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West Ashley HS Educators Spend Professional Development Day with Area Businesses

On Thursday, January 15th, over 70 West Ashley HS educators’ Professional Development day included an assignment to visit local businesses. These morning “externship” opportunities were assigned by department, for example teachers from the science department visited High Purity Standards, a local science laboratory that manufactures basic elements for various applications.
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This opportunity for educators to spend part of their PD day learning “off campus” was conceived by West Ashley HS principal Lee Runyon. Principal Runyon said, “the purpose of this activity was 2 fold:
  1. For our faculty to find rigorous, real-world application opportunities of content area skills that can be brought back into our classrooms.
  2. For educators and community partners to reflect on the SC Profile of the High School Graduate relative to our students’ development of World Class Skills ready for college, career and citizenship.

Thank you to all the organizations that hosted educators from West Ashley High School for this experience!

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Verizon Wireless Customer Support Center
Steinway Piano Gallery
Limehouse Produce
Charleston RiverDogs
LS3P Architecture
Mary Joseph State Farm Insurance
Rick Hendrick BMW Charleston / Rick Hendrick Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Funeral Homes
Venture Aerobearings
WCSC Live 5
Liollio Architecture
Charleston Regional Development Alliance
Advantage Media Group
High-Purity Standards, Inc
THANK YOU TO EACH OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS FOR HOSTING WAHS EDUCATORS!

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West Ashley HS’s Graduating Engineering Majors Present to WAHS Engineering Advisory Board; Robert Rentz Named Excellence in Engineering Award Winner

Engineering instructor Dr. Barbara Leonard shared these pictures from West Ashley High School senior’s Project Lead the Way Engineering Design & Development Class presentations to their Engineering Advisory Board, held May 27 2015.IMG_1173IMG_1166IMG_1169IMG_1170IMG_1172IMG_1175

West Ashley High School’s 2014-2015 Excellence in Engineering award winner was Robert Rentz.

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Special thanks to Cummins Charleston for supporting this special recognition for Robert Rentz.

 

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West Ashley HS VEX Robotics Team Earns Spot in State Competition

West Ashley HS had three robots competing in the recent Lowcounry VEX Challenge.IMG_0740

Mr. Nicholas Holmes, WAHS Robotics adviser provided the following recap of the event hosted by his high school:

“Of our 3 teams, our WAHS-A team was the most successful with a record of 8-1, and finished the qualification matches ranked as the #1 overall seed. The team went on to win the first round of playoffs easily, buy missed making it to the final match by 3 points! The team also earned top honors with the 3rd best autonomous program and the 7th best driver. (These are all out of 25 teams).”

“The WAHS-A  robot qualified to participate in the South Carolina State robotics competition on March 7th.  If they are one of the top 3 teams, they will be invited to compete in the World robotics championship in Kentucky in early April!”

“Last year, our robot made it to the state competition but was only invited because we placed it on a waitlist. This year, we earned our spot and have a legitimate shot of taking this thing all the way!!”, Mr. Holmes added.

Students paid special tribute to Mr. Phillip Beyel, a former teacher at WAHS that moved out of town recently, by attaching his picture to one of the competition robots.

Special thanks to Cummins Charleston for their investment of time and talent in the WAHS VEX Robotics team!

Congratulations to Mr. Holmes and his students on hosting a terrific event, and on their success in this robotics competition – we wish them good luck in the state event!

 

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West Ashley High’s Medieval Trebuchet Team Excels in Competition

Students from West Ashley High School competed again this year in the annual Trebuchet competition hosted by The Citadel.

The WAHS team called “Trebu-Tronix” was led by Nicholas Holmes, also the school’s Mechatronics teacher.

This year the level of competition increased dramatically with a total of 78 teams from elementary through college, military and even corporate entries!

High school teams actually built a full scale trebuchet, which looks like a large medieval rocket launcher/sling shot.

In the high school division, WAHS’s  Trebu-Tronix earned 3rd place for accuracy and 2nd place in design.

In the exiting distance competition,  Trebu-Tronix finished 3rd out of every trebuchet there; 1st among all middle and high schools… losing only to pro teams by only 50 feet!!

After the competition, Mr. Holmes extended a huge thank  you to Google, SPAWAR, Boeing, The Citadel, and everyone that supported his students in this competition.

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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Engaged in Project-based Learning

Dr. Barbara Leonard’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Pathway to Engineering Students at West Ashley High School utilized their brainstorming skills when faced with a “challenge build” project-based learning activity.

Students had to come up with a way to support a golf ball with a base made entirely from paper clips, straws and pipe cleaners.

Through engaging classroom activities like these, students are preparing for the challenges of their future careers.

 

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New West Ashley HS Greenhouse Installed on Day of Caring 2014

Over a year ago, several West Ashley High School teachers agreed on a goal of expanding an already fruitful partnership: Luke Hamilton’s special education students were cultivating herbs and vegetables in raised beds at the school and Jason Wheless’ culinary arts students were using what they grew in their recipes.

Sandy Pennekamp, the CTE Department Chair at WAHS spearheaded the plan that included 2 grant applications and culminated with a sensation Day of Caring event Friday, Nov. 14 with volunteers from Charleston area First Citizens branches and Cummins.

Students from Nicholas Holmes’ engineering and mechatronics classes also assisted in the successful design and build project. James Daniel, a student in the engineering track at WAHS said, “it was a terrific hands-on learning experience!”

Students from the culinary arts program prepared and served a special lunch for the volunteers after the work was done.

The project received a $5000 grant from the SC Green Fair, and will promote wellness, nutrition, and conservation at West Ashley High School for many years to come.

Check out this video of the finished greenhouse structure being moved into place, and pictures documenting the whole installation process below!

 

 

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West Ashley HS Teachers Partner to Earn Carolina Green Fair Grant

The fruitful partnership at West Ashley High School between Luke Hamilton’s special education students and Jason Wheless’ culinary arts students continues to grow.

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Mr. Hamilton’s students will continue to utilize raised beds in the high school’s inner courtyard as they did last year, growing herbs and produce to be used in Mr. Wheless’ culinary arts kitchen.

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But this year, they will have a new greenhouse outfitted with new pots and tools thanks to a $5000 grant from Carolina Green Fair, thanks in part to support from Bosch Charleston.

The plan is to have the new greenhouse installed on November 14, Trident United Way’s annual Day of Caring. Stay tuned for more details and pictures.

Thanks to all that have supported this inclusive project at West Ashley High School.