Friday, June 23, 2017

Career Challenge

Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?  For 99.9% of you the answer is no.  Of course you don't... and that is nothing to panic about, but I know for a lot of students (and their parents) that it does create anxiety.

Here is where this gets tricky... when you are looking at colleges you might want to consider you are hoping that they will have your intended major.  But if you don't have any idea what you want to study then you can't really use that as a factor in selecting your desired college.

And yet your exposure to all of the possible careers is typically very limited.  You have a general idea of some jobs.  You know what you see of your teachers.  You know what your interactions are with your doctor and dentist when you go in for your routine check-ups.  If you have pets you might have an idea of what your vet does.  Perhaps you have some idea of what your parents do (although I am always amazed at how many students only know the smallest fraction of what their parents do - often not even knowing their job title).  And, if you work a part time job you have an idea of what your job and the jobs of those around you involve.  But truthfully, beyond that, most of you don't really have a good handle on all that is available in the world.  (Again, normal and ok so I don't say that to freak you out!)

How could you possibly know what it means to be an anthropologist, an anesthesiologist, or an astrophysicist when you probably haven't spent a lot of time with anyone in those careers.  (And although the names sound somewhat similar believe me they are drastically different fields.)  Until you get to college and end up taking a class in one of these fields and realize that it is what you love then it is possible you won't know that it is the career for you.

However, THIS IS THE TIME to start EXPLORING different careers!  This should be fun and entertaining and interesting... and yes, hopefully also helpful.

So far this summer I have been on a career related kick.  Do you remember back to registration/ scheduling time when we encouraged you to do some career explorations and one of them was to do a Myers Briggs Type Indicator to help you know yourself better for considering career options?  I have been reading a book that takes that information a step further - it is called "Do What You Are: Discover the perfect career for you through the secrets of personality type" by Tieger, Barron and Tieger.   As I was reading there were so many times when I found myself saying, "YES!  Exactly!"  For example:
 - "To make matters worse, most of us don't really know what we need to satisfy us.  We know what we don't like - that much we've learned from experience - but we don't know how to think up, much less find, a fulfilling alternative."
- "Ultimately the answers must come from you because you know you best."
- "To achieve career satisfaction, you need to figure out what your preferences are and then find a job that accommodates them."
- "Most of us are caught in a kind of psychological wrestling match, torn between what we think we can do, what we (or others) feel we ought to do, and what we think we want to do.  Our advice? Concentrate instead on who you are, and the rest will fall into place."

The book gave a really great analogy about why focusing on who you are is important.  Do me a favor and stop and do this... take out a piece of paper and sign your name to it.  Now, switch your pen/ pencil to your other hand and sign your name.  You probably felt a little silly or awkward.  Chances are it isn't as neat or fluid as when you signed with your dominant hand.  But you were able to do it.  And, as the book explained, that is a lot like careers.  You can choose any career, but some of them will fit you more naturally - they will align with YOU better than others.  And, because most of us don't have the extra time, energy or enthusiasm to continually be fighting to go against our natural instincts all of the time, selecting a job that doesn't fit with WHO YOU ARE can be a major challenge.

So, here is my career challenge for you... for each of the remaining weeks of the summer, pick out 1 career per week to explore.  I am not asking you to DO anything at this point (although I would absolutely LOVE it if you decided to do more than just explore information online), but for now, I would be content if you selected jobs that you thought could possibly, maybe, in some way appeal to WHO YOU ARE.

If you can't remember your Myers Briggs Type Indicator, you can go back to the free shortened version of the test and take it again.  This website provides a free version of the test.  As you get those results, keep scrolling through the results pages and you will come to a page that talks about potential careers.  You can also use your 4 letter MBTI code to do a general Google search for those 4 letters and careers.

Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.  I have been scrolling through the A-Z Index on that page to start getting some snapshot ideas of different careers.  (Did you know that there is a job called a "Carrott Harvester"?  I didn't until I was going through the list, but FYI, it has a declining job outlook so it probably isn't the best choice for your future career.)  I am only 1/4 of the way through the list of randomly looking at different careers, but there is fascinating information available.

Have fun exploring - I can't wait to hear what careers potentially spark your interest!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Diploma Presenter

One month ago today, May 21st, was graduation day.  I cannot believe how quickly the last month has gone by and yet I haven't talked about my absolute favorite part of graduation.

I believe that one of the best traditions at Kilbourne takes place each year as a part of the commencement ceremony when students have the option of selecting someone from their educational career (teacher, coach, counselor, etc.) to present them with their diploma. I was touched and humbled that 4 of "my" students selected me to be able to share in their graduation ceremony by giving them their diplomas.  Throughout my years at WKHS I have had a chance to hand out over 60 diplomas and I can honestly say that each and every single one is special and meaningful to me.  There simply are no words to explain what a huge honor it is to be able to give a hug and offer my congratulations as I presented each of these students with their diploma.  It is a memory I will cherish.  Pictured above (L to R) are the 4 students I was able to present with their diploma: Kaity Bryan, Maddie Case, Justin English and Adam Cruz.

