Pathways of Study

Ms. Sudduth, our guidance counselor, has been working diligently to lay out our pathways of study. While these pathways are subject to change due to changes in the curriculum or scheduling, one can get a good idea of what a four-year course of study or beyond might look like in each pathway. Light blue boxes are dual credit courses taught by CMA teachers at the high school during ninth and tenth grade, orange boxes are dual enrollment courses being taught upstairs at PSCC in college classrooms with college students.

What’s New on the Recruiting Trail

As we roll into the holiday season, I thought it might be good to let all our readers know where we will be recruiting after the holiday, during the remaining two months of the recruiting window. Remember, we only accept 125 freshmen each year. The deadline to apply is February 17th. Click here for a link to the Knox County Transfer Application.

Middle School Visits

Open Houses (7171 Strawberry Plains Pike, Knoxville TN, 37914)

  • January 27th, 5:00 pm
  • February 12th, 5:00 pm

Reflecting on Our First Semester

Hello CMA Family!
We’ve been so busy creating a new school and school culture, and so much has happened since the school year began that it’s going to be difficult to hit all the high points . . . but here goes!

Field Experiences

Because they are called upon to choose a career pathway at the end of  their freshman year, each of our scholars is exposed to all four career pathways during the course of their freshman year. We also provide our scholars with a meaningful field experience which gives them the opportunity to interact with professionals from each career pathway to find out what opportunities are out there and what skills our students will need to have in order to succeed in each career pathway.

Homeland Security

Rural Metro, Anderson County HAZMAT Team, Tennessee State Highway Patrol, and KPD were instrumental in allowing our scholars the opportunity to learn about possible careers as first responders. Our students got first-hand tours of a variety of first responder vehicles and even got a chance to drive the THP’s semi simulator.

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Sustainable Living

David Bolt at Sustainable Future was kind enough to allow us to visit his business in Vestal where he talked to our sustainable living group about the burgeoning field of aquaponics and the challenges and rewards of living sustainably.

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After learning about aquaponics, this group of scholars came back to CMA and, with the help of David Bolt and Wendy Prothro-Howard, they built their own twenty-gallon aquaponics systems right here at CMA!

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Teaching As a Profession

Wendy Prothro-Howard and the University of Tennessee’s Every Child Outdoors hosted our teaching as a profession crew at UT’s outdoor classroom on the grounds of the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. Our students learned how to teach Language Arts and Biology standards through the invaluable hands-on experience of gardening. Project-Based Learning is a priority at the Career Magnet Academy, and even our students are learning how design and execute PBL lessons.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Our advanced manufacturing group got a special visit from Amy the Engineer who spoke to them about the field of advanced manufacturing and the seemingly endless opportunities available to scholars with engineering degrees.

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Because we want to give our students opportunities for extracurricular activities and social interaction, offering a variety of clubs is a priority for our faculty, staff, and parents at CMA.

HAM Radio Club

The Radio Amateur Club of Knoxville (RACK) paid us a visit and wrangled up a great deal of interest in a HAM radio club here at CMA. Knox County Schools’ CTE department caught wind of this and agreed to fund a HAM radio station right here at the school! We are currently in the process of putting together our tower. Thank you Mr. Greg Williams, an active parent here at CMA, for sponsoring the HAM radio club and for helping our scholars become licensed amateur radio operators!

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Other Clubs . . .

Here is a list of other clubs that are up-and-running at CMA:

