The Villages Middle School

Mrs. Geri Paxton « Teacher Connection / Documents / Calendar

Dear Parents and Students,

Career Research and Decision Making is a valuable course for 8th Grade students. Each student will research their individual interests for future careers and look into the requirements to reach their goals. Planning for a career starts now because soon they will enroll in high school classes that will be required for college or technical careers. I hope the students enjoy this time of discovery. I will do whatever I can to assist them in their journey.



Students will need a planner, folder with paper, pens and pencils for Career Planning. They will also need one nice outfit appropriate for a Mock Interview (Guidelines will be given) on Friday, March 24th.



I only have textbooks for classroom use. Attached as .pdf documents are copies of the textbook by chapter. Students may use these attachments as an at-home resource for studying or make up work.


Chapter Reading Guides

Students will fill in the Reading Guides during class discussion. These Reading Guides will serve as study guides for the Chapter, Unit, and End of Course tests. Please do not throw them away. Students should focus on memorizing vocabulary as well. The Reading Guides are attached as .pdf documents.


Extra Credit

Students can study and earn extra credit through the website for Interactive practice tests:

    • click to enter Student Center
    • On left hand side tool bar, Click down arrow to Choose a Chapter
    • click on Interactive Practice Test
    • Take the test as many times as you want
    • Email me the results if you make a 100 and earn 5 extra credit points on your chapter test
    • All extra credit must be completed before the day of the test


 Chapter Tests

Tests are on Skyward. They are multiple choice, Matching, and True/False. The tests are NOT open book or open notes. To prepare for a test, read over the chapter Reading Guides, memorize your vocabulary, practice vocabulary on by clicking Interactive Activities, take the Interactive Practice Test for extra credit.


Mock Job Interviews

Interviews are Friday, March 24th. A completed Resume' is required.

I have posted Interview Dress Guidelines as a .pdf document. Be mindful of the guidelines but realize that these are not "rules". I will show the students several appropriate options for dressing for an interview that are relevant to their age and what they may have available in their closet. A simple pair of khaki pants, a Villages School polo shirt, nice shoes, and a belt are acceptable as well. Not all dresses are appropriate for a job interview. Only wear dresses that are designed in a professional style. If your child has a dress that is of the appropriate style and length, she may wear it. Please be aware of the length of the dress or skirt with the height of high heels. High heels are not professional or appropriate with a short skirt or dress. Dresses and skirts should be longer than fingertip length.


Career Expo

Career Expo- Friday, April 7th

All 8th grade students will participate in the upcoming Career Expo.  Students will explore different careers and talk to many business professionals in the gym that morning from 8:05-11:45. Students come to school in their best uniform and comfortable shoes. They will only need to bring a small backpack or sling bag with their snack and lunch unless they plan to purchase lunch in the cafeteria. The students will attend special sessions from 12:15-2:55 choosing professions and topics they want to learn more about. Please contact Mrs. Paxton if you would like to volunteer to help with this event or if you have any questions.


End of Course Exam

A study guide will be attached as a .pdf document. The exam is 5% of your final grade. The best way to study is to take the Interactive Practice Tests on for chapters 1-9 and 13. You must pass Careers to be promoted to high school. I will also need your "Golden Ticket" education plan signed by your parent in order for you to be promoted. Refer to the High School website - Forms/Documents-Programs of Study to look up courses for each grade level.


My Career Shines

MyCareerShines is an online education and career planning system that gives you the tools you need to build a foundation for lifelong career success. You will learn what your interests and skills are and how to apply them to a career plan for your future.

I have attached a .pdf document with directions on how to set up your account. Please follow them carefully. It's important that you set up your login and password the prescribed way. Once you have set up your account, you need to complete the two assessments.



PDF documents
Career Class Presentation - Introduction to Careers
Career Expo Presentation - What to Expect and How to Sign Up
Career Research Syllabus -
Chapter 8.1 Reading Guide -
Chapter 8.1 Reading Guide -
Chapter 8.2 Reading Guide -
Chapter 8.2 Reading Guide -
Common Interview Questions - Complete this worksheet to prepare for Interview
Common Interview Questions - Tips for answers to questions
Interview Company Information - Radical Skateboard Company
Mock Interview Dress Guidelines -
My Career Shines - How to set up your portfolio
Resume Example - Create on My Career Shines Website
Textbook Appendix - Career Clusters
Textbook Chapter 1 -
Textbook Chapter 13 -
Textbook Chapter 14 -
Textbook Chapter 2 -
Textbook Chapter 3 -
Textbook Chapter 4 -
Textbook Chapter 5 -
Textbook Chapter 6 -
Textbook Chapter 7 -
Textbook Chapter 8 -
Textbook Chapter 9 -
Textbook Glossary -
Welcome to Careers - Letter to Parents

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