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Back to school, back to work
August 30th, 2010

By Joe Peters, Hammitt Junior-Senior High staff

Summer vacation has ended and we are back in school here at Hammitt Junior Senior High School. One of our traditions here at HJSHS is that we have a Job Fair Week during our first full week of school. Five classrooms participated this year, 2010 and they all enjoyed the experience.

Job fair week is a mixture of fieldtrips, classroom studies and computer lab time which is all designed to assist and inform students about different places of employment and future careers. The primary goal of this year’s Job Fair was to educate the student body on the various places of businesses that we use for skill development. Skill development is a job placement that a student and a job Coach attend together and work for a couple of hours. Each student that has a skill development work site is paid a small stipend by me. Each classroom took two field trips only to those businesses that we use for skill development. In previous years, we have taken fieldtrips to larger places such as the Work Force Development Center at Heartland Community College. We will save these larger trips to take later on in the school year. Some of the businesses that we visited were: East Bay Camp, Walgreens — Ft. Jesse, Humane Society, Fran Mar Chemical, Team Automotive, Midstate Transmission, Alpha Graphics, Little Jewels Learning Center, Rogi’s learning Center.  One class also completed a section on all of our internal jobs (recycling, bathrooms).

 After completing all of their tours, each class then had to create a tri–fold board which shows each place they visited. The middle of the board was left open for each class to decorate as they saw fit and to display their team name. While in the computer lab, each team had to create a power point display as well. Also during the lab time, students completed a “Career Cruising” interest profile that helps them to look at future careers and interest that they have. By answering several questions, the program generates a graph showing each student their high interest levels and low interest levels when it concerns career choices.

On Thursday, we brought the week to an end at the Olgesby training center. Each class stood up in front of the school and spent about 15 minutes to inform the student body as to what they learned about each business. While they were giving their speeches, their power point played behind them on the big screen. Students were very respectful of their classmates during the program and Dale, the CEO of The Baby Fold, commented and complimented them during the program.

So keep your eyes open when visiting these business partners of ours because you just may see one of our students working there.

Vocational Education Program Thanks Business Partners
April 17th, 2009

On April 16, 2009 The Vocational Education Program held an Employer Recognition Program at the Wellness Center located at Hammitt Junior Senior High School. The program was held to thank the business partners for their support and collaboration which contribute to the program’s success.

Hammitt Junior Senior High School is considered a private day treatment program that enrolls students from many schools. The two main referring districts are Unit 5 and District 87. The students that are referred to the school due to behavioral and emotional issues. Staff and students know that vocational education is a valuable part of the school’s curriculum. It is also an important part of the student’s success for now and in their future.

Hammitt Expands Junior-Senior High
September 18th, 2007

The Baby Fold has expanded the Hammitt High School and Challanges Autism Program for the 2007-2008 school year. The expansion provides a distinct space for junior high classrooms, provides for earlier life skills and vocational training, and introduces specialized autism services for high school age children.

The expansion comes in response to a growing need for post-school preparation. Students with disabilities have a dropout rate that is twice as high as students without disabilities. Accoding to the U.S. Department of Education, students with emotional and behavioral disorders, like those served at Hammitt Junior-Senior High School, have the highest dropout rates of all.

“The new facility is great and allows us to do a lot more in preparing our students for a brighter future” says Dianne Schultz, Director of Academic Services for The Baby Fold.

The additional 4,800 feet of space allow for two more junior high classrooms to serve about 16 students. Also joining Hammitt Junior-Senior High School are high school age students in the Challanges program, designed for students with severe autism. Hammitt Junior-Senior High can now accomodate up to six students in this program.

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