CTE Newsletter

Sumner County Schools

Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2016

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Gallatin High School HOSA Assessment Squad

GHS is the only high school in TN to have an Assessment Squad that goes to schools to perform vision/color blindness tests, height/weight ratio screenings and blood pressure tests for students and employees (Source: Gallatin News).

Merrol Hyde Magnet School DECA Students Bring Home Awards

Junior Abbott Gailmard was awarded Top Role Play at DECA ICDC in Hotel & Lodging Management. Thirty-two Students (pictured below) received top placement awards. Twenty-five will advance to Nationals.

Portland High School FFA chapter Compete Nationally

Portland High School was selected to compete for national recognition in an FFA Career Development Event at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo.

The Portland FFA Chapter will send members to Indianapolis as they vie for national honors in the area of Horse Evaluation. National support for the Horse Evaluation CDE is provided by Ram Trucks, Standlee Hay Company, Tractor Supply Company and Wahl Clipper Corporation. FFA members who will represent the chapter in the event include Amber Thornton, Anysa Dodson, Georgia Smith, and Olivia Nodine. The chapter advisor is Elizabeth Reed.

Horse evaluation is one of 24 national CDE areas, covering job skills in everything from communications to mechanics. Teams are tested on their ability to problem solve industry scenarios dealing with nutrition, management, reproduction, marketing, identification of breeds, tack and equipment, feed and anatomy. Members then become the judge, evaluating classes composed of performance and halter horses. They also defend their decision through oral reasons. CDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market.

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White House High School FFA District Champions; Region 2nd Runner Up

Members of the White House FFA participated in the Conduct of Meetings competition. The team traveled to Station Camp High School and won the district championship. The team then competed at the sub-region at Gallatin High School, winning runner up honors and qualifying to advance to the regional event at Oakland High School. There they placed 3rd, missing the opportunity to advance to the state preliminaries by a few points. They finished the event ranked in the top ten in the state.

The Conduct of Meetings competition is open only to freshmen FFA members and involves a team performing a “mock” FFA meeting complete with ceremonies and handling of business. The team took a parliamentary procedure/FFA officer written exam, performed the opening FFA ceremonies, demonstrated five abilities of parliamentary procedure, and answered oral questions given by the judges to test the teams knowledge of parliamentary procedure.

Team members (left to right) are: Laila Jones, Rachel Collins, Rylee Maddox, Kyra McCall, Bryce Birk, Madisyn Hunt, Bethane Curtsinger, Audrey Grimes, Madelynn Amick, and Joe Hubard.

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Westmoreland High School Construction Students Work Toward Industry Certification

Westmoreland High School construction students are starting a school-based project to construct a storage building. The instructor, Kevin Anderson, worked this summer to obtain

NCCER certification to allow him to be a certified instructor in order to offer his students NCCER certification. WHS is currently offering Fundamentals of Construction which aligns to NCCER Core Curriculum.

Nashville's Dining Scene Exploding-Click here for more

"But the explosion in restaurants has also led to a labor shortage... And that means high demand and good wages for graduates of Tennessee’s culinary arts and hospitality programs." (Source: Nashville Ledger, September 16, 2016)

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Gallatin High School Culinary Arts Students Earn Dual Enrollment Credits and Industry Certification

Chef Greg West partnered with Nashville State Community College, Southwest, to offer Dual Enrollment Culinary Arts that culminates with students sitting for the ServSafe Exam. The following students have earned ServSafe Certification: Karman Barlow, Domanique Fitts, Amethyst Hill, and Bayleigh Watson. Congratulations students on earning postsecondary credit and industry credentials!


Please forward articles and photos to the CTE District Office to share the awesome things your CTE students are doing for publication in the spring newsletter.