CTE Newsletter

Sumner County Schools

Volume 2, Issue 2, December 2017

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Westmoreland High School Structural Systems Students

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Tyler Thomas was the winner of the cabinet construction competition held at Westmoreland High School in the Structural Systems class. The winning cabinet was selected by the teachers as they were on display in the front lobby of the high school. The narrow margin separating 1st place and the others show how well the students did. Only 2 votes separated the 1st place cabinet and the 4th, with the margin between 1st and 2nd being 1 vote! Many compliments were given by both teachers and visitors to the school with many of them desiring to purchase the well made cabinets. Students were required to draw and modify a blueprint found online and were responsible for cutting and assembling them from 1 x 12 pine shelving board. No boards were pre-cut and they also decided how they wanted to finish the cabinets. Some chose to stain them, while others painted theirs. Those who judged the cabinets were equally impressed with the finished product. The students were allowed to take these home and will most definitely have something that can remind them of their experiences in the CTE Carpentry class for many years to come!

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FCCLA and HOSA Goodwill Tour

BHS FCCLA Hosts First Annual Veterans Day Luncheon

BHS FCCLA Hosts Baby Shower to Support Families Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

White House High School Cosmetology

New Advanced Manufacturing Equipment at GHS

HHS Health Science Students Visit Union University

On Monday, November 20 the students enrolled in the Therapeutic Nursing class at Hendersonville High School traveled to Union University in Hendersonville, Tennessee. While on campus, the students were informed of the nursing program and were able to participate in activities including manikin simulation, emergency situation resuscitation, sterile gloving and hand washing. The students really enjoyed this opportunity and found it quite informational. A few are even considering attending the nursing school in Jackson, Tennessee to complete their nursing studies.

Gallatin High School HOSA

Gallatin High School HOSA Members Assist in the Community

Health Professionals spent their day giving back to others. The day started with about 20 students setting up to assist the Red Cross with the Blood Drive. These students worked throughout the day helping blood donors register, talking to donors as they gave and providing them with a snack after donation. Another group of 12 students went to Vena Stuart Elementary school to help the Sumner County Wellness Department with wellness screenings. HOSA calls this group of students "The Assessment Squad." The Assessment Squad screens students' blood pressure, height, weight, hearing and vision. For students that are waiting to be seen, a member of the Assesment Squad will read a book to them or teach them about wellness topics such as the importance of handwashing. Around 3:00 a group of 30 students went outside to set up for the 3rd annual Sumner County Special Needs Trunk or Treat. Three years ago, HOSA members decided that they wanted to do something special for our special needs students. This community service activity takes a great deal of work and there were many teachers and clubs that helped HOSA make this a special night. But, the GHS HOSA students are not done yet. The next day 12 students prepared to go to a HOSA Leadership training retreat in Nashville.

BHS Health Science Students Using Their New Treatment Table

HHS Attends the Titans Learning Lab

FBLA and DECA students from Hendersonville High School attended the Tennessee Titans Learning Lab in November. Students heard from Titans Executives in Marketing & Sponsorship, Media Relations & Public Relations, Field & Turf Management, Stadium Operations, Team Travel, Ticket Operations and Pursuing a Career in Sports.

HHS - Retail Operations

HHS Retail Operations students have been busy this semester. The class has been fortunate to have several guest speakers including Daniel Coker, CEO of GENTHERM; Deanna Williams, owner of Trendy Trunk; and Caroline Walker, Sr. Manager QVC Broadcast and Education, ON-Air Guest for philosophy. HHS marketing students enrolled in Retail Operations also had the opportunity to take a field trip to Chicago. Highlights of the trip included a behind the scenes tour of Nordstrom, the play School of Rock, the Chicago Sports Museum, and Chicago Tilt.

Beech High School's Computer Science Foundations Students

Garden Box built by GHS Ag Students for Rucker Stewart Middle

Westmoreland High School FFA

White House FFA Holds Local Agriscience Fair

The White House FFA held its annual Agriscience fair recently at the high school. 23 students completed their projects and competed for the honor of representing White House High at the state FFA convention to be held in Gatlinburg. Judges for the event included Representative Courtney Rogers; Michael and Debbie Richardson, Mrs. Richardson is the WHHS assistant principal; Chase Moore, Sumner County Schools Career and Technical Education Director; Jessica Walker Boehm, freelance writer and contributor to the National FFA New Horizons magazine; Josh White, Farmer’s Bank; Danielle Schmalenberger, Citadel Insurance; and Brent Page, Gerald Printing of White House.

Students competing in this event studied the scientific method in class. They researched a topic and then conducted an experiment based on their chosen topic, recording data and reaching a conclusion based on the results of the experiment. Several weeks of work went into researching, preparing, conducting the experiments, and creating a display to show others their findings. The competition included the display and an interview in which the judges were able to ask questions to determine the students' understanding of the scientific process and the background of the focus of the experiment.

The following students were named winners in their respective categories:

Emma Myers- Animal Systems; Topic: To What Colors are Dogs Attracted?

Cody Honeycutt- Food Products; Topic: Is There a Taste Difference in “Organic” Verses “Inorganic” Milk?

Shakara Partinger and Jennifer Poole- Plant Systems team; Topic: Will Rain Water or Tap Water Grow Sunflowers Better?

Mathias Hagewood- Plant Systems individual; Topic: Will Pinto Beans Grow Better in Acid or Basic Soil?

Casey Epting- Ag Mechanics; Topic: Mapp-pro or Propane Gas: Which Heats Copper Faster for Sweating?

Baylee Miller and Delaney Lang- Ag Mechanics team; Topic: Triboluminescence: Why do Lifesavers Spark in the Dark?

Kady O’neal and Brooke Cole- Social Systems Team; Topic: Which Tastes Better in Cakes? 2% or Skim Milk.

Kaylie McKissick- Social Systems individual; Topic: Is Lavender Beneficial to a Person’s Memory?

Alec Jenkins- Natural Resource Systems; Topic: Which Tips are Better for Hunting? Bullet or Broadhead.

Mike Akridge, WHHS FFA Advisor, stated that the judges were impressed by the work that the students did to prepare for the local contest. He is excited to be able to work with the students to prepare them to be contenders for state championships in Gatlinburg.

White House FFA Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team Named Regional Champions

The White House FFA Novice Parliamentary Procedure team recently bested other district champions from around Middle Tennessee to win the Sub-Region and Region Championships. The team will compete for state honors at the state FFA convention to be held in Gatlinburg. The competition requires a team to demonstrate their knowledge of the FFA opening ceremonies and parliamentary procedure. The team conducts a mock meeting before a panel of judges and answers questions based on the presentation. A test on parliamentary procedure is also part of the contest. Team members are: Sharkara Partinger, President; Mathais Hagewood, Vice President; Jennifer Poole, Secretary; Kaylie McKissick, Treasurer; Casey Epting, Reporter; Riley Keller, Sentinel; and Jacob Jenkins, Student Advisor.

Their FFA advisor and coach, Mr. Mike Akridge, believes that this team has the potential to walk away with the state championship if they continue to work hard.

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Pictured L to R Mathia Hagewood, Kaylie McKissick, Casey Epting, Shakara Partinger, Jennifer Poole, Jacob Jenkins, Riley Keller

Station Camp High School FFA

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Station Camp High School National Qualifying Parliamentary Procedure Team. Members are (from left to right) Advisor Mia Sullivan, Allie Mullinax, Anna Morrison, Casey Jansch, Marlee Hadley, Josh Crow, and Cole Duren.

PHS Ag Students Working with Lambs

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Portland High School FFA Visits Clyde Riggs Elementary

PHS FFA Horse Judging Team Places 12th in the State

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Hendersonville High School Criminal Justice Students Compete

Hendersonville High School students Cameron Gallina, Abigail Dudney, Roby Staples, Delilah Davis, Mya Swinehart and Carson Jackson, competed at the Spring Hill Criminal Justice Invitational Competition on Thursday, November 9th. Cameron Gallina and Roby Staples competed in the Domestic Disturbance, Felony Stop, DUI, and Unknown Situation competitions. All of the students competed in the Trivia and Crime Scene Investigation competitions. Delilah Davis and Carson Jackson won 2nd place in the Appellate Court Argument Competition. Mya Swinehart and Delilah Davis won second place in the fingerprinting competition.

PHS Criminal Justice and the Explorers Program

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Ms. Greer, Criminal Justice teacher at Portland High School, had Chief Yates from the Cross Plains Police Department speak to her classes about the Explorers program. The mission of the Cross Plains Police Law Enforcement Exploring program is "to bridge the gap between youth and police by educating and involving them in police operations and to interest them in Law Enforcement." Portland High School students were given the opportunity to attend an informational meeting and be a part of the Explorers Program in Cross Plains.

Beech Virtual Enterprise Class Elevator Pitch Competition High Score!

Out of 626 submissions nationally and on a rating scale from 1-5 for the Elevator Pitch competition, Beech received the highest score of 4.5! Only 35 schools got a 4.5 rating and Beech was one of those schools! Beech was in the Top 10% of the entire virtual enterprise program.

Beech High School Virtual Enterprise Students

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Beech High School's Virtual Enterprise competed in the Southern Trade Show Nov. 20-21. They competed against 122 Virtual Businesses from New York, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, and Tennessee. The business came away with a 1st place in Elevator Pitch and 4th place in Marketing and 4th in Company Branding. For more about the virtual business you can check out their social media accounts and website. These students have had to work very hard the first 3 months in order to create a business and get it up and running. They are currently 1st in the US for top international sales within the first 6 months!!

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