The Seaman School District created the College and Career Advocate program at the start of the 2013 - 2014 school year. This program is for students in grades 8, 10, 11 and 12 and is designed to help students make decisions about preparation for their future after completing high school. Advocates will meet with students to address where students currently are in their academic endeavors, and how they can achieve their goals upon leaving the school. Students begin meeting with Mrs. Shaffer once each semester in 8th grade, then they participate in the required Success 101 course that will meet these needs for the 9th grade year, and then the high school Advocates meet with sophomores through seniors once each semester as well. Mrs. Hicks meets with those students in the alphabet of A-G, Mr. Russell has H-O, and Mr. Darting has students P-Z. The parent/guardian is emailed after each meeting with the student.
Degrees and Certifications:
I graduated from Washburn University with a Bachelor's degree in English. I was fortunate enough to have been able to stay home with my children for about 10 years before I re-entered the work force. This is my third year as a College and Career Advocate, and I am so excited about this program. I thoroughly enjoy meeting with 8th graders and love listening to their plans for the future. I talk over the purpose of our program (which is for every student to have a plan upon graduation), MAP and Engage testing (see below for explanations) and their importance, a career survey, their upcoming Freshman schedules and enrollment during second semester, and just their overall thoughts on where they see themselves through high school and beyond.
On a personal note, my husband and I chose to move into the Seaman district to raise our two boys who will be in the graduating classes of 2017 and 2020. I am excited to be a part of a program that I see the importance of every day, since my own two children are right in this age range. Go Vikes!
MAP testing: Percentile Rank: This number indicates the percentage of students in the norm group for this grade that the student's score equaled or exceeded. A student's percentile rank indicates that the student scored as well as, or better than, the percent of students in the norm group. In other words, a student with a percentile rank of 72 scored as well as, or better than 72 percent of the students in the norm group.
Engage testing: http://www.act.org/engage/6-9_features.html