What to do When?
Please also watch your email for grade-specific information throughout the school year.
All Ninth Grade English Classes visited the Career Center in the Fall to learn about Naviance Family Connection and to start the first pieces of the High School and Beyond Plan.
9th Graders can:
• Use Naviance as a career and college exploration tool.
• Keep a log of volunteer and work experience and any awards in the Resume tool in Naviance.
• Start on Community Service and school involvement.
9th Grade Community Service Information
View the Community Service Introduction presented to Grade 9 Health Classes in October 2017 and February 2018 for an overview of the expectation and how the listing and tracking system works at Shorewood.
If you were absent when your class visited the Career Center for the intro, download the assignment Grade 9 Community Service Exploration and turn it in to Mrs. Stephens in the Career Center. The various assignments you complete over the years in the Career Center will collectively form your High School and Beyond Plan. Any hard copies of assignments will be stored in your folder with your completed community service forms.
10th Grade: Sophomore Steps to Jobs & Careers
All 10th Grade English classes visited the Career Center in January 2019. Students who were not present should view Sophomore Steps to Jobs & Careers and do the Naviance Tasks by February 15, 2019.
The presentation and Mrs. Stephens' talk covered:
- Regulations for Teen Workers
- Career Exploration
- Options for Postsecondary Education
- Naviance Login & Tasks
In class, we did several activities:
- Choose Three Future Factors Students were asked to come up with three factors, particular to them, that they are looking for in their next step after high school. Examples: colleges that have "science, mountains, and a track team" or training program with "hands on work, easy commute, potential for good salary." Students are encouraged to use their three things to find colleges/ jobs/ institutions where the three intersect. Having three things is manageable, and as they proceed, students can change those three things.
- Kahoot Quiz The in-class "quiz" was a mixture of lighthearted facts about our staff's work history and pertinent facts about having jobs.
- Required Naviance Task #1: Three Future Factors Survey Students recorded their three things in Naviance to essentially preserve a snapshot of what they are thinking now. The task isn't linking up properly. Get to the survey via the About Me menu > About Me home > Three Future Factors Survey.
- Required Naviance Task #2: Career Cluster Finder Asks a series of questions about a student's skills and preferences, and then matches those with career clusters. If the student thinks that the clusters are good matches and have some possibilities, then students can add them to their favorites list in Naviance. Find one of two ways:
- Home page > Tasks > Cluster Finder
- Careers menu > Careers home > Career Cluster Finder. ound under the Careers Tab,
- Required Naviance Task #3: Add Clusters and/ or Careers to your list Explore the clusters that the tool recommends. Click on each one to open up related information, including a long list of related occupations. Or, search by career keyword from the Careers home page. Click on the heart to add the job/ cluster to your list.
- Recommended tasks in Naviance
- Add schools to your Colleges I’m Thinking About List
- Do a SuperMatch (under Colleges) and play with the variables.
- Start a resume in Naviance or a Google doc.
Recommended for all 10th Grade Students
Most of the following and many more tasks are outlined in the Grade 10 timeline linked at right. Use the timeline for a basic "what to do during 10th grade" to get you started.
- Check your k12 email. This will become increasingly important through your high school years.
- Add colleges (used in the broad sense!) to your favorites list in Naviance. If I hear about particular events or opportunities, I will let you know.
- Add careers to your favorites list in Naviance. If a college/ industry event might be of interest, I will let you know.
- Use the resume tool in Naviance. This tool can be a way to record your volunteer service, awards, recognitions, accomplishments, work experience, educational achievement, and more. If students keep this up, then they can have a resume ready on very short notice.
- Work on your community service hours. Complete the requirement early if at all possible.
Juniors should be thinking in earnest about their options after high school. View the Junior Spring Steps presentation that was given in March & April to the Junior Social Studies classes. All students should:
- Establish or start using a general email address that they can keep after high school (your school email address will go away after you graduate).
- Fix any errors on official documents.
- Come up with a list of post-high school options.
- Come into the Career Center for an 11th grade packet. These were distributed at the College & More Night and have many resources.
and more--see details in the presentation.
Those aiming for college should consult the timelines at right and:
- Sign up for and take the SAT &/ or ACT.
- Talk with family about money.
- Work through the steps on the College Fit page. There are sections on personal fit, financial fit, and academic fit. All three aspects of fit must be investigated.
