The Argus-Press ■ Owosso, Michigan ■ Thurs., March 26, 2015 7 TROJAN TIMES Owosso Public Schools • www.owosso.k12.mi.us • Ready for the World! Owosso Public Schools’ vocational education programs (now referred to as Career and Technical Education) complete one of the most diverse high school curriculums in the county. Career and Technical Education programs are developed with a great deal of collaboration with local businesses to fulfill the careers of expanding businesses in our present economic environment. Owosso is Andrea Tuttle committed to developing and delivering acaSuperintendent demic classes that prepare students with the technical skills and academic knowledge needed for future employment and/or a successful transition to post-secondary education. The following details regarding Owosso’s CTE program were written by Dr. Kari Selleck, Curriculum Director and Mrs. Lori Johnson, Owosso High School Career and Technical Education Coordinator: First, we would like to provide some insights into the curriculum development of Career and Technical Education programs. The State of Michigan examines employment data for high skill, high wage, and high demand careers and job openings in Michigan. For example, the following jobs are in the highest demand according to The Rank List released in 2013: 1. Business Administration and Management 2. Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing 3. Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences 4. Computer Systems Networking 5. Construction Trades To be able to offer a certified CTE course, it takes approximately a full year of up-front work at the local school district level. When presenting a new CTE course to the Michigan Department of Education, local districts must provide documentation which includes proof of meeting a complex set of requirements for equipment/materials, safety measures, curriculum and instruction, instructor training, instructor field experience (minimum of 4,000 hours), advisory board involvement, and a host of other quality assurances. Some of the focus areas of curriculum for all CTE programs are: 1. Rigorous 2. Relevant 3. Real-World Connections 4. Project-Based 5. Career Ready Preparation 6. College Ready Preparation 7. Technical Skill Training 8. Integration of Academic Benchmarks 9. Employability Skill Training 10. Industry Certifications (for some of the programs) 11. Articulated College Credit 12. Student Leadership Development Opportunities 13. Work-Based Learning Opportunities As a result of this rigorous process required to offer CTE courses, some districts are unable to meet all of these mandates. Owosso Public Schools leads the county in the number of CTE course offerings available to students, including an upcoming new sequence of courses in Biomedical Engineering, with the first course on the books for OHS students hopefully beginning next year. (Biomedical Engineering is in the top tier of growing jobs in the health sciences area). Present OHS Career and Technical Education Program Offerings: 1. Accounting 2. Business Management 3. Construction Trades 4. Culinary Arts 5. Education Careers 6. Engineering 7. Family & Consumer Sciences 8. Fashion Design & Merchandising 9. Insurance & Risk Management 10. Wood Technology 11. Work-Based Learning Several courses of study fall under each of the above programs. For example, in the case of Engineering, there are four courses offered: Intro to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and the Capstone Course – Engineering Design and Development. Owosso Public Schools adheres to the state requirement to partner with local business and industry experts and leaders and meet on a regular basis for all CTE courses. We invite interested community members, parents, and business owners to participate in our long-standing CTE advisory boards. CTE programs create a relevant, rigorous, and engaging educational experience through projectbased, real-life applications that empower students to be critical thinkers, communicators, and successful in life. Last week’s riddle: What asks but never answers? Answer: An owl. This week’s riddle: What book was once owned by only the wealthy, but now everyone can have it? You can’t buy it in a bookstore or take it from the library. In early March, Owosso High School’s Robotics Team traveled to a district event in Standish. Coach John Hankerd, and Mentor Tony Pierce, took 10 students and their robot to compete against 40 other schools in a competition called “Recycle Rush”. The object of the challenge was to remotely stack recycling totes and bins on scoring platforms. Each team was formed of robots from three different schools all working together to score as many points as possible in two and a half minutes. Owosso High students began constructing their robot in early January. The team had six weeks to plan, build, and test their robot before the competition. At the Standish competition, Owosso finished 3rd among the 40 teams competing, which secured them a place in the playoff rounds. We are proud to report that the OHS Robotics Team finished the competition in 3rd place. The team is now preparing to compete again on April 3 & 4, at Mason High School. All of the robotic teams are competing for a trip to the State Championship in Grand Rapids on April 10-11. The OHS Robotics Team members are: Nicolas Czarnecki, Charles DeLisle, Easton Feinauer, Gabe Gaskin, Alex Hankerd, Danielle Hankerd, Austin Lighthill, John Robertson, Josef Waldorf, Cole Jacobs, Jonathan Pierce, Noah Slusher, Michael Hankins, Marty Horger, Tyler Wing, and Jhakab Hickey. This is Owosso High School’s second year competing in the FIRST Robotics of Michigan program against nearly 400 other teams. Team members pictured with Coach John Hankerd (left) and Team Mentor Tony Pierce (right) are ( from left to right): Jonathan Pierce, John Hankerd, Charlie DeLisle, Austin Lighthill, Easton Feinauer, Cole Jacobs, Alex Hankerd, Nick Czarnecki, Tony Pierce, John Robertson, Josef Waldorf, and Danielle Hankerd. The Wonderful World of Reading Owosso Public Schools’ three elementary schools and Bentley Bright Beginnings Early Childhood Center have been having a lot of fun exploring the different ways to have fun with reading during March is Reading Month. Each school building has offered a variety of activities such as reading “camp outs”, theme days, guest readers, and much more. This year marks the 15th consecutive year that the Honorable Judge Tom Fitzgerald has volunteered as the Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) reader in Mrs. Ellis’ classroom at Emerson Elementary. Mrs. Ellis is a longtime friend of the Fitzgerald family and was present when Judge Fitzgerald was sworn in to the Michigan Court of Appeals 24 years ago. Mrs. Ellis shared, “I remember joking that he could pay me back by being my DEAR reader the following March. The ‘following March’ has since become an annual commitment and Tom generously comes to my room and shares his love for books and reading.” Judge Fitzgerald retired in January yet still fulfilled his commitment to read to Mrs. Ellis’ third graders followed by lively discussions with students. Guest reader Owosso Police & Fire Chief Kevin Lenkart is pictured with Mrs. Bukovick’s Junior First students on March 20. After listening to Chief Lenkart read a story about firefighters, students presented him with personalized firefighter thank yous. Sincerely, MARCH/APRIL Tuttle’s Thoughts MONDAY OHS Robotics Prepares for State Competition March 30 Bryant 2nd Grade Bowling Night at Capitol Bowl JV Soccer v. Linden 4 p.m. Varsity Soccer v. Linden 5:30 p.m. JV & Varsity Tennis @ Fowlerville 4 p.m. TUESDAY March 31 OMS Washington DC Trip Final Meeting 6:30 p.m. JV Baseball @ Corunna 4 p.m. Varsity Baseball v. Corunna 4 p.m. JV Softball @ Corunna 4 p.m. Varsity Softball v. Corunna 4 p.m. WEDNESDAY April 1 Central 2nd Grade field trip Elementary School Reading Month Assemblies Varsity Track @ Fowlerville 4 p.m. THURSDAY April 2 Bryant Student of the Month 8 a.m. Varsity Golf @ Perry 10 a.m. FRIDAY April 3 NO SCHOOL All Pro Dads Gather for Breakfast Bryant School hosted another All Pro Dad Breakfast on March 6. All Pro Dads is a program designed “to help fathers become passionate about their role in their family’s life.” (www.familyfirst. net) During the All Pro Dad’s Breakfast events, students and their dads, uncles, grandpas or other special guests enjoy fun bonding activities and collect resources to use at home. The theme for the March 6th breakfast was creativity which correlated with Bryant’s Science Fair projects taking place on March 26. Students and guests were treated to a delicious breakfast along with a creative activity. Many prizes were awarded and all students received books to read at home. “We strive to offer a strong family and school connection at Bryant Elementary,” Principal Steve Brooks reports. “The All Pro Dad Breakfast is one of many events where we engage our parents in the learning environment and provide resources for continued learning, exploration and growth at home.” Third grader Logan O’Brien and his dad Daniel had a great time at the All Pro Dad Breakfast. OMS Destination ImagiNation Teams Advance to State Finals Students from OMS, once again, competed in the Destination ImagiNation tournament on March 7, at Western High School in Parma. Destination ImagiNation (DI) is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills—they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving. There were five teams composed of students from 6th – 8th grade. The three fine arts teams researched the characteristics of fairy tales. Then they created an original fairy tale that included a character that has a phobia. These tales were called “feary” tales. Their “feary” tales had to include one piece of team created expressive artwork, one piece of team created functional artwork, and an illusion. The technical team had to create a creature that had to perform three distinct actions. They had to write an original story that included a problem for the creature to solve. Also, the team had to create a world for their creature and demonstrate two world features. The improvisational team had to research improv games and street performances. This team was required to perform three improvisational skits that included an improv game, street performance, unique setting and situation. They had one minute to prepare each performance and two minutes to present. They were not allowed to use props, premade scripts, or costumes. The OMS Culture team includes Morgan Louch, Lucy Popovitch, and Emily Rau. Their team manager is OHS teacher Trudy Schneider. This team received first place for the 4th year in a row in the fine arts challenge. The OMS Ugly Ducklings team includes Abby Christian, Alana Fauth, Hailey Klenk, Emily Summerland, Autumn Weir, Sarah Wittum, and Sophia Wittum. Their team manager is Ruth Wittum. This team received third place in the fine arts challenge. The OMS Techs team includes Taylor DeWolf, Malachi Fisk, Noah Oszust, Autumn Patterson, William Scrimger, and Mackenzie Scrimger. Their team manager is MSU intern Amber Domasicwicz. This team received second place in the technical challenge. These three teams will be moving on to the state affiliate finals at CMU in April. This is a huge point of pride for our district and these very talented, creative students. Our OMS CIMONS team lead by OMS teacher Mr. Perrin received 4th place in the improv challenge. This first year team includes Alex Elford, Ava Fett, Kylie Louch, Caleb Hart, and Cayden Whiteherse. Our OMS Zuperca1!frag!1!st!cexp !a1!doku5 team includes Stephanie Ellsworth, Hailie Taylor, and Hannah Walters. Their team manager is MSU intern Guadalupe Bryan. This first year team did an outstanding job in the fine arts challenge. Superintendent Mrs. Friend’s third graders were excited to have Senator Rick Jones read to them on March 20. During the month of March Central has started their days with a “Mystery Reader” during the morning announcements. Students have had a lot of fun guessing who is reading to them. Mr. Krantz’s Construction Trades class is in the process of constructing a pole building on the north side of Owosso High School. Application based learning is a vital component to CTE courses. Liaison Officer Mike Ash read to preschool students at Bentley Bright Beginnings. Teachers have invited guest readers into their preschool rooms throughout the month. In addition to stories, the guest readers usually talk about their life experiences and answer the many questions posed by our youngest Trojans. Destination ImagiNation is a great representation of everything that makes Owosso Public Schools special, and is directly in line with our district’s passion for inquiry based instruction, and the International Baccalaureate philosophy. DI is just another one of the many outstanding ways that students in Owosso are being prepared to be ready for the world.
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