Sunday, December 27, 2015

New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year!  It is the beginning of 2016, which means a fresh start for everyone.  We will be starting off the new year by focusing on the future and planning ahead.  It is important for all students, even those in Kindergarten, to be exposed to and learn about different careers; so that they become more aware of how what they are doing now, in school, will help prepare them for their futures.

I believe that every student should have an idea of what they want to do by the time they enter high school.  In order to do so, we will start off the month of January by having our Parent Career Day on January 7th to begin to teach the students about different career options that are available for them.  We also have an assembly planned in the middle of January to teach the students about the importance of setting goals for their schooling and future.  In 4th and 5th grade, we will begin to discuss careers and the life paths that lead to different types of careers.  I want the students to understand that not every good job requires a Bachelor's degree or higher; there are some really great, steady jobs that only require an associates degree or some sort of specialty training.  Finally, for the middle school students, we will begin focusing heavily on beginning research for their career projects which will be presented at our Community Career Day in May.

I hope that as parents, you are encouraging your child to try their best in school and to explore their interests and strengths in order to begin to develop an idea of what their career possibilities would be in the future.  I encourage all parents to have their children participate in "Take your Child to Work Day" on April 28, in order to begin to expose your children to the many opportunities that they will have and to have them understand the importance of hard work and goal setting.  If you need some advice of how to encourage career and college readiness with your child, feel free to read this article http://www.hotchalkeducationnetwork.com/college-and-career-readiness-in-elementary-school/ or https://www.amle.org/BrowsebyTopic/WhatsNew/WNDet/TabId/270/ArtMID/888/ArticleID/513/College-and-Career-Ready-What-It-Means-for-Middle-School-Students.aspx.

Let's all help each student at Young Scholars be prepared to succeed in their future!