CTE Newsletter

Sumner County Schools

Volume 4, Issue 1 - September 2019

2018-2019 Year in Review

The 2018-2019 school year was outstanding for Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Sumner County Schools and a year that saw considerable growth in a number of key areas. The most significant gains were in the number of Industry Certifications earned, with an increase from 123 earned in 2017-2018 to 558 earned in 2018-2019. The number of dual credit exams that were passed in CTE classes also grew, from 40 in 2017-2018 to 107 in 2018-2019. The number of students participating in State and National Conferences continued to increase as well, from 825 in 2017-2018 to 911 in 2018-2019.

Industry Certifications Earned in 2018-2019

  • Certified EKG Technician - 7
  • Certified Nursing Assistant - 23
  • Certified Personal Trainer - 1
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - 6
  • Cosmetologist - 1
  • NIMS - 9
  • NCCER Core Curriculum - 14
  • NCCER Carpentry Level 1 - 9
  • ServSafe Food Manager - 4
  • OSHA-10 - 52
  • Microsoft Office Specialist-Excel - 48
  • Microsoft Office Specialist-PowerPoint - 121
  • Microsoft Office Specialist-Word - 261

Introducing our New CTE Teachers

We are excited to welcome 10 new CTE teachers to Sumner County for the 2019-2020 school year. These educators will teach a variety of subjects in five of our high schools.

  • Rondal Bertram - STEM at Beech High School
  • Stacey Bryant - Business at White House High School
  • Kristopher Freeman - Digital Arts at White House High School
  • Becky Morgan - Agriculture at Gallatin High School
  • Garret Preston - Automotive at Gallatin High School
  • Stacy Summers - Health Science at Station Camp High School
  • Nick Timblin - Digital Arts at White House High School
  • Raechel Tracy - Health Science at Gallatin High School
  • Sonya Wilson - Marketing at Station Camp High School
  • Devin Woodard - Business at Hendersonville High School

Robotics and Health Science

Sumner County students got to try their hands at robotic surgery through a simulation with TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center. The hospital hosted all three Hendersonville high schools - Merrol Hyde Magnet, Beech High School, and Hendersonville High School.

Students studying Health Science, Biology, and Robotics participated in a one-hour open house that included a brief demonstration of the robot and a meet and greet with surgeons. Every student in attendance had the opportunity to “test drive” the da Vinci robot.

“I already had an idea of what I wanted to do. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a doctor or a surgeon and this helped with my decision,” Hendersonville High School Senior Rachel Bleau said. “Getting the opportunity to do this and see what robotics can do with medicine is a great opportunity. I am so happy I had this.”

Special thanks to TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center for hosting this amazing event! Also, thank you Dr. Brent Nason, OB/GYN; Dr. Chad Swan, Thoracic/Vascular Surgery; and Dr. Loucinda Dampier, General Surgery, for taking time out of their busy schedules to demonstrate the robot and speak to the students.

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FBLA National Conference in San Antonio

White House High School had four students attend the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference from June 29 until July 2 in San Antonio, Texas. Representing WHHS FBLA at the conference were Chase Singleton, Rachael Sircy, Hannah Smith, and Haley Wherry. Students not only enjoyed the conference, but also seeing the sites of San Antonio. They were steps away from the Alamo, the Riverwalk, and the Henry B. Gonzalez Conference Center. WHHS FBLA enjoyed the experience to network and learn more about FBLA and each other.

BHS FBLA Students in San Antonio

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BHS Student is State FBLA Secretary

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Beech HS senior Heaven Howard is currently serving as the FBLA State Secretary for Tennessee.

Timothy Millirones from PHS - 2nd in TN

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PHS is extremely proud of student Timothy Millirones, who placed second in the state in Excel for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. This is an AMAZING accomplishment! Congrats to Timothy and his teacher, Mrs. Keith! He was recognized at a pep rally in front of the entire school.
Students from Mr. Freeman's Business Communications class at White House High School partnered with Titans Radio and announcer Mike Keith in July to record and produce his speech to the White House Area Chamber of Commerce. The footage was posted to the classroom page on YouTube and shared with the Tennessee Titans.

WHHS Student-Led Website Ranks No. 2 in Country

White House High School's website for sports and student activities was ranked No. 2 in the nation among thousands of websites for August 2019. The website, www.bdpsports.com, had 254,344 website hits in August alone and eclipsed one million views for the past year and is the number one sports website in the state of Tennessee among hundreds of high schools.
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WHHS FFA Team Walking Horse Celebration Champs!

Members of the White House FFA competed in the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration Youth Day judging contest recently in Shelbyville. The non-reasons team won the overall championship, while the reasons team placed 3rd overall. Members of the non-reasons team were Annebel Bates, Brenlee Wherry, Lacy Davenport, and Jed Shouppe. The reasons team members were Mary Niblett, Kenzie Lane, Audrey Grimes, Ashley Staley, and Jillian Hailey.

