WAHS Elks Visit

Charleston Elks Club Hosts West Ashley HS and Military Magnet Academy Students for Municipal Job Shadowing and Special Luncheon

IMG_6330Thank you to the members of the Elks Lodge 242 of Charleston for welcoming students from Military Magnet Academy and West Ashley High School for a very special career exploration experience on March 7, 2019.

Students gathered for breakfast and orientation at the Elks Lodge  before departing for their governmental job shadowing hosts for the day.

Military Magnet Academy students got to spend time at North Charleston City Hall. They were welcomed by Mayor Keith Summey and then were connected with various professionals with city departments to shadow until lunch.

Nchs Job Shadowing ELKS

 

Students from West Ashley High School got to visit the Charleston City Hall and meet Mayor Tecklenburg in the historic City Counsel Chambers. They also got to walk across meeting street to meet Judge Irv Condon in the Charleston County Courthouse.

The students all returned to the Elks Lodge for a luncheon with Elks members before returning to their schools. The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Judge Condon.

Special thanks to Nanette Piccirillo and Jennie Sirisky for their help planning this amazing work-based learning experience for these students!

 

IMG_6335IMG_6334

 

 

IMG_20190312_210033_099

West Ashley Culinary Arts Students Compete in ProStart Invitational

 

Thank you Jason Wheless, West Ashley High School Culinary Arts Teacher for submitting this CTE Success Story about your students’ recent trip to Greenville for the ProStart Invitational Competition.
IMG_20190311_200301IMG_20190311_112417

The West Ashley culinary team finished 3rd at the SC ProStart Invitational in Greenville, SC.

The students had one hour to prepare an elegant three-course meal while practicing safety, sanitation, teamwork, recipe writing, cost control, and food production techniques.

Their menu consisted of a starter of beet salad with spiced grapes, whipped feta, pistachio soil, and fermented honey, an entree with rosemary and dijon pork tenderloin, parmesan polenta, charred cauliflower and broccoli, and a dijon cream sauce, and a dessert of bay leaf panna cotta, lemon gelee, almond crumble, cherry compote, topped with almond whipped cream and cherry caviar.
IMG_20190312_210033_099

 

IMG_6263

City of Charleston Mayor Welcomes St. Johns HS Students for Annual Job Shadowing Day with Municipal Departments

20190219_084639Students from St. Johns High School recently had the opportunity to shadow various departments in the City of Charleston.

This annual day of student job shadowing is organized by the Mayor’s office for Children, Youth, & Families.

Students arrived at Charleston’s historic City Hall and gathered in the City Counsel Chamber. Lindsey Barrios, City Docent shared the history of the many paintings and other priceless historical items in the chamber.

Mayor John Tecklenburg welcomed the students and challenged them to maximize their career exploration time with their host departments.

Following their job shadowing experiences, the students met at the City of Charleston Police Station for lunch and shared what they learned.

Thank you to the amazing team of municipal employees that make this job shadowing day a rich experience for students each year!

And, special thanks to Mayor Tecklenburg and Mindy Sturm for their leadership in making the event possible.

 

DSC_0846

CCSMS and Laing MS Capture Championships at 9th Annual Charleston SeaPerch Underwater Robotics Challenge

DSC_0897Teams from Charleston Charter School for Math and Science (CCSMS) and Laing Middle School beat out their peers in the 9th annual Charleston SeaPerch Regional Challenge to claim overall victories.

Team #4 from CCSMS and Team #16 from Laing are going to the International SeaPerch Challenge at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD June 1-2, 2019.

Thirteen teams from schools throughout Charleston County School District (CCSD) and the Trident region competed at the Danny Jones Pool in North Charleston using their underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV) in two different events: a challenge course and an obstacle course. Teams also received scores on their Engineering Notebook presentations.

IMG_3164Teams from the following local school competed:

  • Academic Magnet HS
  • Charleston Charter School for Math & Science
  • North Charleston HS
  • Summerville HS
  • Buist Academy
  • C. E. Williams MS
  • Jane Edwards ES
  • Pinewood Preparatory School

The following teams finished first in the three separate competitions:

Obstacle CourseIMG_3159
HS – CCSMS Team #3
MS – Laing Team #17

Engineering Notebook
HS – CCSMS Team #4
MS – Buist Academy Team #9

Mission: Rescue & Recovery
HS – CCSMS Team #4
MS – Laing Team #16

SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with the resources they need to build a ROV in an in-school or out-of-school setting. Students build the ROV from a kit comprised of low-cost, easily accessible parts, following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme. The SeaPerch Program provides students with the opportunity to learn about robotics, engineering, science, and mathematics while building an underwater ROV as part of a science and engineering technology curriculum. Throughout the project, students will learn engineering concepts, problem-solving, teamwork, and technical applications.

As part of the Charleston Navy Week celebration (March 11-15, 2019), Navy personnel participated in the Charleston SeaPerch Challenge as divers, judges, and team escorts.

CCSD would like to thank the many volunteers who gave their time to this competition, and to SPAWAR, the City of North Charleston, North Charleston Police Department, CVS Pharmacy, Charleston SCUBA, and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) for their sponsorship and support of the Charleston SeaPerch Regional Challenge.

To learn more about SeaPerch, visit http://seaperch.org/.

Story written by Sully Recine, Public Relations Officer, Charleston County School District and also published here:
https://www.ccsdschools.com/news/what_s_new/c_c_s_m_s_and_laing_capture_championships 

C360_2019-02-27-01-49-37-635

St. Johns High School Students Participate in “Reality of Money” Financial Literacy Day Thanks to Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union

HTFCUStudents at St. Johns High School participated in the Reality of Money simulation sponsored by Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union this week.

This activity is an interactive educational program designed to show high school students how their financial choices can impact their budget and lifestyle.

Students received a character profile that outlined their income, credit score, marital status and dependents.

They proceeded to visit 13 activity stations where they chose a residence, their mode of transportation, insurance and much more. The students were also challenged with finding appropriate budgets for food, clothing, childcare and entertainment based on their needs and income.

Each station monitored by Station Managers to work with students to identify the best options for their individual situation and provide suggestions and guidance for areas of need or improvement. Once complete, students form discussion groups to share their experience and results with fellow students, faculty and volunteers.

St. Johns High School students thoroughly enjoyed participating in this program and an overall majority of participating students believed it to be beneficial to understanding how to approach their future financial choices.

Thank you to the Career Technology and Education Department and School Counseling Department at St. Johns High School for providing this opportunity!

Huge thanks to Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union and all the volunteers that invested their time and talent to make this event possible!