DMS Counseling Newsletter

April Career Clusters

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What are our DMS students learning about this month?

Encourage your students to show you the different careers they can learn about through the jobshadow online platform!

Virtual Job Shadow

Gwinnett County created Virtual jobshadow in an effort to expose students to different careers and post-secondary job opportunities. Through jobshadow students can take career assessments and explore career descriptions, responsibilities, require education, earnings, future outlook, and more!

6th and 7th grade students at Dacula Middle School are taking the Career Cluster assessments to determine their areas of interest. Once they received their results they will have the opportunity to research different jobs. Counselors are facilitating this activity. Make sure you ask your child about their areas of interest! This is a great opportunity to have amazing conversations about the future! In addition, our 8th graders are exposed to the dual-enrollment program, post-secondary options, graduation plans, and much more!
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Tips for talking about careers with your child

Here's some general tips when talking about careers with your child:

  • Focus on skills and behavior your child will need, rather than specific jobs.
  • Talk about goals and what your child finds fulfilling.
  • Be open-minded and encouraging.
  • Talk about how you decided to do the career you are doing today
  • Be patient as your child's choices may change.
  • Remember it's your child's decision on what direction they want to go.

Some children will have a clear goal when they're young, while others will take a long time to explore and decide.

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Chicken Tostada

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Mexican

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 8 tostadas

Calories: 391kcal

Author: Olena Osipov


  • 8 corn tortillas or tostada shells
  • 3 medium tomatoes diced
  • 4 medium avocados diced
  • 3 tbsp red onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 15 oz can low sodium black beans drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups shredded chicken like rotisserie or chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup feta or Cotija cheese crumbled
  • Cooking spray I use Misto


  • Tostada shells: Line a large baking sheet with a silicone mat and place tortillas in a single layer. Spray both sides of the tortillas with cooking spray and a sprinkle of salt. Bake at 400 degrees F for 6 minutes per side.

  • Guacamole salsa: Mix tomato, avocado, red onion, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, salt, and lime juice.

  • Assemble tostadas: Top each shell with guacamole salsa, beans, chicken, and cheese.


  • I like making my own tostada shells, but you can use pre-made ones.
  • You can substitute refried beans for black beans.
  • In this recipe, adjust the amount of salt in the guacamole salsa to taste. Add more or less depending on the salt content in the homemade chicken, canned beans, or store-bought tostada shells.
6th Fabiana Fischer 678-407-7266

7th Alecia Ellison 678-376-8542

8th Monica Garcia 770-338-4842

DMS Counseling Team

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