Sidney High School is proud to offer a number of career pathway opportunities and embraces collaboration with Workforce Partnership and Upper Valley Career Center.
Workforce Partnership and the Shelby County United Way have partnered together to create a new Career Coach program available to high school seniors whose post-graduation plans are to directly enter the workforce. This program provides students individualized support that focuses on workforce readiness while identifying local jobs that align with their personal goals and skills/aptitudes. This program aims to retain local talent and establish them in a direction that can lead to lifelong success.
Kelly Edwards serves as the Career Coach for Shelby County Schools. She works closely with the SHS counselors as well with local Workforce Partnership businesses to assess the current job market and match job openings to the students’ skill set. The Career Coach is a valuable tool available to help students find full-time employment with a living wage and benefits that will help them build a strong foundation for their future success.
In partnership with the Upper Valley Career Center, Sidney High School has a number of satellite programs. These programs provide access to career and technical education to a large audience of students, at varying grade levels, right in their home school district. The partnership between Sidney City Schools and Upper Valley Career Center is vital to extending the reach and the amazing benefits that come from career and technical education.
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- Computer Information Systems
- Family & Consumer Science | FCCLA
- Medical Careers
- Ag Education | FFA*
Sidney Middle School
Additionally, Sidney High School administration is developing more learning opportunities to expand career pathway education, including the new graphic arts courses.
1:1 Chromebook Initiative
By providing each of our students a Chromebook, we also enhance their educational experience by allowing them to research, collaborate, create, and learn beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.
Sidney City Schools has reached a 1:1 device status, where every student will have a school-issued device to use. Because of this, our students and teachers are able to leverage the Chromebooks as a tool for creative instruction and learning.
At the primary level, though there is one device per student, those devices are kept at school. At the intermediate school level, devices mostly remain at school with some chances for them to be taken home depending on the situation. In middle school, students are issued a device at the beginning of the year to keep and use between school and home; this practice continues through high school.
Being 1:1 with devices has allowed greater access to technology while preparing our students to succeed in the ever-changing, and increasingly-technological, world. It has also eliminated both the need for teachers to schedule computer lab time at school and the need for students to have a device at home.
Sidney City Schools works to serve those with gifted needs. Education acceleration is one of the cornerstones of exemplary gifted education practices.
Gifted and talented students and those with high abilities need gifted education programs that will challenge them in regular classroom settings and enrichment and accelerated programs to enable them to make continuous progress in school.
Our gifted education services seek to meet the needs of students through acceleration. Acceleration occurs when students move through traditional curriculum at rates faster than typical. Among the many forms of acceleration are grade-skipping, early entrance to kindergarten or college, dual-credit courses such as Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus programs, or subject-based acceleration (e.g., when a fifth-grade student takes a 6th grade math course).
Our district uses a three -stage approach to screen and identify students who perform or show potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creativity, and visual and/or performing arts. If students are identified as gifted, our curriculum department works to