Students at Polk County Middle School spent the week of Feb. 19 thinking about their future as the school celebrated College and Career Week.
School counselors organized the event for all students. Throughout the week, students heard special announcements from peer helpers. All homeroom teachers gave their students a lesson on their personal college and career journey as well as how to set goals and achieve them. Some teachers made Powerpoint presentations for students. Students were also given a goal-setting worksheet to think about their future.
Students also worked all week helping their teachers with a door decorating contest. Students and teachers were told to decorate the door with a college of their choice. Awards were given for best overall, most school spirit and most creative. PCMS cafeteria ladies judged the contest. Winners were: Stephanie Luedi – Best Overall; Dr. Richard McCormick – Best Overall runner-up; Jamie Hrobak – Best Overall runner-up; Elisa Flynn – Most School Spirit; Amanda Austin – Most Creative.
“We have been learning how to do research by researching careers we are interested in, culminating in the following – a source list with three-plus sources, 20 note cards and a slideshow/presentation about the career of choice,” said teacher Joanna Figart. “We also decorated our door based on schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Georgia that have programs of study for those careers.”
Eighth graders participated in College and Career Day in the gym at PCMS on Feb. 22. At the end of the week, students and staff wore college T-shirts.