CTE Connection November 2023
Indian Trail Middle School
Digital Media at ITMS: Digital Citizenship, Audiobooks, and Equipment Galore!
Careers at ITMS: Personal Motto Projects and Project-Based Career Modules
Students in the Careers classes have continued to learn more about their own interests, strengths, learning styles, and values and developed personal motto projects, varied by grade level, to represent who they are, including personal crests, shoe designs, and t-shirt designs. In addition, they have begun project-based career modules covering the 16 career clusters, with the first exploration being that of Culinary Arts. Recently, students learned to prepare Pizza Bites in class followed by Vanilla Pudding. The students have LOVED it!
Mock Interviews for 8th grade Careers Students
8th grade Careers students had an awesome opportunity to develop a resume and participate in Mock Interviews with representatives from Washington County EMTs, Life Care, Johnson City Police Department, Niswonger, Cam Industries, Rise Up, Johnson City Schools counseling, among others. It was a wonderful hands-on experience in seeking employment and is an opportunity we hope to offer every 9 weeks.
Brandie Sanchez Selected for STEM Education: Teacher-Company Partnerships in NE TN Project
Brandie Sanchez, Indian Trail's Careers teacher, has been selected to participate in the STEM Education: Teacher-Company Partnerships in NE TN Project, which is a year-long program led by ETSU's Center of Excellence in STEM Education and the Northeast TN STEM Innovation Hub to connect middle school teachers with the northeast Tennessee workforce. The program provides an opportunity for companies to connect with schools and to share real-life applications of students' school-based learning. Brandie's partner is Wayne Stevens of Crown Laboratories. Crown Laboratories manufactures skin products, particularly Blue Lizard sunscreen and A&D Ointment. Mr. Stevens will be visiting Indian Trail next semester to participate in Mock Interviews and as a classroom speaker, and he and Ms. Sanchez will develop a project involving Legos and the development of an assembly line for the 3rd quarter of this school year. We are excited that Brandie and our students have this opportunity!
Students can also begin to "plan" the courses they would like to take while in high school. If they select the Academic Planning option on the side-bar menu, they can then select their pathway of focus and various courses for each grade level. This is not an actual registration but is a planning tool that can be revisited, updated, and even printed out to aid in 4-year plan meetings at the end of their 8th grade year.
The program has been placed in our SSO Portal, and all teachers and students are automatically rostered, meaning no usernames or passwords are required. Take the time to explore this tool today!
How To Log In To Major Clarity:
1. Go to the SSO Portal
2. Click on the MajorClarity Icon
3. Navigate through the sidebar menu. Feel free to explore...you can't mess up!
To view Tutorial Videos on all the menu options in Major Clarity, go to https://sciencehill.jcschools.org/counselors/major-clarity
Look in this section of the newsletter each month for more info on Major Clarity in the future.
Plan of Study
Students can Change Pathway to select a Career area of interest, and then can "Edit Courses" for 9th grade, selecting English, math, science, social studies, and elective courses they are considering for high school. This is not official registration but is a planning tool provided in Major Clarity.