Viking Ambassadors Make Connections!
Student Ambassadors Make Community Connections to Keep the Promise!
As the District rolls-out The Viking Promise, its strategic priorities for the next five years, a team of student ambassadors are working to make community connections in order to ensure the Promise is kept.
Developed last summer following a multi-month collaboration process, The Viking Promise is designed to meet the needs of the whole child and will serve as a "blueprint" to guide the District’s planning, work and focus. It reflects input from the Selah Schools community on what it sees as the most essential educational priorities.
The mission of the student team known as Viking Promise Ambassadors and comprised of fifth through tenth graders, is to deepen community connections through site visits with local businesses and organizations. The goal of the student contingent and District officials is to create an open dialogue with Selah business leaders in order to learn the traits and skills they expect from Selah High School graduates, and how that information can be used to ultimately achieve The Viking Promise.
The idea of an ambassador team originated from Selah Middle School leadership teacher and District Culture Coordinator, Susie Bennett. Knowing community partnerships are valuable to the educational process, as Bennett brainstormed ways to connect with local businesses and organizations, she had the idea of a reverse Viking Way Tour, a concept the District initiated two years ago. During the Viking Tours, the District invited community leaders into each school to see a hands-on perspective of education. This time, Bennett wanted to visit businesses to learn what skills employers look for in employees and what expectations they have for success.
Thus far, this school year the ambassador team has visited the Selah Chamber of Commerce and Tree Top. During the Tree Top visit, students toured the facility and collaborated with a panel of employees across different departments and career paths whom described their varying work responsibilities, and educational requirements.
Viking Promise ambassadors are: SHS: Julia Ruark, Cyndi Montes Barajas, and Harley Young; SMS: Cece Escamilla, Issak Figueroa, Makenna Heinle, and Grady Andrews; SIS: Andrea Romero, and Braxton Young.
As the District focuses on The Viking Promise, a group of students are working to ensure the Promise is kept.