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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!
A contest was held at Vine Middle School and students were asked to answer the following question. Entries were submitted to a panel of judges who selected a winner after a review. The essay was written to answer “What is a dream you have for your life and what needs to happen to achieve that dream?”
The winner is a student who attends Vine Middle Magnet. She was so excited to have been selected as the winner for this contest. Read the winning essay:
Here is the Vine 8th grade essay winner, Hannah McCann. She is in Ms. Lafreniere’s class. The essay was written to answer “What is a dream you have for your life and what needs to happen to achieve that dream?”
“Lift Every Voice” College Essay Contest
People say what is your dream, the real question is what is a dream? A dream can be pictures you see in your head while sleeping or they can be future goals for yourself, and in the topic chosen for this essay I believe it means the future goals set for a humans. I want to ask you what your dream is. Some children say I want to be a doctor or a writer or even a nurse. My dream is a bit different.
My dream is to be a zoologist. Sounds very broad doesn’t it., well I want to work with the birds. For a long time since I was little I said I WAS going to be a veterinarian. Well, on my thirteenth birthday I flew to Tampa Florida. While I was down there I went to Busch gardens. I went to the bird encloser; in this area you could feed the birds nectar. The man there saw how great I was with the birds that he taught me to call, feed, and help the birds. I worked as a zoologist for 3 hours. I had a blast.
As for how to get there I have a elaborate plan. Throughout high school I want to be in every single science class possible. I’m also going to try to get scholarships. Then I’m going to get at least a 24 on my act. Then I’m going to apply for University of Tennessee. When I get in I’m going to major in veterinary sciences and I’m going to apply to volunteer at the Knoxville zoo I also am going to major in bird anatomy. To some people my plan I very extravagant for a 8th grader but I know where I am going.
In conclusion I believe that it’s very important to dream. Without dreams we would have no imagination. I will never let go of my dream I want to succeed. You should never let your dreams disappear. An unfulfilled dream is my worst nightmare.