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          The Virginia Board of Ed included in its 2009 revisions to the Standards of Accreditation provisions for each middle and high school student to have a personal learning plan that aligns academic and career goals with the student’s course of study.  Beginning this year, all schools are developing a personal Academic and Career Plan for each seventh grade student, to be completed by the fall of the student’s eighth grade year. The Academic and Career Plan is intended to be a living document, meaning that students will review it with guidance staff in the 9th and 11th grade and make changes if needed. It is never to early to begin a career search. Click on the two links below to start your career search!


Career lunch and learns will be once a month during each grade level's lunches. Career talks will be given by parents and community members. Career talks are designed to give our students more information about different career paths and get them thinking about what they want to do when they grow up.

The SKMS guidance department is always looking for volunteers to speak about their careers! If you are a parent or community member interested in giving a career talk to our students, please contact us at 465-6832.


          Under Virginia law, students 14 and 15 years of age may be employed outside of regular school hours, with certain limitations. Click here for additional information and appropriate application forms.


At various points of the year, the School Counselors plan to offer student support groups addressing specific student needs.  These support groups typically meet once a week for 6 to 8 weeks, and may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Changing Families
  • Making and Keeping Friends
  • Study Skills Success
  • Social Skills
  • Stress Management
  • Loss and Grief
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Goal Setting
  • Class Selection for High School

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