Tuesday, June 28, 2016

We're moving!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

National Signing Day Event

Today, we celebrated National College Signing Day!
To honor all of our students' post-secondary plans, every senior was invited to the school counseling office during a half-hour window to sign and decorate their personalized pennant. We had balloons, admissions counselors were invited, and everyone had a great time! Click through the slideshow below to see how proud our seniors are, and try to zoom in to see how much fun they had decorating their pennants.
2016 Signing Day
To see the list of all of the colleges that have admitted our seniors recently, see our regularly-updated google doc. Note that the class of 2016 has surpassed their predecessors in the number and diversity of colleges!
Next up: May 23 awards program at 6pm, and then June 2 commencement!
Congratulations to everyone!

Friday, April 29, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Early Childhood Educator

With school-age expectations continuing to improve, students are going to need more and more academic, personal, and social preparation for school at an early age. Early childhood educators are experts in child development and educational principles in order to assist small children transition from homebound care to the primary elementary grades. They use numerous theories and techniques to bring young children to be school-ready. Becoming an early childhood educator requires a bachelor's degree, as opposed to a child care worker, which requires less coursework.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Psychiatrist

When an aspiring doctor completes his or her four-year bachelors degree and enrolls in medical school, part of the medical training may include practical training in psychiatry, or medical treatment of emotional and mental disorders like depression or anxiety. Psychiatrists listen to their clients describe their feelings and experiences, incorporate these with what they know about their medical history and existing research on the clinical impacts and side effects of numerous medications, and then prescribe a dosage of a medication that, in their judgement, best suits the patient and his or her symptoms. Because brain chemistry is so complicated, it takes patience and skill to effectively and safely treat clients with medicine.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Army Soldier

Perhaps the most ubiquitous symbol of our national defense is that of an army soldier fighting for our liberty on the front lines of a war. It is no surprise that while physical combat is necessary at times, most of our army involves many more nuanced techniques than what we saw from GI Joe. To serve in the army, you need to be physically fit, conscious of your role as part of a greater plan and as a member of a team, and of course, be committed to your country. The Army provides many valuable training and college scholarship opportunities, and is an admirable way to spend one's career.

Monday, April 25, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Social Worker

There are two main types of social workers: those who primarily work with clients on a case load, and those who work in advocacy on the large scale. Macro-level social workers advise politicians to ensure that policies and legislation is worded in such a way as to ensure the well-being of otherwise marginalized populations. Micro-level social workers manage services for clients who are in need, and frequently provide counseling services to those clients. Their work is often with goals to help their clients develop prosocial and self-care skills. Because clients frequently start receiving services when times are difficult, it takes great patience and fortitude for social workers to stay committed and energetic.

Friday, April 22, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Police Officer

There are few roles in our society that stand for honor and justice as much as police officers. Police officers have a responsibility to uphold the laws that are in place to maintain order in the nation, state, and their local jurisdiction, even when they personally disagree with some of the laws or when they personally know people who are in violation of the laws. It is always a preference to resolve disputes without resorting to summons or arrests, but police officers have the training to take action when necessary. Their training takes place at a police academy, which lasts at least six months and also involves an apprenticeship. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Instructional Assistant

Teacher assistants are also called teacher aides, instructional aides, paraprofessionals, and paraeducators. Generally, teachers introduce new material to students, and teacher assistants help reinforce the lessons by working with individual students or small groups of students. For example, they may help students learn research skills by helping them find information for reports. Some teachers and teacher assistants meet regularly to discuss lesson plans and student development. Some teacher assistants work only with special education students. These students often are mainstreamed (attend regular classes), and teacher assistants help them understand the material and adapt the information to their learning style. Some teacher assistants work in specific locations in the school. For example, some work in computer laboratories, teaching students how to use computers and helping them use software. Others work as recess or lunchroom attendants, supervising students during these times of the day. Many instructional assistants have a bachelor's degree in a field related to education.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Nurse Anesthetist

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice nurses who safely provide more than 32 million anesthetics for surgical, obstetrical and trauma care each year in the United States. They administer every type of anesthetic, work in every type of practice setting and provide care for every type of operation or procedure – from open heart surgery to pain management programs. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Special Education Teacher

Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. With students who have mild or moderate disabilities, they ensure that lessons and teaching strategies are modified to meet the students’ needs. With students who have severe disabilities, they teach the students independent living skills and basic literacy, communication, and math. All states require public special education teachers to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Some of these teachers major in elementary education or a content area, such as math or chemistry, and minor in special education. Others get a degree specifically in special education.

