December 2018 Newsletter


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INSIDE Feast of Sharing + RST Lessons + CTE Classroom Spotlights Jump Start December 2018 District-wide Opportunity AISD Introduces Students and Parents to CTE Programs An estimated 250 guests braved the below-average temperatures and converged at the Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center for the fourth annual Opportunity AISD event. During the one-night event students and parents were able to learn more about the unique programs available to students within the AISD including Advanced Placement, AVID, Arlington Collegiate High School, IB, the STEM Academy and Career and Technical Education programs. The event allowed participants to visit one-on-one with AISD teachers, staff and current students to learn more about the CTE courses and workforce dual credit programs offered in AISD. Representatives from AISD CTE, Tarrant County College and the University of Texas at Arlington were also on hand to answer questions and introduce students to the benefits of career education and workforce dual credit. “The course fair comes just before the start of registration for 2019-2020 classes,” said Susan Patterson, CTE Director. “It gives students a chance to get more information about CTE, See “Opportunity” continued on page 2 @CTEArlingtonISD


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“Opportunity” continued from page 1 workforce dual credit and career education before they decide which educational pathway of study to follow.” Students have received the latest Accelerate Your Career magazine produced by the CTE Department. They may choose from over 115 CTE elective courses. CTE offers careerfocused courses that give students the opportunity to gain workplace skills while exploring jobs that interest them. Students are able to earn an endorsement under the Foundation Graduation Plan per House Bill 5 (HB5) in three of the five state endorsement areas through CTE programs of study. AISD also offers students the opportunity to earn 40 industry certifications contained within CTE courses. Passing these rigorous industry exams allows for students to stand out from other applicants in the globally competitive job market. “An additional benefit to the student is that AISD pays 100% of the cost of the exams,” states Tim Thompson, CTE Specialist. For more information about career education and workforce dual credit in AISD, visit your high school counselor or the Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center’s website at http://www.aisd. net/career-technical-center/. Parents and students enjoyed checking out Fashion Design’s shoe creations with instructors Jenita Davidson (SHHS) and Tiffany Petry (BHS). LHS Accounting instructor Carlos Thrasher and two of his students Nichole H. and Lance N. spoke with guests. The AISD Police Academy demonstrated the use of force system.The system was purchased to train Arlington police officers as a part of the partnership between AISD and APD. Learning to Teach with Ready, Set, Teach! Sam Houston High School’s Ready, Set, Teach! students were both excited and anxious to teach their first lessons to neighboring elementary schools in November. “Education and training students have been working with classroom teachers in elementary schools all year,” says Sherrill Giddens CTE Specialist. “However, this was the first time many of them had to teach an entire lesson from start to finish.” Preparation for this day began in August as students who were accepted into the program explored the lesson plan cycle and demonstrated understanding of instructional best practices all while integrating technology appropriately. Ready, Set, Teach! is a unique one or two year program that is by application only. Students can apply in the spring of either their sophomore or junior year for placement the following school year. Classroom instruction is combined with field experience as students engage with their high school’s feeder elementary schools. Upon successful completion of the program, students attend a ceremony presented by the Arlington Independent Emily C. works with Johns Elementary student one-on-one during her lesson. School District’s Human Resource Department where they receive their Letter of Intent. This letter guarantees an interview with the school district upon completion of a 4-year teaching degree. Judith H. is grateful for the experience. “I have really enjoyed the Ready, Set, Teach! program because it allows See “Teach!”continued on page 4 Page 2 CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION


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CTC Culinary Arts won the Kid Fit Challenge. Participating Cotton Patch restaurants will begin featuring the students’ pictures and menu items in February. AISD FFA Public Relations team took first place in their district competition and advanced to area. Team members from left to right are Emma F. (AHS), Maddy M. (AHS), Madisyn M. (SHS) and Grace B. (BHS). CTC Graphic Design & Illustration II toured Active Impressions Screen Printing & Embroidery to see how artwork is transferred to various apparel. Students were able to create and screen-print their own artwork on t-shirts courtesy of Active Impressions owner, Scott Michener. MHS Law Enforcement discovered how Dallas crime in the 1990’s influences policing and investigations today from retired Dallas police sergeant Pete Bailey. CTC Engineering visited Southern Methodist University’s Lyle School of Engineering last month where they heard from current students and alumni and received a tour of the facilities. Boles Junior High Gateway to Technology instructor Sara Grenier received a TI Grant to fund equipment for a new robotics club. Class 5 of the AISD Police Academy participated in the annual Joey Cushman 5k last month. CTC Culinary Arts hosted their first Evening Bistro event last month. Bailey Junior High Gateway to Technology students designed a cost effective drone delivery vehicle at a competition hosted by Bell Helicopter. “Team Bailey performed very well and demonstrated outstanding teamwork,” says their instructor Michael Wyant. The students received t-shirts and an in-depth tour of Tarrant County College’s aviation facility. Hospitality Program Gives Back The Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center’s hospitality students collected over 2700 pairs of new socks to distribute at H-E-B’s Feast of Sharing event. The popular grocery store chain hosts this event every year to combat hunger. Guests began arriving at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6th at the Will Rogers Pavillion in Fort Worth. The Arlington ISD’s very own hospitality students served food, passed out the much-needed socks and visited with guests of all ages. The event didn’t stop with donations and meals but included a petting zoo, live music, bounce houses, arts and crafts and a visit with Santa. “This is my favorite event to participate in,” says instructor Cynthia Will. “Everyone has such a great time. I love it!” Learn more about H-E-B’s commitment to fighting hunger by visiting their website at static-page/hunger-relief. Hospitality students were all smiles as they worked the ice cream station. Students pictured from left to right: Travis S. (LHS), Daisy J. (SHHS),Amy L. (SHHS), Mary M. (BHS),Alice F. (AHS),Antonio G. (SHHS) and Vincente T. (SHS). CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION Page 3


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Cutting-edge Opportunities in Biomedical Engineering On a recent trip to the University of Texas at Arlington’s Biomedical Engineering Department, Dan Dipert Career + Technical Center’s Biomedical Innovations and Engineering Design students learned about the cutting-edge research being done by professors and graduate students. A few of the projects students were able to explore included the light activation of living cells, electrical impulses in the synapses, nano-particle delivery of pharmaceuticals and microscopic 3D printers. CTC students were also treated to a presentation and tour by the university’s student ambassadors about the study habits, research methods and academic skills necessary to be successful in college. Instructor Randall Pope says, “Some of our students came away from the trip highly interested in a Biomedical Engineering degree. More importantly though, everyone discovered something that excited them and prepared them for college.” Students are taught how to solve complex biomedical engineering problems through the use of software systems at the University of Texas at Arlington. “Teach!” continued from page 2 me to get real first hand experience in teaching elementary. I love working with younger students and feel accomplished knowing I have made a difference in students’ lives.” Ready, Set, Teach! is accepting online applications for next year at Applications will close January 31, 2019. For more information please contact your campus counselor or email Sherrill Giddens at sgiddens@ Emmanuel A. reads to an Atherton Elementary class.



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