Reality Town is an educational experience for 9th grade students to gain a better understanding about the importance of financial responsibility. The Reality Town experience begins with mini-lessons taught by the teachers and counselors. In these mini-lesson students:
- Research Careers
- Write a Resume
- Fill out a job application
- Learn how to write a check and balance a checkbook
- Learn about the difference between credit and debit cards
These activities culminate with a ½ day simulation where students have the opportunity to experience what it is like to manage the financial responsibility of an adult. Students first choose a job that they are interested in. The possible job options are based on the students previous year’s cumulative GPA. Students are then given a life situation (spouse, children, ect) where they are expected to make choices and live on the money that they make.
The goal of reality town is to help students see the connection between school (i.e. grades) and their future opportunities for college and career readiness.
Reality Town typically occurs in October/November. If you would like to volunteer please contact the counseling center.
Career Day is an all-day event that gives all 8th and 9th grade students the opportunity to learn about a variety of careers (7th Grade students will be out of the building for “Job Shadow Day”).
Professionals from the community volunteer to present information about their careers to our students. Students have the opportunity to hear from two presenters of their choice. Career Day presentations allow students to connect and hear information from people who are currently working in their field of interest. The emphasis in all presentations is preparation for a career that they are interested in and what it takes to get there.
In addition to presentations from professionals in a variety of careers, students have the opportunity to participate in mini-lessons that help students to explore a variety of careers, learn about various colleges, and explore scholarship opportunities. Students are also able to learn about the JATC programs, as well as hear about various college from student ambassadors.
Career Day is held in March. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the counseling center.
9th GRADE PCCR
Counselors meet individually with all 9th grade students, as well parents (if possible) in April – May each year. During this meeting counselors and students will discuss:
- High school graduation credits
- Update Electronic 4-Year Plan in Skyward
- Summer School or Makeup Opportunities
- High School Registration Process
- Course Planning
- Career Goals – ensure students are on the right track to pursue goals
UtahFutures is a free website offered through the state of Utah that delivers a comprehensive selection of services, products, and tools on a web-based platform that assists all students with planning and preparing for educational and career success.
Utah Futures is a great resource for:
- Career Exploration
- Resume Writing
- College Options and Exploration
- Practice ACT/SAT tests
- Financial Aid Options
- Skill Building
Utahfutures.org is part of the PCCR process at each grade level. A parent/guardian must sign a FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) or permission form so that a student can create a profile. By creating a profile students then are able to save their information/results from all of the various activities on UtahFutures.org, however, it is not required to have an account to use the website.
UtahFutures FERPA/Permission Slip