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Successful CTE Professional Development Kicks Off 15/16 School Year

August 11, 2015 – Mt. Pleasant, SC – Seacoast Church graciously provided the meeting space for the back to school professional development for CTE teachers on Tuesday. With ample parking, a large space with tables and chairs provided, and plenty of rooms for break-out sessions, the location was ideal.

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The day began with a keynote speech from new CCSD Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait. She shared her passion for Career and Technology Education and answered a number of questions from teachers.

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Two local business partners also shared their support for CTE teachers – Brad Davis with Rick Hendrick Automotive Group and Jim Hirni with Anchor Sign company. Both professionals talked about their company’s critical workforce needs and offered to assist as needed to ensure students are ready to maximize the wonderful career opportunities available in the Charleston region.

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After the morning plenary session, teachers cycled through 4 breakout rooms with presentations from the CTE Support Team members on CTE Data, Work-based Learning, Student Learning Objective plans, and many other important topics. CTE Director Ginger Reijners’ session was an overall update on the factors that will impact CTE this academic year.

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Teachers enjoyed round table discussions over lunch from Chic-fil-A and wear treated to 5 Minute Foot Rubs thanks to the generous support of Anchor Sign!

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After lunch, Robin Willis from the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce shared a presentation on the continued growth of our community. She also talked about the Youth Apprenticeship program the chamber is supporting along with Trident Technical College, all 4 local school districts, and over 60 industry partners.

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At the end of the very productive professional development day, several teachers names were drawn for prizes – one teacher won a dinner for two at The Charleston Grill and another won a trip to the ACTE Conference in New Orleans in November! Other teachers won tickets to Charleston Battery Soccer matches at MUSC Health Stadium on Daniel Island.

Special thanks to Mickey Bakst with The Charleston Grill and Suzanne Brandon with the Charleston Battery for donating prizes for teachers attending the meeting!

All teachers left with a special gift: a special back-up battery for their phone! IMG_2303

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Please enjoy this gallery of additional pictures from the event:

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4 Military Magnet Academy Students Complete Internship Program at Lowcountry Food Bank

Charleston, SC – May 21, 2015 – Four students from Military Magnet Academy’s culinary arts program led by Chef Joseph Crompton enjoyed a special ceremony this morning in recognition of their spring semester internship completion.

Here is a video from this morning’s special program held at the Lowcountry Food Bank facility:
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Huge thanks to Chef Kim Ortego and Erin Fisher at the food bank, and to everyone that made this amazing work-based learning experience possible for these students!

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Charleston Elks Lodge Hosts Students for Job Shadowing Day with Local Municipalities

May 14, 2015 – Charleston, SCElks Lodge 242 hosted over 35 students from area high schools for a day of job shadowing experiences with local municipalities.

Students from Burke HS, Lincoln HS, Military Magnet Academy, Charleston Charter School for Math & Science, R. B. Stall HS, and West Ashley HS arrived at the Elks Lodge in West Ashley and were treated to juice and muffins by Elks volunteers.

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Each student was given their assigned destination and Elks members ensured they got to the locations – The Town of Mt. Pleasant, City of Charleston, City of North Charleston, and City of Hanahan provided opportunities for students to shadow various municipal professionals for the morning. Each students career interests were matched with their assignment.

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After spending the morning with the assigned job shadowing hosts, everyone gathered in the Elks main hall for a special luncheon.

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Micheala Bennekin, a senior at Burke High School got to shadow in the Mt. Pleasant mayor’s office, and received a proclamation from Mayor Linda Page appointing her Honorary Mayor for the Day!

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Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. was the keynote speaker, and several Elks Members spoke also. Students were also invited to the podium to share about what they’d learned during the experience.

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Special thanks to Jennie Sirisky and Tim Bussey  for their excellent  planning for the day, and all the other Elks members that made this amazing career exploration opportunity a reality for participating students.

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Military Magnet Academy Law Students Visit SC Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia

Recently, students in Mr. Ernest Cooper’s Law & Protective Service program at Military Magnet Academy had the opportunity to visit the SC Criminal Justice Academy in Columbia.DSC_0905

Students got to experience the only authorized law enforcement training facility in the State of South Carolina first hand.

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MMA students in Mr. Cooper’s class also recently visited the courtroom of the Honorable Deadra L. Jefferson at the Charleston County Judicial Center on Broad Street downtown. Judge Jefferson welcomed them and explained her role in the judicial system.

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Culinary Students Assist with Chefs’ Feast Event Supporting Lowcountry Food Bank

Students from Wando HS and Military Magnet Academy were among the volunteers that helped serve over 1200 guests attending last night’s Chefs’ Feast, and event that supports the Lowcountry Food Bank. At the event, 32 local restaurants were on hand to provide about 600 portions each of some of their signature dishes.

Chef Joseph Crompton, Culinary Arts Instructor at Military Magnet Academy said, “This event is an excellent opportunity to show culinary students what large scale catering and serving is all about.”

Chef Crompton shared a “movie trailer” style event recap video – check it out here.

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Lowcountry Food Bank Providing Culinary Internships for Military Magnet Academy Students

Four students in Chef Joseph Crompton’s Culinary Arts program at Military Magnet Academy have recently started their spring semester internship at the Lowcountry Food Bank. Each student has the opportunity to earn high school credit, and industry certifications through this Work-based Learning program.

Thank you to the terrific team at Lowcountry Food Bank and the supportive administration at Military Magnet for ensuring this wonderful opportunity is available for these students.

 

 

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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.

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

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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.

MMA Law Students Visit Judge Jefferson

Charleston County Judge Hosts Military Magnet Business Law Students

Business Law students from Military Magnet Academy recently visited Judge Deadra Jefferson in her Charleston County Courtroom. The students were given a tour of the courts, got to sit in on some guilty pleas, and met for a half hour with Judge Jefferson. The students have been invited back to watch some upcoming civil and criminal trials.