Over the past few months the 7th and 8th grade students at St. Francis de Sales School have been creating career portfolios. The students have taken skills assessments, interest surveys, and career assessments. They have also learned about the values most employers want in an employee and have worked to set future career goals. With these career portfolios in mind, the 7th and 8th grade students at St. Francis de Sales recently visited local businesses in order to experience what they have been learning for the past few months. The students visited The Downtowner to learn more about the restaurant industry, listened to a presentation at Community Home Medical, learned valuable small business start-up tips at Studio 906, and toured Online Engineering. All of these visits have greatly assisted each student in the continuation of their career portfolios. The students would like to extend a huge thank you to each business for allowing the group to visit and learn more about what local businesses have to offer.
The 7th and 8th grade classes recently learned about the beginning of the Electoral College as it was discussed at the Constitutional Convention. The students learned the importance of the electing body, why some states have more electorates than others, and even the recent controversy surrounding the Electoral College. In order to showcase all that they learned, the students participated in an online strategy game that allows the students to run for President of the United States. The students have to pick political platforms, what regions and states they will spend most of their campaign time in, what hot button issues they will tackle as a presidential hopeful, and how much money will be spent in what states. All students had to utilize the information learned about the Electoral College to succeed in their bids for the presidency. Below are some pictures illustrating the intense concentration each student had during this process! I was truly impressed with each student's dedication to the assignment.
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Mr. Erickson is entering his ninth year as a middle school educator. He was born and raised right here in Manistique. Upon graduating from Manistique High School he moved to Owosso, MI where he completed his undergraduate degree at Baker College. Later, he earned his Master's degree in School Leadership and Technology from Michigan State University. He taught for three years in a rural South Carolina district before coming back to Manistique. In 2013 Mr. and Mrs. Erickson welcomed their first child, a beautiful baby girl, into their home and lives.