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West Ashley HS Nail Technology Students Visit Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Event

Ms. Helen Shepherd’s Nail Technology students from West Ashley High School visited Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School during a recent Breast Cancer Awareness event to provide nail services for all willing elementary girls. ashley3 ashey1
It was a great chance for the WAHS students to practice their craft and get to meet some younger students. The Ashley River Creative Arts students were thrilled to meet the big high school students!ashley2
Thanks to everyone that made the work-based learning opportunity possible.
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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.

 

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2 Summer Interns at Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge Gaining Valuable Career Experience

Reaves Wannamaker from Academic Magnet High School and Vinh Ton from Wando High School landed a pretty sweet internship this summer… They are being paid to work with the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in Awendaw.

This internship, an extension of the Over the Horizon program, is providing valuable work-based learning experiences for these students.

Reaves and Vinh are enjoying a wide variety of experiences this summer – Working with students in the “Camp Sewee” at the Sewee Visitor Center, helping to recover turtle nests, assisting with interpretive tours, important maintenance projects on bulls island, and so much more!

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Thanks to all that have ensured the Over the Horizon partnership continues to yield positive outcomes for students!

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Sanders-Clyde 8th Graders Visit Local Volvo-BMW-Mini Dealership

May 28, 2015 – Charleston, SC  – Career exploration was the topic of the day for 30 Sanders-Clyde Creative Arts School 8th graders preparing to matriculate to high school this fall.

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The students were treated to a behind the scenes tour of the Rick Hendrick Volvo, Mini, and BMW showrooms and service departments on Savannah Highway.

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They got to hear from professionals including team members from parts & service, sales, and marketing departments.

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Thank you to the wonderful team at Rick Hendrick Volvo, Mini and BMW of Charleston for hosting students from Sanders-Clyde today!

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Additional pictures from today’s tour:

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West Ashley HS Engineering Students Visit Clemson Research Institute

IMG_0906 Dr. Barbara Leaonard’s West Ashley High School PLTW engineering students truly enjoyed their tour of the Clemson University Wind Turbine Testing Facility  and their E-Grid on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

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Special thanks to the amazing staff at the Clemson University Research Institute for all the time and effort they invest in CCSD students!
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R. B. Stall Health Science Program Visits Horizon Bay Assisted Living

IMG_1242February 25, 2015 – Today, students in Ms. Erin Shiver’s Clinical Studies program at R. B. Stall HS enjoyed an interactive visit to the assisted living and memory care units at Horizon Bay.

They learned that assisted living residents have their own individual living spaces (and vehicles if desired and appropriate) and their care can range from help with only meals to personal care. The students shadowed caregivers, interacted with residents and helped serve lunch.
The memory care unit provides in depth care for residents diagnosed with Alzheimers/dementia. This is the area that most students love and want to stay. The students are directly shadowing caregivers (medical assistants, physical therapists, nurses​, med techs, administration​ ) assisting with the patient transport and activities for brain stimulation​.
 
​Ms. Shiver said, “The impact from this experience was enlightening. I could see a sparkle in their eyes and a pep in their step​. My students were motivated and empowered to take action now in pursuit of their careers in health care. I was witnessing their future becoming their present as they asked for volunteer applications and schedules. This 2-hour experience was filled with more information and reality than they were expecting and I was gratified!”  “​They all dressed and acted the part; 100% dressed in scrubs and wearing ID’s and carrying their clipboards and pens with their job shadowing worksheets attached”, Ms. Shiver added.
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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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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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Hands-on Learning for R. B. Stall’s First Robotics Team 4243

The R. B. Stall High School First Robotics Team 4243 adviser Kimberly Pickett
shared the following pictures from this year so far:

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This years Team 4243 outside of Boeing during our Parent Night

 Students brainstorming this year’s First Robotics Challenge: “Recycle Rush”
and using K’nex to model Robot ideas and presenting them.

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Student Designed Sketch and Decision Matrix of this years Robot

 

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Student and Mentor working on the build!

 Best of luck to Team 4243 from R. B. Stall High School
in their continued preparations for First Robotics Competition!