September 2018 Newsletter


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INSIDE BHSTSA Nationals + Richard Greene Scholars + Intern Signing Day + Corrections Course Jump Start September 2018 Where Are They Now? From Cadet to Firefighter Becoming a firefighter wasn’t always on the top of AHS graduate Sara Jean Swindle’s him, I was determined to go through the academy too,” says Swindle. Sara began her high school career “to do” list. When she was younger as a cheerleader at Arlington High she remembers dreaming of one but decided to begin focusing on her day becoming a nurse and working grades and getting in shape for the in a hospital. All of that changed fire academy her sophomore year. when she watched her older brother Her hard work and determination participate as a member of the paid off when she received her letter AISD Fire Academy. of acceptance the spring of her “Watching my brother success- sophomore year. fully go through the program and Sara has not regretted her deci- seeing how it positively impacted sion to leave cheerleading once See “Firefighter” continued on page 2 @CTEArlingtonISD


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“Firefighter” continued from page 1 describing the fire academy as “one of the best experiences” in her life. She continues, “I will forever be thankful that I was chosen to be a part of it. The great thing about all of the physical training and studying was that we didn’t have to do it by ourselves. Our class was like one big family and every cadet pushed each other to do better.” Sara graduated Arlington High in 2017 and soon began the hiring process of becoming a full-time firefighter with the White Settlement Fire Department. With the captain’s interview and physical agility testing behind her, Sara received her official offer at the end of September. “The last year that I have been with WSFD has been so exciting, I have learned so much. I still have a lot left to learn, but that doesn’t stop in fire service.” When asked what advice Sara would give high school students thinking about applying for the program, she says, “Give it your all, 110% and don’t forget to stay humble. This is such a rewarding career but you have to be willing to work hard.” Sara Jean Swindle enjoyed her time training with Class 5 of the AISD Fire Academy. AISD Fire Academy Program Requirements • Be a junior at the beginning of the fall in which you will enter the program • Be eligible to enroll as a dual credit student at TCC 1. Overall high school GPA of 4.0 or higher on the ACA weighted GPA 2. Complete TCC application process • Be willing to commit to a 2 year program • Be willing to commit to some required Saturday activities • Good attendance and discipline history • Ability to pass a physical fitness screening • Pass a criminal background check • Maintain an overall grade average of C or better Lockheed Martin Intern Signing Day The partnership between Arlington ISD’s Career and Technical Education Department and Lockheed Martin began a mere four years ago when five seniors from Project Lead the Way’s engineering program began their internship. “It’s been a dream of mine that this internship opportunity would one day lead to a full-time job with Lockheed Martin,” says MHS graduate and 2014 intern Austin Smith. On July 23rd that dream came to fruition as Smith and three other former AISD interns participated in Lockheed Martin’s High School Intern Signing Day, each student receiving full-time jobs upon college graduation. “This is an amazing opportunity for our former, current and future Four previous AISD interns will not have to worry during their last year of college since signing with Lockheed Martin for full-time positions upon graduation. students,” AISD superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. “Our goal is to have 100 percent of our students graduate exceptionally prepared for college, career and citizenship and this program helps us toward that goal with the hands-on work that it provides.” Page 2 CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION


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Team Bowie Brings the Heat to Atlanta While most kids were enjoying their summer vacation by the pool or playing video games, 20 students from Bowie High School traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to compete against the best young minds in the world in the National TSA Conference. The Technology Student Association (TSA) is an organization dedicated to promoting technological literacy through competition for future scientists, engineers and technologists. With many competitors graduating last year, advisor Andy Barrett was mentally preparing to rebuild his young team. For many students this would be their first experience competing at the national level and maintaining Bowie’s legacy of finishing in the top three felt like a long shot. The young team proved that they were up for the challenge. They did a great job preparing during the school year and put in many long hours over the summer. The hard work and dedication paid off. Sophomore Danielle E. was the first of many outstanding performances winning the 2018 National Championship in Architectural CAD (computer-aided design). This is a rare occurrence for a first-year CAD student. Danielle had to compete against the top two students from every state to win the title. Senior Josh P. and junior Shaira W. teamed up to form an unstoppable debate team. The duo won the state championship back in April and fell just short of their goal to win it all at nationals with their second place trophy. Sophomore Andru S. participated in the very competitive CO2 Dragster Event where there were over 130 entries from all over the country. After qualifying rounds, Andru set the bar high with the top qualifying time but ultimately suffered a tough loss by a mere .004 seconds in the finals. Andru still left Atlanta with a second place national trophy in the event and fifth overall in Transportation Modeling. Other notable performances by the team include fifth overall in Architectural Design by Ashley N., Danielle E. and Samantha H.; fifth place in Future Technology See “Bowie TSA” continued on page 4 Teachers by Josh P.; seventh overall in Promotional Design by Fabiola R. and eighth place in 3D Animation by Mecca B., Carolyn N. and Michael N. Mr. Barrett is particularly proud of his son’s performance. Bryce competed in the Middle School Division taking second overall in Dragster, third in Flight and finishing in the top ten in CAD Foundations. The young Barrett looks forward to joining Team Bowie next year. One thing is for sure, the future looks bright for Team Bowie. Let the countdown to Nationals 2019 begin. Sophomore Danielle E. with advisor Andy Barrett after taking first place for Architectural CAD. Danielle’s team also placed fifth in Architectural Design. CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION Page 3


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Correctional Services Course Kicks-Off Students in the Arlington ISD are enrolled in Correctional Services for the first time. This senior-level course offers students the opportunity to interact with the Tarrant County Sherriff’s Department as well as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) as they learn the ins-and-outs of correctional services at the county and state levels. “Corrections is an excellent opportunity for students to become employed right after high school,” says instructor Amy Wood. Students interested in pursuing county corrections will still need to complete a TCOLE (Texas Commission on Law Enforcement) approved course and pass their state certification upon graduation and turning 18. TDCJ has their training program as well but do not require a certification. Corrections is still one of the few areas of law enforcement that does not have a minimum age requirement of 21 or requires college and/or military experience. Wood says, “The students coming from the CTC will have an advantage due to our unique partnerships we are developing with Tarrant County Sherriff’s Department and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.” In order to introduce students to the correctional system, CTC law enforcement instructors accompanied them to Gatesville for tours of the Crain and Hughes Prison Units last spring. Students were able to see the daily operations of the prisons and interact with correctional professionals. They were able to compare the different security levels, design of the units and types of offenders housed. Students saw the dormitory area of the Crain Unit and the administrative segregation area of the Hughes Unit. Female offenders gave students a demonstration as they train dogs in the Patriot Paws program. Upon completion of the program, the dogs are adopted out as service animals for disabled veterans. “It was such a great experience and very eye opening,” says student Amaiya R. (LHS). A mock jail cell is under construction at the CTC so that students will be fully prepared for the demands of the job upon graduation. Richard Greene Scholar Program Believing that tomorrow’s leaders can be identified today, the Texas Rangers Baseball Club sponsors the Richard Greene Scholar Program in partnership with the City of Arlington and AISD. The scholarship’s purpose is to encourage and prepare students for continued civic service throughout their lives by providing successful applicants with a $10,000 scholarship to any college or university of their choice. Juniors from across the district with a minimum 3.0 GPA and proven leadership in classroom, extracurricular activities or community service are encouraged to apply for the program. Through an application, interview, and selection process, one student from each of Arlington’s six high schools will be selected to receive the scholarship and participate in the highly recognized year-long program. Beginning their senior year, students selected will rotate through an internship every six weeks at different community service and government offices. Helping to ensure the recipients’ continued success, students will be mentored by Arlington business and community leaders throughout their college careers. Congratulations to the 2018 - 2019 Richard Greene Scholars who were recognized during a Texas Rangers baseball game,Teddy H. (AHS), Joshua L. (BHS), Declan P. (LHS), Jared L. (MHS), Ofuchinyelv A. (SHHS), and Nguyen P. (SHS).



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