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R. B. Stall High Welcomes HVAC Professional from Total Comfort Solutions for Career Presentation

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce provided an opportunity for speakers from Total Comfort Solutions, a regional HVAC company to speak on careers in their industry at R. B. Stall High School on Friday October 30th.

Students were invited to the assembly based on the alignment of their Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) with a job goal similar to that type of work.

The speakers from Total Comfort Solutions were Pat Garner and R. B. Stall graduate Johnny Cobb. The students had a great time talking with both professionals.

Special thanks to both speakers for TCS, and to the chamber for making the connection!

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R. B. Stall Aerospace Engineering Class Visits Charleston Airport Control Tower and Summerville Airfield

Mrs. Kimberly Pickett’s Aerospace Engineering class from R. B. Stall High School had a full day last Thursday visiting two local airports.

First they visited the Air Traffic Control Tower at the Charleston International Airport. Students got to see first hand the technology used to ensure safety in the skies every day.

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Then they visited the Summerville Airport. The students got to meet five local pilots and see their airplanes up close in their private hangers.

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The students also got to launch the rockets they’d been working on in class that afternoon – they tested and documented the results in the field behind the school.

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Overall, it was a fantastic day of work-based learning & project-based learning for students in the Aerospace Engineering program at R. B. Stall HS!

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CCSD Middle School CTE Classrooms Equipped with New Tech Tools

littlelogoOver the summer, CCSD middle school teachers created new curricula for four classes: Google Basics, Multimedia Basics, Financial Literacy, and Digital Literacy.  This project was initiated due to a need for relevant and engaging content for these courses.

The great work done by these middle school teachers made it clear that additional equipment was needed in each classroom. The district’s Career and Technology Education Support Team led by Director Ginger Reijners agreed, and CTE funds were used to purchase the supplies required for the middle school classrooms!

Each CTE middle school business teacher received:

  • a classroom set of headphones with built in microphones
  • 1 document scanner
  • 3 digital video cameras
  • 7 digital cameras.

When the items were delivered to each classroom by members of the CTE support team, the teachers and students were very excited!   They were greeted with hugs, cards, and sincere thanks.

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Student from Donna Thomas’s Multimedia Basics class at Laing Middle School showing off their projects created with the new equipment.

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Students from Danita Gause’s class at Haut Gap Middle School created a thank you card for the CTE department.

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Wando Culinary Arts Students Assist with Les Dames d’Escoffier Autumn Affair Event

Students in Chef Bill Twaler’s culinary arts program at Wando HS were recently invited by the local chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI) to assist in food prep and service at one of the organization’s upcoming gatherings.

LDEI is an invitational organization of women leaders in food, beverage and hospitality whose mission is education and philanthropy.

But the upcoming event was not a typical local meeting, it was actually the LDEI National Conference that was being held in Charleston!

The students prepared special biscuits for the guests and assisted in other aspects of the food services required at the event.

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“We jumped at the opportunity for this work-based learning opportunity for the students”, said Chef Twaler on the opportunity to partner with LDEI.

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Students’ & professionals’ quotes from the event:
  • “After shucking 600 oysters I don’t know if I’ll be able to use my hand again,” said Cliff Beilke.
  • “Chef this was so much fun I can’t wait to do another function,” said Brenden LaFave.
  • “Chef stop eating my desserts,” said Azlynn Butler.
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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.