October 2018 Newsletter


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INSIDE Student Practicums + Industry Discovery Expo + CTE Classroom Spotlights Jump Start October 2018 Culinary Arts Offer a Serving of Success at Kid Fit Menu Invitational The school year started fervently for Advanced Culinary Arts students at the CTC as they Cotton Patch Café. For six weeks they were charged with research and development tasks as they worked diligently prepared for the Kid Fit Menu Invi- to create new, kid-friendly menu op- tational under the leadership of their tions using only the ingredients found instructor, Chef Ethan Chavoya. The in Cotton Patch Café’s kitchens. invitational is the result of a part- On October 6th students prepared nership between the Greater Dallas their creations in a fast-paced, live Restaurant Association and Medical demonstration in Dallas. Menu items City Children’s Hospital to provide were presented and served to a panel a program that encourages healthy of judges that included restaurant eating habits among young people. owners, chefs and kids. The culinary Students were given nutritional arts program earned $500 for hav- guidelines from Medical City Chil- ing their menu items selected for the dren’s Hospital and were paired with live demonstration. Winners will be See “Culinary Arts” continued on page 2 @CTEArlingtonISD AISD.net/CTE


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“Culinary Arts” continued from page 1 announced soon and will see their food featured in the sponsoring restaurant’s menu along with their names. Team members included Christina P. (team captain), Julian G. and Matthew G. The team successfully created and prepared the Chickadee Bowl Dinner featuring mashed potatoes topped with street corn, grilled chicken and drizzled with brown gravy. The bowl was served with honey glazed carrots and a fruit parfait. CTC MAKES IT WORK FOR PRACTICUM STUDENTS An AISD Practicum is a double-blocked course offered exclusively to seniors that is designed to give students a supervised practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills in the appropriate industry. The Career and Technical Education department offers practicums in 15 of the 16 federally defined career clusters at the Dan Dipert Career + Technical Education Center. “I am so excited to announce that we have 160 students placed in practicums for this school year,” says Practicum Specialist Kari Winter. While Mrs. Winter works tirelessly with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and numerous industry partners to find placement for students, practicum teachers meet with students regularly to refine such vital skills as See “Practicums” continued on page 4 “Our students did a fantastic job,” says Culinary Arts instructor Alyce Monroe, “The judges praised the students for preparing the best chicken with the best name.” For more information about the culinary arts program, visit the Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center website at https://www.aisd.net/career-technical-center/, your campus counselor or contact the CTE office directly at 682.867.7400. CTE Programs Showcased at Industry Discovery Expo An estimated 2500 middle and high school students converged at AT&T Stadium for Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County’s Industry Discovery Expo. Students from across Tarrant County were able to explore career possibilities with industry leaders and Arlington ISD’s very own Fire Academy, Police Academy, Sports Medicine and Robotics programs. CTC Sports Medicine teacher Courtney Beall and her students invited guests to wrap fictitious injuries and test their coordination with a Nintendo Wii. Beall was excited about the opportunity to share the unique programs available in the Arlington ISD and discuss careers in sports medicine. “I feel that is was beneficial not only for the students attending, but for my student presenters as well. I look forward to participating again next year,” says Beall. Paul Laux, Martin High School Robotics instructor, was impressed with the number of attendees and regrets not bringing more robotics for the younger students to interact with while the AISD Police and Fire Academies had guests explore emergency vehicles and personal safety equipment. Students enjoyed being able to visit with the interactive displays as they spoke with local employers such as UPS, Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, Cook Children’s, Carter BloodCare and more. See “Expo” continued on page 4 Page 2 CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION


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BHS Commercial Photography II classes discovered the importance of digital photography while listening to people who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Using previous skills and Photoshop software, students learned to restore torn photographs. CTC Culinary Arts prepared and served breakfast to Texas House of Representatives Tony Tinderholt, Matt Krause, Bill Zedler and Texas State Senators Kelly Hancock and Konni Burton. Leadership classes provided a full tour of the CTC to the group of elected officials. AISD Police Academy demonstrated the use of force simulator to Superintendent Dr. Cavazos, APD Chief Johnson and members of the media. The simulator will provide de-escalation and escalation training to CTC law enforcement students and the Arlington Police Department as part of the partnership between AISD and APD. CTC Cosmetology provided free haircuts to students at the AISD Back to School Kickoff. CTC Hospitality and Tourism provided a tour of the CTC to United States Representative Marc Veasey. CTC Corrections traveled to Gatesville to explore the state prisons. Ready, Set, Teach! classes from all six high schools will visit the University of North Texas in Denton this month. The Arlington FFA hosted the District 7 Area 5 Leadership Conference at the CTC. AISD Police Academy volunteered at the Amigos En Azul Celebration in September. CTC Culinary Arts will travel to the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth next month to participate in the Feast of Sharing event. Students will assist in serving approximately 12,000 meals to the community. LHS Health Science toured UT Southwestern Medical Center. The Arlington FFA will attend the Belton Holiday Classic. CTC Hospitality students began their rotations of the Sheraton Hotel. LHS FASHION DESIGN CHALLENGE While students across the district were learning classroom policies and procedures, Ms. Hinojosa’s Fashion Design classes were already designing their first garment. Students began by learning the principles of design and exploring the various styles and trends in fashion. With a foundation of the basics “under their belts”, students were then divided into groups and challenged to design an original outfit using only toilet paper, foil, tape and their imaginations. Students wholeheartedly accepted the challenge and began designing and “sewing” their creations on each of the models. Groups completed the challenge by walking the classroom’s runway to music while technical scripts described the design and style. “Students exceeded my expectations with their energy and creativity for the project,” says Hinojosa. Fashion Design Challenge participants from left to right: Nayeli C., Lacoria H., Lyxamari C. and Carolyn B. Rocio R., Damar W. and Roman E. are diligently working on their designs. CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION Page 3


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“Expo” continued from page 2 Patti Eddy, CTHEI teacher at Young Junior High, commented on how engaging the booths were, “I loved that plenty of the booths had hands-on activities for the kids to actually experience the various industries.” The Career and Technical Education department was well represented for our first showing at the event and want to thank Workforce Solutions of Tarrant County for hosting such an invaluable experience for students. Kevin V. (Gunn JH) participates in an interview with broadcasting booth. Save the Date: Opportunity AISD Learn more about the unique programs available to students within the AISD. Tuesday, November 13 5:30 - 8 p.m. Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center 2101 Browning Drive Arlington, TX 76010 Find out more about: • Advanced Placement • Advancement Via Indi- vidual Determination • AISD Fire Academy • AISD Police Academy • Arlington Collegiate High School • CTE Practicums Includ- ing Engineering & Health Science • Fine Arts and Dual Language Academies • Ready, Set, Teach! • Instrument Repair • And Much More! “Practicums” continued from page 2 communication, collaboration, critical thinking and project management. Practicum sites have completed their on-boarding process with students, just as they do their regular employees. Twenty-eight students in the Health Science Practicum began working this week after attending their orientation with Medical City Arlington. Other practicum sites that have completed their on-boarding process include Lockheed Martin, L3 Technologies and the Texas Rangers. Students must submit resumes and interview with practicum sites to find the perfect match for both students and community partners. The Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center will offer resume writing and interviewing workshops from November to January to help students prepare. Caroline Jones, Business Services Manager of the City of Arlington’s Planning and Development Department says, “It is refreshing to interview these students and to observe their professional behavior”. Students are grateful for the unique experiences that practicums offer. Hospitality practicum student, Daniela G. says, “Being part of a practicum is a great opportunity to use as a stepping stone into my career path. It is allowing me to get hands-on experience for a future career. I am learning everything from the basics to the details of my position such as updating players’ statuses.” “Practicums provide the ideal scenario for both students and employers,” says Career and Technical Education Director Susan Patterson. “Students have the opportunity to gain real-world work experience while demonstrating their knowledge and skills in a program of study, and employers are able to build a pipeline of local talent for the future success of their business.” Lockheed Martin began accepting Arlington ISD interns into their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program in 2014. Four of those students have already been offered jobs when they graduate college in May. To be eligible for a practicum, students must have completed the application process, successfully completed the practicum’s prerequisites and be an incoming senior for the 2019-2020 school year. Applications open November 13, 2018. For more information visit the AISD Practicum website at https://sites.google.com/aisd.net/ aisd-practicums/home.



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