Monday, April 18, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Aerospace Engineer

With the ever-expanding exploration of space and use of aerospace technology for travel within our own atmosphere, we will always have a need for talented and ambitious aerospace engineers. There is no coincidence that we refer to a rocket scientist when we want to make a point about something being very difficult or complicated, the most advanced levels of physics and mathematics are at use in aerospace engineering. If you are talented in math and science, and are willing to work for many years to refine your understanding of the universe and its many simultaneous laws, you may wish to pursue this career.

Friday, April 15, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Computer Systems Analyst

While computer programmers are the professionals writing code, computer systems analysts are the detail-oriented Information Technology experts who manage the project to ensure that it makes sense for the user and meets the client's needs. These are professionals who are not just fluent in computer science, but also extremely skilled with customer service. In order to pursue this career, you will find college majors with many different names, from computer science information systems to management science to information technology. 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Molecular Biologist

Whether studying cell processes and codes in humans, animals, plants or other living organisms, molecular biologists are needed in a spectrum of career fields. They utilize their knowledge of chemistry, cell physiology, genetics, physics and other sciences in their career studies. Becoming a molecular biologist usually requires a bachelor's degree in a major in the biological sciences.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Congrats, you survived SAT Day!

On behalf of Pikesville High School and the School Counseling Department, congratulations for taking the SAT today!
Thanks to the vision of our school system’s leadership, this opportunity affords thousands of BCPS juniors the chance to apply for admission at any of our nation’s (and state’s) many four-year colleges. While I recognize that approximately 40-45% of our graduates attend 2-year college or enlist in the military, I want to make sure that everyone knows that they have the choice to apply for admission to four-year colleges, should they wish to investigate those choices.
First of all, know that for students who will be applying to colleges in the fall, it will be their responsibility to send the SAT scores directly from his/her www.collegeboard.org account to those colleges. If you did not write any college codes on your pink and white form, the College Board will charge about $12 per recipient. We expect to have additional fee waivers for students who qualify (those who are in AVID, receive free/reduced meals, qualify for government benefits, or who live below the federal poverty line), and they are usually available for distribution in the fall. I must be clear about this: parents should not make an account at www.collegeboard.org on behalf of their children. Ask him/her to log in with you and explore the site together. If there are multiple accounts for a student, that will complicate things and the only way to resolve the matter is for the student to call College Board directly at 410-756-7346. 
Having taken the test today, remember that this is not the only SAT. Registration is available (at www.collegeboard.org) for the June 4 test until May 20. The cost to register for the SAT with Essay is $54.50. We have fee waivers for that, as well.
By the way, the SAT is not the only admissions test that colleges accept. Even though it was not as popular for our parents’ generation, the ACT – www.actstudent.org is accepted by just as many colleges as the SAT, and many students report feeling more confident on that test than the SAT. An equal number end up scoring higher. It really is a matter of personal preference. The cost for that test is comparable, and registration for the June 11 ACT with writing will be $56.50 until May 6. Likewise, we have fee waivers for the ACT with the same qualifying criteria as above.
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In mid-May, school counselors will visit English 11 classes to help them create, and get familiar with the Common App (www.commonapp.org), one website that is used by hundreds of colleges for applying for admission. After that activity, the juniors will begin working with their English 11 teachers on their first drafts of their admissions essay. Students who attend the BCPS College Application Boot Camp will be given feedback on their essays, which makes it to their benefit to start early.
You should also know that we will also mention a change (at least to those who have older students) to the process of applying to the University of Maryland. The University of Maryland is one of 90 colleges who have joined the “Coalition for College Access & Affordability.” The “Coalition App” should open soon, and this will allow students to save their best school (and creative) work from school and save it to their account in what the Coalition calls their “locker,” as a way for colleges to evaluate students’ college readiness that goes beyond the traditional formulaic system of comparing GPA and test scores. Please start looking through 11th grade work and saving it for the Coalition App if the University of Maryland (or the other 89 member colleges) are in your future.

Don’t forget to go on college visits (and help me grow my window decal collection J) to make lasting and valid impressions of the colleges your student is considering.

Lastly, prospective student athletes will need to register for the NCAA clearinghouse by the summer time and request that we send their 11th grade transcript to the NCAA this summer. Registration is at www.eligibilitycenter.org

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Insurance Underwriter

Underwriters are the main link between an insurance company and an insurance agent. Insurance underwriters use computer software programs to determine whether to approve an applicant. They take specific information about a client and enter it into a program. The program then provides recommendations on coverage and premiums. Underwriters evaluate these recommendations and, using predetermined criteria, decide whether to approve or reject the application. If a decision is difficult, they may consult additional sources, such as medical documents and credit scores. Insurance underwriters must achieve a balance between risky and cautious decisions. If underwriters allow too much risk, the insurance company will pay out too many claims. But if they don't approve enough applications, the company will not make enough money from premiums. Most firms prefer to hire applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in business, finance, economics, or mathematics.

Monday, April 11, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Naval Officer

With an increasingly technically and technologically inclined naval fleet in our military, Naval officers and ensigns undergo thorough training to understand and use the tools that they rely upon to complete their tasks. Our navy is frequently engaged in tactical warfare, and if you are considering enlistment, be prepared for rigorous physical training and rigid expectations for following orders and working on a team. More information is available at navy.com.

Friday, April 8, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Sports and Entertainment Manager

Sports managers spend their time behind the scenes coordinating all business-related activities for the team that employs them. During the playing season they may work seven days a week. When they work for college or professional teams they stay behind in their office at the team’s home facility while the team travels to away games. A few who have been in the business for many years travel with the team from city to city, but they are the exception. During the off-season, the manager is busy negotiating trades and signing free agents. For managers of professional teams, a business degree is recommended. The manager should be familiar with contract laws, economics, and accounting. There are no licensing requirements for managers.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Physical Education Teacher

Would you enjoy coaching a basketball team, teaching a dance class, or demonstrating a juggling trick? Do you want to help kids become confident, coordinated, and team-spirited? If so, consider a career as a physical education teacher or coach. It helps to be enthusiastic about fitness, ready to tackle challenging science classes, and good at motivating people. You'll also need flexibility in order to work with a variety of students, from hard-core athletes to kids who don't like to leave the couch. If you are interested in being a physical education teacher, you would want to pursue either a physical education or kinesiology major.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the day: Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-language pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, a cleft palate, cerebral palsy, or emotional problems. Speech-language pathologists typically need at least a master’s degree. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Visual Artist

While many visual artists spend time in workshops, attending other artists’ shows and seminars, and doing research, the heart of the profession—the reason why people choose to join the very selective fine arts—is that they love what they do. Numerous artists use their specific set of marketable tools as freelance commercial artists, producing work on consignment to another’s specifications. Formal educational training in this field is becoming the norm, with most earning BFAs in graphic design, painting, or art history. Some find it helpful to continue their education and earn graduate degrees (primarily MFAs), particularly if they desire to teach painting at the secondary level or above.

Monday, April 4, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Computer Hardware Engineer

When you were born, cell phones were the size of of a shoe and their batteries lasted four hours, at most. There were very few laptop computers, and they held about 2 gigabytes of memory. Today, we can hold 80 gigabytes of music on phones no larger than a 3 by 5 card. These advances are due to the evolving work of computer hardware engineers. Computer engineers are constantly looking to improve upon existing technology, and will need to have training in math and science, as well as material science.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: General Physician

There are two types of physicians: M.D. (Medical Doctor) and D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). Both types of physicians require at least four years of education beyond a bachelor's degree in the life sciences, and both use the same methods of treatment, including drugs and surgery, but D.O.s place additional emphasis on the body's musculoskeletal system, preventive medicine, and holistic (whole person) patient care. Family and general physicians assess and treat a range of conditions that occur in everyday life. These conditions include anything from sinus and respiratory infections to broken bones. Family and general physicians typically have a base of regular, long-term patients. These doctors sometimes refer patients with more serious conditions to specialists or other healthcare facilities for additional care.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Dancer

There are numerous ways to make an occupation from dancing. Aside from being a dance instructor or dance-fitness leader, you can also perform as part of a professional ballet company, social event planner, or even with a touring popular music artist. In any case, a successful professional dancer is in excellent physical shape and is experienced in numerous styles of dance. Many professional dancers have a bachelors of fine arts in dance, and college dance majors require an audition, which also requires the ability to perform several styles of dances.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Security Guard

Security guards and gaming surveillance officers patrol and inspect property against fire, theft, vandalism, terrorism, and illegal activity. They monitor people and buildings in an effort to prevent crime. Guards must remain alert, looking for anything out of the ordinary throughout their shift. In an emergency, guards may call for assistance from police, fire, or ambulance services. Some security guards may be armed. Unarmed guards generally need to have a high school diploma. For armed guards, employers usually prefer people who have some coursework in criminal justice. Some employers prefer to hire security guards with some higher education, such as a police science or criminal justice degree. Programs and courses that focus specifically on security guards also are available at some postsecondary schools.

