CTE Newsletter

Sumner County Schools

Volume 4, Issue 2

Sumner County Schools Receives TN Pathways Certifications

Please read the article below to learn about the 10 CTE Programs of Study that were certified as TN Pathways by the Tennessee Department of Education. Sumner County had the third-most programs recognized in the state.

HHS Codemandos Participate in Robotics Competition

On November 2nd at Lipscomb University, the Hendersonville High School Robotics team “Codemandos” participated in the Music City BEST Robotics Competition. This year’s game revolved around restoring power to a community that had been hit with a natural disaster. Teams were given 6 weeks to design, build, program and test a robot to do various tasks on the game field. Some of those tasks involved hanging powerlines, replacing transformers, clearing debris and laying underground conduit in a 3 minute time limit. The Codemandos finished the seeding rounds in second place and the semifinals in third place, allowing them to be in the final four. They ended up placing 3rd behind two very experienced teams. The Codemandos were a rookie team in this competition and performed way beyond expectation, securing a spot to participate in the South’s BEST Regional at Auburn University on December 7th and 8th. Besides winning 3rd place in the game, the Codemandos were recognized with the Founder’s Award for Creative Design and Mr. Wilkins was awarded teacher of the year for the Music City BEST Hub.

BHS Engineering Students Practice Design Process

Students in Mr. Bertram's class designed and built a 1/4" scale version of their dream house using a set of plans they created using CAD. Examples of their work can be seen in the photos below.

Station Camp DECA

Station Camp DECA was featured in the Gallatin News earlier this fall, with several projects highlighted in the article. One project, the Community Awareness Project, is partnering with Circe M Therapeutic Farms to bring awareness to the farm to help more veterans and children. Circle M Therapeutic Farms is dedicated to improving the lives of children, adults, and military families with physical, intellectual, and emotional disabilities through the power of Animal-Assisted Therapy, outdoor sports, and agricultural-based enrichment and educational programs. To help them gain awareness, Neeli McEwen, Brooklyn Rippy, and Abigail Rollins are redesigning their website, creating an ad campaign, and attending and hosting events. They will set up informational booths at the local farmer’s market and the school's homecoming parade, as well as host SCHS DECA’s first annual Camp Fest.

PHS DECA November Newsletter

GHS Criminal Justice Students Sponsor Mock Crash

The student body at Gallatin High School witnessed a distracted driver reenactment on October 30. Gallatin News reported on the event in the article below. New Channel 5 also reported on the event.

Gallatin Launches Fire Emergency Services Class

A new program at Gallatin High Schools aims to better prepare students for a career as a firefighter once they graduate. Click on the Gallatin News article below for more information.

BHS HOSA at Vanderbilt Simulation

GHS HOSA Hosts 6th Annual Special Needs Trunk or Treat

The GHS clubs/groups that helped HOSA conduct this event included: Art Club, STARS, Cross Country, Student Council, Baseball, DECA, JROTC, National Honor Society, Key Club, FCCLA, FFA, and Yearbook.

Community members that helped included: 94FM the Fish, the Tennesseean, Brookdale, SCBOE Vision Specialist Amy Covington, VSCC Skills USA Club, Gallatin Fire Department, Gallatin Police Department, EMA. SWAT, and EMS with Andy the Talking Ambulance.

In all, 71 kids attended from 16 Sumner County Schools.

HHS Health Science Students Visit Welch College

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Members of the HHS Health Science program attended the 2nd annual Nursing Career Day at Welch College on October 16, 2019. The students were able to listen to presentations from Susan Peach, CEO of Highpoint Health Systems, Dr. Allison Davis, Undergraduate Nursing at Union University, and Dr. Ian Hawkins, Arts and Sciences at Welch College. The speakers answered questions and interacted with the future nurses. The students were also treated to lunch and a tour of Welch College.


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On October 14, Addie Carrigan and her mother, Mary Lee Carrigan, spoke to HHS HOSA members at the October HOSA Chapter Meeting in honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Addie is a student at HHS and her mother is a school nurse in Sumner County. Addie told the HOSA members about herself and made sure that they knew that she loves country music, especially Luke Bryan. HOSA members participated in the Buddy Walk on Nov 2 at the Hermitage to support families and their loved ones with Down Syndrome.

