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New Salem - May 20, 2009

Counselor’s Corner


By Dr. Gaylynn Becker
National Certified Career Counselor
National Certified School Counselor
New Salem High School Counselor’s Corner


Career Planning
Mr. Jerome Slag had his sophomores in his “Spreadsheets Class” do a career planning activity. Each student had to do some research on three colleges they were considering on attending. The students then were to give a presentation in class on what they found. The presentation needed to include some slides along with some specifics about what the students plans were, the colleges selected, enrollments, costs, programs offered, and where students could obtain more information, etc.


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The students did a great job in putting it all together in very good presentations. Thanks to Mr. Slag in his efforts to make his class very meaningful to his students.


Career Planning & Memories
Last week the seniors were given their “Career Planning Portfolios” for the last time. The portfolios are now theirs to keep. Students were given their own “Career Planning Portfolios” upon entering New Salem High School. Usually this is in 7th grade.

The “Career Planning Portfolios” consist of various activity sheets I give them to do. In addition I have students take interest inventories, and aptitude tests that provide specific occupations that match to their interests and aptitudes. Students are then able to explore these occupations in more depth. Among other things, students also receive copies of transcripts, graduation requirements, school & community activities in which they are involved and more. These are part of the career development program at New Salem High School. Students realize that career planning isn’t a once in a lifetime event but rather an ongoing process throughout life.

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Mrs. Tammy Gilstad has the seniors make a “Senior Memories” book as part of her English IV Class. This is a portfolio of pictures, and writings of important events in their lives up to this point in time. I hope the seniors keep this book as the beginning of their autobiography. I also hope that the seniors will add to it in the future.

Thanks to Mrs. Gilstad for incorporating this into her curriculum. What a great treasure for the seniors to look back at this years from now. When you are at the graduation “Open Houses” this weekend, I recommend you look at the graduates “Memory Book.”


I hope the seniors continue to dream, plan, set goals for themselves, and celebrate the accomplishments of those goals throughout their lifetime. In fact I hope everyone who reads this article continues to dream, plan, set goals for themselves, and celebrate accomplishments of those goals throughout their lifetime as well.

Yes, this year was another great group of seniors that will leave New Salem High School to go their own way to continue to make a positive difference in the World. With the continued support of parents, family, and friends, the New Salem and Almont communities continue to have their presence felt in the World.

Good luck to the Class of 2009!


If you have any questions on career planning and other counseling issues, please contact me at New Salem High School at 843-7610. If something urgent comes up I can be reached at my residence at 222-3222.

Have an excellent Academic Day!