A unique program is returning to Montesano High School February 22-26 for our junior students. For one full and exciting week, junior students and some faculty members will be engaged in a non-traditional discovery learning experience called Washington Business Week.
Small “companies” of students will operate their own business for eight virtual quarters, solving the problems small businesses encounter with growth, production, and demand. Through our hands-on approach, students will gain a vision of how math, science, English, technology, history, art and other curriculum will apply to their life after high school. In turn, they may be more inclined to excel in these subjects once they have actually applied them to these “real life” situations.
A businessperson from the Grays Harbor area will mentor each student company as they move to compete against the other student companies. Competitions include a business simulation, a marketing and stockholder’s presentation and a Trade Show. By the fifth day, Friday afternoon, each student will have:
· A real world understanding of business and America’s free enterprise system;
· An appreciation of how to apply what they learn in school to the “real world” workplace;
· Improved leadership and teamwork skills - - making each student a better Montesano team player and a better future employee and/or employer;
· An enhanced understanding of the importance of a diverse workforce; and
· Increased self-confidence.
The Montesano School District and the Kelsey Foundation have joined forces to make this exceptional experience possible. The success of the Business Week program depends heavily on strong community support. Your help is needed to make the program an overall success and to help your student get the most from this great opportunity. Suggestions for your help include:
· Talking with your student about their experiences at the end of the day and encourage them to take an active part in all of the activities;
· Volunteering to be a Company Advisor for a team of students or a Judge of the student projects at the end of the week; and/or
· Making a donation to support the program budget.
For more information or questions please contact April Pocklington, Montesano School District at 360-249-1640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.