CTE Newsletter

Sumner County Schools

Volume 6, Issue 1 - September 2021

Sumner County CTE Smashes Records

It is safe to say that the 2020-21 school year was one like no other experienced by our CTE teachers and students. Despite hybrid schedules, quarantines, extended teacher absences, and many other obstacles, our CTE programs had a record-breaking year. This is a testament to the outstanding 123 CTE teachers working in our eight high schools and the great students of Sumner County.


  • 147 students passed a dual credit exam in a CTE course and earned 3 hours of college credit (previous high was 107 students)
  • 39 students received a 3 or higher on an AP exam connected to a CTE program of study (previous high was 11 students)
  • Sumner County students earned 610 industry certifications (previous high was 558 industry certifications)
  • Sumner County Schools had 15 CTE programs earn the TN Pathways designation; combined with 10 earned the prior school year, the total of 25 TN Pathways designations is the most of any school district in Tennessee

Introducing our New CTE Teachers

Sumner County Schools is excited to welcome 6 new CTE teachers for the 2021-22 school year. These educators will teach a variety of subjects at 4 different high schools:


  • Renee Workings – Criminal Justice at Gallatin High School
  • Diane Cook – Health Science at Portland High School
  • Trey Pitt – Machining Technology at Portland High School
  • Christine Whitson – Health Science at Portland High School
  • Kaylor Elrod – Marketing at Station Camp High School
  • Kimberley Arnett – Cosmetology at White House High School

GHS Machining Students Design Stand for Rucker Stewart MS

Gallatin High School students in Mr. Parker's Machining class designed a stand for Rucker Stewart Middle School's exterior sign. The "Sign Stand" assists the person changing out the information displayed on the sign and makes it a much easier process.

HHS FFA Land Judging Team

The Hendersonville Land Judging team has been working hard this year! They have competed in the Parks District soils competition and two invitationals. All of that hard work brought amazing results when they took first place out of 37 teams and 144 participants at the Middle TN Regional Land Judging CDE. Next on their agenda - representing Middle TN at the TN State Land Judging CDE! Team members include: Sawyer Stephens, who placed 4th overall, Paige Pardue, 6th overall, Jackson Cunningham, 9th overall, Sophia Chaplin, 11th overall, Niyati Patel, David Wilson, Nate Ireland, and Bryson Duke.

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HHS FFA Livestock Judging Team

First year Livestock Judging team members Luke Scherba, Kaley Zadeck, Chelsea Maas, Karlee Netherton, Hasti Saadatyar, Preston Wallace, and Samuel Garrison competed at the CPC Fall Field Day Livestock Judging Competition in September. These members were able to judge four classes of livestock and meet with several colleges and businesses in the livestock industry. They also toured CPC's facilities where they learned how cattle in the stocker segment are sorted and processed and how different feedstuffs are stored and combined together to feed various livestock.

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Portland HS FFA

At this summer's state FFA Convention, the PHS FFA chapter earned two state degrees, superior chapter recognition, a 3 star award, highest ranking, and a platinum placing in the PLOW "Passing Literacy Onward" program.
The photos below are of PHS FFA students this summer during Supervised Agriculture Experience programs. The group also visited with the sheep producer to see the lambs that will be used for the lamb project this year. Mr. Kevin Durrett donates the lambs for six weeks, saving the program close to $14,000.

WHHS FFA Land Judging Team

The WHHS FFA Land Judging team placed first in the Parks FFA District Contest on September 2. Team members are: Ghethe Goad, Jackson Sutton, Allee Nelson, and Mary Niblett.

They competed again on September 16 in the regional contest in Spring Hill.

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WHHS FFA Farm Business Management Team

The White House FFA Farm Business Management Team recently competed in the National FFA Farm Business Management competition. State champions from all over the nation participated in the event which included an examination testing the team’s knowledge of record keeping, budget analysis, financial analysis, financial statements, cash flow analysis, marketing, income taxes, risk management, family financial planning and more. The White House FFA team scored in the top 20 in the nation and qualified for the national finals championship to be held at the National FFA Convention October 26-30 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Team members are Jackson Sutton, Mary Niblett, Kolvin Oaks, and Conner Stewart. Their coach and FFA Advisor, Mr. Mike Akridge, stated that the team has been working hard for this competition and has overcome a lot of adversity caused by the Covid pandemic.

