Jerry Zucker Middle School Hosts Boeing SC Announcement; Receives 3D Printer for School’s Pre-engineering Program

North Charleston, SC – December 16, 2014 – It was from the Jerry Zucker Middle School cafeteria that Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes announced several significant investments supporting children’s wellness in the Charleston region.
The Lowcountry Food Bank received $100,000 to forward their mission, and Medical University of South Carolina will receive $5 million over the next 5 years towards  the construction of a new Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion. Local leaders including Mayor Joseph Riley, Mayor Keith Summey, and County Council Chairperson Teddy Pryor were on hand and shared their appreciation of Mr. Conner and the Boeing company for their generous investment.
In addition, volunteers from Boeing SC were on hand to ensure every student received a large bag of fresh produce to take home today for healthy snacks over the coming winter break.
It was after the formal announcements were complete that Mr. Conner pulled school principal Jake Perlmutter aside to share more good news: A 3D printer has been ordered and will soon arrive at the school!
Mr. Conner presented a picture of the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer to Principal Perlmutter, and asked that the new equipment be used to promote STEM education.
Later in the school day, the administrative team gathered to surprise pre-engineering teacher Mr. Kevin Fast and his students with the good news of a 3D printer destined for their classroom thanks to Boeing SC.
Pre-engineering student Toby Ryan Eller guessed correctly when Principal Perlmutter asked the students what they thought Boeing had given their classroom.
“I am very thankful Boeing has provided this 3D printer for our class – I hope to work there one day,” said Eller. “I plan to continue studying engineering next year at R. B. Stall High School,” he added.

DSCN2795Mr. Fast echoed his student’s thankfulness saying, “We could not be more thankful for this modern tool for our classroom – it will spark ideas and reinforce the relevance of science, technology, engineering, and math for students’ future career success.”
Mr. Perlmutter agreed adding, “This investment in our pre-engineering classroom will fuel academic success for many years to come, especially with the continued time and talent invested regularly by Boeing SC team members in our school.”
The 3D printer will arrive at the school and be installed after the holiday break.

Lincoln MHS Students Visit Sams Club for Work-based Learning Experience

Lincoln Middle High School students recently assisted Athletics Director Rodney Dewitt during a visit to Sam’s Club in North Charleston for supplies. The students used their math skills to determine the best prices and their soft-skills during interactions with store associates. This work-based learning experience will help ensure these students are better prepared to manage resources and communicate professionally.


R. B. Stall Health Science Students Partner with Future Dental Hygienists from @TridentTech for Oral Hygiene Research

Student in Ms. Shiver’s Health Science program at R. B. Stall High School were recently invited to assist students studying to become dental hygienists at Trident Technical College with a special research project. The project focuses on oral hygiene education, and uses an individual oral hygiene index for comparative study.All participating R. B. Stall students were supplied with an oral hygiene kit and got to learn about the project during a class visit from the TTC students. These pictures are from their first visit, and they plan to come back in January to reassess oral hygiene, and plan to reward the student with the greatest improvement.

Below are a few photos depicting the interaction.
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CTE Student Video Contest

Announcing the first annual CTE Student Video Contest!

Students can win prizes for submitting creative videos about their CTE program of study.

Here is a flyer with all the details 

Students may work in teams or individually – all students working in a group must submit a media waiver, and will split prizes awarded. Some students have used iMovie on an iPad to create a “movie trailer” style video showcasing their CTE program. We look forward to awarding prizes for the best video from each school, and an over all winner for the district!

Check out this example from one of our first submissions > This is from Dr. Barbara Leonard’s Engineering students at West Ashley High School:

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MMA Culinary Arts Students Earn 1st Place in Food Collection Drive

Students in the culinary arts  program at Military Magnet Academy recently earned 1st place for the 2nd year in a row in the small school division of the 2014 Student Can Food Drive led by the Lowcountry Food Bank!

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This year, students collected and donated 3,184 pounds of food.  Students and teachers in several CCSD elementary schools helped Military Magnet Academy with this project, including Pinehurst ES, Pepperhill ES, Lambs ES, Burns ES, Hunley Park ES and Mary Food ES who each collected hundreds of cans in the joint community service project. In all, 87 boxes were collected, and the students built a “great wall for hunger” (picture below) in the MMA culinary arts lab.

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To kick off the collection we had a can food pep rally and brought in 400 cans.  They also stood out side a Food Lion for 4 hours and the customers filled a buggy.

Check out this story for more details on their Shopping Spree sponsored by Food Lion that was part of this overall challenge.

Joseph Crompton, culinary arts instructor at MMA, sends his thanks to all that helped make this project successful – especially the donors, students, and Coach Ross who helped collect the donations at the 6 participating elementary schools.


West Ashley HS German and Engineering Students Visit BMW Plant in Greer, SC

A group of students from West Ashley High School recently visited the BMW manufacturing facility in Greer, SC.

The group was comprised of students from the WAHS German Studies program and the Engineering program.

The students enjoyed a tour of the facility, including a visit to the museum.

Thank you to all that made this amazing work-based learning experience available for these students!



Zucker MS Students Take Marshmallow Challenge with SCRA Volunteers on Day of Caring


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Employees from SCRA (South Carolina Research Authority) and CIS (Communities in Schools) spent the day at Jerry Zucker Middle School on Friday, November 14, 2014 as they participated in Trident United Way’s Day of

Be the SparkCaring. They installed a giant “Be the Spark” mural over one of the school’s stairways and painted “Enter to Learn” and “Exit to Serve” murals in the school’s lobby.

In the afternoon, they worked with Zucker’s pre-engineering teacher and his classes on a Marshmallow Challenge activity and also talked to students about careers in engineering and program/project management.

The Day of Caring at Zucker Middle was coordinated by Mr. Will Thompson, Zucker’s Communities in Schools Student Support Specialist.

Thank you to SCRA for donating all the supplies for the day’s activities, and thanks to all that made this terrific learning experience possible for students!



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New West Ashley HS Greenhouse Installed on Day of Caring 2014

Over a year ago, several West Ashley High School teachers agreed on a goal of expanding an already fruitful partnership: Luke Hamilton’s special education students were cultivating herbs and vegetables in raised beds at the school and Jason Wheless’ culinary arts students were using what they grew in their recipes.

Sandy Pennekamp, the CTE Department Chair at WAHS spearheaded the plan that included 2 grant applications and culminated with a sensation Day of Caring event Friday, Nov. 14 with volunteers from Charleston area First Citizens branches and Cummins.

Students from Nicholas Holmes’ engineering and mechatronics classes also assisted in the successful design and build project. James Daniel, a student in the engineering track at WAHS said, “it was a terrific hands-on learning experience!”

Students from the culinary arts program prepared and served a special lunch for the volunteers after the work was done.

The project received a $5000 grant from the SC Green Fair, and will promote wellness, nutrition, and conservation at West Ashley High School for many years to come.

Check out this video of the finished greenhouse structure being moved into place, and pictures documenting the whole installation process below!