Mojave’s ‘Breakfast Club’ hopes to teach life’s lessons to students

November 11, 2015 – 12:53 pm

ImagePhoto by Christopher DeVargas // Illustration by Jeff Adamson

Mojave students who attended a Saturday morning detention program strike a pose similar to the “Breakfast Club, ” the 1985 John Hughes movie about students who bonded in a similar situation.

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The Clark County School District implemented the "turnaround" model at five of its worst-performing schools for the 2011-2012 school year. Four schools – Chaparral, Mojave and Western high schools and Hancock elementary school — received a piece of $8.7 million in federal School Improvement Grant money to improve test scores and for the high schools, graduation rates.Click to enlarge photo As part of the turnaround model, the principal and at least half of the staff were replaced at each school, and schools were required to implement new programs and teaching methods to improve student achievement.

Find stories, photos, videos and more from the Sun's ongoing series, "The Turnaround: Inside Clark County Schools."

This is another in a yearlong series of stories tracking efforts by the Clark County School District to improve student performance at five struggling schools.

Long, glum faces stare back at Todde Webb as he begins lecturing 44 Mojave High School students about good character and leadership.

The five-year veteran teacher knows it’s hard to engage students, especially early on a Saturday morning. His teenage students could be sleeping, playing video games, shooting hoops.

But they’re not. They’re stuck in Mojave’s new Saturday detention hall in a scene reminiscent of the iconic teen movie “The Breakfast Club.”

Welcome to School on Saturday, otherwise known as Solutions Other than Suspension. The S.O.S. program – overseen by its director, Webb – was started in early December at Mojave to discipline misbehaving students, help them make up work and pass their proficiency exams.

Webb wills himself to engage with his students. He too, could be enjoying breakfast at home with his preteen children.

But he’s not. Webb and two other Mojave teachers have given up three hours of their weekend to help students learn about the consequences of their actions: being late or cutting class, talking back to a teacher, breaking the school dress code.


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