MHSN Pathways and Academy Students Visit Middle Schools


Michaela Foley, Writer

In January of 2020, students from Middletown High School North and South visited Middletown Township district middle schools, Thorne, Thompson, and Bayshore. While the students were at the school, a presentation was held and they were able to share a personal experience about the Pathways and Academies to the middle school students.

MHSN students speak to middle school students about the benefits of the high school Pathway and Academy programs.

Aryan Sharma and two additional students from Middletown High School South represented the Science- Technology- Engineering- Math (STEM) Pathway. Dr. Kerrigan was able to talk to the students about how this pathway’s purpose is to provide students with a foundation of STEM subjects that will benefit them in college or other careers. The students then discussed what they enjoyed the most about the STEM Pathway. They mentioned the wide variety of speakers they have had the opportunity to meet and all the different advanced technology they have been exposed to.

Justin Bartolotti, Adam Ibramovic, Anthony Tucci, and three students from Middletown High School South represented the Business, Management and Administration Pathway (BMAP). Mr. Graziano discussed the fundamentals of what the pathway is focused on and the students highlighted different classes this pathway offers, such as Accounting, Introduction to Business, and Business Ethics. The students also mentioned how they are always being informed about college visits, field trips, assemblies, and internships.

Michaela Foley and an additional student from Middletown High School South represented the Government, Law, Justice and Public Policy Pathway (GLP3). Mrs. Morales talked about how whether you are interested in becoming a lawyer, politician, reporter, FBI agent, police officer, or simply an informed citizen, the GLP3 pathway opens your mind to what you can do into society in your future. The students addressed all the different speakers they were able to meet and all the different classes that are offered.

Six students from Middletown High School North represented the Arts Academy. Each student represented a different track offered within the Arts Academy. Mr. Graziano noted the different tracks in the Art Academy consist of Fine and Applied Arts, Theater/ Drama, Instrumental Music, Choral/ Vocal Music, Digital Media Arts and Design, and Dance. He also talked about the audition process to get into the Academy and how this program is only offered at Middletown High School North. Each student mentioned what they liked most about their track and how it is beneficial to them.

When the presentations concluded, it was noticeable that the middle school students had a found interest because they were asking the high school students questions about the Pathways and Academies and where they are able to find more information. The trip to the middle schools was in all a success because the high school students were able to connect with the middle school students and they were able to get them more interested in the Pathways and Academies.