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Creekside High School Academy of Engineering and Environmental Sciences

Mr. Davenport and his engineering students teamed up with the St. Johns Housing Partnership to construct a wheelchair ramp for a family in St. Augustine. More than a dozen students dedicated their Saturday afternoon for the cause, which was a meaningful way for students to fine-tune their design and engineering skills while giving back to the community.

St. Augustine High School St. Johns County Aerospace Academy

Captain David Thompson, FAA safety inspector, visited the Aerospace Academy at St. Augustine High School for a UAV discussion and demonstration. The Academy operates drones in Area 17, an approved UAV airspace.

Nease High School Stellar Academy of Engineering

Students recently attended Construction and Career Days of Northeast Florida at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. It included more than 80 businesses offering hands-on exhibits, trade show booths, lessons on large-scale construction equipment, and opportunities for students to interact with professionals in the fields of Construction and Engineering.

Career and Technical Education Update – January 2019

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month. Throughout the month, the CTE Department will highlight the wonderful work accomplished in our classrooms.

Career Academy Highlights:

Project Innovation

Project Innovation is a Career Academy district competition to encourage students to apply skills developed in their Career Academy programs in new and unique ways to benefit society or the environment.  This year 571 high school students participated on 145 Career academy teams at six high schools.

1st Place – Nease High School  Stellar Academy of Engineering: Richard Bachmann, Maanasi Vadlamani, William Mitchell
Project: Aqua Engineers

A water collection device absorbs humidity from the air and transforms it into potable water for people in third world countries who struggle with access to drinkable water. The device is self-sustaining and cost-efficient.

St. Augustine High School

St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers

  • The Teaching Academy received the 2019 Florida Future Educators of America Outstanding Chapter Award.
  • Level 4 Teaching Academy students, attended the November School Board Meeting to support the curriculum for their unit of study on the Organization of American Schools.

St. Johns County Aerospace Academy

  • Aerospace classes completed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) build through a project-based learning unit.
  • Aerospace Academy seniors took home 3rd place in this year’s District Project Innovation competition. The team designed a fire fighting drone that could take fire rescue to the next level.
  • Seven Aerospace Academy juniors were selected as the 2018-2019 Northrop Grumman High School Involvement Program (HIP) interns. They will spend four hours each month during their junior and senior years, completing STEM projects under the guidance of Northrop Grumman engineering mentors.

Academy of Law and Homeland Security

  • Law and Homeland Security students attended the Florida Public Service Association (FPSA) Regional competition, held at the SJR State St. Augustine campus. The students placed in all categories and took home 1st place in the Evidence Packaging, High Risk Traffic Stop, Prepared Speaking, and Fingerprinting competitions.

Creekside High School

Academy of Emerging Technology, Sponsored by Citi

  • Creekside High School Digital Media Academy students toured Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).
  • Students competed at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD. With roughly 14,000 students attending from around the globe, competing in approximately 60 various events, Creekside students placed in the Top 10 in the country:
    • Thomas Talbot, 9th place, Economics
    • Joe Parimucha, 9th place, Introduction to Information Technology
    • Clay Carter, Daniel Malloy, and Matthew Zweibohmer, 1st Place, Network Design (winning $1,200)
  • Students in the IT Principals Cybersecurity course were treated by Citi on a tour of their facility.

Academy of Engineering and Environment Science

  • Creekside High School, along with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) hosted the 8th Annual Model Water Tower Competition. Joey Watson, a senior in the Academy of Engineering and Environmental Sciences won 1st place at the event! The prize included a $200 scholarship!
  • Freshmen students in the Environmental Sciences attended the Guana Education Center. Students worked with scientists to collect water samples and pull seine nets to determine healthy estuarine environments for species biodiversity.

Allen D. Nease High School

Stellar Academy of Engineering

  • Nine ladies with Nease’s Stellar Academy of Engineering took their engineering skills and knowledge to Pacetti Bay Middle School, to run a STEM event with 8th grade girls.  Led by Academy Instructor Morgan Hunter, the ladies participated in a gingerbread tower building contest. This was a wonderful way to introduce the 8th grade girls to engineering concepts and skills, as well as have the opportunity to work with older students already in the Academy program.

Pedro Menendez High School

Flagler Hospital Academy of Medical and Health Careers

  • Forty students from the Flagler Hospital Academy of Medical and Health Careers participated in an employee orientation.  These students are beginning their semester of rotations at Flagler Hospital and will shadow over 40 different departments in the hospital and a few other locations to get hands on experience in various medical careers.

