School of Professional Studies

SPS LIVE and SPS Virtual Update

October Wrap-Up

October was a busy month for students participating in both SPS LIVE and SPS Virtual. We began the new month by working with the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. Each week, the students explore a new Habit through discussion, demonstration, and practice. We'll continue to practice these new habits and skills throughout the school year here in SPS.

All SPS students began working on their comprehensive Career and College Portfolio in October. Students will be adding career research, activities, and goals to their portfolios throughout the year. These portfolios will be an excellent way to showcase what students have learned by participating in SPS.

In addition to the 7 Habits and Career Exploration, SPS LIVE students participated in an "Activity Day" in which they designed and developed an activity related to their certificate tracks. The students were then able to teach their activities to other PALCS students who were on-site in Pittsburgh for Picture Day. SPS LIVE students were great instructors to students in all grade levels. We have all received very positive feedback from parents, students, and staff about how professional and engaging everyone was!

School of Professional Studies Preview Days

The School of Professional Studies will be hosting Preview Days in November and December so that other high school students can see what makes SPS such a great program! PALCS High School students will have an opportunity to experience a "day in the life" of an SPS LIVE student by attending a full-day of SPS LIVE programming at the PALCS Pittsburgh location. If you are an SPS Virtual student and have been considering joining SPS LIVE in Pittsburgh, you are welcome to attend a Preview Day as well! Please visit the School of Professional Studies website: to register.

PHEAA Financial Aid Workshop

The School of Professional Studies is pleased to present a PHEAA Financial Aid Workshop on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 12:00 PM. If you are looking for information about funding your student's college education, this workshop is for you! Parents, Home Facilitators, and high school students are encouraged to attend this workshop to gather information on the wide world of financial aid for post-secondary study. The workshop is open to all PALCS high school families and will take place in the PALCS PIttsburgh office. It will also be broadcast virtually. Click here for more information and to register.

Important SPS LIVE Dates

Monday, November 4 - Thursday, November 7 - School of Professional Studies Preview Days
Monday, November 4 - Career Talk with Ms. Emily Meyer, Assistant Communications Manager at The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA
Tuesday, November 5 - La Roche College Admissions Representative presentation
Wednesday, November 6 - College Essay Writing Workshop with Ms. Amy Sarno, PALCS English Department Chair and Language Arts teacher
Thursday, November 7 - Field Trip! SciTech Day at Carnegie Science Center
Tuesday, November 12 - Career Talk with Mr. Jeff Selk, Software Engineer at Photo Bucket in Denver, Colorado
Monday, November 18 - PHEAA Financial Aid Workshop
Tuesday, November 19 - Pittsburgh Technology Institute Admissions Representative presentation

About SPS

The School of Professional Studies is a college and career exploration program open to all PALCS High School students. To successfully complete SPS and earn an SPS certificate, students must take a specific sequence of elective courses and participate in career and college readiness programming. Students can participate in the School of Professional Studies through SPS Virtual or SPS LIVE, located at the PALCS Pittsburgh office.