In Upper Arlington we are preparing our students to “serve, lead and succeed” through a variety of learning opportunities throughout their educational career. On Thursday, April 23 we focused on connecting students to their future through career exploration activities at each grade level. In sixth grade students focused on the future, both jobs that are forecasted and those in high demand at this time. To present this information Tisha McGlaughlin from the Ohio Department of Education and Don Mazza from Ohio Means Jobs talked with our students. This conversation was coupled with interest activities centered around helping to pair students’ individual talents with career possibilities. In the seventh grade students listened to a guest speaker, Sean Carpenter, talk about living life in 3-D. After the brief lecture, students participated in a career fair where they were exposed to a variety of career options as well as what it would take to achieve their career goals, such as training, education, internship etc.. Our eighth graders took career exploration a step further by shadowing an adult in a career field in which they are interested in pursuing in the future. Students then completed an assignment that served as a reflection of the day. All of these activities complement the career exploration curriculum that is taught through our Life Skills classes and by our school counselors throughout your child’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grade years at HMS. These glimpses into careers are the foundation for future discussions and decisions as your child prepares for college and or the world of work.
I would like to thank Mrs. Johnson, Ms. Balog & Mrs. Moyer, and Mrs. Shapiro & Mr. Shipley for organizing these events, and all of the parents and community members who volunteered to speak and host our students on this career exploration day. This continued support is one of the many reasons Hastings Middle School is a special place to work and learn. Our hope is that our career event will result in positive conversations revolving around the next steps in your child’s bright future. If you have any questions about this event or your child’s education do not hesitate to contact at phone number or email listed in this communication.
“There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” - Ronald Reagan
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