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HHS HOSA raised money by selling bracelets to support Down Syndrome Awareness for Middle TN and attended the DSAMT Walk. They walked with Emily Ross, Mrs Vincent's niece, and her family. The HHS HOSA members that were present were Lindsey Glowacki, Tracy Dove (HHS staff), Jood Abueida, Mrs Vincent (HOSA Advisor) with Emily, Adam Traini (Beech FFA), Gracen Boekholder, Ms MacFarland (HOSA Advisor), and Elizabeth Thomas.

HHS HOSA Donates to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital

From October 14th-18th, Hendersonville High School HOSA organized a schoolwide Coloring Book and Crayon Drive where 1,353 items were collected and donated to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt! This is the second year to have this donation drive, with last year totaling 550 donations.

BHS Yearbook Staff Students Attend Workshop at Lipscomb

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Beech yearbook staff members attend the Tennessee High School Press Association workshop held at Lipscomb University on September 23.

BHS Cosmetology Students Compete in Georgia

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Cosmetology students in Ms. Amber Cornell's classes attended the Middle Tennessee Cosmetology Competition at Georgia Career Institute in Murfreesboro.

SCHS Fashion Design Students Design Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Students in Darby Lopes' Foundations of Fashion Design class designed an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" on paper and then created an ornament. They used an overcast stitch to attach the front and the back of the sweater.

HHS Criminal Justice Students attend Dr. Bill Bass Lecture

Criminal Justice students at HHS were able to attend Dr. Bill Bass' lecture earlier this fall. Dr. Bass is a well-known forensic anthropologist made famous for creating the Anthropology Research Facility, also known as the Body Farm, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

HHS Criminal Justice Students Learning Labs in SFST

Hendersonville Criminal Justice 2 students learned about Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST) this semester. Deputy Shawn Lester with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department facilitated the SFSTs to students and explained reasons they are so effective in identifying impaired drivers.

Students also participated in a skills lab where they wore googles that simulated various levels of intoxication. They administered the SFST on one another and participated in other activities to simulate reaction time and peripheral vision when impaired

HHS Criminal Justice Students Tour TBI

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Ms. Cothron's Criminal Justice students toured the headquarters of TBI in Nashville.

GHS Criminal Justice Club Win at Tennessee Invitational

HHS Skills USA Students Serve Gallatin Veterans

The HHS Chapter of SkillsUSA recently held a drive for the Gallatin American Legion and Sumner County Veteran’s Home. The Veterans requested toiletries, cleaning supplies, and food items. This is the third year for this project, and students delivered the items on October 18th.

HHS Accounting Students visit Lipscomb University

HHS HOSA Techers Receive Golden Apple Grant

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Julia MacFarland, pictured, and Wendy Vincent received a grant from the Hendersonville Chamber for their Health Science classrooms.

GHS Students Visit Vol State Mechatronics Lab

October 4 was Manufacturing Day, and students from GHS Advanced Manufacturing classes were special guests at the Manufacturing Day Luncheon held at Vol State. The students also toured the new Mechatronics Lab at Volunteer State Community College.

Portland High School FFA Chapter Events

FFA National Convention in Indianapolis

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Gallatin FFA students Kyle Thompson, Elizabeth Arnold and Kamron Thompson received their American Degree at the FFA National Convention.
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Hendersonville FFA members at National Convention in October.

Westmoreland FFA Fall Activities

Each year around Halloween, Westmoreland FFA has its Annual Pumpkin Patch for Westmoreland Elementary School's Kindergarten, First, and Second graders. About 175 students attended this year and enjoyed three reading stations, a petting zoo, hay ride, mummy wrapping station, and snack area. 42 FFA members and Ag students helped run the festivities for the young students and did an outstanding job!

PHS Greenhouse Maintenance

Sumner Industrial Experience

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Sumner County's CTE Department partnered with the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce and Volunteer State Community College in September for the first Sumner Industrial Experience. Teachers, School Counselors and Administrators toured manufacturing facilities in Gallatin and were exposed to a variety of careers available in Sumner County.