CMS honors science students host Science Fair

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On Tuesday, students in Honors Science grades 7 and 8 met with judges from the community as they presented their research as a part of the annual Circleville Middle School Science Fair and STEM Day.

Overall, 53 students participated in the locally held science showcase.

Student research, demonstrations, and presentations were scored according to four areas:

  1. Oral, Written, and Visual Communication – addresses who well each student’s communication skills and documentation tell the story of the research assignment at hand (including relevant background research, data acquisition, and analysis).
  2. Experimental Design – referring to the student’s grasp of the scientific method, hypothesis, data collection methodology, and analysis.
  3. Depth of Understanding – addressing what students learned about the science behind their project before and during the experiment.

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The highest scoring students, or individuals receiving a rating of ‘superior’, will go on to compete in the District 8 Science Fair in Lancaster in March of 2020 which is open to students in grades 5-12 attending schools located in Fairfield, Licking, Pickaway and Perry counties.

We would like to thank all of our presenters and their place of business within the community for their support of our judging process.

See the slideshow below for some photos of our students and their projects!

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CHS students take on careers, interviews in annual Tiger Boot Camp

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CHS senior Hailie Anderson interviews with Julie Stanley of the Circleville City Schools’ District Office as a part of the Tiger Bootcamp Friday.

On Friday, April 5th, juniors and seniors at Circleville High School participated in our annual career development and interviewing event in the “Tiger Boot Camp”, hosted in collaboration with Pickaway Works.

The event aims to provide students with soft skills training, career development workshops, and mock interviews (seniors only) in an effort to equip students with tools to be viable workforce candidates upon graduation.

This year saw an array of career development sessions and seminars across the building for students to attend with their classes based on student feedback and surveying conducted earlier in the year. These sessions included the following:

  • 21st Century STEM Careers
  • Teamwork! How it Helps Your Career
  • Budgeting to Live on Your Own
  • Careers in Nursing
  • Finding Money for College – Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Get the Job! Interview and Hiring Process
  • Is a Military Career For You?
  • Modern Manufacturing Jobs
  • Philanthropy – How to Give Back to Your Community
  • Pickaway-Ross Adult Ed Career Options
  • Rethink Careers in Construction
  • Social Media – Time Well Spent?
  • The Culture Shock – Workplace Etiquette

During the mock interview sessions, students sat down in rotations with local hiring personnel, government officials, and community members to simulate a real-life interview. At the conclusion of the interview, students then work with their interviewer to go over their rubric to discuss feedback and recommendations for improvement. 

For Bluffton University bound senior Morgan Ealy, the day offered her a great opportunity to obtain feedback for the job market and pre-medical track she will be on after graduation May 24th.

“I heard that I am really enthusiastic,” said Ealy. “I got a lot of feedback on my resume. I really enjoyed talking to the different interviewers. They were all really nice and gave amazing feedback. It was so easy to talk to them and I felt I could talk to everybody all day.”

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New this year, in addition to mock interviews EG Industries was on-site conducting actual interviews with students with the potential for hire on site.  EG Industries of Circleville facilitates the production of plastic injection molding for the automotive industry. Thanks to Pickaway Works, EG Industries dove in at the chance to launch this pilot with hiring students upon graduation and after today a few contingent offers were made and accepted by Circleville High School students.

Circleville City Schools would like to thank the following groups and industry professionals for helping us host this career development Tiger Boot Camp for students: Jeff Phillips, Mayor Don McIlroy, Ty Ankrom, Michelle Callahan, Rich Duncan, Dave Evans, Jack Everson, David Fausnaugh, Chaz Fruetel, Mollie Hedges, John Joyce, Michael Linton, Emily Merritt, Jennifer Rainey, Julie Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Stacey Sark, Jenny Vagnier, and Marie Wilbanks, Jamal Luke, Gabby Hill, Stacie Robertson, Heidi White, Jan Shannon, Caleb Chester, Mandy Quinn, Kevin Birch, Meghan Thoreau, Allison Browning, Traci Beddow, Melissa Fausnaugh, Bobbi William-Plautz, Holly Noble, EG Industries, the Pickaway County OSU Extension Office, Kenworth Industries, Ohio Christian University, the Pickaway County Community Foundation, the Bradford School Columbus, the Culture Shock, Kingston National Bank, the United States Army, Columbus State Community College, OhioHealth Berger Hospital, the Pickaway County Library, the Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Pickaway-Ross Career and Technical Center, DuPont, the Pickaway County ESC, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, P3, Capabilities, TRN Staffing, and Pickaway Works. 

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