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Mrs. Geri Paxton « Teacher Connection / Documents / Calendar

Dear Parents and Students,

Career Research and Decision Making is a valuable course for 8th Grade students. Each student will research their individual interests for future careers and look into the requirements to reach their goals. Planning for a career starts now because soon they will enroll in high school classes that will be required for college or technical careers. I hope the students enjoy this time of discovery. I will do whatever I can to assist them in their journey.

Orientation/Open House Video

 Welcome to Careers Video


Students will need to come to class each day with a charged Chromebook, earbuds, pencils, and pens for Career Planning.


Attached as .pdf documents are copies of the textbook by chapter. Students may use these attachments as an at-home resource for studying or make up work. I also have them attached in the Careers Google Classroom for student convenience.

Chapter Note Guides

Students will fill in the Interactive Note Guides during class discussion. These notes will serve as study guides for the Chapter and End of Course tests. The Interactive Notes are assigned through Google Classroom and will be turned in for grades. Students should focus on memorizing vocabulary as well. Quizlet will be utilized to help with vocabulary terms.


Tests are on Skyward. They are multiple choice, Matching, and True/False. The tests are NOT open book or open notes. To prepare for a test, read over the chapter, memorize your vocabulary, practice vocabulary on Quizlet, and complete the Review Quiz on Google Classroom for extra credit.

EOC Exam

Students should study for the exam by completing the Review Quizzes on Google Classroom. Students should use their textbook to study Chapters 1-9 and 13. They can look up answers for the Review Quizzes and take the quizzes multiple times. 

My Career Shines

MyCareerShines is an online education and career planning system that gives you the tools you need to build a foundation for lifelong career success. You will learn what your interests and skills are and how to apply them to a career plan for your future. We will create an account together in class and begin by completing an Interest Assessment and a Confidence Assessment. We will also utilize this site in order to create a resume' and a Cover Letter when applying for jobs. This site is a great resource for researching careers and possible income potential.

Mock Job Interviews

Students will learn how to dress appropriately for an interview. I will show the students several appropriate options for dressing for an interview that are relevant to their age and what they may have available in their closet. Students will create a resume and practice answering common interview questions. 

Career Expo

Our annual VCMS Career Expo is TBD for 2021. Businesses from around the area come and set up a booth in our gymnasium and all of the 8th grade students spend the morning walking around and learning about the many different careers represented. Parents are encouraged to sign up as chaperones for the event and walk around with us for PI time.  

 Buffalo eLearning Students:

Below you will find the link to my Google Classroom for eLearning students only. Be prepared to meet at the scheduled time on the first day of school using the Google Meet link in the assigned Google Classroom.

8th Grade - 4th period eLearning -Link to Google Classroom


Edgenuity “Mental Health” Units of Study: Online mandatory course for 1st Semester Students in Tradional and eLearning classes.

  • Unit 1: “It’s Not Your Fault” Monday, August 24th - Friday, August 28th

    Unit 2: “Thoughts & Acceptance Monday, August 31st - Friday, September 4th

    Unit 3: “Reducing Stigma” Monday, September 14th - Friday, September 18th

    Unit 4: “Anger Management” Monday, September 21st - Friday, September25th

    Unit 5: “Belonging” Monday, September 28th - Friday, October 2nd

    Unit 6: “Substance Abuse” Monday, October 5th - Friday, October 9th

    Unit 7: “Keeping Yourself Same” Monday, October 12th - Friday, October 16th

All 7 units in Edgenuity will be completed during the 1st 9 weeks. Each week a grade will be entered in the classwork/participation category and an additional grade will be entered in the “Test” category to indicate the percentage of the program completed. All students should complete 100% of the 7 units and therefore have a test grade of 100% entered.


Syllabus and Syllabus Electronic Signature Form

20-21 Careers Syllabus Please read through the course syllabus

Syllabus Electronic Signature Please open the Form and fill in your contact information and electronic signature information


8th Grade Google Classroom - Class of 2025

Join this Google Classroom and stay enrolled all year long. This is where you will find information about 8th Grade Dress Down Days, 8th Grade T-Shirts, GradVenture Field Trip and much more.

Join your 8th Grade Google Classroom


 VCMS Student Hallway Pass

VCMS Daily Lunch Order Form


PDF documents
20-21 Behavior Management Plan -
20-21 Careers Syllabus -
My Career Shines - How to set up your portfolio
Textbook Appendix - Career Clusters
Textbook Chapter 1 -
Textbook Chapter 13 -
Textbook Chapter 14 -
Textbook Chapter 2 -
Textbook Chapter 3 -
Textbook Chapter 4 -
Textbook Chapter 5 -
Textbook Chapter 6 -
Textbook Chapter 7 -
Textbook Chapter 8 -
Textbook Chapter 9 -
Textbook Glossary -

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