February 2018 Accelerate


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INSIDE MDAnderson Fellowship +YE Market Days + MHS Sixth Floor MuseumVisit + Classroom Spotlights Jump Start February 2018 District-wide Career Exploration Night Introduces Students and Parents to Local Employers and Career and Technical Education Programs An estimated 700 guests converged at the Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center for Career students and their families enjoyed being able to come and go as they spoke with local employers such as the Arlington Exploration Night. During the one-night Police and Fire Departments, Texas event students and parents were able Trust Credit Union, UPS, Tarrant to explore career possibilities with local County College and many local busi- employers and the AISD Career and nesses. AISD teachers and students Technical Education Department. from career and technical education The AISD Guidance and Counsel- programs were also on hand to answer ing Department sponsored the event in questions and introduce future students conjunction with Workforce Solutions to the benefits of career education. of Tarrant County and the Arlington “It is important for our younger stu- Chamber of Commerce. dents to see the connection between Fourth-grade through eighth-grade their education and employment, even See “Career Night” continued on page 2 @CTEArlingtonISD AISD.net/CTE


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“Career Night” continued from page 1 before high school graduation,” says Nell Fielding, Director of Guidance and Counseling. “There are so many opportunities for the students of Arlington ISD that are in their backyards.” AISD Police Academy students particularly enjoyed the event. “It’s been fun to talk to the younger students about the academy. They’ve asked a lot of really good questions.” says Danielle S. (BHS). For more information about career education in AISD, direct message the CTE department @CTEArlingtonISD. Elementary students explored the production studio and “green room” of the CTC. MD Anderson Fellowship Opportunity for BHS Health Science Teacher While many teachers were enjoying some much deserved time off this past summer, BHS biomedical science instructor, Bethany Dorsey, was acquiring new laboratory techniques, getting hands-on experience with state-of-theart equipment and learning all about the unique career and post-secondary options available that many high school students do not realize are available to them. Dorsey was accepted into the prestigious MD Anderson Michael J. Ahearn Fellowship program offered in Houston through MD Anderson’s School of Health Professionals. This fellowship is an immersive summer program geared towards science teachers as an opportunity to practice and hone skills at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Some of the departments Dorsey worked with included molecular biology, cellular and microbiological laboratories, medical dosimetry, radiation therapy and diagnostic imaging. While the whole experience was memorable, Dorsey says her favorite lab was in histotechnology. “Histotech lab allowed us to collect human tissue samples, paraffin them and use a sharp bladed instrument called a microtome to slice, stain and prepare microscope slides for evaluation,” she says. The fellowship allowed Dorsey the time to brush up on her own lab skills but most importantly, learn and practice Bethany Dorsey worked with real human tissue in the histotech lab at MD Anderson. innovative techniques to bring back to her students. She explains, “It really opened my eyes to the extent of the unique medical paths that students can pursue. I would strongly encourage all students who are interested in the medical field, but not set on the traditional path, to look at some of the opportunities, internships and degrees that MD Anderson offers for current high school students and graduates.” Page 2 CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION


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CTC Aerospace Engineering students visited the American Airlines Career & Aviation Exposition in Fort Worth where they were able to speak to pilots and view aircraft displays. The Agricultural Science Center hosted the Winter Classic Livestock Show on December 16, 2017. Congratulations to those who placed. Grand Champions: Emily D. (AHS), Senior Commercial Bucks & Junior Fancy Bucks Christopher N. (MHS), Senior Fancy Bucks Reserve Grand Champions: Kaitlyn S. (AHS), Senior Commercial Does CTC Marketing students participated in the DECA Idea Challenge during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Students were challenged to find an innovative use for a common household item in just eight days. Winners will be announced at the end of the month. SHS FCCLA regional officers will travel to Corpus Christi for the Region V Leadership Conference in February. SHS FFA member, Madisyn M., received $500 to purchase a beef heifer next year by catching a calf in the annual calf scramble at the Fort Worth Stock Show this month. Madisyn has also been entered into a pool for a chance to win up to $15,000 in scholarship money for doing well with her project. Showmanship: David S. (AHS), Mixed Pot Kaitlyn S. (AHS), Market Agricultural Science students from AHS, BHS and MHS will compete in the Fort Worth Livestock Show this month. AHS, BHS, LHS, MHS and SHS HOSA will compete at the area conference in Copperas Cove in February. MHS Robotics competed in the UIL State Championship BEST Robotics Division last month where they earned State Runner-Up, 3rd place in Most Robust Robot, and 1st place in Web Page Design. Market Days Prove Entrepreneurship Students’ Hunger for Success Entrepreneurship students hosted Market Days at the Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center in December. Faculty, students and guests were able to purchase snack items, television time, beverages and more from the different “businesses” that entrepreneurship students set up along Main Street of the center. Classes have been planning for their Market Day and startup business for several months. They did the marketing research, chose products, applied for loans, went shopping, prepared marketing materials and operated their business during Market Days. “Students learned that profitable business ownership is a complex beast,” says instructor Deborah Blackner. Precious P. (AHS) and Parris S. (LHS) operated 7 Heaven Cakes for their Market Day project. See “Market Days” continued on page 4 CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION Page 3


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Martin High School “Reopens” Historic President Kennedy Assassination Case To commemorate the release of additional JFK assassination records, law enforcement instructor Patrick McCray took his students from Martin High School to tour the Sixth Floor Museum on Dealey Plaza in Dallas. The former Texas School Book Depository building is where Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have assassinated President Kennedy. To lead up to this point, students extensively studied the entire case. From viewing the film Parkland, to analyzing witness testimonies, the class left no stone unturned. With the background work completed, students enjoyed touring the Sixth Floor Museum. They were able to envision the events as they unfolded on November 22, 1963, from standing on Elm Street, to the exact place the only footage of the assassination was shot, to the fence where eyewitnesses believe they heard gunshots. The mystery continued as students stopped for lunch at the original Campisi’s, where Jack Ruby was a regular. Two days after the assassination of the president, Jack Ruby is the one who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald. It has been confirmed that the Campisi family visited Jack Ruby in jail a week later, thus fueling just one of the conspiracy theories law enforcement students explored. Following the trip, it was time for the class to finally give Lee Harvey Oswald the trial he deserved. Mock trials are an act or imitation trial but like any other trial, there were defense attorneys, prosecutors, jurors and witnesses. Students were able to use information from the movie, crime scene investigation and field trip to argue Oswald’s guilt or innocence. Sophomore Meridith M. says, “Learning about the JFK assassination was very fun and enjoyable. The assassination is an important part of history because it made people doubt the government and changed the world as we know it.” MHS law enforcement students on Elm Street, where JFK was shot. “Market Days” continued from page 3 The AISD has implemented Youth Entrepreneurs curriculum for entrepreneurship courses. The curriculum introduces economic thinking, values in business ownership and handson experience through real, market-based scenarios. For more information about entrepreneurship and Youth Entrepreneurs, please check out the video at https:// goo.gl/fhFh8E. Students who are interested and will be either a junior or senior during the 2018-2019 school year can register on Career Cruising or with their campus counselor. CTC students and faculty enjoyed shopping on Main Street during Market Days.



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