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Class of 2021 Ice Cream Social

Hello All,

The Ice Cream Social is one of our favorite days of the year here at CMA because it is the time that our freshman class, made up of rising 9th-graders from across the county, comes together as a CMA family.

Our CMA ambassadors, seen in the black vests in the pictures below, arrange the games and warm the students up by dishing out ice cream and introducing everyone. Join us in welcoming the Class of 2021.

After contacting all of the parents on our original transfer list, we have 81 confirmed families attending in the fall which means that we can still accept 19 more applications. Applications will be accepted until 4pm on July 3rd. Apply here.

CMA Pathway Showcase

Each spring at Career Magnet Academy, our teachers and scholars showcase the hard work they have invested in project-based learning experiences throughout the school. Over the course of our twenty-week pathway exploration, upper classmen in each pathway complete either one extended project-based learning experience or several smaller ones. Furthermore, each teacher conducts at least one project-based learning experience in each class–teaching their standards and objectives in the context of hands-on, real-world, problem solving experiences. Below are some images from our Pathway Showcase and some brief descriptions of some of the project-based learning experiences going on around the school.

Mr. Anderson, English II TedEd Presentations:

Mr. Anderson’s class piloted a TEDEd club with one of his English II classes this year. Each student came up with his/her own TED Talk, delivered it, and uploaded it to the TEDEd youtube channel. Their talks will be reviewed by the TEDstaff in California for a possible invite to the TEDEd conference in NYC this summer.

Mrs. Baker, Lifetime Wellness Group Research Public Service Announcement:

In a collaborative setting, scholars conducted thorough research based on a topic of their choice that is of great significance to their peer group. After presenting their research findings, they created a public service announcement as a visual representation of their research and to reflect the impact they hoped to make as a result of exploring that particular topic.

Ms. Black, English III, Historical Narratives/Historical Fiction:

Rather than suffer through the traditional research paper, we decided to have our students take on the role of storyteller. Each student selected a period of interest and performed many hour of independent research so as to become the resident expert on that time period. Once they had gathered a plethora of information from a wide range of categories, each student created an original narrative incorporating the gathered information. At its completion, students also designed a book cover to represent their narrative. Our hopes with this project were two-fold: strong research skills leading to greater knowledge of a time period, and well developed realistic narratives.

Dr. Blevins,Homeland Security Pathway:

Homeland Security scholars earned their FEMA Teen/Campus CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) and wrote their own Homeland Security Oath. In order to receive their FEMA certifications, students will have to pass a campus-wide emergency response drill during the last week of school, pictures and blog forthcoming.

Mrs. Brown, Sophomore Chemistry:

Students participated in several curriculum based projects throughout the year. Classwide experiments ranged from crystal growing, acid corrosion of metals, and stoichiometry of “micro rocket fuel.” Students participated in a year long CAC Adopt-a-watershed program focused on water quality. Students also chose one project to investigate individually or within a team. Sometimes this project may substitute as their final grade if they demonstrate 10 or more major state Chemistry SPIs within their study. This year 22 students took their projects to UT to participate in the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair. Example projects include efficiency of hydrocarbon candles, vegan ice cream made with liquid nitrogen gas, Swann Pond water quality study, and several hydroponic experiments

Mrs. Rose, Advanced Computer Applications:

Based on the four pathways, students conduct a sustained research project to solve a problem or answer a question. Teams of students choose the topic and formulate the driving question. During the research phase, the team identifies sub-topics and conduct research to answer the driving question. Pathway research examples include: Types of Crimes; 3-D Printing/Scanning; Education in the U.S. and Other Countries; and Environmental Footprint. This semester-long project combines Tennessee state standards and PSCC outcomes.

Mrs. Rose, Sophomore Advanced Manufacturing Project Based Learning:

What does Advanced Manufacturing look like for sophomores at CMA? Students practice coding with Code Academy to learn the basic concepts and experience courses in seven main areas: HTML & CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Python, Ruby, & APIs. Students earn a 10-Hour General Industry OSHA certification with Career Safe Online. Topics include: Introduction to OSHA, Walking Working Surfaces, Safety and Health Programs, Personal Protective Equipment, Bloodborne Pathogens, Electrocution Hazards, Fire Prevention Protection, Ergonomics, Emergency Planning, Flammable and Combustible Liquids.

Mrs. Shinlever, Biology:

The PBL is titled, “Murder and a Meal” which also incorporates our Homeland Security pathway. The students had to analyze evidence that was part of a crime scenario and determine where the victim ate his last meal. The driving question was, “How can we determine the organic contents of an unknown substance?” In addition, we have had an on-going PBL this year in regards to water quality. The driving question is, “How do we assess and protect water quality?” My students are currently working on their third PBL. The driving question is, “How are biologists addressing real-world problems?”

Mr. Vickers, Algebra 1:

How do we best prevent and stop the exponential growth of diseases and viruses? In part by looking at past, present, and future cases to come up with a solution. Also, we examined how well the CMA student body does their part to stop the spread of disease and viruses, and the results might be shocking!

