On February 29, schools from around the county competed in a local FFA competition. The competitive events were: tractor driving, land judging, horticulture, poultry, and small engines. This event helps prepare local FFA students for state completion. Toomey Equipment provided the tractors and Beard Equipment furnished a trachoe for the students to drive. The event was host to approximately 250 students as well as community leaders. Winners from this local competition will move on to state competition.
Culinary Students will have a chance to compete again this summer. The third annual Golden Spoon Competition will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Culinary Institute of Virginia College. Local teams will prepare an appetizer, entree, and a dessert and will then present their food in a style similar to the Food Network. The following high schools have teams competing this year: Baker, Bryant, Citronelle, Davidson, Murphy, Vigor, and Williamson. You can help one of these schools raise money for its culinary program by voting at the following website. You can vote daily! http://goldenspoon.hostedapp.net/
Mobile County Public Schools and the City of Mobile held a joint news conference March 11, 2015, to announce an exciting new partnership to benefit JROTC students. Officials announced a new partnership where Junior ROTC students will have the opportunity to gain work-based learning experiences with the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department.
For the first time in Alabama, JROTC students will be able to take a Co-Op/Internship Course through which they will intern with a government entity. About 20 Mobile County Public Schools JROTC students will intern with the Fire-Rescue Department. The course, approved by the Alabama Department of Education, is entitled “Senior Career Pathway (Government & Public Administration)" and is open to JROTC seniors who are CPR certified and who have passed the Cadet Challenge fitness exam, among other requirements. Students will work 10 hours a week in administration roles.
Six fire stations have been identified to sponsor the student interns, who will learn about the public administration of the complex government function of providing fire protection to the community.Specific divisions within the fire departments administrative areas include the following: 1) Training Division; 2) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division; 3) Public Education Division; 4) Fire Bureau Inspection Division; 5) Homeland Security Division; 6) Logistics Division
“Our students will get real world experiences that have legitimacy,” said Lt. Col. Robert F. Barrow, Director of MCPSS’s Army Instruction Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Program.
Health Science students from Baker High School participated in the Dodge Elementary Career Carnival on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. The career fair was a great opportunity for the pre-medical students to present knowledge and demonstrate hands-on skills learned as part of the program. The elementary students listened attentively and asked questions as the high school students shared their learning experiences and their future post-secondary goals. This was the third year that the Health Science students participate in the event. Mrs. Margeaux Esfeller, R.N., is the Health Science teacher at Baker High School.
Software Development students celebrated the new computers in their lab by taking apart some of the old/unusable CPU’s to discover what is inside. The purpose of a computer parts lab is for students to gain hands on experience with hardware components.