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West Ashley HS Nail Tech Students Take Part in Breast Cancer Awareness Event at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary

Ms. Helen Shepherd’s Nail Technology students from West Ashley HS recently participated in a Breast Cancer Awareness Event at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School. The WAHS Nail Tech students performed nail services for event participants.

“We had a wonderful visit with the school and the staff, students and community really enjoyed us as much as my students enjoyed them”, said Ms. Shepherd.  “We did pink hair and pink nails to represent Breast Cancer Awareness”, Ms. Shepherd added.

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WAHS Robotics Takes 1st Place in VEX Competition

Vex Robotics Comp logo24 teams from throughout the state competed in the Oct. 24, 2015 VEX Robotics Qualifier – “The Cougar Challenge” at Lady’s Island Middle School in Beaufort, SC, but just one team left with the FIRST PLACE TROPHY: West Ashley High School’s VEX Robotics team led by their advisor Mr. Nicholas Holmes.

Congratulations to the WAHS Wildcats robotics team on their victory, and earning the opportunity to compete in the Palmetto State Championship this spring. IMG_1608

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Below is the list of teams that competed in the event – for the final results click here. 

Team Team Name Organization Location
120E Green & Gold Robotics Spring Valley High School Columbia, South Carolina, United States
916A Bobcats Center for Advanced Technical Studies Chapin, South Carolina, United States
916B IronCATS Center for Advanced Technical Studies Chapin, South Carolina, United States
2533A Robotic Engineers Dutch Fork Middle School Irmo, South Carolina, United States
2533B Auto Robots Dutch Fork Middle School Irmo, South Carolina, United States
6318 Cougars Lady’s Island Middle School Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
6318B Cougar Robotics Lady’s Island Middle School Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
6318C Cougar Assassins Lady’s Island Middle School Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
7432 M.T. Brains Dutch Fork High School Irmo, South Carolina, United States
8624 CVK (Complex VEX Kids) Bluffton Middle School Bluffton, South Carolina, United States
8659G Binary Bots Goose Creek High GOOSE CREEK, South Carolina, United States
8659H Deez Nuts and Bolts Goose Creek High GOOSE CREEK, South Carolina, United States
8926 Combined IQ Oakbrook Preparatory School Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States
9118 Orcas Whale Branch Middle School Seabrook, South Carolina, United States
9118B Orcas Whale Branch Middle School Seabrook, South Carolina, United States
9168A Bimbots Bluffton High School Bluffton, South Carolina, United States
9168B Bluffton High School Bluffton High School Bluffton, South Carolina, United States
9447A Team Toss Up Palmetto Scholars Academy North Charleston, South Carolina, United States
9447B Knights Who Say Ni Palmetto Scholars Academy North Charleston, South Carolina, United States
9447C Millennium Robotics Palmetto Scholars Academy North Charleston, South Carolina, United States
9447D Phoenix Uprising Palmetto Scholars Academy North Charleston, South Carolina, United States
9447E Phoenix Rebellion Palmetto Scholars Academy North Charleston, South Carolina, United States
9623A West Ashley HS West Ashley High School Charleston, South Carolina, United States
9623B West Ashley HS – B West Ashley High School Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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WAHS Charleston Water Systems Visit

Charleston Water System Engineers and Managers visit West Ashley HS CTE Department

Engineers & Managers from Charleston Water System toured the West Ashley High School CTE department yesterday as part of the outreach of the Charleston Metro Chamber STEM Academy Advisory Board.

Charleston County School District CTE programs are best when business partners and educators collaborate!

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Boeing SC Hosts R. B. Stall HS Robotics Team 4243 Parent Reception

With each new school year, CTE Department Chair and FRC Team 4243 Coach Mrs. Kimberly Pickett starts a new season of designing, building and competing in the FIRST Robotics competitions.

And to have a successful FIRST Robotics Team, Mrs. Pickett must recruit a new group of students to join her seasoned veterans on the team.

And the need for new recruits also applies to the volunteers that will be assisting Team 4243 this season.

Thankfully, Boeing SC stepped up again this year to provide the needed volunteer support for Mrs. Pickett’s students.

Boeing recently hosted the annual Parent Reception for families of students interested in joining the robotics team.  Mr. Perry Morrissette, Sr. Manager, Airplane Level Engineering Integration from Boeing South Carolina was the featured speaker for the gathering of over 85 students, parents, volunteers and teachers in attendance.

