JHS Holds Academy Day to Visit Local Organizations & Provide Community Service

“All of these guys started in different positions but as they worked up through, they gained knowledge. When we post a job for an inspector or assembler, whatever might be needed, these guys got the opportunity to apply and get the job because of the knowledge they gained. That’s what we believe in here, helping everyone to get better so that we get better as a company,” said Ken Warren, Hope’s Windows, Inc. Quality Assurance/Facilities/Manufacturing Engineer Manager.

Mr. Warren was giving Jamestown High School students in the Academy of Pre-Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology a tour of Hope’s Windows. Mr. Warren was just one of many local business people and organizations who opened their doors to Jamestown High School students to help them learn about, and choose, a career path.

The six JHS Academies: Academy of Business, Management, Marketing & Technology, Academy of Natural Science & Resource Management, Academy of Pre-Law & Human Services, Academy of Communication, Performing, & Visual Arts, Academy of Pre-Engineering, Manufacturing & Industrial Technology and Academy of Pre-Medicine & Health Sciences each planned a day with various activities both off-site and at JHS for 9th through 12th students. Activities included community service such as: cleaning up around the community and their school, helping plant the garden at the Eastside YMCA and volunteering at St. Susan’s Center. Other activities included field trips to: Dawson Metal, Weber Knapp, Cummins Engine, Fish Hatchery, Dairy Farm, Lutheran Social Services, Peek n’ Peak and working with Buffalo artist, Fotini Galanes on “My Mark Matters” project.

“We do the Academy Days four times a year,” said JHS Principal Mike McElrath. “For this Academy Day we added a community service element to the day. Our community gives back to JHS in many ways and it is important for students to give back to them. We appreciate all of the local businesses, organizations and individuals who took time out of their busy schedules to help Jamestown High School students learn more about potential career paths.”

During the 2013-14 school year, Jamestown High School rolled out their academy approach as a means to increase student engagement and better define academic and career pathways for students. What began as a discussion among Shared Decision-Making Team members became a reality with the creation of the six academic academies. Each academy offers a theme or focus that is designed to give students an opportunity to explore a special interest, gift, talent or skill.  Career Academies are a time-tested model for improving academic achievement and readying students for life beyond high school.

posted on 05/18/2017 - filed under: Academics, Community, JHS, Spotlight