Monday, March 21, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Psychologist

There are numerous ways to be a psychologist, and most involve earning a doctorate after completing a four-year bachelor's degree. The typical counseling psychologist either has a doctor of psychology or doctor of philosophy, and meets with clients in either individual or family, or sometimes group sessions, to talk through current problems, the origin of those problems, and possible solutions to their problems. Some psychologists use tests to understand the cases or make recommendations for court cases. Psychologists have high ethical standards and need to have the courage and social dexterity to challenge their clients for the purpose of encouraging growth and change toward their treatment goals. If you are interested in a career in psychology, consider undergraduate majors in psychology, sociology, human development, or criminal justice.

Friday, March 18, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Pharmacist

Simply put, pharmacists fill prescriptions. They are responsible for ensuring that patients get the exact potency and type of medication prescribed by the physician, and they consult the patients on proper dosage and possible side effects. They maintain accurate records in order to bill insurance companies and limit liability and negligence. Pharmacists must have a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an accredited school, which is typically two or three years beyond a 3- or 4-year bachelor's degree.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Stockbroker

Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents deal with a wide range of products and clients. Agents spend much of the day interacting with people, whether selling stock to an individual or discussing the status of a merger deal with a company executive. The work is usually stressful because agents deal with large amounts of money and have time constraints. Securities, commodities, and financial services sales agents generally must have a bachelor’s degree to get an entry-level job. Studies in business, finance, accounting, or economics are important, especially for larger firms. Many firms hire summer interns before their last year of college, and those who are most successful are offered full-time jobs after they graduate.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: School Psychologist

School Psychologists have the primary responsibility of conducting assessments on students, as part of the teaming process to identify suspected learning disabilities and make recommendations for addressing those disabilities. They are experts in learning styles. School psychologists are also trained and well equipped to assess when students pose possible threats to themselves or others. In order to be a school psychologist, you will need to obtain a master's degree in school psychology or a doctorate in psychology, both of which come after a four-year bachelor's degree in either psychology or a related field like education.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New Town - Pikesville Partnership College Fair!

Announcing the first collaborative college fair in Northwest Baltimore County!
On March 23, Pikesville High School and New Town High School are partnering to present a college fair with at least fifty colleges present to provide information and answer questions from students at both schools (and any others who wish to attend).
The college fair is from 6 to 8pm on March 23 at New Town High School.
In addition to the colleges, Pikesville High School's own Jeremy Goldman and Molly LaBricciosa will present workshops on Getting Money for College and what skills you learn in HS that will help you stay in college and graduate on time.
We hope to see everyone there!

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Diplomat

The mission of a U.S. diplomat in the Foreign Service is to promote peace, support prosperity, and protect American citizens while advancing the interests of the U.S. abroad.
If you’re passionate about public service and want to represent the U.S. around the world, a challenging and rewarding career is waiting for you. The opportunity to work and experience cultures, customs and people of different nations is truly a career unlike any other.
The work you’ll do will have an impact on the world. You will be asked to serve at one of any of the more than 265 embassies, consulates and other diplomatic missions in The Americas, Africa, Europe and Eurasia, East Asia and Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. Some of these posts are in difficult and even dangerous environments, but working in them affords great challenges and rewards.


Monday, March 14, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Software Developer

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or other device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks. Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They begin by understanding how the customer plans to use the software. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it. If the program does not work as expected or people find it to difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance. Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer-programming skills.

Friday, March 11, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Plumber

Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install and repair pipes that carry water, steam, air, or other liquids or gases to and in businesses, homes, and factories. Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters install, maintain, and repair many different types of pipe systems. The median annual wage of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters was $46,660 in May 2010. A 4- or 5-year apprenticeship is how most plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters learn their trade. Each year, apprentices must have at least 1,700 to 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and a minimum of 246 hours of related technical education. Apprentices learn safety, local plumbing codes and regulations, and how to read blueprints. They also study mathematics, applied physics, and chemistry. They become familiar with different types of piping systems and plumbing tasks.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Retail Sales Manager

Retail sales managers’ responsibilities vary with the size of the organization they work for. However, most sales managers direct the distribution of goods and services by assigning sales territories, setting sales goals, and establishing training programs for the organization’s sales representatives. Most sales managers have a bachelor’s degree, although some have a master’s degree. Educational requirements are less strict for job candidates who have significant experience as a sales representative. Courses in business law, management, economics, accounting, finance, mathematics, marketing, and statistics are advantageous.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Registered Nurse

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. Some registered nurses oversee licensed practical nurses, nursing aides, and home care aides. Registered nurses usually take one of three education paths: a bachelor's of science degree in nursing (BSN), an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), or a diploma from an approved nursing program. Registered nurses must also be licensed.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Writer

Writers must establish their credibility with editors and readers through strong research and the use of appropriate sources and citations. Writers and authors select the material they want to use and then convey the information to readers. With help from editors, they may revise or rewrite sections, searching for the best organization and the most appropriate phrasing. A bachelor’s degree is typically needed for a salaried job as a writer. Because writing skills are essential in this occupation, many employers like to hire people who have a degree in English, journalism, or communications. Writers and authors need time to polish their craft through on-the-job training before their work is ready for publication.

