CTE Newsletter

Sumner County Schools

Volume 2, Issue 1, September 2017

Welcome Mr. Moore!

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Chase Moore, New CTE Coordinator

I am extremely excited to be the new CTE Coordinator for Sumner County Schools. As a lifelong Sumner County resident, graduate of Beech High School, and CTE teacher in Sumner County for 7 years, I understand the importance of Career & Technical Education and the difference it can make in a student’s life. For many students, CTE courses allow them to practice “real-world” application of many of the skills learned in their general education courses, and these classes also provide an opportunity for hands-on learning that so many of today’s students crave. Having the opportunity to work with the great CTE teachers in Sumner County who teach our amazing students every day is a tremendous honor and a challenge I look forward to each and every day. With a focus on expanding early postsecondary opportunities at all of Sumner County’s high schools and ensuring teachers have everything they need to be successful in the classroom, I know the CTE programs in Sumner County will continue to be a leader throughout the state. While I truly enjoyed my time at Beech High School and the great relationships I made there, I could not be happier to now have the opportunity to serve the teachers and students throughout all of Sumner County’s great high schools. My wife, Lindsey, is also a Sumner County Schools employee and is a 1st Grade teacher at Jack Anderson Elementary. We have a 2-year old son, Riggins, and are expecting a baby girl on September 20. Please do not hesitate to contact me at chase.moore@sumnerschools.org if you ever have any questions or need information from me.

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CTE Equipment Grant

The Tennessee Department of Education awarded $15 million to school districts throughout Tennessee for the 2017-18 school year. The grant was focused on providing equipment for classes in the career clusters of Advanced Manufacturing, Health Science, and Information Technology. Sumner County teachers in these areas were encouraged to turn in needs lists in May that were submitted as a part of Sumner County’s application. The average award for districts was $125,000, but we are happy to announce that Sumner County received almost $285,000!! This equipment should begin to arrive in classrooms by the end of this semester, and we will post pictures of the new equipment being utilized by our students in later editions of the CTE Newsletter.

New Sumner County CTE Teachers

We are excited to welcome 13 new CTE teachers to Sumner County this year. After working with all of them during a full day of New Teacher Training at the Central Office on Thursday, September 7, Mr. Moore stated the he is extremely grateful to add these educators to the great teachers we already have in Sumner County.


Macy Abernathy – Health Science at Beech High School

Preston Barnett – Agriculture at Beech High School

Christopher Carroll – Marketing at Beech High School

Joshua Dumas – Marketing at Beech High School

Tabitha Fitzwilson – Criminal Justice at Hendersonville High School

Ryan Goostree – Business at Portland High School

Julia MacFarland – Health Science at Hendersonville High School

Celia Moorman – Business at Merrol Hyde Magnet School

Logan Neal – Business at Westmoreland High School

Scott Pascarella – Criminal Justice at Gallatin High School

Eligia Stafford – Agriculture at Station Camp High School

Ashton Street – Agriculture at Hendersonville High School

Jeff Wilkins – IT at Hendersonville High School

PHS FFA students Meet With the Commissioner of Agriculture

Pictured L to R Commissioner Jai Templeton, Will Brewer, Ashley Bewley, and Mason Bradley.
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Pictured L to R PHS Agriscience Teacher Elizabeth Reed, Ashley Bewley, Mason Bradley, Will Brewer, PHS Agriscience Teacher Brad Kirkham and Commissioner Jai Templeton.

Three Sumner County Agriscience Teachers Attend Professional Development Institute

Jacob Everett, Gallatin High School Agriscience instructor, Amy Garrison, Hendersonville High School Agriscience Instructor, and Mia Sullivan, Station Camp High School Agriscience Instructor, recently attended an 8-day professional development institute at various locations this summer.

CASE is an instructional system that is changing the culture of agriculture programs in the United States through intense teacher professional development; inquiry-based, student-focused lessons; assessment; and certification. CASE equips teachers to elevate student experiences in the agriculture classroom, and prepares students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

While at the CASE Institute, Everett, Garrison and Sullivan spent 65 hours working through nearly every lesson in the year-long curriculum and learning how to deliver lessons in an inquiry-based way that will shift focus in the classroom from teacher-led to student-directed learning.

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Mia Sullivan, Station Camp High School Agriscience Teacher is pictured with teachers from around the country attending CASE Institute in Indiana this summer.

Gallatin FFA Chapter Competes in Agronomy Contest

The Gallatin FFA Chapter competed in the Inaugural State Agronomy Contest. The team placed 5th in Tennessee, 3rd in Middle Tennessee, and 1st in our district. Team members were Jacob Conn, Kamron Thompson, Abbi Foster and Kyle Thompson.
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Left to right: Savannah Summers, Victoria McCullough, Katie Humphrey, and Bethanie Bergman.

Portland High School HOSA Students attend International Leadership Conference

PHS HOSA attended the HOSA International Leadership Conference for the very first time from June 21st through June 24th. The conference was held at Disney World in Orlando, FL. The PHS chapter competed in Chapter Reflection Book and Public Health. HOSA member, Victoria McCullough, put together a scrapbook showcasing everything the chapter does. Victoria displayed the book for an hour during the conference and was there to answer questions from viewers. The Public Health team was made up of three HOSA members: Savannah Summers, Katie Humphrey, and Bethanie Bergman. These competitors went through two rounds of presentations. This year the topic was about combating the Zika virus and the students had to make two presentations over the topic. The team made it to round two and made it on stage as part of the top 10 teams internationally. PHS HOSA is so proud of how these young ladies represented the Portland community at the international level.

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Left to right: Heather Kirkham (Advisor), Bethanie Bergman, Victoria McCullough, Savannah Summers, Katie Humphrey, and Brad Kirkham (Chaperone) enjoy the day at Disney World while attending HOSA Conference.

FFA Students Busy During the Summer

On July 24 through July 28, nine 4-H'ers from Sumner County attended Tennessee State Round Up at the University of Tennessee campus in Martin, Tenn. 4-H Round Up is an annual event that recognizes the outstanding project work and leadership accomplishments of senior 4-H members. Winning a $1,000, a silver bowl and a trip to National 4-H Congress was Portland High School's Amber Thornton.

Winning a $500 scholarship and a horizon award was Station Camp High School's Austin Parker. Winning a $200 scholarship was Portland High School's Megan Thornton. Sumner County was well represented at the Vol State ceremony during 4-H Round-up. Five 4-Hers were awarded the Vol State award, which is the highest level of recognition a senior 4-H'er can achieve, including Homeschooler Kassidy Beasley, Portland High School's Amber and Megan Thornton, and Westmoreland High School's Aleise Hill and Jeana Romines. Westmoreland High School's Lucas Garrison and Haley Brazel served on 4-H state council and did an excellent job.

Portland FFA Students Begin the School Year Full of Activity

Gallatin FFA Leadership Attend Governor's School and Training in Doyle, TN

Shayla Lile attended the Tennessee Governor's School for the Agricultural Sciences (TGSAS) at the University of Tennessee at Martin. There, Shayla had the opportunity to visit the John Deere Combine Factory in Moline, Illinois, visited the Tyson Factory in Union City, Tenn., and participated in hands-on activities to deepen her knowledge of agriculture.


GHS FFA students attended Tennessee FFA Leadership Training Camp (Camp Clements) in Doyle, TN. While at camp, the students participated in several CDE's, Quiz Bowl, Quiz Contest, and Extemporaneous Speaking. Along with these CDE's, Gallatin FFA participated in Flag Lowering Ceremonies.


The Gallatin FFA chapter is one of the oldest FFA chapters in Tennessee and has more than 200 members in grades 9th-12th. Nationwide, the National FFA organization is a national youth organization of 629,367 student members of 7,757 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The mission of the Gallatin FFA chapter is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

Beech High School FBLA Students Attend Nationals in Anaheim, CA

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Students attending nationals in Anaheim, CA: Megan Zurlo, Korryn Lalumondier, Alyssa Castrejon, Evan Pindrock, Reed Hester, Jonathan Freels, Wes Hodges, Tyler Hoffman, and Ethan Martin. Advisors: Kari Douglas and Leslie Hodges.

Wes Hodges Placed 4th in Digital Video Production at FBLA Nationals in Anaheim

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GHS Competes in National STAR Event

More than 7,500 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country gathered in Nashville for the 2017 National Leadership Conference. The meeting provided members with the opportunity to attend leadership and program training, hear national speakers, meet the National Executive Council, explore colleges and careers, and impact a city with the Unlimited Possibilities of FCCLA. Rachel Broadrick, a student at Gallatin High School, was among the members and took part in STAR Event competitions at the conference. FCCLA offers over 30 STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) Events. Theses events, which include Early Childhood Education, Job Interview, and Sports Nutrition, among others, represent college and career readiness skills taught in Human Services classrooms. Members compete at the District, State and National level. This year, Rachel Broadrick was among over 4,200 STAR Event participants who competed in Nashville. Rachel competed in the Illustrated Talk event. Her project focused on Teen Pregnancy and she received a Gold medal in the event.
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Rachel Broadrick with her Gold Medal at FCCLA STAR Competition.

Hendersonville FFA Students Win at Sumner County and State Fairs

Congratulations to Hendersonville High School's FFA for their successful participation in the Sumner County Fair. Hendersonville's FFA students had the highest participation for any high school in the county. Aubrey Garrison received a first place ribbon for her wild flower arrangement, a first place ribbon and two third place ribbons for her canning entries. Alanna Eveland received a third place ribbon for her wild flower arrangement and two second place ribbons for her canning entries. Gabriel Baker received two second place ribbons for his canning entries. Abigail Dudney received a third place ribbon for her canning entry.


Student's took home ribbons at the Tennessee State Fair in the following categories: Open Floral Design, First Place Alanna Eveland and Allison Hitch; Open Dairy Judging, Gabrield Baker and Madison White, Third Place; Speaking Competitions, Drew Hanner, Freshman and Jalie Gibson, Sophomore placed fifth; in Open Horse Judging the students placed 14th, Morgan Eicher, Ella Haley, Bethany Kemper, Allison Hitch, Aubrey Garrison, Kay Gray, and Jose Rodriquez; and in Milk Quality and Products the students placed 16th in the sate and 2nd in the distrcit, Jack Wilhite, HJacob Howard, Claire Kelly and Allayney Corcoran.

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HHS Students Compete at TN State FFA Horse Evaluation CDE

The team consisted of Bethany Kemper, Kay Gray, Allison Hitch, and Jose Rodriquez. The team placed 33nd, which is 34 places higher than last year's team. Allison Hitch was 68th out of 178 students. Each student judged 6 classes and gave 2 sets of oral reasons to the judges (which they each did from memory!). Ashton Street, HHS Ag teacher, stated she is very proud of this team for what they learned and accomplished in such a short period of time.

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