COMMUNITY
   
Career Study Week
For over 30 years, the Career Study Week program has given SBMS students an experience of life in the workplace and taught skills to get a job. Championed by Whitney Ingersoll, CSW gets our students out into the community to learn by doing. Career Study Week has been an important semester unit since its inception in 1976.

Tailored to fit the needs and abilities of the different grade levels, Career Study Week takes different forms:

6th Grade

6th Graders travel to or are visited by representatives from a variety of organizations to get an introduction to working in the community. Some of the past programs have included getting the inside view of teaching rock-climbing or flying, to experiencing what it's like to live and work from a wheel-chair, to doing community service in environmental restoration.

7th & 8th Grade

Every single 7th and 8th Grader works in a real job of their choosing for one week in mid-November. Starting from an extensive list of businesses that have taken on student interns in the past, students contact organizations to arrange for work.
A sampling of the experiences of 7th and 8th grade students and feedback from their work supervisors from the 2008 Career Study Week is available here.

9th Grade

9th Graders take their work into the realm of community service. They learn by serving. Find out more by following the link above or below.
A sampling of the experiences of 9th Graders and feedback from their work supervisors from the 2008 Community Service Week is available here.


Career Study Week is held during the 8 days before Thanksgiving Break. It runs in concert with the Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences. In addition to the Job Lottery sign up day, Whitney meets with students for five class periods before the actual job week begins.

In the class meetings, students take part in reviewing everything from polite introductions, proper work attire, personal hygiene and appearance, meaningful conversation and communication at work, how to write a resume, how to write a proper business letter and address a business envelope, and more. Each class helps to prepare them for this extraordinary opportunity found within a week of working at a real job.

Career Study Week is a required (and very educational and FUN) opportunity for the students. Each student needs to complete his/her 25-30 hours within those eight days and in addition, they will also participate in their student/teacher/parent conference. Families are expected remain in town to the beginning of Thanksgiving Break, so that their student can complete this important assignment.


The key tool for Career Study Week is the CAREER STUDY WEEK WORKBOOK, a compilation of instructions, sample letters & résumés, and many forms. Each student receives a workbook as part of their preparation.