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
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
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.
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.
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.
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