Monday, March 7, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Film Producer/Director

Producers and directors are in charge of creating motion pictures, television shows, live theater, and other performing arts productions. They interpret a writer’s script to entertain or inform an audience. Producers make the business and financial decisions for a motion picture, TV show, or stage production. They raise money for the project and hire the director and crew. The crew may include set and costume designers, a musical director, a choreographer, and other workers. Some producers may assist in the selection of cast members. Producers set the budget and approve any major changes to the project. They make sure that the film or show is completed on time, and they are responsible for the way the finished project turns out. Directors are responsible for the creative decisions of a production. They select cast members, conduct rehearsals, and direct the work of the cast and crew. During rehearsal, they work with the actors to help them portray their characters better. There are no formal training programs for producers or film directors, but some major in writing, acting, journalism, or communication while in college. Some producers earn a degree in business, arts management, or nonprofit management.

Friday, March 4, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Farmer

Our food doesn't just come from a store. Even the most processed foods start as crops or livestock, on a farm somewhere. Farmers and agricultural managers have an obligation to maintain responsible methods of growing fruits, vegetables, grain, and/or livestock for the purpose of eventual cultivating to be consumed in some capacity. The size and diversity of a particular farm or ranch's operation is usually dictated by its mission and values. To be an effective farmer, once must have knowledge and experience in agriculture and/or animal husbandry.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Live Blogging Career Lessons

E vs I

  • Are easier to read and know; are open with information
  • Communicate with enthusiasm
  • Talk more than listen
  • Like being the center of attention

  • Are more private; are more restrictive with information
  • Are more reserved with enthusiasm
  • Listen more than talk
  • Avoid being the center of attention

N vs S

  • Trust what is known
  • Value realism and common sense
  • Are oriented by the present
  • Tend to be specific and literal

  • Trust inspiration
  • Value imagination and innovation
  • Are oriented toward the future
  • Tend to be general and figurative

T vs F:
  • Apply impersonal analysis to problems
  • Value logic, justice and fairness
  • Are motivated by a desire for achievement and accomplishment
  • Truth is more valuable than tact

  • Consider the effect of actions on others
  • See the exception to the rule
  • Are motivated by a desire to be appreciated
  • Tact is of equal value to truth

P vs J:

  • Work first, play later
  • Set goals and work toward achieving them by a deadline
  • Emphasis is on completing a task
  • Enjoys finishing projects

  • Live for now, there will always be time to work
  • Change goals and deadlines as circumstances evolve
  • Emphasis is on the process of completing a task
  • Enjoys starting projects

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Journalist

Reporters and correspondents, also called journalists, often work for a particular type of media organization, such as a television or radio station, or a newspaper. Those who work in television and radio set up and conduct interviews, which can be broadcast live or recorded for future broadcasts. These workers are often responsible for editing interviews and other recordings into a cohesive story and for writing and recording voiceovers that provide the audience with the facts of the story. They may create multiple versions of the same story for different broadcasts. Journalists for print media write articles to be used in newspapers, magazines, and online publications. Most newspapers and magazines have both print and online versions, so reporters must produce content for both versions. Often, doing so requires staying up to date on new developments of a story so that the online editions can be updated with the most current information. Most employers prefer workers who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications. However, some employers hire applicants who have a degree in a related subject, such as English or political science, if they have relevant work experience.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Probation Officer

Recidivism is a person breaking a law after having consequences for breaking the law a first time. In order to keep individuals from violating laws and getting into more trouble, corrections departments have probation officers or correctional treatment specialists to conduct follow-up meetings with such individuals. Becoming a probation officer requires at least a bachelors degree in criminal justice, psychology, and/or social work. This career can be frustrating at times and immensely gratifying at others. Successful probation officers are firm yet gentle, have strong social skills, and are very organized.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Cook

Working as a cook allows a person to combine many different aspects of career types. A chef needs impeccable timing to ensure that their food is presented to the diner at its peak temperature and texture. This requires understanding the physical and chemical properties of all of the dish's components and their ingredients, working as a team with your fellow line cooks and the executive chef. Training is available at many colleges, and will require apprenticeships and several years working as a line cook.