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Left to right: Annabel Bates, Brenlee Wherry, Lacy Davenport, Jed Shouppe, Mary Niblett, Kenzie Lane, Audrey Grimes, Ashley Staley, Jillian Hailey

Portland High School FFA

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Agricultural Science students weigh lambs once a week as part of a Feed Study with local feed suppliers.
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Portland FFA students at the Tennessee State Fair earned second place in Floriculture, third place in Livestock, and sixth place in Dairy. Congratulations to everyone on their hard work!

HHS FFA Students attend TN State Florists' Association Floral Forum

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Hendersonville FFA members Ella Haley, Allayney Corcoran, Sydney Trammell, and Monica Meija-Casteron were invited to attend the Tennessee State Florists' Association Convention the last weekend of the summer. They had the privilege of designing with nationally known designers and were recognized at the banquet luncheon.

HHS FFA Leadership Camp

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HHS FFA took 16 members to Camp Clements Leadership Camp this summer. Members earned several leadership awards and team sports awards.

HHS FFA Students with Dr. Grandin

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HHS FFA Officers, the Leadership Class, and the Livestock team had the privilege of hearing Dr. Temple Grandin speak at a TN Tech event in August.

HHS FFA State Fair Day

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Seventy-one HHS FFA members attended the TN State Fair on FFA Day to compete and learn more about agriculture. President Allayney Corcoran took home 5th place in the Senior Speaking competition. Ella Haley and Sawyer Stephens took home 2nd in Floral Design. In the Ornamental Horticulture Exhibits, HHS FFA won 34-1st place ribbons, 30-2nd place and 28-3rd place ribbons. In the Gardening exhibits, HHS FFA won 9-1st place ribbons, 8-2nd place ribbons and 10-3rd place ribbons. In Collections and Habitats, HHS FFA won 2-1st place ribbons, 3-2nd place ribbons and 3-3rd place ribbons. In the Canned Products division, HHS FFA won 6-1st place ribbons, 7-2nd place ribbons, and 3-3rd place ribbons. HHS FFA also won Best of Show in Jelly, Jam or Preserves and Best of Show in Pickles, Relish or Salsa!

Beech STEM

The Beech High STEM class learned what it is like to be a civil engineer by designing and constructing a balsa wood bridge for a competition. The goal was to see which bridge could hold the most weight using the least amount of materials. The test is called tensile test and the results are measured in the form of KIPS (strength to weight ratio). Computer-aided design (CAD) was used during the process. Since Texas Roadhouse awarded the winner a free entree worth $25.00, the competition was called The Texas Roadhouse Tensile Test. Jon Linn was the winner!

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BHS STEM student Jon Linn and Mr. Bertram, STEM teacher.


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The Codemandos invaded the Wilson County Fair and swept the competition. They were awarded 1st place robot, Best Mechanical Design, Best Programming, and Most Innovative Robot!

WHHS Launches Rockets

White House High School students from Mr. Freeman's Digital Arts II class along with STEM students from Mr. Buchanan's physics and pre-calculus classes combined for a Rocket Launch project. Students built, launched and recorded water rocket launches using 60 PSI. Digital Arts students then made a one-minute video recap of the event. Click on the picture below to see the video from Ethan Underhill.
WHHS Rocket Launches - August 27, 2019 #bdp
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Project Connect Nashville

The HHS HOSA club, along with HHS National Honor Society, served in a community service outreach project on August 10. Non-profit organization, Project Connect Nashville, provides assistance to impoverished people in Nashville and the surrounding area. Students helped host a free medical clinic that the organization had set up that day.

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HHS HOSA Club Rush

On August 27, HHS HOSA participated in Club Rush. Officers served to engage their peers in interest and recruitment efforts for the medical profession and to inform them of opportunities for the society within the school and local community.

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Allison Henry Recognized for Service Award

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HHS student Allison Henry was recognized at HOSA Nationals for Gold Level 250+ hours service toward the Barbara James Service Project in which she made care packages for the children at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Congratulations Allison!!

PHS Student Maddy - Top 10

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PHS HOSA student, Maddy, made it into the TOP 10 in the Nursing Assistant competition and got on the grand awards stage. She is top 10 in the world!!

GHS Attends HOSA Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL

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Gallatin High School HOSA attended the International HOSA Leadership Conference in Orlando, FL this summer. GHS took 8 students to compete in the following events:

Existing Medical Innovation: Top 10 Internationally

Pathophysiology: Top 10 Internationally

Interviewing Skills: 2nd Place Internationally

HOSA Quiz Bowl

Pictured are: Logan Gilbreath, Camila Gomez, Jessi Mendiola, Kyven Doss, Brooklynn White, Judyann Sims. Not Pictured: Rolando Rangel and Thomas Vance

WHHS HOSA At International Conference in Orlando

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Gabby Lehmkule and Lauren Myers from White House High School attended the 2019 HOSA International Conference in Orlando, Florida, in June. Gabby competed in Physical Therapy. She advanced to the 2nd round. Both students had an amazing experience!

BHS HOSA Students in Orlando

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SCHS Health Science Students

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Barry McConnell from Centennial Medical Center spoke to SCHS Health Science students recently about Hands Only CPR. Each student then practiced the technique.
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SkillsUSA National Competition

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Westmoreland High School student Ryan Gregory placed 6th in the Sheet Metal Competition at the SkillsUSA National Conference in July. Gregory is a student in Charlie Shaw's Advanced Manufacturing class. The conference was held in Louisville, KY.

Gallatin HS Advanced Manufacturing

GHS CTE Student of the Month

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CTE Student of the Month for Gallatin High School's Machining program is Kaleb Galbreath. (Pictured with Kaleb is Mike Madison, Instructor).
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CTE Student of the Month for the GHS Auto Tech program is ZJ Johnson. (Pictured with ZJ is Garett Preston, Instructor).

Donation to GHS Dog Grooming Shop

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Thank you to K-9 Scent Crew for their donation to the GHS Dog Grooming Shop.

GHS Begins Fire Science Class

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The Gallatin FIre Department has partnered with Vol State and GHS to offer four different Fire Science dual enrollment classes, with the first class being offered this semester. Students began the class with a tutorial on GFD Engine 1.

Culinary Students Cater Gallatin Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

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GHS Criminal Justice

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Gallatin High School Criminal Justice students will be involved in a year-long prevention program to address distracted driving amongst teenagers. Several students recently attended a presentation at Vanderbilt Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital. Students listened to a trauma presentation on risky driving behavior, received “injury” assignments from the rehabilitation team to manage throughout the day, a mock trauma simulation in the Emergency Department, and heard from a Champions of Change speaker who has been personally affected by the consequences of distracted driving.

These students will now develop and implement a multi-faceted, distracted driving campaign at Gallatin High School and within the community. The focus will be on distracted driving, specifically on cell phone use, especially texting while driving. Be In The Zone, Stay Off Your Phone!

PHS Criminal Justice Students Learn About SC SWAT

Deputy Brandon Carter from the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office visited the PHS Criminal Justice Class. Students learned about the roles and responsibilities of SWAT/ERT officers. He also brought the ERT truck for a unique hands-on experience for the students.
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Health Science Students Train for Student Health Screenings

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Sumner County Health Science students attended training at Central Office on September 9th. Students were trained by Coordinated School Health Coordinators, Janel Garrett and Britlyn Duncan, to provide student health screenings at schools throughout Sumner County..

FCCLA National Officer Caitlin Foster

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Station Camp HS student and FCCLA National Officer Caitlin Foster speaking at the Opening Session of CTE Institute this summer in Chattanooga, TN.

PHS at FCCLA Nationals

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Savannah Hand, a junior at PHS, represented PHS FCCLA at the National Leadership Conference of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America in Anaheim, CA, from July 1-4. While in California, Savannah completed the Franklin Covey Leadership Academy and received national recognition for the completion of her Power of One National program.

Savannah is the President Elect of PHS FCCLA and is pictured with her adviser, Kira Harlow.

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WHHS Marketing Students Writing Articles for BDP Sports Website

Honors Marketing students are writing articles for events happening at WHHS and in the White House community for the BDPSports website. Kris Freeman administers the school website and asked if the marketing students would be interested in providing content for the website. This is Mr. Freeman’s initiative to have a completely student-produced school website. An example of one of the articles is linked below.

HHS DECA/FBLA Host Tailgate

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Hendersonville High School FBLA and DECA kicked off the new school year with a tailgate. Members enjoyed pizza and desserts prior to the BHS-HHS football game on Friday, September 13.

SCHS Marketing Class

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Mrs. Wilson’s Marketing I students have been learning about the marketing mix. As a culminating activity, students completed the snack mix project. This project required them to develop their own snack mix and create a marketing plan for their snack mixes. In addition, they also developed packaging and promotional materials to go along with their projects. On the last day of their projects, students brought in snack mix samples and presented their ideas to their classmates.

HHS Students in Advanced Architecture Class Find a Solution

At HHS, the janitors are having issues with the design of the toilet paper dispensers. They have a lot of removable pieces, and when they fall apart the students toss whatever components come from the dispenser. They are designed to hold four rolls, but most do not have the parts to hold all four rolls. This is an issue the Engineering Practicum class decided to take on to help out the janitors.

Zander Delk measured the existing parts with calipers and then redesigned the components using AutoDesk's Inventor software. The items were printed on a MakerBot Replicator 3-D Printer.

Below are the pictures from the design process.