evaluation based on willingness, attitude, setting the example (especially with regard to wearing the uniform), responsiveness to directives, and support of fellow cadets

    D.  10%: Drill: one evaluation (both subjective and objective by testing) based on performance (ability, precision, and appearance) in and out of the classroom. 

     

    Here is how the school systems program calculates the final semester grade:

         A.  Adds the first and second (or, third and fourth) term grades (x + y = total)

         B.  Divides the total by two for the average (total/2 = average for both terms)

         C.  Takes 75% of the average term grade (average X .75 = points earned)

         D.  Takes 25% of the Final Assessment score (Final Assessment score X .25 = points earned)

    E.     Adds C and D for the final percent and compares it to the WSFCS grade scale

    (A = 100-93, B = 92-85, C = 84-77, D = 76-70, below 70 = F)

     

     Enclosure 3: Extracurricular Activities and Team Descriptions                                                                                                                             

     

    EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

     

    Competitions: Raider Team, Color Guard, Drill Team, Orienteering Team,     

    Cadet of the Week/Quarter

     

    Adventure Training: Field Training Exercises, Field Trips, and Summer Camp to include rappelling (after school ends in June)

     

    Community Involvement: Charitable events, Color Guards, Red Cross Blood Drives, Area and Bus Clean-ups, Home Football Flag Details and Parking Assistance, Support of Wake Forest University Football/Basketball program sales and Support of the WS Recreation Department

     

     

     

    TEAM DESCRIPTIONS:

     

    The JROTC Raider Team, consisting of eight of the most physically fit cadets, competes in two meets a year.  Events include a five-mile speed march, construction of a rope bridge, administering first aid and land navigation.  Participants may also receive rappelling training.  Practices are held weekly all year.  Those qualifying are awarded the navy blue beret, the Adventure Team ribbon and the black shoulder cord.

     

    The JROTC Color Guard, consisting of five to eight members, competes in two to five meets a year and presents the Colors (US and NC Flags) at numerous school and civic events.  Practices are held weekly all year.  Those qualifying are awarded the gray beret, the Color Guard ribbon and the white shoulder cord.

     

    The JROTC Drill Team, consisting of 20 members, competes in two to three meets a year.  Events include platoon, squad and individual competitions (with and without arms).  Practices are held weekly all year.  Those qualifying are awarded the gray beret, the Drill Team ribbon and the red shoulder cord.

     

    The JROTC Orienteering Team, consisting of 25 members, competes in two to three meets a year.  Individuals and groups compete under field conditions at State Parks to find hidden control points using their speed and map reading and compass skills.  Practices are held several times a month.  Those qualifying are awarded the Orienteering ribbon and the green shoulder cord.