Monday, February 29, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Event Planner

Whether it is a wedding, educational conference, or business convention, meetings and events bring people together for a common purpose. Meeting, convention, and event planners coordinate every detail of events, from beginning to end. Event planners are involved from inception to debriefing. They consider the lodging and services that the facility can provide, how easy it will be for people to get there, and the attractions that the surrounding area has to offer. More recently, planners also consider whether an online meeting can achieve the same objectives as a face-to-face meeting. For example, they negotiate contracts with suppliers to provide meals for attendees and coordinate plans with on-site staff. They organize speakers, entertainment, and activities. They also oversee the finances of meetings and conventions. On the day of the event, planners may register attendees, coordinate transportation, and make sure meeting rooms are set up properly. Becoming an event planner doesn't require a bachelor's degree in hospitality management, but having one is definitely beneficial.

Friday, February 26, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Medical Equipment Repairer

Medical equipment repairers, also known as biomedical equipment technicians (BMET), repair a wide variety of electronic, electromechanical, and hydraulic equipment used in hospitals and health practitioners’ offices. They may work on patient monitors, defibrillators, medical imaging equipment (X rays, CAT scanners, and ultrasound equipment), voice-controlled operating tables, and electric wheelchairs, as well as on sophisticated medical equipment that dentists and eye doctors use. The most common education is an associate’s degree in biomedical equipment technology or engineering. Those who repair less-complicated equipment, such as hospital beds and electric wheelchairs, may learn entirely through on-the-job training. Others, particularly those who work on more sophisticated equipment, such as CAT scanners and defibrillators, may need a bachelor's degree.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Clergy

Regardless of which religion or subgroup you identify with, there is usually a leader who serves as the spiritual guide for the congregation. These rabbis, priests, imams, or ministers have completed formal training at a seminary, usually learning history and application of the religious laws and practices, as well as counseling skills. In addition to leading prayer services, religious leaders are frequently called upon to meet with congregants in some need, including to aid in lifespan changes like births, illness, and deaths.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Real Estate Agent

Real estate sales agents must be knowledgeable about the real estate market in their area. To match properties to clients’ needs, they should be familiar with local communities, including knowledge of the crime rate and the proximity to schools and shopping. Brokers and agents also must stay current on financing options; government programs; types of available mortgages; and real estate, zoning, and fair housing laws. Real estate sales agents need at least a high school diploma. Sales agents must be licensed. To become licensed, candidates complete a particular number of hours of real estate courses.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Secondary School Educator

Unlike elementary school teachers who tend to be developmental specialists and generalists with regard to content, high school teachers are often content specialists who have training in educational techniques and methods. If you are interested in being a high school teacher, be prepared to major in a specific subject area while also taking numerous education classes including a student teaching internship.

Monday, February 22, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day - Air Force

Our country needs to be protected from enemies who use many different approaches to attack our way of life. One of the ways that our national defense is maintained is through the United States Air Force. Service in the Air Force can be achieved by tasks that go way past the obvious role of pilot. A successful Air Force requires servicemen and women who are insightful, technical, adaptable, and committed. The advanced training that comes with preparing for a career in the Air Force is easily relatable to many fields in the civilian world, and many training programs are transferable to college degrees, as well. Naturally, you would need to be physically fit in order to be successful in the United States Air Force.

Friday, February 19, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines. Nearly all entry-level mechanical engineering jobs require a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineering degree programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. The programs typically last 4 years, but many students take between 4 and 5 years to earn a degree. A mechanical engineering degree program may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Management Analyst

Management analysts, often called management consultants, propose ways to improve an organization's efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues. Although some management analysts work for the organization that they are analyzing, most work as consultants on a contractual basis. Whether they are self-employed or part of a large consulting company, the work of a management analyst may vary from project to project. Some projects require a team of consultants, each specializing in one area. In other projects, consultants work independently with the client organization's managers. A bachelor’s degree is the typical entry-level requirement for management analysts. However, some employers prefer to hire candidates who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). In 2010, 28 percent of management analysts had a master’s degree.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Public Relations Manager

Public relations managers and specialists create and maintain a favorable public image for their employer or client. They write material for media releases, plan and direct public relations programs, and raise funds for their organizations. For public relations management positions, a bachelor's degree in public relations, communication, or journalism is generally required. Courses in advertising, business administration, public affairs, public speaking, political science, and creative and technical writing are helpful. In addition, some employers prefer a master’s degree in public relations or journalism. In 2010, one-fourth of public relations managers held a master’s degree.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Real Estate Broker

Real estate brokers are licensed to manage their own businesses. Brokers, as independent businesspeople, often sell real estate owned by others. In addition to helping clients buy and sell properties, they may help rent or manage properties for a fee. Many operate a real estate office, handling business details and overseeing the work of sales agents. To obtain a broker’s license, individuals need a specific amount of experience as a licensed sales agent, usually 1 to 3 years. They must also take additional formal classroom training. In some states, a bachelor’s degree may be substituted in place of some experience or training requirements.

Friday, February 12, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Materials Engineer

Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials used to create a range of products, from computer chips and aircraft wings to golf clubs and snow skis. They work with metals, ceramics, semiconductors, plastics, composites, and other substances to create new materials that meet certain mechanical, electrical, and chemical requirements. They also develop new ways to use materials. Materials engineers typically have a bachelor’s degree in materials science or engineering or a related field. Employers also value practical experience. Therefore, cooperative engineering programs, which provide college credit for structured job experience, are valuable as well. Look for programs accredited by ABET.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Postsecondary Educator

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and vocational subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books. Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In technical and trade schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Physical Therapist

Physical therapists, sometimes referred to as PTs, help people who have injuries or illnesses improve their movement and manage their pain. They are often an important part of rehabilitation and treatment of patients with chronic conditions or injuries. Physical therapists provide care to people of all ages who have functional problems resulting from back and neck injuries; sprains, strains, and fractures; arthritis; amputations; stroke; birth conditions, such as cerebral palsy; injuries related to work and sports; and other conditions.Physical therapy programs usually award a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, although a small number award a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) degree. Doctoral programs typically last 3 years; MPT programs require 2 to 3 years of study. Most programs, either DPT or MPT, require a bachelor’s degree for admission, and many require specific prerequisites, such as anatomy, physiology, biology, and chemistry. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Physicist

Physicists and astronomers study the fundamental nature of the universe, ranging from the vastness of space to the smallest of subatomic particles. They develop new technologies, methods, and theories based on the results of their research to deepen our understanding of how things work and contribute to innovative, real-world applications. Most physics and astronomy graduate students have bachelor’s degrees in physics or a related field. Because astronomers need a strong background in physics, a bachelor’s degree in physics is often considered the best preparation for Ph.D. programs in astronomy. Undergraduate physics programs provide a broad background in the natural sciences and mathematics. Typical courses are classical and quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, optics, and electromagnetism.

Monday, February 8, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Market Research Analyst

Market research analysts perform research and gather data to help a company market its products or services. They gather data on consumer demographics, preferences, needs, and buying habits. They collect data and information using a variety of methods, such as interviews, questionnaires, focus groups, market analysis surveys, public opinion polls, and literature reviews. Analysts help determine a company’s position in the marketplace by researching their competitors and analyzing their prices, sales, and marketing methods. Using this information, they may determine potential markets, product demand, and pricing. Their knowledge of the targeted consumer enables them to develop advertising brochures and commercials, sales plans, and product promotions. Market research analysts typically need a bachelor’s degree in market research or a related field. Many have degrees in fields such as statistics, math, or computer science. Others have a background in business administration, one of the social sciences, or communications. Courses in statistics, research methods, and marketing are essential for these workers; courses in communications and social sciences—such as economics, psychology, and sociology—are also important.

Friday, February 5, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Zookeeper

Many people like animals, but taking care of them is hard work. Zookeepers take care of wild animals in zoos and animal parks. They feed the animals, clean their living spaces, and work to keep them healthy. Zookeepers watch the animals to see if they are sick or hurt. Keepers need to watch and listen carefully to notice any changes in behavior. Keepers write detailed notes about each animal and tell a veterinarian if there is a problem. Many keepers go to college for 2 or 4 years. They often study biology, animal science, or some other science. Keepers also need to understand math so that they can measure food properly. Keepers need good writing and speaking skills so that they can take notes and talk to the public.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

PSAT message for parents

The School Counseling Department will meet English 9, 10, and 11 classes in the library between February 8 and 16 to distribute the PSAT 8/9, PSAT, and PSAT/NMSQT to our students. Please ask your child to show you his or her score report. If you don't see the score report by February 16, then something is amiss.
When you review the score report, we ask that you not focus solely on the individual score, since students are not judged on their PSAT scores.
However, we ask that you pay particular attention to the skills insight that is provided on the report, and work with your child to improve the skills that have the greatest room for growth.
If, in the coming weeks (for juniors until the April 12 SAT) and months (until the next PSAT for sophomores and freshmen), the students focus on a particular skill set (like words in context or problem solving and data analysis), then they will see concrete improvement for the next time around.
Please know that the College Board has partnered with the Khan Academy to provide FREE SAT prep that is customized for students' own performance, and can be linked to their www.collegeboard.org account. As I indicated in an earlier email, please don't create multiple collegeboard.org accounts for students, as that will cause problems in 12th grade.

Lastly, the school counseling office would like to reinforce two ideas: while the PSAT provides good prediction for SAT performance, and SAT is one measure of college readiness, it is certainly not the only way to measure a students' readiness for college or career. There is no disputing that a student's performance in rigorous (within reason) coursework (such as Advanced Placement) provides a much more thorough insight into a student's readiness for college than any one test. Second, the ACT (www.actstudent.org) is an equal, if not more preferred by many, college admissions test, and students are encouraged to consider both tests in 11th and 12th grades. More colleges move to test-optional admissions every year, and every college accepts the ACT as willingly as they accept the SAT.

As always, don't hesitate to reach out to your child's school counselor if you would like to discuss post-secondary planning.

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Optometrist

Optometrists examine the eyes and other parts of the body related to vision. They also diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and other disorders of the eyes. They prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses as needed. Optometrists must complete a Doctor of Optometry program and get a state license. Doctor of Optometry programs take 4 years to complete after earning a four-year undergraduate degree.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Occupational Therapist

Patients with permanent disabilities, such as cerebral palsy, often need help performing daily tasks. Therapists show patients how to use appropriate adaptive equipment, such as leg or knee braces, wheelchairs, and eating aids. Patients can function independently and control their living environment by using these devices. Some occupational therapists work in educational settings with children one on one or in small groups. They evaluate disabled children’s abilities, modify classroom equipment to accommodate certain disabilities, and help children participate in school activities. Occupational therapists need a master’s degree from an accredited occupational therapy program.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Photographer

Photographers use their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images that visually tell a story or record an event. Most photographers use digital cameras instead of the traditional silver-halide film cameras. Digital cameras capture images electronically, so the photographer can edit the image on a computer. Images can be stored on portable memory devices, such as compact disks, memory cards, and flash drives. Once the raw image has been transferred to a computer, photographers can use processing software to crop or modify the image and enhance it through color correction and other specialized effects. Photographers who edit their own pictures use computers, high-quality printers, and editing software. Although formal education is not required for most photographers, many take classes or earn a bachelor’s degree in a related field, which can improve their skills and employment prospects.

Monday, February 1, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: School Counselor

School Counselors are responsible for the planning and implementation of a comprehensive program that meets the academic, career, personal, and social developmental needs of their specific school population. School Counselors are in elementary, middle, and high schools. They conduct individual and group counseling sessions, classroom lessons, and plan school-wide programs like the #PHSfit Career of the Day. They also consult with teachers and administrators to help them meet the students' needs more effectively and efficiently. School Counselors must show patience, skill, and wisdom with their population, and should also be able to accurately interpret data in order to put their resources to best use when meeting the needs of all students. Becoming a school counselor requires a master's degree, beyond a four-year bachelor's degree in a human services major.

Friday, January 29, 2016

#PHSfit Career of the Day: Legal Assistant

Paralegals and legal assistants help lawyers prepare for hearings, trials, and corporate meetings. However, their specific duties may vary depending on the size of the firm or organization. In smaller firms, paralegals duties tend to vary more. In addition to reviewing and organizing information, paralegals may prepare written reports that help lawyers determine how to handle their cases. If lawyers decide to file lawsuits on behalf of clients, paralegals may help prepare the legal arguments and draft documents to be filed with the court. In larger organizations, paralegals work mostly on a particular phase of a case, rather than handling a case from beginning to end. For example, a litigation paralegal might only review legal material for internal use, maintain reference files, conduct research for lawyers, and collect and organize evidence for hearings. Litigation paralegals often do not attend trials, but might prepare trial documents or draft settlement agreements. There are several paths to become a paralegal. Candidates can enroll in a community college paralegal program to earn an associate’s degree. A small number of schools also offer bachelor’s and master's degrees in paralegal studies. Those who already have a bachelor’s degree in another subject can earn a certificate in paralegal studies. Finally, some employers hire entry-level paralegals without any experience or education in paralegal studies and train them on the job, though these jobs typically require a bachelor’s degree.