Club Meeting Day Meeting Room Sponsor First Meeting
Robotics Mondays,9:00-9:25 1120 Mrs. CroweMrs. Rose 9/18/14
Robotics Club looks at advertising and marketing, business, technical standards and documentation, computer programming, as well as mechanical and electrical engineering. Students learn to work with technical experts and cooperate with other area teams to build a robot and compete regionally.
Yearbook Mondays,9:00-9:25 1130 Mr. Milani TBD
If you have an eye for design and a professional attitude then yearbook might be the place to get involved. You can apply for Yearbook through the module in Canvas starting Tuesday, September 9th. Members will be announced Friday the 12th. Yearbook also has a huge need for photography so if you’re interested in or experienced at photography then please consider applying.
Film Studies Tuesdays,9:00-9:25 1126 Ms. Black 9/16/14
In Film Studies, we will talk about different genres of film. Not all movies make the cut, so what is it that makes them unforgettable?
Photography Tuesdays,9:00-9:25 1131 Señora Nolen 9/16/14
Do you love taking pictures or being in them? Do you enjoy documenting both special occasions and ordinary events? The photography club may be for you, then! We will learn about taking great pictures, including posing, lighting, editing, using DSLR cameras, and more. We will also work on projects to document personal and school moments through photography. The club will meet weekly on Tuesday mornings at 9:00 in Señora Nolen’s room (Room 1131). Be sure to come to our interest meeting on Tuesday, September 15th at 9:00 a.m.
Student Government Tuesdays,9:00-9:25 1123 Mrs. Shinlever 9/16/14
Student Government members seek to make a positive impact on the school and the community. Members lead in decision-making related to school events and community service projects All members must have at least two teacher recommendations. Class officers are elected by the student body but must be active members of Student Government.
Debate Club Wednesdays,9;00-9:25 1128 Mrs. Webb 9/10/14
 Come to Debate Club. Deliberate past and contemporary issues with other scholars.
Ambassadors Every other Wednesday,8:45-9:25 1130 Mr. Molchan 10/1/14
Ambassadors serve as student leaders for school and recruitment events. These students are role models for others. They are responsible for building tours, student-speaking engagements, providing student input, and welcoming visitors to CMA. An application and recommendations are required.
Bible Study Club Wednesdays, 9:00-9:25 1135 Mrs. Rose 9/10/14
Matthew 5:16 – Let Your Light Shine Before OthersCome and be a part of Bible Study Club. We will learn together how to “let our light shine before others.”
Athletics Fridays, 9:00-9:25 1127 Mrs. Taylor 9/12/14
Interested in soccer, football, baseball, or other sports? Athletics Club is for you! Athletics Club will offer a variety of sports options on Fridays. Please plan to bring your own equipment. The interest meeting will be Friday, 9/12.
Yarn Arts/2D Media Fridays (2nd & 4th Friday of the month),9:00-9:25 1122 Mrs. Battle Interest meeting 9/12
Are you interested in Knitting, Crochet, Cross stitching, sewing/embroidery?  Do you like a 2d art form like drawing, inking, or even digital media?  The yarn arts/2D media club is the place for you.  Bring a project, or bring your curiosity to learn a craft and spend some time with like-minded people.  Get a critique on your work, or share your knowledge with others.  This club is all about helping each other become better artists in your chosen media.
Book Club Fridays (1st & 3rd Friday of the month),9:00-9:25 1122 Mrs. Battle Interest meeting 9/12
Interested in reading?  Do you feel stuck in your genre and want a chance to explore what’s out there?  Join book club!  Books are chosen by the members and are discussed during meetings.  Discussions will include many different topics.  Get a chance to practice those soft skills with peers and participate in deeper thinking discussion!  (Note: Some books will be chosen simply for entertainment.)


Outdoor Club, Fridays @ 4:35 pm, Cafeteria, Mr. Blankenship

Do you enjoy any of the following? Skeet-Shooting; Archery; Fishing; Manual Labor in the form of service projects; Hillbilly Hand-fishing; Hunting Safety License; Hunting Trip discussions; Camping discussions; Frog Gigging.  Please join the founders: Tobias Dubose, Paul Stiles, Kole Fisk, Connor Peak, Tylor Gann, Joshua Rutherford, Trey Hurst and advisor, Mike Blankenship, in the Outdoor Club. Meetings will resume in January.  Come if you can!


Tennessee LEAD Conference

Because we are the first school of our kind in the state of Tennessee, we were asked to present at the Tennessee LEAD Conference. Mr. Riley (CTE Supervisor), Mr. Faulconer (CMA Principal), Mrs. Stowers (CMA Assistant Principal), and Mr. Molchan (Magnet Facilitator) presented to a crowd of seventy-five administrators and supervisors from across the state who are interested in starting schools similar to CMA. We are truly leaders of the pack and worthy of the grey wolves mascot.

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Our recruiting season kicked off on October 23rd with the Magnet Showcase at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame where our sustainable living students put on display a portable, twenty-gallon aquaponics system that they built in their pathway class. Even Dr. McIntyre was intrigued with their project!

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Our CMA Ambassadors have been traveling with Mr. Molchan to recruiting events at middle schools throughout the county sharing our story with eighth-graders and inspiring them to come to CMA!

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College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness is one of the first dual credit courses that our freshmen take at CMA. It is a college-level course that all college freshmen at Pellissippi State Community College have to take, and we require our high school freshmen to take the same course. One of the requirements for college freshmen is to find professionals who work in their field of study and interview them. Because our freshmen cannot yet drive, we brought the professionals to them. Thanks to Denso, Knox County TAP, Seymour Volunteer Fire Department, Nanaan Jiang, Cisco Security, and the Nursing Department at PSCC.

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