Junior Family Presentation Late Fall: Finding College Fit, Perspectives on Testing
Presentation and resources. Much of the same material is on the College Fit page.
Finding College Fit Presentation (PDF)
Perspectives on Testing Presentation (PDF)
Finding College Fit (PDF) regarding personal and academic fit. Includes hyperlinks to outside resources.
Finding Financial Fit (PDF) with resources to help families make approximate financial forecasts.
Steps to Finding Scholarships (PDF). Most college financial assistance will come through the schools in various forms: need-based aid (grants, scholarships, loans, work-study) or merit-based aid (grants, scholarships, and/ or stipends).
Highly recommended for college financial literacy: SPU's Financing Your Education presentation (pdf) given to Senior Families October 2016.
Hard copies of the Summit College Admission Testing Guide can be checked out in the Career Center. This guide has in-depth explanations of the scoring and content of the SAT and ACT.
Junior Creating College List Presentation
View the higher resolution PDF: Creating a College List
Download a lower resolution PDF: Creating a College List
On March 29, 2017 we discussed:
- College Fit
- College Lists
- Likely & Possible
- How many schools
- How to look at schools
- What to do now
- Common components of college applications
- General timeline for college applications
- Sampling of a few college deadlines
- Advice for right now
Junior Social Studies Spring Career Center Visits (April - June 2017)
In this class visit, we go over the steps students need to accomplish in the next year. Those steps vary quite a bit according to the student's destination, so the presentation has various timelines according to a few categories: 4-year College, 2-year College, Work. Student learn a bit about college applications, the Senior Project, and several other topics.
Seniors should be planning in earnest for whatever options are ahead!
Those planning on going to a 4-year college should start applications in the fall. See the College Applications page. You must use Naviance as your application manager.
Those planning on 2-year college should start applications in the winter into spring. There will be announcements and emails about visits from 2-year colleges and the deadlines. Almost all two-year colleges are also in Naviance, so students heading for community college or technical & trade schools will also use Naviance.
Those planning on going into the work force should work on resumes and cover letters.
All seniors will have to complete a Senior Culminating Project, which ensures that each student has a plan for the next steps.
Senior Meeting December 8
The Senior Meeting on Thursday, December 8 during SAS gave students an idea of the deadlines that are coming up in the weeks and months until graduation. Students who were not able to make it should view the Senior Meeting Presentation (bonus in the presentation: photos of the class of 2017, many taken by Mr. V!) and come by the Career Center for hard copies of the handouts. Only some are posted on this page. The meeting covered many of the tasks--other than academic classes--that students will need to attend to over the next few months, including:
*Community Service: Deadline for Seniors is April 14, 2017
*Senior Culminating Project: Deadline May 1, 2017. See the Senior Project page for more information.
Senior Exit Survey: Deadline TBA, but about June 1, 2017. The survey will be on Naviance, and we cannot send a final transcript to your destination college without completion of this survey.
Senior Checklist To be completed in the week or two before graduation to indicate completion of all classes and the above requirements. Without being cleared by all teachers, the administration, and Mrs. Stephens, students will not be able to participate in the Commencement Ceremony on June 18, 2017.
*Indicates Shoreline School District Graduation Requirement.
We also covered College & Career events coming up in the next few months, including:
December & January Alumni Panels. We invite a few recent Shorewood graduates who are just finishing their first term in college to come back and talk about their experiences. This is a great opportunity to come and hear the unvarnished accounts of peers.
January & February Two-Year College Visits. Representatives from Shoreline Community College, North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, Edmonds Community College, and a few other schools will come visit. These schools have excellent and widely varying programs, from academic tracks to hands-on professional/ technical training that wouldn't resemble what students think of as school.
March STEM for Her Events. In March, we will have a series of presentations by women who are in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math. Young women are encouraged to come and learn from these professionals.
March & April Industry Events. We hope to have a "Touch the Truck" event where different trucks--Fire, City Light--come so students can see the equipment and hear from men and women in these occupations.
May & June "How to be an Adult" Events. This is still in the brainstorming stage. We know that many Shorewood students already have many adult responsibilities, but we have heard many students express that they do not know how to manage money, or how to be a successful college student, or how to interview, or how to ??? I would like to offer a survey in early 2017 so that seniors can tell us what they want & don't know about. Please stay tuned.