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Announcements for MESA Sophomores
During 10th grade, sophomores are required to complete an MYP Personal Project. This is a project of personal interest to the student that demonstrates the skills they have learned in school and how they can apply them to an issue or topic that is important to them.
Individual Career and Academic Plans (ICAP)
Mapleton students are encouraged to continue to build an individual career and academic plan that prepares them for post-secondary and workforce success. The ICAP is designed to assist students and families in exploring career and educational opportunities, to develop academic goals that align with career and educational plans, while also helping students understand how volunteering in the community can assist in post-secondary preparation and opportunities for entering the workforce.
Tools students are encouraged to utilize when exploring career interests for ICAP projects are:
My Colorado Journey - https://www.mycoloradojourney.com/journey?
Occupational Outlook Handbook - https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Both of these resources, My Colorado Journey and the Occupation Outlook Handbook, offer details about:
- what specific careers do
- what the typical work environment is like
- how students can have a career in this field
- what people who work in this chosen career earn
- and how many jobs are expected in this career field in the future
PSAT Testing and Practice
All 10th graders will have the opportunity to take the PSAT10 test during the school day in April. It is very helpful to practice for the PSAT, as it can help you understand what the testing day will be like, and with practice bring up your score.
Students can click this link PSAT Practice to connect with College Board's PSAT practice page.
Service Learning/Volunteer Hours and Graduation
All students who graduate from Mapleton Public Schools are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service. The purpose of these volunteer hours is to ensure that Mapleton Students contribute to their community in a meaningful way through experiences that
- Develop empathy and foster a sense of citizenship
- Help students gain a sense of pride and ownership of their community
- Give students the opportunity to give back to the community they are part of
It is recommended that students complete these volunteer hours before their senior year of high school.
Taking a college class is a BIG COMMITMENT. If you pass your classes you are putting yourself ahead no matter what you study in college. However, if you fail, you can hurt your future chances for being accepted to the college of your choice (including your financial aid opportunities).
Think carefully about the responsibility that comes with taking a college class. Key questions to ask yourself are:
- Do I come to school 95% of the time? Missing one college class is serious due to the amount of class time and work that you miss because classes only meet twice a week.
- When I miss a class, do I seek out the teacher to find out what I need to complete?
- Do I complete my homework on time?
- Am I good at taking notes and organizing my work?
- Do I seek out help when I do not understand? Do I know who to go to for help?
- Do I focus in class? Am I able to avoid socializing during class?
- Can I clearly answer the following questions?
- How would taking a college class help me?
- How am I a positive role model in my school?
- How did I overcome a time when I failed? How did I find a solution or ask for help?
Playing Sports in College - NCAA Eligibility
Are you thinking about playing sports in college? As a sophomore, you can register with the NCAA to begin creating your profile.
Here's what to do:
- Go to the NCAA Eligibility Center at eligibilitycenter.org
- Select the “Register” arrow on the homepage.
- As a sophomore, select the “Create A Profile Page” button. Until you are sure which division you will participate in (I, II, or III) student-athletes you will just create a profile.
- You need your email address to create a profile. Be sure to use an email that will be active even after you complete high school (and is one that you can easily check).
- Check your inbox for an email containing your verification code. If you don’t receive the email within 30 minutes, you may need to check your Spam or Junk folders.
- Click the link in the verification code email to return to eligibilitycenter.org. Enter your verification code and complete the Account, Basic Information, and Contact pages. If you are a parent creating an account for a student-athlete, please use the student-athletes information.