Academy of Architectural and Building Sciences

  • Drafting and construction students toured Nocatee Spray Park Construction Site.

St. Johns Technical High School

Academy of Culinary Arts

  • Students from the Academy of Culinary Arts were recently treated to a fun-filled and educational day at the Raintree.

Academy of Coastal and Water Resources

  • Students St. Johns County Utilities’ drinking water and wastewater facilities.  They observed first-hand how our drinking water is pulled from the Aquifer, processed and distributed to our municipalities.  The students also traveled to a wastewater facility to examine the many processes necessary to clean and reclaim the wastewater that is pumped from our homes and businesses.
  • In August, a new group of St. Johns Technical High School (SJTHS) students began their internship at Carlisle Interconnect Technologies. During the initial tour, the SJTHS students saw four alumni.

Bartram Trail High School

Vystar Academy of Business and Finance

  • Zachary Breitbart (junior) just won State DECA president for SY19-20 for Bartram
  • Over 30 students qualified for DECA State competition in Orlando at the end of February

Design Academy- Architecture

Congratulations to Joy Dorst, who was one of 5 finalists for the Teacher of the Year for the St. Johns County School District

Ponte Vedra High School

Academy of International Business and Marketing

  • Students in Marketing are preparing to be Social Media Caddies for The Players Championship in March.

Academy of Biotechnology and Medical Research

  • Two students were selected and completed a summer-long internship with the Mayo Clinic.

Career and Technical Education Update – May 2018

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) recently published an infographic that connects workforce employability skills with CTE coursework.  These are great reminders for families to review together as they discuss both college and career readiness.

Fact Sheet on Career Readiness and Employability Skills

Fact Sheet on Career Readiness and Employability SkillsACTE has produced a new research-based fact sheet connecting the general workforce skills that employers most need—professionalism, teamwork, critical thinking, oral and written communication, leadership and more—with research demonstrating that CTE helps students develop career readiness and employability skills that have value across industries and career fields.

The research used addresses various aspects of CTE programs, including curriculum, work-based learning, career and technical student organizations and career guidance.

You can access this one-page publication and ACTE’s other fact sheets.

CTE Accomplishments

Pedro Menendez High School Students Win Skills USA Regionals

Masonry instructors and students

Masonry: Instructors Mike Rosenberg and Mike Beville with seniors Tyler Waldron; I’Leisha Smith; Frankie Perry; Emmie Edgar; Kaylee Folckemer; Eric Macy

Drafting students

Drafting Students Pictured: Justin Guerra, Laurence Gosselin, Hannah Hodge

Academy of Architectural & Building Sciences students competed in the Regional Masonry Competition in Starke where their team earned a first place award. Students advancing to the Skills USA State Competition this April in Pensacola, Florida are:

1st Place          Tyler Waldron
2nd Place          Eric Macy
3rd Place          Kaylee Folckemer

AutoCAD regional winners advancing to State are:

1st Place – Laurence Gosselin, Senior
2nd Place – Hannah Hodge, Junior
3rd Place – Justin Guerra, Junior

Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS) Academy of Biotechnology and Medical Research

Four students from PVHS Academy of Biotechnology and Medical Research were invited to present their research at the 55th Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium at the University of Florida on January 28-30.

  • Emma Kee,
  • Tim Kellett,
  • Courtney Krider
  • Louis Otero

Results of HOSA (Future Health Professionals) regional competition

The following students placed and will move to the State Leadership conference:

Courtney Binaco         3rd          Nutrition

Kaitlyn Copland
Windsyr Maughan      3rd        Health Career Display

Lily Fields
Sarah Fraga
Grace Littler                1st        Forensic Medicine

Claudia Frein
Kaitlin Landolfa
Sarah and Lydia Reimer 1st     Public Service Announcement

Nima Goodman
Naela Luna                  1st        Health Education

Zuri Goodman             1st        Medical Math
Kaley Liang                  4th        Medical Terminology
Julia Romano               1st        Medical Spelling
Gabby Savino              1st        Medical Law and Ethics
Ian Sisto                       2nd         Biomed Lab Science

Creekside High School’s Academy of Emerging Technology and Academy of Engineering and Environmental Sciences

  • Pressel’s classes have be wrapping up their Blue Schools Grant research funded by the St. Johns River Water Management District. The grant included two trips to both Julington-Durbin Preserve and Alpine Groves to test and compare water samples to determine the effects of the area construction on water quality in our community.
  • Cyberpatriot teams placed 5th, 7th. And 8th in the state of Florida, and 1st place for the state in the Gold division.