Mr. Vickers, 11th Grade Advance Manufacturing:

How can we create an ADA friendly footbridge using local resources to help hikers safely cross the 64 plus stream crossings with out a bridge in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park? Teams of students designed and tested their own bridges to find out the best solution to this problem.

Ms. Webb, World History and US History:

These students have been exploring culture and history throughout the school year. They will be displaying a variety of outstanding PBL products that they are willing to share and explain.

Ms. Webb, Teaching as a Profession Sophomores:

These students have written and illustrated children’s book about either being a magnet high school or about becoming teachers. They have been teaching the lesson from their books to the three magnet elementary schools in Knox County. They have made an imovie that will be playing throughout the pathway showcase. They will be available to discuss the books and their experiences.

Emergency Response PBL for FEMA Teen/Campus CERT.
Happy scholars with awkward freshman photo bomb.

Great Smokey Mtn. footbridge designs.
Children’s books written by our Teaching As a Profession scholars.


Speaker Harwell’s Visit

Tennessee Speaker of the House of Representatives, Beth Harwell, visited the PSCC Strawberry Plains campus on Tuesday. PSCC, TCAT, and CMA were proud to showcase what the Speaker coined a “seamless partnership” between the high school, the technical college, and the community college which results in seamless transitions for all of our students, whatever their secondary and post-secondary endeavors may be. Read about it here in the Shopper News Northeast.

TWRA Fisheries PBL & Field Experience

On Valentine’s Day, Mr. Glenn and Mr. Blankenship took a group of our Sustainable Living scholars to the Erwin National Fish Hatchery in Erwin TN to retrieve rainbow trout eggs which they will hatch and raise in tanks here at CMA. Once the fish are big enough and healthy enough in the spring, our scholars will return to Erwin to release them into the wild! Thanks to TVA for donating the funds for our mini-hatchery here at CMA.


Pathway Mondays

As most of you probably know by now, CMA scholars attend a pathway class on Mondays. These classes allow our freshmen the opportunity to explore each of our four pathways in depth for five weeks so that they can make an informed pathway choice in March. Here’s a glimpse of some of the projects and activities happening around here on Mondays:

Homeland Security:

Mr. David Blevins talking to students about life as a first responder:

Advanced Manufacturing:

Mr. Anderson challenging students to mass produce tasty and appealing hors d’oeuvres:

Teaching As a Profession:

Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Murdock teach our freshmen how to plan and execute a mini-lesson on something they are passionate about (lesson structure and pacing in action!):

Sustainable Living:

Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Shinlever challenging students to design sustainable structures around our CMA campus, including everything from sculptures to a drone landing pad!

Why Magnet?

We continue to celebrate Magnet Month here at CMA by featuring Hannah Shinzato’s original work. She says that magnet is the perfect balance between the analytical and the creative!

Open House Thursday, February 2nd @ 5:00

Please join us for our final open house of the 2016-2017 transfer period. Our address is 7171 Strawberry Plains Pike. All applications are due by 2/21/17. Apply here.


5:00-5:45 Presentation in the cafeteria

5:45-6:30 Tours & Student Pathway Presentations

6:30-7:00 Concurrent Student-Led Application Workshop / Q&A Session with Administrators

CMA Scholars Answer the Question “Why Magnet?”

February is National Magnet Month, so we are featuring original work from CMA scholars answering the question “Why Magnet?” Today’s submission is from Gaelen Reid who is in the Cyber-Security pathway:

Why Magnet?

Career Magnet is one of those places where you can meet people from different parts of Knox County, but I came here to experience and change minds and souls forever by doing everything my friends back home said was impossible and by putting this school on the map by getting that two-year degree. But the main thing is this school has good people and you feel like a college student and you are treated like one. When I started at this school I made friends like that, and now those friends either call me Fluffy or Mato. But this school brings something no other school in America brings, love and passion for one another and caring for friends, even if it’s a bad day we still care about each other. So that is why I chose Career Magnet Academy because there is life and love at this school. We will never let that die out because inside us there is always going to be a Grey Wolf.

Field Experiences, Round 1

Here at CMA, our freshmen scholars have until the end of February of their freshmen year to explore each of our four career pathways (Homeland Security, Advanced Manufacturing, Teaching As a Profession, Sustainable Living). One critical piece of this exploration is the opportunity for our freshmen to participate in one field experience for each of the four career pathways. These trips would not be possible without our industry partners’ generosity of time, spirit, and expertise.

On September 19th, our CMA freshmen participated in their first round of field experiences. Our hosts this time around included Knox County Jail & Criminal Court; DENSO Manufacturing; University of Tennessee College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences; and CAC Beardsley Community Farm.

Knox County Jail & Criminal Court

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DENSO Manufacturing

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University of Tennessee College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences

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CAC Beardsley Community Farm

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