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27 Students Begin Summer Internships with CCSD Departments

Congratulations to all 27 students from high schools throughout Charleston County School District on their summer internships!

Each student went through an interview process and completed all required CCSD Human Resources requirements.

This past week, the summer interns participated in an Orientation meeting and a Student Retreat.

At the Orientation meeting, students completed their requirements for employment, met with their supervisors, and learned about the KRONOS time clock system. The students and their supervisors met to discuss the specific expectations for the summer work-based learning experience.IMG_4076IMG_4091IMG_4081

At the Retreat, students got to know their fellow interns through various activities including a personality assessment. They also heard about best practices in the college scholarship application process from a former student intern currently in college on a full scholarship.???????????????????????????????NCHS ???????????????????????????????

Students from the following schools are participating in the CCSD Departments Summer Internship Program:

Acadmic Magnet HS 2
Baptist Hill MHS 2
Garrett Academy 3
North Charleston HS 3
R B Stall HS 6
School of the Arts 1
Wando HS 2
West Ashley HS 8

Thanks to these CCSD departments for hosting a student intern this summer:

Arts & World Languages: SMAART CAMP 4
Business Intelligence & Information Management 1
Capital Programs 1
Early Learning 1
Ed Tech 3
ESOL 1
Exceptional Children 1
Grounds and General Services 4
Human Resources 1
Information Technology – Help Desk 1
Mathematics Department 2
Middle School Learning Community 1
NCHS School Store 1
Nutrition Services 1
Office of Strategy and Communications 1
Office of Teacher Effectiveness 1
Procurement 2

Thanks to everyone that made this summer’s kick off week for the 2017 Summer Interns a success including Sandra Quigley in HR, Ashley Chambers from KRONOS Support, Burke High School for hosting, Carolyn Southall from NCHS, CTE Executive Director Richard Gordon, and all the CCSD dept reps that spoke at the orientation meeting with the student interns. Thanks to Doctors Care for their assistance with the TB test requirements for each intern.

Check out these additional pictures from the Orientation and Retreat meetings.

 

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West Ashley HS Mechatronics Class Constructs Hydraulic Powdered Cardboard Robot

Students in Mr. Nicholas Holmes mechatronics class at West Ashley High School recently tackled a unique project-based learning assignment.

They were shown the following video, and challenged with the question: Can we build it?

No problem! Check out the West Ashley High School Mechatronics class version of the hydraulic powdered robotic arm made from cardboard:

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IMG_4192Thanks to Mr. Holmes and his amazing WAHS students for knocking this Project-based learning assignment OUT OF THE PARK!

 

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West Ashley High School Hosts Wildcat Engineers Week

West Ashley High School Hosts Wildcat Engineers Week

West Ashley High students learn about careers in engineering Charleston, SC – From February 21-24, West Ashley High School hosted Wildcat Engineers Week, a week of opportunities for students to learn more about a career in engineering.

Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Engineers Week is designed to raise public awareness of engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life and to encourage students to pursue a career in the field of engineering. According to their website, “More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.”
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“The theme of this year’s Engineers Week is ‘Dream Big’,” said West Ashley High Engineering teacher Dr. Barbara Leonard. “That’s really the message we’re trying to impart.” Wildcat Engineers Week started with guest speaker Nancy Jenkins from the Army Corps of Engineers. Jenkins’ presentation focused on architecture, what architects do, how to become an architect, and popular architecture projects. Jenkins presented to Dr. Leonard’s Civil Engineering and Architecture students. She is a graduate of Middleton High School. “We want to engage students and to have students ask questions and learn as much as they can about engineering while they’re still in high school,” said Dr. Leonard. “I think engineering is a stealth profession.”West Ashley High Hosts Wildcats Engineers Week (02)

The next event included an on-site visit and demonstration from four Boeing engineers. Each engineer talked about his or her career path, the different planes they’re working on, and then collaborated with the students to complete an activity. The students were divided into groups and had to make a wing of an airplane out of index card-size slips of paper and scotch tape. The wing was placed between two chairs while items like pencils, pens, and coins were placed on top of them to test the durability and strength of the wing each group created. West Ashley High Hosts Wildcats Engineers Week (03)

“The Ultimate Driving Machine,” a BMW smart car, made a special appearance on West Ashley High’s campus as well. Students were able to explore the interior of the car and learn more about the special engine under the hood.