St. Augustine High School

Career and Technical Student Organization Competition Results:
Florida Future Educators of America (Teaching Academy)

  • Outstanding Chapter Award (5th year in a row)

Florida Public Service Association (FPSA)-Academy of Law and Homeland Security

  • Mason Davis               5th        Incident Report Writing
  • Cheyenne Sneyd          4th        Prepared Poster Display
  • Mason Davis elected Vice President FPSA State Student board
  • Hannah Beregsasy elected Sargeant at Arms FPSA State Student board

Technology Student Association-Aerospace Academy

  • Noah Law won $1,500 in scholarships at the event

Did you know?

145 Career Academy students have already applied for summer internships…the Career Academy team is working hard to find placements for all of them!

Career and Technical Education Update – November 2017

The Turf Grass Program at Bartram Trail High School is taught by Ronnie Griffin. Recently an in-depth article was featured in the Fall 2017 issue of “On the Turf”, the official publication of the FL Chapters of the South FL Sports Turf Managers Association.

Riley Wills, a Teaching Academy senior at St. Augustine High School, recently received the Kiwanis Student of the Month Award.

Eleven students from the Environmental strand of the Academy of Engineering and Environmental Sciences at Creekside High School participated in the Student GIS Mapping Competition at the URISA GIS-Pro Conference in downtown Jacksonville. Crosby Middleton, Senior, took 2nd place in the Competition and received a $500 scholarship prize.  Five other Academy students received Honorable Mention.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Fox, a senior at Ponte Vedra High School in the Academy of International Business and Marketing, for being selected as the District recipient for the CTE US Presidential Scholar Award.

In partnership with University of North Florida, Ponte Vedra High School’s Academy of International Business and Marketing has kicked off another season of Great Decisions. Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs, highlighting the most critical global issues facing America today.

Four of our Academy of Biotechnology & Medical Research students from Ponte Vedra High School were selected for the elite SPARK program at Mayo Clinic this year after an extensive selection process.

The PVHS Academy of Information Technology sophomore, Keegan Powers, was recently recognized with the Award of Excellence from the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists.

St. Johns Technical High School and Creekside High School joined forces to support hurricane relief efforts.  When Hurricane Irma hit, both schools jumped into action and offered their student manpower to help the GTMNERR’s post-storm cleanup efforts.  Students from both schools cleaned up the beaches within the Research Reserve’s boundaries.

A Special Thank You for Two Academy Seniors

The Career and Technical Education Department would like to issue a special THANK YOU to two Academy seniors, Jake Cummings and Kierstyn Casper, for presenting their summer internship experiences at a recent school board meeting.  Jake Cummings, a senior in the Academy of Engineering and Environmental Science at Creekside High School shared his experience at Fox Equipment.  Kierstyn Casper a senior in the Flagler Hospital Academy of Medical and Health Careers at Pedro Menendez High School shared her experience at Flagler Hospital.  Thank you to our Business Partners and hosting businesses for supporting our Academies and working with our students!

Did You Know?

Amber Elder, an alumnus from the St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers, is the first to return to teach at Crookshank Elementary School!  Congratulations, Mrs. Elder!

There are 5,331 Academy Students, or roughly 41% of our high school students enrolled in a High School Career Academy.  Student participation in CTE courses, like those in Career Academies, is linked to improved student achievement and higher graduation rates.

Career and Technical Education Update – October 2017

This summer was extremely productive in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department.  Over 100 rising seniors completed summer internships related to their academy focus.  CTE also supported 11 non-career academy internships through business partners.  A big thank you to the teachers who came in over the summer to help pave the way for a smooth school year ahead.

Congratulations to the following schools for their summer accomplishments:

  • PVHS Academy of International Business & Marketing sent 13 students in June to the FL Business Leaders of America national competition in Anaheim, CA.
  • SAHS St. Johns County Aerospace Academy sent five students from June 22 – 24 to the Technology Student Association national competition in Anaheim, CA.  The team came in 8th place in Video Game Design.
  • CHS Academy of Emerging Technology sent students to compete at the Future Business Leaders of America National conference in Anaheim, CA in June.  Students received 2nd in Management Information Systems, 4th in Network Design and  6th place in Public Speaking out of 13,000 competitors.

With the school year in motion, we turn our attention to the classroom as well as our business and advisory meetings.  Each Career Academy has a Business Advisory Board that meets four times per year.  Those meetings have begun, and we are looking forward to working with our students, teachers and community to make our programs the best in the country!