Fabius-Pompey Middle School-High School
One of the guiding principles of a solid education is preparing students for the next phase of their lives, whatever that may be. Some students are preparing for college, while others are preparing for a career or military service. As a school community, we have placed a high value on the idea of presenting opportunities to students, and then having conversations with students about what it takes to achieve success within these opportunities.
The Fabius-Pompey school community has presented students with one of the opportunities at the next level by having them see and experience a college campus. In November, our 8th grade students went to Cornell and experienced classes, walked around the campus and talked to students on campus (they have done this the last two years). Cornell has been an outstanding partner in this endeavor as a host and tailoring the experience to the interests of our students (they fill out surveys in advance to demonstrate the things they want to see and learn about). Within this tour, students were treated to the plant science facilities, the food science labs, lunch at one of the cafeterias on campus, as well as a talk entitled “Thinking About College.” The purpose behind this field trip is to get students excited and get them talking about the possibilities of college with faculty, staff and, perhaps most importantly, parents. Seeing what it looks like and experiencing college at a young age is intended to have students ask questions and have discussions (whether they are college bound or not). It has been a great experience and has had really positive results. This is only one of the choices for students in their lives post-high school, but it is incredibly valuable for students to see the possibilities and get a first-hand experience of what a college campus is like.