Community Life is the heartbeat of student culture, service, spirit, and spirituality at Mullen. Through our student activities, retreats, service learning opportunities, and liturgies, Mullen's Lasallian Community Life articulates our common identity, creates opportunities for students to meaningfully connect, facilitates opportunities to serve those in need, and leads both the development of school spirit and spirituality — all in alignment with the mission of our beloved school.
For the past 15 years, Rita Niblack has been a spiritual guide and educator at Mullen High School. In our last and 40th issue of Mullen Today's Unordinary Times, she reminds us that during these times of frustration and isolation brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) to think of others as our founder, St. John Baptist de La Salle did.
The Torch Award is Mullen’s most prestigious scholastic award. It is presented every year to those students who best exemplify the Mullen ideal of excellence and achievement in all areas of school life. Congratulations to this years winners!
For those of you who do not know me, I am Mara Dougherty. This is my sixth year teaching in the Science Department at Mullen HIgh School and I recently assumed the role as Director of Service Learning. Service learning is how students at Mullen live out the core principle of Concern for the Poor and Social Justice. As part of this, first year students will be introduced to service by attending a one day immersion trip. About half the students from the class of 2023 took part in the Freshman Service Day this fall. The remainder of the students will begin to serve at Senior Support Services in Denver starting next week. With the exception of the January 21st trip, students will attend a pre-service meeting in the weeks leading up to service and should expect to attend their first period class on their service day. Students will be notified of their service day when a packet of information is delivered to them at school. Included in this packet is the Immersion Registration Form and the Parent Authorization for Student Activity and Travel. A student may not attend the Freshman Service Day without these forms signed and return to Dr. Dougherty prior to the immersion trip.
Service learning is how students at Mullen live out the core principle of Concern for the Poor and Social Justice. As part of this, students are required to complete 70 total service hours while at Mullen, 50 serving marginalized groups and 20 serving your own Mullen community. If students do not complete these hours their diploma will be withheld upon graduation.
Ten students, Mrs. Martinez, and Elliot Gray headed to Browning, Montana, for a service immersion trip, Saturday, April 13 until Friday, April 19. The students attending the trip will be assisting in classrooms at De La Salle Blackfeet School, learning about the Blackfeet culture, and reflecting on social justice issues that Native Americans face.
Mullen freshmen and administration continue to get first-hand looks at such struggles as the school’s commitment to community service remains ongoing and is staffed by a growing diversity of volunteers.