After the event, the students gathered near the statue in front of the Boeing facility to take a group photo.

Thanks to all that made this event possible, especially the host, Boeing South Carolina, and best of luck to Team 4243 this season!

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WAHS Engineering & Mechatronics Classes Welcome Guest Speakers from Boeing SC and Stantec

West Ashley High School Engineering and Mechatronics students recently enjoyed guest speakers from Stantec and Boeing SC.

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Both Dr. Barbara Leonard, engineering instructor and Mr. Nicholas Holmes, WAHS mechatronics instructor agreed the visits were very impactful for the students. “We are very thankful for their investment of time and energy in our classrooms” said Dr. Leonard. “Guest speakers like these add important relevance to classroom instruction,” added Mr. Holmes.

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Huge thanks to Scott Baker and Saeed Jones, both Civil Engineers with Stantec, and Boeing SC Stress Engineer Joel Driskill for speaking to West Ashley High School Engineering and Mechatronics students.

 

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West Ashley HS Child Development Students Visit Stono Park Elem to Lead Fire Safety Lessons

Students from Ms. Bridgette Butler’s 1st period Child Development class at West Ashley High School recently completed fire safety lessons and activities with young students at Stono Park Elementary School.

“The elementary students were in awe of the high school students in their classroom,” said Ms. Butler on the visit.

This work-based learning opportunity for Ms. Butler’s Child Development class provided valuable real work experience for her students preparing for careers as teachers in our preschools, K-12, and postsecondary education.

 

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Boeing SC Volunteers Lead Marshmallow Challenge in Garrett Academy of Technology Engineering Class

Milton Howard, Project Lead the Way engineering instructor at Garrett Academy of Technology, shared these terrific pictures of his students working with volunteers from Boeing South Carolina on an activity called The Marshmallow Challenge. 

This highly engaging & timed activity had teams of students constructing towers out of dry spaghetti, string, tape, and other basic materials that would support a large marshmallow on top. The competition to see who could build the highest tower within the time limit allowed for healthy interaction between students and the professionals from Boeing. It also provided valuable lessons in teamwork and leadership on projects . At the end, a healthy debriefing session allowed input from students, teachers and Boeing SC volunteers and the winning team was celebrated for their success.

“We are so thankful for the investment of time and talent the Boeing SC team members brought to our classroom today!” said Mr. Howard.

“Special thanks to Mr. Frank Hatten, Boeing SC Education Relations Specialist for his leadership – my students will never forget this experience”, Mr. Howard added.

Charleston County School District truly appreciates all the support the local Boeing SC team provides!

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WAHS Child Development Students Earn Safe Sitter Certifications at Roper St. Francis

Ten students in Ms. Bridgette Butler’s Child Development class at West Ashley High School completed the Safe Sitter Certification class at Roper St. Francis on Friday, September 18, 2015.  IMG_20150918_152945

The students engaged in learning about the overall care of the child in the absence of their parents. The students received training in first aid, indoor and outdoor safety, and how to handle household emergencies. IMG_20150918_153238 (1)

In addition, they were taught there is no safe amount of time to leave a child with a caregiver of any age who has not been trained in airway rescue and how to handle life threatening emergencies. The graduates were prepared with the knowledge they need to prevent problems and handle unexpected emergencies.unnamed (18)

Safe Sitter® is a national, non-profit organization that provides programs to teach youth life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. unnamed (14)

This course served as an enrichment activity for the Career, Health/ Safety and Growth and Development units of Child Development. unnamed (5)

Story submitted by Bridgette Butler, Family & Consumer Sciences Instructor and FCCLA Advisor at West Ashley High School.

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Future Nail Technicians Gaining Valuable “Hands-on” Experience at West Ashley HS

Ms. Helen Shepherd’s Nail Tech classes at West Ashley High School offer students real Hands-on Learning opportunities to best prepare for their future careers.

“It does not get more hands-on than my class”, joked Shepherd.

“In my class, students practice manicure services, paraffin wax treatments, and application of UV gels nails.” Shepherd added.

Her students also recently enjoyed a visit from a skin care technician from Charleston Dermatology.

Her Level I & Level II students also participated in the recent Taste of West Ashley event and showcased their talents – please enjoy these pictures of CTE students in action: