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!



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Wando Mechatronics Students Visit Cummins Facility

Cecil Gainey’s mechatronics students from Wando High School recently enjoyed an informative and interactive visit to Cummins Turbo Technologies facility in Charleston.

Student were impressed with the size of a 300 pound diesel turbo engine and the research & development, commitment to quality, and local teamwork required to ensure it’s optimal performance. These massive Cummins engines will be installed in a variety of seagoing vessels, sometimes in multiples of 2 or more.

“Thanks to Mr. Z Dixon, and all the local Cummins team members for enabling students to see first-hand the career opportunities that await them in the vibrant manufacturing sector here in Charleston”, said Mr. Gainey after the visit.



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Military Magnet Students Earn “Fast Feet Shopping Spree” for Food Bank


Early on a recent Saturday morning, at 6:30 AM, 3 students from Military Magnet Academy and their culinary arts instructor Mr. Joseph Crompton arrived at The Ashley Crossing Food Lion store.

The opportunity to participate in a “Fast Feet Shopping Spree” at Food Lion was the prize for being in the top 2 in number of “likes” for their video supporting the 2014 Lowcountry Food Bank Student Food Drive. Stratford High School was the other school from the region that won the opportunity to be in the shopping spree.

The teams from each school got 90 seconds to push their shopping cart down the aisle and fill it with as many cans as possible. The students poured cans off the shelves.  “It was so funny to watch”, said Mr. Crompton.  Students from MMA tallied 387 cans in their 2 carts! The food, along with everything else students collected leading up to the spree at their school, was all donated to the food bank.

After the shopping spree, the students got to set up a table in front of another Food Lion location to collect donations from shoppers.  MMA students collected 135 more pounds of cans in 4 hours!  “Since we are the defending small school champ’s last year, we cannot take it easy.” said Mr. Crompton on his students’ success.

For more information on the 2014 Lowcountry Food Bank Student Food Drive, Click Here.

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Wando Technology Teacher Receives Innovative Program Award at Statewide Conference

The Wando High School “Student Help Desk” for computer support, led by Computer Networking and Cyber Security instructor Thomas Hundley, was awarded the South Carolina Association for Educational Technology’s “Technology Innovative Program Award” at the 2014 South Carolina Ed Tech conference in Greenville on October 30.

Pictured above during the award presentation program, left to right: Don Cantrell SCAET Chairman, Thomas Hudley, Judith Wyndham, and Darcy Stewart.

Ms. Stewart is the on-site IT technician at Wando HS; she assisted in the development of the program. Ms. Wyndham serves as the district’s Director of Customer Support for Information Technology.

Congratulations to Mr. Hundley, and everyone that enabled this innovative program to become a reality!

To learn more about all the wonderful and innovative CTE programs at Wando High School, CLICK HERE.

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4 CCSD High Schools in Culinary Arts Demonstration at Coastal Carolina Fair

Four CCSD High Schools, Garrett Academy of Technology, Burke, St. Johns and West Ashley High Schools had the opportunity to participate in the Culinary Arts Demonstration on Wednesday, November 5 from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm.

They were invited to participate by Ms. Debbie Davis from the Coastal Carolina Fair Creative Arts Committee. The Committee provided the kitchen space and demonstration mirrors to provide students with the opportunity to show off their culinary skills to Coastal Carolina Fair Attendees. The Culinary Arts Instructors organized the culinary teams. Culinary students and teachers planned the menus for the demonstrations and used their skills to create their specialty desserts.

Students provided taste of their culinary creations and recipes to their audience. The audience members were impressed by the high level of skills and professionalism of the culinary students. This is a great way to showcase CCSD Culinary Arts Programs.

The event was a great success and drew in a lot of Coastal Carolina Fair Attendees. The Coastal Carolina Fair Creative Arts Committee plans to host the event again next year.

Story and pictures submitted by Charity Summers, Garrett Academy of Technology Principal.

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Automotive Technology Students Getting Hands Dirty in New Building at Wando HS

Mr. Andy Streets’ Automotive Technology program at Wando High School is empowering the next generation of local mechanics with hands-on learning opportunities.

With a new building and state-of-the-art automotive repair equipment, Mr. Streets is building a program that will produce graduates with excellent prospects for local employment.

Students can also choose to continue their studies at Trident Technical College, where Mr. Streets also teaches classes.

To learn more about the Automotive Technology program at Wando High School, or any of the many CTE programs offered there, click this link.


Wando HS Empowering Next Generation of Charleston Cosmetologists

Ms. Mary Smith’s cosmetology program is shaping up nicely at the Center for Advanced Studies at Wando High School.

Today her students were practicing their skills on mannequins, a required step in their march toward certification.

For more information on the Cosmetology program at Wando, Click Here.