College and Career Newsletter
Visalia Unified/May 2021
The end of the school year is quickly approaching. This year has been like no other year that we have witnessed. It has reinforced the knowledge that those that support and encourage us on our journey are essential to our ability to thrive. Our students have relied on teachers, peers, and family in the new world of online learning. Teachers have exhausted themselves to provide the best education to their students as possible, relying on their peers, tech services, and principals to help keep their heads above water. Whether it is in times of a pandemic or just the daily ins and outs, our support network allows us to achieve our goals.
With this in mind, the College and Career Department would like to take a moment to thank our director, Dr. Jamon Peariso, for his outstanding support and encouragement. It is rare to find a leader who demonstrates integrity, self-awareness, and genuine respect for all those he comes in contact with. Jamon has cultivated an atmosphere that has allowed us to stretch outside the box and create unique experiences for our students. Dr. Peariso and his family will be leaving us to relocate to Colorado at the end of the school year. We are truly sad to see him go and wish him, and his family, nothing but the best in the future.
Paige Loverin, MA, PPS
College and Career Readiness
Juniors, it is time to think about college applications!
Also, don't forget to use the website page that has been set up to guide you through everything related to college and financial aid. Finally, if you missed the webinar featuring the UC, CSU, and FAFSA representatives discussing the application process Click Here for the video.
Ignite Your Curiosity: Elementary Edition
The career possibilities are endless when it comes to the sciences. So what better way to explore the sciences than to make things blow up and get down and dirty with lots of goo?
It has been a great year exploring STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). We invite you to continue your adventures in science this summer by exploring the following websites and revisiting our events from this year.
Interactive Bridge Design
Ignite Your Curiosity
Ignite Your Curiosity is a monthly series of webinars for students and parents to hear from various industry leaders. Each month a new industry-themed panel will help your child explore career possibilities.
We have been privileged to have panelists join us from around the United States for this year's Ignite Your Curiosity. If you didn't have a chance to see them live, you can catch the event videos on our YouTube Channel.
Financial Literacy Webinar Series
The first webinar covered savings, checking, budgets, and debit cards. Click Here to view the video of March's webinar.
The second webinar covered how to start and maintain good credit. Click Here to view April's webinar.
The third session will cover how to plan for retirement. The earlier a person starts saving for retirement out of college, the more likely they are to reach their retirement goals.
Wednesday, May 12 at 6:00 PM. Click Here to register for the event.
College and Career Readiness at the Elementary Schools.
Each year our sixth-graders visit COS for an amazing day of hands-on experiences and discovery. This partnership with COS gives students insight into majors, degrees, certificate programs, and their careers. This year, because of COVID restrictions, Maps Day is going virtual for our teachers to showcase in their classrooms. Click here to view the video of this year's virtual visit to COS.
On top of that, we would like to congratulate this year's recipients of The Dan and Rose Bueno Scholarship. The scholarships are normally awarded during MAPS Day. The recipients were chosen based on the following attributes:
- Strong growth mindset
- Ability to step outside comfort zone to try new things
- Willingness to ask questions and receive coaching
- Intrinsic motivation
- Compassion towards others
Congratulations to our winners:
Emaree Bravo from Veva Blunt
Zaccheus Ramos from Four Creeks
Chase Saesee from Global Charter
Malorie Ceballos from Riverway
Bridget Nolen from Pinkham
Horacio Barajas-Barajas from Ivanhoe
Congratulations Seniors! You did it.
Take a moment to listen to past VUSD graduates, as they talk about their college experience.