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

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Thank 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.

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DSC_0097Students 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!

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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.
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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.
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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.

 

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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.

The Charleston Charter School for Math & Science Team H2Oh! and the Laing MS Red Rockets are going to the International SeaPerch Challenge at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD June 1-2, 2019!!

18 teams from 9 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.

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  • 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
  • Laing Middle School

The following teams finished first in the three separate competitions:

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    • HS – CCSMS Shark Bait
    • MS – Laing MS Orange Dragon
  • Engineering Notebook 
    • HS – CCSMS H2Oh!
    • MS – Buist Academy Your Worst Anemone
  • Mission: Rescue & Recovery
    • HS – CCSMS H2Oh!
    • MS – Laing MS Orange Dragon

Event Overall winners: 

  • HS – CCSMS H2Oh!
  • MS – Laing MS Orange Dragon

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 also to thank the many volunteers who gave their time to this competition, and to 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.

A special thanks to NWIC (SPAWAR) for their continued partnership in hosting the Charleston SeaPerch 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 

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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!

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West Ashley High School Early Childhood Education Students Attend 2019 SCECA Conference

Thank you Ms. Butler for submitting this CTE Success Story, including pictures, from your students recent work-based learning trip to the South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA) conference in Greenville.

Early Childhood Education students from West Ashley High School recently attended the South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA) conference in Greenville, SC during the week of January 31-February 2nd.

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On Thursday, January 31st, Kamren Shine led a workshop titled “Who’s Down with DAP” for  ECE professionals during the opening session and did an amazing job with the support of her fellow classmates.

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West Ashley High School’s SCECA students, members of the only high school chapter in SC, received a grant supporting their program from the association at the last 2 annual conferences. WAHS Early Childhood Education students are working to earn the Child Development Associate credential this year.

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Lowcountry-Peedee Robotics League Tournament Causes ROVER RUCKUS at Military Magnet Academy

Special thanks to Ms. Carla Ferrette-Clark, CTE Instructor of Information Technology at Military Magnet Academy and FTC Robotics Team Adviser for submitting this report on the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics League Tournament held February 2.

On Saturday, February 2nd, 18 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) FTC teams from the Lowcountry and Peedee areas converged at Military Magnet Academy for the very first East SC FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics League Tournament. This exciting inaugural event showcased Robotics teams showing off what they learned and invented all season. The teams competed with their robots for an opportunity to advance to the SC State First Tech Challenge Championship. This is a tremendous opportunity for our Scholars and participants in the State of South Carolina, particularly as it relates to the future STEM workforce in the Palmetto State. As our guest speaker, State Representative Sylleste Davis said, “STEM is important to our Scholars future.” MMA had a packed house to promote the STEM initiative!

A little history behind FTC in the Lowcountry is each year FTC teams design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge with alliance partners. This year’s challenge is Rover Ruckus and league winners advance to the regional championships in Gaffney, SC.

FTC is a 7-12 grade competition which allows participants to apply engineering principles, build STEM skills, and exposes them to real-world experiences. Each team operates as a small business with the robot as their product. Team members function in different capacities, similar to a real job. Team roles can consist of programmers, designers, builders, safety inspectors, technical writers, pit crew, drivers, drive coach, and more. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, robotics team members also engage in other activities such as developing a business plan, marketing, fundraising, public speaking, and community outreach. Participants and teams can earn awards and are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships. Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship.

In previous years, teams competed in one regional (state) tournament from which teams were chosen to advance to the FIRST Championship. For the first time this year the South Carolina FTC teams moved to a league format, which increased the number of matches, played, offered more opportunity to design and strategize throughout the season, and more opportunities to interact with local teams.

Out of 18 total teams, the Robo Eagles ranked 16 with 299 points scored. There was a total of 10 matches ending in the Robo Eagles being selected as a semi-finals alliance partner with the Ground Shakers but did not advance to the regional competition. Additionally, team member, Alexandria Archie, was nominated as a FIRST Dean’s List semi-finalist, one of four nominees for the league. We exemplified “Gracious Professionalism” while cheering our fellow robotics teams on to victory. This has been an exciting season thus far for the Robo Eagles and we will continue to grow and learn!

I would like to extend a special thanks to Ms. Lowman, TSgt White, Ms. Reed, and the Admin Staff for coming out and supporting the event. Our Senior Alumni who came from College to run the Eagles concession stand, and lastly, we would like to thank Ms. Sally-Ann Archie, a parent, and mentor, who has been an asset to Military Magnet with volunteering to help in any capacity and supporting our Robo Eagles and Cyber Security team.

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Publix Spotlight Career Cafe & Interviews at Burke High School

Students at Burke High School recently met with professionals from the soon to open Publix location on Spring Street in Downtown Charleston.

Participating students had the opportunity to learn about the high expectations for Publix  employees, and the terrific opportunities for training and career advancement available.

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The Career Cafe was organized by Mr. Alvin Lumkin, Career Specialists serving Burke High School and hosted in Mr. Roy Kemp’s classroom.

Thank you to the Publix team members that invested their time at Burke High School for this empowering Career Cafe event for students.

 

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Military Magnet Academy Students Get Hands-On with Race Cars Thanks to Universal Technical Institute Visit

Students from Military Magnet Academy recently got up close and personal with several race cars thanks to a parking lot visit by Universal Technical Institute representatives!

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Students enjoyed learning about the competitive cars and the programs offered by UTI in high demand, high wage careers.

Thank you Mr. Coull for staging this experiential learning opportunity at MMA for our students!

Thank you Mr. Lumpkin for sharing this CTE Student Success story from Military Magnet Academy!

 

 

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BoomTown! Hosts Computer Science Students from North Charleston High School for Career Exploration Visit

On December 5th, 2018, Ms. Crabtree’s Exploring Computer Science students from North Charleston High School were able to experience a very informative “Deep Dive” work-based learning visit hosted by BoomTown!, a local software company.

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Students received a detailed presentation on the features and benefits of BoomTown’s ROI real estate software, an explanation of the company’s core values, and a personalized tour of their modern workplace. Students also got to see Pacific Box and Crate, which is the name of the beautiful tech campus BoomTown! shares with other tech companies.

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Students left with a new vision of the 21st Century workplace. Thank you Nina Magnesson and the whole BoomTown! team for providing this rich career exploration opportunity for  North Charleston High School students!

Thank you Darwin Shorters for submitting this excellent CTE Success Story with pictures!