West Ashley High Hosts Wildcats Engineers Week (04)On Thursday, students went on a field trip to the Joint Base Charleston where they took part in a special Tuskegee Airmen presentation. While there, students listened to a presentation about the history of the Tuskegee Airmen, took a tour of all the C-17 training facilities on the base, and spoke with representatives from different colleges and aviation careers that set up tables in one of the hangars. Two Tuskegee Airmen were present during the festivities. Students from elementary and middle schools within Charleston County School District also attended the event. International orange, the color of engineering, was worn by many of those who participated in the week’s events.
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The final Wildcats Engineers Week event consisted of Dr. Leonard and Mr. Robert Stone’s engineering students displaying their course projects in the Career and Technology Education (CTE) hallway. These creations impressed many attendees of West Ashley High and were the perfect way to demonstrate the impact that Engineers Week has on students.

Thanks to Donnie Newton, West Ashley HS Public Relations Coordinator for submitting this story.

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Health Science Students from West Ashley HS Participates in HOSA Leadership Conference

WAHS Senior Mary Johnson takes first in Behavioral Health Knowledge Charleston, SC –

At the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference each chapter was asked to choose one student as their outstanding member. The Outstanding Member was someone who participated in all of their team’s events and activities. West Ashley High chose senior Laniya Correya as their Outstanding Member.

At the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference each chapter was asked to choose one student as their outstanding member. The Outstanding Member was someone who participated in all of their team’s events and activities. West Ashley High chose senior Laniya Correya as their Outstanding Member.

West Ashley High School’s Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) team competed in the South Carolina Health Occupations Students of America State Leadership Conference. The conference took place at the North Charleston Convention Center where 1,400 students from all over the state competed in a total of 133 events.

Student from Wando HS, James Island CHS, and Charleston Charter School for Math & Science were a few of the schools who competed from Charleston County.

 

West Ashley High students Theo McLaughlin and Mary Johnson pose with HOSA Club sponsors Melissa Sparks and Julie Bamberg at the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference.

West Ashley High students Theo McLaughlin and Mary Johnson pose with HOSA Club sponsors Melissa Sparks and Julie Bamberg at the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference.

West Ashley High senior Mary Johnson placed first on the Behavioral Health Knowledge Test. “Obviously I’m thrilled with Mary’s performance,” said Melissa Sparks, West Ashley High Health Science teacher and HOSA Club sponsor. “She did exceptionally in our state competition and now she will get the opportunity to represent West Ashley on the International Stage at the HOSA International Leadership Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in June.”

A total of ten students from West Ashley High competed in six different categories. Ashley Duke, Keely Barton, Theo McLaughlin, and Laniya Correya competed in Medical Terminology Knowledge; Edith Mendoza competed in Dental Terminology Knowledge; Jasmine Lloyd competed in Medical Reading; Dazia Chandler competed in Sports Medicine; Mary Johnson competed in Behavioral Health Knowledge; and Olivia Brazelton and Alex Ryan competed in the Health Career Display Event. Most students trained independently to prepare for the competition with the exception of Chandler. She worked closely with Kristen LaSeta, West Ashley High Sports Medicine teacher and Physical Therapist, to prepare for the demonstration portion of her event. Senior Laniya Correya was recognized as HOSA’s Outstanding Member because of her participation in the events and activities of West Ashley High’s HOSA Club.

West Ashley High senior Mary Johnson placed first on the Behavioral Health Knowledge Test at the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference. Johnson will next represent West Ashley High at the HOSA International Leadership Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in June.

