First Career Day at Argyle Middle School was a Raving Success

First Career Day at Argyle Middle School was a Raving Success

by Susan Neuhalfen

Remember career day at school? Bobby’s dad was a police officer. Janie’s mom was a banker. There were maybe five parents that came to class who talked about what they did and that was it.

Fast forward to career day at Argyle Middle School. The entire school participated. The classes were divided and the students were placed on a rotating schedule to see nine separate half-hour presentations by various professionals in the area. The sad thing is there wasn’t enough time for everyone to see them all.

This wasn’t your typical stand-in-front-of-the-room talk either. Everyone had props, presentations and other visuals to make the day unforgettable.

Over 50 entities were represented including the FBI, DEA, USPS Mail Fraud Division, Dept. of Homeland Security, Flower Mound Fire Department Arson Investigation, U.S. Army, DATCU, Embassy Suites, several doctors, dentists, architects, caterers and many, many more.

“I cannot believe how many people we had participate,” said Principal Scott Gibson. “We had two floors of presenters talking about some really diverse professions.”

Gibson specifically mentioned the hostage negotiator (yes, you read that correctly) who was pretending to negotiate the release of her hostages over an imaginary phone, involving all of the kids in the room in the process. An architect showed blue prints and photos of before and after designs and answered any questions the kids had about his work. An attorney came with actual pictures from a crime scene to work with the kids on how they think through an investigation. Even Co-Serve got in on the act, desecrating a hot dog on a hot electrical wire (much to the students’ delight).

During lunch the kids were treated to a variety of career fair booths as well as a mock trial, given by criminal attorney Susan Piel. Student attorneys presented their case to an all-student jury under the direction of Ms. Piel, finding the defendant guilty as charged. The Fort Worth Zoo then made its own presentation and gave away t-shirts to the students to finish off the lunch period.

A student assembly followed in which the University of North Texas made a presentation to all of the students about how to best choose the right college.

Students were asked to dress for the career they wanted that day, but it would be hard to believe that some didn’t leave a day like that with more than one job in mind. This career day was truly one for the books… and to think this was only the first year for this at the new middle school.

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