Welcome back! I hope the winter holiday gave you time to rest, relax, and re-energize! The students did a great job transitioning back into “school” mode this morning, and our winter clubs/athletics are in full force. Please check the school website for upcoming events, competitions, and practices.
On Monday, January 9th our 7th grade students will be visiting Tolles Career and Technical Center. I am really excited for the students to see this 21st Century teaching and learning facility. In preparation for the visit, students will be watching 1 minute video clips about each of the 22 Tolles programs. Subsequently, students will choose which program they prefer to tour while on the field trip. Unlike in past years, students will get a more in depth and more accurate view of the entrance requirements, the day-to-day learning, and the certificate options for a program in which they have interest.
This is just one of the many differences about the opportunity Tolles Career and Technical Center offers our students. I imagine your perception may be like mine, based on the vocational/career center model of the 80’s and 90’s. The technical and career center model of 2017 includes many programs that require a high grade point average to be considered for entrance and also give students an opportunity to become certified upon graduation. Not only do these qualities change the expectation level of Tolles students, but they may also facilitate a fast track to college graduation and a means to finance what college level courses students are required to take.
Although the upcoming trip is only for 7th grade students, we have plans to schedule a voluntary trip (prior to high school scheduling) for interested Grade 8 students. Tolles has also shared that they are happy to schedule personal tours for families, should you or your child be interested in more details about a particular program or two. I encourage you to talk with your child about this challenging, engaging, and potentially money saving opportunity. If you would like more information about Tolles, I have included a short video link here: Tolles program video
Have a wonderful weekend!