West Ashley High senior Mary Johnson placed first on the Behavioral Health Knowledge Test at the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference. Johnson will next represent West Ashley High at the HOSA International Leadership Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in June.

Sparks was incredibly proud of the West Ashley High HOSA students who competed at the conference. “With it being our first year competing, I think that all of our competitors did outstanding work and represented the very best of West Ashley,” said Sparks. “I’m proud of all of our students who competed and I’m very proud that our students attended many educational sessions and supported other students around the state as well as our West Ashley team.”

(L-R) West Ashley High students Alex Ryan and Olivia Brazelton display their Health Career Team event poster before their presentation at the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference.

(L-R) West Ashley High students Alex Ryan and Olivia Brazelton display their Health Career Team event poster before their presentation at the South Carolina HOSA State Leadership Conference.

This article was provided by WAHS Public Relations Coordinator Donnie Newton 

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West Ashley HS Pre-engineering Students Enjoy Visit to Ravenel Bridge with Local Engineers

Dr. Barbara Leonard, West Ashley High School’s PLTW Engineering instructor, provided the following description and pictures from her students recent visit to the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River and the Mt. Pleasant Waterfront park with local professionals from the engineering community. 
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The 2017 Engineering Tour of the Ravenel Bridge was a great success. Nine engineers led walking tours for 27 pre-engineering students from West Ashley High School on Friday, April 21st. Companies represented included Infrastructure Consulting and Engineering, Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. and Stantec Consulting Services of Charleston. IMG_7641 IMG_7619

Thank you to the local STEM professionals that invested their time to ensure this powerful work-based learning experience was possible for students from West Ashley High School!

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West Ashley HS Students Compete at Technology Student Association State Event

Technology Student Association LogoStudents from West Ashley High School recently participated in the annual state competition event for Technology Student Association (TSA).

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national, non-profit organization of middle and high school students who are engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Since TSA was chartered in 1978, almost 4,000,000 student members have participated through challenging competitions, leadership opportunities, and community service.

West Ashley HS TSA adviser Robert Stone said “This year’s state conference was a success. We competed in both the CO2 Dragsters and Future Technology Teacher events.”

“One of our team members, Matt Baumgardner placed 3rd in the state for the Future Technology Teacher category. This was awesome considering it’s only our first year as a TSA chapter”, added Mr. Stone. In the Future Technology Teacher category, competing students investigate technology education preparation programs in higher education and test their potential as a future technology educator.

Thank you Mr. Stone for sharing this CTE Student Success Story, and congratulation Matt on your well deserved trophy – It’s wonderful that you’re preparing for a career working as a STEM Educator!

Matt Baumgardner


UPDATE: WAHS Technology Student Association adviser Mr. Robert Stone provided the following update on the story above:

“We got back the results from the TEAMS competition in Charlotte. These results took longer to get back because they are sent to the TEAMS national office to get scored and they compile a ranking list for all scoring categories by state.

West Ashley HS ranked #1 in state for the multiple choice, essay, and the design & build portion of the competition!

West Ashley HS also got 1st in state for overall ranking for South Carolina!

According to the TEAMS overall ranking, the top team in each state will receive a “Best-in-State” banner and medals for each member of the team. The top 3 teams for the state in each of the sub-categories will receive certificates for their performance.”

Here is a picture of the students with their certificates:

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Thanks to all that made this student organization opportunity possible!

 

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Nail Technology Students from West Ashley High School Showcase their Designs

Ms. Helen Shepherd shared these samples of the creative work her students are doing in the Nail Technology program at West Ashley High School.

Students can earn their Nail Technician license in this CTE Program.

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Thanks to Ms. Shepherd for sharing the excellent work of her students Kasey Cunningham, Kinsley Kemp, Elisa Dillon, Em Dinh, and Lindsey Clarkson.

