Sumner County Schools
Volume 2, Issue 1, September 2017
Welcome Mr. Moore!
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 email@example.com if you ever have any questions or need information from me.
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
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
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.
Gallatin FFA Chapter Competes in Agronomy Contest
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.
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
Wes Hodges Placed 4th in Digital Video Production at FBLA Nationals in Anaheim
GHS Competes in National STAR Event
Rachel Broadrick with her Gold Medal at FCCLA STAR Competition.
Hendersonville FFA Students Win at Sumner County and State Fairs
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.
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.