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Junior Advisory/SSP Program Overview
Essential Question:
• What are my opinions for the future?

Enduring Understandings:
Students will understand that…
  • considering personal interests, talents, aptitudes, and values when considering various career options is important
  • attaining personal and professional goals requires planning and preparation
  • self-reflection is necessary to make realistic and appropriate decisions regarding your future
  • there are many professional and academic resources available to assist with career exploration
  • finding the school or job that suits you the best takes time and planning 
Content Standards:
Students will know and be able to…
  • express thoughts, skills, and talents in a mock interview
  • utilize various tools (interest inventories, personality surveys, job shadows, college visits, etc.) to assess and evaluate various career opportunities of interest
  • work independently designing, organizing, developing, and presenting a long-term project
  • think introspectively about various post-secondary options

2017-2018 Junior Lessons/Activities  

Junior Portfolio Presentation Overview:

Junior Interview.mov

Resume Documents 

Sample Resume with Tips 1WHS_Resume_SAMPLE.docx

"Dissecting a Resume" - the contents of a resume explained section-by-section SSP 1-26-15 Dissecting a Resume.docx

Resume Template (IMPORTANT! click File - Make a copy and save it as your last name, first initial - resume - like this: Lewis, N - Resume)

Junior Interview Project documents 

*You must have any combination of 3 forms completed in preparation for the Junior Interview Presentation in the spring.

Junior Interview Checklist

SSP Jobsite Visit Journal Reflection Form

SSP Military Visit Journal Reflection Form

SSP Post Secondary School Visit Journal Reflection Form

September 2017 lessons:

Writing a Personal Mission Statement - Setting the focus for the post-secondary theme of junior year, students reviewed sample personal mission statements and then they did an activity from "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens" called "The Great Discovery" in order develop their own personal mission statements. 

Goal Setting - At the start of each school year, students in all four grades are asked to write two S.M.A.R.T. goals (one academic in nature and one other goal). They meet one-on-one with their advisor at this point. They will then assess the progress made toward achieving these goals during a mid-year conference and again at a year-end conference with their advisor. 

Door Decorating - As a team building activity that also fosters school spirit, each advisory group plans a design for their room door and decorates the door. This year's theme is "Watertown Pride." Doors will be judged by administration in late September and the winning group will be awarded a breakfast catered by Chef Foulds. 

October 2017 lessons: 

Juniors finished decorating their doors and attended a grade-level assembly.

PSATs - Students took the PSATs during the school day.

"Say Something Week" - Students learned ways to advocate for and include peers who may feel less connected to our school community through this national initiative started by Nicole Hockley, mother of Sandy Hook victim Dylan Hockley. 

November 2017 lessons:

"The Value of Feedback" - Students watched a presentation on feedback and then participated in a paper ball toss constructive feedback activity as a group. 

Junior Interview Reflection Forms - The first of three required reflection forms (either college, career, or military) was due. Students had time to work on their form, if needed, during SSP. Students then discussed their forms and then watched a series of video clips from the College Board website to begin thinking about colleges.

Fall Pep Rally

"Do What You Are" survey - Through Naviance, students took a survey that identified potential careers that align with their strengths and interests.

 December 2017 lessons :

"It's Time To Talk About Cell Phones" - Students read and debated a recent Time magazine article that discussed concerns about the impact of cell phones on teens.

SSP vs SSP Challenge - SSP groups challenged one another to various team-building challenges.

January 2018 lessons:

PSAT Results - Students received the scores from the PSAT taken in October 2017 and then linked their College Board account to Khan Academy for targeted SAT practice.

Midterm Review - Students received a midterm exam review packet with the midterm schedule and tips for studying.

"Power Trip" - Students had to work together to complete a mission despite being grouped as either "circles," "squares," or "triangles" - each group having varying degrees of power. 

Townmag.co - Students read stories from WHS alumni on www.townmag.co - a website run by Colleen Murphy, a WHS alumni.

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