Wellpinit High School - U.S. Army JROTC
Army Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps (JROTC)
The mission of the Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program is to motivate young people to be better citizens. At Madison High School, the JROTC is designated as an Honor Unit with Distinction as a result of the Annual Formal Inspection (AFI). JROTC provides a quality citizenship, character and leadership development program while fostering partnerships with communities and educational institutions. There are numerous JROTC-sponsored extracurricular activities open to all Cadets. Cadets also have the opportunity to attend JROTC Summer Camp with expenses paid. There is no obligation for JROTC Cadets to enter the military.
Cadets who complete JROTC enjoy several benefits beyond high school including the opportunity to compete for an Army ROTC four-year scholarship to college; competitive appointments to West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy (in addition to the regular congressional and presidential appointments); advanced placement in senior ROTC in many colleges; and for those who choose to enlist in military service, a higher rank than other enlistees.
Army JROTC teaches Cadets to:
Maximize potential for success through learning and self-management.
Develop leadership skills.
Incorporate principles of mental and physical wellness into behaviors and decisions.
Build effective relationships with peers, co-workers, and the community.
Apply physical and political geography to building global awareness.
Correlate the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to the purposes of U.S. government.
Relate events in U.S. history to choices and responsibilities Americans have today.
Characterize the role of the military and other national service organizations in building a democracy and maintaining peace in a democratic society.
The Army JROTC CurriculumThe JROTC curriculum, which fully or partially addresses a number of national academic standards – to include Common Core State Standards (CCSS) – includes course work on leadership, civics, geography and global awareness, health, and wellness, language arts, life skills, and U.S. history. The curriculum is based on the principles of performance-based, learner-centered education and promotes development of core abilities: capacity for life-long learning, communication, responsibility for actions and choices, good citizenship, respectful treatment of others, and critical thinking techniques.
More important that “what” is learned in JROTC is “how” it is learned. Every classroom is equipped with leading edge technologies to teach, assess, and report student progress. Teachers are trained to utilize a range of technologies and develop social/emotional skills, support academic content through gaming and simulations, and promote the role of social media. Thus, students engage in meaningful, purposeful activities that lead them to demonstrate success through a portfolio of accomplishments. A cadet beginning the ninth grade might follow a course similar to the one below:
Leadership Education & Training
Unit 1: Citizenship in Action
Foundations of Army JROTC
The Nation’s Defense Forces
Unit 2: Leadership Theory & Application
Being a Leader
Knowing How to Lead
Unit 3: Foundations for Success
Know yourself – Socrates
Making a Difference w/Service Learning
NEFE High School Financial Planning Program
Unit 4: Wellness, Fitness, and First Aid
Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle
First Aid for Emergency and non-Emergency Situations
Unit 5: Geography, Map Skills & Environmental Awareness
Maps, Map Reading and Land Navigation
Exploring the World
Unit 6: Citizenship in American History & Government
You the People – Citizenship Skills
Your Job as an American Citizen
You the People – Citizenship Action Group Process
Founding and Growth of a Nation (history 1776 to present)
The Federal Judicial System
Sources of power
Advanced Citizenship and American History
In addition to a typical JROTC curriculum, Cadets may have the opportunity to participate in a number of co-curricular activities offered by JROTC:
JROTC Leadership Challenge and Academic Bowl (JLAB): a competitive program that imparts values of leadership and citizenship while preparing for higher education milestones like college entrance exams.
JROTC Raider Challenge: A competitive program for JROTC Cadets in five different fitness and skill events.
Air Rifle Competitions: Marksmanship programs that promote teamwork, self confidence and marksmanship skills.
Wellpinit High School JROTC History:
The idea of a ROTC program in Wellpinit began in 1995. It was brought to the people’s attention by Mr. Reid. After calls to senators and other various people, Wellpinit was put on the waiting list with hundreds of other schools. It took almost ten years for the program to complete and begin due to the long process of recommendations, working with senators, etc. The people at Wellpinit who worked towards making the program happen worked with senators such as Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.
The ROTC program started at Wellpinit High School in the 2003-2004 school year with 1SG Chad Certain being the first instructor. He worked here for two years and in his second year (04-05 school year), SFC Wulcynski joined him. SGM Larry Anderson joined the team in School Years 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 replacing 1SG Chad. Major Cusick replaced SGM Anderson, and has worked with Sergeant First Class Wulcynski since School Year 2007-2008.
The JROTC Program has experienced much in its time at Wellpinit. The cadets have provided Color Guard for parades and major sporting events in and around the Spokane area. They have visited community organizations, military organizations, and met with leaders from all different commercial, volunteer, and political organizations. The Program succeeds in building confident and competent future adults.