What do you want to be when you grow up? For over twenty-five years, our 8th graders have been exploring a variety of occupations by shadowing professionals during our uniquely designed 8th Grade Career Week. The support from our parents and the community has been a huge factor in the success of this program. In fact, Saint James Middle School was recognized by the National Middle School Association for implementing effective middle level concepts such as our 8th Grade Career Week!
Saint James School continues to lead the way for quality middle level education today. On Friday, August 24th, our 8th graders kicked off the year with the first of many Career Week assemblies. During this first assembly, 8th graders discussed the shadowing requirements for our 2018-2019 Career Week. During this week, our 8th graders will shadow FIVE Professionals while receiving three days away from school to complete this task—Oh, the places they will go!
Our middle school counselor, Mrs. Cherie Meadows, said “Our students are encouraged to consider a wide range of careers in order to expose them to multiple options for their future. I can't wait to see what all they've been able to find for their shadowing experiences this year!”
As Atticus Finch once said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb in his skin and walk around in it.” With our Career Week program and the support of many, our 8th grade students will be doing just that—walking around in the shoes of various professionals while considering their future!