Catch-Up

Greetings!
Sorry it’s been so long since my last update, but once school officially started, things started moving so quickly around here that I haven’t had time to blog. Where should I begin?

Ribbon Cutting/Press Releases

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Let’s start with the ribbon cutting and the wonderful press coverage that we received throughout the county. Our official ribbon cutting was on Friday, August 8th, and we had dignitaries on campus from throughout the county including Knox County Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, and Pellissippi State Community College President Anthony Wise!

1:1 Laptop Deployment

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Nikki Baker teaching a 1:1 lesson in Health and Wellness.

On the evening of August 22nd, our scholars each received an 11′ MacBook Air to use throughout their tenure here at the Career Magnet Academy. Each teacher also has a MacBook Air as well as access to SMART Board technology and, eventually, state of the art video conferencing equipment to bring the world to our students’ fingertips.

Pathway Fridays

This week marks the first Friday that our scholars attended their pathway workshops. Because we want our scholars to make an informed decision regarding which of our four career pathways to pursue, we will expose them to each of these pathways during our Pathway Fridays. On Friday, Mrs. Wendy Prothro Howard from the University of Tennesse visitied with our Sustainable Living group and explained to them the theory behind Aquaponics while building for them a one-gallon aquaponics system replete with a pump, a goldfish, and a strawberry plant.

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Wendy Prothro Howard from the University of Tennessee introduces our Sustainable Living scholars to aquaponics.

Next week, Mr. David Bolt from Sustainable Future will meet with the same group of scholars to begin planning a twenty-gallon version of the same system. Once the building of the system is underway, our other pathways will begin workshops that explore how aquaponics might impact their fields of study. All of this is in preparation for the Knox County Magnet Showcase on October 23rd where our scholars will put their aquaponics project on display and explain its relevance to each of our four career pathways of focus.

Mary Nolen and Nikki Baker introduce our scholars to Teaching As a Profession.
Mary Nolen and Nikki Baker introduce our scholars to Teaching As a Profession.
Cameron Molchan discusses soft skills and the importance of active listening with our Sustainable Living scholars.
Cameron Molchan discusses soft skills and the importance of active listening with our Sustainable Living scholars.
Angela Taylor, Jill Black, and Laura Webb introduce our scholars to Homeland Security.
Angela Taylor, Jill Black, and Laura Webb introduce our scholars to Homeland Security.
Kay Rose introduces our scholars to Advanced Manufacturing.
Kay Rose introduces our scholars to Advanced Manufacturing.

Ice Bucket Challenge

Of course, Mr. John Faulconer, Dr. Mike North, and I would be remiss if we didn’t accept Mrs. Melissa Stowers’s ice bucket challenge. A fun way to energize the student body, mind, and spirit while generating awareness of ALS. Stay tuned for pictures.

As always, please refer interested parents and students to:

Cameron Molchan, Magnet Facilitator

cameron.molchan@knoxschools.org

865-622-3800

 

Let the Countdown Begin!

Well, here we are on the eve of our new beginning, and, according to Plato, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” In the past, I’ve always understood this quote to mean that, without the beginning, the work never happens. Over the course of the past week, however, I’ve learned that the beginning is the most important part of our work for a number of reasons.

Setting the Tone

The beginning sets the tone for the remainder of the work. While discussing the mission and vision of the school this week with our faculty, the words “passion,” “persistence,” “tenacity,” “life-long learning,” and “relationships” kept coming up time and time again. Tomorrow is not just the beginning of school–it’s the beginning of each of our scholar’s search and tenacious pursuit of a passion as well as the ongoing pursuit of each of our teacher’s and administrator’s passions. Tomorrow is also the first stitch in a complex net of relationships that will serve to catch each of us multiple times in the future when we fall or stray along the way. The tone we set tomorrow will resonate well into the future of each of our lives!

Affirming the Goal

With all due respect to Plato, the word “beginning” is a bit of a misnomer. The “beginning” isn’t really the beginning at all. Before one can begin, one must know what the goal is, or what one wants. Each of us has come to CMA for a specific reason, or with a specific goal in mind. As Magnet Facilitator, my goal is to make CMA a place where young people come to find their place in the world and to turn their dreams into reality. Yes, I want our scholars to graduate high school with an advanced certification or associate’s degree, but I also want our scholars to graduate with their independence and with a sense of purpose. One cannot begin without an end in mind. Take some time this evening to think about what your goal might be.

Hope

Perhaps the most significant reason that the beginning is “the most important part of the work” is because it is the moment most infused with a sense of hope. Without hope, nobody ever began anything worthy. Tomorrow, may your hopes wake you before your alarm; may your hopes help you choose an outfit worthy of them; may your hopes help you eat a breakfast hearty enough to pursue¬† them. Above all, may all of our hopes find us safely here at CMA–the place where hope comes to be born. When things become difficult and we want to give up, we must remember the beginning and renew our hope is order to persevere. Tomorrow is the day we will remember when the going gets tough. If nothing else, let us say “Tomorrw, we begin!”

Freshmen Orientation Schedule for Friday, August 8th

8:45-9:30: Scholars report to CMA

9:30-9:50: Advisory

10:00-11:00: Ribbon Cutting (Public Invited)

11:05-11:15: Advisory

11:20-12:55: Abbreviated Class Schedule (1st-4th Blocks)

Remainder: Closing Remarks

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