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GHS Students Break Ground on School Garden

GHS agriculture students recently broke ground on a new school garden. GHS students are excited to provide the school with fresh garden vegetables year round.

Hendersonville HS and Station Camp HS at TN State Fair

Station Camp and Hendersonville FFA Chapters created the Middle Tennessee FFA booth at the Tennessee State Fair.
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GHS Criminal Justice Partners with Sumner County Sheriff's Office

Gallatin High School has partnered with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office to create a Jailer Certification Program. This program is currently being offered to Criminal Justice II students. Students will receive 90 hours of training, with instruction being provided through the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office. At the conclusion of the program, students will be required to pass a written certification test. This will enable students to seek employment as a Corrections Officer with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office upon graduation. Training began on August 9 and their certification presentation will take place on October 27. During their training, students have toured the Sumner County Jail and will receive additional training, outside the classroom, at the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office training facility.
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HHS HOSA - 1st Place Winner

HHS HOSA is proud to announce that Mallory Thomas won 1st Place in Personal Care at the 2021 HOSA International Leadership Conference. She competed against high school students from all over the US.


Description of event: Personal Care provides members with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills required for patient care in medical settings. This competitive event consists of a skills assessment and aims to inspire members to learn more about the field of nursing and how to provide quality care.

GHS EMT Students

Gallatin High School EMT students recently completed a unit on childbirth delivery. The skills the students learn in the EMT class not only help students succeed in careers, but to save lives.

WHHS Health Screenings

WHHS juniors and seniors in the Health Science program recently completed training provided by the Coordinated School Health department of Sumner County Schools. These students will assist in providing health screenings to students throughout the county.
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Boats Stay Afloat at WHHS

Computer Science Foundation students in Ms. Jones's class had an activity to build a boat out of aluminum foil. With a 5” x 5” piece of foil, each group had to design a boat and test if it could hold the most pennies without sinking. First, they created a plan in their groups of two or three. Then, they were given a 5” x 5” piece of aluminum foil to create the boat. Once they created the boat, they waited to test it in the water. Once the boat was in the water, students were not allowed to touch or adjust them. If the boat stayed afloat, one student would have the job to place the pennies in the boat one at a time while the other students would keep a record of how many pennies the boat could hold.

SCHS Interior Design Students Design a Restaurant

Ms. Lopes' Commercial Interior Design class (level III) recently completed a "Design a Restaurant" project. They were tasked with an original restaurant name, drawing out a floor plan, creating a menu, designing an advertisement, and developing a 3-D model of the interior layout of their restaurant.

HHS Marketing Students Compare Brands

Marketing students at HHS recently compared nationally branded products and store branded products based on various criteria and then determined which product they believed to be superior. Students then answered questions to reflect on their choices and how their budget might be impacted by purchasing a particular brand. Students also calculated the unit price for each item to determine which item is the most "worth it" in each food category.

WHHS Social Media Students Learn Personal Branding

Jamie Nixon of NixonPro Media spoke to students in Marketing, Business, and Social Media Marketing for Mrs. Crawford and Mr. Freeman at White House High School, about the importance of social media personal branding and development. Mr. Nixon serves social media needs for multiple organizations.

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Workforce Strategies Visit WHHS

Terri Noah of Workforce Strategies spoke to Business Communications and Social Media Marketing students about the importance of preparing for job interviews and skills needed for workplace readiness.
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PHS Fashion Entrepreneurship Class

Mrs. Harlow has a Fashion Entrepreneurship class at PHS where students have a business called The Stitchery. Recently, these students reached out to support PHS cheerleaders by creating Pom bags as they learned how to use a heat press.
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BHS Business Communications Students Attend Workshop at Lipscomb

Beech High School Business Communications students attended the Tennessee High School Press Association workshop at Lipscomb University
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