This week, William O. Schaefer Elementary School, Cottage Lane Elementary School and South Orangetown Middle School are celebrating College and Career Readiness Week!
As part of the four goals aligned with New York State’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), SOCSD promotes college, career and civic readiness with activities tailored for each of our schools. For our elementary students, WOS School Counselor Tennille Marino and CLE School Counselor Stephanie Chahales planned activities for each day this week that helps students learn more about various careers that they can do after high school based on their interests.
To kick off the week, WOS School Counselor Tennille Marino created a walk-through career fair in the hallway to teach students about the various career paths they can take in various industries including healthcare sciences, technical sciences, agriculture sciences, business and the arts.
Marino visited Christina Bolte’s first grade class this morning to talk to students about what a career is, what some of the different types of careers may look like and students took turns sharing what they want to do when they grow up. “College and career exploration at the K-2 level sparks students’ curiosity and promotes self-awareness. During this week, different activities and lessons are planned to highlight different opportunities and pathways,” explained Marino. “Students who are taught how to explore their interests, abilities and strengths will be better prepared to make informed decisions about careers in the future.” After students learned about different careers, they played a matching game where they had to connect a job description to the matching career.