 

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Butcher & Bee Hosts North Charleston HS and West Ashley HS Students for Work-based Learning Visit

Butcher and Bee SignStudents from West Ashley High School and North Charleston High School enjoyed a wonderful field trip facilitated by YEScarolina to Butcher & Bee restaurant in downtown Charleston on March 30, 2017. 

The group for this structured field study experience was comprised of students from Ms. Eva Rutiri’s Entrepreneurship class and Fundamentals of Web Page Design class at WAHS and Ms. Carolyn Southall’s entrepreneurship students from NCHS. Both Ms. Rutiri and Ms. Southall are YEScarolina Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers.

Students enjoyed a tour of the facility and informative presentations from the owners, Michael and Melody Shemtov.

Additional presenters included an entrepreneur, Lee Deas, from Oblivouslee Marketing, a local business that excels in web design and public relations.

Just when the students thought the presentations for the day and concluded, they got a surprise visit from a Top Chef participant in Charleston, Sylva Senat (http://www.bravotv.com/people/sylva-senat).File_000(2)

My students had a terrific experience at the Butcher & Bee – we are very very appreciative of Michael and Melody Shemtov’s time.” said Ms. Southall after the visit.

“We thank Butcher and Bee for hosting us and serving us a delicious meal for lunch.” added Ms. Rutiri.

Work-based learning opportunities like these help ensure Charleston County School District students are College and Career Ready – Thanks to YEScaolina, the business professionals that invested their time, and everyone else that made this excellent field trip possible. Check out more info on this WBL experience here on the YEScarolina website.

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Students Compete at 2017 SeaPeach Underwater Robotics Challenge

logo_seaperchOver 100 students from throughout Charleston recently competed in the 2017 SeaPerch Charleston Challenge at the Danny Jones Pool complex in North Charleston.

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Teams from local high and middle schools designed underwater robots and competed with them in various challenges. Students were also judged on their poster and presentation skills, and an overall composite score determined the winner of the event for both middle and high school age students.

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Local schools competing included:

  • Buist Academy MS
  • C.E.Williams MS for the Creative and Scientific Arts
  • Charleston Math and Science Charter School
  • Laing MS of Science and Technology
  • North Charleston HS
  • Summerville HS
  • Wando HS
  • West Ashley HS

Mr. Jonathan Zucker delivered an inspiring keynote message before the competition began. He reminded students about the vast amounts of the seafloor that remain unexplored, and the potential discoveries that await mankind as we perfect our underwater exploration equipment.

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West Ashley High School brought home the overall 1st place trophy for the high schools division.

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Students from Laing Middle School were the overall winner in the middle school division.

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This event was made possible thanks to countless volunteer hours. Special thanks to the following list of leading sponsors of this year’s Charleston SeaPerch event!

  • SPAWAR
  • Little Caesars
  • Charleston Scuba
  • STEM Centers SC
  • NOAA
  • Homegrown Hospitality
  • City of North Charleston – Recreation Department
  • Charleston County School District Science Department, and many others!

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FINAL RESULTS

Middle School Division: Overall winner to Nationals Laing MS Team # 6

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1st- Laing Ms #6
2nd- Buist MS # 13
3rd Laing MS # 5
Obstacle Course
1st- Laing MS #6
2nd Buist MS #13
3rd Buist MS #21
Puzzle Challenge
1st- Buist #21
2nd tie Buist MS #21, Laing MS #6
High School Division over all winner to Nationals West Ashley HS Team #17
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1st- West Ashley HS #17
2nd- Charleston Charter for Math & Science # 2
3rd- Charleston Charter for Math & Science # 18
Obstacle Course
1st- West Ashley HS # 17
2nd- West Ashley HS # 7
3rd- Wando HS # 3
Puzzle Challenge
1st- North Charleston HS # 24
2nd – North Charleston HS # 23
3rd- North Charleston HS #20

Please enjoy these additional pictures from the event: