Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Latest Group of College, Career and Life Ready Students--the Class of 2019

Last week we celebrated members of the Class of 2019, as students from Windsor High and Smithfield High walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.  As I shook their hands, I felt confident that we had fulfilled our promise to them, by preparing them to be college ready, career ready, and life ready. Many of the graduates will be continuing their education through a two-year or four-year college.  Others are heading to the military, while a significant number of them will immediately enter the workforce.  We have developed programs in welding, culinary arts, cosmetology, building trades, agriculture, and nursing that equip our students with the skills and certifications to be sought after by area businesses and industry.  In last week's blog I highlighted the recent Career Signing Ceremony we had for students going straight to employment from high school.  All of our students have benefited from opportunities to develop the 5Cs--creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship--in each of their classes.  Through deeper learning experiences offered by every teacher, and a focus on Profile of a Graduate, our students are leaving high school with skills to benefit them regardless of whether they are continuing their education or immediately entering the workforce.

So, on that note, congratulations to the newest SHS and WHS alumni.  Go out and do great things in this world!

Pictures from graduation will be shared on Facebook or can be accessed through the link below:

Graduation 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Celebrating Students as they Embark on Careers after High School

On Thursday, May 30, Isle of Wight County Schools did something we had never done before--we hosted a Career Signing Ceremony.  The event was similar to the signing days you see with high school athletes when they commit to a college to play a sport.

But the students this day were not athletes signing with a college.  Instead, they were students who had completed coursework and certifications in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program and they were signing with a business where they would use their skills in their chosen career pathway.

The ceremony recognized thirteen students in the programs of Agriculture, Building Trades, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, and Welding.  Businesses ranged from local salons and restaurants, to national companies, and employers associated with the shipbuilding industry.  At the ceremony, the student sat down with a representative from the business, they both signed a ceremonial agreement, and pictures were taken of the student wearing "swag" from their employer.  Families attended, as did members from the School Board, Board of Supervisors, and Economic Development.

We talk about providing students with opportunities to develop their unique gifts and talents, and preparing students to be college, career and life ready.  We made a commitment to our students by offering programs that will prepare them for high skill, high wage, high demand jobs.  I am excited that these students have made decisions in high school that have put them on the pathway to success.

Below are the names of the students who were recognized during the career signing and the businesses who have invited them to join their family.  Scroll down further to see pictures from the ceremony.

Student                                Program                              Business
Adkins, Logan                      Building Trades                   Lowe’s
Baggett III, Webster             Welding                                Suffolk Iron Works
Beasley, Robert                    Welding                                Newport News Shipbuilding
Charles, Joshua                    Culinary Arts                        US Navy—Culinary Specialist
Crocker, Nelson                   Agriculture                            Smithfield Foods
Cross, Tobias                        Culinary Arts                        Vintage Tavern
Dalton, Tyler                        Culinary Arts                        Smithfield Station
Daughtry, Logan                  Cosmetology                         Reflections Salon
Davis, Noah                         Welding                                 Allfirst LLC
Mason, Donnell                   Building Trades                     Lowe’s
Smith, Jada                          Cosmetology                         Nails Studio LLC
Throckmorton, Davis          Welding                                 Allfirst LLC
Yost, Patrick                        Welding                                 Newport News Shipbuilding