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IS Junior Achievement Day

IS Junior Achievement Day

Intermediate School students had a special visit from Junior Achievement (JA) educators on May 10.

“Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.”

The Intermediate School partnered with AT&T stores throughout the Tri-State region to sponsor its JA Day. Volunteers from AT&T came to CVIS on May 10 to facilitate the program. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard were also on hand to make presentations.

Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people to be successful in school and beyond by creating real world
situations that show students how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs that make their
communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the work place. In addition, the lessons
taught during JA Day correlate with our social studies curriculum.

JA Day at CVIS included “JA Our City” for 3rd Grade; “JA Our Region” for 4th Grade and “JA Our Nation” for 5th
Grade.  Each classroom received five different lessons that lasted throughout the day. 

Each of these programs builds upon the JA Day materials the students learned the previous year. Additional
information about the three programs can be found on Junior Achievement's website.  

According to their website, “JA's unique approach allows volunteers from the community to deliver our curriculum
while sharing their experiences with students. Embodying the heart of JA, our classroom volunteers transform the
key concepts of our lessons into a message that inspires and empowers students to believe in themselves, showing
them they can make a difference in the world.”

Thank you to all of the volunteers from AT&T and the U.S. Coast Guard who took the time to visit our school and
help educate our students! 


JA Day also ties into the District's Career Readiness program. The academic standards for Career Education & Work
(2006) describe what students should know and be able to do at four grade levels (3, 5, 8, & 11) in four strand

13.1 Career Awareness and Preparation
13.2 Career Acquisition (Getting a Job)
13.3 Career Retention and Advancement
13.4 Entrepreneurship 


Pennsylvania now requires all school districts to have a comprehensive Chapter 339 Plan to meet the Every Student
Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements through Career Readiness Indicators.


The Grade 5 benchmark must be met to indicate if each individual student has met the indicator outcomes.

* Six total pieces of evidence are needed.
* Two of the six must be met by the conclusion of grade 3.
* Two of the six must be completed in grade 4.
* Two of the six must be completed in grade 5.
* Each of the four career strands must be addressed at least once in six total pieces of evidence.


Each school year; we will be using the Junior Achievement Program in order to meet those requirements. Each grade
level (3, 4, 5) will require two pieces of evidence through JA DAY session activity worksheets. This evidence will
be put in a Career Readiness folder and placed in each student's permanent record.


View photos from the IS JA Day on Flickr >>


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