Students recently explored “resume virtues” quite literally through a focus class on resume-writing. They wrote their own resumes using experiences from leadership and managerial positions at school as well as outside accomplishments to show their growing success.
For 7th level students, these resumes will be used when they apply for new positions in North House Specialties and other leadership roles for their 8th level year. For 8th level students, these resumes were handed to actual managers and business owners in town for their current business internships. The Learned Owl, Amaize, Peace, Love, and Little Donuts, All Brides Beautiful, Yours Truly, Uncommon Art, and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (Cleveland) have all been gracious in hosting our 8th level students for this important work this year.
Internships are part of a culminating experience in our microeconomy program. It is a chance for soon-to-be graduates to practice their business and work skills in the greater community outside of HMS--a chance to reveal and build-upon those important resume skills.
The internal virtues required to scaffold those “success” skills are brought to light through internships, as well. Respect, kindness, listening, hard work, and personal responsibility are among the skills necessary for successful collaboration in the workplace. These virtues are always emphasized in the work of the middle school.
The adolescent, especially in their early years, is particularly sensitive to the social and moral complexities of these virtues and their role in a community. It is important for adults, while understanding that it is truly the work of the adolescent to navigate and solve the social challenges of community life, to guide and encourage the best of virtues in the young people in our lives.
They will face challenges, but with guidance and encouragement it is in those challenges that deeper development often takes place--the kind that builds up those core internal virtues necessary for the proper construction of a successful life.
"You have to give to receive. You have to surrender to something outside yourself to gain strength within yourself. You have to conquer your desire to get what you crave. Success leads to the greatest failure, which is pride. Failure leads to the greatest success, which is humility and learning." --David Brooks, The Road to Character
The Model UN team has been hard at work preparing for their trip to New York next week!
They've been working on their presentation boards, which provide key information related to the countries they're representing: China, Brazil, and Morocco.
The "delegates" have also been refining their opening speeches, both in word and in delivery. They will use these at the conference to inform all the delegates of their country's position on a topic.
Practice in volume and diction are important for preparation:
Meanwhile, a couple of our students have been working hard on a Youth Impact Forum project, which they will present to UN officials and entrepreneurs at the Model UN conference. This division of the Model UN assists students in taking action that could make a real difference in their community or the world.
For their project, they are partnering with the U.S. Committee of Refugees and Immigrants to provide backpacks full of supplies to refugee children entering the country through Cleveland. There will be a fundraising event at the school this Spring to collect the supplies (more info to come)!
As part of their preparation, they visited the U.S. Committee's office in Cleveland to meet the staff, help with English classes ...
... and deliver a few "trial" backpacks to eager and thankful parents.