To Kaity, Maddie, Justin and Adam- It is hard to believe that you are no longer "my" students. I have enjoyed being able to get to know you, to listen to your stories, celebrate your successes, and hopefully help when you have had to deal with disappointments. Thank you for making me smile and for letting me share in your lives. I cannot wait to see the difference you will make in the world. I wish you nothing but the best in the future and I hope you know how much I will miss you! Thanks again for allowing me to have the honor of presenting you with your diplomas - I will never forget it!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Final Transcripts

I have received a few questions from students who just graduated worrying about their final transcripts.  As you may recall, we made all seniors complete a form that explained which college you planned on attending.  So, unless you have had a change in your college plans, your final transcript is being sent to your college.  

If you applied to your selected college via Common App, I uploaded your final transcript to the college before I left.  If your school isn't a Common App school, Mrs. McDaniel is currently working on sending your transcripts to the college you indicated on your mandatory graduation questionnaire form.  

If your college is still saying that they don't have your transcript in a few weeks, then there must be some problem because they should all have them by then.  If your plans have changed or if your college is still indicating that they haven't received your transcript, please contact Mrs. McDaniel at WKHS.  (She works during the summer.)  She will help send another copy of your transcript.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Let Summer Begin

While it was only a few days longer than all of you, it felt like an eternity. This last week has been so busy and I felt as if I was running in a million different directions trying to get everything wrapped up for the school year. Plus, I always just like it better when you are around so being at school without you is not nearly as fun.  (Lexi desperately misses you too!)

I wanted to remind all students and parents that report cards are not mailed home, but they are available for you to access and print from Infinite Campus.  Additionally, your transcripts have been updated so you can see what that looks like too - including your GPA.

And, as of tonight, I am happy to say that I am now officially on summer break too! :-) As a result that means I will no longer be able to receive voicemail messages at school until I am back in the building and e-mails will probably take longer to be answered.  However, since I can access e-mails from home, please know that if you need something from me, e-mail is definitely the way to go!  

I have several blog postings that I want to get up here soon, but over the summer I will not be updating it as often as I do during the school year.  Thanks for being patient and understanding when I disappear from my blog for a while.

I hope you are enjoying the start to your summer!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Congratulations Graduates

I love celebrating the success of students and there is no way I can let the year end without sharing pictures of students from graduation.  I tried to get all of my students, but unfortunately that wasn't possible - in part because of my off-alpha kids and in part because I just couldn't get everyone, but here are most of my students...

Congratulations again to all of you!  I am so proud of you and hope that fact that you are now Kilbourne Alumni makes you proud too!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Summer School

I feel like I have been talking about nothing but summer school for weeks now (even though I know that isn't really true).  Hopefully if you are planning on taking summer school through Worthington you are already signed up for your class as the registration deadline for credit recovery has passed.  I don't know if they have a waiting list for students who were not able to get signed up before the registration deadline - you could try to contact the summer school office to find out (and I'd definitely recommend that if you were planning to make up a class this summer).  Here is the link to Worthington's Summer School website:

Summer school for Worthington starts next Monday.  You will be attending class from either 8-10 or 10-12, but please be aware that in order to get through the whole course it will be important that you work more on your own outside of the designated summer school time.  This is particularly critical for students who have multiple credits to make up during the summer!  Summer school will be at the Worthington Academy (which is located in the Phoenix Middle School building) from June 5-June 30th and you must attend every day until you have finished all of your classes.

However, some students are planning to do summer school through an outside online school provider and will then transfer the credit back into Worthington.  This is definitely an option for students.  Most of our kids tend to use TRECA because what I have heard is that they are the most cost effective option for get-ahead credit (and one of the more reasonable schools for credit recovery... granted, nothing can beat Worthington's option of free).  The cost for each semester of credit through TRECA is $85.  Their summer school registration deadline is June 9th.  Here is the website where you will sign up:

One note regarding TRECA - if you plan on earning your Government credit through them, please be aware that you must sign up for both Government A and Government B in order to fulfill the state's standards for the Government course.

If you want to take a class through a different summer school provider, that is absolutely fine - just make sure they are an accredited school.

Good luck if you will be taking classes this summer - I know it will be a way to stay cognitively engaged with your learning.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day

I love the quote that "America is only the land of the free because it is the home of the brave." I cannot imagine the courage and conviction it requires for men and women to make the decision to serve in our nation's military. I am incredibly grateful that there are people who are willing to dedicate their lives to protect our country. On Memorial Day, I hope you will join me in thinking not only of those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom and for the families they left behind, but also for all who have proudly served to make us the home of the brave. 

To me, realizing the fact that each person who is a part of our nation's military is just like the other Kilbourne kids is both humbling and overwhelming.  In fact, right now I know of 3 of my former students who are presently attending boot camp, another who is at the United States Naval Academy, and one more who graduated from the Naval Academy this weekend not to mention the many others who are currently serving in the military and/or are already veterans. I am so grateful to each and every one of them!

God Bless America and all who have made the choice to serve! 

(And I have to admit to something that might be frowned upon, but yesterday in church a WWII veteran was wearing his full military uniform and holding an American flag in his hand and I loved seeing him so much that I took this picture.  So while it may not have been a great idea to take a picture in church, how awesome is it that he can, and does, still wear his uniform proudly!)