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ICMS builds for the future

MINGO JUNCTION — Indian Creek Middle School is building on its future by offering career paths for students to consider in adulthood.

Principal Holly Minch-Hick said a career kickoff event is slated for Dec. 17-18 and speakers representing trades, colleges and the military will speak to students about choices. Fifth-and sixth-graders will participate on Dec. 17 with grades seven and eight taking part on Dec. 18. Both presentations will begin at 8 a.m.

Minch-Hick said 665 students completed a survey highlighting their interests and will hear from speakers in their chosen fields.

“The kids took an Ohio Means Jobs survey in November and received #ICMSBuildYourFuture bracelets,” she said. “The career kickoff is to let them know there are three major paths they can take in the military, college or trade school or job. Each speaker will give a broad sense of his or her field, such as what is required to join the military, what colleges require and trades available at trade schools.”

Following the kickoff, students will listen to more speakers through the Career Cafe program and each session will be tailored according to their interests. The idea was borne of a newly minted school vision statement at a building leadership team session for staff and administrators.

“We were talking about a vision for our building. We tried to identify what we felt our vision was and it was about helping kids make choices and developing the whole child so they become productive members of society,” she continued. “We listed our beliefs and came up with a vision and a hashtag. What we felt strongly about was college and career development and how we’re going to promote that.”

School leaders discussed how all children can learn and have mutual respect, as well as educating the whole child, among other topics. They also shared their purpose for teaching, which ranged from loving children and making connections to making a difference in young lives. Officials established the vision statement “ICMS: A Safe Place to Explore Endless Possibilities and Build Your Future” and developed ways to promote efforts through social media, posters, announcements, school clubs and other activities. Meanwhile, the school will host different speakers each month for Career Cafe sessions.

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