Dear True2U Students from Ms. Lorek’s class:
We wanted to let you know how much we enjoying working with you in True2U. It was wonderful to get to know each of you, your talents, and your career plans. Whether it was Jenga, poetry, Sudoku, or the Game of Life, you were always a fun and creative group. We wish you all the best in your high school studies and in the years ahead.
Danielle and Jeff
Thank you all for allowing me to sow into your journey to High School and onward to Higher Education and Training. You all have a very bright future in front of you. I appreciate the time and energy you gave by participating in each activity, doing the career clusters to determine your areas of interest, playing the games to develop skills and strengths and just listening. I believe the things we discussed will be remembered and used to build a productive career and life style.
I hope you will take the extra advice I gave on future life lessons. These things will come quick, Keep your grades and GPA high. Don’t do drugs (it the 1st test you will take entering the job force). Always be on time, consider multiple streams of income, (you all have more than 1 skill and talent).
When the time comes after High School graduation, remember this most of all: USE the Say Yes program, there is money on the table for your education, training in a trade/vocational school, and for at least 4 years of college. The following things are also important: keep your credit score high, check your reports and keep it in good standing, paying bills on time, do not get in credit card debt while in college or trade school.
Also, your generations is a 1st to experience these opportunities. Know you can be great in the career of your choice. You have no excuses. Please use the resources True2U, CMSD School Choice program and the Say Yes Scholarship organization has given you.
You all are great, talented, focused and gifted students. You may not believe it now, but you have shown me that you have skills, personality and the drive to succeed and accomplish your dreams. Go For It!
Congratulations young scholars of 2020! Covid19 had given you all a piece of history; this has never happened in America on this scale. You all are the future of Government Policy, Virtual Technology, and Medical world, News and Communication and you have experienced it and know the effect. You all can use it to help make positive changes in the world.
Sincerely it has been my pleasure. Be safe, please follow the rules of social distancing, sanitizing, wear mask, and always protect yourselves. BE TRUE 2 YOU!
God bless each of you
Ms. Tansy Cowan
True2U Mentor Partner
This is Cariss, your True2U mentor for this year. I hope you’re all doing well and staying safe. It saddened me so much to hear that we wouldn’t get a chance to see each other – and hear about where you’ll be starting high school. It was truly my pleasure to get to know all of you (even the ones who didn’t want to be there J). Each of you brought your unique and authentic selves to the group, and I really cherished our time together.
Although we may not have had the chance to finish what we started together, it is my hope for each and every one of you that as you take the next step in life, that you land at a school/program that will honor your individual gifts and talents and put you on the pathway to YOUR vision of the future. Please remember, that while your friends and family will be there to support and offer input on the trajectory of your life, it is ultimately up to you to determine your destiny!
These are challenging times for all of us, and even I struggle with the anxiety of the unknown. But please continue to be there for each other. Be kind to each other. Be kind to yourself. Take a minute or two every day to write down your thoughts, feel the feelings, find something good in each day and harness the positive energy you need to get you through.
Thank you for showing up. Thank you for letting me be a part of your journey. I wish you all the happiness and joy you can stand…and even more beyond that! Remember to honor yourselves and your dreams…it’s never too late to become the person you were meant to be.
Wishing you peace and blessings ~ Cariss
Campus International True2U Group 4 – Ms. Webber’s classroom;
This is not how I expected to offer my best wishes at the end of True2U 2019/2020. However, I learned long ago the importance of being able to adapt to circumstances.
Together, we accomplished a lot. In our sessions we explored ways to identify what is important to each of us, what we enjoy doing, and considered the ways to engage in school and work in the future. I’m guessing by now you have (or soon will have) your High School choice in hand. I wish you success in your continued education.
COVID-19 has provided us with an opportunity. (From lemons we make lemonade!) In this time when we have been forced to separate, we have the opportunity to reflect on things we hold as important to our selves. Family, friends, and the many people who make-up our communities are high on my list of things I miss during this period of isolation. I’m glad that I can be resourceful. My family has managed to stay busy and more importantly, safe during this period. I’ve been working on home improvement and furniture projects! You may recall that my wife is a teacher. She too has kept busy supporting her students’ ongoing learning.
Ms. Jarvis reports that she too is working at home. She has been with her family that includes children in school, much like yourselves.
After being at home for a month, I’m guessing you can list the things you have relied on to get through this period. You can probably also list some things you wish you had. The opportunity for you is having the time to consider these things. Hopefully you will recognize these people, places or things that are important to you. Hold these things high in your lives. Your future will be much brighter if you can work to keep these things in your life.
Good luck in High School and beyond!
Deanna Jarvis and John Murphy
Dear Campus International School Explorers,
Can you believe what has happened? This pandemic is something that will be recorded in future history lessons. What have you learned about yourselves during this time indoors? Ms. Johnson has learned that as a true introvert, she had to make very few changes in her life to accommodate this time. She has also learned that there are people whom she misses and activities that she wishes she’d had time to complete. True2U is one of those activities.
Though we did not get much time together, it was a pleasure to meet all of you and to engage with you during the True2U sessions! I hope that our interactions and activities during True2U were valuable in helping you to determine what is next for you.
We did not get to complete our lessons, but we were able to start you on the path to learning who you really are and what matters most for you. You should now have some idea as to the nature of your true personality, the many types of intelligence that you possess, and careers that align with your personality and intelligence. We truly enjoyed watching your faces as you discovered the many paths that you could choose given what is on the inside of you.
We also spent some time talking about choices, how to best make them, and how important they are to everything that happens in your life. As J.K. Rowling wrote in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” It is this thought that I want you to focus on. Everything that happens in your life will be a direct result of your choices. You can be über intelligent, be well connected, and have every opportunity for success handed to you on a platter. However, if you do not choose to use that intelligence—perhaps electing instead to follow the misguided advice of your peers—or to take advantage of those connections and opportunities, success may take a circuitous path at best, or elude you altogether at worst. It is our hope that something was said or done that will encourage you to make good choices each day, beginning with your choice of the high school that best fits your plans.
If ever we can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out. Ms. Beers will always know how to find us, as will the True2U administrators. We would love to hear how things go for you in the coming years. Hopefully, we will learn that you have made good choices!
With warm regards,
Deborah Johnson & Ted Carter