Maxwell High School of Technology
Fall Semester 2022
Greetings from Maxwell! I invite you to enjoy our fall semester newsletter. We are having a wonderful school year and have many exciting things happening at Maxwell. This edition of our newsletter features our talented Student of the Year, Support Person of the Year, and our Teacher of the Year. I encourage you to read about services offered by our Counseling department, including the Maxwell Work Ready program. Work Ready allows students to focus on topics like dressing for success and getting along with others. Also, take a moment to learn about our HOSA-Future Health Professionals organization and their fall leadership conference. You will read about our ProStart Culinary Arts student of the year, Jennifer Pacheco. We proudly feature our Architecture program and their involvement with Kennesaw State University. Please enjoy learning more about our Animation and Early Childhood Education programs. In addition, we feature a cool Halloween class project in Cosmetology and a human heart anatomy lesson in Therapeutic Services. Enjoy reading about our Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) organization and their Great Days of Service. Our SkillsUSA organization is off to a great start, and we are involved in several service projects including the Quinn House. Each class selects a child in need and helps their child have a wonderful holiday season. In November, we hosted our Principal for a Day, Mr. Jonathan Holmes, CFO of Mighty 8th Media. Finally, we hosted Superintendent Calvin Watts as he spent time in our Manufacturing program. We look forward to a great spring semester. Please know our doors are always open to you and thanks for your support. Go Navigators!
Dr. Jeff Hall
Maxwell Work Ready Social Emotional Learning
The Maxwell Work Ready Program focuses on career readiness and preparing students for their future careers through workshops and classroom lessons. The program is also very impactful as a social and emotional learning resource. It incorporates all the tenets in the framework (self awareness, social awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, and relationship skills) through the Work Ready activities. Students participate in the following workshops and lessons: Personality Assessment, Empathy, Business Attire/Dress for Success and Professional Development, Mock Interviews, Resume Writing, and Dining Etiquette. These lessons are taught to all Maxwell students.
Dress for Success Seminar
The first Work Ready workshop of the school year was Dressing for Success. Every Maxwell student was able to pick up some good self-management tips (interview skills, punctuality, proper work dress etiquette) from our Work Ready Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jon Valentine, Director of GCPS Foreign Language Instruction (pictured above). All Maxwell students dressed in business attire on the day of the session.
Getting Along with Others & Empathy in the Workplace Seminar
The second session of Work Ready consisted of students learning about their personalities and the personality differences of their peers. This session was organized and facilitated by Maxwell counselors, Dr. LaVonna Groce and Mrs. Emily Latone. Students learned about their own personalities, the personalities of their peers, and the importance of having empathy in the workplace. The students enjoyed this session and learned a lot about themselves. They could also wear their class uniforms to this session. Pictured below are the Automotive and Culinary Arts students attending this session in their class uniforms.
Goal Setting and Career Search Counseling Session
To meet the social, emotional, and career concerns of students, Maxwell counselors invited Mr. Kam Phillips, author and mental/financial wellness expert, to discuss goal setting, career search, and networking with Maxwell students. Approximately 15-25 students attended each session in the Maxwell Computer Lab. After the sessions, students completed a survey, which resulted in the following information:
- 34 out of 36 students Strongly Agree/Agree that "I am more confident in how to pursue my goals.”
- 85% of the students surveyed stated they are more knowledgeable about networking after attending the session.
HOSA Students Attended Fall Leadership
HOSA-Future Health Professionals is a national student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. It provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in Health Science Education programs.
HOSA Georgia held its annual Fall Leadership Conference November 7-8, and Maxwell had 11 students attend. Throughout this conference, students had the opportunity to gain skills in leadership through several competitive events, sessions, and workshops. Maxwell students also competed in the Membership Recruitment Poster, 'Elevator' Speaking Contest, State T-Shirt Design, and Mental Health Education Brochure competition events.
ProStart Student of the Year
Former and Current Architecture Students Flourishing at KSU
Mrs. Tillman with current and former students at KSU.
Maxwell Architecture students presenting designs.
Maxwell Architecture student participating in a KSU pin-up.
Animation Program Hosts Annual Fall Pro-Panel
The Maxwell Animation and Digital Media class held its 2022 Fall Pro-Panel on September 22. Panelists included:
- Mr. Eric Brown - experience architect and strategist for State Farm, author and creative coach
- Mr. Jerry Fuchs - highly endorsed animator, illustrator, presentation creator
- Mr. George Maestri - director, story teller, animator, author of over 200 animation and other LinkedIn tutorial series'
- Mr. Cliff Sexton - customer experience director at Home Depot, head of design, research, insights
- Mr. Todd Willis - web specialist public affairs for State Farm, web development and programming
These panelists provided advice, work stories, and answered student questions for several hours for each class. They talked about their careers, preparation needed, skills looked for, pitfalls to avoid, and how to get into the business. Animation students look forward to interacting with the panelists again in the future. The panelists encouraged students to contact them with questions and samples of their work.
Board Game Day in Animation & Digital Media
Students simultaneously playing board games and creating flow charts.
Animation students were assigned to complete a flow chart for each board game.
Students learning the requirements of the flow chart while playing board games.
Animation Portfolio Showing Day
Early Childhood Education Students Visit GGC
41 Early Childhood Education (ECE) students and staff attended Future Georgia Educator's Day (FGE) at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) on November 4. During this event, students listened to a keynote speaker, participated in mock education classes, heard from current GGC School of Education students, and participated in a college fair. The ECE students enjoyed spending the day on GGC's campus and learning about college life.
Cosmetology Perfects the Art of Creating Wounds
Sidewalk Art of the Human Heart
SkillsUSA Georgia Fall Leadership Conference
SkillsUSA Blanket Drive
Quinn House Service Project
Principal for a Day
Mr. Holmes enjoyed taking off and landing on a flight simulator with direction from a Flight Operations student.
Principal for a Day
Pictured left to right: Ms. Lei Snelling (Graphic Design instructor), Dr. Jeff Hall, and Mr. Jonathan Holmes
Mr. Holmes observing students working in the Animation and Digital Media class.