CENTRAL SQUARE – The Central Square Central School District is working with students, parents, staff, local business owners, college representatives and community members, asking the question, “What are the attributes of a Central Square graduate?”
The College and Career Readiness Committee is a new CSSD enrichment group that started in the 2017-18 school year, and its goal is simple: to evolve as society evolves to meet the increasing demands that will contribute to student success in college and careers.
This fits with the district’s mission statement, “to empower all students to excel as citizens in a changing world.”
During the first meeting of the year, participants brainstormed to come up with hundreds of desirable attributes for a graduate of Central Square.
Then, the group worked together to place those traits into streamlined categories.
Committee members had the opportunity to discuss and review those categories of attributes during a recent meeting held in February.
The assembly of nearly 100 participants was able to provide written feedback and suggestions as well as additional ideas.
Some of the topics and suggestions talked about were advanced placement courses, club leadership opportunities, internship programs and strategies to promote the learning of highly desired soft skills.
“I will personally read every bit of feedback and share with my administrative team to ask the question, ‘How can we make our programming better, together?’” said Superintendent Thomas J. Colabufo.
A 2017 alumna, Camryn Lawyea, was invited to speak and share her experience at Central Square.
“My courses and my time at Paul V. Moore High School helped me to be ready for college,” said Lawyea. “They were right for me. I would advocate for even more course offerings to reach a more diverse audience with different socioeconomic backgrounds and goals.”
Lawyea currently attends Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Business.
Work-based Learning Coordinator Nicole Heath shared with the group some opportunities that the district currently offers as well as some opportunities they would like to offer next school year.
Some of the current offerings include a “Computers 4 U” course for ninth-graders, a “Career Experience” planning course for students in 10th grade and college preparation and financial literacy courses geared toward 11th and 12th graders.
The next College and Career Readiness Committee meeting will be held April 17 at 4:15 p.m. in the Paul V. Moore High School cafeteria; the district encourages everyone in the community to attend.