Busy month with College and Career activities in February. Schools have held mini college fairs, college and career dress up days, invited special guest to speak to students about their careers, and held ACT tutoring sessions just to mention a few. This has been an exciting month!
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Mark your calendars to join us on Sunday evening as we honor approximately 160 students who have worked hard to meet the requirements for graduation from Austin-East and Fulton High Schools and have earned the Project GRAD scholarship. An exciting evening has been planned for this group of scholars as we celebrate with them and their families this accomplishment.
Event will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center on Sunday, April 13, 2014 beginning at 5:00 p.m.
This is an invitation only event!
The Project GRAD team is celebrating with Cornelia Reece on the success of having a recent article published relating to parent engagement. The article appears in the Fall/Winter edition of the School and Community Network Journal.
Cornelia was the Parent and Community Engagement Coordinator for Project GRAD and under her leadership a partnership was formed with the Knoxville Community Development Corporation called the Neighboring Project. The partnership was very successful and changed the lives of the families that participated in the Neighboring Project.
CONGRATULATIONS Cornelia A. Reece, Marlys Staudt, and Ashley Ogle on a job well done.
Link to the article: http://www.adi.org/journal/2013fw/SCJFallWinter2013.pdf
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT: The Neighboring Project’s goal is to strengthen the overall connection between school and home and to enhance skills, self-awareness, and confidence. The objective is to build skills and provide tools to better support children’s learning experience. It will also empower parents to understand the expectations of the essential role in making the connection between parent-school-community partnerships. The expectation is that there will be a significant increase in the number of students ready and prepared to learn with strong community support.
Volunteers came out on a beautiful Saturday morning to participate in this year’s “Walk For Success.”
It was a great day and many of the volunteers reported having SUCCESSFUL visits with students and their parents.
Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday and gave of your time for this event. We could not have done it without you.
Schools participating in the “Walk” were Beaumont, Christenberry, Sarah Moore Greene, Spring Hill, Vine Middle, and Whittle Springs.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!!!
High school students successfully completed the 2013 Summer Institutes in June. Summer Institutes were held at the University of Tennessee for rising juniors and at Pellissippi State Community College for rising sophomores from Austin-East and Fulton High Schools. Pellissippi State’s Institute began on Wednesday, May 29th with approximately 145 students in attendance and concluded on Wednesday June 19th. At the University of Tennessee’s Institute, 146 students were divided into two groups and designated a week to participate in the Institute and have the opportunity to experience residential living on a college campus.
UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
Students attending the University of Tennessee Institute experienced life on a college and woke early each morning after staying up late to work on homework and a class project. Eight academic tracks were offered to students: Business and Entrepreneurship; Communications; Public Health; Honors; Sports and Recreation Management; Sports Science; STEM and Vocation in addition to core subjects Math, English and college research skills. During closing ceremonies, class members from each track made a presentation to highlight what they learned during the week. In summary, students learned how to conduct a SWOT analysis and the purpose of such an instrument in business and in Communications the students learned the finer points of public speaking to include tips on preparing for a speech and effectively speaking to an audience.
Students also served the community by volunteering at several local organizations: SEEED (Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development – www.seeedknox.org, Odd Fellows Cemetery where they cleaned debris, Knox Area Rescue Ministries, and Phyllis Wheatley YWCA.
PELLISSIPPI STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Approximately 150 rising sophomores participated in the Summer Institute at Pellissippi State Community College. Students attending Pellissippi State rose early each morning to commute to the Hardin Valley campus.
The PSCC Institute was divided into four academes: (1) Working Together to Live Together where students designed a new housing community; (2) GreenSTEM Academy where students created green roofs (gardens on top of roofs) using their English, Math, Science and Art skills; (3) RoboNation Academy explored the world of robotics and created fully functioning robots; (4) The Alternative Energy Academy used solar power as an alternative energy source to build machines.
At the closing ceremony, Dr. Anthony Wise congratulated students for successfully completing the Institute and encouraged them to “dream about where you are going to be and what you want to do” and reminded them to “reflect on what you learned during this experience.”
Thank you to Pellissippi State Community College and the University of Tennessee for hosting the Summer Institutes and for your hard work and dedication.
WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO FOR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES!