Manatee County School District
Schoolwide Reinforcement of CTE Benefits
J anet Kerley, Haile Middle School Principal, feels
strongly that each teacher needs to appreciate all
curricular areas while supporting EdVantage. Kerley built on the
questions from participants.
Teachers with the “P” went off to Ms. Pam Platt’s lab.
Here, her students selected one of the four Strategic Objectives.
District In-Service Day of January 4, 2010, focusing on the Using Adobe Photoshop software they developed a poster focus-
EdVantage Strategies when planning her next faculty In-Service. ing on their chosen objective while incorporating their message,
She wanted to demonstrate hands-on career and technical educa- pictures, color, various fonts, and gradations. Teachers were
tion experience while making the connections to math and amazed to find the level of technology in each career and techni-
reading for her faculty. cal education lab and were even more astounded to learn that
When teachers reported to the Media Center on Wednes- students (even FCAT Level 1’s and 2’s) had the ability to work
day, January 13, to attend the training, they picked a slip of paper through the math concepts and reading concepts to successfully
holding the letters E, B, or P. Teachers holding a “B” reported to produce projects and products in each discipline.
the TV Production Lab. Here, Mr. Bacon helped them write, We often hold false concepts of a particular discipline that
direct, tape, and anchor a news program that would be aired the we’ve never experienced within a school. Having a greater
next morning to the entire school. Teachers learned a new appreciation of what others are doing makes for stronger bonds
technology that they had never touched before. among teachers and encourages teamwork among coworkers.
Those holding an “E” headed off to Justin Erickson’s Teachers’ comments following the training were over-
technology lab. There, they used Corel Draw software to make whelmingly positive! Comments included “fun,” “great,”
business cards, hall passes, or a key chain. Technology Student “wonderful experience,” “great opportunity to learn new things,”
Association students were on hand to help field the numerous “it would be fun to be a student again,” “boy do I have a lot to
learn about computers,” and “I want to take this class!”
Way to go Ms. Kerley! You are making a positive difference
in the lives of students and teachers every day at your school.
Haile is leading the way in middle school career and technical
education in Manatee County.
ACT Grant Money Continues To Grow
T he following is a summary of grant monies applied
for and received over the past eight years from the
Adult, Career and Technical Education Department, including
those areas who make up ACT such as MTI, Take Stock,
Transitions, Tech Prep, SLCs, secondary CTE, Manatee Stars,
and others. Grant monies are essential to enhancing quality
Top: Janet Kerley (in center) education and moving the District forward in its quest to provide
observes as teachers learn
excellent education and opportunities to all of our students.
new skills. Above left: Pam
Platt’s technology lab where
Grants and dollar value Totals
teachers created posters
focusing on Strategic Number of grants applied for: 295
Objectives. Above: an Number of grants approved: 251
academic teacher displays Number of grants pending approval: 4
her first key chain. Left: Dollars applied for: $64,246,376
teachers take an active role Dollars approved: $52,096.089
taping a segment for the Dollars pending approval: $1,345,543
Are You Up to the Challenge? the automotive industry.
Until the early 1970s, consumers had no way to distinguish
T he ACT Department is challenging
each career and technical education
teacher this year to pursue their appropriate Industry
between incompetent and competent mechanics. In response to
this need, the independent, non-profit National Institute for
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) was established in 1972.
Certification. Please visit the www.ManateeACT.com website ASE's mission is to improve the quality of vehicle repair and
to find the 2009-10 Industry Certification Funding List and the service through the testing and certification of repair and service
Application for Industry Certification mini-grants provided by professionals. The ASE Certifications are one of over 60
Central Florida Community College. We encourage each and nationally recognized credentials offered through Manatee
every CTE teacher in Manatee County to answer the challenge, Technical Institute.
learn and grow professionally, and participate in this exciting
experience. Sign up today!
Food Drive —Over the Top!
MTI’s McCarthy Earns Elite Certification
S tudents and staff attending the eighth
annual CTSO Leadership Rally held this
M ajor appliance repair instructor Padraic (Paddy)
McCarthy is among a select group of major appliance
service technicians in the United States to be certified as a
past fall at Braden River High School did not show
up empty handed. A total of 1,189 pounds of food was
collected and donated to the Food Bank of Manatee where Op-
Certified Appliance Professional with a Master Technician rating. erations Director Cindy Sloan was thankful for the kindness and
To achieve this status, McCarthy has taken and passed eight generosity of our students in these challenging times. Southeast
different comprehensive examinations that measure the individ- High School and Braden River Middle both won for their cate-
ual’s skills in consumer relations, diagnostic techniques, and repair gory by contributing the most pounds of food.
ability for all types of domestic major appliances. The Master
Technician rating is the highest available level of recognition for
technical expertise given by the major home appliance industry. CTE Teachers Appreciated Conference
Certification is strictly voluntary, and only those who possess
extraordinary skills in the field of appliance repair attempt the
rigorous testing procedure. Congratulations, Paddy! A bout 25 Manatee county educators attended the 2009
CTE Joint Fall Conference for the Florida Business
Technology Education Association (FBTEA), the Florida Educa-
tors of Family & Consumer Sciences (FEFACS), and the Florida
Automotive Students Earn Certifications Technology Education Association (FTEA). During these rough
budgetary times and considering the additional tasks being asked
ongratulations to Automotive Technology students
of teachers, our teachers still stepped to the plate driving to
Tim Budd, Eric Honan, Kyle O’Key, and Joshua Sosa.
Cocoa Beach to attend this conference.
Tim earned his Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifica-
The theme the conference was CTE…The Champions of
tions in Engine Repair, Steering & Suspension, and HVAC. Eric
Innovation. Keynote speaker Mr. Duane Hume, DOE State
earned his ASE Electrical certification. Kyle earned the ASE
Supervisor IT/Technology Education, spoke on recent and
certification for Steering & Suspension, and Joshua earned the
impending changes affecting Business/IT/STEM Education
credential for Brakes, Steering & Suspension, and HVAC.
programs, CAPE academies, student/teacher certifications, and
The 1800-hour Automotive Technology program takes
Professional Development Institute funding. Teachers attended
about 18 months to complete, upon which students earn a certifi-
sessions on Adobe Industry certification, Microsoft Industry
cate. Students are encouraged to take the ASE subject tests as a
certification, SweatMonkey, early childhood high school
nationally recognized credential toward gaining employment in
programs, Insurance Invest program, preparing for culinary
competitive events, academies, FCCLA activities, SolidWorks and
Mastercam, Realityworks, and best practices. Thirty-two exhibi-
tors were eager to demonstrate the newest in innovations from
their companies. The mimio caught the attention of many tech-
nology teachers. With a mimio bar, computer, and an LCD
projector, one can convert a standard whiteboard into an interac-
tive one. This would be a wise use of enhancement dollars.
“Best conference I've attended,” says Judy Bodmer, LRHS
Business Education teacher who also told us, “SweatMonkey
would be a valuable tool for FBLA students to log their commu-
MTI automotive technology students Joshua Sosa, Tim Budd, Eric Honan, and nity service hours.” She won a copy of Microsoft Word 2007
Kyle O'Key (L to R) have earned nationally recognized ASE Certifications. Learn Key at the door prize drawing following the luncheon.
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Dan Crumpler, BRHS Business Education said, "I'm so glad Welcome Aboard, Melissa!
I went to the Cocoa Beach state conference. Not only did I get to
catch up with lots of old friends but I also got the latest word on
industry certification. Thanks to the outstanding teacher I met in
a workshop I now have the tools to be able to get a number of
T he ACT Department extends a hearty
welcome to newest member, Mrs. Melissa
Schwab. Melissa is our Grant Resource
my kids Adobe certified by the end of the school year. His Specialist and can be reached at 941-708-8770
workshop alone was worth the trip, not to mention all the ext. 2226.
goodies that I brought home." Don’t miss Melissa’s first newsletter! It’s
Sally Rikard, PHS Business Education teacher said, “It is concisely written, easy to navigate, and exactly
hard to say which area is most important—talking to vendors and what we need to facilitate pursuing the grant funding that
looking through the newest tutorials coming out, attending supports us in our quest to bring additional innovative
sessions and learning first hand new trends and best practices for experiences and state of the art equipment to our students.
delivery of instruction, or having the opportunity to collaborate Melissa’s newsletter can be found at www.ManateeACT.com,
with peers in other districts and our own. All of these things are click on News, and click on Grant Opportunities Update.
equally important and invaluable to me. I'm appreciative that I
was given the resources to attend the conference—so much
In the News: Careers in ACTion
information was taken back to my school and my students.”
Facts about FOR-PD, CAR-PD, CATER 2
L oretta Costin, Interim Chancellor, Division of Career
and Adult Education, writes:
Recently, there has been some confusion over whether T his past quarter, the InquiziKidz page successfully
transitioned to our new Careers in ACTion page which
district-certified CTE teachers were eligible to participate in the appears weekly in the Bradenton Herald. In October, InquiziKidz
FOR-PD and CAR-PD programs—and in turn then be eligible to issues featured the BRHS Academy of Fine Arts and Communi-
serve as reading intervention teachers with the ability to serve cation; Sugg Middle Family and Consumer Science; the CTSO
Level 2 students. Leadership Rally; and the LRHS Academy of Business and
In an effort to clarify, Kevin Smith of Just Read, Florida! International Studies.
has provided the following information: “Districts and schools On November 4, 2009, the ACT Department launched the
have the option to provide reading intervention to fluent Level 2 inaugural issue of Careers in ACTion which featured MTI's
students through content area courses taught by any teacher who Health Care programs. Other November issues included ESE
completes CAR-PD, including those with district certification.” Option II; Take Stock in Children; and the CHS Success
However, district-certified teachers can not participate in CATER Academy.
or receive a reading endorsement (thereby allowing them to serve December issues included the PHS Agriscience Academy;
Level 1 students as well) because they do not hold a state-issued the MHS Academy of Medical Arts and Sciences; the LRHS
certification—which is a requirement to receive a reading Academy of Business, Marketing and International Studies; the
endorsement. MTI Entrepreneurial program; and the BRMS Family and
CTE teachers can complete the Florida Online Reading Consumer Science program.
Professional Development (FOR-PD) in a separate cohort Back issues of both InquiziKidz and Careers in ACTion may
specifically for CTE teachers and receive a $250 stipend from the be viewed at www.ManateeACT.com; click News.
Division of Career and Adult Education for the completion of
the course. Please note that stipends will be limited to the first
128 registered participants.
Smaller Learning Communities
If teachers would like to find out more about FOR-PD, they
can visit: www.forpd.ucf.edu. FOR-PD is a 14-week course; and
we will begin the CTE teacher cohorts on January 29, 2010. The LRHS Career & College Fair
course will end on April 26, 2010. For any questions about the
FOR-PD registration proc-
ess, please contact Richard L akewood Ranch High School announces the second
annual Career and College Fair will take place on
Friday, February 19th in the gymnasium at Lakewood Ranch
Scott at the FOR-PD office
at the University of Central High School. The event is designed to expose
Florida by email: students to career opportunities and choices
firstname.lastname@example.org—or by for post-secondary education. For more
telephone: toll free Florida information, contact Career Advisor Michelle
calls only: 866-227-7261. Todoroff at 727-6100 ext 2201.
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LRHS Career Shadows: a Huge Success assignments. The entire experience brought history to life for the
Center for Design and Construction students as they explored
L akewood Shadows, the 1st Semester Senior Career
Shadow Project implemented this year at Lakewood
Ranch High School is proving to be very successful. Students
connections from the past and how they influence the future.
have experienced the most fantastic of career experiences
In the News: SLC Spotlight on Success
including orthopedic surgeon, emergency room doctor, attorney, ach issue of the Spotlight
basketball coach, sheriff deputy, medical doctor, and elementary on Success features one
school teacher. high school’s academies, career
Each student returned from their career shadowing programs, and other smaller
experience with enthusiasm and motivation. Students are learning communities. The
rejuvenated in their academic pursuits for they have seen first October issue featured Braden
hand, the rewards and results of hard work. River High School’s wall-to-wall
Lakewood Shadows is proving to be an eye-opening academies including the Science Technology and Health
experience for our students and we are fortunate to live in a Academy; the Business and International Studies Academy; the
professional community that is willing to give the gift of time to Arts and Communication Academy; and the Engineering, Design
our students. This experience is proving to be "priceless!" and Leadership Academy. November’s issue featured the Ninth
Grade Center; the College Center; the School of Health, Science
MHS Students Take Over Mansion and Public Service; the School of Arts and Communication; and
the School of Business, Technology and Global Studies. The
R ecently 38 students and four advisors from the Center
for Design and Construction at Manatee High went on
a working tour of the Gamble Mansion. Accompanying them was
December issue featured Central High School’s Success Academy
and included the Transitions program and extracurricular options.
Career Advisor Frank Brunner and Academic Advisor Patti
Hartman. Special Guests included Donna Simpson, whose family Transitions
heritage had special interests in the property, Rodney Potter of
Pro Build, and Bill Jotham of Structural Connections on West
University. Top Five Tips for Positive Transitions
Participating students had to have one or more of the CTE
teachers and one or more of the academic teachers on the team.
Teachers included Joe Orr from Drafting, Jeff Sharp from M anatee County’s Transitions program provides ESE
students with opportunities to participate in job
preparatory programs and on-the-job training. Through concerted
Construction, Joan Stencik from Interior Design, Dwayne Fintel
from Materials and Processes, Geometry teacher Cheri Briggs, networking with the business community, Transitions staff helps
and History teacher Stephen Sharp. to expand students’ career options and increase their success in
Upon arriving, students were greeted by Rodney Potter with the world of work. The winter issue of The Transition Times
dozens of Turner donuts and Tropicana juice. While eating, Mr. revealed Manatee County’s top five tips for achieving positive
Potter told them of his idea to have students be involved in the postsecondary outcomes in its Transitions program. These tips
restoration process of the plantation. Right now, due to lack of included:
funding, it is in the planning and discussion phase. Frank Brunner 1. Staff networking;
and Joan Stencik gave a little more insight into the project. Next, 2. Job coaches;
the rangers took two groups of students and adults on a historic 3. Interagency support;
tour of the facility. After the tour, students enjoyed a picnic lunch 4. Business involvement through the Business Leadership
by Popi’s. Network (BLN); and
Mrs. Simpson told stories about the Gamble Mansion from 5. Strategic, purposeful school/work connections.
her family’s experiences and as a member of the United Daugh-
ters of the Confederacy, the organization who maintains it. “Look at My Abilities” BLN Campaign
Following lunch, the students split into teams to take measure-
ments and sketches of the mansion and existing furnishings.
Finally, they went to the main building to see encased
M anatee and Sarasota Transitions programs
were recently welcomed as the 15th local
Business Leadership Network (BLN) movement
When the students returned to the classroom, they worked in the State. the purpose of the Manasota BLN
on drafting layouts, constructing models and period furniture, as is to educate and encourage employers to recruit,
well as redesigning the antique interiors. Geometry students stud- hire, train, and retain employees with disabilities as part of
ied the angles they observed and history students researched the promoting good business practices.
history of the Gamble Mansion to assist other students with their The Florida BLN has rolled out a statewide “Look at My
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Abilities” campaign to promote hiring disabilities. Ads similar to students along with the two advisors attended the convention in
the one displayed here appeared in 53 Sunday newspapers. Indianapolis, and participated in leadership workshops, keynote
speeches, and were even able to visit various colleges. This is the
first year that Braden River’s FFA Chapter has reached this
achievement at the national level.
Take Stock in Children BRHS FFA outside the National FFA Center in Indianapolis.
Leadership Prayer Breakfast Farm Bureau Supports Ag Programs
S ave the date for the Leadership Prayer Breakfast on
Thursday, February 4, 2010. Guests will hear from the
legendary FSU football coach Bobby Bowden as well as from
Editors note: the ACT Department expresses our sorrow to the family and friends of
the late Mr. Raymond Lee, who passed away in December. He was a true friend of
Manatee County and will be missed.
Bishop Frank J. Dewane. The cost is $35 per person or $250 for a
table sponsorship. Download a registration form from H igh school agriscience teachers were recently
presented a check for $500 from the Manatee Farm
Bureau. Mr. Raymond Lee, former Executive Director, and Mr.
Ralph Garrison, President, were on hand to present the checks.
Each teacher brought with them a summary of what they plan to
use the funding on for the 2009–10 school year. Plans included
helping with FFA conference registrations, the purchase of FFA
jackets, and the purchase of a scale used to weigh animals.
New this year was the presentation of checks in the amount
of $150 to all four middle school agriscience teachers from the
Manatee County Farm Bureau. Mr. Garrison again did the
honors. For years the high school agriscience teachers received
financial support from the Farm Bureau and this year it was
10K Run/Walk Fundraiser decided to extend additional support at the middle school level.
T he 2nd Annual Take Stock in Children 10K Run/Walk Teachers were prepared to explain how they intend to use the
will take place Sunday, March 7, 2010 with the event funding in support of their programs.
starting at 7:30 a.m. The location this year will be again at Main The financial support provided by the Manatee Farm
Street Lakewood Ranch. Visit www.TakeStockManatee.com for Bureau speaks volumes related to community support of this
more information about the 10K Run/Walk.
BRHS FFA a Three-Star Chapter
C ongratulations to Braden River High School’s FFA
Chapter. The chapter, under the leadership of Danielle
Dimon, Deb Barry, and Vanessa Giammanco, was recognized as Trish Litton, Ralph Garrison, Sheryl Wingard, Vanessa Giammanco, Julie Tillett,
a Three Star Chapter at the 82nd National FFA Convention. Four Deb Barry, and the late Raymond Lee at the Farm Bureau presentation.
School District of Manatee County Page 5
thriving curricular area. Agriscience is one of the strongest career Ms. Janet Mixon, of Mixon Fruit Farms, donated oranges and
and technical education programs provided to the students of grapefruit. Students served the meal and shared what part of the
Manatee County and the school district is very grateful to the meal they had prepared and exactly how they had prepared each
Farm Bureau for their continued support. Each middle and high dish. Students were eager to answer questions of the guests.
school agriscience FFA chapter is also generously awarded
additional funding for their end of year banquets from the Farm
Bureau. We feel extremely fortunate to have an active and
supportive Farm Bureau working closely with our school district.
Scenes from the MHS Farm City
Week Chef’s Table.
Kim Lough, Ralph Garrison, Farm Bureau, Stefani Heidenthal, and Karen
Cieminicki receive their $150 check from Manatee County Farm Bureau.
Not pictured Greg Egan.
Cafés Celebrate Farm City Week
Farm City Week a Resounding Success!
T he Grapevine Café, located in the School Support
Center, and Vantage Point Café, located in the
Professional Support Center, also utilized the three donated food
T his year’s Farm City Week began with the presentation
of the Proclamation to our School Board by Farm City
Week Chairman Ralph Garrison and Mr. Doug Wagner. High
items to help celebrate FCW by serving Watercress Soup, Orange
Chicken, Tomato Soup, Spinach Salad with Citrus Dressing, and
Chunky Tomato Basil Soup.
school essay winner Sienna Bonner addressed the Board and
spoke of the highlights of her essay that focused on local grower Essay Winners Attend Luncheon
McClure Farms. Sienna’s essay earned the coveted 1st place win igh school and middle school essay winners were
out of all of the high schools competing this year. invited, along with their parents and teachers, to the
Historical Luncheon at the Palmetto Woman’s Club. Both
winners spoke to the 100 guests thanking them for their plaques
and checks received for winning the first place spot in the district.
Doug Wagner (L) and School's Sienna
Ralph Garrison Bonner (left) and
presented the Farm Nolan Middle
City Week Proclama- School's Rachel
tion to the Sc hool Elek (right) won
Board. first place in the
Farm City Week
essay contest. At
center, Farm City
MHS Farm City Week Chef’s Table Ralph Garrison
M anatee High School’s Culinary Operations students,
under the direct supervision of Chef Suzette Mar-
quette, provided a delicious meal with dishes prepared with locally
grown and donated watercress, citrus, and tomatoes. Mr. Guy
Averill and David Coles of Watercress Farm out of Myakka City AgVenture
donated the watercress and some delicious recipes. Mr. Gary
Reeder, of Reeder Farm (McClure Farms) donated tomatoes, and A gVenture took place at the fairgrounds with over 1,000
district third graders participating in a seven-station
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rotation where they learned about beef, chickens, tomatoes, Ingram Pursues Industry Certification
watercress, phosphate, citrus, roping cattle, and making butter.
Both BRHS and PHS FFA students and advisors played an
integral role participating in this event. Fun was had by all. M r. Mike Ingram, PHS, has successfully applied to
Central Florida Community College to take advantage
of their financial support in pursuing his industry certification—
A Trip to the Farm Certified Horticulture Professional—Agriscience, Florida Nursery
Growers & Landscape Association (FNGLA). Mike recently
In an effort to bring local farming to EdV-TV viewers, TV
became certified in Agriculture 6-12 and would very much like to
Production students visited Ben King’s vegetable farm on Caruso
land a job in this field sometime in the future. Mike’s plans
Road. Students videotaped a tour and produced a DVD. Mr.
include completing all of the requirements and becoming certified
King shared the family history of the development of the farm
this May. Good Luck, Mike!
from generation to generation while his wife told of their current
family participation in harvesting the fruits and vegetables grown
on the farm. Mr. Ralph Garrison was on hand to explain to view- PHS FFA Senior Wins Contest
ers the importance of supporting local growers such as Mr. King.
The program was aired on EDV-TV.
S hannon Heiden, a Palmetto High School senior and
FFA chapter member, recently won the Manatee River
Soil and Water Conservation District-sponsored speech contest,
Beef Workshop and Prospect Show
qualifying her for an area contest in the spring. The contest is
Farm City Week festivities also included FFA members
designed to develop leadership through participation in public
from BRHS and LRHS participating in the annual Farm City
speaking activities and to stimulate interest in conserving our
Week Beef Workshop and Prospect Show. Participants learned
natural resources. Heiden was awarded a check for $150 by the
about proper injection sites, reading medication labels and inserts,
District for her first place finish. She presented a five-minute
how to assess if an animal is sick, and the proper grooming and
speech to the School Board explaining the facets of building an
showing techniques for beef cattle. The students also participated
energy efficient home of the future here in Manatee County.
in a skill-a-thon, or knowledge test, about information learned
that morning. After lunch, sponsored by Manatee County Cattle-
men’s Association, the students participated in a prospect show Farm Bureau Offers Funding
for their beef heifers and steers. Helping out with this year’s event
were FFA Advisors from Braden River High School, Danielle
Dimon, Deb Barry, and Vanessa Giammanco, along with
T he Manatee County Farm Bureau will award
funding to needy Agriscience teachers, Agris-
cience students, and Agriscience programs. The
Lakewood Ranch FFA Advisor, Sheryl Wingard.
vehicle to obtain funding is in place and may be
found on the ACT website at
www.ManateeACT.com, then click Documents. Agriscience
teachers are encouraged to visit the site and review the applica-
Students learned proper showing
tion, paying close attention to submission due dates. Applications
techniques (left) and rotated
will be submitted to the ACT Department and then forwarded to
through the various learning
stations (below) before being the Farm Bureau for their approval. This is another example of
tested at the Prospect Show. the strong partnership between the Manatee County Farm Bureau
and School District of Manatee County. The ACT Department
appreciates the continued support given to our Agriscience teach-
ers/programs by the Manatee County Farm Bureau. Without
strong community support as shown by the Farm Bureau, our
career and technical programs would suffer greatly in these
difficult economic times. This is an excellent example of strong
King MS Students: Stock Market Savvy
E laine Waldron, business education teacher at King
Middle, explains how her students had fun learning
about the stock market. Beginning with a virtual cash account of
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$100,000, students worked together in teams, practicing leader- FBLA’s Fabulous Fall Conference
ship, organization, negotiation, and cooperation to create the best
-performing portfolio using a live trading simulation. Students
researched and evaluated stocks, and made decisions based on
what they had learned. To determine why certain stocks perform
F uture Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members
recently attended the Fall Leadership Conference held
in Orlando. High school students from Braden River, Lakewood
the way they do, or why the broader market moves up or down, Ranch, and Southeast along with middle school students from
students first needed to understand how the economy works. A Buffalo Creek and Lincoln enjoyed many interesting workshops
lot of effort and research about stocks, and how the stock market on leadership presented by a variety of inspirational teachers and
works, were completed prior to the start of the project. It was not speakers. Members participated in workshops that included infor-
until students actually started to buy and sell that they began to mation on how to identify differences in people and use that
really understand the principles of how the market works. information to be a better leader. Further, they learned how to
This project was so engaging that students decided on their overcome challenges, choose the right college, and become an
own as teams to go home and do some “secret” research so they FBLA officer at the district, state and national levels.
could come in and buy just the right stocks to round out their The highlight of the trip was participating in Disney's Lead-
portfolios. Other teams watched the news and determined trends ership Excellence program at Epcot. Students discovered the
or events that made them want to buy or sell their stocks. Many learning strategies that helped create the magic of the Walt Disney
consulted their dads for advice. One student said he now knows World Resort, the multiple layers of communication and its effect
what his father keeps talking about. on teamwork, and the organizational value of possessing an entre-
Students continued to check their stocks as their bell preneurial outlook. Overall this was a fabulous experience that
assignment. The first fifteen minutes of class was when they will inspire students to become future leaders. For more informa-
would buy or sell. The project ended with a writing assignment to tion about the Disney Y.E.S. programs, visit
reflect on the experience. www.DisneyYES.com.
“We really learned a lot about how the terminology of the
stock market and how the system works. One of my teams was
5th in our district.” said Elaine.
The Stock Market Game™ is a trademark of the
Foundation for Investor Education, a nonprofit organization
dedicated to developing and providing learning resources for
investors of all ages, raising the level of investor awareness in the
U.S., supporting research programs, and advocating the advance-
ment of investor education. In Florida Merrill Lynch has paid for
the entire state to play The Stock Market Game. For further
information visit www.foundationforinvestoreducation.org.
Principal Robin Hardy says, “I see a glimmer in Mrs.
Waldron’s eye when she talks about the project with me. Her
students are engaged in a real-world simulation that is teaching Looking sharp! LRHS FBLA students (L-R): Nick Bodmer, Mike Bodmer,
them life skills. Students are also learning math, communication, Nathan Oberdorf, Shane Mathis, and Nichole Haddock.
and research skills, along with business skills.”
So what is the best stock market advice in these challenging
economic times? Mrs. Waldron’s King MS Business Education
BRHS FBLA Practices Leadership
students say, “Buy low, sell high! ill Gaynor's Braden River HS FBLA officers visited
Palm View Elementary students under the District's
Student Leadership Program to support Mr. Damian Nesser's
fourth-grade class. Students shared examples of leadership oppor-
tunities at high schools via PowerPoint. Older students answered
younger students’ questions and coached the third graders into
activities that will lead to leadership paths in middle and high
school. They also assisted with their SchoolPage websites.
Fun, accomplishment and satisfaction was had by all. This
was an opportunity for students to exercise leadership opportuni-
ties by developing pathways for their "juniors" to fill their shoes.
Student leaders will also visit middle schools in January and
February to stimulate student participation in August when eighth
Students Sage, Jonathan, and Ryan on the computers while discussing graders jump to the high school level. The goal is for incoming
their market standings. freshman to avoid becoming "lost ninth graders" and for them to
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get an early start with student leadership activities that are focused Guatemala: EdVantage Global Outreach
upon their interests and future careers.
C hristy Goehring, Business Technology teacher at
Braden River High School (BRHS), traveled with her
family to Guatemala over the holidays to deliver Christmas gifts
collected by the Business and International Studies Academy.
Students donated school supplies, toys, candy, and books for the
children at the Manna Feeding Center in Sumpango, Guatemala.
Lori Kish and Christy want to thank academy students and teach-
ers for their donations and help. What a great example of global
outreach which is one of the four strategic objectives of the
District’s EdVantage strategy.
BRHS FBLA officers visited Mr. Damian Nesser's class at Palm View Elementary.
LRHS FBLA Hosts Keiser University
J udy Bodmer, Lakewood Ranch High School's (LRHS)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) advisor,
reports that the LRHS FBLA hosted a seminar for all business
classes. Chris Parent from Keiser University spoke about how
important it is to make a good first impression, the importance of
setting goals, and tips for overcoming obstacles. The students
were actively engaged during this presentation and commented on
that the information was worthwhile.
(Top) Accounting II students
organized and packed the school
supplies, toys, candy, and books
for the children at the Manna
Feeding Center in Sumpango,
Guatemala. The children’s smiles
tell the rest of the story.
LRHS FBLA members with Kaiser University’s Kenji Trujillo (back left) and
Chris Parent (front right).
Celebrating by Helping the Needy
Full Sail University is in the House
F or the fifth year in a row, Lakewood Ranch High
L akewood Ranch High School's Future Business Leaders School (LRHS) Future Business Leaders of America
of America chapter recently hosted a seminar for all (FBLA) members brought in gifts for children in the community.
business students. FBLA was especially proud to host Full Sail FBLA teamed up with LRHS Coach Ringquist's Student Govern-
University. D.J. Hamilton, regional admissions representative and ment Association and adopted four children—two girls and two
a dynamic speaker, talked boys. The gifts were delivered to the Salvation Army Angel Tree.
to the students about The FBLA chapter also celebrated the holidays with their
college life and their annual Holiday Banquet
future. held at the Olive Garden.
A great turnout of 24
members, family, and
staff had a wonderful
Full Sail’s D.J. Hamilton FBLA students Mike & Nick
speaks to LRHS business Bodmer wrapping Angel Tree
School District of Manatee County Page 9
Marketing Education Solidworks;
Podcasting and movie production for transportation
DECA District Results Technology Student Association (TSA)-specific dragsters:
drawing, production, and dimensioning;
L akewood Ranch High School business and marketing
teacher and Distributive Education Clubs of America
(DECA) advisor Bob Jenkins reported the winning results of the
CNC milling of Solidworks-designed products including
Hats off to these dedicated and hardworking teachers who
DECA District 10 competition in Ft. Meyers in January. Two
are committed to lifelong learning and preparing students with
students placed first and qualify for the State DECA Conference:
21st Century skills.
Lauren Price—Hotel/Lodging Management, and Rebekah Cham-
bliss—Marketing Management. Ross Cores & Matt Peck placed
sixth in the team event Sports & Entertainment Marketing.
advisor Bob Tech teachers gathered to learn SolidWorks 3-D Modeling software.
his team. Water Tower Contest Makes a Splash
C ongratulations to all technology students who recently
participated in the American Water Works Association
(AWWA) Model Water Tower competition recently held at Haile
Technology Education Middle School. The AWWA Water Tower contest is an annual
event that is open to all students.
Haile’s technology teacher Justin Erickson is proud to
Mad Marks Earns High Marks at Harllee announce they had two big winners! Dominic Aluise and Elezar
Tonev both placed at the com-
arllee Middle School recently hosted representatives
petition. Dominic placed third
from Mad Marks Stereo who created some excitement
with his "Sponge Bob" Tower
for technology students. Mad Marks exhibited two of their show
while Elezar Tonev placed
cars, along with Harllee technology teacher Quintin Jones’ show
second for his "Bradenton
car. The representatives spoke with the students about the design
Tower.” Elezar also received
process, the materials and tools used, and how the business
awards for Best Engineering
operates. Question and answer sessions helped students relate the
Drawings and Best Craftsman-
information to current technology projects and future careers.
ship. Congratulations, gentle-
Teachers Trade Saturdays for Training Elezar Tonev, second Place Middle
School; Best Constructed; Best
raden River High School recently hosted Manatee
County technology education teachers who dedicated
three consecutive Saturdays to learning the SolidWorks 3D solid
modeling CAD system. Under the leadership of BRHS teacher
Richard Platt, teachers learned to use advanced tools and Television Production
processes to help students gain industry certifications in this
cutting-edge technology. Teachers mastered:
Assemblies, mates, variable fillets, spline tools, and mass Careers in ACTion
on't miss episodes
Design-to-CNC principals; of “Careers in
Rendering and animating; ACTion,” produced by South-
Computational fluid dynamics and virtual wind tunnels; east High School’s television
Integrating Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premiere with production studio, SETV. The
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show airs on EDV-TV (Bright House Channel 620 & Verizon “Fuel Up to Play 60” Big Success!
Channel 39) and features career and technical educators and
students from around the county. Editor’s note: Fuel Up to Play 60
is a new youth program sponsored by
Health Science Education National Dairy Council and the
National Football League designed
to empower students to take action
Pennies for Pasta for their health and improve their
T he students, faculty, staff, and parents at R. Dan Nolan
Middle School really stepped up to “BE THE
CHANGE” through community service. Nolan recently hosted a
F ormer Tampa Bay Buccaneer Derrick Brooks
celebrated the Fuel Up to Play 60 Kick-Off event at
Nolan Middle School. Derrick spoke to students about the
Leukemia Society fundraiser “Pennies for Pasta” and collected a importance of fitness and nutrition in daily life as well as the
whopping $2,925.70! This fantastic effort qualified Nolan to be importance of having respect for self and others. He continued to
added to the list of 2010 CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE! Go have fun with the students by asking for volunteers to come out
Nolan! of the audience and stand with him while he answered their
individual questions. Following the assembly, the student Fuel Up
to Play 60 team spoke with Derrick one on one. They discussed
what activities they were involved in individually and how they
developed their school program. There was a great deal of excite-
ment and enthusiasm surrounding Derrick!
HOSA Fall Leadership Conference HOSA advisor and school nurse Pamela Rahn was proud of
the Nolan students as they focused on both the physical and
M anatee High School (MHS) Medical Academy coordi-
nator and Health Occupations Students of America
(HOSA) advisor Laura Sollenberger accompanied 13 MHS
nutritional components of the program with the WalkIt! Club and
Taste Tests during lunch. Pamela says, “Please encourage your
student to log on to www.fueluptoplay.com.”
HOSA students—along with six Lakewood Ranch High School
(LRHS) students, six from Nolan Middle, and ten Bayshore High
School (BHS) students and their advisors, to the Region V HOSA
Fall Conference in Arcadia. The following students were elected
as Region V Officers: Jie Dong (MHS) - Parliamentarian, Meg
Rivera (MHS/SEHS) - Secretary, Mackenzie Yaryura (MHS/
SEHS) - Historian, and Brad Ross (Nolan Middle) - Middle
School Representative. The students met with other students in
(Top) Assistant Principal Nancy
Region V HOSA and received updates on competitive events,
Swanson with Derrick Brooks;
conference attire, and upcoming state and national conferences.
Derrick with Nolan students.
Laura then accompanied five regional officers to the HOSA
Leadership Development Conference at Camp Kulaqua in High
Springs. The students participated in numerous leadership
Stop Smoking Before It Starts
workshops throughout the weekend. Brad Ross (Nolan) won an he MTI Dental Assisting and LPN programs recently
award for Best Team Worker and Timothy Polk (Nolan) won a presented the Advanced Health Education Center
scholarship to the upcoming HOSA State Leadership Conference. (AHEC) Tobacco Training and Cessation (ATTAC) program to
elementary and middle school students in Manatee and Sarasota
The ATTAC Program is a comprehensive instructional plan
sponsored by the Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center,
Inc. (GSAHEC) designed to teach health students about tobacco,
help them develop professional skills necessary to address its use
with their patients, and have them serve as
role models while educating youth about the
dangers of tobacco. Lesson plans, videos, and
teaching kits are provided to future health
professionals to help them deliver an
Laura Sollenberger, center left, surrounded by the Manatee County anti-tobacco message aimed at vulnerable
HOSA Regional Officers. school-aged children in the community.
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Over 1,000 students from across the state completed this Building Blocks to Success
training program. Students then had a month and a half to
organize their lesson plans. MTI students visited Tara
Elementary, McNeal Elementary, PAL Charter, Sugg Middle,
Moody Elementary, Sarasota Middle, and Lincoln Middle.
O ver 80 Future Builders of America (FBA) students and
their advisors from Southeast High School, Palmetto
High School, and Manatee High School traveled to the Cemex
“MTI’s participation in the ATTAC Program is a true plant in Palmetto for a tour of the facility. Hard hats, safety
reflection of their commitment to helping in their community. goggles, and ear protection were mandatory safety protective wear
Through their leadership and role-modeling, the LPN and Dental as students learned firsthand about the process of building
Assistant students from MTI are helping to generate awareness concrete blocks. After lunch the group headed to Pro Build, a
among our youth of the devastating impact of tobacco. In the last lumber yard located in Bradenton, for a tour and overview of
two years, they have provided anti-tobacco presentations to over how a lumber yard operates.
880 elementary and middle school students in Manatee County. I Bob Lounds and James Kapper, PHS FBA advisors, Jeff
am excited to see how many students they will reach this year!” Sharp, MHS FBA advisor, and Ray Weiland, SEHS FBA advisor
said Emily Hite, Tobacco Training Coordinator. extend a big thanks to Alan Anderson and the Home Builders
If you would like to see the ATTAC program in action or Association group for supporting the FBA chapters in Manatee
need more information, please contact Emily Hite at County. Kristey Richardson from the Construction Technology
(941) 361-6602 or email email@example.com. Careers (CTC) organization was on hand to take photos.
Holiday Gift Bags Brought Big Smiles
A fter hearing a presentation by local dental pro-
fessionals who donate their services providing
dental care to the underprivileged of Ecuador and
Nicaragua, the evening Dental Assisting (SkillsUSA
and HOSA) students at Manatee Technical Institute decided to
put together gift bags for the traveling team to present to families
living in the jungle villages of these countries.
The students assembled one-gallon zip-lock bags with items
that could be used for the family but primarily benefit the chil-
dren, such as small packs of crayons, sample bottles of lotion,
tooth brushes, small bars of soap, small stuffed toys, plastic beads
and pipe-cleaners for making crafts, novelty stickers, and other
small baby items.
Thank you to all who gave so generously to help bring
smiles to those who need it most.
the operations at
c onc r et e p l ant
Construction Technology and at Pro-Build,
a lumber yard.
PHS Students Make a Difference
SEHS Students Excel in Certifications
M ore than 100 Palmetto High School (PHS)
construction technology students dedicated
ay Weiland, construction technology instructor at
time and expertise to participate in a Habitat for Humanity
Southeast High School, is proud to report he had 27
Design Challenge. The event, sponsored by Target, Lowe’s, and
students complete and receive a card for National Center for
IKEA, challenged designers Jason Champion, from HGTV’s
Construction Education and Research (NCCER)—Core Curricu-
Design Star, and Sarasota resident and author of ‘Chic on the
lum; 44 students complete and receive a 10-hour OSHA card, and
Cheap’, Mark Dalton, to each design an 1100 square foot house
five students complete and receive a card for CPR/First Aid
in 24 hours. PHS Construction Technology teacher Bob Lounds
training. Congratulations to all!
and his students assembled furniture for the challenge. Several
students also worked on the job site where they had the opportu-
nity to paint and practice their carpentry skills. By working
together, the designers, community volunteers, and our students
helped turn a house into a home for two thankful families.
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Family and Consumer Science Museum. The students were in awe! They had lots of questions
and just couldn't imagine how anyone could claim that the
Holocaust never occurred. With time dwindling rapidly, we RAN
MHS FCCLA: Trip of a Lifetime to the Lincoln and Vietnam Memorials so we could be at the
Washington Monument by 4:00 pm to see DC from the top of
T his past fall, Family, Career, and Community Leaders
of America (FCCLA) advisor Nancy Acton took nine
Manatee High School FCCLA students to Washington, D.C. for
the monument. On our way to see the White House, the Vice-
President's motorcade passed by. We even got to see the White
House Christmas tree ready to be lighted on Thanksgiving Day!
the FCCLA National Cluster Meeting. We stopped for dinner on our walk back to the hotel. Then on to
Nancy writes, “The Washington DC Cluster Meeting was our first meeting and finally a chance to sit down!!! I wish I had
AWESOME! The meeting and speakers were terrific. The South worn a pedometer!!!
African speaker had a particularly strong impact on the students. Nancy concludes, “This trip was PRICELESS! Our students
It really gave them an appreciation for their many advantages. We were so interested in EVERYTHING we saw. They talked about
learned more about proficiency events, and the students are what they were learning in their history classes and wanted to see
excited to share their knowledge.” She continues, “Have you ever more. We were so proud of their behavior and thoroughly
seen any of the commercials for Master Card about things that enjoyed spending this time with them. These are the memories
are priceless? Our DC trip was truly priceless! With the matching that will stay with them for a lifetime.”
funds and notebook money, we were able to take nine of our ten
officers on the trip of a lifetime. In two and a half days, we toured
more of DC than I could have imagined. LRHS FCCLA—a Busy Fall Season
Just picture this schedule: Wednesday-5:00 AM at the air-
laine Bowling, the Family, Career and Community
port, 10:15 AM at Washington National, metro to the hotel to
Leaders of America (FCCLA) advisor at Lakewood
check in, and right back out the door in the cold wind and rain to
Ranch High School, reports that her students have been active
see the new memorial at the Pentagon, which we walked ALL
THE WAY AROUND, and Arlington Cemetery on Veteran's
Ultimate State Officer Academy, Phase II. In October,
Day. We saw the changing of the guard and watched with veter-
our national officer, Jessica Hagood, and our state officer, Kelsea
ans in wheelchairs as a new wreath was laid at the Tomb of the
Livsey, attended leadership training in Washington, DC. While
Unknown Soldier. We saw the Eternal Flame at JFK's grave and
there, they learned about advocacy and public policy and even
toured Arlington with a guide who shared the history of the
toured our nation’s capital.
cemetery. Dinner and unpacking waited until the cemetery closed
CAMP FCCLA. In November, several chapter officers
and we took the metro back to the hotel.
from Manatee County schools attended leadership training at
On Thursday- 9:00 a.m.—Out of the hotel for breakfast and
Camp Kulaqua in High Springs, FL. The schools represented
a walk to the Mall, and not the shopping mall! It was again windy,
were: Braden River Middle, Sugg Middle, Lakewood Ranch High,
cold, and raining but we did not have one single complaint from
Manatee High and Southeast High. Other clubs in attendance
any of the students. We saw the National Archives and Air/
were CECF, DECA and FPSA.
Space Museum. At 1:30 we toured the Capital Building which
National FCCLA Cluster Meetings. Also in November,
included a wonderful movie on the history of our government
several members in Manatee County attended two of the cluster
and walked the tunnel to the Library of Congress. The remaining
meetings. Manatee High, with their advisors, Nancy Acton and
time was spent at the
Joan Stencik, went to the Washington,
Natural History Mu-
DC meeting while Braden River
seum until we closed
Middle and Lakewood Ranch High,
that one down, too!
with advisors Jill Bergeron and Elaine
Friday- 9:00 a.m.—
Bowling, went to the Louisville, KY
Out of the hotel for
meeting. Our national officer, Jessica
breakfast, a tour of
Ford's Theater and
then on to the
by the Holocaust
MHS FCCLA members
enjoy being outside the
White House and at the Top: LRHS FCCLA advisor Elaine Bowling with national officer Jessica Hagood.
Washington Monument. Below: “Camp FCCLA” with a large Manatee County contingent.
School District of Manatee County Page 13
Hagood was one of the “stars on stage” at both meetings. December 4, 2009. Even though I stayed in town for this trip, it was
District VII Meeting. In December, eight chapters from equally important. I attended the FCCLA District VII Meeting where the
Manatee County schools attended our annual District VII district, state, and national officers in attendance ran the meeting and
Meeting. Our theme was “CAMP FCCLA” so it was only participated in activities. Everyone had a great time “camping out with
appropriate that we participated in camp-related leadership FCCLA” and we even elected new officers.
building activities. We were even fortunate to be visited by Mrs. Upcoming trips for Jess include Orlando and Chicago in
Trish Litton and Mr. Doug Wagner from the ACT Department. January, Tallahassee in February, and Athens, GA and Orlando in
March. Happy travels, Jess, and congratulations once again!
Jess’ Journal and Travels
MHS Hosts Holiday Craft Boutique
H i everyone! I’m Jessica Hagood and I’m a senior at Lakewood
Ranch High School. I’m also serving as the National Vice-
President of Community Service for Family, Career and Community Leaders T his holiday season Manatee High School teacher Joan
Stencik and her Interior Design 2 students hosted an
of America (FCCLA). This year, I’ve done lots of traveling to advocate for Annual Holiday Craft Boutique. Shoppers selected from a
FCCLA, build leadership skills, and network with others. fabulous assortment of gifts that pleased the most discriminating
July 10-16, 2009. I was elected along with nine other national officers of tastes. All merchandise was designed and handcrafted by the
to serve as the 2009-2010 National Executive Council in Nashville, TN. students, including candles, wreaths, jewelry, and accessories.
We went through intensive training our first day and then were installed on
the final night.
August 17-21, 2009. I traveled to Reston, VA for the NEC
“Fun with Citrus” Competition
August Meeting. We participated in team-building activities, learned every- outheast High School culinary competitors were chew-
thing that was going on at the national level, and toured National FCCLA ing their fingernails as the winners of the Mixon Fruit
headquarters. It was a blast writing scripts, eating at fantastic restaurants, Farms “Fun with Citrus” Culinary Competition were recently
and creating our Program of Work for the year. decided. After much deliberation by the judges, four students
September 27-30, 2009. We regrouped in Reston, VA again for the walked away with towering trophies and gift certificates.
Board of Directors (BOD) orientation meeting. The NEC was able to get to The Southeast High School student competitors were all
know the BOD through a variety of activities and ice breakers. We even got members of either FCCLA or SkillsUSA Culinary Club. The
down to business in our committee meetings. advanced level winners included Samantha Shaw for her “Seared
October 1-3, 2009. I made my way to Washington, DC for the Ulti- Scallops with Blood Orange Beurre Rouge,” and Mindy Wren’s
mate State Officer Academy (USA) training and got to know state officers dessert “Fresh Orange Cheesecake.” Marc Gonzalez’s appetizer
from across the country. We learned about advocacy and public policy and “Sweet and Sour Tangerine Chicken” and Sam Silverberg’s des-
prepared to take over Capitol Hill. We spent an entire day touring DC and sert “Orange Marmalade Layer Cake” followed as the Beginner
speaking out for FCCLA to our Representatives. Level winning dishes. All the competitors left Mixon Fruit Farms
October 8-9, 2009. One week later, I had the privilege of attending with a certificate of participation and coupons for Mixon’s ice
the March of Dimes Volunteer Leadership Conference. We learned how to cream. Plans to compete against Manatee High School’s culinary
save babies and all about the March of Dimes organization. We took arts students are set in motion, and Southeast will be ready with
Capitol Hill by storm as we met with more powerful dishes such as Austin Miller’s “Boneless Stuffed
Representatives and attended a reception at Cornish Game Hen with Orange Glaze.” Club advisors Chef
the Library of Congress. Mike Niewodowski and Colleen Keip could not be more proud
November 11-15, 2009. The second week of of their students!
November I traveled to Washington, DC yet
again for another conference. This time it was
the FCCLA National Cluster Meeting
where there would be 1,400 in attendance. Chef Mike with his
The NEC performed skits and dances on trophy-winning
stage pertaining to leadership and also students at Mixon Fruit
conducted workshops. Farms
November 19-21, 2009. Just a few days
later, I got back on a plane and flew to
Louisville, KY for another FCCLA
National Cluster Meeting. There were 3,300 Chef Mike Takes the Cake
in attendance—the largest NCM this year! ike Niewodowski, chef instructor at Southeast High
Jessica in Washington, D.C. We did the same things as last week and I School, attended the SkillsUSA State Leadership
and on stage at the National even interviewed for the United States Senate Training Workshop and Chapter Management Institute where he
Cluster Meeting. Youth Program Scholarship. earned the Florida Statesman Award and Pin. Chef Mike was also
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awarded the Florida SkillsUSA State Award Gold Medal for MTI culinary arts
Prepared Speech. students Gabrielle
Florida SkillsUSA State Director Carl Miller has asked Chef Campos and Leroy
Mc Daniel, and their
Mike to present the award-winning speech at the 2010 Florida
baking and pastry chef
SkillsUSA State Conference. Congratulations!
instructor, Dana Johnson
(center), pose with their
Gourmet Night a 4-Star Experience gingerbread creation of
the Ringling Museum.
I t was a chilly, drippy evening on December 11; inside the
Seminole Café, however, the atmosphere was one of
warmth and delight as students participated in “Gourmet Night.” of Christmas by providing a grateful family who would not
SkillsUSA members cooked and served exquisite dishes such as otherwise have had a holiday meal with a fabulous Christmas
Ratatouille, Lobster Bisque with Chunks of Lobster, and the dinner with all the trimmings.
chef’s personal favorite—Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee with Fresh
The menu and service was intended to reflect a four-star Manatee Technical Institute
restaurant with its candlelit tables, silverware changes, and
courses. Joe and Marilyn King conveyed their gratitude by stating,
“…The spice in the Lobster Bisque was right on target. The Surgical Tech Program Accreditation
Potato Lasagna was an inventive combination of ingredients that
complimented the potatoes without over-powering them, and the
filet was buttery-tender and cooked exactly to order...All in all, it M TI East’s Surgical Technology Program has earned
initial accreditation from the Commission on
Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
was a delightful evening, which we hope to repeat in the future.”
Along with their praised violin and bassoon performances, the This accreditation allows adult students the opportunity to earn a
SEHS Chanteurs graced diners and servers alike with Christmas national industry-recognized credential.
carols. According to CAAHEP president M. LaCheeta McPherson,
After dessert, customers were presented with an assortment PhD, “The recent peer review conducted by the Accreditation
of Petit Fours, and greeted by Chef Mike Niewodowski, who Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and
reported that “This was a Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) and CAAHEP’s Board of
wonderful experience for the Directors recognizes the program’s substantial compliance with
members of SkillsUSA Culinary the nationally established accreditation Standards.”
Club. Since some of them will Surgical Technology joins the long list of MTI programs
not have the chance to work in that offer students the opportunity to earn national industry-
a fine-dining, four-star recognized certifications. The 13-month program prepares
restaurant, “Gourmet Night” students for employment as surgical technologists. For more
provided them with that information on the MTI program, contact assistant director
opportunity.” Dr. Prisci lla Haflic h, at (941) 7 52 -8 10 0, ext. 22 2, or
“Gourmet Night” proved to be firstname.lastname@example.org.
a successful event, and all are
eager to attend another next MTI’s Ferraro Recognized
Behind the scenes at the Seminole year. With a team of skilled
Café’s “Gourmet Night.” Guests
servers, cooks, and entertainers,
the best is yet to come. J ohn Ferraro, lead instructor in Manatee Technical
Institute’s (MTI) air conditioning, refrigeration and
heating technology program, won second place in the Air Condi-
tioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWS 10th Annual HVACR
Students Build Gingerbread Ringling
Instructor of the Year contest.
T he primary community service project for the
SkillsUSA Culinary Arts students at MTI this winter
was the Community Youth Development Gingerbread House
ACHR NEWS is the HVACR
contractor’s weekly news
magazine and one of the
Contest. The students provided this year’s “monument” creation, industry’s most trusted and
a gingerbread replica of the Ringling Museum. This project was highly utilized communications
not in the contest, but rather was the centerpiece of the festivities. links. According to the ACHR
The gingerbread creation was on display at the Sarasota Square NEWS website, “The goal is
Mall. to recognize and reward the HVACR Instructor of the Year
This same generous group of students lived up to the spirit instructors who have dedicated second place winner John Ferraro
School District of Manatee County Page 15
their careers to enriching the lives of students.” Donate Your Eyeglasses
Ferraro was nominated by one of his students, Zachariah
Oke. “My nomination for John Ferraro is one that should be
looked upon as truly heartfelt,” said Oke. “In time spent with
each student, he will pinpoint which path that person might be
A s an ongoing project, the MTI campus Lion’s Club is
collecting old eye glasses to donate. The students are
also learning how to do eye screenings, which they plan to offer
best suited to take and inquires of their own desires. He really is a to MTI’s Early Educare program and nearby elementary schools.
great mentor.” For more information, contact Sheryl Griggy, Accounting
According to Linda Agresta, Assistant Director of Academ- Operations Instructor, Manatee Technical Institute, 751-7900,
ics, “He makes every student feel as if they are his number-one ext. 2020, email@example.com.
priority.” Student evaluations prove this to be true.
“I feel appreciated when I see my students succeed,” said
You’ve Got Mail
Ferraro. “I measure myself by how they see me. When they
succeed, that means I’m doing something right.”
Ferraro worked in the HVACR industry in New York and
in the maintenance department for the Manatee County School
S killsUSA students in Machining, Industrial Technology,
Early Educare, and Massage Therapy sent dozens of
holiday cards to our US troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Board before becoming an instructor at MTI in 1998. Thank you for remembering our dedicated soldiers stationed far
from home so that we may all be safe and live in peace.
Composites One Sails Into MTI
Girl Scouts Get Style at MTI
M TI Boatbuilding recently partnered with Composites
One, a global distributor of composite materials, to
host an interactive workshop for students enrolled in Boatbuild- M TI’s main campus recently hosted a Girl Scouts’
career day for 26 Girl Scouts and 10 troop leaders to
ing, Marine Service Technology, and Yacht and Boat Repair learn about cosmetology careers.
programs. Several high profile composite industry professionals The girls participated in five events in the Cosmetology
travelled from around the state and Jamaica to participate. department. Each Girl Scout and troop leader was pampered with
The workshop featured demonstrations of the different a hairstyle, manicure, pedicure, facial, and makeup application.
methods of closed molding of composite products. These meth- While the girls received their makeovers, MTI students talked to
ods have been established by the composite industry for many them about training and careers in cosmetology. After the make-
reasons. First and foremost is reduction in the release of styrene overs, the MTI Culinary department served lunch. At the event’s
into our atmosphere as was prevalent during typical "open" end, the Girl Scouts received a certificate and their Interest Pro-
molding. Secondary advantages include advanced material control jects (IP) patch. This SkillsUSA project raised $1,250 for MTI; the
and consistent reinforcement to resin ratios, resulting in lighter funds raised will sponsor culinary and cosmetology students to
and stronger products. travel to the SkillsUSA National Championship.
MTI’s programs remain at the forefront of industry trends “Having the SkillsUSA Cosmetology students host the Girl
and standards. Scouts was a win-win for both,” said Dr. Mary Cantrell, MTI
Director. The scouts and their leaders were treated to a
‘SPA-tacular’ day learning about career opportunities for trained
Boat Building in National Magazine
stylists and technicians
C while being pampered for Girl Scout Amber
omposites Manufacturing, the official magazine of the
American Composites Manufacturers Association, the day. The MTI students
recently featured MTI’s Boat Building program, instructor David were able to receive re-
Stinnette, and three of his students. The feature ran in the Marine quired credit for program student Turquoise
Industry Segment of the monthly publication. completion by performing Mabry styles
the skills they are learning. her hair.
E ve ry o ne had a gre at
time,” said Cantrell.
MTI students use
advanced techniques MTI Hosted Inaugural 5K Challenge
and materials to
prepare for careers in
the boat manufactur- T his past fall found the MTI Law Academy students and
staff on the run for their inaugural 5K Halloween
Challenge. Funds raised at the 5K run and one-mile walk
ing industry. MTI is
gaining national benefited students by helping them raise money to attend the
recognition for the 2010 National SkillsUSA Championships.
program. “With our inaugural Law Enforcement Halloween 5K
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Challenge, we hope to start a tradition here at the MTI Academy. Right:
We invited all facets of the public service community and the Dental Assisting
general public to our fundraiser, which benefited our students students show off
who are training to serve," said Pat Proudler, MTI Law their Wizard of Oz
Enforcement Academy Public Service Coordinator. chili booth.
Tech Times Goes Online
V isit the new website and turn up the volume! See
www.TechTimesOnline.org for a fully interactive ver-
sion of the popular Tech Times 2010 schedule of classes, testimoni-
als from current and former students, as well as a bit of informa- Left: Business Technology raises money
tion on why Manatee Technical Institute is the #1 school choice at the cook off by hosting a "pie in the
in Manatee County for career preparation and workforce training. face" contest.
“People’s Choice,” Business Technology ("Mrs. Cunningham's
Famous Chili," Happy Days); “Most likely to knock-your-socks-
off chili.” Dental Assisting, Day Class ("Blisterine Chili," Wizard
of Oz); and “Classic Battle,” Carpentry (Addams Family).
10th Annual Multicultural Festival
T he Farmworker Education and Services Program, the
Latino community, and MTI recently presented the
10th Annual Multicultural Festival at MTI’s Main Campus. The
festival was open to the public and free of charge. A live band
played Latin music and various vendors provided ethnic food.
The Multicultural Festival and MTI Open House
Chili Cook Off : Classic TV offered a unique experience; cultures were showcased while the
T he 13th annual MTI Chili Cook Off was back and public had the opportunity to tour the MTI campus and learn
better than ever this past November! The theme was more about career opportunities.
“Classic Television.” From Happy Days to Bonanza, the MTI The Multicultural festival celebrated the cultural
crew represented their favorite classic TV shows for a good cause. diversity in the community, marked the 44th anniversary of the
At the Classic Television event, participants entered their
chili to compete for coveted titles and bragging rights. There was
also a “Classic Battle,” where students raced hand-crafted, card-
board vehicles. Live entertainment was provided by Left Hand
Corner. Proceeds from ticket sales benefited United Way.
Cook-off winners included “Judge’s Choice,” Central High
School ("Fresh Prince of Belair Chili," Fresh Prince of Belair);
Linda Agresta and Adult Education
Instructor Rob Powers dress up as I Love Left: Mexican folkloric dance group Texcali performs traditional Mexican
Lucy's Ricky and Lucy. dances for the audience. Right: Esperanza Gamboa and Dr. Cantrell.
Students race hand-crafted, Perez entertains the
cardboard vehicles in the crowd at the 10th
“Classic Battle” foot race Annual Multicultural
School District of Manatee County Page 17
Farmworker Education and Services Program in Manatee County, pick up dinner to go and taste for yourself. For menu choices,
and raised money for the Farmworker Emergency and Scholar- please visit www.manateetechnicalinstitute.org. Call 941-751-7900
ship Fund. This fund is used to support farmworker families in ext. 2038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
crisis situations and provides the families with food, shelter, and
health services. Funds also provide scholarships for students.
The Farmworkers Education and Services Program of
Culinary Treats Delight Festival Goers
Manatee County is a government organization that assists those he Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch held their eighth
who have worked or are currently employed in agriculture in the Annual Suncoast Food and Wine Festival in Novem-
last two years. The Farmworkers Education Program helps clients ber, where MTI’s Culinary Arts students had the opportunity to
learn English, improve reading and math skills, learn a job skill, showcase their talents and offer up some tasty treats. The Festival
get a high school diploma, and become employed in a full time, featured over 300 American and international wines, foods from
year-round career. 30+ of the area's best restaurants, cooking demonstrations by well
For more information, please call the Farmworker -known area chefs, and live entertainment. All net proceeds from
Education and Services Program at 751-7947, or 751-7900 the event benefited selected local and regional charities.
ext. 2165, or stop by the office on the MTI campus.
Three Kings Day
F armworker Education and Services Program, in
conjunction with the local chapter of the Lions Club,
hosted a holiday celebration for the children at the Whisenant
migrant camp in Parrish. The children received gifts of school
supplies from the Farmworker Program, as well as free vision and
diabetes screening for the families at the camp, generously pro-
vided by the Lions Club. The celebration took place on January 6,
2010, in observance of “Three Kings Day,” a highly celebrated
day for children in most Latin-American countries. Community
support was greatly appreciated and brought holiday smiles to the
migrant children. A joyful time was had by all.
Gabrielle Lozano at work
behind the counter in the
2009 was a very good year for the
Café 911 prep area
Eighth Annual Suncoast Food and
Wine Festival. Manatee Technical
W hen Gabrielle Lozano was four years old she was
diagnosed with cancer and treated surgically for a
brain tumor. The life saving procedure took away her sight but
Institute’s Culinary Arts Students
presented food alongside fine
restaurants such as the Ritz, Tommy
not her dreams. "People don't realize what they can do," she said. Bahama, Madfish Grill, and about 30
"I don't let anything stand in my way." others. MTI Culinary ROCKS!
Now, at the age of twenty, Gabrielle is enrolled in MTI’s
Culinary Arts Program where she is cutting, chopping, and inspir-
ing her way to a successful career in the hospitality industry. Thanksgiving Celebration
Gabrielle’s passion for cooking began at an early age and it wasn’t
until recently that she decided to pursue her dream of becoming a
chef and opening her own catering business. And what a chef in
training she is! According to her instructor, Chef Burt Spagnola,
M TI East hosted a Thanksgiving Celebration for both
Main and East Campus employees, retirees, and
volunteers. East Campus Culinary prepared the feast and teachers
Gabrielle is one of his best students. Chef Burt explains, “She’s performed skits for the entertainment. The Thanksgiving skit was
an inspiration for all of us.” performed by Kathy Matthews, Priscilla Haflich, Paul Redecha,
Stop by the Café 911 at MTI East for a delicious lunch or Marilyn Ingold, and Eve Fetzek. A great time was had by all!
Page 18 Adult, Career and Technical Education
No Teacher Left Behind IX—June 2010
I t is time to make plans for ACT’s annual No Teacher Left Behind IX training held each summer in Manatee County.
This year’s focus is two-fold: industry certification and technology in action! Our workshops are on the way—June
14, 15, and 16, 2010. All ACT teachers and staff are invited to participate in this year’s industry certification in action! Below
is a snapshot of what is being offered.
Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, or Premier Pro—Become an Adobe Certified
Associate in one of these titles. Includes 3-day class, certification exam, and a copy of Adobe CS4
software for your classroom.
Microsoft Office 2007—Become a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist or a Microsoft
Certified Trainer. Includes a 3-day class, a certification exam, and a copy of Office 2007 for the
Horticulture Certification FNGLA Level I or Level 2—Specially teacher designed intensive
classes and certification exams. Level 2 participants must first participate in Level 1. The session
will be arranged according to the schedule of the interested participants.
Chief Architect—Become User Certified. This workshop is designed for teachers who are
currently using the program. Includes 3-day class, a certification exam, and a copy of Chief
Architect design software for the classroom.
SolidWorks—Become a Certified SolidWorks Associate (CSWA). This workshop is designed for
teachers who are currently using the program. Includes 3-day class and certification exam.
Final Cut Pro—This specialized workshop for our TV Production teachers is designed to give
the background needed to achieve Level One certification in Apple’s Final Cut Pro.
Podcasting—For teachers who are already industry certificated in their area and want to expand
their skills and knowledge, Podcasting is a great communication tool. Each participant will
develop a podcast and take an Apple iPod back to the classroom!
Veterinary Assisting—This workshop is designed for current Agriscience teachers and empha-
sizes Level One certification, leading toward becoming a Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA).
The session will be arranged according to the schedule of the interested participants.
MSSC—The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) workshop is designed for engineer-
ing and/or manufacturing instructors. This training builds on previous workshops and cumulates
with one assessment test.
All ACT participants will receive a stipend paid at the non-contracted hourly rate to attend all three days, and all costs of
testing, trainers, materials, software, or hardware will be covered by the ACT Department. Watch for the registration flyers.
Prohibition of Discrimination. Any person who believes he/she has been discriminated against or has been harassed by an employee, student, or other third party who is subject to
control of the Manatee County School Board is encouraged to use the appropriate grievance procedures set forth in policy. Complaints should be forwarded to Darcy Hopko, Equity
Coordinator; P.O. Box 9069, Bradenton, FL 34206; 941-708-8770 ext. 2236.
School District of Manatee County Page 19
Upcoming CTSO and Student-Centered Events
T he ACT Department is here to support you in any way we can to help you achieve a successful chapter. Attending
conferences with students is one of the most exciting and demanding aspects of being a CTSO advisor, while providing
student-centered educational opportunities that last a lifetime.
CECF/BPA www.cecf.org or www.bpa.org FPSA www.fpsainc.org
March 4–7, State Leadership Conference, Orlando. April 13–16, Annual Conference, Ocala.
DECA www.deca.org/hsd.html HOSA www.flhosa.org
November 12–14, 2010, Combined North Atlantic February 4, Region V Conference, MTI East.
& Southern & Western Region Conference, April 8–11, State Leadership Conference, Orlando.
FBLA/PBL www.floridafbla-pbl.com SkillsUSA www.skillsusa.info
February 11, District 18 Competition, Woodland February 25–26, Regional Contests, MTI.
Community Church. April 20–21, State Conference, MTI.
April 5–8, State Leadership Conference, Orlando.
FCCLA www.flfccla.org TSA www.floridatsa.com
February 5, District Competition, Woodland February 6, 2010. District Competition, Southeast
Community Church. High School.
July 4–7, National Leadership Conference. April 21–24, State Conference, Orlando.
February 19–21, State Leadership Summit, Haines FBA www.futurebuildersofamerica.org
City. February 20–27, National FFA Week. July 22–24, 2010, Southeast Building Conference,
June 14–18, State Convention. Orlando
Adult, Career and Technical Education is the
branch of academics that links the world of
education to the world of work. The ACT
UPDATE delivers the department’s latest news,
events, and “shining stars”—accolades of
School District of Manatee County
achievement in career and technical education.
215 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205 Got news, events, or comments to include in
(941) 708-8770 x2227 the next ACT UPDATE? Send your articles to:
fax (941) 708-8686
www.ManateeACT.com Doug Wagner, Director ACT
Trish Litton, Secondary Vocational Specialist
Around the District email@example.com
Watch for all of the publications keeping you informed
about what’s happening around the District in the Adult,
Career & Technical Education Department.
Transition Times, ACT Update , Spotlight on Success , Take Stock In Children, Manatee Stars , Tech Prep Expressions, Careers in Action, Education Today/Career Tomorrow, Technical Education Today