Monday, June 5, 2017

Job Search Assignment

Assignment: Explore … think … discover … be excited J … and show-and-tell.

Find a specific job in a career you might want to pursue … determine what will it take, how can this inform your resume-writing, course-selection, and life-planning decision-making, and share your discoveries and plans with your class.

"What's In Your Toolbox?" with Ms. Crane

College is expensive.  You need to be pro-active in making sure that what you are doing makes sense.  Data suggests that KRHS 30% will transfer colleges 2-4 times, 40% will graduate (both align with national averages).  Highest success rate is UNH, followed by SNHU.  Silver or gold scholars complete college at a 99% rate. Whether you make it through or not, you will have debt that needs to be paid off.  How will you do it? Having a good plan to help you "fill your toolbox" with classes, experiences, and skills is a great start. And this begins with questions: Which are the “hot” careers?  Which are not? What am I interested in? What do I need to do in order to get there?

Some very helpful resources to get you started:
Choose from any major to gain major insights to help you find your perfect fit

Future planning by career (actuarial mathematics, anyone?)

Possible govt jobs (pensions, benefits, steady)

Salary structure, job title, search terms, whether or not this career makes sense for me

Also Linkedin, Monster, etc. can help refine what to put in your resume

Research the bios of the people in your field/department to see what they did (and what you might need to be working on!) 

Play on these sites now, not after you graduate!

Why read job descriptions and sample resumes?
  • Use the buzzwords from the job description in your resume!!
  • Use industry employment opportunities job descriptions to help plan for a future career.
  • Use job descriptions to help decide which courses would help you “fill your tool box” and add the right skills.
  • Choose the right internships and volunteer work

Why hire a newbie: you are cheaper, coachable, and have current “best practices”

Anecdote: “Please sing the Tri-Delta theme song” (make sure if it is on your resume, you are ready to talk about it … if it’s there it is fair game)

Assignment: go to job search (nhworks) and find a specific job in a career you might want to pursue … what will it take, how can this inform your resume-writing, course-selection, and life-planning decision-making.  

Note from Mr. Gauthier: Steve Jobs suggested that “You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backward” (calligraphy course → macintosh computer typeface) … but maybe not--this may be a way to connect the dots looking forward.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Forest Gump Film Analysis Essay

Writing assignment: Write a well-organized, 3-page essay on the film Forest Gump.  Your essay may focus on the director’s use of one or more literary or cinematic elements, and how these elements contribute to the film as a whole: characters, setting, foreshadowing, symbolism, lighting, soundtrack, juxtaposition, parallel plot lines, and plot points.  In order to gather specific details and quotes, you should consider using an online collection of quotes from the film, such as the one at (, which has about ten pages of them.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Invisible Man

Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
Reading Assignments

3/13       Pro, Ch. 1               1-33
3/14       Ch. 2                       34-70
3/15       Ch. 3, 4                   71-108
3/16       Ch. 5                       109-135
3/17       Ch. 6-10                 136-230

3/20       Ch. 11, 12              231-260
3/21       Ch. 13                     261-295
3/22       Ch. 14, 15              296-332
3/23       Ch. 16, 17              333-382
3/24       Ch. 18-21               383-461

3/27       Ch. 22-23               462-512

3/28       Ch. 24-end            513-581

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

AP Exam Registration

Reminder to all students to SIGN-UP! with Ms. Rines in Guidance.  The deadline for registration is 3/20/2017.

I highly encourage you to take this leap and make the commitment to the exam.  I am confident that you can and will arrive at the testing day with the skills in place necessary for success.  The AP Exams are expensive, I know, but consider them an investment in yourself-- and there is no better place to invest than in yourself!  You are worth it; you can do it.  --Mr. G.